Phillips Brewing Company Brut Force Champagne IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV

Phillips Brewing Company Brut Force Champagne IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV (C$3.91 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 25-Apr-2020, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 17-Jan-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale straw with one fat finger of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus zest, crackery pale malt, orchard fruit, petrichor, pine, herbs. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, low bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, off-dry crisp finish. (4/5)

Not as bone dry as I like a Brut to be, but decent enough. Initial apple juice gives way to more complex citrus, herbal, and mineral notes. The ABV presence is balanced, neither too emphatic nor too light. Middle of the pack for Phillips, and not really one of their strongest IPAs, but OK for a change. (15/20)

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