Phillips Anxiety Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on December 2, 2015 in Holiday Guide
- Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company
- Origin: Victoria, BC, CA
- Rated On: December 2, 2015
- Best Before: March 6, 2016
- ABV: 8.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Flavoured Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 341ml bottle pours a clear, medium salmon amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves a bit of hovering fog bank lace around the glass as it gently subsides.
It smells of grainy, bready pale malt, earthy beets (like cold borscht), and a bit of weedy, floral hop bitters. The taste is very beet forward (like that’s a normal thing), with some grainy, doughy pale malt, a touch of edgy Belgian yeast, and a mildly soap-like floral acridity. No real sign of the 16-proof booze, for the record. The carbonation is decently supportive and just a smidge playful in its otherwise coy frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with a weird creamed veggie thing somehow aiding and abetting. It finishes sweet – malty and beet-ish, in equal measures, with a lingering floral warmth.
Overall, not too shabby a brew, if you accept the premise of a surprising start to the Christmas season, because why the hell else would you make a beet beer? I’m reminded again of that Denis Leary rant on the same topic – maybe this is what you’re supposed to put in the fridge to scare away grabby house-guests, or something. Ho ho ho.