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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 05-10-2010

Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage. Let this otherworldly IPA abduct the hell out of your senses. The gravitational pull of Hop Circle will have you searching the galaxy for another close encounter of the thirst kind. Resistance is futile.
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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 65
Photo of Oliba
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my view, this is what an IPA ought to taste like and for a fraction of the cost of Driftwood's Fat Tug.

Photo of HipCzech
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled during a tour of Phillips in Victoria, BC. Citrus, resin and moderate caramel malt. A solid and straightforward IPA.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Frog, Vancouver.
Crusty white film over tarnished brass. 3.75
Passion fruit and sour citrus nose. 4
Apricot danish, then juicy orange, grapefruit rind, cantaloupe, and pine resin hops. 4
Lime Starburst and tangerine finish and jagged evergreen and powdery Lemsip linger.
Light side of medium, sticky, some oil. 4

A couple of different angles to the hops, which is a nice surprise. Citrus, yes, but also some Simcoe notes. Maybe a bit sweet and fruity, but both juicy and some real IBUs. More than I expected from Phillips. 4

Photo of Jkmacauley
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If u like hops u come to the right place

Photo of Svingjo
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice golden colour with an inch thick head that laced the glass as you drank it. The nose has a nice citrus smell, as well as a bit of pineapple and a bold hop nose. There was a bit of sweetness in the mouth, followed by a hoppy bitterness as it finished off. Thought this was very well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillip's Brewing 'Hop Circle IPA' @ 5.2% , served from a growler purchased for $10

A-pour is a light pale gold from the growler to a clear gold in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-citrus mostly

T-lemon citrus , bitter IPA

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent IPA , poor local IPA

prost LampertLand

Photo of souvenirs
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle at Heartwood Community Cafe.

A: yellow, visible carbonation, minimal head that dissipated quickly
S: not picking up much of anything - a hint of citrus, maybe?
T: grassy bitterness, maaaybe a hint of melon or tropical fruit, not well balanced
F: smooth, medium-bodied
O: Not bad, but it's certainly no Fat Tug or Lord of the Hops. I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the more widely available BC IPAs in sunny Alberta, finally tried this one as part of a Hop Box mixed pack that caught my eye because of a Simcoe single hop offering (review to follow). Pours a yellow to light orange with shockingly good head retention, that sucker sat there like a fortress for quite a while as I waited for the beer to warm up to a more ester-friendly temperature. Aroma was the expected west coast citrus, with grapefruit and orange leading the way followed by a dank marijuana herbal blast. Palate was actually quite devoid of citrus or tropical fruit, these are there in the form of some orange and grapefruit rind but take a decided back seat to tons of hemp oil, pine resin, tea, and leafy flavors that leave a major vegetal impression as opposed to fruit. Whoa. Maybe a whiff of white grape. Little in the way of sweet malt to provide balance, maybe a little nuttiness. Not bad if you are in the mood to drink a pot soda without the sweetness. Aroma suggests more complexity than what the palate delivers.

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this at the LCBO.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, foamy, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film. A splotchy film remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, light caramel notes with some grapefruit, light melon and pineapple perhaps. Definite cascade hop presence for sure. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness up front, some grapefruit and hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of hoppy cascade grapefruit, grassy bitterness and some melon sweetness as balance. Really nice.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Nice and creamy feel.

OVERALL: This is really, really good. Really like the hop bill on this one, and it's really well balanced as well. Other reviewers might be expecting something different, but as far as standard IPA's go, this is a top-class effort. Luckily this one is available at the LCBO all the time. Great stuff, and will definitely be a go-to when back in the Loo. Recommended.

Photo of Noxious26
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass. Got this from a mixer 12 pack from Willow Park in Regina.

Cloudy, dirty yellow in colour. White foamy head is 3/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a 1/16 cap with lots of sticky gobs of lacing.

Aroma is almost all hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange), piney and herbal. Slightly sweet.

Flavour mimics the aroma. Strongly hoppy, but not overly bitter. Grapefruit and pine dominate with hints of herbal/grass. Citrus off the start then morphs into more piney at the finish. Aftertaste is long and drawn out and more piney.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

A pretty decent IPA, but nothing about it really jumps out to grab me. Worth a try.

Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear golden color. A bit more deeply rich and gold than a standard lager.

The aroma has some refreshing citrus, pine, and grass.

