Omerta | Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was originally brewed for the breast cancer fundraiser Beer 4 Boobs last year, but we enjoyed it so much we decided to bring it back! With the addition of orange zest and hibiscus flowers, the resulting beer is deliciously fruity and refreshing.

Added by liamt07 on 03-22-2013

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big favourite of the Beer4Boobs, on tap at The Rhino. Fresh orange sense aroma. The blood orange flavour comes through beautifully and exudes a tangy orange. Good drinkability. Light orange colour. Top of the line pale, and a clear winner. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of liamt07
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the brewpub, into a tulip. A pale ale with blood orange zest and juice added, and hopped with Kohatu hops.

Rose-orange in colour, almost like the colour of grapefruit juice. Unfiltered body, white head with great lacing and light retention. Nose has some citrus, tropical hops, bitter orange-y leanings. Never had a blood orange myself, but I think I'm getting a good bit of that. Taste has more lightly bitter citrus and slight tropical notes. A touch of herbal hops, slight grain and wheat character but pretty citrusy and orange-y throughout. Slight pulpiness to the mouthfeel., so it's pretty full. Light bitterness. Real nice, love the hop profiles Bellwoods puts together.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewery. Served in a tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a bright glow throughout. A thin layer of off-white head slowly reduced to a a few scattered bubbles.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, sweet honey.

T - A good bitterness up front. Blood orange, pine, grapefruit, some muskiness. A touch of sweet honey in the background.

M - Light to medium body with some chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Combine the orange skin and rosy flesh of a pink grapefruit and you've got Omerta. Though its colour would officially be listed as orange, there's an underlying pinkish hue that's appreciable at many angles. This completely cloudy but undeniably light toned ale reflects both its special ingredients (orange peel and hibiscus) and sports a very tattered head.

The aroma also showcases modest amounts of orange peel and hibiscus; there's a light floral air and juicy citrusy quality. More than the orange zest, I think it's Bellwoods' usual happy hand with the hops that accounts for most of the fruitiness; grapefruit and pineapple are in plentiful supply. It could almost pass for a Radler were it a little more acidic and a little less malty.

Same goes for the flavour - it's very Radler-esque but has far more breadiness than is customarily appreciated in a lager/juice blend; this has the weight and esters to be readily identified as an ale (and not quite enough citrus flavour to mistaken for anything freshly-squeezed). Still, notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits show up on the palate too.

I, personally, could have used more of both the orange zest and hibiscus - Breaking Bad taught us all never to take half-measures. In fairness, I'm sure the brewery used plenty of each but again, in typical Bellwoods fashion, neither malt nor hops were spared; this pale ale had a good amount of character to begin with. Orange and hibiscus play supporting roles.

... and they're very pleasant as such. Omarta is a quintessential warm-weather quaff, a beer designed seemingly with bright sunshine and patio drinking in mind. The zestiness and herbal tea qualities make for gratifying refreshment - as if the tropical hops weren't enough - and there's enough malt to provide proper sustenance. Stock up for nice days.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Week and a half old bottle my parents brought home from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange with a two finger white head. Good spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Zesty citrus, very complex floral and citric aromas. Hibiscus definitely there.

T - Neat hops. Floral, light malt, orange, orange peel, zesty.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, nice dry bitterness in the finish.

O/D - An interesting pale ale. The adjuncts definitely have a positive effect on the beer, which on its own, seemed like quite a good pale. Drinkable and complex. Nice.

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Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Fresh from the brewery. Jeffo is the man, cheers bud!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy peach colour with almost a finger of white head. 3.00

Smell. Nice citrusy hops in a pretty big way, orange and grapefruit peel, sour citrus juices and some sweet tropical fruits. Very nice. 4.5

Taste. Nicely bitter citrus hops with a bunch of grapefruit and orange peel, light tropical fruits and some light floral notes, and a little bit of crackery malt underneath. Tons of flavour for a 5% beer. 4.25

Mouthfeel. Medium to light body and just slightly watery. Medium-low, smooth carbonation. 3.0

Overall. Amazing smell and tons of great flavour but this is about as low as I can go when it comes to body, even with a lower alcohol beer. Maybe not technically a session beer, but for me this is the kind of thing I actually could drink all day long in the summer. Unlike most of the tsunami of session beer that we've been bombarded with lately. Oh yeah, thanks again Jeff, best guy I know in all The Netherlands! :D 4.0

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a bit dark in the bar, but the beer appears orangey-pink in colour, with a small to moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leave some lace.

The blood orange is quite strong in the nose, and is mingled with other citrus fruits. A bit floral. Not a lot else, but quite a nice aroma.

Flavourwise, blood orange again comes through strongly, Lemon and a herbal flavour, presumably from the Simcoe hops. Quite juicy, with a bit of a dry, powdery flavour. Moderately bitter. Wheat adds some crispness, and a bit of bread is present. but the malt plays a supporting role. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Almost too carbonated, but it works.

Overall, very nice. Really enjoyable beer. Another winner.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the brewery in the summer
Orange + Hibiscuc pale ale

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with good retention. Perfectly clear amber orange with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full creamy foam cap leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Very active carbonation. Creamy cap remains leaving sheets of lacing.

SMELL: Definite orange peel, grapefruit and honeydew melon. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Bready malts and some honeydew melon up front, with a bitter swallow with orange notes as well. Medium but lingering finish of bitter grapefruit, some orange peel, floral notes and some touches of melon sweetness.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry.

OVERALL: Pretty good and plenty interesting. The body looked like a pale lager, which is lousy for the style, but the beer itself was nice and the orange was a nice touch. Solid stuff.

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Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, a little less than a finger of white head with a little bit of lace. Lots of citrus in the nose, oranges, some sweet buttered bread like malts, more fruity hops, grapefruit comes out as it warms a bit. Taste has lots of orange and graham cracker and honey malts, fairly bitter all the way through, a bit of grapefruit with an orange-malty aftertaste. Medium drying feel, medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Quite a good beer and the addition of the blood orange was quite nice, however probably not the most memorable offering from them.

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Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to Coronaeus!

This one was a bit hard to judge and changed my opinion near the bottom of my glass. Pours a pale hazy reddish orange with a minimal layer of off-white head. Some citrus and hops in the nose and while the hibiscus was only light it's presence really shines. Orange with hibiscus that's very light on the palate. Quite a dry finish with a little touch of bitterness. An interesting brew and the hibiscus really grew on me further into the glass.

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Corson
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Photo of leaddog
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a peachy gold colour with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - hibiscus flowers, orange, lemon, grapefruit peel, biscuity malts, and floral hops.

Taste - Light bitterness of floral hops along with hibiscus flowers, orange, grapefruit peel, and ends with the toasty/biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. LIngering bitterness in finish.

Overall - A unique twist to the APA style by incorporating hibiscus flowers and a range of citrus fruits. I enjoy the floral qualities (from both flowers and hops) of this beer.

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Photo of 4ster
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Good bitterness and a hint of hops with a small sour taste.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the latest edition which is now brewed with Blood Orange.
Milky grapefruit juice body, with minimal head and ok retention.
Light aroma, of grapefruit, bitter.
Loads of great citrus flavour, clearly blood orange but grapefruit too, bitter but juicy - not pithy. Light feel with good length, and medium carbonation.
This was fantastic, tasting like freshly squeezed juice, incredibly pure and authentic flavour unlike almost any I've tried. Great balance. Solid summer beer, have it with chicken or cheese by the bbq.

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Photo of Jerboat
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JahTurbo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Omerta from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 25 ratings