Chucklehead India Red Ale | Phillips Brewing Company

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Chucklehead India Red AleChucklehead India Red Ale

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Coulrophobia India Red Ale

Chucklehead IRA will have you grinning from ear to beer. Deep amber in colour and hop forward in flavour, this full-bodied brew juggles fresh pine bitterness with hints of citrus fruit. Clowns are mostly terrifying. This beer is delicious.

Added by biboergosum on 10-19-2014

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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off, fabulous name and look. Time for some exposure therapy to those bad childhood memories. Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. A beautiful russet bronze with a creamy two fingers of yellowish beige head. One broad band of frothy lacing on the glass about two-thirds though. Aroma is a nice amalgamation of sturdy caramel malts and dank, resinous, fruity hops. Rich toffee and raisin underneath grapefruit, tangerine, pine needles, earthy black tea, and a tinge of rose or something else floral. Palate is similarly rich, earthy, spicy, sweet, and fruity all rolled together in a fashion that yields one of the better Canadian hoppy reds I've sampled in a while. The initial effect is sour red grapefruit and forest floor detritus heavy on the conifer scraps, even a hint of hash pipe resin, which gives way to the rich nutty brittle toffee and caramels from the nose and a more strictly herbal/woody note like some admixture of bark and roots and shit from an old school apothecary's cauldron. Classic Phillips yeast profile. Low level carbonation but enough spicy hop resins to yield a prickly effect. Although the medicinal note never quite fades, a brighter citrus profile does reveal itself over time, orange and mixed citrus iced tea. I'm even getting hints of toast and molasses. Body on the low end of moderate I suppose. I buy that this is a true "red IPA", assuming such a beast exists. Its all on a continuum, dudes and dudettes.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, sold in six-packs out here in Alberta, and, I presume, back west in BC. I guess that this is my word of the day learning moment ('fear of clowns', apparently), since my desk calendar doesn't do that for me anymore - what month is it again?

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber hue, with three stout fingers of puffy, rocky, and pleasantly creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter, somewhat dank leafy and piney hops, musty orange, lemon and Texas red grapefruit flesh, a slight chalky minerality, crackery bready and caramel malt, faint white pepper notes, and further weedy, earthy hop notes. The taste is kind of acrid leafy, less than dank (a-ok by me) green essences right off the bat, with an up-ticked grainy, bready, and reduced crackery pale maltiness, fading sweet caramel, musty yeast, a touch of dissociated citrus bitterness, and a malingering dirty earthiness.

The carbonation is quite sublime, actually, barely a tic to be had, while the gentle frothiness absolves the hops of any pain (cough) that they may have caused my palate. It finishes off-dry, the complexity of the hopped-up red ale malt needing a few more indulgent moments to properly crystallize, as it were.

Hoppy red ale, or malty IPA? Who the fuck cares - Phillips bangs out another winner, from a tired palate's perspective. Agreeably tasty, obviously drinkable, and just warm enough to easily ignore the creepy clown imagery (can't sleep, clown'll eat me!) endemic in the random-seeming marketing for this offering - ok, I'll bite - Samhain is less than a fortnight nigh, after all.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark copper brown with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - caramel malts, piney and leafy hops, pine resin, citrus (grapefruit, orange).

Taste - Caramel malts upfront followed by the piney and leafy hops, hint of pine resin, and citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with the sweetness from the malts and bitter from the piney and leafy hops.

Overall - A india red ale that has a good malt profile with a supporting punch from the hops. The colourful quirky label matches Phillips outgoing approach to their brewing style.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcubz
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

India Red Ale From a brew crew that is always putting something new out there for better or worse, usually for the better.
Appears clear orange copper, head retained more than adequately, whisky lacing all around as it dissipates. Aromas of mild mandarin with caramel and toasty biscuits. Taste showcases more pine and resin hop flavours up front with the citrus in the background, supported by toasted bready maltiness. Medium bodied up front like a solid malty red, with the hop dryness building on the finish to create a really nice balance here. This falls in the win category for Phillips who I'm always happy to take a chance on as they continue to experiment and innovate.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 19 of the Phillips Snowcase advent calendar. 341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep reddish-copper with a strapping two-finger head of firm beige foam that leaves alien skyline lace as it recedes.

Smells of bitter citrusy, piney hops and caramel malt. Grapefruit and orange rind.

Tastes of indistinct citrus rind, caramel malt and gentle dank pineyness.

Feels gently frothy. Medium bodied with sturdy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. A nice hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary.
Standard pint glass, dark copper color with a short white head. Bubbly foam, chunky lace.
Smell of caramel malt, then a good dose of hops, pine and citrus.
Taste has a good malt base, then finishes with a nice balance of earthy hops. Pine sap, earthy, more citrus.
Medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink, an enjoyable IPA.
I ain't afraid of no clowns.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Phillips Brewing 'Chucklehead IRA' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is light gold from the bottle to a amber in the glass with a medium beige/off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-sweet malts
T-citrus fruit with a hop bite
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-kinda dissapointing
prost LampertLand

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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJT
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Howlader
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/12/15

A clear dark amber, lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere, a massive three finger foam has great retention slowly falling to a pencil eraser top island leaving partial rings deep down the glass

S lots of herbal, leafy hops, plenty of citrus of all sorts, plenty of malt, reminds me of rye for some reason, maybe a little spice and caramel

T more of the same really, some pine, lots of herbal notes, plenty of malt, lots of fruit, plenty going on in the mouth

M medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, almost slimy on the palate, hard to place whats lingering o the finish, bread, pine and citrus among others

O not a bad IRA but there`s room for improvement, looks amazing, tastes solid, smells not as strong as it could be but not a bad version of the style

I don`t mind having another 5 bottles to drink, the clowns on the label kinda creep me out though

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3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sathanas
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MilkLeg
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Chucklehead India Red Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 36 ratings