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: 68 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Merlin68
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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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Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Aggro
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TRiGS
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ElsieFI
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 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 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 Ericbeech_87
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of smekermann
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Kaleidoscope IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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