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Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This is a BIG beer. Mind Blowing ammounts of hops give this beer tons of flavour and aroma. Not for the faint of heart. The big mean cousin to the original Phillips IPA.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cirrhosis (1240) - Edmonton, Alberta, - FEB 2, 2013
Looks like a beer, clear amber small cap. Big smell, bubble gum, citrus, almost pine...... strong but dull does that make any sence. I hate speeling correctly. Taste also dull but full. Soap, thick, resin, flavourless bitter.............. very drinkable but way below average.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SteveLikesBeer (62) - - JAN 29, 2015
Phillips Hop Circle IPA’s "big gnarly brother" pours with a rich and frothy white head over a dark gold base. There’s a strong but not overpowering hop aroma that also includes elements of lemon. The company claims a mind-blowing amount of hops went into this, and while there’s certainly a strong bitterness, it’s not mind-blowing. There are hints of pine and citrus along with the hops. There’s a decent, mildly bitter finish. The shape of its 650-millilitre bottle is unique and adds to the visual appeal.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperTiti33 (693) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Blonde claire. Forte amertume. Très résineuse. Sapin/épinette. Houblon juteux. Fruité. Pamplemousse. Orange/mandarine. Fkne chaleur d’alcool. Sèche. Très bien faite, j’adore.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (221) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Something about double IPAs that just seems to do well. I’ve rated a couple and they usually rate high. This one is not exception. Golden-clear pour with a decent white head. Nose is all perfume, flowers and resin hops with a sweeter underlying note. The taste is a decent mix of hops flavours with some of the aforementioned perfume and flowers making an appearance, some bittering hops with a mildly acerbic and chalkiness? to the finish that isn’t unpleasant. Overall a good brew. Also it’s nice to see Canadian micro-brews not from Ontario make it to shelves of those controlling d-bags at the LCBO.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4927) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
pours clear very light golden with a solid creamy white head offering very good retention and lacing. very danky aroma, lots of melons, dusty mangoes, very fruity and unfortunately too sweet for my liking - honey, barley and fruit sugars - pale doughy if not sweet maltiness with some caramel atop; grass, herbs and spices. light carbonation, medium to full body - oily and almost syrupy, slightly harsh grassy-herbal-dusty-resinous finish. o-k.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle 650ml. Pours golden with high off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of nuts, sesame oil, resin, vegetal stuff. Taste is of herbs, strong bitterness, pine, some earth. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. A tad harsh? Overall: Good, but quite bitter (probably too much).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1662) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle shared by czar, thanks bro! Pours a clear golden with a medium white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of perfume, soap, tropical fruits and grass. A bit synthetic (perfume, soap) you might say but it did work somewhat well together. Taste is not too sweet and pretty bitter (medium-high level I would say, a bit harsh). Flavors are more of the perfume with some resin, not the best experience ever but still drinkable. Body is medium, carbonation low to moderate. A good beer overall but I won’t seek again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (763) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 16, 2015
Light hazy golden-orange colour with a pillowy light creamy large white head with good lacings. Aromas of citrus peel, grapefruit and hints of pineapple & apricots arise with notes of caramel, pine and hints of damp forest soil. Softly carbonated with a light slick texture with a pronounced hop bitterness underpinned by a solid malt base keeping the bitterness well in check, bringing things into harmony. Medium bodied the fruity flavours are dominant, drying out on the palate. Long finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CacheManyHose (290) - HONG KONG - JAN 2, 2015
From LCBO, drank in Ottawa. Clear dark golden pour, no fizz, minimal white head, wet sticky legs. Smells of hop, pepper, spicy red malt, butterscotch, peach, apricot. Tastes of wet bitter earthy hop, caramel malt, spice. Body is very oily but crisp, spicy dry bitter finish. Bitter peppery and malty but still not as big as expected for a DIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (348) - HONG KONG - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from LCBO had at Ottawa. Clear golden amber pour. Aroma is mostly juicy hops over sweet bready malt. Taste is pretty big fruit then grassy hops, then a bit of that plasticky taste, and a malty finish. Not that big for a DIPA but not bad. A little too much resin/grass - not as polished.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GraffitiVandal (53) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2015 ENG: 650ml bottle from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg. Poured into a glass. Color is slightly cloudy (but I think that’s normal for the style) and yellowish-gold. Almost white, dense foam of tiny bubbles, which disappeares not so quickly. Aroma of grass, lemon, ginger, spicy hops. Hoppy taste of herbs and quite advanced lemon and grapefruit flavor right after. There is no real huge bitterness in it, it’s quite subtle as for Double IPA. Could be a bit more, because now it tastes too balanced I think. The ending is more bitter with hint of orange and pepper in the aftertaste. You can barely say this is a 8,5% alc beer. Tastes really good and is easy drinking, which can be good; or bad when in bigger amount ;) Very good beer overall, will come back to it for sure. ////~~~////~~~//// ////~~~////~~~//// ////~~~////~~~//// PL: Butelka 650ml z Liquor Mart Winnipeg, przelana do szkła. Kolor mętny ale bez dużych fusów (drobne, jednolite zmętnienie raczej normalne dla stylu), dość jasno żółto-złociste piwo. Piana obfita niezbyt szybko zanikająca, niemal biała o drobnych bąbelkach. Aromat przypraw, chmielu, trawiasty, cytrynowy, nieco imbirowy. Chmielowy smak w połączeniu z ziołami, po chwili pojawia się dość mocno wyeksponowany smak cytryny i grejpfruta. Nie ma tu bardzo mocnej goryczki, co w przypadku Double IPA może wydawać się dziwne. Smak jest nieco zbyt zbalansowany, ale ciekawy i głęboki jednocześnie. Goryczka natomiast pojawia się później, w posmaku, w parze z odrobiną pomarańczy i pieprzu. Ciężko powiedzieć, że to piwo ma 8,5% alkoholu. Smakuje naprawdę świetnie i jest bardzo mocno pijalne - co może być z jednej strony dobre, ale też złe przy większej jego ilości ;) Bardzo dobre piwo, do którego napewno powrócę.


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