Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #1 – Anxiety Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #1

Anxiety Ale – Phillips Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-2015 is nearing its end and 2016 is just around the corner. This time of year brings 2 annual beer calendars to Beautiful British Columbia, one of which is Victoria’s Phillips Snowcase. Last year I failed to finish the 2014 calendar tasting due to other… tasting commitments, but this year will be different, I promise! Also it’ll be easier this year since they only have so many new brews to include in the box. Without further ado, let’s kick off 2015’s close and welcome the New Year!

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(It took me 1 year to get through 15 beers…)

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on the front-right label:

“The holidays are full of surprises and not all of them are welcome. Despite the seasonal pressures , we hope you enjoy the fermented surprises our elves have tucked away for the next 23 days This first beer is full of rich Belgian flavour and pours a deep red due to the addition of beets. Welcome to the Snowcase!”

  • Style: (Beet) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: Crisp sweet barley malt subtle beet earthy
  • How much I got it for: $80.50 CAD, November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t buy Snowcase just for this

Visual: Pours clear reddish orange, barely any head, ringed retention, lots and lots of very fast steady streams.

Nose: sour acidity, beet rootiness in the background, mild funk (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thin viscosity, fizzy CO2

Mid-palate: thin-bodied, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) sweet liquid malt, subtle beetroot earthiness, almost salty

Finish: lingering malt, mild palate rough finish.

Summary: Is this really and 8%’er?? ABV is undeniably well hidden from start to finish, drinks more like a 5%. Beetroot is there in the mids but it doesn’t elevate the beer profile. Coincidentally I’ve been eating air-fried beets for the past couple of days and I can surely identify its presence in this brew. Overall just an average drinkable beer, though not very inspiring being the 1st of 24.