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Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
This apple ale is the result of cooperation between Merridale Ciderworks and Phillips Brewing Company. This "snakebite" is a union of finely crafted cider and artisinal beer, creating an amazing marriage of flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2008
Hazy dirty golden, rapidly receding fizzy head. Sour apple aroma. Sour apples, musty yeast, thin malt barely detectable. This isnít working for me...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
Plenty of green apples in the nose. Brilliantly clear honey-gold body is topped bya fizzy white head that recedes rapidly (and noisily) to ring. Apples and brown sugar are apparent in the very dry flavour. Some malt notable in the finish. Very dry in character with extremely prickly carbonation and somewhat astringent texture. I think itís definitely over-attenuated and a bit more sweetness and lower carbonation might help reach the sweet fruit beer/cider segment of the market. Then again, market the champagne-like effervescence and this could be a winner... Forbidden Fruit? Havenít I seen that name somewhere before? Next year, this should likely be re-named blue-snake apple ale... Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Feb-08).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Courtesy of CapFlu. Gold with a thin white head. Aroma is cider-esque with honey, champange yeast, and red apples. Taste is lightly malty, very light floral, apples in the background. Not really a lot of depth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
CapFlu (4860) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2008
(650ml bottle) Purchased at The Strath for $5.95. Pours a clear, highly carbonated deep orange body. Thin white dissipated head with a mild apple nose. Flavour is tonic with watery apple taste. Thin, floral and poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Trev (2019) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Poured a clear yellow with a light bubbly white head. Aroma was apple cider with an underlying dusty malt aroma. Flavour was tangy apple initially, but got muddled from there. As the brew warmed maltier flavours seemed to compete until in finally tasted like a tainted bottle of blue buck by the end. Started well but fell short of the mark for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Apple juice looking with a little head. Aroma is apple cider and some yeast. Flavour is really sweet, like apple juice with a dry texture and some alcohol. A nice touch of dryness redeems an otherwise super sweet beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours a clear pale yellow with a minimal head. Aroma is fine apple cider and plenty of dry alcohol. Beer flavour extremely backgrounded - subtle apple cider with some faint worn-out hops. Alcohol in the aftertaste. Body is well carbonated, but thinly (like a champagne). Iím all for monthly seasonals (thank you Phillips!) but this one wouldnít be my favourite. Good effort, though!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
pours very bubble with a thin white head. pretty much looks like apple juice. a sweet cider start with light malty finish on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle, Brewery Creek
Light gold with a gentle sparkle. Somewhat appley nose with the standard Merridales high alcohols. Maybe some malt base in there somewhere, but itís definitely obscured. Tastes disjointed. The beer isnít well-suited...itís not a hoppy beer really but I think itís too hoppy for this mix. Thereís just enough hops to clash. Throw in the high alcohols and youíve got some really astrigent ick that you really have to choke back. Chug fast, too - you donít want to let it get warm.

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