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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | 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 Grunewald
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Grunewald, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Ralphus, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of astout
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

astout, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Graham5161986
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Graham5161986, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

ritzkiss, May 09, 2009
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 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 Naerhu
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Naerhu, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ism
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

ism, Nov 21, 2007
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 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.

IronDjinn, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

oakbluff, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of pootz
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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

pootz, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Wintermute
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber colour, slightly cloudy. Nice big, off-white head that lasted the entire glass. Good lace.
Smells of fresh American hops. Green, floral, grassy. Slight citrus, resinous, spicy, but not nearly as much as I expected. Smell of malt is more subdued. Slightly sweet and grainy. Faint alcohol, but well hidden for 8.5%.
Moderate body and carbonation that lasts throughout the tasting.
Dominant taste is the green, grassy, floral hops. Again, not as much resinous or citrus as expected. Slightly sweet but the malt character balances well with the hops. That green hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but its not in a "I need to scrape my tongue before my next beer" kind of way.
Extremely well balanced and very drinkable considering other beers of the style.

Wintermute, May 13, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favourite IPA(double or single) of all time.

A-Beautiful copper reddish-brown. Clear. Veeery fluffy white head that lingers for a few minutes. Be careful with your pour.

S-This beer smells delicious. Huge hop aroma with orange and tangerine notes. I detect a little bit of maltiness in the aroma as well.

T-Like I said, this is my favourite beer. The hoppiness is huge but not overly bitter. There is a hoppy sweetness along with a slight maltiness that takes the edge off the sometimes overly aggressive hop flavours you get in other IPA's.

M-There is definately some carbonation to this beer. It lends itself well, however, to the aggressive flavours. It wakes up the pallette and facilitates the exceptionally strong and aromatic flavours. Alcohol is well hidden.

D-Almost scary. Since the alcohol is nearly undectable, this goes down like water. I'd almost say it's more drinkable than Phillip's regular IPA.

Overall- Amazing craft brew that is reminiscent of some of the Western American IPA's out there today. I am very impressed with Matt Phillips' brews.

Hornet2003, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

allergictomacros, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

aforbes10, Jul 26, 2006
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 Orrshow
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Orrshow, May 11, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

elricorico, May 10, 2006
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
Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.