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Double Dragon Imperial Red Ale - Phillips Brewing Company

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Double Dragon Imperial Red AleDouble Dragon Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A bold majestic ale, with a firey copper hue. The fierce hop flavour battles with an honorable malt base for the affection of your taste buds. Big enough to slay the strongest thirst.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 05-01-2008)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep yet still transparent amber hue, practically almond in colour. Tall rocky and frothy off-white head with massive retention.

Sweet malt and grapefruit on the nose, some dry earthy notes.

Dry nutty malt up front in the flavour, some toastiness, finishing with spicy, leafy, herbal hops. Grapefruit pith astringency lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, has a creamy full texture, mild carbonation.

Decent for a hop fix, the malt manages to balance the hops out well, yet doesn’t really offer much more to the character of the whole brew. It satiates to a degree but doesn’t enchant.

IronDjinn, Apr 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of trail77
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

trail77, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. The seemingly old-school video game references on the side label are apparently lost on me.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a multitude of dense, rocky, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent spectrum of sticky lug chain lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of herbal, vegetal hops, some spiced citrus, a burgeoning black pepper note, and meek grainy malt. The taste is more, rather ramped up, herbal, grassy hoppiness, a less hidden caramel malt base, some late-arriving citrus rind, and an agreeably mild booze warming.

The bubbles are present, and accounted for, but make little fuss, the body a stolid medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes in a maelstrom of herbal/citrus hops and caramel/toffee malt, too confusing to make any sort of coherent call.

A more or less agreeable IRA (a pseodo-style hitherto unrepresented in these parts), though the herbal character does dampen things a smidge, for me at least. The booze is well concealed, and the weight does, eventually, come down.

biboergosum, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of pugdogbeer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Colour is a wonderful deep red colour with a nice amount of head and lace after pouring into a pint glass.

The rich smell of malt was matched in taste - a big, rich, malt taste.

At just over 8% ABV, I could not taste the alcohol only the taste of malt. The brewers did an excellent job of balancing malt and alcohol to create an amazing Imperial red, which to me is a great example.

pugdogbeer, May 02, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear cedar brown, tall light tan head looks great and retains extremely well, leaving lots of chunky lacing
S - lots of leafy hops with an herbal hint, caramel and nutty malts, a perfumy aroma is unexpected
T - nutty and sweet malts up front, some milder nuttiness, a big perfume and grass hop presence, was expecting more malt domination but it is big and balanced
M - medium body and carbonation, a sticky sweet coating lingers along with some hop bitterness and alcohol dry
O - definitely full flavoured and unique, not quite what I was expecting but thoroughly enjoyed none the less

joemcgrath27, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a coppery/mahogany colour. The aromas from the nose are big on the malty caramel and toffee side, with a good swack of lemon/citrus hops in there, too. The flavours are similar. This is like a big NW-style amber ale--nicely balanced between round malt notes and a bit of contrasting herbaceous/fruity hops. It has a nice crispness and finishes with a welcome earthy bite.

CookstLiquor, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +27.9%

pudoo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillips states on the bottle that this is their seasonal "Imperial Red Ale".

22oz bomber pours into a snifter a dark brown that glints a rich ruby red in the light; a finger of tight head leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

The nose is light tropical fruits and citrus, a slightest hint of hops, some caramel malts, some alcohol notes in the back.

Nothing imperial about the taste, in fact it's quite light on all fronts. Some light malts up front, a slight hop bittering and alcohol bite in the back, hints of fruit and bread, some light molasses. As you go on some grapefruit makes an appearance. The smoothness is what hits you first but the hops make a valiant effort as the bottle progresses - present but not hurled at you from the start. Fairly well balanced. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, light body and an underlying light sweetness; the only thing that gives the "imperial" impression is the alcohol presence.

