Phillips Brewing Co. – Monkey Drummer and the Incomplete Octave 12th Anniversary Ale


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3.8 out of 5


  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Co.
  • Beer Style: India Pale Ale
  • Pros:

    Quite nice given the strength

  • Cons:

    Way over the top!

  • Conclusion:

    A celebration of epic proportions. This is turned up to 11!


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.

Alcohol – 11.9%
Size – 650ml
Price – $6.85 (The Gull)


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  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 17 August, 2013, 21:34

    I really enjoyed this beer. I found it quite balanced for the alcohol content.

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    • admin
      admin 21 August, 2013, 18:21

      Very balanced indeed! I am a little concerned about next year though….

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      • mikescraftbeer
        mikescraftbeer 21 August, 2013, 22:42

        I wouldn’t be if I was you! They made it 11.9% to not hit the higher taxing of a 12% beer. I can not see them breaking this threshold for that reason.

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