Phantom IPA | Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RBorsato on 10-14-2002

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask last friday night and was very impressed.

Poured amber going copper with a humungous 2.5" fluffy head. Loads of bubbles cling to the glass and rise from the bottom. Head retention and lacing were stellar

Smell: Huge citrusy hops accompanied with a hefty fruity biscuity aroma. Faint hint of piney hops in the background a feast for the nose

Taste: Light floral hops soon give way to fruitniess and spicier and oily hops. Finish is dry and sweet/hoppy

MF: Rich, creamy and smooth, perfect carbonation

Very easy to drink, despite its obvious ABV. In my opinion, the best beer in their stable, but there's others almost as tasty. I will have to go back again soon

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin offwhite head. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a floral hop aroma. The taste is also good. It has an intensely bitter hop flavor from start to finish. It also has a good malt base that balances nicely. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. These guys love hoppy beers. It's malty and bitter; a fine session beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the bottled version made for one of the Michael Jackson Beer Clubs...contract brewed at Riverside Brewing Co. in Riverside CA.

A classic American style IPA brewed with the 3 C's: Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade. Dry Hopped with the latter two.

Dark Copper, Low head retention. Awesome Hoppy, Citrusy, Grapefruity Aroma and Taste. Med Bodied and creamy, and smooth! Nice Balance but definitely leans bitter.

One of my favorite IPA's next to Celebration Ale...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lightish copper, a flat head and the nose is a little floral and slightly hoppy. Taste was rather malt forward and hop light, slight bitterness on the finish with some floral and citrus notes way back there. Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied and not much going on with it as far as hops, bittnerness or taste.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulled from the cask into a shaker, Phantom's IPA is dark cloudy bronze with a tight, creamy tan head that leaves perfect lace rings all the way down the glass.

Smell is just a boat load of NW hops, strong and piny, centennial or one of other the C's...

Taste is good, with a more subdued hop flavor then the nose, still plenty of resin, a nice clean malt backbone...the bitter, linger finish reveals a slight tang to it that I've noticed in many of Colorado Spring's local brews, perhaps something in the water?

MF is smooth, luscious and super creamy...ahh, cask!

Highly drinkable, at least the 12 oz. I washed down some fantastic mnt. trout with, although I think I'd start to tire of over a session, in spite of how smooth this is.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Phantom Canyon brewpub on 8/13/10.

A - Hazy reddish, rusty copper-colored body with half an inch of smooth, creamy off-white head that retained nicely, leaving lots of foamy lace around the glass.

S - Pleasant fume of perfumy and floral hops with sweet malt notes suggesting toffee, caramel and baked bread. A hint of spicy hops also emerged as the liquid warmed.

T - Initial taste seems to take a turn in the opposite direction as the aroma, with spicy hops paired with a doughy cookie-like malt character. Think ginger snaps. Soon, a fairly assertice floral and perfumy hop character develops, but is kept in check with the sweet malt backbone. Finishes sweet and spicy with fair amount of hop bitterness and a hint of toasted grains.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, velvety cask mouthfeel and a hint of hop oils. Very nice texture. Finishes with moderate hop bitterness and a slight dryness on the palate with virtually no alcohol warmth at all.

D - Excellent cask IPA that is easy to drink, well-balanced and flavorful. Another fine cask offering from Phantom Canyon!

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Photo of Mitchster
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a chill-hazed medium amber, forming a nice white head with excellent retention and lacing despite being served in a tiny 4 oz sampler glass. Pungent green hop nose obscurs anything else. Large amounts of isopropyl throughout and much too bitter. The bitterness is so pungent I'm barely able to drink this, and this is coming from a hophead. Medium bodied, herbal and sharp mouthfeel. Long aftertaste and bone dry finish.

Short rant. I'm getting so sick and tired of brewers dumping as much hops into their beer as they can and then calling it an IPA. IPA's should be drinkable and this barely is. This beer is a telling example of this process. Avoid it.

