Phillips Bizarro

Reviewed by on August 15, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 15, 2016

  • Best Before: December 23, 2016

  • ABV: 3.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Berliner Weisse

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s Phillips’ 15th brewing anniversary, and like the label description sez, no typical hop behemoth this time, just more playing to the cool crowd, what with the whole low ABV sour thing.  Made with lacto and Brett.

This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a rising tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some stringy cobweb lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of lemon and underripe white grapefruit zest, grainy pale and wheat malt, a subtly musty yeastiness, and maybe a hint of soured milk. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, gently funky yeast, muddled citrus fleshy notes, and more ephemeral spoiled milkiness.  The carbonation is actually fairly tame (after that aggressive opener) in its understated frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a wee airy creaminess trying oh so hard to get ‘er going.  It finishes off-dry, but barely, as that dull hum that is the sourness here starts to overcome the lingering malt.

Overall, this is certainly how I like my sour brews – refreshing, and low-key on the acridity, especially that of the Brettanomyces variety.  Anyways, this is a nice summertime imbiber, easy to drink, and not really requiring of any special syrup adjustments in the least.

Brady White

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