Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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88
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-17-2004

Uh, we forget...Oh Yeah, this is a big beer. Mind blowing amounts of hops give this beer tons of flavour and aroma. Not for the faint of heart. The bigger, meaner cousin to the Hop Circle IPA.
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Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 84
Photo of Ghrymm
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keep it up Phillips it is about the Hops. i guess the Pumpkin dude is just not into the Hops.
All in all its not a session for sure but a very good IPA i keep one in the fridge always.

Photo of hotmailmsn
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - light orange hazy color. welly carbonated with two finger head. S - citrus peel, herb, hoppy, floral aroma, honey smell when it comes warmer.
T - bitterness not doubt dominates the alcohol (8.5%).
O - good value! one of my daily DIPA!

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
1.09/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If hops are a spice, then this beer is the equivalent of taking a plate of food and dumping a whole container of pepper on it.

Look - quite typical for an IPA; burnt-orange, cloudy.

Smell - Horrific, piercing pine and bitter grapefruit. More akin to something I would use to clean my floors than something I would drink.

Taste - Bitter in the extreme, like citrus-scented soap and pine needles. Truly an awful experience that lingers way longer than one could ever wish it to.

Feel - Like soapy water that's carbonated, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall, this is practically the epitome of why I can't stand Phillips Brewery. There seems to be a notion over there that cramming entire fields of hops into a bottle is a good thing; that, and most of their beers seem to be only variants of the IPA style. I suppose if you are into extreme craft beers and find eating hops by the fistful a great pastime, you might enjoy this. Other than that, I fail to see how anyone could ever enjoy this.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jun 28 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lightly foggy, golden-amber colour, generating a lofty head more than two fingers high. It is fluffy, puffy, and bone white in colour - quite attractive, with pretty good retention, too. It recedes gradually over a period of ten minutes or so, eventually being reduced to a lumpy, foamy cap and collar, with a complex doily-pattern of sticky lace deposited all around the glass. On the nose, I am immediately greeted with an enticing blend of tropical fruit character - citrusy orange is well-represented, in addition to pineapple juice, grapefruit, and plenty of resiny pine. While the hops are more dominant here, the malt bill is not to be forgotten, as a pronounced caramelized sugar sweetness permeates the bouquet, with faint suggestions of apricot and strawberry.

Now for the most crucial bit - does it taste as good as it looks and smells? After two sips, I'd have to say 'yes, mostly'. Malty flavours of caramelized sugar and butterscotch barely manage to temper the onslaught of hoppy character. Notes of pine needles and sappy, resiny bitterness are almost overpowering, with notes of candied grapefruit and citrus pith also crossing the tongue. Not as fruity as the nose suggested - touches of apricot and pineapple do come through, but the piney flavours quickly overwhelm them. It finishes with an earthy, resiny bitterness that lingers on into aftertaste, along with some caramelized sugar and boozy sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with soft, lightly prickly carbonation levels that result in a smooth mouthfeel that is both somewhat creamy and a bit oily. Very satisfying texture. Dangerously easy to drink, and a total pleasure to do so.

Final Grade: 4.36, an astounding A grade. I'm always a bit worried when I crack open an IPA that has been shipped across the country, but Phillips' Amnesiac did not disappoint in the slightest. While I'd still love to try this one in its home turf - totally fresh - this bomber is still drinking very nicely, and if it were available locally I'd definitely be picking up another bottle or two. Not the most intense or memorable sort of DIPA I've ever had, but a respectable, very well-made one that I plan to return to in the future. Definitely worth a look - one of the grand-daddies of Canadian West Coast DIPAs, and you should always respect your elders.

Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, slightly amber gold. A dense, frothy white foam slowly recedes and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, pine needles, some herbs and slight dank. Slight malt sweetness emerges as it warms.

Taste: Bold bitterness throughout, with some citrus following from the nose. Some caramel malt enters intermittently, but hops definitely dominate. Hints of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Hardly balanced, but a tasty dose of hops.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange yellow with list of fluffy white head that lasts and leaves lacing.

Nose is tropical fruit, citrus, with some peppery spice.

Taste follows nose. Tropical fruit at the front moving into grapefruit bitterness. There is an earthy and peppery finish.

I'm not sure how fresh this is. I was expecting a lot more hops from a DIPA.

Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hops!! I have to admit that this is one of my favourite beers and was excited to see it start the month off. It pours a nice coppery colour with and inch and half tan head that sticks to the glass. The nose hits you with a citrus hops which is followed up by a huge kick of hops on the palate. I've tried in vain finding out what the International Bitterness Unit (IBU) rating is but it has to be in the high 80's. I think this covers up some of the alcohol flavor which is subdued considering it comes in at 8.5% ABV. If you like hoppy beers this is a must try.

