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: 35 | 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:
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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Photo of Hornet2003
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favourite IPA(double or single) of all time.

A-Beautiful copper reddish-brown. Clear. Veeery fluffy white head that lingers for a few minutes. Be careful with your pour.

S-This beer smells delicious. Huge hop aroma with orange and tangerine notes. I detect a little bit of maltiness in the aroma as well.

T-Like I said, this is my favourite beer. The hoppiness is huge but not overly bitter. There is a hoppy sweetness along with a slight maltiness that takes the edge off the sometimes overly aggressive hop flavours you get in other IPA's.

M-There is definately some carbonation to this beer. It lends itself well, however, to the aggressive flavours. It wakes up the pallette and facilitates the exceptionally strong and aromatic flavours. Alcohol is well hidden.

D-Almost scary. Since the alcohol is nearly undectable, this goes down like water. I'd almost say it's more drinkable than Phillip's regular IPA.

Overall- Amazing craft brew that is reminiscent of some of the Western American IPA's out there today. I am very impressed with Matt Phillips' brews.

Photo of Derek
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nicely balanced approach to the style.

A: Copper-bronze, darker than most (similar to Hercules DIPA). Fluffy off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Bready, caramel malt, with a fresh, floral hop aroma. A hint of citrus, but doesn't scream "Pacific Northwest".

T: Bready and caramel malt flavour is well balanced with hop bitterness. Nice hop flavour that's assertive, but not overwhelming, and still allows sufficient malt flavour to come through. Some Northwest citrus flavour, but it's smooth, well-rounded, and integrated with the rest of the brew. Alcohol is well hidden!

M: Body is quite full, slightly creamy and acidic. Moderate to high carbonation (keeps feeding the head).

D: It's good. It's a big brew, but it's not overwhelming. Very well balanced.

I think this is my favourite Double IPA. It's a big brew, that still retains some balance.

I highly recommend it.

Photo of SamJory
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe half pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger white head with good retention and some nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops upfront with some tropical fruits in there as well.

T: Hugely hoppy and so much that it masks the high abv. Bursting with tropical fruit flavours and a long lasting finish.

M: Very smooth and quite low carbonation

O: A great double IPA, I could never get bored of this one and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it

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.

Cheers

Photo of Jeffo
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Rutager in a recent trade. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, bright white head with great retention. Head slowly faes to a nice foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A hazy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. A thin wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Really nice looking beer.

SMELL: Nice, big nose of pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon and plenty of nice citrus, hoppy aromas. Grapefruit, orange peel and lemon for sure. Fruity, bold, and very enticing.

TASTE: Plenty hoppy again, and lives to the nose for sure. Pale and caramel malts up front, then lots of citrus fruit at the swallow. Grapefuit, orange peel, lots of pineapple and honeydew melon, as well as some nice lemon zest for sure. Big and lingering aftertaste of pineapple and honeydew melon sweetness, as well as lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon flavors. This is flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating on the palate. A bitter bite lingers as well. Nice and oily feel, though it needs to be a little creamier for top marks here.

OVERALL: An excellent IPA for sure. Lots of big, fruity, hoppy aromas and flavors on this one; another great example of the awesome beer that is coming out of BC at the moment. A slightly creamier palate would have helped support the flavors a bit more and really brough this one to the promise land, but regardless, this is a top quiality beer that I'd love to drink again. Thanks again Rutager! Don't forget this one again next year.

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 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 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 DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ruddy caramel amber colour, plenty of lacing and good retention, slightly rocky cream coloured head. Very nice to look at. Perfumy hop aroma, floral, pine, light citrus, grassy. Some maltiness as well. Balance in the flavour is this beer's real strength. Caramel malty sweetness provides a nice foundation for moderately strong bitterness and complex hop flavour that's very similar to the aroma profile. Finishes dry due to the hopping rate, but doesn't feel astringent. Full, creamy texture and moderately full body with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink for a DIPA. A great Canadian beer enjoyed on Canada Day!

