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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 05-10-2010)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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. 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of trail77
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BashOnABike
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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%
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 virinow
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Chad_d_koenig
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jcubz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bmoraymond
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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 bcchris
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 1stOffender
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of souvenirs
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 Merlin68
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Sapphyy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of chubb-a-lub
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.