Photo of Kenmac19
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a nice deep amber colour with a thick creamy head of 1" that would have lasted over 2 minutes, but I couldn't wait to try it. Nice strong pine, wet grass aroma with hints of grapefruit, bread and a bit of apricot. First taste has strong resinous hops, then grapefruit and caramel malts hit the tongue and as you swallow there is the pineapple after taste. Read somewhere that this was at 85 IBU but it tastes lower than that. A nice balance of hops and malts belies the 8.5% ABV, making it a smooth drink with a sneaky kick. I could easily drink 4-5 of these and therefore would surely find out why they call it Amnesiac.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours peach orange with lots of suspended particles in a slight haze. The massive rocky head lasts forever. Piney hops and a bit of caramel malt in the nose, some booziness too. The taste is very hoppy and bitter with piney, eucalyptus and lemon hop flavors out front. A slightly roasty, nutty malty profile makes solid balance. Booze isn't incredibly well hidden for the weight, but isn't distracting. A whiff of diacetyl in the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Long bitter, herbal and citrus finish.

This is a nice DIPA. Super hoppy but with a bit too prominent and characterful malt profile for my tastes. Tends to distract from the hop onslaught. Still delicious stuff. Worth a try.

Photo of BGDrock
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: clear, dull gold, turning to amber; big fluffy white head with great retention

Aroma: light citrus hops, honey, mildly floral, lemon

Taste & Mouthfeel: lot's of burning, astringent hop bitterness with little to balance it out - like just chewed a pile of tarragon leaves, but a least the palate feels cleansed...all pine needles and resin, without real character, and pithy; does mellow out in time, but still lacks any depth or really interesting flavour

Overall: a totally one dimensional IPA, bordering on unpleasant when it comes to taste, if decent in other aspects

Note: reading the other reviews it's almost like I had a different beer. may be a result of transport and storage at LCBO warehouse, as I had it almost as soon as I bought it. Balls.

Photo of SebD
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bitter pine resins, some grassiness, light citrus, faint grapefruit and a fair amount of sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a resiny pine bitterness, some grassiness, light citrus/grapefruit and some sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. It's just a touch too malty for my liking.

Photo of peensteen
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden orange, 1.5 fingers white head, lots of lace. Smell is quite malty, earthy hops, with some citrus and orange zest, bits of grapefruit as well, kind of weak but not terrible. Taste is malty and sweet, bitter earthy hops, touch of citrus, moderate bitterness throughout and also a touch metalic at times. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body, lightly slick. An OK beer a perhaps at one time this may have been a great DIPA but with so many high quality offerings available almost everywhere this is pretty lackluster.

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amnesiac looks memorable enough: golden sunset in colour, twinkling highlights, fluttering bubbles, and a patch of head that leaves sea-spray patterns of lacing all up and down the glass. Full points for appearance. This ale is every bit as aesthetic as its label art.

The nose is overrun by a bitter green herbalness, as it arguably should be. There's a lot of pine-like resins and bitter, festering tropical fruit skin qualities; this smells like brown lime and mushy lemons, all coated in a sticky tree sap substance. The malts also impart a scorched caramel note.

The ale isn't much easier on the palate, impressing a combination of cutting citrus acidity, raw onion-like pungency, a pinch of fresh-grated ginger-like zest, and burnt butterscotch. Overall it's a considerably bitter mouthfeel, with little to soften the sizable IBU count.

That said, there are redeeming shortbread cookie and biscuit notes, as well as caramelized grapefruit, grilled pineapple, and spiced orange peel flavours. It's a highly flavourful ale, there's no question, but not everyone will be able to stomach the 8.5% alcohol and accompanying intensity.

Amnesiac is a beer good enough to remember having. In fact, I still have vivid memories of the last time I reviewed it, just over 8 years ago. Having had countless more incredible DIPAs in the time since I still like it now about as much as I did then. It's a good one, that's for sure.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle from the lcbo. $5.95 served slightly chilled in a snifter.

A- Clear copper color with a white head of sticky foam. Lace and decent retention.

S- The aroma is not overpowering but does have nice floral hops with aromas of orange rinds and a flutter of grass and malt.

T- nice crackery malt sweetness up front, fresh bread, solid bitterness balances the beer. The bitterness is quite floral with citrusy undertones and nice hoppy finish. Apparently IBUs roll in around 85 but i cant say that i agree. As the flavors of nice piney hop oils are present they just don't overpower. Maybe because the brew is so well balanced. Nonetheless a great tasting well balanced DIPA.

M- Full bodied. Left my lips sticky. Great carbonation and perfect for the style.

D- Alcohol is very hidden and this is a good tasting beer. Dangerous combo.

Overall a good example of the style at the price that i feel is fair for a beer this big. Good all around.

Photo of DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $8.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well pouring a good white head. Clear and gold. Head lingers

S- EXCELLENT!! A lot of hops happening here at the lights out stage. WOW. When you take you time you find an abundance of malt.

T- Very good. Enjoyable not just for the above but that grapefruit goodness that is hops! All the hops though are at finishing and there is not much bitterness. Boil more in boys!

M- Pretty good and dry.

O- Very good. Expensive though. No hint of alcohol so go easy and don't drive.

Food Pairing

This very good IPA goes well with... Sushi!