The flavor is very “green.” Tons of marijuana flavor, grass, pine, black tea leaves, and then a lot of bitterness on the end. There is a bit of sweetness with this beer, but it’s mostly lots of bitterness.

A decent IPA, especially for those for prefer bitterness over balance with malt.

Photo of TerryW
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold under a big fluffy head that gives up chunky lace. Settles to a substantial 1 cm cap.
A handsome beer.

Resinous pine alongside grapefruit citrus that is quite appetizing. Shows some subtlety instead of just punching you in the face with grapefruit pith.

Grapefruit, pine and malt. Strong bitter finish that lingers but is not overwhelming. Medium bodied some fullness from an almost oily mouth feel.

Interesting for lots of things happening in the glass, but probably a little to heavy too drink a ton of. Good as a one off.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very clean and shy, golden amber, lot of carbonation with a nice foamy and thick head that stick on the panels of the glass.

Smell is a bit hoppy, not too much actually, resinous,fruity.

Taste, well is there any tomahawk in there, very grapefuit, bitter, sharp but fruity, with a zesty shy yeasty end in mouth. round at first sharp at the end. the bitterness comes playing a bit later.

Photo of itomek
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, drank in July 2013 with a November 2013 "drink by" date.

A: I was intrigued by the color, yellow-gold wih fine carbonation, almost an orange hue that seemed to glow in the daylight.
S: still promising, piney and resinous hops, a little dank, some Hints of a Mary-Jane smell, slightly floral.
T: here is where things went to hell. First taste is promising, floral, fresh and pine notes on the tongue. Quickly, a bitter wave of vegetal awfulness sweeps over everything. Is there anything but pale malt in this beer? If so, I can't taste it. I don't know if this is DMS, but I was heartbroken. Won't buy again...

Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Poured a nice light golden colour with mild haze. Two fingers of soapy white head sat on top with mild carbonation. Great lace rings, half finger retention.

S - Marajuana, grass, citrus, pine, nice depth of citrus.

T - Marajuana, pine, grapefruit. Much like the aroma. Nice flavour.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Easy to drink with a respectable ABV. A good IPA that I could drink a number of. The dank/weedy hop note is a nice twist and the hop flavour was well done.

Photo of Ham-Nord
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Great clarity on this beer, pale golden in colour. Head lingers and never quite dissipates. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: I get a lot of strong pine smell from the northwest hops, a little grassy even. Very inviting.

T: Quite dry, but I still pick up some sweetness from the malt. Strongly bitter in the aftertaste and lingering afterwards. There is some grassy flavour from the hops, which I did not find particularly appealing.

M: Very well carbonated. A light body, with a strong bitterness.

O: This was a good IPA, but I have had much better. In my opinion, the hop profile is too confused. They have used different hops that I find are somewhat clashing. It is dry, with minimal residual sweetness. Everything is spot on except for the hop flavour, unfortunately.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Very clear light-copper colour with a solid height of semi-creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and attractive lacing.

(4.0) S: Pine, juicy grapefruit, floral notes, buttery toffee, and a bit of subtle spice. Fresh and crisp aroma. Hints of tropical fruits present as well.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with lots of resin-like pine and grapefruit upfront with a buttered toffee sweetness and floral notes that present themselves towards the finish. Smooth with a fairly mellow taste that is a bit creamy too.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily and resiny with an appropriate level of bitter and dryness.

(4.0) D: This is an all-around easy drinking IPA and one I would happily drink again.

Photo of papat444
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no discernible freshness info.

Appearance: Light, honey-colored body, slightly hazy, very foamy, patches of lacing clutches the sides and holds on and leaves its trace. Always a bit of head right down to the last drop.

Smell: Sharp citrus (lemon) with orange and clementines.

Taste: Tea-like in flavor but tempered with some tangerine slices and an overall grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry bitterness, smooth a little, bit conservative.

Overall: A good & safe IPA. Doesn't break the mold but is well done.

Photo of decimator
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.5%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 2cm white head. Head reduced to a lasting thin cap. Decent lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, grass, light sweetness. Really nice aroma.

T - Light sweetness upfront and then it's hops. Citrus, pine, some floral, hint of tobacco, hint of spice. The mild maltiness tilts the balance on the bitter side.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, some tang, some stickiness yet fairly smooth, hint of heat, crisp pilsner like finish.

O - Pretty good IPA. Easy to drink for sure.

Photo of Bibowski
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was excited when I saw this on the shelf at my Ontario LCBO. I'd never heard of it, OR the brewery for that matter.

