Amnesiac Double IPA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BDTyre on 12-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
245
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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16
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46
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 RProwse
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrTap
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 -2.6%
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 MilkLeg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tommo
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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 MatthewWalters
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Damacdon
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RabbitHillBeer
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
2.76/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iamstevetay
2.18/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Sathanas
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drknight
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ghrymm
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 RandyFlameThrower
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hotmailmsn
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Jaisell
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
1.09/5  rDev -72.1%
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 +11.5%
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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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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