Amnesiac Double IPA
Phillips Brewing Company

Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,661
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,800
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 12.28%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
257
From:
Phillips Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  15
Gots
  51
SCORE
89
Very Good
Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA
Notes: Uh, we forget...Oh Yeah, this is a big beer. Mind blowing amounts of hops give this beer tons of flavour and aroma. Not for the faint of heart. The bigger, meaner cousin to the Hop Circle IPA.
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Photo of patre_tim
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with moderate carbonation, and 2 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of fresh hay, grass, citrus and pine.

Tastes of emptiness. Like it sucks flavour from your mouth. Hints of flavours detected on the nose.

Medium, syrupy body with little foamy carbonation.

I got this in Banff, and am drinking it in Redding, Aug 31st, 2019,

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Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I bought this DIPA (a style I do not prefer) only because it is listed on the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die."
I've been working on this list for 4 years and drank over half. But, the sledding is slower with less than a dozen in 2018. And the quality has dropped since distribution is more limited. (So maybe, Bob, it is time to find another list.) At any rated, Amnesiac was on the list because Phillips was an early Vancouver Island crafter to get extreme and produce a following.

Amnesiac Looks inviting; a pretty pale, on the amber side with a full foam creating a nice lace over time. Smells are mostly malt and Northwest hops, seemingly to me almost as equals. (Although I prefer the fruit of a yeast working its malts to standout.) Then, Amnesiac slips into a hop assault on the buds, barely letting them taste the malt. Feel finishes too bitter for me... although not as bitter as some high-rated DIPAs I've had. At any rate, I'm ready to move on... and I won't forget Amnesiac is a must to avoid.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours like another Phillips IPA I tried, the color of iced tea. Head was a bit tan. Nice lacing in this one. Nose was a bit dank. Taste was straight bitterness. Followthrough is bitter as well...for a while. Decent beer.

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Photo of Mav221
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of pine and pineapple. Dense, creamy head. Hop flavors abound in this beer. Quite bitter, with a lengthy bitter finish. Carbonation is excellent. Alcohol taste deceptively hidden in this beer.

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Photo of Elysha
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find this in the import section.
Very malt and orange peel-like taste - real stuff here.
If you're not into a heavy taste of orange this isn't for you, however, very little aftertaste of orange.
Very soft for a double, no dry mouth.
Splendid for and a must for a marijuana coalition.

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Photo of Clutch28
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Gorgeous light copper with a thick white head, lacing for days.

Smell: smelled from the bottle you'd swear you were smelling marijuana. Poured in a glass: Orange rind, grass, that marijuana again, herbs, hints of caramel bread from the malt but the hops win this one.

Taste: Sour orange marmalade, then the peel, then fresh cut grass, the caramel and bread show up before herbs like oregano and thyme arrive. Finish is wonderfully citrus.

Feel: Good carbonation for a Double, no alcohol hit so it doesn't feel like a DIPA in the mouth.

Overall: Probably one of my go-too DIPA's. The Hops on this are incredible and there is just enough balance to makes this a beer rather then hop juice. Simply fantastic!

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Photo of Caelord
1.64/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had a buddy bring this by during a hangout tonight.
Very Strong smell and the taste is very hoppy and malty. If you’re into that, then this is for you.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter
L- Vibrant, hazy orange with good carbonation a lot of sediment, like a surprising amount.
S- Big nose of oranges, lemon, pineapple, grassy herbs. Smells fresh and summery.
T- Nice upfront sweetness from the fresh citrus with a strong dose of hops to carry it to a nice, dry finish. The strong flavor nearly entirely masks the high abv.
F- Medium bodied with a slight chalkiness from all the sediment.
O- One of the best citrus ipa's ive tried.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 650 ml bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear, deep amber with a nice if somewhat ephemeral off white head. Initial impression is hops - and I mean a LOT of hops. Citrus, pine, grass, grapefruit, tropical fruits - a hop head's dream. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp - very refreshing. Finish is slightly bitter but quite clean. I've had a couple of Phillips' offerings, and I'm quite favorably impressed.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Slightly hazed orange amber color with lots of floating sediment, the pour builds up majestic fluffy off-white head that well retains itself with great retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting silky crown that won’t die down until the last sip and leaving plenty of lacing along the way.

Massive hop in the aroma, it presents with notes of tropical, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, floral, pine, and resin. Malt is there to leverage with its bread, dough, and slight caramel candy. The overall aroma is not that super juicy or fruity but in good balance.

