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9 Donkeys Of The Hopocalypse | Phillips Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A nine megaton payload of our favourite, righteous hop varieties. Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Hallertauer, Millenium, Palisade and Simcoe make up the core of this perilous 9% brew. Pity all forces of destruction can't be this delicious. Hold on tight; this may leave some craters in your flavour bunker.

Added by bobsy on 08-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by liamt07:
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3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs, surprise box showed up on my doorstep a couple days back. Thanks a ton Marcus, 650ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating.

Golden yellow/orange with a few fingers of brilliant white head. Fluffy and soapy, and loads of sticky lace remain. Slight haziness in the body. Nose is a big hop assault, loads of tropical fruits and citrus. Grapefruit, pineapple, some lemon and loads of other stuff. Nice and some general sweetness here too. Taste follows for the most part, lots of hops but not a ton of bitterness (function of the age?). More citrus, passionfruit, pineapple and whatnot. More of a malt presence here than in the nose. Medium carbonation, and smooth yet sticky in the mouth; resinous. Good drinkability even given the ABV, isn't really here at all. Nice effort by Phillips.

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Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Volo's, the bottle arrived about a week earlier. It was an OK IPA, the bitterness is there, its lacey. Average mouthfeel, even light for a DIPA. Some orange taste. Vinegar in nose. Expected more, particularly in complexity of the hops, from the style and the brewery.

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Photo of H1N1
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the name.

A- Dark golden amber with 2 fingers of snowy white head. Excellent retention. Thick lacing. Head drops o 1 finger and seems to freeze in time. It remains with very little movement or activity.

S- Non bitter hop smell. Touch of grapefruit. Hint of raisin. I can smell some yeast.

T- Very hoppy. Sweet hop taste. Strong malt back. Very gentle pine and citrus.

M- Pretty light. Tingly carbonation that lasts.

D- Good but not mind blowing. I had really high hopes for this beer. Perhaps that was my problem.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to H1N1 for this bottle. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - light yellow with slight amber tinge. Filtered. Very light for a DIPA, almost transparent. One finger of foamy white head.

S - Nice balanced nose. Bitter citrus and earthy hops with some tangerine and grapefruit coming through. A nice sweet malt backbone.

T - A nicely balanced IPA. Bitter hops up front with grapefruit and grassy notes and a nice sweet malt backbone with caramel and slight toffee flavours.

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Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice big package of bottles sent my way from EskimoDave - thanks again! 650ml.

Pours a lighter than average golden color that is pristine clear, a couple fingers of head build and then slowly deplete leaving chunks down the glass.

Nose is quite fruity, mango and nectarine, a hint of pine and some floral notes. Caramel malt a hint of alcohol.

At first blush, this is a really nice DIPA which holds its own against the American competitors but as it warms the alcohol is a little too brash. Moderate to heavy bitterness, resiny pine, toasty caramel malt, grapefruit, grass, lemon, a light spiciness - not as much tropical fruit coming through.

It's obvious there's a truck load of hops in here but I'm not entirely convinced it comes together as well as I had hoped. Still, I'm enjoying the bottle immensely and look forward to editing this review as I see fit and as I quaff the remaining bottles.

Edit: I had to edit the taste up a notch, just a whole lot going on with the hops, nice sticky malt backing - lots to like.

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Photo of BreWolf
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nine donkeys of the hopocalypse. Well they deserve a few points just for the name. Plus it's a limited release so I figured I better get some to try.

I bought a growler at the Phillips headquarters. It pours a slightly darker than gold amber color, with a foamy white head. The nose is fruity but not as strong as the taste. The taste is very hoppy. It's a lot like an IPA. -And strong in alcohol too at 9%, don't drink these growlers too fast! It's actually quite smooth and drinkable...

Another nice offering from Phillips.

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Photo of grub
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

650ml bottle. sampled oct 27/2010.

pours orangey amber with just a touch of haze. a big fluffy off-white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of thick lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. earthy and herbal with a bit of west coast citrus and pine. bit of alcoholic sting. bit of caramel. white bread and cracker.

taste is sort of an odd mix. there is a strong herbal and earthy component associated with more noble hops paired with a bit of west coast citrus. a bit boozy, with slightly prickly alcohol. just over medium bitterness level. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. sweet caramel and a bit of buttery toffee.

mouthfeel is nice. medium body seems a bit thin. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. a little unbalanced and thin, and the hops make an odd combo. the boozyness really comes out as it warms and the alcohol starts to burn more on the way down, conveying much more than its mere 9% abv.

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Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Whip and boy was it good. If only Amnesiac tasted this balanced and hoppy. The beer is big but drinks smooth with all those hops really coming through in the nose. I think this is one of the best Impy IPA's in BC ( maybe Canada). Matt has done it again with his seasonals

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Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great brew from Phillips. Nice golden orange with a thick, creamy white head. Smooth hoppy scent, with a slightly sweet malt presence.

A bit dry in taste, but with a good hoppy bitterness. Floral, citrus and grassy flavours abound. Faint yeastiness. This could be a bit sweeter.

Good, zesty mouthfeel. Even at 9% this makes a nice brew, albeit a sipper.

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Photo of BrendansBeerAdv
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have to say, I'm a fan as I grew up on Phillips, as much as one can when they've only been around 9 years.

Therefore the extraordinary hoppiness to this delights me. I shared some of the growler with a friend (a stout and porter fan) and she was less than impressed.

A good head the first pour, it's not has frothy now.

The hops are pretty much the only part to this beer. Flavours are all crisp and fresh with citrus and floral notes.

But hoo-boy that 9 percent really hits you if your drinking by the pint. Luckily it's more a sipper, so take it slow and appreciate the flavours.

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Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!

Pours a radiant orange with lazy bubbles and a nicely lacing creamy white head. Quite a beauty to look at. Complex nose shows a number of the hops and a strong malt backbone. Some spiciness, citrus, tropics, earth, honey and caramel. Lots going on...

Taste doesn't overwhelm at first, but slowly grows on you until you really appreciate it. In ways it reminds me of Southern Tier's Unearthly. Lots of hop complexity going on. At times the spiciness of noble hops comes to the fore, and then citrus edges it out. Sweet, chewy maltiness in the middle, and the body makes this one special, being on the fuller side.

Really pleasant brew - not a crowd stopper, but certainly enjoyable and a worthy toast to Phillips!

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9 Donkeys Of The Hopocalypse from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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