Bottle Rocket ISA - Phillips Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-12-2013 23:46:19 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.69/5 rDev -4.7%
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!
02-10-2013 18:34:52 | More by CookstLiquor
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-05-2013 23:05:03 | More by papat444
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-26-2013 00:04:51 | More by spinrsx
Bottle Rocket ISA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.