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Bellwoods Witchshark Imperial IPA

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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Intensely hoppy American style Imperial/Double IPA. Tropical fruit aroma with a well-balanced bitterness showcasing flavours of mango, grapefruit and pine.

Yeast: American Ale
Hop: Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial
Malt: Pale, Vienna, Crystal


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (953) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear copper, fluffy white head lots of lacing. Nose is sweet caramel malt, and lots of juicy tropical hop. Tastes sweet, Murat caramel, and fruity, quite bitter initially but it subsides. I’ve had this so many times including the initial offering in the stubby bottle, I can’t believe I’ve never rated it. It’s awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1109) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
Blonde et troublée (comme bien des blondes...) surmontée d’un collet de de hauteur moyenne et de faible densité. La mousse, au bout de quelques secondes, n’est réduite qu’à un mince anneau blanc sans laisser de traces de son passage sur le verre. Arômes d’ananas, de mangue, de fruit de la passion et d’alcool aussi. Malts riches et gras en trame de fond, la bière s’annonce pesante. Beaucoup de corps en bouche; trop peut-être. Sans doute que c’est à quoi il faut s’attendre d’une bière à 9%, mais un sucre pesant me rend difficile l’expérience buccale qui au niveau des saveurs est cependant très convaicante. Finale marquée par une amertume boostée aux stéroïdes. Une très bonne impériale IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Draft. This is a decent IIPA, big cirtus notes, some pine, big malt body, had at the source.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hidden_Pooch (505) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
What great artwork and names Bellwoods come up with. Witch Shark hits you in the face with massive pine and mango smells and you go in for the tastes and you get those same dominating flavours. This Double IPA was went too smooth and had very low bitterness. It was a great experience with a double IPA as some are to bitter to want to finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, courtoisie de Johnsense, dégustée le 7/15/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : orangée. Apparence : voilée.
Arôme : Houblon fruité (agrumes, moyen de fruits tropicaux), moyennement résineux et citrique et légèrement herbeux, notes de caramel.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Plutôt amère de houblon résineux, fruité (agrumes, léger fruits tropicaux), légèrement citrique et aux notes herbeuses, présent toute la gorgée. Un support malté de caramel est présent avec des notes épicées.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse aux notes résineuses. Finale : longue et un peu sèche, composée d’une amertume de houblon fruité, résineux et légèrement citrique.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1721) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2016
Quite the surprise! The aroma is strong with wood and pineapple. The taste is wonderfully alcoholic and fruity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkoR (867) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a a generous white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit. Taste is similar, plus mango and hops. Excellent!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle at Max & Jess’s for an impromptu barbecue thing when I was down for Comic Con.. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Caramel and soft citrus on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet malt, a bit of toast and cool alcohol. Soft hops in the finish with a bit more citrus. Decent enough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (1325) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 14, 2015
Tap at the Brewpub. Translucent light amber with smallish, scattered off-white head. Nose is fruity, resiny, pretty rounded with not many hooks, and therefore a bit boring. Flavour is more sweetish, resiny bitter; the bitterness is quite strong in the finish, but it’s rather pleasant and not aggressive. Quite a soft mouthfeel, really smooth, carbonation very modest.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
650ml bottle from the brewery in Toronto, Ontario. One of the original bottles opened back in September 2012. Orange-amber in colour with a very long lasting good sized off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, pine, some caramel. The flavour is very hoppy, lots of citrus grapefruits and oranges, tropical fruits, some sweet caramel malts, lots of pine. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, very hoppy. Wow. Wonderful balance here. A very big DIPA but it drinks like an IPA. World class.


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