CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draft) Sampled at the 2011 Great Canadian Beer Festival on September 9, 2011. Pretty pissed this was available at GCBF - considering I shelled-out $50 for a 2 litre bottle of it only 2 weeks prior. Mild hops merge with pale malt. Some freshness to the hops with a mild lasting bitterness through the finish. Okay. I was told to age the bottle 1 year... I’m strongly hoping that it’ll improve 20-points to equate to the purchase price.
taylerlorenz4 (5) - Richmond, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As others have stated, i agree, cork is rediculously hard to get out. but i actually really like the big bottle, it makes a nice addition to the collection of cool limited releases i have. plus the history on the back of the bottle is hilarious, especially because i know kurtis and i saw that the pranked his company car into full my little pony decals, absolute comedy. but now to the beer, im not a huge ipa guy let alone double ipa s, but this was a winner for me. drank it between me and one friend, didnt take to long to finish went down like butter with a nice after taste that invited you in for more, i just wish i was able to get more of this stuff, it would be nice if they packaged some 6 packs of some of their finner beers, this would be one of them
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold,lasting white head. Nice citrus hop nose.Tart start,hint of anisette, citrus hops. Medium strength lasting bitterness in finish
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3L bottle. Pours cloudy pale golden yellow / orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, piney, fresh outdoors and some yeast. Flavour is crisp, with citrus, piney, yeast, bread and hops. Light, bright and crisp. Nicely bitter. Very nice.
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3L double magnum shared generously by uhlan and chinesehercules (thanks!). Not much point mirroring manuchampions’ commentary on the marketing / packaging, so I’ll let his review express my thoughts on that. Stupid marketing gimmick / "joke". The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Aroma is very hoppy with intense citrus and piney hops, and a little Belgian yeast to be detected. Flavour is very piney and yeasty, at least initially, hinting at a Belgian cross. Lots of piney depth balanced by just enough bready malts to keep this in balance. The pine really coats the palate after drinking more, with little bitterness surprisingly and subduing the yeast traits. ABV is not noticeable at all. Despite the marketing gimmick, this is wonderful, so my rating reflects the beer only. It’s a shame that Phillips’ best beers (from my perspective) are their anniversary IIPAs that never see the light of day again after the one-time release.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3000ml bottle from 16th St. Liquor in West Vancouver. Okay ,let me rant a little. Personally I find it crazy that Phillips would bottle an IIPA in a 3 litre bottle. First, it’s highly unlikely this beer will age, so why bother with the jumbo format? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to make an impy stout or a barley wine...something that would benefit from aging in such a large format bottle? Second, the beer really needs a group of people per bottle. 3 Litres of 10% is just too big a volume of alcohol to responsibly be consumed by less than 4 people. The brewery might argue that they wanted to be bold and different with this anniversary beer, and that’s all well and good, but this is a beer that would have been better served by being in conventional sized bottles.
Next, the unbottling. The super sized bottle is a monster. The caged cork was a bit of a joke. The cork is nearly impossible to pry loose since my bottle featured a very dry cork and unusual bottle lip circumference that really inhibited three different corkscrews from being able to remove the cork (manually was not an option, the bulb of the cork broke off in my hand).
So I finally opened this in order to share with one friend and re-bottle the rest in Howe Sound 1 Litre swing tops that I had handy.
Tasting. The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a thin ring of white head. Aroma is citrus hops, some pine with a tiny waft of cereal malt in the background. Taste is bitter but restrained. Hops are crisp, grassy, mildly citrus, slight pine and yet bracing on the tongue. Malt is there, somewhat biscuity, cereal notes. A mildly fruity and dry note presents itself mid palate, hints of lemon, interestingly herbal and a tad earthy. Mild carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish; hops linger on the tongue.
Overall it’s certainly one of the better Phillips IPA’s. Does it merit the crazy bottling and almost impossible cork to open? No, not really, especially since it will likely not age well at all. Strange form of boastfully self important packaging but that shouldn’t really take points from the score. The beer is really lovely and fresh and worthy of solid praise.