blomster (265) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml from CapFlu, thanks Todd!
Hazy, dark amber, two thumbs high, dense, off-white head.
Aroma of grassy hops with some caramel malt.
Medium sweetness, low carbonation, a very soft, creamy, inviting bitterness.
Very refreshing. A pleasant caramel malt base in the flavor, with some citrus, melon, and fresh grass. I really like this! Wish I had a few more bottles, hugh thanks to Todd for this one.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Gravelle! Deep hazed copper/amber pour with a foamy off white cap that lasts and laces. Aroma of very fresh whole leaf hops. Pine, some grapefruit, mango, apricot, earthy caramel malts, some spice. Tastes of very fresh hops again, piney, cirtus, almost minty with the freshness. This leads to a subtle sweet mango/peach malty-ness with bready hints to balance the fresh hops. Nice lingering bitter finish. I loved it! Thanks Jon!
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very bitter and acidic tasting. Like white birch bark. Great aftertaste and good effort for a young hop brew. Not my usualy flavor but I enjoyed it.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Libations. Poured a dark and clear amber beneath a thin, tan head. Aroma was fabulously hoppy. Sure this isn’t an IPA? Flavour was deliciously bitter underscored with some malt. Bitter at the finish with an inkling of malt to take the edge off. Another fine beer by Phillips. Sure this isn’t an IPA??
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark amber colour with a off white head nice flora hoppy aroma. nice sweetie hoppy taste not that strong very enjoyable
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale clear nut-brown with a bit of lacing and not much of a head. Fantastic oily hop aroma - very promising! Light nutty slightly watered-down malting with oily but timid hops - no real bite or burn here, fresh but lacking punch, and lacking real malt character. Good body but light on the carbonation. Very tasty, but a bit of a let-down - try combining this with the Crazy 8s and you might have a winner...
Re-Rate: Bumped up the overall in light of Phillips (or Ratebeer) billing this as a bitter, which I guess it is.
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
220z bottle from Brewery Creek. Nice pungent wet hop note on opening. Good copper colour with what ends up a thin head. I also expected a more IPA type taste but was pleasantly surprised that it was more a hoppy bitter (akin to Rogue’s Brutal Bitter). I didn’t get the fruit, melon hit but did detect some residual sweetness there. Finishes with pleasant bitterness and a trace of fresh hop again. Overall a good effort.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fruity hop nose suggest melons and oranges without becoming grassy or aggressive. Clear deep copper coloured body is topped by a decent off white head that recedes to a thin, large bubbled cover with some lacing. Although the aroma suggests IPA the flavour certainly comes across as a bitter:caramel and toasty malt flavours blend nicely in a good balance with medium bitterness and plenty of fruitiness. Bitterness lingers in the somewhat grassy aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in Oct-09.
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Clear tan ale. Nice lasting head leaving lots of lace as you go. You can smell and taste the citrusy hops, well balanced with the mildly sweet malt. This beer sure tastes fresh.
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As the days darken and more layers of clothing are donned, we’re all seeking comfort in many ways. But let’s not get glum and let Seasonal Affective Disorder win out. Exactly Phillip’s, I have nothing else to say, I love this beer!