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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Photo of KStark
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An new seasonal release from Phillips featuring Mosaic hops and has a cool funky label.
Pours out a light gold colour with a nice white head that stays around with good lacing.

Smell is of tropical fruit and sweet citrus which mosaic hops are known for.

Taste is of tropical fruit, guava,pineapple, citrus and then a nice bitterness in the the finish. Nice balanced malt presence aswell.

Medium carbonation nice mouthfeel.

This a really good smelling and tasting IPA that is refreshing and balanced even with loads of hops. I'm on my second bottle right now.

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Photo of mattsander
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crusty white froth over hay Sunkist orange. 4
Mashed papaya nose with a whack of hop herbal behind it. 4.25
Thin thread of toffee, then herb, light pine, lychee, muskmelon, gooseberry and white currants (if that’s even a thing) hops. 4.25
Lean, citric end, and salty finish.
Lt-med, clean, dry. 4

All the fruit but clean finish. Makes Mosaic play like New Zealand. Phillips are world-beaters with hops when they try. Sweet as. 4.25

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance- Pours an amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell- tropical fruits (passion fruit, pineapple), mosaic hops, touch of toffee. Nice tropical aromas.

Taste- Nice punch of mosaic hops (tangerine,guava) and hint of toffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- This is my second go at an American IPA brewed with Mosaic hops. Phillips did a good job with this one especially with the aromas.

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Photo of Shadman
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 DamageCase76
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass...

A) A big white frothy head that leaves a nice layer of lacing on the glass. Colour is rich gold.

S) This is a ruby grapefruit bomb! Loads of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose. Some faint light maltiness in the background

T) Follows the nose, loads of grapefruit and citrus, hints of pineapple, mango and tropical fruit that cover that light graininess.

M) Dry but with a bit of sweetness upfront that balances out the slightly bitter finish. Well balanced, with a lighter body.

O) A tropical fruit bomb that delivers a boatload of Mosaic hops. It is well balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet with a nice moderate carbonation. A great, summer beer!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 16/7/13

A clear golden liquid with tiny bubbles floating up to a two finger cream colored foam that sits around for a few sips leaving a couple random patches

S nice tropical nose with some passion fruit, pineapple, guava, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit, just a little pine and just a little booze and hard toffee

T earthy notes I can't quite place and more rind compared to the flesh on the nose, still lots of tropical citrus but slightly toned down compared to the nose

M medium bodied, a bitter bite and a little grit left behind, lots of rind and pine on the finish

O I'm liking this one and no Phillips house much to my surprise, a nice tropical IPA that I'll probably drink again considering its reasonable price tag

Not a bad first experience with this new hop, pretty solid IPA from Phillips and it doesn't have that familiar house profile that isn't necessarily a bad thing but a bit of a surprise to me

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 papat444
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 spoony
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a nonic glass in Victoria, BC. Reviewed from notes dated July 25, 2016.

A-My pour arrives with a finger of nearly white head. Retention is just OK and the beer doesn't leave any lacing behind as I drink. It is clear and light golden amber in color with a bubble or two of carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is heavy on the melon and tropical fruit notes. I also sniff some citrus zest, which gives a nice touch of bitterness against the melon. The beer is more malty than many tropical smelling IPAs with nice notes of bread, biscuit, and honey.

T-The taste is less juicy and less tropical than the smel. It is sharp, rather than full-on bitter with light pine notes and zesty citrus stepping into the frame where melon once occupied things. Malts are noticeable here with biscuits and honey flavors balancing the hops.

M-The beer is lighter in heft with a slightly watery texture. Carbonation is semi-crisp.

O-I'm not sure that I liked the smell with the heavy melon aromas, but it certainly is interesting. Mouthfeel is marginal. The taste falls off slightly, but this is still a decent IPA with some good aspects.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, earth, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but there is a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Rutager
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Niceroad77
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Seems a little pale for an IPA but has nice foam.

S: Light citrus.

T: Ok, this is where it gets a bit more complex…. Good citrus. Mostly grapefruit and (oranges?). Bitter as you want an IPA to be.

M: Enough carbonation, lingering bitterness. Maybe a little too much bitterness buildup?

O: A little on the bitter side of things but overall a good IPA. I wouldn't session on it but having one at some point mid evening could feel refreshing. So not my favourite, but if you're up for a little change from your favourite IPA, this might be a good alternative.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So this one is interesting. Its very light for an IPA, pale amber and frothy. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus, apple juice, gooseberry, other fruits that merge together. Maybe some melon. Initial taste impression was an amazing bouquet of blueberry (as per the oft-repeated descriptions of this hop), tangerine, orange, pineapple, guava, gooseberry, and green vegetation. The taste evolves into pine and bitter minerals. I get a bit of the onion that another reviewer mentions but minimal spice otherwise. The malt is very subdued nondescript cracker. Therein lies the problem ... I think the interesting fruit flavors might linger longer and work better if there was some sweetness to provide balance. I have to rate the whole beer, not just the unique fruit notes. Carbonation is bang on but mouthfeel is a bit thin and almost recalls a lager, which leads to a hop slap in the face rather than a well-integrated hop bomb like this brewer's Amnesiac.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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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Kaleidoscope IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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