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Phillips / GLB Puzzler Belgian Black IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Phillips / GLB Puzzler Belgian Black IPAPhillips / GLB Puzzler Belgian Black IPA

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very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 11-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 21
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More buttery than I remember in previous batches; the berries were lost. Disappointed from a normally solid black ipa

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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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On draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver.

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.

More stout than anything else. Way too phenolic. But it does hit all 3 notes named on the label.

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Phillips / GLB Puzzler Belgian Black IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.