Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-12-2014 01:55:07 | More by CAMRAhardliner
2.7/5 rDev -31.6%
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.
08-06-2014 00:35:38 | More by BGDrock
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
07-31-2014 19:13:15 | More by SebD
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
07-29-2014 11:50:07 | More by peensteen
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-29-2014 02:19:32 | More by biegaman
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
07-28-2014 01:44:51 | More by drinkininthewood
Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.