Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #11 – Analogue 78 B Side Kolsch

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #11

Analogue 78 B Side Kolsch – Phillips Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-definition of kölsch by ratebeer:

“Golden, top-fermented style native to Köln, Germany. The style has a very narrow profile and many beers that consider themselves to be kölschbiers are not. Generally they have a moderate bitterness, but fairly prominent hop flavour (typically Spalt, Tettnang or Hallertau). They have high effervescence, medium esters, but a rounded, stylish character derived from lagering.”

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“The warm crackle of a needle on vinyl..the unmistakable tone of a vintage tube amplifier; classic sounds stick around and so do beers. This hi-fi German engineered kolsch is a west coast remix with a new spin. Guaranteed to soothe your thirst from the festival sun, analogue 78 is our version of the long play album. Kick back and enjoy.”

  • Style: Kölsch
  • Taste: Crisp barley malt smooth red apple
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours light straw yellow with a large lasting cream-foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of fast steady streams.

Nose: red apple, sweet malts, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, half-creamy light fizzy mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley, light malt, red apple

Finish: super soft hopped bite, clean smooth off-dry malt finish.

Summary: Initial sips were very crisp and smooth, the latter last ones were pretty average. In other words, nothing to write home about.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #10 – Slipstream Ale (Cream Ale)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #10

Slipstream Ale – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-definition of Cream Ale by ratebeer:

“A mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom) and cold lagering or by blending top and bottom-fermented beers. Low to medium bitterness. Low hop flavor and aroma.”

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Slipstream is a precision crafted ale that’s finely tuned for flavour. Co-operative fluid dynamic techniques result in a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. Pours a deep copper colour and features a full, malty & round body; Tuck into the slipstream and enjoy the ride.”

  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Taste: brown sugar caramel malt dry super subtle hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not a chance

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown, almost no head, barely any retention, many fast steady streams.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts, a some biscuit/cookie as well. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp malty bite

Mid-palate: partially thin-flat mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, caramel malts, light cola

Finish: light burpy, light-sweet malty super subtle bitter dry hopped finish.

Summary: Quite boring actually. Just a malty beer lacking any special characteristics.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #9 – Hop Circle IPA

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #9

Hop Circle IPA – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“With a hop flavour that is out of this world, hop circle IPA will probe your tastebuds and abduct your sense. The gravitational pull of this IPA will have you searching the galaxy for another close encounter of the thirst kind. Resistance is futile.”

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  • Style: IPA
  • Taste: Biting bitter piney hops caramel malt dry
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours golden amber with suspended sediment, a small dissipating head, several small bubble steady streams.

Nose: faint pine hopped malts, clean green (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, fizzy-crisp bite, (MAIN) piney hops, caramel malts, grassy, bitter peel

Finish: very DRY, biting hopped bitterness.

Summary: A very biting bitter hopped IPA with all pine and zero citrus. Not really my type of IPA, too sharp.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8 – Dr. Funk Dunkel

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8

Dr. Funk Dunkel (Bavarian Dark Lager) – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Hustling his way through the mean streets of beertown, Doctor Funk, the grand uncle of dunkel, can smooth out any situation all by his sassy-as-molasses bad self. Let the good doctor prescribe a heavy dose of malts with this dark lager that’s good for what ails ya. Damn right.”

  • Style: Dunkel
  • Taste: Malt light cola molasses
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a small disappearing head, a thin fine layer of retention, scattered loose fast streams.

Nose: thick caramel malts, light roast, brown sugar, molasses (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness (MAIN) cola, caramel malts, molasses

Finish: burpy, airy, malty finish.

Summary: Decent, drinkable medium-bodied brew. Not much depth or “big” flavour. As with this style, low hop profile.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #7 – Blue Buck (English Pale Ale)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #7

Blue Buck (English Pale Ale) – Phillips Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“It’s always open season to bag a few of these session ales. Bronze in colour, this medium bodied beer is characterized by distinct north-west hops & complemented by a robust malt flavour. The result, a well balanced and highly drinkable ale with a  crisp finish.”

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  • Style: English Pale Ale
  • Taste:
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear light brown with a small dissipating head, a nice clean thin layer of retention, lots of varied speed/size activity.

Nose: sweet barley malt, some bread. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: airy-yeasty

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, mild citrus

Finish: grainy-bread, semi-sweet malt finish.

Summary: Pretty boring, just sweet barley malt, not much hop profile or anything else.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #6 – Schottleweizen (Dunkelweizen)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #6

Schottleweizen – Phillips Brewing, 7.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Inspired by a journey to the dark side of the Matterhorn, explorer and beer architect Benjamin Schottle dreamt of a beer where roast flavours play with fruit sweetness & a slight bright tartness. The Schottleweizen is born”

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  • Style: Dunkelweizen
  • Taste: Malty banana wheat caramel clean sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours dark brown with a dissipating small head, very thin ringed retention, lots of steady fast streams.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malts, toast, slight sournesss. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, cola, banana wheat

Finish: malty sweet finish.

Summary: Extremely easy-drinking. Sweet wheat caramel malts all day long. Alcohol totally stealth.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #5 – Amnesiac Double IPA

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #5

Amnesiac Double IPA – Phillips Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Darn, another double (pun pun pun), one that I’ve previously tried and reviewed here. Hopefully Day #6 will be something novel.