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Amnesiac Double IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

DrShakalu, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

stevergca, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Tivlavrie, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

g4g2008, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper brown with a nice orange hue, solid thumb of off-white big bubbled head with solid retention leaving a nice amount of lacing leaving big bubbles sticking to the side.

S - Very aromatic hops, very floral, citrus, pine and cedar. A bit of a chocolate malt on the finish, which was nice to smell as well.

T - Rather surprised by this one, I was expecting much less, and was surprised at how well the alcohol is hidden on it. Hop bomb off the top, but the bitterness doesn't overpower it. The finish is very sweet and sticky, with caramel malts lingering on the tongue. I thought based on the scent, the hop bomb would be much stronger, but it's rather mellow, making for a very easy drinking DIPA

M - Based on the pour I thought it would be much more syropy, but was pleased with how light it was. The finish is a little sticky from the sweetness, but in a good way.

D - Very surprised by it, much better than anticipated, and a very competitively priced DIPA. Highly recommended to any IPA fan. The flavours are nicely balanced, and the alcohol nicely hidden. Now if only I didn't have to drive 8 hrs to find this stuff!

andrenaline, Aug 08, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical murky golden-amber with a frothy white head, which leaves nice lacing throughout. Smells of citrus and pine, with a subtle bready malt sweetness. I take a drink, and bombastic hops storm my palate and beat it into submission. There's notes of citrus and pine... very resinous. It finishes with lip-smacking bitterness, balanced with an underlying caramel malt sweetness. Medium bodied, sticky-icky-icky, with aggressive carbonation. Other than a bit of warmth, the alcohol is really muted. It's dangerously easy to drink. Very nice. This beer will put hair on your chest, irrespective of your gender. A nice hop bomb, by one of BC's most hop-forward breweries.

McBastard, Jan 16, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Volo Cafe last night. Mighty smooth! A label with expiry date choices until the end of 2004 concerned me, but it didn't matter. A 650 bomber with nice foam, lace. To get through it, I broke up gulps with a bit of another stout and a strong ale. Great hoppy grapefruit aroma. Refreshing as well as creamy on the palate. grapfruit bittery aftertaste, softened by malts.

Sammy, May 27, 2005
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear light bronze, tower of creamy white head, nice retention with decent lacing
S - floral and citrus hops dominate, very light malt hints, along with hints of pineapple and cedar
T - earthy and floral hops are strong, light citrus and fruity notes along with woody cedar
M - lower carbonation, a mix of smooth sensation followed by a slowly building bitter
D - very nicely hopped, good balance of full mouth smooth and bitter, the 8.5% ABV goes unnoticed, a fantastic double

joemcgrath27, Aug 09, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance with bubbly white head that quickly disappears, leaving good lacing. Smell consists heavily of hops along with a hint of citrus and caramel.

Taste consists of lots of hops, along with citrus, grapefruit and caramel. Also picked up a hint of malt, bread and orange. A flavorful IPA and not overly dominated by hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter, hop taste.

Overall, this is a very good IPA. Huge hop flavor, but has some other features that makes it stand out. Wish I got another one; highly recommend if you’re a fan of hops.

CrazyMike, Dec 12, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

papat444, Oct 01, 2011
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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
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

drrone, May 14, 2013
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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
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

liamt07, Jul 13, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

OskarL, Jun 06, 2010
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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

DaveBar, Jul 19, 2014
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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
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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
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

cam477, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Chad_d_koenig, Oct 09, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

souvenirs, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

WillAndSarah, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

irishkyle21, Jan 13, 2012
Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.