Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Toronto, Canada


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An American brown ale with a distinctive hoppy bitterness and notes of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, nuts, citrus rind and dark fruit. Pilot batch was called American Brown Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy fruitiness and delicate hazelnut sweetness move into earthy, coniferous hop resins in this slick Brown IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam tops the darkest brown.
-Milk chocolate and candied fruit also roam about.
-This is as professionally rendered as any other Bellwoods bottled brew I’ve had.
-Mouthfeel is quite effervescence and drier than expected.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (363) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
2014/05/02 - Pours a hazy brown-mahogany colour with a creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a surface film. Aroma is pine, caramel, citrus, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is caramel, nuts, cocoa, roasted malt, pine and mild citrus. Starts of sweet and slightly citrus and shifts to a roasted nut and piney bitter finish. Body is medium to thick with smooth carbonation and a drying finish. Not my favorite from Bellwoods, but still, it is rather tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (418) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a deep hazy brown with a generous tan head that fades slowly. Nose is roasted malt and chocolate with a big helping of pine. Flavour is light sweet chocolate with some coffee but nicely bitter like a black IPA rather than a brown ale. Medium palate with average carbonation and long dry bitter finish. Enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Light brown, fruity, hoppy aroma. Sweet and spicy. Reminds me a bit of Maduro, with more limey hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a branded snifter. Pours hazy, slightly reddish brown with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, pine and dark fruit. The flavour is balanced between medium sweet malts with chocolate, caramel and nuts, and subtle hops with pine and just a touch of citrus. A roasty note emerges towards the end, and it finishes with a medium length, hoppy-roasty finish. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice nutty-chocolatey brown ale. Good balance and quite satisfying. The hops are delicate and elegant. 2014-03-07

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3072) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
500 ml bottle from the brewery, via my bro (thanks!), served quite cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a full, tan head. Aroma: Strong dank hops with black pepper and hints of citrus peel, dark-roasted malts, so black and severe, more BIPA than Brown Ale... Palate: Medium+ body, fine, fairly full effervescence. Flav.: Much like the nose with big dank, peppery hops, faint citrus and big, black dark-roasted malts, a little black coffee as it warms, big and serious; dry with pretty good bitterness with a long roasted and resinous finish.

Grizzly indeed! Still comes off more like a BIPA than an American Brown Ale to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (563) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
(500mL bottle from brewery) Pours a murky med-dark brown with a big bubbly off-white head that lingers and leaves a bunch of lace. Aroma citrus, ripe fruit, a little grass/fresh pine, some slightly nutty/dark bread malt character, sweet. On the palate, sweet and hoppy at first, ripe fruit and citrus, caramel and lightly roasted malts. Drier in the middle, light toast, slight nuts, fresh evergreen, but those ripe fruity hops persist and take over again in the finish. Fruit makes the finish seem sweeter than it is, slightly bitter, slight roast but mostly leafy, fruity hops. Body is fairly light, carb soft. I wanted to like this more than I do, not bad but it just doesn’t quite come together for me. I like the hop-heavy approach but I think this is a bit in-between styles I like. Not quite an IPA, not quite a black IPA. Ergo good, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (2307) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Un style qui fonctionne souvent pour moi et pas de mauvaise surprise pour celle-là. Un nez de brown malt et verdure résineuse somme toute modérément aromatique, pas une bombe houblonnée. Le liquide est bien équilibré avec une pointe sapineuse qui se marie bien au chocolat noisette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin (498) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
bottle. Dark brown colour, fizzy head. Hoppy citrus and pine. Not much malt at all. Its decent, but not balanced or really indicative of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1434) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle from brewery. Really like this! Pours murky brown with a quickly fading tan head and no lacing. Nose is sweet and grassy. Notes of roasted nuts, plums, Cheerios, fresh cut grass and maybe some pine. Taste is light/med sweet and medium bitter. Medium body somewhat sticky with an abrupt dry finish and a long lasting bitterness.

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