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Phillips Draught Dodger

by Bryn — last modified Nov 17, 2006 09:15 PM

A nice slightly smoky Maple Cream Ale with a bit more sophisticated flavor than the competition...

Phillips Brewing Company is located in Victoria, BC so they know what the good stuff is! I actually had never had Phillips before tonight - I was checking out a not-so-local Liquor store and spotted the box in the lineup. Since I hadn't tried it what choice did I have??

Phillips Draught Dodger is a Maple Cream Ale that kicks the pants off of Granville Island's Maple Cream... Phillips Draught Dodger actually has a complex flavour while I find the Granville Island Maple Cream while totally drinkable to be somewhat simplistic.

If I had to find one word that would describe Phillips Draught Dodger that would be 'smokey' - the flavour is quite nice and has a lot going on, you can tell that this was actually brewed beer, not just 'manufactured'. I suppose some people might not go for it - it's definitely got a lot of the qualities of darker beers though not as dark as a stout or anything like that. St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout shares a bit in the flavour department with this beer so if you like that you'll probably like this too.

The initial flavour is quite smooth while the smokiness really comes in on the aftertaste - inhale, exhale, ohhhh yeah. Good stuff. I found this at a BC Liquor Store at Willingdon and Kingsway - check it out!

Update: I found this article talking about the history of Phillips, if anyone is interested.
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