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Bottle Rocket ISA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-02-2013

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 14
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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml can. My first ISA, it would seem. Phillips just keeps those 'hopsplosive' hop puns a-comin', don't they?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some broad patches of fuzzy lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of sweet honeyed caramel malt, bitter citrus cream, acerbic pine resin, and further musty, leafy hops. The taste is bitter orange, lemon and grapefruit pith, some mild tropical fruit notes, fleshy, almost woody pine needles, bready caramel malt, a bit of zingy yeast, and an earthy leafiness.

The bubbles are pretty laid-back, just providing basic support, the body an adequate medium weight, generally smooth, with a slightly frothy airiness that evokes idle thoughts of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt and fruitiness of the hops enough to overcome the push of the still prominent bitterness.

A nicely hopped-up IPA, with an industry-standard 5 points of alcohol - not quite sessionable in the traditional sense, but as far as IPAs these days go, a fair drop-off. However, given the more noticeable grainy, yeasty house flavour going on here, I'm not sure I'd want to drink this all night, even if I do applaud the marketing angle here.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml can. Pours a bright pale yellow. Surprisingly light in colour. The nose is very West Coast-style IPA, with lots of bright cannabis and citrus notes. It's a very light-bodied beer over all with not much sweetness, lots of grainy malt notes and plenty of tangy lemon/grapefruit hop notes. Refreshing!

Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. can, best before Jul 25 (year is smudged but looks like 2013).

Appearance: A slightly hazy, light gold body. Streams of bubbles continuously rise. A healthy white head that lasts quite a while. Good showing of lacing all around.

Smell: Fresh orange, tangerines, good hops tempered by a little malt, some mango.

Taste: Nice resin-like start, good plush fruit, orange slices, sticky sweetness (not too much). There is a vegetal finish that doesn't linger but offsets the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice balance here. Hops reined by the malt, bitterness still shines, good carbonation keeps things lively.

Overall: A pretty good IPA that gives a hop fix with no heat.

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can received in trade with Rejtable - thanks!

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grains, citrus, a mustiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit some light citrus and some breads/grains.

Overall - A very drinkable beer with just enough flavour to keep it light yet interesting. Definitely something I'd buy again if readily available to me. The one draw back is some sort off odd musty type smell going on.. but it's very light.

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillip's Brewing 'Bottle Rocket ISA' @ 5.0% , served from a growler purchased for $10

A-pour is a light gold from the growler , to a clear gold in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-distinct hoppy smell

T-big hop flavor for a ISA , lemon citrus on the final swallow

MF-low carbonation , medium body , no dry mouthfeel lingering on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , sampled alongside Van Is. 'Sabatoge ISA' & Russell 'Hop Therapy ISA'

prost LampertLand

Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled during a tour of Phillips in Victoria, BC. Refreshing citrus, pine and mild caramel malt. Balanced - delivers as a sessionable hoppy ale.

Photo of smekermann
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I don't know what's with the low(ish) ratings on this beer. Maybe it sucked a while back or something, but I think it's one of the finest offerings from Phillips at the moment. Sure, yeah, it's one-dimensional. It's supposed to be a sessionable IPA type thing. Sessionable beers generally aren't the most intricate things you've ever tasted.

In any case, I found this to be one of the most flavorful session beers I've tried yet. The hop profile is pretty great - very floral and aromatic and punchy for a 5% ABV beer. Body is light and crisp, making this beer drinkable as hell. Again, this is not a sipper. There ain't no great complexity involved: there's a ton of hops backed by a fairly decent malt/yeast body that will probably seem very familiar if you've had a hoppy Phillips beer before. Honestly, I could argue that it seems almost stale at this point to use the same malt / yeast profile for almost all their hoppy beers, but I'm not going to do it in this case. It serves its purpose quite admirably, which is to provide a vehicle for the hops to take charge.

Honestly, when I'm in the mood for a drinking a six-pack over the course of an evening, this is what I tend to go for. Crisp/light body means you won't be bloated, 5% abv content means you won't be shitfaced. How could you possibly go wrong? You can't, imho. Unless you somehow stumble upon an older batch, because the cans don't have a canning/best by date on them. Ehhh, still, this beer is good enough when fresh that I'm willing to take the chance of a random stale six-pack.

