Phillips Solaris White Peach Ale

Reviewed by on May 27, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 27, 2016

  • Best Before: August 10, 2016

  • ABV: 4.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Phillips Brewing keeps pumping ’em out, including this, one of their summer seasonals, and dubbed a ‘White Peach Ale’, with some quasi-Illuminati themed imagery on the label.

This 473ml, tall-boy can pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fat-cat fingers of puffy, rocky, and filmy bone-white head, which leaves some decent chainlink fence lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of musty peach/apricot fruit, earthy yeast, grainy pale and wheat malt, some hard water flintiness, ethereal white and black peppercorn dust, and gently leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, peach cobbler, dried apricots, pleasantly understated yeast, on their way out the door peppery notes, and more understated leafy, earthy, and floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are softly rendered in their come-hither frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a tiny yeasty intransigence playing the proverbial pea here. It finishes off-dry, the stone fruit starting to pack ‘er in, while the varied malt makes sure everyone gets home safe and all.

Well, Phillips has gone and crafted a very agreeable, multi-vectored offering for Summer ’16 – fruity, light, but not weak, the flavours all nudging one towards another sip or gulp or whatever. Something you would be seeing a lot of on sunny patios, stat, if the world worked like it actually should.

Brady White

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