Lagerboy (1217) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, courtesy of Eyrish, who facetimed me from a craft beer store in Calgary where I found this on the shelf... strange how these limited releases don’t make it to B.C.’s interior yet end up in Alta. Eric Jourdan is a friend of my nephew Matt and his girlfriend Robynne, and I really wanted to try this, so glad to finally get the chance. Pours a mostly unclear orange copper, big white frothy head slowly settles and lasts. Aroma of roasted caramel malts and citrus pine hop. Juicy citrusy pine resin taste, some grapefruit, nicely balanced with robust caramel malts. Packs a hop wallop fo’ sho’! Light carbonation, medium + body, more aggressively hopped. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Tasted mighty fine for a nine month old brew, well done Eric! NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this would just be a novelty, Phillips "giving back to the community". But the beer stands well on its own and would be an excellent addition to their lineup. Soapy tangerine and lots of resin in there... I had two IPAs after this and this was much hoppier... definitely not a regular "amber"!
DuffMan (6673) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light amber pour, hoppy nose leaning more toward conifer traits, some citrus. Same on the palate-- hops steal the show, with caramel malt in support. The first Phillips brew in a long time to not have that annoying powdery quality that I cannot stand. Enjoyed this one.
thb (680) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive copper/amber with nice foam which leaves a lingering film. Aroma led by hops: spruce first, with citrus backup. Caramel/biscuit malt. General fruitiness. Balance is quite good I thought. Refreshing.
Ferris (3926) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Grapefruit hops and a sweetness from the malts. Beautiful clear amber with a brown thick head. The hoppy pine/citrus and bitterness hits pretty hard in this beer, overwhelming everything but a sweetness coming in at the end. A decent beer, but a little to hop forward for this style.
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with big off white head nicely lacing the glass. Aromas of pine, citrus, grassy hops, light sweetness. Flavours of grapefruit, pine, high bitterness for a pale ale(but tasty) some sweet malty notes.
Reimer96 (1201) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear reddish copper with a big off white frothy head that that leaves nice sticky lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, grass and a faint caramel sweetness. Taste is pine and grass up front with a hint of malts then all bitterness on the finish. It’s a nice very hoppy APA however the balance isn’t there to make this great. Needs more of a malt profile or less hops to get a better balance.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle purchased from co-op wine & spirits in Calgary, AB on 11/14/2012. Colour: Certainly some amber with generious white head that takes its time in evaporating. Nose: Plenty of caramel among slightly floraled hops, a bit of malt vinegar, mid-summer freshly cut grass. Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. More bitter than expected, which was a nice addition. Again caramel forward but with light sweetness attached. Some soapy malt mid-palate and into the finish. Lingering hop bitterness with a burnt note runs late. Decent.
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650mL bottle, pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of dry caramel malts, some citrusy hops and some pleasant woody qualities to it - very nice nose for an amber. Flavour of woody notes, some metallic quality sort of like bitter metallic hops, and a toasted malt backbone. Finishes on the toasted malt and woody notes, with a slight hop note. Decent amber.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good brew. The nose is floral, lightly spiced with a citrus emphasis. A bit of a sweet toasty and light caramel malt base with a moderately citric and bitter finish. Nice hop blend with a sizable hop bitterness and mild astringency. Overall a really good little IPA!