Brewery: Phillips Brewing, Victoria, BC
Style: Belgian-style IPA
Pours a clear, bright, almost glowing golden with a massive rocky white head that recedes to a thin cap but never completely disappears. Aroma shows a nice combo of the Belgian Tripel and West Coast IPA styles, with a bubble-gum fruitiness and punchy & pungent citrus and pine hops playing off each other well. The flavour serves up just with the aroma promises, along with a slight spicy/peppery edge, and a warm, moderately dry finish. Like all style hybrids, so-called “Belgian IPAs” can be hit or miss - but this one is pretty clearly in the “hit” column.