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Wizard Wolf | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At the time of its inception, this was a very unique beer for Bellwoods to brew. Though we were earning a reputation for making a lot of high ABV, full-flavoured brews, we still couldn’t deny the appeal of something easy drinking and sessionable. Not really wanting to go the route of the lager, and inspired by the hop-forward low alcohol pale ales emerging from the states, we devised the Wizard Wolf. Weighing in at 4.8% this deceivingly flavourful session ale is easy to drink, and doesn’t knock you off your feet after just one.

Added by jrenihan on 04-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,427
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
103
pDev:
8.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Jeffo:
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3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from the brewery on a fly-by visit. Wish I could have hung out longer and had a few brews at the garage. Next time.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint, splotchy wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Loose hear, but it left some nice looking lacing.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pine and grapefruit with some light melon citrus aromas. Really nice stuff.

TASTE: Some pale malts, grainy bread, a touch of malty sweetness, then some floral bitterness at the swallow. Big but dry finish of floral bitterness and touch of grainy bread flavors. Little sweetness; mostly a bitter hop finish with grainy flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: The nose on this one is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't follow suit. This one is a little too grainy for my tastes, as well as being bitter for the sake of being bitter; didn't get as much flavor out of the hops as the nose had suggested. Still a good low ABV session beer here, but not something I'd have to jump at again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewery. Enjoyable bitter ale, more so than being a classical APA. Light citrus. Floral hops. Moderate foam head on light orange body. Soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing. I see this being available in cans, replacing much big lot beer.

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wroywel
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JahTurbo
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sample at Bellwoods before choosing bottles at the shop.

A- 4.0- Very good. Unfiltered. White goodness. Nice white head

S- 4.0- Yeasty good! Typical white beer

T- 3.75- Bit thin here. Not a Hoegaarden by any stretch but a nice try

M- 3.75- Pretty good. Nice and creamy but not as good as the aforementioned

O- 3.83- That is what the rating should be for this one. Overall a nice try but not worth the high price

Food Pairing

Did not have anything from the kitchen on this visit

Enjoy

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Photo of StormAles
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes is quite interesting. Taste is a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops with some light dry caramel malt. Body is fuller than expected with good carbonation. Hoppier and tastier than I had expected for a low ABV session-style beer. I wish this was accessible to me.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery but no freshness info was apparent. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium orange with a half finger of cream coloured head.

S - Massive fresh hop aroma with grapefruit, tangerine and some pine notes. Lighter peach aroma is present as well as a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with grapefruit, tangerine and pine flavours. A slight caramel malt backbone provides some balance. The palate falls short of the wonderful aroma, but this is still tasty, especially given the ABV.

M - Light to moderate carbonation with some hop oils present. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tbrascojr
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Adamthornton13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON.

This one pours a mostly clear dull orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells a bit like Zombie Dust, actually- there might be some Citra here for sure. There's grapefruit, orange peel, melon, and pineapple, with lots of grassy hops on the nose as well.

This is certainy one of the better tasting session IPAs out there. It does suffer from tasting a smidge watery, but there's a really nice crisp and clean hop flavor to it- like a less bold Zombie Dust. All of the fruits mentioned above are here, with a nice moderate grassy bitterness on the finish.

There's a pretty crisp but slightly empty mouthfeel here, as it gets a bit watery. It's super drinkable, though.

This isn't my absolute favorite Bellwoods, but it's still well constructed for sure.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to igeunard for sharing the bottle!

Like most low(er) ABV beers, this one suffers slightly from low(er) taste and mouthfeel as well. Having said that, it is a tasty version with a decent hop presence and easy drinkability.

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Photo of dipso123
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap
Tastes like a lemon drop, refreshing and sessionable. Tad over carbonated.

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from brewery.

Brownish golden colour. One inch fine head. Good streams of carbonation. Thick lacing and great retention.

Nice buttery caramel malty aroma with mild noble hops..

The taste is dialed back but complex - chameleon-like. Definite lemon taste. Herby bitterness of thyme then floral chrysanthemum taste. Lows grassy better aftertaste.

Light side of medium feel without being watery.

It is definitely a session ale as the label says.. milder taste and low alcohol but with lots of flavour.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Loads of lemon zest and peel; finishes with hints of grapefruit. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery for around $6

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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