Sky High Grand Fir Ale – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)


Sky High Grand Fir Ale – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

“If you’re pining for a sappy sipper you may be barking up the wrong tree. Branching out from the usual, freshly harvested grand fir boughs were added to the kettle, accenting this bright ale with notes of citrus & evergreen.”

Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast, grand fir boughs, grand fir essential oils.


  • Style: (herb flavoured –  Grand Fir) Spice/Herb Ale
  • Taste: Citrusy almost lemony grand fir grassy sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $7.85 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: like fir? Be my guest

Visual: Pours clear golden straw yellow, almost no head, thin large island retention, several of steady large CO2 bubble streams. Suspended sediment in the last pour.

Nose: grassy grand fir, light woody, sweet lager malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: almost creamy, incoming sweet barley

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-4-sweetness), citrusy grand fir tang, grand fir oil, almost lemony, light sweet barley malt

Finish: grand fir grassy exhale, lager malty, tongue numbness

Summary: Interesting prominent grand fir flavour profile that works, but the barley base is fairly basic and non-spectacular.