Kaleidoscope IPA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Kaleidoscope IPAKaleidoscope IPA

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KStark on 07-12-2013

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In hindsight mosiac might be a bit of an undersell...and here's why..

An IPA that looks lagerish in comparsion to the norm...clear, deep amber...did I mention perfectly clear??? lol

Lot's of pine resin, citrus, and hints of fruitiness.

Big old punch of hop up front as one would expect...the twist, which I loved, was in the tropical fruits...mango, papaya, kiwi in a flavour wave that this reviewer was NOT expecting.

An excellent twist on a style that has been there and done that

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More User Reviews:
Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, with a rather unorthodox shape, one more reminiscent of gin packaging than beer. Also, I'm not sure that this is any different from the the Growhop Mosaic IPA from a few months back, as the ingredients and ABV are identical.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of foamy, densely puffy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves a decent vista of ski slope lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of rather meaty orange and grapefruit flesh, musty guava and overripe pineapple, grainy pale malt, a middling wet stone minerality, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is more of the same - subdued pithy, bitter citrus rind, unsettled, nondenominational tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, with a slight hint of dried caramel, warming spa rocks, and earthy, astringently leafy hops.

The carbonation is tame, a tad frizzy, and mostly just somewhat frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally plain in its smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the bitterness of the Mosaic hop creeping up, with any attendant fruitiness going nearly dark, and the malt not about to give up its spot in the shadows.

I'm not certain that of the many Growhop IPAs, that this was the one to go full-production with. The hops are just not full, crisp, or unbridled enough - I find the urge to scrape my tongue a little too dire here. Not bad, but there are better IPAs out there, even from this same brewer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Funky bottle!

Appearance. Pours a light gold-amber with two fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell. Papaya and mango, grapefruit, some grainy malt and a touch of green onion.

Taste. Light tropical fruits and grapefruit, some grassy hops, a bit of grainy malts underneath, and again a touch of green onion.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Not a bad brew. Lots of decent hops but the slight green onion taste didn't agree with me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of mango and tropical hops is quite nice and refreshing. Taste is also dominated by mango and peach notes with tropical fruit notes overtaking most of the flavour profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice showing of NZ tropical hops with light sweet malt backbone.

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Photo of Merlin68
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear golden honey with three chubby fingers of beige head that leaves crumbling Greek archway lace as it recedes.

Smells of grapefruit zest, orange rind, pineapple, stonefruit, soft caramel and bitter pine.

Tastes of fleshy grapefruit, blood orange more tropical fruit, bready caramel malt and resiny hops.

Feels mild and frothy. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Snappy and refreshing.

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Photo of adhallick
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: golden amber with orange; translucent
S: big, aggressive hops, pine
T: very surprising: bitter, green, stemmy, aggressive, not much else really ... grapefruit pith... like chewing raw hops ... not subtle or complex ... little maltiness
M; medium bodied
O: too one dimensional and "in your face" for my liking.

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Photo of papat444
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before April 5, 2015.

Aroma is juicy citrus. A very thick 3 finger head forms with no signs of going anywhere; color is a mildly hazy orange. Very tropical in flavor, zesty with a nice bitter finish. Juicy fruit; body a bit light for the style. Flavor creeps up on you, creamy overall. Not quite knocking it out of the park but i enjoyed it regardless.

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Photo of mattsander
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice and pale, a light copper color with great clarity and super tenacious head. Beautiful looking IPA.

S: Very unique and pungent hoppy nose - Mosaic is a very distinct hop. Lemon zest, blueberries, melon rind, a huge vase of Lily's, basil, tangerine, a bit of coconut?

T: My bottle seems slightly metallic but otherwise just a bouquet of lovely Mosaic hops. Berries are prominent.

M: Medium/light bodied with a quick finish. Not particularly bitter. Very nice IPA from Phillips.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good work on this IPA the Mosaic Hops are i nice choice. Great citrus nose small creamy head with good lacing. Tropical fruits are there .

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Photo of kirbytall
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillip's Brewing 'Kaleidoscope IPA' @ 6.5% , originally tasted on tap/cask at HOPoxia , this review from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is a pale clear gold from bottle to glass with a good size white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-mosaic hops famous for citrus , tropical fruit smell

T-smooth and sweet to start followed by a bitterness , almost pleasant tasting , surprisingly balanced IPA

MF-ok/medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-not the biggest nose (floral/citrus) or that sharp bitterness that can kill an IPA for me , there is a certain smoothness to Kaleidoscope that I like

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Aggro
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TRiGS
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Avant_Garage
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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Kaleidoscope IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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