Boxcar ESB – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Boxcar Extra Special Bitter – Phillips Brewing Company, 5% ABV, 355 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

“From the other side of the tracks comes a Phillips twist on a British classic. Like a freight train to your pallet this boxcar is loaded with enough hops to wake the sleepiest rail rider. A sophisticated depth of flavour all the way down the line, it’s boxcar Willie meets the Queen. Hop on!”


  • Style: ESB
  • Taste: Citrusy almost lemony grand fir grassy sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : exchanged with brother
  • How much: priceless, sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark copper brown with a lasting 1cm foamy head, micro suspended sediment, tight clustered glass of streams.

Nose: sweet toffee’d caramel barley malts, hints of brown sugar. Awesome. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, half-bodied

Mid-palate: metallic-toasted barley malt, fading flavour, (lvl-3-sweetness), residual caramel-building hopped bitterness

Finish: lingering bitter without carry, airy-bready, residual malts.

Summary: Like the majority of Phillips’ brews, slightly above average and not something you’d remember. The nose is better than the actual beer. The fullness or body is lacking in the mids and moreso in the finish.