Amnesiac Double IPA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA
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Amnesiac Double IPAAmnesiac Double IPA

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American 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

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Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Gasp262
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 +15.7%
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 +9.6%
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 +24.4%
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 LocalBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WMonc
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Caelord
1.64/5  rDev -58.4%
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 StormAles
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucaskowalik
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +4.1%
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 +1.3%
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 -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrTap
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -3.3%
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 -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tommo
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 256 ratings