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 Thepumpkinpiper
1.09/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If hops are a spice, then this beer is the equivalent of taking a plate of food and dumping a whole container of pepper on it.

Look - quite typical for an IPA; burnt-orange, cloudy.

Smell - Horrific, piercing pine and bitter grapefruit. More akin to something I would use to clean my floors than something I would drink.

Taste - Bitter in the extreme, like citrus-scented soap and pine needles. Truly an awful experience that lingers way longer than one could ever wish it to.

Feel - Like soapy water that's carbonated, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall, this is practically the epitome of why I can't stand Phillips Brewery. There seems to be a notion over there that cramming entire fields of hops into a bottle is a good thing; that, and most of their beers seem to be only variants of the IPA style. I suppose if you are into extreme craft beers and find eating hops by the fistful a great pastime, you might enjoy this. Other than that, I fail to see how anyone could ever enjoy this.

Photo of BGDrock
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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 ism
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of oakbluff
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 dipa’s out there , so I tip my hat.

Photo of peensteen
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of cratez
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ralphus
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to generous Derek for providing me with this beer on a trade. It traveled by plane, post and car to find it's way into my glass and I really appreciate it.

It pours a rich amber mahogony color with a lovely creamy head that recedes to a cap of foam. Lacing is excellent. The smell is noticeable and perfumey with rich malts and a deep nutiness. In the taste we find the same perfuminess built into the body. Sweet malts initially fading and being replaced by a decent hop balance towards the end. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very nice in my opinion.

Drinkability is so so I think. It's perfume quality of the beer that detracts from it somewhat. Overall though, a solid beer and worthy of a try.

Photo of chickenm
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Intrinsic
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head on Amnesiac is very thick and frothy, with amazing retention. It sits atop a light amber body with lots of creamy looking carbonation. Very nice looking.

The smell has it all - malts and hops mixed with some citrus, a little bit of pine and some spice. IBUs abound in the flavour. Its a mostly citrusey hop variety balanced with mild malt character. It has a relatively dry finish and medium carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, very slightly cloudy. Moderately sized white head. Decent lacing, moderate retention.

Smell contains caramel malt, some citrus fruit and some pine. Not a big smell.

Taste consists of citrus fruit and a fair bit of caramel malt. Fairly bitter. A bit of pine. Pretty good but nothing stands out about it.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit of an oily feel.

Overall, decent but not exciting.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml of Canadian hop power, on to the beer:

Deep reddish copper color in look, the head on top is thick and creamy looking. It leaves good alcing around the glass. Some faded floral hops, a little lychee, a littel carmelized malt to smell.

This DIPA is very mellow. It doesn't feel like it's 8.5% ABV, but this could also be an older bottle. It's not bad at all. Sweet citrus flavor is the most recognizable of the flavors. There's also some grapefruit to "bitter" the beer, and a little toffee crisp undereath that. The beer has a smooth and fairly easy mouthfeel, one that doesn't weigh you down, alcohol is hidden, and it's relatively easy to drink for its size.

Amnesiac DIPA is a solid beer, and it does have some hop flavor to satisy the hophead. It could be to the standard of DIPA's that I can get in Orange County, but it could be worse.

Photo of SebD
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this (along with lots of other things) on a recent trip to Vancouver. Orange, creamy head, sweet malty and hoppy odor, but not as much of a hop leaf or even hop oil smell as i expected. Taste was quite hoppy and also slightly syrupy. Very sweet too, a bit much so. Thick mouthfeel, too sweet and cloying i think to drink a whole lot of.

Photo of timtwoface
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of IPAs and DIPAs and this one is one I have returned to a handful of times. It's a bit on the more bitter side of DIPAs I prefer, but it's definitely a fully hopped, highly ABVed (8.5%!) DIPA that I could drink over a long period of time, again and again.

And unlike the name, I fully remember everything about it once I'm done. Give it a shot...at $5 for a bomber it's a decent buy.

Photo of astout
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper orange with very little head, so fairly standard for what it is.

Call me crazy but this smells exactly like fruit loops to me, seriously open up one of these and then a box of fruit loops and you will see what I am saying. So in a serious description, lots of fruity pineapple, citrus and sweet hop notes, resiny pine in the very back and a good bready ,alt character.

On the palate the fruityness backs off to let more of the bitter hop character pull through, definitely get more of the pine notes here. A good amount of caramel and bready malt flavour here as well.

Really light on the mouth feel for what I've come to expect from a double/imperial ipa and for me this is the one weakness in this beer.

Otherwise a solid all around effort and the best I've had from Phillips, certainly better than their standard release IPA and something I will actually come back to from them.

And I am serious about that fruit loop thing, crazy and awesome I think.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange yellow with list of fluffy white head that lasts and leaves lacing.

Nose is tropical fruit, citrus, with some peppery spice.

Taste follows nose. Tropical fruit at the front moving into grapefruit bitterness. There is an earthy and peppery finish.

I'm not sure how fresh this is. I was expecting a lot more hops from a DIPA.

Photo of hoser
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A old favourite bought back from British Columbia by a friend. Maybe I am getting old but Double India Pale Ales are getting harder for me to drink. Golden colour with with plenty of hop bite and always a pleasure to drink even if I still have half a glass after the bottle being open a couple hours. Although I rarely rate beer here because of the word count asked for. My editors at other magazines would cut this review done to one or two sentences as I am padding the word count. All in all a nice DIPA that I would gladly reach for again. Matt please start shipping to Alberta.

Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/28/05- Purchased at a BC Provincial Liquor Store in Kelowna, B.C.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a dating strip on the bottom. Was this brewed in the second week of October, or do I have a beer that was brewed in Oct 2002??? Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber, slight clouded pour. Decent amount of yeast sediment jump around in the glass. 3/4 inch head at first, but immediately turns to no head within seconds. No lacing to be found here.

Smell- The scent is fine. Lots of grapefruit and pine hops mixed together with a what seems like solid caramel malted base.

Taste- Fair hop to malt balance. First the malt sets in leaving you with a medium toasted taste as well as a caramel flavor. The hops are pretty bitter. Mostly a sharp grapefruit aspect that leaves a long after bitter taste.

Mouthfeel- Very low, almost no carbonation. Seems as it's approaching cask style. Think this bottle may be a bit old?

Drinkability- Taste was decent enough, this may have really been a hophead brew when it was fresh. Seemed really flat though. Would like to try a fresh one some day.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a schooner at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - clear amber brew with a half finger head and very thin lacing

S - big grassy hops nose on this; dominates

T - the hops flavor is a little smaller than the nose, but it still solid and gives a strong bitter attack to the beer, in the finish it's well balanced with slightly sweet bready malts. The bitterness endures and sticks in the back of the throat

M - medium bodied and slightly oily; moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden with just a hint of booziness

D - quite drinkable for an Imperial IPA - has a nice balance

Overall a relatively tasty beer; would recommend this for a try.

Photo of BDTyre
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first foray into an India pale ale; I've never bothered with any other brand and only bought this on recommendation of a liquor store employee.

It pours a cloudy golden brown colour with a big white head. Decent lacing with big bits of foam even halfway through It smells of hops (the bottle states the beer has a "mind blowing amount of hops") and not much else; faint hints of fruit, almost like strawberries.

The taste is bitter, with mostly hops and pretty much nothing else. This isn't entirely bad, but it comes off as somewhat one dimensional. Fizzy, but it doesn't feel overly carbonated. Fairly tasty, but again a bit one dimensional and the rather high ABV and bottle size will limit this beer's ability to be a "session beer".

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.