CapFlu (4500) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Cook Street Liquor in Victoria. Canned vegetable aroma, slight mintiness. Flavour is watery club soda, asparagus and green tomatoes. Tastes off, almost astringent or alkaline. Pretty awful.
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WheatKing (1290) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted like a boring cross of an amber and blonde really, the spruce was in the aroma but the taste was mostly just a sweetness. I didn’t think it was revolting, just quite tasteless... was it really brewed in just one batch?
Easton70 (20) - - AUG 17, 2012
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I have to agree with McBerko This was utter nonsense. What were they trying to prove making a beer that tastes like that rain water you collect in your garden for pouring on your plants. I offered some to my 15 year old son who’s normally happy to get a taste of any beer and even he thought it was pish. Phillips, your other beers are great.....Stop making this stuff.....no really.
mcberko (6306) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
650mL bottle, pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head. Nose is quite nasty, featuring body odours from a sports locker, skunky herbal hops, and lots of rotting vegetables - what the hell? Flavour is even worse, with rotten decomposing vegetables, some pine but not in a pleasant piney IPA-way, more like decomposing tree leaves, and decaying leaves after they’ve been rained on for days / weeks. This is absolutely revolting. What the hell was this supposed to be? A joke? Offensive and undrinkable - have to pour the rest (95% of the bottle) down the drain. Deplorable.
LarryBeast (491) - - AUG 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 650ml bottle. Looks like apple juice. Aroma of leaves and grass, pine. Very thin on taste, though you get more and more of the spruce towards the end of the glass. Light-bodied, watery, average carbonation, no finish to speak of. Didn’t at all live up to my expectations (which were too high, as they always are for new local brews).
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light yellow colour with a medium foamy white head. The aroma is earthy sort of pine needles. The flavour starts a little thin and no bitterness and finishes with a spruce herb presence and a bit of sweetness. overall not that bad but not great
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy golden color with small head. Peculiar aroma, strong, wet hay; light rosemary too. Lean mouthfeel, with some cereals, grass, hay, and mild spruce; very low bitterness.
Weird; not a beer; not revolting either; but I would prefer if they focused on brewing good beer instead of experimenting like this.
mjgalvani (48) - West Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured this beer into a pint glass and drunk it at fridge temperature. Malty and slightly earthy aroma, reminds me of a walk through the forest in the fall. Pours a light amber colour with a pale white head. Taste surprised me with not being overly spruce-y. Not that this beer has a mild taste, however. The taste reminds me how a compost bin smells, but, oddly enough, not in a bad way. Slightly bitter and perhaps a tad salty taste. An interesting beer to try, if nothing else.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a light golden with decent off white head. Aroma is a pungently BAD warning sign. It’s like a cross between stewed root vegetables with no seasoning and decaying leaves. If there are spruce tips in there, as the label states, then they are overwhelmed by a rotting, sewage like scent which is horribly off-putting. Taste is even more horrendous. The pine is evident, sticky and tar-like on the tongue, but it’s mixed with a flavour I can best describe as cigarette ash. The finish is so uniformly offensive and lingering that I can still taste this a half hour after pouring 3/4 of the bottle down the drain. Phillips really seem to have lost the plot of late with their seasonals. Their recent barley wines were both bad but this sets a new low. Even if this beer was defended by the claim that it recreates an old recipe from Captain Cook in 1778, who at the brewery thought it was a good business decision to bottle, label and sell this to the public? I dare anybody to claim this beer is even remotely good.