Phillips Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit

Reviewed by on December 18, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 18, 2015

  • Best Before: April 22, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Phillips Brewing describes this as a lighter winter offering, made with cranberry and orange, two of the admittedly lower-calorie foodstuffs abounding right now. Entertaining mixed-meme branding going on here (Yuletide meets Tony Montana), it would seem.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, very pale orangish pink colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some distant island profile lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sweet mandarin orange and tangerine citrus flesh, a touch more acerbic cranberry juice, lightly spicy wheat malt, sugary coriander/clove and white pepper spice, and some mild earthy and leafy hop bitterness. The taste is bready, kind of doughy toasted wheat, grainy malt, a muddled citrus and tart red berry fruitiness, faint earthy yeast, some subtle coriander and indistinct table pepper mill spiciness, and weak leafy and faintly herbal hops. The carbonation is quite mouth-filling with its roving and prodding frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with a tame airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the lingering tartness of citrus and cranberry alike keeping the lights on just a bit longer.

Overall, a decent attempt to craft a seasonal brew on the lighter side of the spectrum, and not just go all bats in the belfry with the hops. Nice and fruity, in a balanced way, and easy enough to drink, but it does do a wee bit too much to remind me of what else is out there, in the same manner that having a mandarin orange makes you aware of all that chocolate kicking about.

Brady White

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