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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA

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86
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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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Photo of BashOnABike
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-pale colour, light, lots of carb, high retent head with messy lacing

S: Citrus upfront, lots, with some hop and a little malt. Mostly a hard-to-describe Philips phenol. Probably the best part of tasting!

T: Burnt malt upfront, with citrus and hop in mid, then more burnt malt. Three-stage makes for an interesting palate.

M: Frothy even as a second growler pour, very light and sessionable, moderate carb.

O: A very nice-looking, tasting and smelling beer. Phillips has saturated the style, but is still remains unique in my mind, possible due to the lack of filtering. Good for a friday night, one can easily pound a few back while still feeling refreshed: amazing!

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 chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-copper color with a foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing. This is fairly light in color for an IPA. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. The taste has nice hops bitterness to it, but it is not overpowering. Medium-light body. Drinkability is very good, this is a great BC IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. The best looking option on the shelves of the guv't store in lovely Merritt, B.C., jewel of the Nicola Valley. I can take or leave the cheesy UFO puns on the label, but I do very much like the "Remove Cap Before Drinking" note on the bottle cap.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy, soapy, and weakly foamy dirty white head, which settles quickly, leaving some jagged drooping curtains of lace around the glass.

It smells of musty, yet peppy citrus hops and grainy, biscuity, and bready caramel malt. The taste is decently bitter citrus rind and pine resin hops, a touch of underripe melon, a bit of lemon zest, ethereal hints of dank weed, and bready caramel malt.

The carbonation is active, and sometimes a bit too prickly, the body on the lighter side of medium weight, and weirdly airy in its smoothness. It finishes somewhat crisp, dry, and still well hoppy.

A goodly bitter, if not overly complex IPA. Again, another Canadian-made hybrid US/UK beast - the effervescence and the not-so-sweet malt, combined with the PACNW hops make for a mildly odd duck, that is, if ducks were beer. Or liked beer. Or something.

Photo of Tmappin
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml Bottle poured into a pint glass. Excited to try the new ipa recipe that Philips brewing is now offering.

A- light orange/Yellow copper, slight haze. Several fingers of snow white head that dissipates quickly into almost nothing. Light lacing remains.

S- Lots of citrus up front, northwest hops clearly in this one. Nice malty back note. Big improvement over the old IPA.

T- Grapefruit/citrus with a nice amount of bitterness backing it up, sweet malt notes. Nice!

M- Nice carbonation, medium to low carbonation. Very nice.

D- Probably the most sessionable BC IPA, very drinkable. Quite refreshing. Yum!

All in all a huge improvement over the old Phillips IPA, I very rarely bought that beer as it was not really to my tastes. This new recipe will be in my fridge often this summer.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy grapefruit with lasting half-inch of off-white foamy head. Lots of thick lacing. C-hop aroma, citrus hop taste with long bitter finish.. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel, very smooth. Suitable understated carbonation.Satisfying.
Fresh bottle from Hugh.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to my brotha in beer andrenaline for the hook up
A - clear golden bronze, bubbly with a nice white head that dissipated slowly leaving a solid cover
S - could smell the hops as it was poured, floral, pine, and mixed fruit, with grains and sweet candy
T - a great floral perfume hop bouquet, more subtle pine note, grainy, with a lemon and spice blend to finish
M - great carbonation level, easy drinking lightness, the hop bitter is enjoyable and lasts through the finish with some citrus bitter lingering
D - a hop head sessionable beer, a great flavour feature that goes down super easy and tastes like another

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 Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice gold with lively bubbles rising and a finger of white bubbly head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel and some nice, citus, piney hops. Yum.

Taste. Light, toasty grains and bitter, well rounded hops. Plenty of pink grapefruit rind pine sap, and a little grass.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium body with smooth, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Kick ass ipa. Not sure why it took me so long to try this one, but I`ve been missing out. Great stuff.

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 IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 341 ml brown bottle, as part of the Hob Box 12 pack. Pours out a slightly hazed golden hue, with a loose creamy ivory head that retains to a thick cap.

Clean grainy, biscuit malt on the nose, with dry leafy hops.

