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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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87
very good

84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 14
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 BDTyre
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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". (746 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Matt Phillips I applaud you for having the first Double IPA in BC and not having it suck. This is very drinkable and quite balanced for the level of hops and alcohol. I missed the big PNW hop nose on some of the Doubles from down south but this is not bad. One of his best beers and a landmark in BC brewing. (308 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle received in trade with Rejtable - thanks! Best before Oct 2013

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit.

Overall - Really good stuff. I've had a few other IPA/APA's from this brewer and this beer seems to have more of what they are lacking. More sweetness, more fruitiness, and more hops. I'd pick this up again if it was available locally. (730 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours clear warm red with a substantial head leaves a covering of snowy lace.

S - sweet malt, strawberry, cherry candy (licorice), fruit and piney hops.

T - sweet fruity malt, citric hops hit fast and become bitter like the rind of a grapefruit. This rind flavor lingers into the finish and some burnt toast flavors show up as well.

M - medium-high carbonation, syrupy body, warms in the stomach with a semi dry finish in the mouth and throat. The syrupy body combine with the quite active carbonation makes this a definite sipper.

D - lots of character though it was hard to finish the whole 650ml bottle. If this was available in smaller bottles I would pick this up for an occasional single. (752 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark copper. Head is smallish, but is creamy and laces well. Head recedes to a thin cover, but retains quite well at that level.

S - Aroma is a touch sweet and floral hops. Seems to be a slight nuttiness and soy sauce and toasty grain aromas as well.

T - Flavour is heavy maltiness, but not sweet, and a hop kick. Bitterness lingers for a good long time.

M - Thick, rich and creamy.

D - Most certainly not a session beer. Quite a heavy beer, but the first few sips are quite refreshing. Tasty, but doesn't have the hop profile I expected. Alcohol is well hidden. (585 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours peach orange with lots of suspended particles in a slight haze. The massive rocky head lasts forever. Piney hops and a bit of caramel malt in the nose, some booziness too. The taste is very hoppy and bitter with piney, eucalyptus and lemon hop flavors out front. A slightly roasty, nutty malty profile makes solid balance. Booze isn't incredibly well hidden for the weight, but isn't distracting. A whiff of diacetyl in the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Long bitter, herbal and citrus finish.

This is a nice DIPA. Super hoppy but with a bit too prominent and characterful malt profile for my tastes. Tends to distract from the hop onslaught. Still delicious stuff. Worth a try. (716 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillip's Brewing 'Amnesiac DIPA' @ 8.5% , served from a growler purchased for $10 & 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is gold from the growler to glass with a big fluffy white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy mostly grapefruit & floral , hint of strong pine
T-somewhat big tasting DIPA with a slight bitterness at the end
MF-good carbonation , full bodied
Ov-ok/good beer , available in can's & bottle's , better from a growler
prost LampertLand (471 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange body with a foamy white head - good retention and lacing. Aroma of resiny hops and sweet malts. More malt forward flavour than I was expecting. Some nice touches of caramel with some grapefruit and pine, but it seems more like a regular IPA than a double, and it doesn't have the intensity found in the style. That siad, it is a nicely balanced beer, and goes down well. I really can't detect the alcohol at all. Smooth body with only moderate carbonation. Not a great example of an IIPA, but a really nice beer. I'd like to try it again.

I think this came from Alex (or it may have been Bryan), regardless, I've had some mighty damn fine beers sent from out west recently, and this is another. (702 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this one many times - it's about time I did a proper review of it!

Pours quite a nice-looking haze, chilled copper orange with a rocky cream coloured head. Retention is decent but the lacing is very pretty. The smell is all about northwest piney, citrusy hops with a good hit of maple caramel and fresh bread in there too. As it warms, I am even able to detect some nice fruity pear, melon and apple on the nose as well - very cool. Taste is nutty and bready as it hits your mouth. Then, mid-sip, the hops show their strength, coming through with some nice bitter, piney notes and finishing with a very smooth, maple sugar flavour with just a touch of dry-hopped bitterness on the linger. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat chewy with a very nice crisp spiciness to it throughout with a pretty clean, dry finish. Overall, this a quite nice, complex DIPA that doesn't go overboard with the hops and provides enough of a sweet, bready malt backbone to balance out the hops. Like I said before, the alcohol is noticeable, which hurts the drinkability a bit but, otherwise, this is an excellent, full-flavoured brew that will have you picking out flavours till the last sip. I will definitely buy this beer again. (1,260 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Phillips AMNESIAC pours a brown-tinged/caramel orange with generous pillowy head that maintains some gorgeous lacing down the glass.

Smell is light pineapple, citrus, pine hops couched in a tender malt sweetness - light.

Taste is doses of resiny pine, vibrant grapefruit and dashes of bittering hops but the profile of this DIPA is skewed to the malt - a hefty sweet, caramel malt backbone with touches of roasted malts in the back. Not enough hop bite to make it a true DIPA in my books but certainly a very drinkable IPA. Perhaps like a slightly less hoppy 90 Min.

Good carbonation, silky mouthfeel nonetheless - makes a highly drinkable brew. Would go down with all sorts of edibles. Hides the alcohol well - nice brew from Phillips. (744 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Best by 7/2013.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (570 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amnesiac looks memorable enough: golden sunset in colour, twinkling highlights, fluttering bubbles, and a patch of head that leaves sea-spray patterns of lacing all up and down the glass. Full points for appearance. This ale is every bit as aesthetic as its label art.

