Phillips Hazy Daze Apricot Wit

Reviewed by on September 14, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: September 14, 2015

  • Best Before: the leaves fall, 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Phillips Brewing has made this apricot-flavoured offering a part of their current, apparently late-summer version of the Showcase mixed-pack. As noted, nice end-of-season imagery depicted on the label.

This 341ml bottle pours a slightly hazy (of course), pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat frothy, but mostly just aggressively fizzy dirty white head (almost like soda pop), which leaves some remote islet specks of lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet, and kind of musty apricot flesh, a grainy, doughy pale and wheaty maltiness, some soft chalky flintiness (think Flintstones vitamins), and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more pungently fruity natural apricot, an equally sugary and bready wheatiness, further citrusy notes that prove their mettle by poking through the guest ingredient’s stranglehold, and a still very tame earthy, kind of floral hop bitterness. The carbonation is quite pervasive in its mouth-filling frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, the gentle fruitiness really pulling through here, even enabling an airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, and yup, apricot-y, all other supporting characters need not apply.

Wow, they went the extra mile with the apricot flavouring in this one, which more or less overshadows a well-made, if simple witbier. Definitely summery, even if that notion is quickly becoming a lost cause right about now, at least in the beer world.  So, hopefully, somewhere, that forlorn deckchair is getting its last bit o’ love for the year.

Brady White

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