Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company
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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
3.23/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
10-04-2007 14:33:42 | More by Phyl21ca
3.23/5 rDev -18.2%
650mL bottle I brought back from a Vancouver vacation, eagerly waiting for a good time to enjoy it. Notched for November, and opened in time, if it means consume-by. A fluffy, slightly peach head perches atop an amber-tinted brown body, bubbles lazily rising upward. Moderate floral aroma with a bit of pine resin is somewhat inviting, though not exciting. The flavor profile follows -- a pine/grass bitterness guided along by an earthy grain base, with very subtle hints of citrus zest. Underpowered for a double IPA, flavorwise, but hides the alcohol very well, and favors a medium body while providing refreshment. Goes down smooth, and does not linger as long as it should. Easily quaffable but easily forgettable, which is a shame since it is a quality brew.
11-21-2007 05:20:21 | More by ism
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
Picked up while in Victoria.
Came in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, tall frothy off-white head that settles to a dime-width cap, small amounts of lacing.
Perky, fruity, citrusy hops appear first on the nose, the malt is difficult to decipher as a result.
It's all mostly hops in the flavour as well, which is what you all showed up for when you grab a bottle of double IPA. The Cascade hops own the show, and they are accomodating. The malt profile is basic, and appears once the ale has really warmed up, caramel and crystal malt it seems. A soapy, piney aftertaste to it.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and full in places, rounded, yet leaves a rather watery impression overall.
An okay IPA, yet doesn't live up to the "double" title in my opinion. The abv% does hit home under the radar after a while though, which lends it a bit more credence. An enjoyable beer nonetheless for those who like their hops.
07-23-2007 00:14:45 | More by IronDjinn
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
Bottle from a liquor store in Vancouver. Confusing bottling date which I'm assuming is the 4th week of March. Not sure if it's best before or what.
A - Pours a slightly dark golden colour. Bright. Nice carbonation coming up and a one finger white, thick head. Great thick rings of lace with the entire head intact.
S - Resinous, juicy hops, grapefruit.
T - Strong resinous hops. Sweetness up front with some toffee and alcohol. Boozy pineapple
M - Nice carbonation, medium oily body and a dry and slightly bitter finish.
O/D - Doesn't seem like this is too fresh. Tasty but the sweetness is pretty strong which leads me to believe it's a little older. A decent but underwhelming Doubled IPA.
02-14-2012 23:54:29 | More by tbeckett
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
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Bottle courtesy of CBA- thanks man! Pours out cloudy orange brown. Fairly good off white head. Aroma is earthy malt and hops. Taste- follows the aroma. Not a big west coast style DIPA, moreso almost british like. Malt is solid- tobacco and dusty, but no big hop bite. Booze is well hidden and drinkability is decent. Not too many canadian dipas out there , so I tip my hat.
07-21-2007 00:20:06 | More by oakbluff
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
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
650ml bottle purchased by my dad at The Brewery Creek Liquor Store in Vancouver, British Columbia. Pours a hazy, deep amber bronze with three fingers of fluffy, off-white foam and strands of lacing on the pint glass. A gorgeous looking brew. Smell is raw bread dough, yeast, bubblegum, and hints of toffee. Not much in the way of aroma hops, the nose is closer to an English pale than a DIPA. Taste is sweet caramel, slight graininess, stone fruit, piney and citric hops, astringent bitterness, trace of booze in the aftertaste. Pretty basic flavour profile. Mouthfeel is smooth, juicy, fuller than medium, a tad syrupy, average carbonation, nice tang on the palate, standard bitter finish. Given my expectations, I'm disappointed with this beer. It's just not that interesting. Instead of a West Coast hop bomb, I got a fairly boring, British-style Imperial ESB. If you have access to hoppier, more complex (and most likely American) renditions of this genre, I would give those a shot over Amnesiac. An underwhelming brew overall.
08-30-2010 05:11:11 | More by cratez
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
Appearance - Pours a cloudy light golden/amber colour with a finger width of foamy head.
Smell - Piney hops, citrus, hint of passionfruit, touch of spiciness.
Taste - The piney hops are present in flavour, although not as intrusive as expected. Hint of citrus and fruitiness is also picked up on in flavour. Bitterness does not linger for long.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and dry finish.
Overall - A good offering of a DIPA by Phillips Brewing. I was hoping for more of a bitter hops characteristic for the style, but still a respectable DIPA with some fine tuning required.
03-11-2012 05:51:36 | More by leaddog
Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.