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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Toronto, Canada

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (802) - ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2014
Rated on June 7th, 2014. Pours dark brown with a nice beige foam head. Aroma improves while the beer warms, has roast chocolate, toffee and has a good hop bite. Taste has several levels. The first sip is hop-bitter and nicely carbonated, then it evolves into nice long roast flavour. Excellent balance, long bitter chocolate aftertaste. Truly enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1343) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
500 ml bottle. Darker brown colour with a slightly tan head. Very hoppy upfront notes with pinecones and some citrus, which are followed by chocolate and some roast. More hops on the palate with chocolate and roast. Man oh man, I swear this could pass as a black IPA. Big beer and very tasty!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (869) - CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Pours hazy brown with a fat finger of loose rocky tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (4/5) Nose is roasty malts, coffee, dark fruit, light citrus, toffee malt, mild smoke. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, long roasty and slightly smoky finish. (4/5) What an interesting beer - it looks like a porter, tastes like a black IPA, smells like something in between. Hoppy and malty in balance, and much more interesting than your normal brown ale, but still largely within the definitions of the style if you’re a little flexible in your interpretation of the “Northern English Brown” variant. That said, it’s definitely much hoppier than typical examples of the style like Newcastle Brown or Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown. (16/20)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours clear brown with a fine light tan head. Aroma of citrus, chocolate malt, some fruity esters. Taste is fairly sweet up front from chocolate or caramel malt, with a medium body, and a sticky, citrusy hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 7, 2014
Rich, hearty, woody. Full on toasty malt with a nice hop sidekick. Well put together and dangerously drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Pours a medium brown with red highlights and a small beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of piny hops, nuts and light chocolate. Quite nice and more american than traditional, even better! Taste is lightly sweet but you don’t perceive it as it moderately bitter. Flavors are of roasted malt and piny hops. Finish is on heavy roasted notes but never acrid or ash-y. Body is medium and carbonation a bit spritzy but really medium-high. Overall a really nice american brown ale, Bellwoods really deserves the hype it’s getting!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Deep brown pour with a thick fluffy brown head. The aroma is quite hoppy with lots of pine and resin along with a roasty cocoaish character as well. Medium bodied with some light malt sweetness. Earthy and roasty. It’s getting up into Black IPA territory, but it’s pretty nice, whatever you may call it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1508) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 On tap at Bellwoods. Dark brown and hazy. Very roasty aroma, with some pine and citrus. Big pine taste with some woody notes, roasted malt, and citrus fruits. Nice bite to it. Smooth rich mouthfeel. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2367) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Amber brown poor. Nice head and lace. Roasted malt hop aroma. Fruit citrus flavor. Sweet malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3578) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
500ml bottle from the brewpub. Dark, hazy ruby/brown pour, small beige head. Roasted cocoa malts, sweet nuttiness and light pine hops. Solid mouth feel, good carb. Solid pine bitterness, good nutty matls. A great brown ale!


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