Enjoy

Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Bright brass with crusty, snowy head.
Nose of powdered lemon drink mix and mint - intoxicating, never smelled anything like it – plus a whiff of citronella.
Floury tortilla, lots of lemon zest, herb, and citrus Vitamin water hops.
Lemondrop finish and ruthless grapefruit ring bitter linger.
Lt-med, oily, round, no burn, dry.

The light end of DIPAS, with lots of oil and a fair kick, too. All about the lemon. By turns delicate, pungent, and lingering. Very West Coast – does this better than many PDX beers. A step beyond for pale, clean DIPAs. And I like the elephant on the can.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter

A : the pour is light golden yellow with 1 finger of fluffy white head, slow dissipation into thin even lace

S : plenty of piney hops and citrus, a bit boozy

T : loads of hops and citrus at the start and throughout, grapefruit, pineapple and mango, some mild but noticeable bready malts, big bitter hop filled finish

M : big body, medium-high carbonation, dry finish

O : a very good double IPA, fresh and loaded with hops, very enjoyable.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deliciousness in a can - the tallest beer can I've ever seen, 567ml.

Pours a wonderful honey orange with a thick white head, just how I like it.

Wonderful citrus, mango and piney hop aroma with some malty sweetness added into the mix.

Tastes like the sweet nectar from the tits of the Goddess of Hops herself.

Definitely try this if you're ever in BC!

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle received in trade with Rejtable - thanks! Best before Oct 2013

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit.

Overall - Really good stuff. I've had a few other IPA/APA's from this brewer and this beer seems to have more of what they are lacking. More sweetness, more fruitiness, and more hops. I'd pick this up again if it was available locally.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An oft-cited "subdued" example of a double IPA but don't be fooled. One of the better IPAs on the Western Canadian scene in terms of flavor complexity and the hops are not subtle although this does qualify as a moderate hop bomb. Pours a nice amber/weak orange juice hue with about three fingers of straw-colored foam. Aroma skews towards the orange end of citrus, fermented pineapple, some harsh woody and resin notes, sweet caramel malt. Taste is an amazing layered cocktail of grapefruit, lemon, lime, brown sugar, cashews, pine resin. The body is surprisingly light for a double IPA but there is some of the classic stickiness and oil. Sure enough the bitterness emerges after the citrus fruit and it actually hits you in the bag a bit after that fruit/nut beginning. The alcohol is almost completely masked and one could imagine getting plastered on this in short order (not that most sane individuals do a double IPA session). With each taste there seems to be a different emphasis, about halfway through there was a lot of lime, later on there were some bitter nut flavors (walnuts?) and earthy alkaline spice almost like turmeric. Several beer books describe cinnamon which I didn't get at all, perhaps this is just my palate. There's spice all right, it was just more earthy than sweet brown spice to me. This is a top tier brew in my book and a really nice balance between hoppy power and aromatic elegance. A beautiful weapon like a samurai sword.

Photo of drrone
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw/amber. 1 finger of head that quickly faded. Light lacing

S - Nice hoppy, pine and citrus nose

T - great hoppy hit, with nice citrus notes, light malt backbone and pine/grass hints. Quite tasty.

M - Easy to drink, light to medium body. Good carbonation.

O - Pleasantly surprised by this. Well done.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Best by 7/2013.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillip's Brewing 'Amnesiac DIPA' @ 8.5% , served from a growler purchased for $10 & 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is gold from the growler to glass with a big fluffy white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy mostly grapefruit & floral , hint of strong pine
T-somewhat big tasting DIPA with a slight bitterness at the end
MF-good carbonation , full bodied
Ov-ok/good beer , available in can's & bottle's , better from a growler
prost LampertLand

Photo of ssmack
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 650 ml bottle that I brought back from the Coop in Calgary.

A light orangey amber colour with medium cloudiness. The thick yellowish white head of fine foam lasted right to the bottom. Average lacing and retention.

The aroma is full of citrus and pine with a touch of sugar. Not overwhelming but a nice prelude for the taste.

A medium hop bomb. Lots of citrus and pine bitterness. The malt mitigates the hops' bitterness very well. The hops lasted well in the taste.

A medium smooth feel considering the hops and alcohol levels.

Amnesiac is a rich double IPA. Oddly I find the malts the real star in this brew. The malt is the real backbone in the taste and allowed me to enjoy the hops. I suggest that some more aroma hops would make this a superior double IPA.

Photo of RoryVear
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was hesitant for some reason on my first try years ago due to the very simple label, but that's the only modest thing here. Huge nose, beautiful citrus, piney taste and it'll get ya too at 8.5%. This was my first DBL. and I must say, she wasn't gentle at first, but she did leave me longing for her warming embrace.
For Canada, this is the best Dbl. IPA hands-down. Looking at taste, smell, appearance and overall value for the beer your getting. $4.25 for the bomber. That may be on the higher end for US beers but that is low end price for Canadian beers and its competitors are selling for $6-11 a bottle for christs sakes.

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.