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


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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - SEP 3, 2011
I was VERY happy with this beer. Actually not overwhelmingly hoppy-- in other words, I thought this was an unusually well balanced brew. Impressive, fluffy head that took a while to recede, golden body color. That familiar aroma of pine resin and citrus, without the slightest harshness. Fairly silky palate, but with a dry, sticky finish. Paired this bottle with a nice plate of curried lentils with feta cheese and cherry tomatoes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nmcnair (15) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Pours an amber-orange with a long lasting white head. Aroma is moderately hoppy and malty. Taste is bitter and surprisingly malty. Tastes very similar to an American IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yourilevesque (191) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
Bière dont le look laisse croire à la noblesse, cette impériale IPA affiche un air de gagnante! La robe est d’un doré profond; aussi claire que l’eau, effervescente à souhait et surmontée d’une onctueuse mousse blanc cassé. Grosses bulles à la surface et petites bulles émanant du fond du verre. Je suis séduit! Lorsque j’approche le nez du verre, je me projette sous les tropique, reniflant un somptueux plateau de fruits frais. Je flirt avec l’anana et le fruit de la passion, en passant par la mangue et la noix de coco. Le nez est magnifique. Je voyage. Je salive. Je plonge. Déception. Il a dû beaucoup pleuvoir cette année-là car ces magnifiques fruits qui me faisaient tant saliver ont peu de goût. Quelques fruits ici et là tel le pamplemousse, mais l’amertume et l’alcool écrasent tout sur leur passage tel une tempête tropicale. Un goût de cendres... Tiens, je me surprends à n’avoir touché à mon verre que pour en respirer les arômes et ce, depuis au moins 5 bonnes minutes. Cette bière n’est à mon avis ni réellement bonne ni ratée. À humer lentement!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperTiti33 (742) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (251) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5257) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2355) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1899) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (837) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CacheManyHose (337) - 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.

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