Bellwoods Brewery Ratclops – American Pale Ale at 5.6% ABV (C$8.65 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 15-Aug-2023, acquired 30-Oct-2023, reviewed 18-Nov-2023)
Appearance: hazy pale gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, minimal stringy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mild, stone & tropical fruits, pine, cereal grains. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly tart finish. (3/5)
I’m just not feeling this one. The aroma is fine, but relatively mild for the brewery and style. The taste is fine, but finishes a little sharp – tart, maybe, or even a little astringent, and that carries through into the finish. Certainly not as good as Jutsu or Monogamy, and in fact maybe not quite as good as Wizard Wolf. Just not up to snuff for my favourite Canadian brewery.(14/20)
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