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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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2 replies on “Phillips Brewing Company Brut Force Champagne IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV”

Gosh this was beyond amazing. It made a brief appearance in Kelowna, but now I can’t find it.
Any idea when it will return ? And where?

Unfortunately, I can shed no light. In AB, if I were looking for something specific, I’d use the Liquor Connect system, but even that probably wouldn’t be much help tracking down a reintroduction of a previous item. But, you know, I’m the wrong one to ask about getting a beer for the second time: my attitude is, there are always so many new beers out there that revisiting one I’ve already tried is a wasted opportunity cost. Onward and upward!

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