Phillips Anxiety Ale

Reviewed by on December 2, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Anxiety Ale is part of the 2015 Snowcase pack from Phillips, and day 1 of a 24-day, advent-like experience of their brews. I presume that the label image is supposed to illustrate some unwanted family members dropping in for the holidays?  Oh, and this is made with beetroot, for whatever reason.

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.

Brady White



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