Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Crafted in collaboration with our friends at Great Lakes Brewing from Toronto, buckets of black malt give this beer a deep earthy-brown colour and a huge body. Generous portions of bittering hops add balance and tip the flavour profile definitively to the hoppy side of the scale, while Belgian yeast endows the collaborative brew with a slightly spicy undertone.

Editorís note: initially at 9.1%, went to 7.3% in 2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1062) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours a clear dark black with a light brown frothy head that leaves some lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, fain chocolate, some roast malts and a small hint of booze. Flavor is roasted malts, cocoa and coffee up front with a big balanced citrus hop flavor on the finish. Very well balanced between the hops and roasted malts. Bery smooth for a 9.1% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
November 16, 2012 - on draught at Bar Hop as "Great Lakes x Phillips Puzzler" ... nearly black, ruby highlights, with a solid frothy tan head. Dry aroma - cocoa powder, alcohol, mint, table cream - a bit spicy, not all that bitter, some resin and grassy notes. Taste is very nicely balanced - solid non-thick non-sweet nutshell roast malt and a building herbal / dry grass bitterness - some alcohol. solid body, a little astringent, decent carbonation, starts burnt and malty, finishes mostly bitter, but could stand a little more hop aggression. Solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[4929-20121108] Tap. Light fruity toasted malt aroma has a bit of a toasted pumpkin seed note. Clear, dark dark mahogany brown body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Lightly roasted coffee malt flavour has a sweet toasted bread note and nice hoppy notes throughout. Medium-full body. Great. (8/4/8/4/17) 4.1
(Project X @ Wvrst, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Thanks to Reimer for picking this up for me. Pours black with a big beige frothy top. Aroma of lightly roasted malts and citrus hops. Taste is a great balance of a nice porter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate and velvet mouthfeel and and citrus hop IPA. Great hop flavours and bitterness of citrus hops and finished with a nice dry palate. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Black with thick, foamy head. Cedar smoke aroma with evergreen and doughy chewiness. Light sweetness balanced by strong, bitter hopping. Thick and full-bodied, moderate carbonation, long bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Whoooo, Iím clearly against the grain on this one. This is a fine IPA I suppose, in the sense it is assertively hopped. But the blackness was hidden under the abundance of hops, and unfortunately Iíve become hyper-sensitized to the powdery/perfumey quality to the hops that Phillips has been using. I presume itís the hops (as opposed to the yeast or malt), since it has been present in every hop-heavy Phillips brew for me of late. It is really distracting and unenjoyable. I reckon I could pick out a Phillips IPA in a blind tasting of 20+ IPAs because of it. Oh well, Iím the black sheep on this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Draught at íProject Xí at Wvrst, Nov. 8. Pours a very dark amber-brown, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy tan head. Nice aroma of leafy hops first followed by lightly roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Flavour is super hoppy with a very bitter finish -- Itís all about the hops. Medium bodied. Man, I did not expect this to be as hoppy it was.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1398) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
22oz bottle from Mcberko, Thanks! Dank and tropical in one? with toasty roast? crazy good, no detection of belgian yeast profile because the hops and toast taste just dominate but in a good way.. Iím really starting to dig black IPAs and this is a great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours black with think tan head. Nice cascade hop aroma. Roastiness, with slight sweetness. Dry finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rob6239 (580) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Crazy good. From the bottle the huge flower hop aroma surprised me. Then the pour was almost black with frothy beige head. Taste was mild bitter.

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