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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

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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 sclitch:
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-28-2013 15:06:09 | More by sclitch
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-25-2014 04:33:12 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-24-2013 00:59:07 | More by beerhunter13
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trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-06-2012 03:30:05 | More by trail77
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BashOnABike

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

02-27-2012 05:26:36 | More by BashOnABike
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -1%

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.

03-22-2013 20:42:18 | More by JohnnyBarman
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 02:01:28 | More by virinow
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

06-28-2010 04:11:00 | More by chickenm
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-27-2013 02:57:53 | More by LXIXME
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Chad_d_koenig

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-09-2013 22:11:06 | More by Chad_d_koenig
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

07-20-2010 22:26:19 | More by biboergosum
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Tmappin

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

05-28-2010 23:47:57 | More by Tmappin
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

04-03-2011 22:49:55 | More by Sammy
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-20-2014 19:30:04 | More by jcubz
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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

10-30-2010 02:26:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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bcchris


4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-07-2012 03:27:13 | More by bcchris
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-02-2013 04:55:04 | More by 1stOffender
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

12-05-2013 05:10:49 | More by souvenirs
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

04-15-2011 01:30:57 | More by Rutager
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%

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

03-13-2013 23:39:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Sapphyy

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-22-2014 23:49:26 | More by Sapphyy
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chubb-a-lub

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-07-2014 18:39:34 | More by chubb-a-lub
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2012 00:54:09 | More by irishkyle21
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Telestic

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-26-2012 11:26:33 | More by Telestic
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -47.8%

10-30-2013 17:35:25 | More by montrealbcr89
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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.