Phoenix Gold | Phillips Brewing Company

Phoenix GoldPhoenix Gold
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3.54/5
37 Ratings
Phoenix GoldPhoenix Gold
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
phillipsbeer.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unpasteurized Bohemian lager is no ordinary bird. As refreshing as it is smooth, Phoenix showcases well-balanced malt flavours with a crisp, dry finish. Plummet into a flaming spiral of satisfaction.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,488
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
37
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S_Dal
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Larz_73
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of taylur
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution. If Phillips has made it, I will try it. This lager is a straw gold color, just shy of copper, with some white foam that retained its shape well for the style. Smells clean and crisp, a cracker malt backbone decorated with Saaz-type floral/herbal perfume, clean yeast that has that unique Phillips character (hey, did they use ale yeast in here?), dry fragrant hay and grass. Smells like a really fresh and well-crafted brew from the old country. Briskly carbonated and with a thicker and chewier body than expected. The palate is sweet dough and crackers, tart green rhubarb and fresh salad greens, hints of licorice root, a dash of white pepper (although the herbs trump the spices here), copper pennies ... Tangy and assertive, with the barest echo of citrus rind. Certainly a tasty pilsener, with enough complexity to satisfy a wandering palate yet well-balanced and hitting all the marks. Goes down smooth, with nice herbal hop flavors and semi-chewy mouthfeel that satiates admirably.

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Photo of 1stOffender
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Part of the Phillips Showcase currently available at yer finer Alberta likka purveyors.

This beer pours a hazy, frosted glassy medium golden straw hue, with one finger of straight-ahead foamy white head, which leaves a few hurrahs of arched columnar lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of raw cereal grain, an indeterminate earthy herbal character, and dead grass/fresh hay hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma - enveloping biscuity and oaten malt, some musty tea-like notes, and a late-season, rather peppy wild grass hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, but not exactly lazy, the body comes across as a sturdy middleweight, and smooth, with more than a mere twinge of frothy creaminess. It finishes rather off-dry, the biscuity nature gaining some further sweetness, in the face of a relatively unrelenting, if still sub-par noble hop bitterness.

A pretty tasty Bohemian Pils, though I have to admit I'm still missing just a bit more of that crisp, crackery, fresh grass essence that seems lacking here (for the masters of the style, anyway). In the absence of such pedantry, I could surely hit this again, and I very well might, given the influx of this brewer's products into our province of late.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/5/12

A slight chill haze in a golden yellow body, average carbonation but a dense thumbs width of foam that slowly falls to a thin film and leaves a fair bit of unorganized lace deep down the glass

S dried grass and hay with some dried cereal and just a little lemon tea

T pretty similar to the smell, tastes pretty good for the style, I get a little of what I thought was Phillips house ale yeast but this is clearly a lager? perhaps its a house hop profile or malt base? I'm confused but I'm liking this beer

M light and crisp just a little snap too it, good carbonation with a grassy aftertaste

O decent example of the style and I'm surprised it doesn't get a little more love, this one went down very quick

I'd drink another and I have two more thanks to my mixed pack, rated for style I thought its pretty good but I'm not sure if I'd need a 6er

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Converge
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a golden-yellow hue with a touch of amber in it. Hard pour gave little head to look at, but what's there is about two fingers high and bone-white. Head retention is as good as I've ever seen on a lager, and this is easily the most lacing I've ever seen from one as well... by a wide margin. Taking style into account, this is way, way above average.

S - A bit disappointing. No hop presence detectable, mainly just clean barley malt. Really typical lager aroma, without much depth or interest to it at all. Not even a bit grassy or bready, just some 2-row and subtle sweetness.

T - Slightly more here than the aroma. The profile is dominated by simple barley malt, no surprise, but offers some mild grassiness in the finish. A touch of bready malt rounds out the flavor here. Not too bad for a lager. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing, and remains unoffensive throughout.

M - Packs a bigger body than I expected, and certainly fills the mouth more than an average lager. In typical lager fashion, the carbonation here is higher than I generally like, but it doesn't get fizzy at any point. This is actually a pretty smooth beer, with a clean finish.

D - Well, as far as lagers go this is about the best I've ever had. Just a clean and crisp tasting brew from start to finish, with a refreshing although simple profile. No off flavors, and no adjuncts detected. This is far from my preferred style, but I wouldn't turn this one down on a hot summer day.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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Phoenix Gold from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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