From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC’s comes the “Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB” a quad-laboration with Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON). The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of mild roast, biscuit, citrus, fruity and earth. The flavour is of bitterness, citrus sweetness, fruit, earth, caramel and some alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 50. I am a fan of all of the breweries that are part of this brew and I think this could have been a bit more exciting but it is a quality beer and I am enjoying every sip.
Commercial Description: Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB, and it’s a collaborative effort from four Canadian brewers to celebrate the spread of the craft beer movement from coast to coast–and all of the provinces in between. Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing Co. (BC) all participated in the ‘quad-laboration’, coming together to craft a recipe designed to reflect Canada itself. It is an Extra Special Bitter, a style with roots that trace back to England, but as an amped up imperial version it has a strong spirit that is purely Canadian. Available for a limited time from private, craft-focused liquor stores.