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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4677) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with huge resin and green citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some dry and bitter roasted malt with a side of black chocolate and some aggressive green citrus hops notes with some resinous notes at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed for the style and something I could see myself having again in the future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (390) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
(650mL unlabeled Project X bottle from GL) Pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a half inch of frothy tan head without lace. Aroma is citrus hops up front, light chocolate, malt sweetness and faint spicy roast behind. Flavour has big but not overly bitter citrus hop characteristics throughout, with a slightly sweetened coffee malt to begin paired some slightly juicy citrus giving way to light spice and roast malts with an ashy black malt, light pine and citrus-bitter finish. Palate silky and fairly light for the weight, carb lively but reasonably light and little of the alcohol coming through. This is not the biggest black IPA and it is not overly Belgian though rounded and fruity could fit (like Audrey Hopburn) but it is well-balanced with big citrus hops. Very good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Better than most Phillips beers. The Belgian yeast characteristics donít really do much to add to the experience, but the IPA aspect is well done with nice aggressive hopping. Could use more dark malt flavours, seems to use dehusked malt.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (961) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Pours a black transparent colour with a decent size tan head leaving some lace up the glass. Aromas of pine and citrus, roasted malts, and some mild spicy Belgian yeast phenols. Flavours of citrus, resin, pine, roasted malts, slightly burnt, medium-high bitterness from hops and a little assist from the dark malts, coffee, mild spicy Belgian yeast and a dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1195) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5414) - 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)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2312) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1307) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6646) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Bottle. Well Iím glad I had the chance to revisit this one! My first rating from 2012 wasnít very flattering and went against the grain. This brew shows a much better balance between the dark malts and the hops, and the hop profile is more assertive and bright, with ghostly yeasty undertones-- great beer!


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