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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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89
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | 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 biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle from the lcbo. $5.95 served slightly chilled in a snifter.

A- Clear copper color with a white head of sticky foam. Lace and decent retention.

S- The aroma is not overpowering but does have nice floral hops with aromas of orange rinds and a flutter of grass and malt.

T- nice crackery malt sweetness up front, fresh bread, solid bitterness balances the beer. The bitterness is quite floral with citrusy undertones and nice hoppy finish. Apparently IBUs roll in around 85 but i cant say that i agree. As the flavors of nice piney hop oils are present they just don't overpower. Maybe because the brew is so well balanced. Nonetheless a great tasting well balanced DIPA.

M- Full bodied. Left my lips sticky. Great carbonation and perfect for the style.

D- Alcohol is very hidden and this is a good tasting beer. Dangerous combo.

Overall a good example of the style at the price that i feel is fair for a beer this big. Good all around.

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Enjoy

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.