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Skookum Cascadian Brown Ale - Phillips Brewing Company

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Skookum Cascadian Brown AleSkookum Cascadian Brown Ale

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Skookum [skookuh m] (adjective) from Chinook, West Coast North America 1. A monster indigenous to the Cascade region. 2. Strong, reliable, and/or hard-working 3. Big, bold hop characteristics with a smooth, rich maltiness 4. The unofficial fuel of the Cascadian revolution.

Formerly Black Toque.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2004)
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3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Phillips "Hop Box" standard, pours a dark cola brown with correspondingly mocha colored foam. Aroma is complex, sweet, hoppy, and smoky all at once, I get coffee and chocolate along with some citrus, red berry, and tropical notes. The hops are subdued for a beer dubbed an "IPA" and this beer probably falls somewhere between an American brown ale (which can be aggressively hopped compared to English examples) and a Cascadian dark or black ale, the categorization given here. Tastes much like a chocolate covered coffee bean that includes some grapefruit and mango, some classic Phillips herbal/hemp oil notes, a little understated pine, and nice chewy malts that recall a porter. Maybe a hair too ashy. Well-executed example of a tricky style: Too much hops and you get unpleasant clashing of flavors, too little and you get another beer style.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 24, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass. Bought in a mixer 12 pack from Willow Park in Regina.

The title here says American Black Ale, but it's more of a Brown Ale, and the label calls it a Cascadian Brown Ale.

Brown and a little hazy with red/amber highlights. Beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with spots of lacing here and there.

Aroma is mostly hops but with some malt backbone. Citrus and pine mixed with malts.

Kind of a interesting mixture. Brown Ale with a full body and chewy malts mixed with an IPA with american citrusy hops. An interesting style and pretty refreshing. I'd like to see them back off the hops just a tad (maybe different varieties?) to increase the drinkability a little. A solid offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, came in the Hop Box variety pack. Pours out a deep translucent brown, with a thick cap of creamy beige head that retains.

Dry earthy notes on the nose, pine, some chocolate and toasted malt in the background.

Toasty malt and some dry cocoa up front in the flavour, followed quickly by bright pine needles and some citrus rind/pith, with an earthy, woody, herbal finish to it. Like drinking the great outdoors.

Medium-full body, smooth, sometimes slippery texture, with moderate carbonation.

I'd pin this more as an American Brown Ale than anything, but that aside it makes for a very dry offering, and I wouldn't be surprised if some rye was used as well. Very earthy overall.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a murky cola hued brew with a frothy light tan head that retains beautifully as a thick foamy cap and laces as good as any beer can. Great looking beer, great looking bottle, and nice presentation. Gotta love Phillips for this.

S - Quite earthy in this department. Mild woodsy notes with earthy hops, and some distinct smoke. Mild coffee roast with chocolate milk, ashtray, raspberries, molasses and some evergreen hoppiness providing a subtle minty presence I often get in Phillips brews. There's also a subtle floral note in here that's just phenomenal. Complex, unique and intriguing; yet not all that hoppy.

T - Opens up with cocoa nibs, molasses, and chocolate malt and finishes earthy with wood, smoke, roasted malt, mild coffee, and resinous hops. There's a certain malt in here that I find in many Phillips beers that I just don't care for, but it doesn't hurt this one too much. Gentle pine resin quality provides hints of bitterness which combined with the dark, roasty character creates a balanced but firm finish. Definitely a focus on smoke with this brew, as it permeates the palate from start to finish. Bright floral and fruity hop notes just peak through in the finish. This sort of reminds me of an English porter, but with more hops. As it warms the nutty character really starts to come though, as well piney hops and mint. Balanced, tasty, and immensely drinkable profile.

M - Carbonation is a bit to lively for the profile, and doesn't let the crisp medium body show very well. A slight weak point with this beer. Still, it's a smooth beer from start to finish, that provides a nice lingering bitterness.

D - A solid offering from Phillips for a style I've really grown to enjoy. Considering the (hop) box this came in, it does feel a little under-hopped, but the darker malty flavors make up for the lack of hop presence. Phillips just continue to impress me.

Converge, Jun 07, 2012
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Skookum Cascadian Brown Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.