Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA

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very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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 bbb099
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split with mjyoung.

A - Cloudy, orange-ish golden color with a white, foamy head.

S - Smells incredibly yeasty with some citrusy hops present.

T - Top of the bottle has grassy and piny hops flavors with a citrusy backend. However, there was a LOT of yeast on the bottom of mine. Tasted like chunks of yeast sprinkled with a little bit of hops. Something I expected out of a homebrew, bleh.

M - Low to medium carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

D - Overall an average drinkability. Towards the bottom, however, it was almost undrinkable. I like yeast as much as the next guy, but the bready aroma and taste was a little overwhelming at some point and it really threw me off. This problem made it taste un-IPA and I have to mark it down for that.

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 mjyoung
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Split w/ bbb099

A: Thick head that quickly dissipates that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. It's a hazy honey color that doesn't quite jive with the style.

S: Strong citrus hop notes with a definite yeasty presence. It doesn't smell too bad, but definitely different. The bottom of the bottle is EXTREMELY yeasty... Definitely a negative, but not enough to counter the decent smells that come first.

T: Pretty grassy (I picture a freshly mown lawn that's been covered with bakers yeast), with a only mild notes of those citrus hops. It's pretty hard to pick up any hint of malt or depth. Not bad, but not great.

M: A little lighter bodied than I was expecting, and slightly on the flat side.

D: It wasn't too shabby, but that being said it sure wasn't anything special. It will probably be memorable simply because it was so different, but it sure didn't hit what I was thinking for the style.

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 scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy mjyoung for thinking of me on his trip to Canada.

A: Pours a clear orange tinged golden with a couple fingers of dense bubbly head that slowly faded into a thin film that left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Big orange citrus hop nose. Smells a lot like orange sherbet. Not bad.
T: Flavor isn't as good as the nose. Notes of bitter vegetables mix with the citrus to give a weird mixture of a solid leafy hop flavor and nasty alfalfa sprouts. Pretty strange but not awful. Finish has notes of orange zest, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter. Never did pick up much malt, but there is an undertone of sweet bread crust all the way through.
M: Medium body, good mouth with a bit of chewiness.
D: Pretty standard IPA. Its best quality is its smell. I would drink this if it was around now and again.

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 N_E_Beer
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not my cup of hops, lol. At that price point Lighthouse may be a better option.

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

New(ish) beer from Phillips.

Pours a brilliant orange with a finger of creamy foam that laced well. Spicy, almost peppery aroma with light citrus notes and an earthy backing. Certainly not as hop-forward as I would expect from this brewery.

Flavour is so-so... very drinkable, but not worth going out of the way for. The citrus character seems somewhat muted and replaced by something close to saaz, bringing a grassy peppery bite to the beer. Prominent malt drops away to earthy, steely notes that makes this seem stringer than it is. The body is the only thing that seems par for the course.

Its certainly not a bad beer, but its not one I'll be hunting down again.

Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale amber. Personally I like my IPA's to be almost neon orange so a .5 deduction on look. The off white head reduces from over an inch to a soft film rather quickly but leaves a fair amount of lacing through to the end of the glass. The nose is also fairly subdued where again I love an IPA that blows my nose off. I get mild grapefruit, some sweet malt and some fresh herbal notes. The taste has a fair amount of hop flavours. I get orange, grapefruit, mildly toasted malts and a sweetness that is balanced off quite well with a dry, soft level of bitterness. The mouthfeel is good and the beer seems to be well balanced with a lingering bitter finish. This is a good local beer out of Vancouver Island.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Scrylol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with two fingers of head, slowly disappears leaving a thin film of bubbles with lots of lacing.

Smells of orange, grapefruit, citrus. Plenty of tropical notes. Very nice.

Big bitterness and toasted malt upfront with some citrus, earthy and piney notes. Plenty of hop flavor and some tropical flavors in the middle. Leaves a dry aftertaste of grapefruit with some slight earthy notes. Also a bit grainy.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation tickling the tongue.

A nice IPA from Philips Brewing.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.