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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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 JanM
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to join the choir of praise for this one. The Swedish government liqour store Systembolaget had a graphic taste indication system with a circle for each taste. The more taste, the fuller the circle. If you use something like this on Amnesia all the circles are full. My wife brought me two bottles from Canada. They poured with a swirl of bubbles and with a beautiful chestnut color. Two fingers of creamy foam. Had that typical sharp IPA smell. The taste is BITTER, strong and surprisingly bready in the end. Great stuff, full of character.

JanM, May 03, 2006
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 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 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 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 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 Garin
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Garin, Jun 13, 2005
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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

brewandbbq, Apr 04, 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 BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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".

BDTyre, Dec 17, 2004
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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.