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Photo of Crosling
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pump. Darkened orange in color, with a full lasting foam. Vibrant hop aroma (smelling of old pellets, mainly), with hints of cedar, wood, pine and fruit. Not any detectable aromatic malt. Flavor is somewhat rich in its hop composition, loaded with woody, cedary hops, with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Not much balance here, and most definately in the firkin a bit long.

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Photo of rye726
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on cask at the brewery. Pours an oaky brown with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Nose has sweet malts and floral hops. More along the line of an English IPA. Taste is also on the malty side but has a nice balance of fruity hops. Great beer to enjoy from a cask.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from visit to Colorado Springs 4/25/2008:

Look: Pale-amber color, poor heading

Smell: grapefruit with faint malt in background

Taste: Hops!!!...H20!!...Alcohol...and umm...Malt?--pretty much in that order. Bitter finish per style.

Feel: lighter than typical mouthfeel

Drink: very easy to drink, perhaps too easy for an IPA

General Impression: not worth writing home about

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Phantom Canyon Brewpub. Golden-orange in color with an off-white head and good lacing. Aroma was a very pronounced grapefruit/citrus, which carried over to the flavor. Hps were clearly evident, which led to a slightly bitter, yet smooth finish. This was a tasty and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of walleye
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had in july while in the springs for my son Flemdawg wedding on 7/2.from the tap. poured a amber orange with a off white head. aroma, hops, woody, citrus, pine, orange. flavor the 1st thging that got my attention was how smooth this was, than got the hops, orange, pine, and grapefruit. this took care of those hop cravings I was have. good beer

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Photo of loren01
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the brewpub in Colorado Springs. Served somewhat warmer than I was used to, the bartender said that was because of the cask conditioning. I had never had a cask beer before I was not aware of that. Poured an amber color with a nice white head, good carbonation and lacing down the sides of the glass. Smells very piney and fruity, nice aroma. Taste is very hoppy but not too bitter, pretty well balanced I would say. Toward the last 1/2 of the glass a strong alcohol flavor was more prevalent. Mouthfeel is good with nice hop and carbonation bite but not too overbearing. Overall this is a very good IPA but I don't think I could do more than 1 or 2 of these as it was a little strong tasting.

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3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 1/4" solid, creamy off-white head (nitro-like collar). Great retention, full lace. The IPA is a hazy orange/amber.

S - Orange and tangerine. Subtle pine needles. Crystal malt?

T - Light citrus. Resiny, piney bitterness long into the finish. Lacking much of anything else.

M - Between medium and full-bodied. Low, low carbonation.

D - Just average in its drinkability. I wonder if this keg was fresh or not. More of an English IPA than anything.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my first Colorado brew pub brew I apparently picked a good one. The glass is filled with a dark tan brew that's cloudy and has a thick tan head that cascaded for a while after landing at my table. The aroma is more malty with some pine notes. The taste has more hop presence than the malt giving a nice citrus taste with pine and atouch of floral, perhaps. There seems to be an added weight from the casking that made this a bit heavier than a typical IPA but in a good sence. I happily ordered another one when finished.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was slightly cloudy and a nice orange/light amber color. No head, due to the low carbonation.

Smells like an English IPA, and some wonderfully warm hops in the nose, very sweet floral and nearly fruity smells. A little malt underneath.

Wow, the low carbonation and cellar temp serving temp make the hops stand way out. Amazing, I don't think I have ever tasted more flavorful hops paired with an almost total lack of bitterness. I love the flavor of hops, but don't usually like the bracing bitterness that comes with them, and this beer seems like the perfect balance to me. The hops are clean, perfumy, floral, and slightly citrus. They kind of taste more on the English side then the American (especially not Northwest hops). Some nice malts for a base but never take center stage.

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with medium body. I have always been a fan of lower carbonation and warmer serving temps, so this beer nails this category spot on.

Overall drinkability is simply outstanding. I could quaff this till I was unconscious, but due to having to drive, I drank only one with the utmost pleasure.

Conclusion: This beer is simply the best IPA I have ever tried, and I have had and enjoyed many. My wife has never like a hoppy beer, but when she tried this she loved it. The low bitterness, high hop flavor, low carbonation and warmer serving temp just pushed this over the top.

