Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #3 – Octofox India Pale Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #3

Octofox India Pale Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Straight from our hoptomology lab, hybrid hop combinations alter IPA structures to yield unique flavour sequences. With soft citrus and fresh pine balanced against a full-bodied malt backbone, Octofox is selectively crafted to be broadly enjoyed.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Citrusy grapefruit caramel malt bitter hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Pours translucent golden brown with a smallish dissipating head, a fine micro-layer of retention, light fine-sticky lacing, several slow-spread out streams.

Nose: orange-citrus hops, hoppy malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly

Mid-palate: incoming hoppy bitterness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) medium caramel malts, grapefruit hops, metallic, pine

Finish: citrusy bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Very citrusy, moreso than usual bitter hopped IPAs. Malts carries through to the finish. Not particularly fascinating but quite drinkable.