Review: Phillips Amnesiac Double IPAOut of all the IPAs I've had in the last 6 months - I've probably had more from Phillips Brewing more than any other brewery. They keep pumping out liberally hopped ales, at a higher pace than their prairie counterparts, but who would blame them? They have access to some of the best and freshest hops on the planet. The other day I saw yet another liberally-hopped beer by them - Amnesiac Double IPA, a DIPA with 8.5% ABV.
Appearance: Amnesiac pours a clear caramel-golden straw yellow beer, lighter than some IPAs out there, yet still darker in hue than a Keith's will ever be.. amirite?! Thick beige creamy and foamy head that's actually going down quite quickly before my eyes.
Aroma: Amnesiac has notes of bitter bitter hops, subtle-to-nil citrus to it. Incredibly nutty - very very nutty like someone dumped a pallet of peanuts into the beer early on.
Taste: A bit of a grassy DIPA, no where near as hopful as most DIPAs out there. It's bitter to a point, but the only thing I'm really noticing out of all three times I've had this beer is peanuts, this beer is peanuts. I'm not a fan of peanuts so it's hard for me to enjoy it. However, the more I drink it, I'm starting to notice lightly floral notes from the hops but too little too late.
Overall Thoughts: For being 8.5%, quite lighter in flavour than I expected but I'm mainly ONLY noticing the nuttiness. With there being a picture of an elephant right on the bottle, it's assumed that this was meant to be a very nutty beer. If you like peanuts and peanut butter, you'll enjoy this. But for me, I'll drink it but I've never been a fan of peanuts. The bitter hops that pop out late in the game make it a bit better, but for a DIPA, I was expecting a bit more eumph.