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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

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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2/5  rDev -47.8%

montrealbcr89, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of bbb099
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

bbb099, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of itomek
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
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...

itomek, Jul 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

jmack116, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of mjyoung
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

mjyoung, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Bibowski
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Bibowski, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

DaveJanssen, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

taylur, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

robuncorked, Oct 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

JefferyYoung, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

scottfrie, Nov 29, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Jlefa, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

stevergca, Jul 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

YamagamiTravis, Feb 10, 2014
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.

souvenirs, Dec 05, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

liamt07, Jul 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Vandelayindustri, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Kahlerbock, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sclitch, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

polloenfuego, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

thefullpython, May 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

LoudRed, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

cbnz, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Exeter, Dec 21, 2013
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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.