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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | 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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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (a notch on 2 & Dec., indicating the best before?) and shared with my wife.

Appearance: A reverse foam effect as it starts with a thin ring but expands as the pour continues. Thick and fluffy. The body is the color of light tangerine.

Smell: Pungent aroma of hops, orange, sweet grapefruit and mango.

Taste: Fleshy fruit, piney but not abrasive, mango and citrus. While not totally mouth filling, it is very good.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness is felt though not overdone. Remarkable balance as it is smooth and retains an edge.

Overall: Very much enjoyed this one. Not a huge hop bomb but it does pack enough flavor and bitterness to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 11:25:51 | More by papat444
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JanM

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 17:58:37 | More by JanM
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drrone

Utah

4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:27:41 | More by drrone
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Naerhu

Japan

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 14:13:03 | More by Naerhu
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:57:47 | More by liamt07
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OskarL

Sweden

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:20:02 | More by OskarL
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 03:52:21 | More by Viggo
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 00:19:50 | More by pootz
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:32:08 | More by DaftCaskBC
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-18-2013 01:08:33 | More by cam477
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Chad_d_koenig

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-09-2013 22:08:50 | More by Chad_d_koenig
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 02:53:07 | More by biboergosum
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-13-2012 00:34:28 | More by irishkyle21
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-03-2013 14:17:32 | More by DamageCase76
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curtismontcalm

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-06-2013 01:23:30 | More by curtismontcalm
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2011 02:56:10 | More by benbou17
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 16:48:51 | More by BigBry
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Ivilldo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-09-2013 01:19:28 | More by Ivilldo
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2012 00:33:09 | More by goalie35
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:57:30 | More by LazyL
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-28-2013 15:05:25 | More by sclitch
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-20-2013 05:07:06 | More by Kmat10
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-10-2013 14:53:01 | More by rogerdandy
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:57:26 | More by ericj551
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-21-2011 03:29:08 | More by EskimoDave
Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.