Phillips Missile Toad Imperial IPA

Reviewed by on December 6, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 6, 2016

  • Best Before: April 14, 2017

  • ABV: 9.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Imperial IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

I’m quite enjoying the subtle seasonal pun going on here, which has further been enhanced by this brewery’s marketing department’s fascination with scaly green creatures.  It reminds me of the weirdness of my toddler’s age-appropriate video games.  Mistletoe not included.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some seemingly saggy gear chain lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of white saltine crackers, muddled domestic citrus and equally distorted exotic fruitiness, minor hard water flinty notes, and some heady leafy, piney, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and crackery pale malt, an ephemeral caramel sweetness, still hard to differentiate citrus rind, a sense of tropical fruitiness unrequited, and more bristling leafy, herbal and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly robust in its probing and tingly frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess ducking and weaving around any of those sexy south seas hops who may or may not know any better (sorry?).  It finishes off-dry, with the mixed citrus and other berry-forward fruitiness doing well to force the lingering malt to up its somewhat lagging game.

Overall, I gotta say, I do love me some Phillips big-boy IPAs – this time they use some antipodean hops in the guise of a holiday-themed brew, which would normally be part of the ‘advent’ calendar they are no longer making – no biggie.  I’d rather just see the sexy new stuff (like this), and not be forced into buying a dozen or so old standbys at a time of year when my own beer, er ‘calendar’ is certainly overflowing.

Brady White



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