Area 52 Octofox | Phillips Brewing Company

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Area 52 OctofoxArea 52 Octofox

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Octofox IPA was one of the earliest beers in the brewery’s “Area 52″ series of rotating one-off IPAs, and is described as follows:

It pours a deep golden colour with a soft marshmallow white head. Full bodied and bright, flavours of citrus are balanced against a pine-bitter hop profile that finishes dry. Octofox is selectively brewed to be broadly enjoyed.

Added by biboergosum on 06-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a Phillips mixed pack poured into an English pint glass. The current "experimental" Area 52 hop delivery vessel is a light orange-amber color with a rather quick-breaking but lacy off-white head that suggests meringue. Now THAT'S a citrus-laden nose ... Massive yellow grapefruit or pomelo, blood orange, and citron peel along with an almost syrupy sweetness and a fizzy tang that suggests fruity champagne that nearly overpowers a light toffee and sultana raisin backbone. Whoa. Sort of a poor man's Lagunitas Sucks but also rather unique in delivering some aberrant citrus notes that one does not expect from the usual West Coast hoppy crowd. Almost perfume-like and floral like the blossoms of said trees as opposed to just the fruiting bodies. Palate is quite sweet and rich with caramel malt and citrus pulp flavors predominating, along with the same floral character as on the nose. Thicker body than some other Phillips IPAs or perhaps its just me, and the finish is dryer than the initial taste would imply, lemongrass and hints of gooseberry and perhaps leather (?!). I wonder if the hop in here isn't one of those newish English varietals that are supposed to retain a floral-spice character even as they incorporate more citrus elements ... Although the blood orange flavor is rather stronger than such a theory might suggest. In any event I am digging the sweet start and crisp finish one-two punch, and one wonders what these mad scientists at Area 52 will concoct next.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Plausible deniability abounds here, as does redaction, because 'Octofox' does not really exist, instead it's to be known by its code name 'IPA #7735'.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, frothy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some thorough dense jungle canopy lace around the glass as things slowly move southwards.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a further touch of toffee sweetness, a pleasant blend of musty pine and bitter leafy green notes, sharply acetic white grapefruit and blood orange fruit rinds, soft doughy yeast, and the suggestion of an ethereal alcohol warming. The taste is led off once again by the grainy, gritty, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a now sidelined caramel/toffee character, sort of reduced pine/leaf/dank flora essences, some still sassy, if mostly denatured generic citrus, and a hollow yeast astringency.

The carbonation is quite understated, manifesting merely in a rather plain fizziness, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth enough amongst the increasingly limpid hops to engender incursive thoughts of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the doughy, bready, and slightly caramelized malt displaying more chutzpah than I might have originally given it credit for, and the hops keep on keepin' on.

Another don't ask, don't tell hop experiment gone all right, from what I can ascertain. Still much is owed to the house Phillips malt essence, but that's ok, it just makes one pay more attention to the particular hops or other guest ingredients, which here seem more than worthy of the shroud of secrecy surrounding it. Enjoyable with a wink, and just a soupçon of nudge.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillip's Brewing 'OctoFox IPA' @ 6.5% , served on tap at re-release Sept18/14 , it's made it's way out of the sampler box , now available in 650 ml bottle's for about $6.50

A-pour is gold from the tap/bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a decent sized white head leaving a spotty lace along the sampler/pint glass

S-hoppy , citrus mostly , hint of pine

T-wow , surprisingly smooth , nice malty back bone , a certain dryness lingers on the palate

MF-mild carbonation , a big medium body

Ov-another good 'new' local IPA , gives Kaleidoscope a run as my fav from Phillip's

prost LampertLand

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Photo of ajsinyvr
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

New label and Octofox is released again for 2015,
L: clear bright, golden hue, s: citrus hops when warms a bit. Not at ton of aroma. T: a bit unbalanced and confused. Apple and Passionfruit initially, then pine a fair bit of bitterness at the end. F: spot on, nice round full mouthfeel
O: It is not terrible. it is just a bit off all the way around.
The pine finishes too quick and not dank enough for my taste, and so does the nose and citrus, too little too quick to end. The malt is present but not enough to balance the bittering hops.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of TRiGS
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium gold colour with two fingers of foamy frothy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, citrus (grapefruit), bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus hops take charge with a moderate bitterness followed by the citrus, grapefruit rind, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and citrus hop bitterness (rind from grapefruit) lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall - A spot on American IPA. A pleasant citrus hop profile along with a supporting bready caramel malt backbone help make an enjoyable one. I would of liked the hop aroma to be a little more prominent but still a spot on IPA.

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Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of smekermann
1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

Sorry to write this review in what appears to be an earlier batch but I don't actually know if the recipe changed, so I'm erring on the side of caution. This bottle was picked up from a BCLS and looked fairly new, with different artwork than what is shown in the picture above.

Anyway, to get to the point: this beer is awful. Outright, straight-up awful. Looks nice, etc. but it tastes like you're chewing on a steel bar. Never have I tried a beer that tasted just straight-up metallic. There's a somewhat ok hop kick to it (a bit grassy imo) when it first enters your mouth, and then you swallow and all you can taste is metal. There are no undertones, overtones or any kind of tones - it's just metal all the way down. I actually found it impossible to drink this. I poured 3/4ths of the bomber down the drain and I almost never do that.

If you enjoy the taste of metal, though, this is definitely a must-buy. I don't think you'll ever find another beer that reproduces the taste quite as faithfully as this.

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Photo of RBryn
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip 10/10/14

A clear golden liquid, looks fairly still but pumps out a very well sustained three fingers of foam, strange having a massive head but hardly any visible bubbles, a fair amount of random lace deep down the glass

S spruce and citrus, lemon, orange, a little mango, sweet malt, faint green onion and Phillips house notes

T lemon rind comes out strong, a little booze, pine and hard toffee, not far off the nose

M lighter side of medium, fairly bitter, gritty yet somehow ends up slick, well carbonated in the mouth, citrus and pine linger

O respectable beer and easy enough to drink, nothing to really set it apart and make it memorable

I like the beer but Phillips IPA's are starting to taste the same too me, not far off Hop Circle really, good but not great

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Photo of bulldogops
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ZachT
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mmmm good. My bottle was a bomber, rebranded and likely re-released for this year. This a solid IPA - nothing outstanding or noteworthy, but definitely worth a return visit.

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Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Glorious nose. Fruity. Piney body with a very vegetal green flavour that dominates negatively. Bracing bitterness. Just too green a beer.

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Photo of Niceroad77
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Area 52 Octofox from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 31 ratings