Grainy and biscuity malt up front in the flavour, followed quickly by sharp bright leafy green hops, finishing with intense grapefruit and tangerine rind.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick texture, with medium carbonation.

Pretty much a straight forward in your face hop fix, which delivers the goods without overwhelming. A little bit of depth to the hops but the intensity tends to detract from that. Can't win them all, but this is worth picking up if you're looking for an assertive American IPA.

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 ritzkiss
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split with Bobsy, thanks man. Re-branding and unfiltered version of the original IPA which I didn't really find all that impressive... perhaps this one will be better.

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with a finger of head which leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

The hops still aren't as bold as I would expect and, while there is some nice variation in the hops, on the West coast I expect a little more of a West coast hop character. As it is, sweet caramel malt with a hint of mineral/earth, light pine, grassy, hint of lemon rind, a peppery hop character that makes me think Saaz, a slight bitter finish that borders on astringent.

Not terrible but not really up to the level of other stand out IPAs from BC. I really want to love Phillips but their regular offerings often fail to move beyond average.

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 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 StarshipPoopers
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty clear compared to some IPAs. Slight haziness. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

S - Grapefruit and faint citrus.

T - Hops. Grapefruit dominates, while there is also some pine thrown in. Not much for malts.

M/D - Good beer. Smooth and surprisingly light feeling for the style. Has great drinkability as a result.

O - Nothing amazing, but a nice and light beer with a little bit of kick.

Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, courtesy of IllNate, cheers dude.

Pours a bright orange, with a tinge of yellow along the edges, finger and a half of thick and brilliant white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with orange, clementine, tangerine and a bit of pineapple or passionfruit dominant there too. Light sweet malt underneath this too. Taste follows, with a bit of pine, sweet malt and a lingering bitterness and a fairly dry finish, not unlike most IPA's I've had within the last week or so. Slightly grassy in the flavour as well. Medium carbonation, could've been rounded out with a bit more hop bite and a bit of a richer malt. A bit thin on the whole. Drinkable on a nice summer afternoon, with temperatures reaching mid-90's, ABV is unnoticable. Good effort, OK beer.

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

341 ml bottle into pint glass.

A - golden pale/yellow, large foamy head. great retention.

S - citrus, a bit pine, some grassy notes, floral and fruity (mango) aromas. quite nice.

T - bitterness upfront - very bright grapefruit, pine, spices. then fruity sweet - mango, pineapple, floral notes, HOPS. finishes bitter an dry, earthy, grapefruit is very strong again. very nice and complex.

M - moderate carbonation, well balanced brew, light to medium body, pretty smooth.

O - good IPA, easy to drink, nice complexity. very good, interesting flavour. well done!

Photo of CrazyMike
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow appearance with a small amount of head that slowly settles down leaving good retention. Smell consists of citrus, lots of hops with a hint of grapefruit, malt and booze.

Taste consists of powerfull hops that dominates most of the flavor; also consists of the same features as the smell, grapefruit, malt, citrus and a hint of booze. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bitter hop taste.

Overall, this is a decent IPA with a lot of good features, I think the thin body waters down the taste a bit, but it's refreshing and drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazed golden IPA. Little over a fingers worth of white head, spotty lacing as this receeds.

S- Big nose, this is got it all for a west coast IPA, grapefruit, pine, and light citrus notes. This is sort of sweet smelling, but not from the malt.

T- There's a thinness to this that really hurts the flavor IMO. Soft mild flavors move to an orange citrus middle and then a bitter metallic grapefruit finish. The malt is completely lost in this one, which may be leading to how light it drinks.

M- The body is really light, carbonation a tad under medium. There's a slight stickiness to it though.

O- This is the last I had from the Hop Box. I thought it was better the first time I tried it, and I'd definitely revisit it. I'd like to try it on tap as I feel it could be much better.

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 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 Derek
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Some nice west-coast hop aroma (citrus and a bit of pine), but not as overpowering as some.

T: Some quality malt flavour (biscuity) with some well-rounded hopping (citrus, grassy, hints of pine). Good bitterness.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: A great drinker.

It's very good, but after revising their IPA, I thought the hopping might be a little stronger... then again, I suspect this will sell REALLY well.

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.

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