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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Sammy, May 27, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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?

biboergosum, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

GClarkage, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -24.1%

drewone, Apr 22, 2013
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.

DoubleJ, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

biegaman, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown/orange, big off white head forms and laces amazingly. Smell is super hops, lots of grapefruit, citrus and piney floral, some carmale, bread and a little alcohol. Taste is very hoppy, caramel and pine, with citrus/grapefruit in the middle, buttery but the flavour weakens as time passes, very dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth and tasty, although I found the bitterness to be a little unbalanced. However this beer is a bargain, $4.40 per bomber at the BCLS.

Viggo, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

KAF, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

DrJay, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip, bottle courtesy of IllNate! Cheers dude, been looking forward to trying this.

Pours a clear golden amber, with a finger and a half of off-white head. Thick, fat and chunky lacing with mounds of head which persist for a majority of this quaff; nice. Smells of pine and citrus fruits primarily, quite a bit of grapefruit and whatnot, good aroma and a nice underlying sweet malt. Taste kicks off with a strong bitterness upfront, almost immediately assaulting my tongue. Ouch. Had to think about what I got from this initially, the hops hit me hard off the bat on this one. A whole helluva lot of pine/cedar character in this one, but some citrus again peeks through in the mid-late parts of sipping this. Certainly very hop-forward, not a significant amount of balance in this one, just a nice hop bomb. A sweet toffee malt is found hidden beneath this bomb however. Mouthfeel is sticky and oily, quite carbonated and a dry finish as one would expect. Leaves a real woody/evergreen forest-like aftertaste, which I'm really indifferent to at the moment. Solid drinkability, finished a bomber in no time and wish I had more of this in the future, definitely something to seek out. Alcohol is fairly well masked. Recommended for hop heads!

liamt07, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Derek, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

wordemupg, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

chippo33, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

spinrsx, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

tbeckett, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

francisweizen, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

canucklehead, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

StJamesGate, May 11, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

andrenaline, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Metalmonk, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

bobsy, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Kurmaraja, May 26, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -24.1%

oldp0rt, Jun 11, 2013
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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.