Bellwoods Brewery is one of many breweries that crowd the Toronto craft beer market. I feel like every time I visit Toronto I hear about a new brewery that is a must try.

It is hard to keep up with the constantly changing, and constantly growing market.  My solution?  Go to Bellwoods Brewery and forget the rest.

Bellwoods Brewery was first introduced to me by my sister’s boyfriend when he spent Christmas with us for the first time.

He brought a selection of beers from Bellwoods, as well as an art print for their Cat Lady IPA, since I had recently gotten my first cat. All of the beer was fantastic and Bellwoods remains to this day one of my favourite breweries.

Bellwoods brewery has two locations, 124 Ossington Avenue, and 20 Hafis road. Oftentimes the locations have different bottles for sale, and both have a small brew pub.

Recently Bellwoods launched an online store, which sold out within the first hour of launching (luckily they have since been restocking more regularly).

Bellwoods, in my opinion, has figured out the recipe to make a good IPA.  I have had Runes, Goblin Sauce, and Witchshark, and been enamoured by all of them, making me very excited to try a new IPA from them, Boogie Monster.

Bellwoods Boogie Monster IPA

Boogie Monster pours a light hazy yellow, with a lovely thick white head.  The smell is nothing too unique, it smells very much like a standard IPA, very bitter and full of hops.

The flavour is classic double IPA: strong hops, with back notes of the malts.  I don’t pick up too much here, the beer does not have a lot of other notes to it.

I was very happy to enjoy a more classic beer, as lately I have been struggling to find a beer that is just a classically good without lots of flavours added in. Boogie Monster is exactly what I have been searching for.

While this beer is not too unique it is an excellent double IPA and one I strongly recommend you pick up if you enjoy double IPAs.

  • ABV: 8.0%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Style: Double IPA
  • Taste: Hoppy, Tropical, Sweet
  • Rating 4.5/5
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Olivia is a full time hop head focusing mostly on IPA's, however, she also can be found drinking sours, stouts, pale ales, and - on rare occasion - ales. Olivia spends her time reading, playing video games, and listening to records.