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%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
46
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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffo
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Rutager in a recent trade. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, bright white head with great retention. Head slowly faes to a nice foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A hazy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. A thin wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Really nice looking beer.

SMELL: Nice, big nose of pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon and plenty of nice citrus, hoppy aromas. Grapefruit, orange peel and lemon for sure. Fruity, bold, and very enticing.

TASTE: Plenty hoppy again, and lives to the nose for sure. Pale and caramel malts up front, then lots of citrus fruit at the swallow. Grapefuit, orange peel, lots of pineapple and honeydew melon, as well as some nice lemon zest for sure. Big and lingering aftertaste of pineapple and honeydew melon sweetness, as well as lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon flavors. This is flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating on the palate. A bitter bite lingers as well. Nice and oily feel, though it needs to be a little creamier for top marks here.

OVERALL: An excellent IPA for sure. Lots of big, fruity, hoppy aromas and flavors on this one; another great example of the awesome beer that is coming out of BC at the moment. A slightly creamier palate would have helped support the flavors a bit more and really brough this one to the promise land, but regardless, this is a top quiality beer that I'd love to drink again. Thanks again Rutager! Don't forget this one again next year.

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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 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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Photo of ssmack
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 650 ml bottle that I brought back from the Coop in Calgary.

A light orangey amber colour with medium cloudiness. The thick yellowish white head of fine foam lasted right to the bottom. Average lacing and retention.

The aroma is full of citrus and pine with a touch of sugar. Not overwhelming but a nice prelude for the taste.

A medium hop bomb. Lots of citrus and pine bitterness. The malt mitigates the hops' bitterness very well. The hops lasted well in the taste.

A medium smooth feel considering the hops and alcohol levels.

Amnesiac is a rich double IPA. Oddly I find the malts the real star in this brew. The malt is the real backbone in the taste and allowed me to enjoy the hops. I suggest that some more aroma hops would make this a superior double IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Bright brass with crusty, snowy head.
Nose of powdered lemon drink mix and mint - intoxicating, never smelled anything like it – plus a whiff of citronella.
Floury tortilla, lots of lemon zest, herb, and citrus Vitamin water hops.
Lemondrop finish and ruthless grapefruit ring bitter linger.
Lt-med, oily, round, no burn, dry.

The light end of DIPAS, with lots of oil and a fair kick, too. All about the lemon. By turns delicate, pungent, and lingering. Very West Coast – does this better than many PDX beers. A step beyond for pale, clean DIPAs. And I like the elephant on the can.

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ruddy caramel amber colour, plenty of lacing and good retention, slightly rocky cream coloured head. Very nice to look at. Perfumy hop aroma, floral, pine, light citrus, grassy. Some maltiness as well. Balance in the flavour is this beer's real strength. Caramel malty sweetness provides a nice foundation for moderately strong bitterness and complex hop flavour that's very similar to the aroma profile. Finishes dry due to the hopping rate, but doesn't feel astringent. Full, creamy texture and moderately full body with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink for a DIPA. A great Canadian beer enjoyed on Canada Day!

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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 Wintermute
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber colour, slightly cloudy. Nice big, off-white head that lasted the entire glass. Good lace.
Smells of fresh American hops. Green, floral, grassy. Slight citrus, resinous, spicy, but not nearly as much as I expected. Smell of malt is more subdued. Slightly sweet and grainy. Faint alcohol, but well hidden for 8.5%.
Moderate body and carbonation that lasts throughout the tasting.
Dominant taste is the green, grassy, floral hops. Again, not as much resinous or citrus as expected. Slightly sweet but the malt character balances well with the hops. That green hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but its not in a "I need to scrape my tongue before my next beer" kind of way.
Extremely well balanced and very drinkable considering other beers of the style.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark rugged amber with a nice head of off-white foam that leaves nice lacing on my glass. Aromas are hoppy, but nothing like the hop bombs that are available in the western states! Still nice US hop nose with some nice biscuity buttery caramel malts to back it all up. Taste is hoppy up front but the malts soften out the big bad flavors of grapefruit, pine, other citrus fruits, hop oils, resins, and other alpha acidy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. A good double IPA by US standard. A first for Canada, and a kick ass double ipa for BC standards! Nice stuff...

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An oft-cited "subdued" example of a double IPA but don't be fooled. One of the better IPAs on the Western Canadian scene in terms of flavor complexity and the hops are not subtle although this does qualify as a moderate hop bomb. Pours a nice amber/weak orange juice hue with about three fingers of straw-colored foam. Aroma skews towards the orange end of citrus, fermented pineapple, some harsh woody and resin notes, sweet caramel malt. Taste is an amazing layered cocktail of grapefruit, lemon, lime, brown sugar, cashews, pine resin. The body is surprisingly light for a double IPA but there is some of the classic stickiness and oil. Sure enough the bitterness emerges after the citrus fruit and it actually hits you in the bag a bit after that fruit/nut beginning. The alcohol is almost completely masked and one could imagine getting plastered on this in short order (not that most sane individuals do a double IPA session). With each taste there seems to be a different emphasis, about halfway through there was a lot of lime, later on there were some bitter nut flavors (walnuts?) and earthy alkaline spice almost like turmeric. Several beer books describe cinnamon which I didn't get at all, perhaps this is just my palate. There's spice all right, it was just more earthy than sweet brown spice to me. This is a top tier brew in my book and a really nice balance between hoppy power and aromatic elegance. A beautiful weapon like a samurai sword.

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Photo of Jeff8ham
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the name and label. Fortunately it's a winner in the glass too.

Pours a copper color with a thick foamy head. Laces like a Belgian ale: sticky and lots of it.

Aroma brings forth a sweetness that's candylike, also with good hops and spice presence. All faint but certainly likeable.

Flavor gives a grapefruit twang up front (praise the hops), along with a robust malt balance. The candylike essence remains in the flavor, though never annoyingly rich or sweet. This even has an edge that reminds of a barley wine. Perhaps that's the hops/malt/alcohol balance, all which are at the forefront of this great double IPA.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side, but not too thin. More silky smooth than carbonated.

A seriously impressive double IPA that should NOT be overlooked amidst the multitudes of stylistically similar beers.

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Photo of maplesyrup76
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LongRoad
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Seph
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Long813
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of edugasmtl
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoshRosario
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Amnesiac Double IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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