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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA

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very good

84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 234
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.46%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear light bronze, tower of creamy white head, nice retention with decent lacing
S - floral and citrus hops dominate, very light malt hints, along with hints of pineapple and cedar
T - earthy and floral hops are strong, light citrus and fruity notes along with woody cedar
M - lower carbonation, a mix of smooth sensation followed by a slowly building bitter
D - very nicely hopped, good balance of full mouth smooth and bitter, the 8.5% ABV goes unnoticed, a fantastic double

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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.

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Photo of chickenm
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of pootz
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber

Poured a hazey honey colored ale in the glass with a decent 2 finger sticky cap... good retention and great lacing qualities.

Aroma: half way to a Pacific NW IPA; some citrus from cascades but also some musty grassy cedar tones from fuggles, and other Brit varieties...all with a big caramel-toffee malt undertone.

Profile: Big chew on juicy citrus rind hops and toffee malts in the front side....mid palate some woody-earth notes, cedar, walnut skins, toast...finish throws the balance off to slightly favor the hops but it is subtle enough and the malts are thick enough it is not a problem.

Covers the alcohol completely...a big malty-hoppy IPA..very flavourful, satisfying and drinkable..well done

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jun 28 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lightly foggy, golden-amber colour, generating a lofty head more than two fingers high. It is fluffy, puffy, and bone white in colour - quite attractive, with pretty good retention, too. It recedes gradually over a period of ten minutes or so, eventually being reduced to a lumpy, foamy cap and collar, with a complex doily-pattern of sticky lace deposited all around the glass. On the nose, I am immediately greeted with an enticing blend of tropical fruit character - citrusy orange is well-represented, in addition to pineapple juice, grapefruit, and plenty of resiny pine. While the hops are more dominant here, the malt bill is not to be forgotten, as a pronounced caramelized sugar sweetness permeates the bouquet, with faint suggestions of apricot and strawberry.

Now for the most crucial bit - does it taste as good as it looks and smells? After two sips, I'd have to say 'yes, mostly'. Malty flavours of caramelized sugar and butterscotch barely manage to temper the onslaught of hoppy character. Notes of pine needles and sappy, resiny bitterness are almost overpowering, with notes of candied grapefruit and citrus pith also crossing the tongue. Not as fruity as the nose suggested - touches of apricot and pineapple do come through, but the piney flavours quickly overwhelm them. It finishes with an earthy, resiny bitterness that lingers on into aftertaste, along with some caramelized sugar and boozy sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with soft, lightly prickly carbonation levels that result in a smooth mouthfeel that is both somewhat creamy and a bit oily. Very satisfying texture. Dangerously easy to drink, and a total pleasure to do so.

Final Grade: 4.36, an astounding A grade. I'm always a bit worried when I crack open an IPA that has been shipped across the country, but Phillips' Amnesiac did not disappoint in the slightest. While I'd still love to try this one in its home turf - totally fresh - this bomber is still drinking very nicely, and if it were available locally I'd definitely be picking up another bottle or two. Not the most intense or memorable sort of DIPA I've ever had, but a respectable, very well-made one that I plan to return to in the future. Definitely worth a look - one of the grand-daddies of Canadian West Coast DIPAs, and you should always respect your elders.

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Photo of yancot
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I generally love aggressively hoppy beers that take your palette to the woodshed but this one is just ok. Like the other Phillips IPAs I've had, Amnesiac doesn't seem to have the sufficient malt bill to support the weight of the hops and even fresh bottles don't seem bright to me. It's certainly still decent for a hop lover like myself but it just may be one of those in-yer-face soul crushers that give IIPAs a bad name. (8/8/15

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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.

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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.

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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".

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

Carried back from BC by goodbyeohio, enjoyed 9.16.11. Thanks, Jim.

One finger semi-rocky white head, medium-slow dissipation with above average lacing. Medium amber clear body with orange highlights, several streams of small lazing rising bubbles. Nose is citrus and tropical, neither dominates, good dose of caramel and crystal malts. Taste mirrors nose, got slightly bitter on back end as it warmed. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence. Nothing earth shattering, but a nicely balanced and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An oft-cited "subdued" example of a double IPA but don't be fooled. One of the better IPAs on the Western Canadian scene in terms of flavor complexity and the hops are not subtle although this does qualify as a moderate hop bomb. Pours a nice amber/weak orange juice hue with about three fingers of straw-colored foam. Aroma skews towards the orange end of citrus, fermented pineapple, some harsh woody and resin notes, sweet caramel malt. Taste is an amazing layered cocktail of grapefruit, lemon, lime, brown sugar, cashews, pine resin. The body is surprisingly light for a double IPA but there is some of the classic stickiness and oil. Sure enough the bitterness emerges after the citrus fruit and it actually hits you in the bag a bit after that fruit/nut beginning. The alcohol is almost completely masked and one could imagine getting plastered on this in short order (not that most sane individuals do a double IPA session). With each taste there seems to be a different emphasis, about halfway through there was a lot of lime, later on there were some bitter nut flavors (walnuts?) and earthy alkaline spice almost like turmeric. Several beer books describe cinnamon which I didn't get at all, perhaps this is just my palate. There's spice all right, it was just more earthy than sweet brown spice to me. This is a top tier brew in my book and a really nice balance between hoppy power and aromatic elegance. A beautiful weapon like a samurai sword.

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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

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Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" of soapy bone white head which left a nice lacing and dissipated slowly over cloudy golden amber liquid.

S: Grapefruit and hops.

T: Natural peanuts and grapefruit. A pleasant aftertaste.

M: Very creamy and nice mouthfeel with very fine carbonation.

O: I quite enjoyed this Double IPA. Would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day while watching a ballgame with a bag of peanuts.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny, this beer is actually named Amnesiac, but its listed here without the 'c'.

Thanks to the Silverhand for the beer and to Jackytreehorn for bringing it over.

Had this beer in my library with RobBeer, helluva guy.

Very rich orange-bronze color. Solid head, with excellent retension.

Balanced aroma between caramel and pine hops. I am liking the fact that they arent using the word double to take this beer over the top.

Great integration, balance between solid caramel malt, rich piney malt and bready yeastyness.

Smooth, full bodied and creamy. What more coulja want?

Fabulously drinkable for a double IPA.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $8.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well pouring a good white head. Clear and gold. Head lingers

S- EXCELLENT!! A lot of hops happening here at the lights out stage. WOW. When you take you time you find an abundance of malt.

T- Very good. Enjoyable not just for the above but that grapefruit goodness that is hops! All the hops though are at finishing and there is not much bitterness. Boil more in boys!

M- Pretty good and dry.

O- Very good. Expensive though. No hint of alcohol so go easy and don't drive.

Food Pairing

This very good IPA goes well with... Sushi!


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Photo of cratez
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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