Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.8/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
12-03-2006 21:22:14 | More by Hornet2003
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
12-27-2005 05:33:37 | More by Derek
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
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
12-01-2011 18:33:47 | More by SamJory
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
02-18-2013 10:03:13 | More by RoryVear
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
09-20-2012 19:10:36 | More by Jeffo
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-20-2013 01:44:39 | More by ssmack
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
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!
07-04-2005 01:21:31 | More by DrJay
Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.