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip 19/3/13

A clear bright golden yellow with lots of tiny suspended particles and a good amount of tiny bubbles, large three finger head forms a dome over the top of the glass and retains well leaving some chunks of random lace

S reminds me of Hop Circle with some tropical citrus and a little pine, Phillips House notes, and a little caramel, simple but solid

T just a little toned down with more of Phillips House Yeast? I don't know what that flavor is but I can pick it out in almost every Phillips brew, a little lemon peel I didn't smell

M fairly light but the bubbles cream it up and give it some body, lemon rind on the finish

O pretty solid brew and I like the fact that I can get my hop fix without getting loaded, well at least I need to drink a dozen of them to get there and I could probably do that without getting board

I can see myself picking this up again when it warms up around here, I like drinking in the Sun and I like hops but I don't like getting shitfaced (no red lines? apparently shitfaced is spelled correctly) and this might accommodate my needs

Photo of canucklehead
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of the BC brewers to make a session IPA. Phillips puts its in a funky can and makes it hoppy and light on the mouthfeel. The nose is pure PNW IPA but the colour is lighter and the finish is on the thinner side than the standard IPA. It works as a session beer and come Summer this will be a patio fave. I might prefer the regular IPA most of the time but this is perfect for a lighter brew.

Photo of Muhly
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking can poured into a beer mug.

A-A light and clear yellow with moderate carbonation. Head forms very easily and you are left with big chunks of foam sticking to the side of the glass.

S-A lot of hops. Mostly citrus and melon.

T-orange rind, melon, with a very subtle hint of malt backbone.

M-Coats the tongue a bit. Finish isn't as astringent as you would expect and there is actually a bit of lingering sweetness. Carbonation is relatively subdued. A refreshing quaff.

O-Didn't know quite what to expect with this one given the assurance of an out of balance beer favouring hops so heavily. In the end it delivers on the hop end of things while managing not to be overwhelming. The low alcohol and refreshing nature of the beer would certainly allow you to "session" this guy. In the end it's probably meant for just that. Not too terribly interesting, but enough intrigue to keep you going until the end of the BBQ.

Here comes the session ale fad!

Photo of Brianhophead
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottle Rocket is an only slightly hazy pale golden colore. It's somewhere between honey colored and ripe straw. Head is dense, white and lasting.

S - Bottle Rocket's aroma starts out with the up front pine resin aroma of hops. Beneath that is a spicy, honeyed aroma. Honey becomes more caramel oriented as we move into the aroma's center. Bottle Rocket's nose turns back towards hops in the finish, giving pine resin coupled with aromas of fresh cut grass.

T - At first blush Bottle Rocket's flavor seems fairly straightforward. Body is medium - light and starts across my tongue with the spicy honey notes I found in the nose. Center comes out with a subtle combination of caramel and bready malts. Bottle Rocket's finish is full of pine resin hops, practically smacking the back of my tongue.

O - Overall, not bad. Even though its profile seems straightforward at first this is a very solid pale ale. Its honeyed and malt qualities provide sweetness and flavor that stand up well to the hoppy finish.

Photo of Eric_Standard
2.3/5  rDev -40.7%

Grassy notes, a bit of citrus. Too light yet too hoppy, and very one note (even for a session ale). Not my thing.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly looks like a so-called ISA, very light golden yellow brew with ample white foam. Smells like classic Phillips hops and yeast albeit more bright and vibrant as opposed to dank and weedy, although certainly some of the latter character is present. Bright citrus fruit bowl aroma with a few tropical notes. Smooth and creamy with a pleasantly moderate degree of fizz and a thin enough body to drink in quantity, like many blonde ales, but hopped more aggressively of course. Sweet honey malt provides the backbone while fruity, weedy hops lead the way. I get some interesting flavors in this, grapes and cherries along with the more typical sweet iced tea/citrus flavors and pine, although the latter is downplayed compared to other Phillips IPAs. Not terribly astringent but full of rich hop flavor nonetheless, coupled to a nigh-perfect level of malty sweetness to provide balance. Some may wonder at my high ratings but I feel Phillips nailed what they were trying to do here and damn straight I'd session this.

Photo of Hoptoria
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow, with a frothy white head.

S- I get piney hops and citrus with every whiff of this beer.

T- Citrus/pine hops upfront, with a residual sweetness at the end. Not too bitter, but just enough to keep me wanting more. Dank finish.

M- This is where the beer really excels-- a creamy but light body, with a sparkly carbonation gives this one maximum quaffability.

O- This beer does exactly what it is supposed to do and is, in my opinion, a perfect representation of the style. When I want to knock back a sixer before a night out, this is what I buy. Not boring by any means, and should be reviewed for what it is.

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Bottle Rocket ISA from Phillips Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.