Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #12 – Crazy 8s Annu-Ale (IIPA)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #12

Crazy 8s Annu-Ale – Phillips Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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

on the front-right label:

“Happy Holidays to you! We brought back one of our favourite anniversary ales to b ring cheer and good times to all. Enjoy this hoppy gift to your palate!”

  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Controlled citrus grapefruit hopped bitter toffee malt SMOOTH
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a small lasting foamy head, a decent layer of retention, several slow but steady streams.

Nose: bursting lively citrus hops, strong floral notes (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: creamy mouthfeel-smooth, subdued sweet hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange citrus, soft biting grapefruit bitter hops, toffee malts

Finish: lingering bitter hoppiness, smooth finish.

Summary: All-around easy drinking IIPA where you don’t feel the ABV or the heavy hops. Fabulous.

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 #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 #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.

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.