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
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of hunterjames
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jjboesen
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMZB
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wroywel
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a tulip.

Hazy orange, with a dense white cap. Great retention and lacing. Nose of citrus, mostly oranges, light malt notes and some sweetness. A good bit of pine as well. Taste is generally citrusy and bready, some toasty malt and bread crust on the back end. More orange and a touch of orange pekoe. Medium feel, medium carbonation. Tasty, and while not a session beer, I could consume this in comparable quantities.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was quit an enjoyable session IPA. I'm not typically a "session" drinker because I prefer the fuller taste of IPAs & DIPAs, but right away the smell of this one after opening the bottle was impressive. A ton of grapefruit and lemon dominate the aroma. Poured, it is a beautiful nice cloudy light straw colour, but the head is smaller, more active, and dissipates more quickly than I'd expect. Lacing is non-existent. Taste follows the aroma with a solid hit of grapefruit dominating up front with milder pine, flower & bready malt notes as the sip fades. Well balanced, virtually no astringent bitterness as the sip ends. Mouthfeel is just a touch more watery than I'd like and the carbonation a little "lighter' / more active than I'd prefer. All in all, quite a nice Session IPA with enough flavour to be enjoyable for a hop head.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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 bylerteck
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought this home from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy golden or dark orange. Good soapy two finger white head on top with strong carbonation. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Zest, light fruits, light citrus, peach, grass.

T - Same as the aroma. Light/zesty fruits. Passionfruity, citrus peel, extremely hop forward.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - Nice and light with lot's of hop character. Very similar to a few Australian beers. Nice session ale by North American standards.

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with some suspended particles. A foamy off-white head lasts forever, draping the glass in lace. The aroma is lightly malty and citrusy. The taste is grapfruit hops mixed with a light, bready, caramelly malt profile. I guess hops win out, but balance is quite even. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a creamy, full carbonation. Light bitterness in the shortlived finish.

This is a simple, but well executed session ale. It shouldn't be measured against the great APAs, a different ballpark all together. I recommend it on tap especially.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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