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Leapbeer Reviews #315-319 A Cornucopia of Phillips Brau

Another in my list of compressed reviews is me catching up with some of the seasonals by Phillips Brewing Company. My lazy blogging has left me with quite the back log of Vancouver Island craft beers to cover, but all that is changing. You’ve undoubtedly noticed that I have been covering multiple beers per post during the month of December. I was almost 90 back from my 366 goal when December started, but I’m catching up. Enough of the ‘mea culpa‘, lets get on to the beer.

I assembled quite the line up of beers to taste, but I included one from leapbeer’s past. Here’s the tasting line up

The Selection of Phillips Brewing Company BeersAlso a Flying Tanker as a reference beer for a White IPA style

The Selection of Phillips Brewing Company Beers
Also a Flying Tanker as a reference beer for a White IPA style

First up was a head to head comparison of White IPAs. I managed to pry one final Flying Tanker out of VIB Rob’s stash to use as a benchmark to compare the Phillips offering against. If you didn’t read my review of the Flying Tanker White IPA you can read it here. But to sum up, I loved it. It was beer of frankenstein-ish make up that it both confounded and pleased my taste buds. I’m breaking my reviews down to the three critera system I used in the post about beer cellaring. They’ll be examined by Appearance, Aroma and Taste.

Appearance
Flying Tanker: Dark Gold and cloudy with a tall pillowy white head
Electric Unicorn: Cloudy and golden, almost a sun yellow gold colour. Thin white head present.

Aroma
Flying Tanker: Slightly piney, some  citrus hop notes. Hefeweizen yeast characteristics as well (cloves and banana type aromas)
Electric Unicorn: Big time hops, pines and citrus. Hints of orange groves. A bit of a bready or biscuit type aroma as well.

Taste
Flying Tanker: A bolder flavour profile from previous tanker tastings. A strong bold IPA wrapped in a fluffy hefeweizen coat.
Electric Unicorn: Thin and smooth. Very easy drinking. Lots of hops bitterness to it, tastes more IPA than white IPA

My overall thoughts about the Electric Unicorn are that it was a very tasty beer. I tried it earlier in the year and really didn’t enjoy it. That was why I got the flying tanker to do a side by side with since I loved that beer so much. The age hasn’t been that good for the Tanker, which is to be expected. Hefeweizens or those made with that yeast strain are meant for consuming, not aging. The age, however, was a good thing for the Unicorn. I think it made it a more palatable. I kind of missed the window to showcase the Electric Unicorn during its sale period, and for that I apologize.

Leapbeer #146 is Flying Tanker White IPA and Leapbeer #315 is Electric Unicorn White IPA

Vancouver Island Brewing Flying Tanker & Phillips Brewing Company Electric Unicorn White IPA

Vancouver Island Brewing Flying Tanker & Phillips Brewing Company Electric Unicorn White IPA

Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: August 28th, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/6.5% ABV
Availability: None
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Ian Lloyd (@Left4beer), Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

CAMRA Victoria hosts an amateur brewing competition, and from the winners of that contest Phillips chooses one beer for a wide release. Eric Jourdan’s Northwest Amber Ale was selected from the winners for their latest “King of the Carboy” beers. Eric was invited down to the brewery to help them brew the beer that would go out and bring his name into many beer drinkers hands. This beer was also included with Phillips Super Massive Release back in October for BC Craft Beer Month.

Appearance: Clear copper/red coloured beer with a thick tan coloured head that dissipated pretty fast.

Aroma: Big time pacific northwest hop notes, pungent and citric.

Taste: Initially this beer is very smooth, but then the bittering hops march in like they’re trying to goose step on my taste buds. This is a very bold and hoppy amber with a lingering bitterness to it.

Leapbeer #316 is Eric Jourdan Northwest Amber Ale

Eric Jourdan Northwest Amber AleKing of the Carboy Contest Winning Beer

Eric Jourdan Northwest Amber Ale
King of the Carboy Contest Winning Beer

Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: October 22nd, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/6.2% ABV
Availability: Very Limited
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Joe Weibe (@thirstywriter), Ian Lloyd (@Left4beer), Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

This next beer was also included in the Super Massive Release by Phillips. It is their collaboration beer they did with Great Lakes Brewery of Toronto, Ontario.

Appearance: Jet black beer with a lovely thick tan coloured head on top.
Aroma: All hops, very much an IPA forward scented black beer.
Taste: Like with the aroma of this beer it is a hop forward black. There is some caramel or cocoa notes from the toasted malts along side to the strong hops bitterness. I miss out on the Belgian aspect to this beer though. I’m guessing that it was just trumpeted into the background by the other big flavours of this beer.

Leapbeer #317 is Puzzler Belgian Black IPA

Puzzler Belgian Black IPA by Phillips Brewing Company & Great Lakes Brewing Company

Puzzler Belgian Black IPA
by Phillips Brewing Company & Great Lakes Brewery

Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC & Great Lakes Brewery of Toronto ON
Released: October 22nd, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/9.1% ABV
Availability: Very Limited
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Joe Weibe (@thirstywriter), Ian Lloyd (@Left4beer), Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

You may recall that the Krypton Rye PA was very well received when Frank and I sampled it in the Hop Box. This next beer is a double or imperial version of that beer. Calling it Super Krypton should be your first hint that this beer is massive. Here’s how this next beer stacks up.

Appearance: Cloudy gold near orange colour with an white head on top
Aroma: Big time piney hops kick. A citrus and floral hops bouquet that I find intoxicating. Hop heads beware, you may get lost in this scent.Taste: Thinner than I expected. There is a big bitter component to the taste of this beer, but then it is followed by a complex malt structure. The bitterness really sits in your mouth.

Leapbeer #318 is Super Krypton Double Rye PA

Super Krypton Double RyePA by Phillips Brewing Company

Super Krypton Double RyePA by Phillips Brewing Company

Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: November 19th, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/8.5% ABV
Availability: Limited
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Ian Lloyd (@Left4beer), Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

Last, but not least,  I have the 2012 Instigator Doppelbock. The did a little video introducing this beer a while ago, you can watch it here.

Appearance: Deep amber with a tan head.
Aroma: Smells very tart and malty. Kind of reminds me of a salted caramel with lemon peel, almost marmalade like.
Taste: Remarkably good. I had heard bad things about this beer from other reviews, but I quite liked it. It tastes a bit thinner than I was expecting from a doppelbock, but it is very flavorful. The tasting ends with a lovely but subdued wash of sweetness in your mouth that I quite enjoyed.

Leapbeer #319 is 2012 Instigator Doppelbock

2012 Instigator Dopplebock by Phillips Brewing Company

2012 Instigator Dopplebock by Phillips Brewing Company

Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: December 3rd, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/8.5% ABV
Availability: Limited
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Untappd, Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

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