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Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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You can almost hear the sirens as you pop the cap on this bomber. This IPA slams hop first into a classic Belgian yeast to create a super-fortress of flavour.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with nice hop aroma. Flavor is disappointing. Lots of earthy/grass flavors that take over the beer. Very average.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 Large bottle. I must say I did not care for this brew at first try. Itís a super hoppy IPA, but the hops are very unusual. More piney and grassy by far than Iím used to. By the end of the bottle I now have a new favorite IPA!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5847) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy green golden ale with a creamy white head. Aromatic hops on a Belgian fruit funk, nicely balanced. Chewy mellow body. Aromatic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lupulist (48) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a lighter golden colour than I expected, with a thick and rich white head. Has a pleasant pine-y aroma from the hops, and the distinct smell of the Belgian yeast. Citrus and bready yeast tastes predominantly, with a bit of pine. Ends with a short, slightly bitter finish. A decent Belgian IPA, but not the best in its class.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Itís hard to comment that a 92 out of 100 is "underrating" a beer, but Iím going to do it. Maybe Iím just having it very fresh (courtesy of Mom), but this West Coast IPA is full of pine, grapefruit, sap with caramel and crystal malt, and a light body that finishes bitter and clean. Its aroma is perhaps the best, blending Belgian yeast and hops to make a freshly peeled orange skin. The 8% is a little too high for me, but thereís no trace of it in the taste. Light appearance, good head and lace, smooth drinking. This Belgian IPA should just go ahead and define the style. Itís impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mdnguyen (31) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
The pour: A cloudy and pale orange with little to no head. The aroma: a bouquet of hoppy floral notes, pine, with some orange and lemon rind, slightly malty. The taste: Starts with a dry hoppy bitterness and finishes surprisingly sweet, perhaps too much so. Feels a bit sticky on the palette. The verdict: A fantastic treat for the nose but somewhat simple on the tongue, above average if one dimensional overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LarryBeast (536) - - MAY 24, 2012
650ml bottle. Somewhat cloudy gold in colour, foamy white head that lasts. Aroma of yeast, piney hops and fruit zest: peach, lemon, orange. Sweet-ish taste. Dry with crisp, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
Smells great... superhopped Belgian yeast certainly clears the nostrils. Taste is citrus of course but that can mean so many things... here itís lemon not grapefruit. Esters. Not complex enough to be a great IPA but good enough for me to buy more.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
Described as a Belgian IPA. Golden with a small pale head. Aroma is apricot, caramel, citrus, hint of fresh cut grass. Taste is orange marmalade, peach, pine. Reasonably thin on the palate with a crisp bitter hoppy finish. Hops dominate a little too much - there isnít much of a Belgian character to back it up. I can detect some subtle aspects of a Belgian Tripel but they are too low-key.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle: Poured slight hazy beige with some orangey color notes with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with some sweet malty notes. Taste is a bit sweeter then I had expected with some notes of dry hops with light citrus undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Finish is quite dry and interesting though malt profile is a bit too sweet with not much complexity; Belgian yeast didnít real come through. Interesting though lacking some balance and not something I would drink on a regular basis.


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