Photo of Wintermute
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber colour, slightly cloudy. Nice big, off-white head that lasted the entire glass. Good lace.
Smells of fresh American hops. Green, floral, grassy. Slight citrus, resinous, spicy, but not nearly as much as I expected. Smell of malt is more subdued. Slightly sweet and grainy. Faint alcohol, but well hidden for 8.5%.
Moderate body and carbonation that lasts throughout the tasting.
Dominant taste is the green, grassy, floral hops. Again, not as much resinous or citrus as expected. Slightly sweet but the malt character balances well with the hops. That green hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but its not in a "I need to scrape my tongue before my next beer" kind of way.
Extremely well balanced and very drinkable considering other beers of the style.

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark rugged amber with a nice head of off-white foam that leaves nice lacing on my glass. Aromas are hoppy, but nothing like the hop bombs that are available in the western states! Still nice US hop nose with some nice biscuity buttery caramel malts to back it all up. Taste is hoppy up front but the malts soften out the big bad flavors of grapefruit, pine, other citrus fruits, hop oils, resins, and other alpha acidy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. A good double IPA by US standard. A first for Canada, and a kick ass double ipa for BC standards! Nice stuff...

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 Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 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 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 Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper brown with a nice orange hue, solid thumb of off-white big bubbled head with solid retention leaving a nice amount of lacing leaving big bubbles sticking to the side.

S - Very aromatic hops, very floral, citrus, pine and cedar. A bit of a chocolate malt on the finish, which was nice to smell as well.

T - Rather surprised by this one, I was expecting much less, and was surprised at how well the alcohol is hidden on it. Hop bomb off the top, but the bitterness doesn't overpower it. The finish is very sweet and sticky, with caramel malts lingering on the tongue. I thought based on the scent, the hop bomb would be much stronger, but it's rather mellow, making for a very easy drinking DIPA

M - Based on the pour I thought it would be much more syropy, but was pleased with how light it was. The finish is a little sticky from the sweetness, but in a good way.

D - Very surprised by it, much better than anticipated, and a very competitively priced DIPA. Highly recommended to any IPA fan. The flavours are nicely balanced, and the alcohol nicely hidden. Now if only I didn't have to drive 8 hrs to find this stuff!

Photo of McBastard
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical murky golden-amber with a frothy white head, which leaves nice lacing throughout. Smells of citrus and pine, with a subtle bready malt sweetness. I take a drink, and bombastic hops storm my palate and beat it into submission. There's notes of citrus and pine... very resinous. It finishes with lip-smacking bitterness, balanced with an underlying caramel malt sweetness. Medium bodied, sticky-icky-icky, with aggressive carbonation. Other than a bit of warmth, the alcohol is really muted. It's dangerously easy to drink. Very nice. This beer will put hair on your chest, irrespective of your gender. A nice hop bomb, by one of BC's most hop-forward breweries.

Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (a notch on 2 & Dec., indicating the best before?) and shared with my wife.

Appearance: A reverse foam effect as it starts with a thin ring but expands as the pour continues. Thick and fluffy. The body is the color of light tangerine.

Smell: Pungent aroma of hops, orange, sweet grapefruit and mango.

Taste: Fleshy fruit, piney but not abrasive, mango and citrus. While not totally mouth filling, it is very good.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness is felt though not overdone. Remarkable balance as it is smooth and retains an edge.

Overall: Very much enjoyed this one. Not a huge hop bomb but it does pack enough flavor and bitterness to satisfy.

Photo of JanM
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to join the choir of praise for this one. The Swedish government liqour store Systembolaget had a graphic taste indication system with a circle for each taste. The more taste, the fuller the circle. If you use something like this on Amnesia all the circles are full. My wife brought me two bottles from Canada. They poured with a swirl of bubbles and with a beautiful chestnut color. Two fingers of creamy foam. Had that typical sharp IPA smell. The taste is BITTER, strong and surprisingly bready in the end. Great stuff, full of character.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance with bubbly white head that quickly disappears, leaving good lacing. Smell consists heavily of hops along with a hint of citrus and caramel.

Taste consists of lots of hops, along with citrus, grapefruit and caramel. Also picked up a hint of malt, bread and orange. A flavorful IPA and not overly dominated by hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter, hop taste.

Overall, this is a very good IPA. Huge hop flavor, but has some other features that makes it stand out. Wish I got another one; highly recommend if you’re a fan of hops.

Photo of Naerhu
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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