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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: 40 | 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 drrone
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw/amber. 1 finger of head that quickly faded. Light lacing

S - Nice hoppy, pine and citrus nose

T - great hoppy hit, with nice citrus notes, light malt backbone and pine/grass hints. Quite tasty.

M - Easy to drink, light to medium body. Good carbonation.

O - Pleasantly surprised by this. Well done.

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Photo of OskarL
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber/bronze color with a huge frothy head that has good retention leaves lots of fine lacing.

Smell is wonderful of sweet pineapple, citrus, reisiny hops backed by some caramel malt.

Taste is sweet pineapple, some pear, citrus backed by biscuty malt. Finishes with warming alcohol and a piney lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a full body and medium carbonation.

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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 liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keep it up Phillips it is about the Hops. i guess the Pumpkin dude is just not into the Hops.
All in all its not a session for sure but a very good IPA i keep one in the fridge always.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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 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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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?

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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 LazyL
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The soft white head disapates almost immediately leaving a thi cap on a very bright pale copper ale. Their is nice orage highlights from different angles. The smell is fresh and hoppy. Lots of pine and some mild grapefruit. There is also a nice sweetness lingering here. The taste is pine and moderately bitter that fades to a soft boozy sweetness. The 8.5% is very well hidden adding to the drinkability, or maybe diminishing it, depends on the way you look at it. Medium carbonation and not too dry. This is a very exceptable strong IPA.

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

I was surprised I hadn't reviewed this yet. I've had it a couple times before. Had this bottle at Volo in Toronto. Pours a golden orange colour with a finger of white head. Nice head retention all the way down the glass with some mild streaks of lacing. Smells of floral hops with some pine in the background. Lots of caramel malt sweetness for balance. This is almost like a double English IPA in some ways. Nice medium bodied carbonation.

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

A very smooth IPA. Extreme foam and lace. Hoppy citrus aroma. Very refreshing. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable...until you have 4 or 5. I was surprised how creamy this beer is for an IPA. Very bitter yet nice citrus finish. The malt really rounds this beer out into a wonderfully balanced IPA. Every beer I have from Phillips impresses me more and more.

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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 HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, slightly amber gold. A dense, frothy white foam slowly recedes and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, pine needles, some herbs and slight dank. Slight malt sweetness emerges as it warms.

Taste: Bold bitterness throughout, with some citrus following from the nose. Some caramel malt enters intermittently, but hops definitely dominate. Hints of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Hardly balanced, but a tasty dose of hops.

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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 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 Garin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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