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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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87
very good

84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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 Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance.Pours clear, copper, golden-orange, half thumb of off-white head dissapating after a minute and virtually gone after a few.

Smell. Strong fruity hops with sweet malt hit.

Taste. Hops and hops. Herbal, alchohol present. Long piney bitter finish

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, thinner than expected. Warm at the end.

A solid, local DIPA. (350 characters)

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. (716 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (752 characters)

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. (585 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle received in trade with Rejtable - thanks! Best before Oct 2013

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit.

Overall - Really good stuff. I've had a few other IPA/APA's from this brewer and this beer seems to have more of what they are lacking. More sweetness, more fruitiness, and more hops. I'd pick this up again if it was available locally. (730 characters)

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. (859 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (308 characters)

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". (746 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a schooner at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - clear amber brew with a half finger head and very thin lacing

S - big grassy hops nose on this; dominates

T - the hops flavor is a little smaller than the nose, but it still solid and gives a strong bitter attack to the beer, in the finish it's well balanced with slightly sweet bready malts. The bitterness endures and sticks in the back of the throat

M - medium bodied and slightly oily; moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden with just a hint of booziness

D - quite drinkable for an Imperial IPA - has a nice balance

Overall a relatively tasty beer; would recommend this for a try. (671 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of hoser
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A old favourite bought back from British Columbia by a friend. Maybe I am getting old but Double India Pale Ales are getting harder for me to drink. Golden colour with with plenty of hop bite and always a pleasure to drink even if I still have half a glass after the bottle being open a couple hours. Although I rarely rate beer here because of the word count asked for. My editors at other magazines would cut this review done to one or two sentences as I am padding the word count. All in all a nice DIPA that I would gladly reach for again. Matt please start shipping to Alberta. (582 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange yellow with list of fluffy white head that lasts and leaves lacing.

Nose is tropical fruit, citrus, with some peppery spice.

Taste follows nose. Tropical fruit at the front moving into grapefruit bitterness. There is an earthy and peppery finish.

I'm not sure how fresh this is. I was expecting a lot more hops from a DIPA. (345 characters)

Photo of astout
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (979 characters)

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. (663 characters)

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. (355 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of IPAs and DIPAs and this one is one I have returned to a handful of times. It's a bit on the more bitter side of DIPAs I prefer, but it's definitely a fully hopped, highly ABVed (8.5%!) DIPA that I could drink over a long period of time, again and again.

And unlike the name, I fully remember everything about it once I'm done. Give it a shot...at $5 for a bomber it's a decent buy. (399 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, very slightly cloudy. Moderately sized white head. Decent lacing, moderate retention.

Smell contains caramel malt, some citrus fruit and some pine. Not a big smell.

Taste consists of citrus fruit and a fair bit of caramel malt. Fairly bitter. A bit of pine. Pretty good but nothing stands out about it.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit of an oily feel.

Overall, decent but not exciting. (414 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml of Canadian hop power, on to the beer:

Deep reddish copper color in look, the head on top is thick and creamy looking. It leaves good alcing around the glass. Some faded floral hops, a little lychee, a littel carmelized malt to smell.

This DIPA is very mellow. It doesn't feel like it's 8.5% ABV, but this could also be an older bottle. It's not bad at all. Sweet citrus flavor is the most recognizable of the flavors. There's also some grapefruit to "bitter" the beer, and a little toffee crisp undereath that. The beer has a smooth and fairly easy mouthfeel, one that doesn't weigh you down, alcohol is hidden, and it's relatively easy to drink for its size.

Amnesiac DIPA is a solid beer, and it does have some hop flavor to satisy the hophead. It could be to the standard of DIPA's that I can get in Orange County, but it could be worse. (853 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head on Amnesiac is very thick and frothy, with amazing retention. It sits atop a light amber body with lots of creamy looking carbonation. Very nice looking.

The smell has it all - malts and hops mixed with some citrus, a little bit of pine and some spice. IBUs abound in the flavour. Its a mostly citrusey hop variety balanced with mild malt character. It has a relatively dry finish and medium carbonation. Overall, a good beer. (436 characters)

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 (431 characters)

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. (394 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.56/5  rDev -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. (748 characters)

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. (603 characters)

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. (1,032 characters)

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