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

bottled
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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.3
afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2012
It’s hard to comment that a 92 out of 100 is "underrating" a beer, but I’m going to do it. Maybe I’m just having it very fresh (courtesy of Mom), but this West Coast IPA is full of pine, grapefruit, sap with caramel and crystal malt, and a light body that finishes bitter and clean. Its aroma is perhaps the best, blending Belgian yeast and hops to make a freshly peeled orange skin. The 8% is a little too high for me, but there’s no trace of it in the taste. Light appearance, good head and lace, smooth drinking. This Belgian IPA should just go ahead and define the style. It’s impressive.

3.3
mdnguyen (31) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
The pour: A cloudy and pale orange with little to no head. The aroma: a bouquet of hoppy floral notes, pine, with some orange and lemon rind, slightly malty. The taste: Starts with a dry hoppy bitterness and finishes surprisingly sweet, perhaps too much so. Feels a bit sticky on the palette. The verdict: A fantastic treat for the nose but somewhat simple on the tongue, above average if one dimensional overall.

3.4
LarryBeast (616) - - MAY 24, 2012
650ml bottle. Somewhat cloudy gold in colour, foamy white head that lasts. Aroma of yeast, piney hops and fruit zest: peach, lemon, orange. Sweet-ish taste. Dry with crisp, bitter finish.

3.5
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAY 2, 2012
Smells great... superhopped Belgian yeast certainly clears the nostrils. Taste is citrus of course but that can mean so many things... here it’s lemon not grapefruit. Esters. Not complex enough to be a great IPA but good enough for me to buy more.

3.2
GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
Described as a Belgian IPA. Golden with a small pale head. Aroma is apricot, caramel, citrus, hint of fresh cut grass. Taste is orange marmalade, peach, pine. Reasonably thin on the palate with a crisp bitter hoppy finish. Hops dominate a little too much - there isn’t much of a Belgian character to back it up. I can detect some subtle aspects of a Belgian Tripel but they are too low-key.

3.4
Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle: Poured slight hazy beige with some orangey color notes with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with some sweet malty notes. Taste is a bit sweeter then I had expected with some notes of dry hops with light citrus undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Finish is quite dry and interesting though malt profile is a bit too sweet with not much complexity; Belgian yeast didn’t real come through. Interesting though lacking some balance and not something I would drink on a regular basis.

3.8
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Off orange color. Small head. Aroma of piney hops and the usual "belgian" yeast. Taste up front is very piney. The Belgian yeast flavor is the second thing I taste. I get some orange and some earthiness. Very dry with a decent bitter finish.

3.4
Oakes (17664) - 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.

3.8
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ Alibi Room. Golden. Even lacing. Skunk weed signals lovely nice hops! Soft yummy smooth palate. Off dry resinous. I like this type of beer generally although this one is a wee bit sweeter than I would like.

3.8
DuffMan (10425) - 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.


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