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

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common

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle from Firefly, Vancouver
Deep blond color; medium sized compact head. Aroma of coarse Belgian yeast, with some paper, spices and oranges; later, vague notes of manure and citrusy hops. Good body strength; strong malt flavor, with a sharp spice/yeast character, followed by the orange and tangerine. Long, strong final, a bit fruity and moderately resiny too.
’t Smisje + Dubbel IPA comes to mind, but this one is more classy. A beer with character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
Draught. Hazy tan. The aroma has a mix of perfume, Belgian yeast and herbal hops. Creamy head. Herbal, earthy, dry with appley notes. Relatively dry in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10717) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex yeast and sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy yeast bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a good beer that exceeded my expectations.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9134) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. Clear, golden orange appearance with a lively, off white head. Grapefruit, citrusy, mildly earthy hoppy nose. Mild Belgian, grapefruit citrusy, moderately bitter, moderately malty flavor. A little overly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle from Vancouver private store. Initially hoppy, and then a good balance, malt and yeast. Tasty, great drinkability. Would like to get more bold citrus hoppy flavour, but still one of the best of this style.Pours cloudy light orange body with a generous head and lacey.Smooth mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Pours clear amber. Nose of hops, pineapple, citrus and caramel malt. Taste gets a bit abrasive as it warms - hops, caramel malt and citrus. Dry biting finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
Very pale golden straw pour. The aroma is peppery with a lot of bright citra citrus character as well. Spicy yeast nose - lean and a bit peppery. Lemon and a bit of soft sweetness as well. A bit of soft sweetness. Fresh citrusy hoppiness and a bit of zestiness as well. Lean Belgian spiciness. Fairly tropical and peppery with a bit of soft fruit. A kiss of apple and some pear. There is a bit of odd sweetness as the beer starts to warm up. There is a fairly asertive bitterness on the back of the palate. It gets worse as it warms up - starts to take on a bit of greasiness as it warms up. Decent, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 2014-08-15. Lighty hazy pastel yellow body foamy white head. 3++ Aroma of floral grassy hops, light yeast. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout, floral grassy hops are the primary flavour over a dry moderately alcoholic pale malt core. Average plus bodied palate, effervescent carbonation. Much more vibrant hops than last time. 7/4/7/3/16 Bottle from the LCBO, shared at Campground Brewdown

2013-10-10. Hazy bright golden pastel yellow body with a nice white head. Aroma of green hops, mushy peas, grass, and pale malt. The flavour has a similar green herbal character to the hops, modest malt base. Average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Showing some age possibly? Just okay. 6/3/6/3/15 Bottle via trade with Ferris.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Mark. Hazy golden orange, finely bubbled white cap. Aroma is nice perfumey hops, lemongrass stands out, and whether it’s in here or not, for some reason I’m getting coriander. Hoppy palate too, citrusy and and grassy, a little estery, dry crisp finish. This was really nicely done as a hoppy Belgian blonde.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle at Max and Jess’s place. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Big bright hops, pine and citrus. Caramel, clean and bright. Medium bodied, spicy hops, citrus. Lots of grapefruit on a long bitter finish.


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