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

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RATINGS: 116   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.


probstblueribbon's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3212) - Nepean, Ontario, - MAR 5, 2013
14 oz glass at National Beer Hall. Clear deep golden, thin white head. Strong pine and grass, a little dank and citrusy, biscuit malt support, no Belgian character. Medium + body, pillowy effervescence. Pine, juicy peel, marmalade, oddly intense biscuit and cracker, peppery, very drinkable for alcohol content, no Belgian character; dry with pretty good bitterness and an oddly peppery cracker dank finish. Not what I expected. Still fairly good.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (945) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Aroma is clove, grapefruit, lemongrass, earthiness, passionfruit and slight honey. Taste is a light, sweet and not overly deep malt profile. The earthy fresh tasting hop body is complex and not overpowering. Finishes crisply with light tanin burn. Appearance is a clear straw with a medium fluffy pearl head that retains very well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4774) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Clear yellow amber, with a white head. Citrus, floral hops, grapefruit, a bit fruity, caramel, and slight Belgian yeast character. Ok, but uninteresting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR (622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden colour with nice head. Taste and aroma is hops! Nicely balanced. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 [5914-20131010] 650mL bottle. Mild peas and veggies and hops aroma. Hazy, pale orange yellow body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Bitter grassy lemon flavour. Medium body. Tasty, good balance. (7/4/8/4/14) 3.7~
(w/ blankboy, Greg Clow, jercraigs, mds)
Overheard: "They had $1 pints of Red Racer." "Were you really drunk when you left?" "I was really drunk when I started."

[6627B-20140815] Bottle. Light grassy floral hops aroma. Clear, pale orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Bitter grassy lemon hops flavour. Medium body is fairly bitter. Good. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (654) - CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours clear pale gold with a fat two fingers of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderately heavy lacing. (4/5) Nose is grassy and floral hops, Belgian funk, indistinct fruit and spices. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, strong bitter, mild funk. (9/10) Light body, moderate carbonation, lingering funky bitter finish. (4/5) This is probably on par with the best Phillips brews I’ve had so far. Decent balance of pungent hops and Belgian brett-like funk, with light malt supporting. Not as bright as Bottle Rocket, but the Belgian funk adds an interesting character singling this out from the rest of the Phillips stable. (17/20)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4007) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
From a 65 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a clear pale gold with a thick white head. Light lemon nose. Flavors of mandarin orange and tropical fruits. Peppery finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reus958 (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Delicious blend of a Belgian triple and an IPA. Taste of centennial. Lots of aroma and flavoring hops. Sweet malt and low bitterness for the hop flavor. 7.3% abv

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsburbidge (4) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
Pours a golden colour with a long-lived white head. The Belgian yeast gives it a little more body and sweetness than a typical IPA, but there’s plenty of hoppiness to offset it. Overall, a very good blend of some Belgian style traits into an IIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (94) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
Bought this because of the label. Had a foamy long lasting white head. Well balanced beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2055) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
650 mL bottle - says 7.3%. Absolutely beautiful pour - slightly translucent golden-orange with a fluffy white head that reduces but never disappears, giving each mouthful a bit of bitter head to contrast the sweetness of the liquid. The aroma doesn’t stand out, but the flavour is solid, with a nice balance of the malty sweetness, the yeast, and the hops. Very drinkable. A nice surprise.


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