The nose is overrun by a bitter green herbalness, as it arguably should be. There's a lot of pine-like resins and bitter, festering tropical fruit skin qualities; this smells like brown lime and mushy lemons, all coated in a sticky tree sap substance. The malts also impart a scorched caramel note.

The ale isn't much easier on the palate, impressing a combination of cutting citrus acidity, raw onion-like pungency, a pinch of fresh-grated ginger-like zest, and burnt butterscotch. Overall it's a considerably bitter mouthfeel, with little to soften the sizable IBU count.

That said, there are redeeming shortbread cookie and biscuit notes, as well as caramelized grapefruit, grilled pineapple, and spiced orange peel flavours. It's a highly flavourful ale, there's no question, but not everyone will be able to stomach the 8.5% alcohol and accompanying intensity.

Amnesiac is a beer good enough to remember having. In fact, I still have vivid memories of the last time I reviewed it, just over 8 years ago. Having had countless more incredible DIPAs in the time since I still like it now about as much as I did then. It's a good one, that's for sure. (1,429 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 5/7/11

A hazy reddish amber with a big ass head that has a loose top that appears to thicken closer to the liquid, it falls quickly leaving polka dot lacing

Edit: the second pour off the bomber gave a big three finger light tan head that slowly falls to a brain like looking island caking the side of the glass with lace all the way down +.5

S big caramel nose with some citrus and just a tad of booze

T some pine on top of what I smell with more rind and loads of toffee and caramel, the booze is very well hidden

M thick, syrupy and sticky, coats your mouth with a little slick sweetness lingering after you swallow

O nearly a perfect balance but I wouldn't mind just a little more hops, but I'm sure they were there a few months ago when this was bottled

this one deserves its place in the Canadian top 100 for sure, look for it when in BC because it can hold its own against BC's ever expanding list of hop bombs. (960 characters)

Photo of Garin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle arrived last week from Oregon, dated March '04..
Pours brassy and clear,no haze, and a finely beaded off-white tuft.
Fruity and hoppy aromatics,inviting but not exactly pungent.
Pleasing Northwest hop character, heavier on the pine needles than fruit. Alcohol evident also.
Creamy mouthfeel with a snappy crispness and juicy citrus fruits.
A surprising amount of hops for a Canadian brew, but a bit on the subdued side by US standards for a IIPA.
Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a metallic aftertaste.
Alcohol warms as the hops linger on the pallet,drying and tart.
Tasty brew, a freshy would be exceptional.
Would love to have one on tap. (669 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, slightly amber gold. A dense, frothy white foam slowly recedes and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, pine needles, some herbs and slight dank. Slight malt sweetness emerges as it warms.

Taste: Bold bitterness throughout, with some citrus following from the nose. Some caramel malt enters intermittently, but hops definitely dominate. Hints of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Hardly balanced, but a tasty dose of hops. (568 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Phillips Amnesiac DIPA pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a beautiful head. The aroma is grassy and vegetal, with some citrus and piney notes, but fairly muted overall for such a hoppy beer. The flavor is bitter up front with some nice resiny, grapefruity citrus that lasts through the finish. The beer is fairly malty for the style, with a nice malty background hanging in. The vegetal character is there as well, almost like fresh salad greens, not just grassy like some heavily hopped beers. This one may be on the border between IPA and DIPA, but it's a solid beer in either case. (588 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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? (1,445 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml brown bottle (as pictured), been wanting to get another bottle since I traded away my last one.
From the label "...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 big, mean cousin to the Phillips Original IPA."
Good looking pour, slightly hazy copper orange color, with a light cream colored head. Good retention, nice lace pattern. The smell is all hops, piney, citrus, with a solid caramel, malt aroma as well. Taste starts with some malts, then the hops break through. Fresh fruity, bitterness. Well balanced so the hoppy bitterness doesn't overpower everything else. Mouthfeel is medium smooth, slightly crisp and dry finish. Overall, very nice, complex and balanced; not so hoppy that the bitterness and alcohol burns your tastebuds like some DIPAs. (836 characters)

Photo of LazyL
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The soft white head disapates almost immediately leaving a thi cap on a very bright pale copper ale. Their is nice orage highlights from different angles. The smell is fresh and hoppy. Lots of pine and some mild grapefruit. There is also a nice sweetness lingering here. The taste is pine and moderately bitter that fades to a soft boozy sweetness. The 8.5% is very well hidden adding to the drinkability, or maybe diminishing it, depends on the way you look at it. Medium carbonation and not too dry. This is a very exceptable strong IPA. (539 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised I hadn't reviewed this yet. I've had it a couple times before. Had this bottle at Volo in Toronto. Pours a golden orange colour with a finger of white head. Nice head retention all the way down the glass with some mild streaks of lacing. Smells of floral hops with some pine in the background. Lots of caramel malt sweetness for balance. This is almost like a double English IPA in some ways. Nice medium bodied carbonation. (440 characters)

Photo of xuptygm
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth IPA. Extreme foam and lace. Hoppy citrus aroma. Very refreshing. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable...until you have 4 or 5. I was surprised how creamy this beer is for an IPA. Very bitter yet nice citrus finish. The malt really rounds this beer out into a wonderfully balanced IPA. Every beer I have from Phillips impresses me more and more. (352 characters)

Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.