BC Craft Beer Review – Phillips Puzzler Belgian Black IPA

Philllips Puzzler

Phillips Brewing – Puzzler Belgian Black IPA: Brewed in Victoria, BC at a strength of 7.3% this Belgian Black IPA poured with some massive amounts of foam and took about 5 minutes to calm down before I could fill the glass. That always irks me a bit, but it wasn’t to the point where it was spewing out of the bottle so I was able to tolerate it.

Aroma and Appearance: The colour is dark brown with boat loads of foam, yet no visible carbonation in the glass. Its aroma consists of well toasted bread, dark coloured plums and a hint of burnt marshmallow.

Flavour: It starts with a bit of a floral hop note followed by earthy malts, some nuts, toasted bread and smoke with a fairly dry finish.

Overall Impression: A bit nuttier and earthier than most black IPA’s I have had so far and honestly that was a nice addition to the flavour profile.

Rating: I thought it was excellent 8/10 even with the foam issues.

Food Pairing: A good smokey pulled pork would go well with this.




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