Elsinore - Phillips Brewing Company
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Reviews by wordemupg:
3.74/5 rDev +1.6%
341ml bottle poured into tulip 5/1/14
A clear golden yellow, with a few slow bubbles feeding a two finger foam that sits around for a couple sips leaving a couple random patches of lace
S honey, noble grassy hops, cracker and Phillips house, a little citrus, smells straightforward but decent
T some herbal lemon tea notes on top of what I smell
M light bodied, more bubbles then I could see in the glass, crisp, a little slick after the fact with a fairly clean finish
O quite drinkable and a decent pil overall, nothing spectacular but I could down a 6er on a hot day
not to far off the style, decent beer but nothing to go out of your way for but no reason not to try it
01-05-2014 23:08:39 | More by wordemupg
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3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
341ml bottle, procured as a single from my favourite local shop that actually does such a thing hereabouts. The next step in my overtly Canadian-themed beer day, in celebration of our nation's 146th birthday. A roo coo coo coo coo coo coooo!
This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of bubbly, weakly puffy bone-white head, which leaves a low-lying array of elongated sandbar lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.
It smells (over the burgeoning BBQ aromas of my neighbours) of semi-sweet biscuity, somewhat pastry-like pale malt, a mild crackery dryness, a faint lemon rind essence, and leafy, lightly grassy, earthy hops. The taste is nicely integrated crisp crackery, breakfast biscuit, and cereal-heavy grainy malt, well-dried lemon peel, a hint of neutered black pepper, and heady leafy, earthy, spicy grassy hops.
The bubbles are mildly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and quite equitably smooth. It finishes off-dry, well grained-up, with a lagging grassiness that seems just a tad petered out - so tired, eh?
A tasty old-world lager, one with strong pilsener leanings (so that's what I'm classifying it as here, given absolutely no other info). Upon a viewing of Strange Brew a few years ago, it occurred to my optimistic self that the beer they were drinking back in the day, while not exactly a craft brew, was at least something better than the current swill peddled by the big boys. I'm glad to see that Phillips seems to concur, and my Canadian heritage is appropriately giddy right about now.
07-01-2013 23:49:51 | More by biboergosum
3.15/5 rDev -14.4%
12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so
Appearance - Yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair mount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Grains, grass, herbal, hops
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grass, floral notes, and some odd cooked vegetable taste. There is also some corn, bread and light hops.
Overall – The odd herbal/vegetable taste kind of ruin this beer for me. Interesting.. but odd. Not something I'd buy more of.
08-08-2014 00:31:53 | More by spinrsx
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
341 mL bottle from a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler pack, dated Aug. 21 2014 and served well-chilled. Two Czech-style pilseners in the same pack seems like an odd choice, but then again, I'm just some hoser.
Pours a clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of fluffy, eggshell-white head. It recedes slowly over the next few minutes, eventually settling into a frothy cap and collar with a messy ring of lace. The aroma is typical of the style - grainy pale malt sweetness and lemon zest, with some grassy, floral notes to accompany.
Now THIS is an interesting flavour - something rarely uttered about this style, I'm sure. Perhaps due to the dry-hopping? The grainy pale malt backbone is all-too familiar, providing a modicum of doughy sweetness - but the tail end of the profile manages to pique my interest. It's very big on the lemon citrus, and quite zesty, with lots of leafy tea, floral and green herbal notes being the main features of the finish. The aftertaste has a bitter, juicy citrus feel to it, which fades from the palate quickly. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that prickles the tongue and provides this pils with an appropriately crisp, active mouthfeel.
Final Grade: 3.83, a respectable B+. Phillips' Elsinore is a unique domestic lager that I am really enjoying. The combination of floral notes, citrusy hops and prickly carbonation used allow this pils to stand out amongst a rather large crowd. It is more intensely-hopped than most imports, which the average BA will probably have no issue with - myself included. While I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this beer out, it's still very well-made and I'd happily drink it again some time, should the opportunity arise.
08-15-2014 02:53:28 | More by thehyperduck
British Columbia (Canada)
3.79/5 rDev +3%
A: Clear yellow like a macro lager, white head has a bit of retention and lace.
S: Saaz hops! Steelie grass; hints of lemon and slightly floral.
T: Nice hoping and bitterness, hint of fresh sourdough bread
M: Lighter body, like a German Pils.
O: An easy drinker.
I hope those hosers didn't put any mind control drugs in this.
12-02-2013 21:17:43 | More by Derek
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.
Appearance - Clear, pale golden straw color. Capped by nearly a finger of white head which has some staying power.Visible bubbles on the low side, but there's some sticky lacing left behind.
Smell - Grassy and grainy like most pilsners but with a significantly more floral element than the usual suspects. There's something akin to freshly boiled tea mixed in there.
Taste - Similar to the nose but with a very green tea / tea like aspect on the conclusion that is unusual. Grassier and more floral tasting than many other pilsners. For this it is more flavorful, but not quite as crisp and as clean as other sin the style.
Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated with a light feel, and on the dry side in terms of finishes. Pretty decent overall.
Overall - A solid pilsner with a pleasant but unusual tea like spin on things. Works picking up if that's your thing otherwise a solid Canadian pilsner offering.
08-22-2014 04:02:33 | More by DenisKolkin
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Day 2 of the Snowcase advent calendar. this is a pretty fresh pils that is much better than the Phoenix lager that Phillips has as their regular offering. More grassy notes and more cripsness in the finish than Phoenix. I like it and would buy this again in the summer ( hopefully it will be brewed again). Nice homage to Bob and Doug
12-03-2013 00:38:32 | More by canucklehead
3.81/5 rDev +3.5%
Cool vintage look and little to no stylistic info on the label, I concur with fellow Canuck biboergosum that this has got to be a pilsner, although whether Czech or German is maybe up for grabs. Stylistic moniker aside, this is a gem. Pours a nice classy pale amber with ample foam, releasing an aroma of fresh lemons, grass, and vintage pale malt along with bake shop yeast and hop-derived kitchen herb and spice. Moderate carbonation. Palate is similar although the beer is dry-hopped, which lends a massive (for the style) matcha green tea like herbal finish that incorporates some mineral notes and a major crisp and refreshing conclusion. Its clean and tidy but there is a grainy depth as well, with a little sour rhubarb tying everything together. Shows up in fall mixed packs if I've sold you.
Edit: According to Phillips, its an American pale lager.
10-18-2013 13:52:57 | More by CalgaryFMC
Elsinore from Phillips Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.