Wizard Wolf | Bellwoods Brewery

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97 Ratings
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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:
97
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 spycow
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white surface coating of head. Nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine forward, with a biscuit backbone. Flavors of pepper, cannibus, and oregano spices in the forward hops profile, with a tangerine and grapefruit backbone. Very light and crisp in mouth. Bitter and sweet aftertaste, with a slightly filmy, dry finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 BARFLYB
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wizard Wolf is a unique name but the beer looks pretty ordinary; lemon curd yellow against the light, the beer has bright highlights but a consistently blurry complexion. Its head is firm and foamy and maintains its size and form even as the liquid beneath it drops.

The leafy, earthy, raw hop smell reminds me of harvesting hops from a friend's backyard vines. But this bouquet doesn't herald the typical notes of tropical fruits or resinous serums; it actually smells a lot like a green tea (with a side of honeyed biscuits).

Wizard Wolf is 'politely pungent' - the crude earthiness of the hops makes a brief appearance on the palate but quickly crumbles. Far from bitter, the mouthfeel is marked by a very prominent maltiness and, by extension, lots of wholesome fresh-baked breadiness.

That honey-nut cereal grain taste dominates the flavour. In fact, there's very little else to describe the beer by. While its mild and simple profile serves it well as a so-called "session ale" (4.8% is basically 5%, not session-strength by definition), it makes it challenging to review.

Wizard Wolf has hops that howl but not bite. Dry-hopping affords this ale a good amount of hoppiness without taking away from its mainstream agreeableness. Indeed, while most Bellwoods offerings are out of this world, this one falls squarely into the realm of the ordinary.

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Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 papat444
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but it can't be more than a week old.

Beer is cloudy orange. A very small white head dissipates quickly. No lace.

Smell is nice; hop focused with lots of tropical and citrus fruit. Some grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a herbal scent and slight bready malt.

Taste is fairly bitter (surprisingly so). Hop focused again, but not as full as the nose. Pineapple, grass, a bit of pine. Some bready malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Refreshing. A bit thin, but certainly a good feel for a beer designed for sessioning.

Overall, fairly flavourful for a low abv beer, but my first impression is that I would take the Common Pale Ale over this.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jeffo
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Whatup14
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange colour, 1.5 fingers of dense and rocky white head, lots of lace. Smell is packed with citrus fruit, orange, grapefruit and mango, a bit of malt in the mix as well but a big hop presence is dominant. Dry and bitter up front, lots of juicy citrus, orange flavours lead to a bready malt sweetness, more drying hop in the finish. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Solid pale ale here, low abv with a ton of flavour, not unlike the Common but much drier.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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