The taste is as well led by hop with wide varieties of flavors ranging from grass, pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, and persistent bitterness. Malt resides in the background with only subtle bread and biscuit profile in order to let solid resiny hop bitterness dominating all over. The end and aftertaste is lasting with such bold hop bitterness and a wee hint of alcohol.

Medium to full body with rather low to medium carbonation but it is crisp and lively enough to cater the palate and mouthfeel under smoothness, finish is dry.

This Canadian DIPA is full and reminiscent of lively west coast hop feeling making it crisp and intense also tasty. Better than I firstly expected.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange body with lots of soapy head. The scent is very citrusy and tropical, with some hints of mild sweetness and dankness. The taste has immense bitterness, with fruity and earthy hop notes along with a faint little bit of dankness. The feel is pretty rough, the carbonation really assaults the tongue here, and the alcohol is very present. Overall, I think it is an okay IPA, but I can see why many like it.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely for those who like their hops on the piney side. At times, this is kinda like sucking on a spruce bough. Overall, it's a pretty decent DIPA. The nose is more leafy than citrus. There is resin in abundance on the palate - so much so that the malt is overpowered. It's pretty decent - I just believe that there are much better beers out there.

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Photo of Tommo
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Meh, this is super malty, not really a ton of hop flavor and overall very forgetable. Only bought it cause there isnt a ton to drink in alberta. Not a huge fan

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 21 of the Phillips Snowcase advent calendar. 341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, proud golden amber with nearly three fingers of dense, foamy light beige head that leaves ancient skeleton lace as it recedes.

Smells of grapefruit, pine resin, faint sweet toffee and more juicy green hops.

Tastes of grapefruit rind, marmalade, more toffee, tropical fruit and sticky pine needles.

Feels smooth and creamy. Light side of medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Finishes dry, hops persist long after the malt.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A seriously hoppy beer that's still hazardously easy to put away.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keep it up Phillips it is about the Hops. i guess the Pumpkin dude is just not into the Hops.
All in all its not a session for sure but a very good IPA i keep one in the fridge always.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8.5% ABV, uncertified ibu (pretty close to 100, i guess), 650ml bottle.
A - light orange hazy color (clear orange on EXP 24/MAR/2016 batch). welly carbonated with two finger head.
S - citrus peel, herb, hoppy, floral aroma, honey smell when it comes warmer. piney & musky. pineapple, mango, peach, lychee, sweetness n tartness, melon. tea.
T - reasonable carbonation (better let it sits for a while till less carbonation), medium body. WOW! bitterness comes out of nowhere, not doubt dominates the alcohol (8.5%), travels through the mouth. pungent hop up front, maltiness comes in, hints of fruity,sweetness emerges, grassy bitterness lingering and dry. peppery, spice.
O - good value! one of my daily DIPA! it tastes like west coast IPA from green flash this time, especially the piney aroma. really hoppy which i love it! hop head definitely should get it and try it! high abv, big ibu, aggressive, all you want from an IIPA!

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
1.09/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If hops are a spice, then this beer is the equivalent of taking a plate of food and dumping a whole container of pepper on it.

Look - quite typical for an IPA; burnt-orange, cloudy.

Smell - Horrific, piercing pine and bitter grapefruit. More akin to something I would use to clean my floors than something I would drink.

Taste - Bitter in the extreme, like citrus-scented soap and pine needles. Truly an awful experience that lingers way longer than one could ever wish it to.

Feel - Like soapy water that's carbonated, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall, this is practically the epitome of why I can't stand Phillips Brewery. There seems to be a notion over there that cramming entire fields of hops into a bottle is a good thing; that, and most of their beers seem to be only variants of the IPA style. I suppose if you are into extreme craft beers and find eating hops by the fistful a great pastime, you might enjoy this. Other than that, I fail to see how anyone could ever enjoy this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jun 28 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lightly foggy, golden-amber colour, generating a lofty head more than two fingers high. It is fluffy, puffy, and bone white in colour - quite attractive, with pretty good retention, too. It recedes gradually over a period of ten minutes or so, eventually being reduced to a lumpy, foamy cap and collar, with a complex doily-pattern of sticky lace deposited all around the glass. On the nose, I am immediately greeted with an enticing blend of tropical fruit character - citrusy orange is well-represented, in addition to pineapple juice, grapefruit, and plenty of resiny pine. While the hops are more dominant here, the malt bill is not to be forgotten, as a pronounced caramelized sugar sweetness permeates the bouquet, with faint suggestions of apricot and strawberry.

