Posts Tagged ‘Phillips’

Well a good friend of mine has gone out of his way to procure beers for me. Not just any beers, but beers that are available only in the province of British Columbia… at least I haven’t spotted them here yet. I do know for a fact that Phillips does not ship here to my sadness. Anyways, the Dr. Funk Dunkel was originally released as the showcase beer in Phillips variety 12-pack. I was distraught to find out that I had missed my chance to try this beer. Then, lo and behold, they released it in its own 6-pack due to popular demand.

Pouring a reddish-brown the Doc has a thick beige head which dissipates slowly but leaves very little lacing. I am picking up hints of roasted malts, brown sugar, and possibly chillies in the aroma. I honestly didn’t expect the chillies. The up front taste is a not overly roasted malt with a slightly bitter coco and nutty side to it. It honestly doesn’t leave a lot for an aftertaste though there is a specific tingling at the back of my throat from spices. Even with the head that was poured I felt very little in the was of carbonation in this beer. I had expected more from this Dunkel, don’t get me wrong, it still tastes decent. I’d say this seems like a cross over of a brown ale meeting a stout, then slightly watered down. Maybe I’m being too critical but it just seems like this could have had more of a kick in the flavor department.

5% Dunkel


Of all the beers I’ve tried, that have been made by Phillips Brewing, I’d have to say that Skookum is probably my favorite. I also just found out that it used to formerly be known as Black Toque. It has an interesting ring to it, but I think I like Skookum as a name more. Skookum is an adjective from Chinook, West Coast, North America. There are four definitions given on the bottle, of which the first is my favorite but I’ll give you the list so you can judge for yourselves. Feel free to tell me which one you like the most.

1. A monster indigenous to the Cascade region.

2. Strong, reliable, and/or hard-working.

3. Big, bold hop characteristics with a smooth, rich maltiness.

4. The unofficial fuel of the Cascadian revolution.

This brown ale pours a deep dark brown with a beige colored head. The head is thick and laces along the sides of the glass nicely. It smells similar to a nut-brown with hints of citrus hops, chocolate and caramel. The taste is very complex, kicking it off with floral and citrus hops. It quickly mellows down to a roasted chocolate malt with a nutty undertone. Then for the finally it has a long drawn out after taste of pine and citrus hops which makes for a tangy, bitter taste.

\ 6.5% Brown

From what I understand the Hop Circle IPA is the flagship of Phillips Brewery. Though it used to go by another name. Some would know it simply as “Phillips IPA”. I’ve been lucky enough to have had this before, and I can honestly say it is out of this world. If you find yourself with the opportunity to try it, do not resist. “Resistance is futile.”

Bright orange in color, this beer has a thick head of foam that dissipates slowly, lacing the glass as it disappears. The aroma is that of sweet oranges, with a slightly sour grapefruit tone. A sweet orange flavor greets my tongue, which flows into a mild herb, which then suddenly slams into a brick wall of bitterness. Not that it is overly bitter, more of a sudden “POW! Right in the kisser” of bitter. This is an excellent flagship for a brewery to be behind. You’ll feel yourself pulled in by the gravity of this beer, loosing yourself in the search for another.

6.5% IPA

Each year Phillips releases another member to their Growhop series. This series is an exclusive group of IPA’s that feature one, and only one, variety of hop. This year the spotlight is on the Centennial hop. This specific hop at one time was almost destroyed due to lack of interest from the major, bland, beer brewers. Thankfully it was saved to later be used for craft brews and IPAs.

The IPA pours a pale copper-yellow with very little head. The aroma is akin to a sour citrus, possibly grapefruit or a sour orange. There is also a very subtle pine scent barely noticeable. The taste isn’t overly hoppy compared to the average that Phillips puts on the market. It starts out very herbal in taste, then slides down to an extreme piney taste. The thing that I like is that it finishes off with the taste something similar to orange peels and a bitter finish. The bitterness almost makes you pucker your mouth. Well The herbal stays all the way to the end it becomes mellower as the flavors roll over the tongue and down to your stomach.

What Chris Drinks also did a review on this beer.

6% IPA

Well, thanks to a good friend and a true adventurer, I’ve been given the chance to try more of Phillips Brewery’s beers. I must send out a thank you to Chris for obtaining these delicious specimens. Also, thanks to Heather for braving the winter roads to drive them all the way home.

Now, they say this Krypton Rye PA is better tasting then a speeding bullet and is a perfect refreshment for your fortress of solitude. They’ve used spicy rye malts and big citrus hops to blend up this bad boy. Claiming it’ll be hard to not take it down in one gulp. Rye added in with an IPA? We shall see… “Hop, Hop and Away!”

Colored a crystal clear, pale yellow with very little head. This Rye PA still has a steady stream of bubbles rolling up along the sides of the glass. The nose is heavy with citrus hops with a slight floral, wooden touch. For taste it has an interesting combination of bitter and citrus at the beginning. It then flows into a very mild malt but finishes off with a very bitter herbal finish. In the end it leaves a very dry, bitter, almost pine taste in the mouth.

This Krypton was also reviewed by What Chris Drinks.

5% IPA

Well, this is officially the last Phillips beer I have in my house. It was a seasonal beer, brewed last summer for the Rifflandia music festival. I’ve read that this beer is legend… wait for it… ary for its ability to enhance both the “Devil horn” hand sign and the Rock Howl “Wooooooh!” Some may know this as the “Woooh girl sound.” Now I know most of you are probably shaking your fists at me for reviewing a beer you can’t currently get your hands on. Though, in my defense, I’m guessing this will be brought back next summer for the same festival in which it is named after.

A clear, lightly colored yellow this beer poured out with a thin head which disappeared quickly to a thin layer. There is a distinct smell of grassy hops, wheat and yeasty. This has a very light and easy drinking taste. The wheat is downplayed by the grassy hops and then finishes off kinda bready. I could easily see myself drinking multiples of these on a hot summer day listening to some sweet tunes. Rock on!

5% Pil

I’d have to say that I really enjoy this deep amber style beer. It has a very smooth taste with a firm, crisp finish. I’d have to say it leans more towards a hop taste then a malt one. When I first went to try it I thought it was going to be a blue berry style beer. Though I am still very happy with it even though it isn’t.

Phillips Brewing Company is located in glorious Victoria, British Columbia. I have heard second-hand information regarding Phillips and their lack of representation in Alberta. I have been told that they are unwilling to ship to our province in fear that they will neglect their current customer base in BC. Now I have to say, I have fallen in love with this brewery. Every beer that I’ve tried of theirs I have enjoyed every last drop.

I have sent multiple people on quests in search of more when they go to BC. Each individual has come back empty-handed. Is this a case of phantom beer? Or did they discover they enjoy it as well and consumed it all without regret? We shall never know.

5% Amber Ale