Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Freshly harvested Willamette hops went from bine to beer in less than 24 hours in this newly minted Fresh Hop annual release. It’s a craft beer apparition sent to show you the impact that fresh hops can make as it guides your taste buds to the aftertaste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colinw (19) - , British Columbia, - OCT 26, 2012
Peachy candy-like aroma. Strong bitter note on the palate with lots of hops, biscuit and caramel. Fresh hops are there but not a predominant flavour, not much by way of the floral notes I would hope for. Doesn’t taste too distinct compared with the average NW stye IPA. Good quality, but don’t go out of your way for it.

Brettsky06 (536) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 29, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 Golden yellow pour. Grassy hop aromas. Taste is hoppy with grapefruit notes. Nice IPA

Oakes (19363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle, LDB
Dull hazy tan, and the foam frothed up way too much. Not a good look. On the nose, a fair bit of leafy hop, and a pale malt / yeasty underpinning. Moderate bitterness up front, but gets more bitter towards the finish. The hops remain fairly leafy throughout - if these are Willamette they are actually some of the nicer Willamette I’ve tasted. The malts are a bit doughy, likely the influence of the yeastiness. That detracts from the ability of the malts to support this beer. The finish is that same mix of dry, leafy hop and doughy indistinct malts. Despite the issues, it’s still a decent beer, just nowhere near Phillips’ best.

blackmetal (249) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2016
Phillips has some absolute great beers but their mainline is junk. Behold another example of a solid IPA with more grapefruit taste. Refreshing and nicely balance with malt notes.

UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
Appearance: clear deep gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and well-defined lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mint, melon, citrus, pale malt, pine, grass. (7/10) Taste: medium sweet and medium-strong bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering and building bitter dank finish. (3/5) Well, hell, that’s something. There’s a whole kitchen sink of hops in that - just about every typical hop character you can think of is there. Lots of fun, if a little bit of a handful. (15/20)

VertBaconStrips (2422) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - OCT 29, 2015
tootowsandfifteenversion. Freshly fresh with that ’ole Phillips yeast sticking in my craw. I’ve gotten used to it now that I finally hit up a couple that I quite enjoyed but it sticks out a bit too far in this one. Creamy feel with cool carbonation, big white fluff bomb on top and a messed up glass. Lots of obvious floaties. I swear I’m done with this Leffe glass for tasting - I always seem to have an issue with capturing the aroma. Maybe this one just is lacking. The stuff of smell: Mint, pine, melon and hints of patchouli. My glass looks like it’s got some horrible El Salvadorian water borne disease. Flaves: Lots of flavourful hops, very leafy, mint, nonsweet caramel, thickness, pine, background melon and a long ass dry bitter finish mainly due to a thousand sips. Mouth feels like I ate a tube of Original Chapstick. Great label. Decent beer with flavours that do leap out at me. I don’t think I’d chose this as a multiple bottle brew.

Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2015
Bomber, 2015 version brewed with Centennial. Mostly clear golden orange, lotsa white floaties, off-white lasting foam. Leafy citric hoppy aroma. Taste is mostly fresh juicy citrus hop, faintly floral, some grapefruit, leaner pale/caramel malts. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, well hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

sulawang (1208) - - OCT 18, 2015
Visual: Pours golden orange with a large, slowly dissipating foamy head, webby sticky lacing, suspended large bits of sediment, a few bubbles here and there. Nose: grapefruity hops, sweet malt. (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: micro fizzy-creamy Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, light tangy-sour, (MAIN) bitter citrus-grapefruit, grassy, piney, barley malt Finish: biting bitter grapefruity piney hops, plain barley malt, lingering bitter hop finish. Summary: Lots of building bitterness, but mainly the dry grapefruity grassy type if that’s your thing. Nothing extraordinary and was hoping for more vibrant hop oils sine this being a wet hopped IPA.

Reeko (50) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2015
Pours a nice golden color with a white head. Aroma of Forrest and pine. Medium carbonation. Taste of pine, forrest, with some citrus. Very well balanced. Hoppy and the right amount of bitterness. Philips has never let me down and this one is very good.

patricks110 (2787) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
Had this a few years back... resin heavy with pine needles, light toasted caramel malts, not overly sweet either. Tons of juicy, lush citrus fruits, moderate bitterness.

MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Awesome! I don’t have any new adjectives for how great Phillipe’ IPAs are. Citrusy, fresh, delicious. Get any of them!!

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