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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

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
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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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-19-2011 18:59:29 | More by pudoo
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-15-2011 09:20:22 | More by Agent1
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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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mcpwn

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-09-2012 05:33:44 | More by mcpwn
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-27-2013 23:50:12 | More by BRYeleJR
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-20-2013 18:06:56 | More by Molson2000
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a fluffy white head, about 2 fingers high, which dissipates down to a small cap that coats the glass in a sheet of lace. The body here is a clean amber-copper. I've also gotta let my love of Phillips bottle designs influence this rating, love the presentation of their beer.

S - Delightful hop forward aroma. Lots of citrusy C hops here, with strong notes of grapefruit, orange, and peach. Nice pine resin and earthiness too. No real malt in the aroma other than a bit of caramel; but I'm not complaining.

T - Great hop character, with lots of citrusy and piney hops leading the way. Grapefruit, orange, and a touch of peach and mango. Piney hops appear in the finish, with a balance of nutty caramel malt. Firm bitterness lingers. Simple, but really nice stuff.

M - Nice prickly feel from the carbonation, but not too much. Body is light-to-medium. Light bitterness in the finish from the hoppy flavor. Smooth and goes down really easy.

D - A damn good IPA from the West Coast. Great hop flavor with an easy drinking feel to it. I really enjoyed this one and I'm sure I'll be enjoying MANY in the future.

02-17-2012 22:05:32 | More by Converge
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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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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

The closest thing to a "Bell's Two Hearted" I have ever enjoyed from a Canadian brewer - an excellent beer!

Appearance is an average amber gold, with some sediment and not overly carbonated.

Aroma is absolutely stunning - almost a benchmark blend of citrus, pine and everything good I associate with west coast hops! Likewise the flavour is beautfully well balanced with a lingering, bitter finish. Some might find the finish a touch overly bitter, but I think it's a delightfully sustained ending to a truly impressive beer. A new beer for me and one I will make every effort to find again.

04-21-2011 21:29:14 | More by hopsolutely
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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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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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adhallick

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-03-2013 19:05:29 | More by adhallick
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-03-2014 15:59:38 | More by wertschy
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-29-2012 02:52:16 | More by KalanM
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-14-2014 21:53:42 | More by Oidmoe
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dalehihn

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-20-2013 16:23:11 | More by dalehihn
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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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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

11-02-2012 04:03:47 | More by Voonder
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Phillips Hop Circle pours a bright orange with a nice head. The aroma is citrusy hops, sweet orange and som grapefruit. More orangey hops in the flavor, with some nice herbal character leading into a mild bitterness. Sweet light malt appears in the finish, with a bit of resiny hops. Overall a really solid IPA, and a great addition to the Phillips Hop Box.

02-25-2011 06:42:55 | More by ericj551
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

10-11-2013 18:59:30 | More by Jeffo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

11-10-2010 00:33:26 | More by Derek
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

07-03-2013 21:06:49 | More by tbeckett
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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/11

A clear golden yellow with just a few bubbles feeding a rolling hill like looking foam that leaves a few random patches of lace

S big citric nose with grapefruit and lots of lemon rind, slightly floral and faint booze in a deep whiff with some even fainter spruce pretty solid stuff

T what I smell but with more rind and it's just not as intense with the citrus as the nose, still quite good but missing something compared to the smell

M a little thin but well carbonated and it leaves just a little behind in your mouth

O decent IPA for sure that went down a little too quick, great nose, good flavor and easy to drink, need more?

Pretty pleased with this one and a most welcome addition to my beer selection in Alberta. 2 down and 2 to go thank you Phillips Hop Box

10-25-2011 02:27:36 | More by wordemupg
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

On tap at The Black Frog in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" offwhite head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Floral and citrus hops.

T: Floral and citrus hops up front with a somewhat malty and nutty aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Easy drinking IPA with a nutty aftertaste.

09-22-2011 16:59:52 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.