Review: Bellwoods Stay Classy Non-Alcoholic IPA

Thanks to Brandon's Section 6 Brewing, I'm able to review today's beer! They have a good selection of non-alcoholic beers available for those who want to have a beer but may not be able to partake in one for various reasons. They had a nice selection of IPAs, Sours, Lagers and even a Belgian-style Witbier in stock for NA beers, NA beer has come a long way!

So get this, there was a brief period of time where I was somehow considered to be one of the leading experts in non-alcoholic beer - I was the only one writing about it for a time, so for quite a while the only people who came to were people looking for non-alcoholic beer reviews. NA beer is becoming much much more welcoming than only a couple years ago when people mocked me for it stating "if you wanted to drink a beer, just drink a beer" or "drink water instead" - NA beer is becoming more mainstream and accepted, finally, but it's so hard for me to catch up - I haven't even had time to review any myself in the past year or so due to my busy schedule. 

Today's sampling is Bellwoods Brewery's Stay Classy Non-alcoholic IPA. The very first time I ever saw Stay Classy on Bellwoods' Instagram page, I neeeeeeeded to try it - the label gives off a very retro vibe, specifically from a big brewery that I shall not name's branding from the 70s/80s back when Stubbies were still king. Brewed with water, malted barley, oats, hops and yeast. 70 calories and 0.5% ABV 

Appearance: Hazy with a lemon-yellow body to it. There's a moderate amount of carbonation in the body and a thick amount of snow white head on top that diminishes pretty quickly, leaving behind a slight lacing on the glass and a scattering of bubbles here and there on top of the beer.

Aroma: A very leafy-hop centric IPA. It's a tad dank, mildly bitter, slightly sweet. The first impression I got was dill with a bit of alfalfa and pine.. it's a familiar aroma to me that I've seen in another NA IPA before.. possibly? It may be aggressive for non-hopheads but for me, I don't mind it so far but there's just something about it that reminds me of a lot of NA beers. Slight amount of black pepper and a bit of a "wet grain" profile that reminds me of a lot of NA beers I've had before.

Taste: Lots of hop in here to give it notes of pine, alfalfa and even dill in it. I feel like it's to mask a bit of a 'raw grain' taste that I remember from my childhood growing up on a mixed farm. There's a hint of lemon and grapefruit for citrus presence. The mouthfeel is very watery and slightly metallic, while the mouthfeel is a mild bitterness of hops.

Overall Thoughts: The dill presence surprised me but it’s pretty much a floral and hoppy IPA, West Coast? For sure. It’s quite watery at points for me and sometimes it feels like the hops are just masking the grain but that being said.. I’ll be sampling this again in the near future. Also, I should be reviewing Bellwoods’ Jelly King NA Sour one of these days. Stay tuned..

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