Storm_Shadow (106) - British Columbia, - SEP 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours yellow with a white head. Tastes citrus, floral, etc Not a fan of this one.
northropfrye (1888) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first session IPA at least according to the current classifications. Yellow body with fluffy white head. Citrus hop aroma. Taste is a touch of resin, with a a malty finish, a little bitter but nothing too intense. Would be nice in summer rather than a -30 day like today.
piscator34 (1883) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned sample. Gold in color with a bit of haze and fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are of very floral + somewhat tropical hops, along with Asprin. Quite hop forward in the mouth, with notes of rose jelly, orange blossom and white pepper. Light bodied (to the point of being a bit hollow on the palate) and moderately bitter. I liked it at first, but the floral-ness of it got a bit oppressive by the end. Not bad overall.
WoodersonMB (25) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Living in a city where the craft beer selection is minimal, we all kinda lose our shit when something new comes out. So itís kinda funny to think there was a mad rush on buying a session IPA but my understanding is that itís selling pretty decent here. Anyways, at 5% it isnít quite a session beer but pretty damn close so go ahead and have a few. Looks a bit like a darker macro lager when poured but thatís it for the similarities. Fluffy white head with a bit of retention on the lacing. Typical IPA notes on the nose with that piny, citrus thing happening. Feels quite thin on the pallet though which Iím guessing is due to the lower ABV. Nicely hopped with lingering citrus on the finish.
JoeZasada (281) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a slightly haze light amber with a frothy white head. Hoppy aroma, notes of spruce. Taste is slightly bitter but lots and lots of flavouring and aroma hops in there; grassy, citrus, spruce. Warming mouth feel with a light malt undertone, not too sweet. Lots of hop flavour is the key thing with this beer. Finish is hoppy with grass and citrus notes, slight bitterness, some green hops in there.
Very good, a definite winner, although the alcohol is a bit high for a session IPA.
TheRatKing (83) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought it for the cans, then noticed with joy that it was a Phillips offering. The classic artwork is great, but the beer is now the important bit! Pours an effervescent gold with a thick foamy head. Strong pine resin and citrus on the nose. Taste has a sharp pop of resiny goodness, calmed with a rather nicely balance malty sweetness. This is a very good beer, and I would indeed chose it as a session ale without hesitation. Phillips, you magnificent bastards.
DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!
Masterkush7 (338) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crisp yellow cloudy pour, two fingers of head, solid citrus hoppy aroma with bits of pine. Flavour is very crisp, nice and hoppy, not overly bitter but packs a nice punch. I could (and do) drink this stuff all night. A real nice beer and very sessionable.
BooRadleyRed (6) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love the upfront and proud shots of grapefruit and pine. This bad boy is a wonderfully refreshing hop party without the going overboard on bitterness. Finish is sharp and medium in length. A great introductory beer for those not accustomed to hop forward IPAs or just a wonderful session beer (as the label says) for folks like myself who need regular citrus and spruce hits.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Craft Beer Market, Vancouver
Hazy blond color with generous compact head. The aroma is moderately hoppy. Dry mouthfeel; the malt flavor is quite good, with a toffee accent; correctly bold bitterness, carrying some hop qualities, soft resins and mild fruitiness.
Pleasant and spot on.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell is hoppy. Taste is smooth and hoppy but not bitter. Very nice floral flavor. I can see why they call it an India Session Ale.
brleo (64) - - JAN 5, 2014
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Typical Phillips brew - TONS of hops and little else. The funny thing is that this is supposed to be sort of an IPA-light...
Oddly enough, itís not as bad as I thought it would be, but itís still damn hoppy. Aroma is strong of pine and citrus, quite piercing. Taste is sharp, distinct, cutting, punchy - all pine, grapefruit, and bitterness. Lingering aftertaste.
Overall, not as wretched as other IPAs - in fact, I could handle this one if I had to. I even came around to Blue Buck, which to me is pretty hoppy in itself for a non-IPA. But still, too hoppy for me. I imagine IPA lovers who want a beer they can slam down with ease might enjoy this though.