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Photo of philbertk
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Phantom Canyon Phantom IPA--2010 2-16 oz. Drafts at Brewpub on 11/24/2010. 7.9% ABV. 75? IBU's. Served in short pints--2nd was 1/4th foam. Expensive short pour @ $4.50 each. Served warm, but not cask. Foamy lacy off white head. Cloudy unfiltered uglyish bronw orange gold color. Yeast fruit ester hidden floral hop front. Creamy unfiltered caramel fruit ester mildly hop infused fresh malt body. Mild hop fruity hint somewhat weak mild bitter end. (3.0 / 5.0)

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Photo of IPA1978
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of erk0607
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came via a beer of the month club. It was brewed by Riverside Brewing in California. It's a good friend of mine (AKSmokedPorter) who actually received the beer. I was fortunate enough that he shared a Phantom IPA with me, but unfortunate enough that it was only one. This is a very good beer. While I'm a little leerie of being so positive about it based on only one experience with one bottle, I really enjoyed this one. It's pretty hoppy and spicy but has more of a balanced flavor than say a Stone IPA or AV Hop Ottin IPA. Very drinkable. Nice hoppy aroma. For whatever reason, my pour with this beer resulted in a glassful of head. Definitley one I'd like to have again, but unfortunately, I don't think that's too promising. AKSmokedPorter checked with the beer club and they had no more available. Maybe they were saving it all for themselves.

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Photo of benito
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange, almost ciderlike, with a beautiful creamy head.

S: Citrus and light lemon, with a very strong doughiness (biscuit scents) as well

T: Bitterness is earthy with little citrus on the palate. The body comes across as slightly thin, especiallyon the back end where a maltier body might have rounded the beer out better. The overall flavor profile might be enhanced by a fruitier, sweetness as well.

M: The cask-conditioning imparts a smooth (duh) texture. Overall, it's rather straightforward--a strong hop presence in the middle of the palate that leaves a long, bitter aftertaste.

D: Good but not great. Again, the imbalance takes away from some of the quaffability, as this just tastes less refreshing than many (better) IPAs.

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Photo of MJR
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slighty hazy pale copper with an off-white head that holds like crazy and leaves lots of sticky lace. Exceptional head retention for a cask-conditioned beer.

Smell: The aroma is quite fragrant, with a good hop presence that comes from the use of some of the four C's. A bit of malt hides underneath, barely noticable.

Taste: The flavor is firmly bitter, with a wide range of hop flavors: citrus, pine, and flowers. There's a good solid foundation of malt, but it stays in the background, coming in a distant second to the hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes smooth and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with the mouthfeel that can only come from a cask.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability. This is a good IPA, with a lot of hop character.

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Photo of palliko
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I live in Colorado Springs and have often had occasion to sample Phantom Canyon brews. Their IPA is exceptional. It has a lovely cloudy soft copper color, a creamy head with lots of foam and lacing. The bouquet is lovely: lots of fruity hops with some underlying malt. The initial flavor has a pleasant bite of bitter hops, as you would expect from an IPA: and then the palate is caressed by grapefruit, floral and pine. The middle is nicely malted, the mouthfeel under-carbonated, almost syrupy in texture. The finish is wonderfully crisp and bitter. Very drinkable, in limited quantities: it is a heavy beer. You won’t soon forget the unique experience!

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Photo of Hagbard
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drawn from a cask, there was a beautiful cascade effect as the beer settled into the pint glass. The head is about 2 fingers and extremely creamy due to the cask effect. Not much of an aroma to speak of. Mildly hoppy and floral, but the impression is the thick head blocks the smell. The taste is great! Mild bitterness with a wonderful background floral hops presence. Very tasty and easy to drink. It is extremely creamy with very little carbonation. This was a slight turnoff, as a little bit more carbonation would have made this beer excellent. As it is, it is very good and very drinkable. Nothing beats fresh, local beer!

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Phantom IPA from Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 30 ratings