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Bottle Rocket ISA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-02-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of smekermann
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Bottle Rocket ISA from Phillips Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.