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Elsinore - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 07-01-2013)
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Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

wordemupg, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

MJ63, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

CWVegas, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

JaredKlig, Jul 26, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

spinrsx, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

KentCstrait, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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: 3.85, 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, or attempt to scam the Brewers' Retail outlet in an effort to obtain more, it's still very well-made and I'd happily drink it again some time, should the opportunity arise.

thehyperduck, Aug 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

cfalovo97, Sep 02, 2014
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TRiGS, Oct 08, 2014
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DarrenBrule, Jul 27, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Derek, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

DenisKolkin, Aug 22, 2014
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Elsinore from Phillips Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.