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Kaleidoscope IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Kaleidoscope IPAKaleidoscope IPA

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KStark on 07-12-2013)
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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%

A: golden amber with orange; translucent
S: big, aggressive hops, pine
T: very surprising: bitter, green, stemmy, aggressive, not much else really ... grapefruit pith... like chewing raw hops ... not subtle or complex ... little maltiness
M; medium bodied
O: too one dimensional and "in your face" for my liking.

EspressoGuy, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

drewone, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

So this one is interesting. Its very light for an IPA, pale amber and frothy. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus, apple juice, gooseberry, other fruits that merge together. Maybe some melon. Initial taste impression was an amazing bouquet of blueberry (as per the oft-repeated descriptions of this hop), tangerine, orange, pineapple, guava, gooseberry, and green vegetation. The taste evolves into pine and bitter minerals. I get a bit of the onion that another reviewer mentions but minimal spice otherwise. The malt is very subdued nondescript cracker. Therein lies the problem ... I think the interesting fruit flavors might linger longer and work better if there was some sweetness to provide balance. I have to rate the whole beer, not just the unique fruit notes. Carbonation is bang on but mouthfeel is a bit thin and almost recalls a lager, which leads to a hop slap in the face rather than a well-integrated hop bomb like this brewer's Amnesiac.

CalgaryFMC, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

kjyost, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

KalanM, Thursday at 07:44 AM
Photo of Rutager
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%

Funky bottle!

Appearance. Pours a light gold-amber with two fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell. Papaya and mango, grapefruit, some grainy malt and a touch of green onion.

Taste. Light tropical fruits and grapefruit, some grassy hops, a bit of grainy malts underneath, and again a touch of green onion.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Not a bad brew. Lots of decent hops but the slight green onion taste didn't agree with me.

Rutager, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Niceroad77
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%

A: Seems a little pale for an IPA but has nice foam.

S: Light citrus.

T: Ok, this is where it gets a bit more complex…. Good citrus. Mostly grapefruit and (oranges?). Bitter as you want an IPA to be.

M: Enough carbonation, lingering bitterness. Maybe a little too much bitterness buildup?

O: A little on the bitter side of things but overall a good IPA. I wouldn't session on it but having one at some point mid evening could feel refreshing. So not my favourite, but if you're up for a little change from your favourite IPA, this might be a good alternative.

Niceroad77, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of mango and tropical hops is quite nice and refreshing. Taste is also dominated by mango and peach notes with tropical fruit notes overtaking most of the flavour profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice showing of NZ tropical hops with light sweet malt backbone.

Phyl21ca, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Sammy, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Aggro
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Aggro, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of ElsieFI
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ElsieFI, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

604growler, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DaftCaskBC, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

650ml bottle, with a rather unorthodox shape, one more reminiscent of gin packaging than beer. Also, I'm not sure that this is any different from the the Growhop Mosaic IPA from a few months back, as the ingredients and ABV are identical.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of foamy, densely puffy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves a decent vista of ski slope lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of rather meaty orange and grapefruit flesh, musty guava and overripe pineapple, grainy pale malt, a middling wet stone minerality, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is more of the same - subdued pithy, bitter citrus rind, unsettled, nondenominational tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, with a slight hint of dried caramel, warming spa rocks, and earthy, astringently leafy hops.

The carbonation is tame, a tad frizzy, and mostly just somewhat frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally plain in its smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the bitterness of the Mosaic hop creeping up, with any attendant fruitiness going nearly dark, and the malt not about to give up its spot in the shadows.

I'm not certain that of the many Growhop IPAs, that this was the one to go full-production with. The hops are just not full, crisp, or unbridled enough - I find the urge to scrape my tongue a little too dire here. Not bad, but there are better IPAs out there, even from this same brewer.

biboergosum, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, earth, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but there is a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Ericbeech_87, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bumchilly25, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Mack, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Corson, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev -0.7%

deonreds, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -0.7%

4ster, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -0.7%

schopenhauerale, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of g4g2008
4/5  rDev -0.7%

g4g2008, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Hoptoria
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hoptoria, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass...

A) A big white frothy head that leaves a nice layer of lacing on the glass. Colour is rich gold.

S) This is a ruby grapefruit bomb! Loads of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose. Some faint light maltiness in the background

T) Follows the nose, loads of grapefruit and citrus, hints of pineapple, mango and tropical fruit that cover that light graininess.

M) Dry but with a bit of sweetness upfront that balances out the slightly bitter finish. Well balanced, with a lighter body.

O) A tropical fruit bomb that delivers a boatload of Mosaic hops. It is well balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet with a nice moderate carbonation. A great, summer beer!

DamageCase76, Mar 17, 2014
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Kaleidoscope IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.