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Bottle Rocket ISA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

62 Ratings
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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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Photo of jmdr
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Muhly
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of papat444
3.85/5  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 wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 schnarr84
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
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.

Photo of ericj551
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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 KStark
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of canucklehead
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.