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Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:42 am
by northyorksammy
El Pinguino wrote:Thsi was the first Milkshark beer I've had, but no tthe first milkshake IPA beer.
These are hardly IPAs at all in terms of how they taste...I got zero IPA taste from this pink guava beer. It was just sugary, sweet fruit juice to me.
It's a nice trend, its nice to bring in people who may otherwise not drink beer...but realistically, I had no desire to buy more than the single bottle I got.
These type of beers are "one and done" to me.

its this confection trend aong a number of US brewers

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:36 am
by seangm
El Pinguino wrote:Thsi was the first Milkshark beer I've had, but no tthe first milkshake IPA beer.
These are hardly IPAs at all in terms of how they taste...I got zero IPA taste from this pink guava beer. It was just sugary, sweet fruit juice to me.
It's a nice trend, its nice to bring in people who may otherwise not drink beer...but realistically, I had no desire to buy more than the single bottle I got.
These type of beers are "one and done" to me.


These are a none and done for me lol, I have pretty much no interest as I'm not a fan of overly sweet beverages to begin with. Most milk stouts aren't my thing and just the name, milkshake IPA, makes me shudder. I guess it's nice that breweries are experimenting to this degree and possibly bringing non-beer drinkers into the fold, but I'm not so keen once additions/flavourings overpower the core "beer" flavour.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:18 pm
by gordonpeterwiebe
I'd have to agree that this isn't really a "beer"... I'd consider it a radler. At 7% vs. a witchsharks 9% I'd imagine that this guava one is about 20% juice (somebody with more time and math skills might want to correct me on that?!).
Anyhow, tasty, but not really what I was looking for in a fruit infused ipa. The fun with these kinds of beers is to see what a brewer can do with the subtle addition of some foreign elements in order to bring out the eccentricities of the hops/malt... this is just a bunch of juice added to a beer which, ultimately, overwhelms it.
I will say that I've been somewhat impressed with the quality of bellwoods' ales/ipa's as of late. I've never been a fan of their stuff... but, I've been trying out 1 or 2 of their offerings when they come out fresh lately and they seem to have made great strides in quality (I'll have to retire the term "bellwoods taste" when describing an amateur beer!). Things like roman candle and jutsu don't taste anything like they did only a year or two ago (which is good!).

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:06 pm
by Belgian
I remember Friuli strawberry a loooong time ago, I think it's legit, only these Bellwoods are way better.

So what if the fruit takes over, why can't the beer chef create whatever he wants. Beer is a fairly extended continuum not an absolute range. Yes it surprises me how intentionally un-beery some new brews are, but who cares, we aren't losing anything for it and experimentation is great.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:02 am
by Quotashun
Really enjoyed this one (and the Blackberry); my favourite of the three so far. I found the Pineapple to be way too sweet for my tastes (reminded me of canned Dole pineapples). That said, I still prefer a solid "normal" IPA over this style, but I think it's pretty cool to see Bellwoods doing so much experimentation and coming up with these solid "unusual" releases.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:07 pm
by Flipfly
God save the "beer" taste.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:30 am
by Tapsucker
Flipfly wrote:God save the "beer" taste.



I've been thinking about how to make a nice well balanced IPA flavored cappuccino or maybe some bacon that tastes like asparagus. It would, of course, be all local and craft to preserve the "authenticity". :roll:

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:38 am
by sprague11
I'm loving the Guava Milkshark. If anyone was disappointed by this beer for whatever reason and is looking to offload their investment I'll take them off your hands for you.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:47 am
by Flipfly
Tapsucker wrote:
Flipfly wrote:God save the "beer" taste.



I've been thinking about how to make a nice well balanced IPA flavored cappuccino or maybe some bacon that tastes like asparagus. It would, of course, be all local and craft to preserve the "authenticity". :roll:


In your nonsensical response lies the beauty of the whole scenario - you can make whatever you want.... I just wouldn't expect anyone to consume your IPA cappuccino since it sounds like you'd be hard pressed to figure out instant coffee. Also, god save the locally sourced guava.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:32 pm
by Craig
Isn't there a guava tree in the cloud gardens? Or maybe the science center?

I'm just saying, there's got to be a way. Somewhere in this great province, there's going to be a guava tree.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:51 pm
by sprague11
Judging by the lineup for the fast-selling Mango Milkshark today I'd argue that Bellwoods hasn't "gone far enough". Was a big fan of the Guava Shark - curious to see some of the creative reasons people come up with to bitch about this release.

I'm sure Bellwoods is crying all the way to the bank.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:20 pm
by Bobsy
The mango was delicious. Ended up preferring it to the glass of Motley Cru.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:20 pm
by ChrisK
No. Quit gatekeeping.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:47 pm
by Belgian
I wish I had absconded with a Guava Shark. This is a fun series of beers, perhaps a serious exploration of the not-so-serious.

Re: Did Bellwoods go too far with PG

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:44 pm
by TheSevenDuffs
ChrisK wrote:No. Quit gatekeeping.

This.