Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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89
very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-17-2004)
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Reviews by Naerhu:
Photo of Naerhu
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny, this beer is actually named Amnesiac, but its listed here without the 'c'.

Thanks to the Silverhand for the beer and to Jackytreehorn for bringing it over.

Had this beer in my library with RobBeer, helluva guy.

Very rich orange-bronze color. Solid head, with excellent retension.

Balanced aroma between caramel and pine hops. I am liking the fact that they arent using the word double to take this beer over the top.

Great integration, balance between solid caramel malt, rich piney malt and bready yeastyness.

Smooth, full bodied and creamy. What more coulja want?

Fabulously drinkable for a double IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of trail77
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine with some caramel malt. The taste is mainly hops with citrus and pine flavors. This could use a touch more malt. Medium bodied with rather low carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall it's a pretty good beer but a little one-dimensional, and it's a bit difficult to drink a whole bomber of this.

Photo of BGDrock
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
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 Chad_d_koenig
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, from a recent trip to Yaletown. A number of years ago, on a different visit to Van City, Amnesiac was the first DIPA that I ever had, so I suppose I owe it a fair bit of credit in my evolving beer education.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, but still bright medium golden amber hue, with two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of spooky layered cloud lacing around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of musty pine needles, grapefruit rind, bready, crackery caramel malt, and a further floral, leafy hoppiness. The taste has an even more pungent pine resin and grapefruit extract bitterness, semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, a touch of stale toffee, a bit of indistinct melon fruitiness, lemon polish, and additional floral, perfumed hops.

The carbonation is on the low, understated side, the body an adequate medium weight, with a creamy, somewhat pervasive oiliness. It finishes quite dry, the bristling alcohol spinning above and around the persistent hops, all in the face of an increasingly battered malt offset.

I found this very easy to drink, as usual - not an overwrought hop-bomb, rather an appropriately dialed back, yet still heady West Coast Canadian expression of the style. Too bad I've only been able to find it during trips to that area of the country. And what's the deal with the misspelling of 'Amnesiac' in the listing on this site?

Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the name and label. Fortunately it's a winner in the glass too.

Pours a copper color with a thick foamy head. Laces like a Belgian ale: sticky and lots of it.

Aroma brings forth a sweetness that's candylike, also with good hops and spice presence. All faint but certainly likeable.

Flavor gives a grapefruit twang up front (praise the hops), along with a robust malt balance. The candylike essence remains in the flavor, though never annoyingly rich or sweet. This even has an edge that reminds of a barley wine. Perhaps that's the hops/malt/alcohol balance, all which are at the forefront of this great double IPA.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side, but not too thin. More silky smooth than carbonated.

A seriously impressive double IPA that should NOT be overlooked amidst the multitudes of stylistically similar beers.

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Volo Cafe last night. Mighty smooth! A label with expiry date choices until the end of 2004 concerned me, but it didn't matter. A 650 bomber with nice foam, lace. To get through it, I broke up gulps with a bit of another stout and a strong ale. Great hoppy grapefruit aroma. Refreshing as well as creamy on the palate. grapfruit bittery aftertaste, softened by malts.

Photo of jcubz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear light bronze, tower of creamy white head, nice retention with decent lacing
S - floral and citrus hops dominate, very light malt hints, along with hints of pineapple and cedar
T - earthy and floral hops are strong, light citrus and fruity notes along with woody cedar
M - lower carbonation, a mix of smooth sensation followed by a slowly building bitter
D - very nicely hopped, good balance of full mouth smooth and bitter, the 8.5% ABV goes unnoticed, a fantastic double

Photo of Orrshow
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer pours a nice amber with deep orange aspects to it. There is a decent amount of frothy whitish head which has a strong staying power. There is an abundant amount of lacing as well.

Smell – The smell is nice. The hop presence is unbelievable. It’s very strong of flowers and citrus fruits and also has a slight sweet honey aroma. I can also sense minor bread like scents too.

Taste – Up front you wouldn’t think this is a double IPA. The bitterness doesn’t make itself as known when the beer is in your mouth. When first sipped I sense slight a slight bread sensation with a bit of fruitiness and sweetness. Once the beer was swallowed I was bombarded by floral and citrus hops with an extreme bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The finish was a little dry for me personally. The carbonation was touch low but nothing that bad. Body was nice but a little more wouldn’t hurt.

Drinkability – I like my hops…but this one might have had a little too much bitterness making it one to drink in limited quantities.

Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very orange and clear, like a dull version of orange Crush. A Rocky off-white head formed more than one finger thick, and left plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is very flowery and full of citrus. I smell a bit of sweet lemonade. As it warms it leans more towards the citrus side. Overall it is a very fresh smell, and pretty inviting.

In the mouth is a balance of flowery sweetness and bitterness, but once you swallow the hops hit fairly big. Each mouthfull leaves the back of the mouth full of bitter flavour, with a touch of citrus tucked in.

I found it to be a bit thin, and the carbonation felt a little flat. I would have liked this one to be a bit more lively in the mouth.

It is a good beer, but my palate won't take it for long. I don't mind the hops, but I don't see my taste for it lasting more than one glass of this one.

Photo of maplesyrup76
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Rutager
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance.Pours clear, copper, golden-orange, half thumb of off-white head dissapating after a minute and virtually gone after a few.

Smell. Strong fruity hops with sweet malt hit.

Taste. Hops and hops. Herbal, alchohol present. Long piney bitter finish

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, thinner than expected. Warm at the end.

A solid, local DIPA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty amber and hazy ale with a nice foamy head with some great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some subtle notes of resin hops. Taste is also dominated by some bitter hops with some light resin notes. Malt presence is a bit weak for the style and some citrus notes would have been appreciated. Interesting and probably one the first bottled IIPA coming from Canada but slightly below average for the style.

Photo of Merlin68
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Garin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do love the bitter.

It poured out surprisingly cloudy and golden, with a huge hoppy nose. All I could smell was floral hops and herby goodness. A decent but thinnish head floated on top, with a bit of nice lace left on the glass as I got through the pint.

The flavour is incredibly hoppy -- not just bitter, but lots of piney and grapefruity resinous flavour as well. Underneath it all, a strong honey flavour builds. The honey lingers between swallows, with a very sturdy bitterness backing it all up. It's nicely balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness. It's smooth and easy drinking.

Nicely done, Phillips.

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.