Friday, October 13, 2017

Trillium & Bellwoods Street Shark

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.38/5
- Untappd: 4.41/5
- RateBeer: 4.06/5

"What happens when a witch shark hits the streets? A double IPA is born.

For our first ever collaboration with Bellwoods Brewery we present Street Shark Double IPA. Using Bellwoods' base recipe and brewed on our Canton system using Trillium's house yeast and methods, Street Shark is a juicy, delectable marriage of flavors highlighted by technique. The nose leads with powerful citrus and honeysuckle, followed by a palate of peach, orange, and stonefruit. Street Shark has a creamy, medium body and smooth mouthfeel."

Pours golden yellow/light orange with a murky body and a finger of white head.

Tons of oranges and peaches on the nose. It smells like fresh-squeezed juice. Dashes of lemon, berries, and a solid hop bite are also present.

The taste is fruity, sweet, and bitter. It starts out with orange sherbet and orange cream which transitions to glorious bitterness and pine when it hits the middle of my mouth. Also in the middle, I am getting a lemon candy and lemon zest. Like the aroma, flashes of berries are a welcome addition and then there's some peaches and apricot to boot. An earth, grassy flavor also shows itself to add another layer of flavor. The finish is dominated by more bitter hop juice and pine. All in all, this has multiple levels of complexity.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. No sign of that 8.2% and it drinks easily. It doesn't finish dry at all, but we won't go as far as to call it "refreshing" as it is still a big IPA that lets you know that you should take your time and sip it slow.

Street Shark managed to make the most of every single hop used. An IPA can lean heavily on flowers, bitterness, pine, juice, etc, but this one had them all and they all were big. Complex and flavorful, this was an excellent collaboration with a great balance of those hops while being easy to guzzle down.


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