Really, quite drinkable (except for maybe the 8.2%ABV) on all fronts. Nothing wrong here, just nothing to blow you away either. Solid, relatively balanced and a nice offering from Phillips.

ritzkiss, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of mattsander
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mattsander, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

ChuckGnarly, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gonna give Phillip's "Double Dragon" Imperial Red Ale @ 8.2%
A-served cold into a stein , poured a more hazel than red color with a good head and lacing
S-a spicey citrus blended with caramel malt
T-a bitter citrus upfront grapefruit and lime followed by a pleasant dry finish
MF-medium body & carbonation
Ov-reminds me of Granv Is-Imperial IPA , just an ok beer

cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled july 22/08.

pours deep red, a beautiful ruby/garnet when held to the light. a small dense tan head forms and seems to linger forever, leaving tons of lace down the glass.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. bready. bit of biscuit. bit of butterscotch. light alcohol. earthy. bit of citrus, but more towards the earthy side of hops.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. wheat bread. biscuit. bit of grapefruit. light alcohol. earthy hops. a bit woody too. bit of caramel. light butterscotch. bit of yeast.

mouthfeel is good. very fine medium carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly well balanced, with the alcohol dominating slightly. i'd expect a little more hop presence for the style, but it works pretty well as is.

grub, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to canucklehead for sending this bomber my way for CanBIF4!

Pours a hazed dark red/brown, a bit like dried blood, thick eggshell head forms, drops some nice lacing, forms a solid layer, looks good. Smell is yeasty, some caramel, grapefruity citrus, bread, almost a rye spiciness, brown sugar, some strawberries and other fruits, neat. Taste is similar, caramel and yeasty bread, banana, some dried fruits, light chocolate roast, fruity spice and wheat in the finish, quite dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth, bit weird but interesting. Thanks Mark!

Viggo, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

rogerdandy, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark copper red/brown with a finger width of foamy off-white head.

Smell - Pine, woodsy aromas, hops, slight hint of citrus.

Taste - The pine and hops is most robust in the flavour, with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. More hoppy than a standard red ale (in comparison).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - For my first imperial red ale, I quite enjoyed this brew. Nice hops flavour, as well as the pine/woodsy characteristics. I'd like to see what happens with some age. Very glad to have tried this rarity from Phillips.

leaddog, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Phillips Double Dragon pours a deep, ruby red brown with a decent head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma is a bit of caramel and toffee and a bit of dark fruit. The flavor is nicely balanced, plenty of malt, without being too sweet, and a nice earthy, herbal hop flavor. The finish is dry, with hints of chocolate malt. The alcohol is completely hidden, I'd never expect it to be 8%.

ericj551, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 22/2/12

A dark amber leaning towards copper, tight thumbs width of tan head sits for a while leaving a thick ring of lace followed by random patches

S some wet wood and caramel apple with a little citric hops, fairly earthy nose

T some spicy flavors I didn't smell, a little booze, and there's more rind in the mouth, still earthy but more hops and toffee then the nose

M a little gritty and it has some bite to it and you don't feel much booze but it's there, a little lime on the finish lingers

O I didn't have any problems putting back the bomber so that should say something, not the best but pretty solid stuff

I think I prefer Amnesiac but this is still respectable stuff, don't stop the Phillips flood in Alberta

wordemupg, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of 604growler
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

604growler, May 02, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice russet dark brown with laced head. The nose is dark fruit and hops. This is a interesting take on the Imperial Red style as it has almost Belgian notes to the finish. There is a goodly amount of hops in the beer but the taste to my mind is almost a dubbel crossed with a amber ale. This is way too drinkable for the ABV yet there is enough complexity to slow the drinker down and smell the mash tun. A real congrats is on hand for Matt on brewing a style that has not been seen in BC before and doing it with aplomb.

Drinking the 2011 edition it even more refined with less Belgian and more big Red Ale taste. Matt seems to have nailed this beer

canucklehead, May 02, 2008
Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bordering more on brown than red! Thick, foamy off-white, almost tan head. Raisins, hops, rich malts and molasses on the nose. Very complex and not like any red/amber I've experienced.

Fruity malt taste with a good "imperial" hop profile. Strong hop dose, and almost a Belgian feel to it, as canucklehead points out. Very smooth, deep and complex taste. There are many dimensions to this: in one sip, I pick up banannas, chocolate, citrus, bread, toffee and even Ovaltine.

Good carbonation, nice feel...high ABV limits this to a night cap or after dinner beverage, but it is oh-so enjoyable!

BDTyre, May 07, 2008
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of spree92
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber with brown highlights on the edges. A real big bubbly head. Smell is weak for what it is. I am hesitant here as I am starting to think I have a bad bottle. Heavy on the malts and a real off taste on the hops.
Take this review with a grain of salt. I will do some heavy research to see if there were others like this. A disappointing beer from Phillips as most of their stuff is really good.

spree92, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of ZachT
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
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Double Dragon Imperial Red Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.