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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 65
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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 HATS4BATS
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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 biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wish I could have said that Hop Circle IPA is a close encounter of the 'blurred' kind, but this beer is clear as day. So clear is it, in fact, that you can observe each tiny bubble with precise definition as though they were under a microscope. The golden beer emits a brassy sheen and has a head as white and fluffy as sheepskin.

What makes a good boxer is not only power but reach - the pungently grassy notes of this aroma reached my nose from across the table. So 'green' and herbal, it feels like I set foot in a hydroponics grow-op (or the trees behind the high school parking lot). Luckily this weedy musk - read into that word however you wish - is undercut by tones of grated lime and spearmint.

If I were desperate for Hop Circle and none was available, I could just as well lap-up the lawn after cutting it. Given, that won't relieve my thirst nearly as well but it would just about simulate the flavour. This has a seriously dank taste profile, one of wet leaves, flower petals and grass clippings, that drinks like a muggy summer afternoon (which, incidentally, may be the perfect occasion for such a quencher).

There's more than enough tangy, lime-like acidity, ginger-type heat and lemongrass notes to keep things lively on the palate. Though I have yet to try any of these myself, I reckon the brewery's suggested pairings of curries, Caribbean patties, and spicy shrimp are innate accompaniments for what is ostensibly the beer equivalent to a Thai green-chili curry paste.

"Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage." So reads the label for Phillips Hop Circle, an IPA that certainly does 'abduct the hell out of your senses' just as assuredly and brilliantly as its label describes. This is no hoax. If you have never tasted a properly hopped IPA, you could hardly do better than to start here.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB June 28, 2013

Beer is clear golden in colour with a large white head. Pretty good retention and lots of lace.

The nose is certainly hoppy. Citrus fruit mainly, with grapefruit and orange, maybe some peach. Pine resin. A bit of a sweet-smelling bready malt scent underneath.

Taste contains the citrus and tropical fruit (more on the peach and orange end than grapefruit, unlike the nose), with a larger amount of bready malt than I expected. Fairly bitter. Lots of flavour, but the fruit somehow tastes a bit artificial and dull.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and oily.

Overall, not bad, and I will not have any problem finishing the bottle, but not a particularly strong IPA.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Voonder
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 185 ratings.