I'm always on the lookout for new and different IPAs, so I thought why not?

After pouring it, it appeared and smelled like a typical IPA, maybe a bit more pungent than most (but in a good way).

It was only after swallowing it that I discovered how truly bizarre it really was. It was as if someone had decided to switch the relatively tasty liquid in my mouth for some watered down Pinesol. I've had one or two IPAs before that have this extremely bizarre aftertaste so it's not just Hop Circle that is a victim.

Now, I'm a huge fan of IPA. Give me a pint of 100+ IBU any day, but this was just too weird for me. Not a fan, especially after having some of the other BC IPAs such as the incredible Red Racer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from a six pack, priced at around 13 bucks. Part of the seasonal "Craft IPA" release at the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic. Brightness that was hinted at on the box was certainly the case here - a deep tawny golden brew, good half inch of head that creates some damned impressive lacing streaks.

Nose is a mix of bitter hops, sweet citrus (orange or tangerine), and a damp grain or earthiness. Intriguing.

This is one IPA that really required about half the bottle for me to really "get." My initial reaction was less than pleased - rather than the crisp, tart citrus and grapefruit/resin notes I was expecting from a West Coast IPA, I got something sweeter and earthier. Someone described the brew as "damp", and that's about as good as I can do myself. Sweeter citrus (tangelo or mango), grass, earth, a mild muskiness, and a long bitter finish. It's growing on me.

Zesty and bitter on the tongue, moderate to light bodied with zippy carbonation.

Fortunately I have a whole sixer of this to work through because it's an IPA that deserves extra attention. Always nice to be surprised by a brew you thought you had pegged.

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - 13$ for a 6-pack

Appearance - Clear gold/light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, resin, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and resiny/leafy hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a hint of an odd vegetable/corn husk flavour. It ends with a medium amount of bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Just a few small adjustments away from a really good beer. They've done a good job at capturing the hop essence and it shines through in the beer. But there are some odd vegetable flavours mixed in unfortunately. Still a beer well worth a repeat purchase.

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wish I could have said that Hop Circle IPA is a close encounter of the 'blurred' kind, but this beer is clear as day. So clear is it, in fact, that you can observe each tiny bubble with precise definition as though they were under a microscope. The golden beer emits a brassy sheen and has a head as white and fluffy as sheepskin.

What makes a good boxer is not only power but reach - the pungently grassy notes of this aroma reached my nose from across the table. So 'green' and herbal, it feels like I set foot in a hydroponics grow-op (or the trees behind the high school parking lot). Luckily this weedy musk - read into that word however you wish - is undercut by tones of grated lime and spearmint.

If I were desperate for Hop Circle and none was available, I could just as well lap-up the lawn after cutting it. Given, that won't relieve my thirst nearly as well but it would just about simulate the flavour. This has a seriously dank taste profile, one of wet leaves, flower petals and grass clippings, that drinks like a muggy summer afternoon (which, incidentally, may be the perfect occasion for such a quencher).

There's more than enough tangy, lime-like acidity, ginger-type heat and lemongrass notes to keep things lively on the palate. Though I have yet to try any of these myself, I reckon the brewery's suggested pairings of curries, Caribbean patties, and spicy shrimp are innate accompaniments for what is ostensibly the beer equivalent to a Thai green-chili curry paste.

"Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage." So reads the label for Phillips Hop Circle, an IPA that certainly does 'abduct the hell out of your senses' just as assuredly and brilliantly as its label describes. This is no hoax. If you have never tasted a properly hopped IPA, you could hardly do better than to start here.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Pig BBQ Joint in Victoria.

A - Medium yellow/orange with half a finger of thick cream coloured head.

S - Fresh grapefruit, peach and pine with a touch of caramel sweet

T - Good bitterness. Grapefruit peach, tangerine, pine. A slight malt sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Light to moderate carbonation. 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB June 28, 2013

Beer is clear golden in colour with a large white head. Pretty good retention and lots of lace.

The nose is certainly hoppy. Citrus fruit mainly, with grapefruit and orange, maybe some peach. Pine resin. A bit of a sweet-smelling bready malt scent underneath.

Taste contains the citrus and tropical fruit (more on the peach and orange end than grapefruit, unlike the nose), with a larger amount of bready malt than I expected. Fairly bitter. Lots of flavour, but the fruit somehow tastes a bit artificial and dull.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and oily.

Overall, not bad, and I will not have any problem finishing the bottle, but not a particularly strong IPA.

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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.