Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bellwoods Brewery-Common Pale Ale

The first brew that I tried at the Bellwoods Brewery was their Common Pale Ale. Apparently it clocks in at 5% alcohol. The Common arrived an almost clear amber-orange colour. It had a good amount of carbonation, but very little head.

Common had a slightly sweet fruit aroma blended with a generous measure of hops. Flavour-wise, this beer didn't have a ton of body. There were some foresty notes and a touch of citrus. However, the dominant flavour is clearly hop bitterness. The finish was quite bitter, but short.

Of the four Bellwoods beers that I sampled, this was easily the weakest.  That said, it was still pretty enjoyable. If I were in charge, Common would have a tad more sweetness on the front end to round it out, perhaps with notes of caramel or toffee more like a classic British pale.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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