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Roman Candle IPA by Bellwoods Brewery

Welcome to Beers and Such, the craft beer review site brought to you by a regular Joe with a thirst for the out of the ordinary. There might even be a non-beer review here and there one of these days, but not today.

Today we're going to have a look at Roman Candle IPA by Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, Ontario. It's really really yellow and really thick looking, for lack of a better word. It's also 6.8%, so this bright yellow beer will kick you in the face and not even feel bad about it.

It has a strong hop smell, so I'm thinking this one will be a hop filled delight. I have a good feeling about this one. Maybe that's because my mom gave it to me for my birthday...

Let's see if this brew is as good as I think it will be.

This is quite a surprise. It's not super hoppy despite the hoppy aroma. It has a really nice citrus hop intro, then there's not much in the middle stanza, and we finish with a very light bitter taste. The whole experience is refreshing. It's not at all what I expected, but it's really nice.

This would be a great beer to take golfing. Alcohol rules very on golf courses so take the necessary precautions if you want to hit the links with a Roman Candle. Keep it cold somehow because that's where the refreshment aspect comes from. My personal needs would probably be along the lines one on the front 9, one on the back 9. Any more than that and I'd be an even worse golfer than usual.

For those of you a little more tolerant, bring at least 4.

My rating: 8/10. It's light and easy going for being a brute at 6.8%.

My trusty second sipper is half in the bag on caesars at the moment, so this rating will be interesting to say the least.

My wife's rating: 5/10! Ladies and gentlemen, that's almost a 10 as far as my wife and IPA's go.

There you have it, friends. Roman Candle IPA by Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is a light tasting, easy going strong beer. It's refreshing and I recommend it to anyone that likes beer. Check out other offerings from Bellwoods at


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