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Phillips / GLB Puzzler Belgian Black IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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89
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 11-01-2012)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 10/11/12

A nearly black with a deep cola edge, a large well retained mocha head stick around to the bottom of the glass leaving several rings of lace deep down the glass, were off to a great start

S Big nose on this one with lots of tropical notes, tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit, hard to believe the hops shine through a beer this dark. Loads of pine, some coco powder and more hops, the Belgian influence is minor but adds a nice touch, the booze is nowhere to be found and just a little licorice as it warms, smells perfect

T more yeast then the smell with a earthy, woody aspect I didn’t find on the nose, just a little nutty flavor with some smoke and char, the hops are still there but the dark malts take over in the mouth. Taste is good but the nose was wonderful

M medium bodied, almost foamy but not quite, a nice bitter bite and no heat at all, long rind and char finish

O such a sexy beer from start to finish, smells divine and zero booze at any point, great hop kick and a solid dark malty backbone, I’m loving this one

I’ll have another please, and for 7$ I’ll be enjoying a few of these before their gone from the shelves

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:46:08 | More by wordemupg
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British Columbia (Canada)

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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-31-2014 06:49:06 | More by shagal
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bomber obtained from Co-op liquor store in Calgary, poured into a Belgian-style goblet. I probably should have used an IPA glass. A nearly pitch black brew with ample brown head and a rather unique aroma/taste profile. There's some Belgian influence in the form of yeast-derived (presumably) spice notes and a burlap sack-like dryness but this is not what grips the taste buds. Smells and tastes like pot resin, brown rye bread with caraway seed, pipe tobacco, burnt banana, weak clove oil, a hint of orchard fruit. Others taste citrus in this and I suppose I do as well, a generic citric rind somewhere in the mix, but truth be told I get more marijuana dankness and pine. These differences in palate add to the fun of beer tasting I suppose. Dry, woody, resinous, and spicy, with some ash helping to dry out the earthy bitter finish. A big ol' resin bomb with some dark malt character that is hard to locate amidst the hop assault. Middle of the road carbonation. This one will likely stand out in my memory for quite some time. Captures the aggressive resinous hopping that Phillips does so well, with some added spicy special effects. Did I mention its hoppy?

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Alberta (Canada)

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British Columbia (Canada)

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Pours like an Irish Stout: ruby black with a tan collar than rings.
Roast and smoke on the nose.
Black rye bread, a whack of phenols, then orange oil hops.
Red berry finish and clovey linger.
Medium, chewy, smooth.

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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

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

650ml bottle. I missed out on last years batch but Phillips has brought it back. The ABV is 7.3% as opposed to the 9.1% of last year's collaboration batch.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with two fingers of foamy mocha head.

Smell - Belgian yeast, roasted malts, piney hops, citrus.

Taste - A nice mix of the roasted malts, Belgian yeast, hops and citrus flavours. Good roasted flavours and bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - For my first go at a Belgian Black IPA, Phillips delivers a flavourful brew that has a nice mix of Belgian and North American ingredients. Perfect for the time of year in Calgary when the weather is changing.

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Phillips / GLB Puzzler Belgian Black IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.