Phillips Brewing Co. – Monkey Drummer and the Incomplete Octave 12th Anniversary Ale
Phillips Brewing Co. – Monkey Drummer and the Incomplete Octave 12th Anniversary Ale Review
In true Phillips tradition they have outdone themselves on their birthday by releasing the Monkey Drummer and the Incomplete Octave 12th Anniversary Ale. At 11.9% they are pushing the boundaries with this beer and looking to one up the Pandamonium 11th hour ale from last year. This celebratory beer pours from the bomber with three full fingers of head that settles slowly giving off the aroma of coriander, citrus, Belgian style malts and a slight boozyness. The flavour is smooth, strong and intense but lacks the roundhouse kick to the face that was expected. A creaminess can be sensed in this Belgian-esque, and unique ale. The finish is where the booze comes in alongside a hop bitterness, creamy notes and a sweetness that balances the portfolio. Given the extremes that this beer represents it is actually quite good and makes for a strong but quite enjoyable ale.