Area 52 Octofox - Phillips Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a medium gold colour with two fingers of foamy frothy white head.
Smell - citrus hops, citrus (grapefruit), bready caramel malts.
Taste - Citrus hops take charge with a moderate bitterness followed by the citrus, grapefruit rind, and bready caramel malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and citrus hop bitterness (rind from grapefruit) lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall - A spot on American IPA. A pleasant citrus hop profile along with a supporting bready caramel malt backbone help make an enjoyable one. I would of liked the hop aroma to be a little more prominent but still a spot on IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 00:25:36 | More by leaddog
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from a Phillips mixed pack poured into an English pint glass. The current "experimental" Area 52 hop delivery vessel is a light orange-amber color with a rather quick-breaking but lacy off-white head that suggests meringue. Now THAT'S a citrus-laden nose ... Massive yellow grapefruit or pomelo, blood orange, and citron peel along with an almost syrupy sweetness and a fizzy tang that suggests fruity champagne that nearly overpowers a light toffee and sultana raisin backbone. Whoa. Sort of a poor man's Lagunitas Sucks but also rather unique in delivering some aberrant citrus notes that one does not expect from the usual West Coast hoppy crowd. Almost perfume-like and floral like the blossoms of said trees as opposed to just the fruiting bodies. Palate is quite sweet and rich with caramel malt and citrus pulp flavors predominating, along with the same floral character as on the nose. Thicker body than some other Phillips IPAs or perhaps its just me, and the finish is dryer than the initial taste would imply, lemongrass and hints of gooseberry and perhaps leather (?!). I wonder if the hop in here isn't one of those newish English varietals that are supposed to retain a floral-spice character even as they incorporate more citrus elements ... Although the blood orange flavor is rather stronger than such a theory might suggest. In any event I am digging the sweet start and crisp finish one-two punch, and one wonders what these mad scientists at Area 52 will concoct next.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 19:56:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
4/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
341ml bottle. Plausible deniability abounds here, as does redaction, because 'Octofox' does not really exist, instead it's to be known by its code name 'IPA #7735'.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, frothy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some thorough dense jungle canopy lace around the glass as things slowly move southwards.
It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a further touch of toffee sweetness, a pleasant blend of musty pine and bitter leafy green notes, sharply acetic white grapefruit and blood orange fruit rinds, soft doughy yeast, and the suggestion of an ethereal warming alcohol. The taste is led off once again by the grainy, gritty, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a now sidelined caramel/toffee character, sort of reduced pine/leaf/dank flora essences, some still sassy, if mostly denatured generic citrus, and a hollow yeast astringency.
The carbonation is quite understated, manifesting merely in a rather plain fizziness, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth enough amongst the increasingly limpid hops to engender incursive thoughts of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the doughy, bready, and slightly caramelized malt displaying more chutzpah that I might have originally given it credit for, and the hops keep on keepin' on.
Another don't ask, don't tell hop experiment gone all right, from what I can ascertain. Still much is owed to the house Phillips malt essence, but that's ok, it just makes one pay more attention to the particular hops or other guest ingredients, which here seem more than worthy of the shroud of secrecy surrounding it. Enjoyable with a wink, and just a soupçon of nudge.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 05:06:11 | More by biboergosum
Area 52 Octofox from Phillips Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.