Now for the most crucial bit - does it taste as good as it looks and smells? After two sips, I'd have to say 'yes, mostly'. Malty flavours of caramelized sugar and butterscotch barely manage to temper the onslaught of hoppy character. Notes of pine needles and sappy, resiny bitterness are almost overpowering, with notes of candied grapefruit and citrus pith also crossing the tongue. Not as fruity as the nose suggested - touches of apricot and pineapple do come through, but the piney flavours quickly overwhelm them. It finishes with an earthy, resiny bitterness that lingers on into aftertaste, along with some caramelized sugar and boozy sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with soft, lightly prickly carbonation levels that result in a smooth mouthfeel that is both somewhat creamy and a bit oily. Very satisfying texture. Dangerously easy to drink, and a total pleasure to do so.

Final Grade: 4.36, an astounding A grade. I'm always a bit worried when I crack open an IPA that has been shipped across the country, but Phillips' Amnesiac did not disappoint in the slightest. While I'd still love to try this one in its home turf - totally fresh - this bomber is still drinking very nicely, and if it were available locally I'd definitely be picking up another bottle or two. Not the most intense or memorable sort of DIPA I've ever had, but a respectable, very well-made one that I plan to return to in the future. Definitely worth a look - one of the grand-daddies of Canadian West Coast DIPAs, and you should always respect your elders.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, slightly amber gold. A dense, frothy white foam slowly recedes and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, pine needles, some herbs and slight dank. Slight malt sweetness emerges as it warms.

Taste: Bold bitterness throughout, with some citrus following from the nose. Some caramel malt enters intermittently, but hops definitely dominate. Hints of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Hardly balanced, but a tasty dose of hops.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange yellow with list of fluffy white head that lasts and leaves lacing.

Nose is tropical fruit, citrus, with some peppery spice.

Taste follows nose. Tropical fruit at the front moving into grapefruit bitterness. There is an earthy and peppery finish.

I'm not sure how fresh this is. I was expecting a lot more hops from a DIPA.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hops!! I have to admit that this is one of my favourite beers and was excited to see it start the month off. It pours a nice coppery colour with and inch and half tan head that sticks to the glass. The nose hits you with a citrus hops which is followed up by a huge kick of hops on the palate. I've tried in vain finding out what the International Bitterness Unit (IBU) rating is but it has to be in the high 80's. I think this covers up some of the alcohol flavor which is subdued considering it comes in at 8.5% ABV. If you like hoppy beers this is a must try.

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Photo of Kenmac19
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a nice deep amber colour with a thick creamy head of 1" that would have lasted over 2 minutes, but I couldn't wait to try it. Nice strong pine, wet grass aroma with hints of grapefruit, bread and a bit of apricot. First taste has strong resinous hops, then grapefruit and caramel malts hit the tongue and as you swallow there is the pineapple after taste. Read somewhere that this was at 85 IBU but it tastes lower than that. A nice balance of hops and malts belies the 8.5% ABV, making it a smooth drink with a sneaky kick. I could easily drink 4-5 of these and therefore would surely find out why they call it Amnesiac.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours peach orange with lots of suspended particles in a slight haze. The massive rocky head lasts forever. Piney hops and a bit of caramel malt in the nose, some booziness too. The taste is very hoppy and bitter with piney, eucalyptus and lemon hop flavors out front. A slightly roasty, nutty malty profile makes solid balance. Booze isn't incredibly well hidden for the weight, but isn't distracting. A whiff of diacetyl in the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Long bitter, herbal and citrus finish.

This is a nice DIPA. Super hoppy but with a bit too prominent and characterful malt profile for my tastes. Tends to distract from the hop onslaught. Still delicious stuff. Worth a try.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: clear, dull gold, turning to amber; big fluffy white head with great retention

Aroma: light citrus hops, honey, mildly floral, lemon

Taste & Mouthfeel: lot's of burning, astringent hop bitterness with little to balance it out - like just chewed a pile of tarragon leaves, but a least the palate feels cleansed...all pine needles and resin, without real character, and pithy; does mellow out in time, but still lacks any depth or really interesting flavour

Overall: a totally one dimensional IPA, bordering on unpleasant when it comes to taste, if decent in other aspects

Note: reading the other reviews it's almost like I had a different beer. may be a result of transport and storage at LCBO warehouse, as I had it almost as soon as I bought it. Balls.

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Photo of SebD
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bitter pine resins, some grassiness, light citrus, faint grapefruit and a fair amount of sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a resiny pine bitterness, some grassiness, light citrus/grapefruit and some sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. It's just a touch too malty for my liking.

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 257 ratings