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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

153 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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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bobtomuch50

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a week of trying several different pricey IPA's (all beer here is pricey (wtf?) on Vancouver Island, I was tipped off by a local that Phillips is the best - he was right. If you're in Canada and like IPA's, don't waste your money & time with anything else but this one! Finally, an IPA with taste!!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:30:50 | More by bobtomuch50
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy orange, some floaties in the glass, one finger white head with some lace. Smell is of citrus and pine, mellon, tangerine and a fairly high malt profile here as well. Taste is hoppy, citrus nad grapefruit, light pine notes, good malting here as well, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is fairly oily, light-med carbonation, medium body. Quite good and enjoyable would certainly like to revisit this someday.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 23:52:59 | More by peensteen
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:42:27 | More by LazyL
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first IPAs to really shine in BC ( along with hopehead) this is newly renamed and slightly rejiggered Phillips IPA and with all the new IPAs out from Phillips still the cornerstone beer from them. This is a well rounded IPA that is not as hoppy as Central City but still has a great hoppy grapefruit nose and a well blended mouthfeel that shows off the hops. Doesn't stand out like it did when it was Phillips IPA and only hopehead from Tree was worth mentioning but still a very good IPA that will always be welcome in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:04:57 | More by canucklehead
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 06:42:55 | More by ericj551
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is what an IPA should look like. A golden, light amber with an eggshell color head. Lots of carbonation constantly rising from the bottom. Head shrank fast but left some good lacing. There is an earthy note to the senses. Bitter hops, a blend of citrus peel and again, an earthiness that just smell right. For 6.5%, not overly bitter. A great mellow feel and easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:02:11 | More by spree92
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bbb099

California

2.42/5  rDev -37%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:17:52 | More by bbb099
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mjyoung

California

2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:48:54 | More by mjyoung
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Good amount of white head with decent retention

S - Smells heavily of citrus hops. A bit of pine as well.

T - Taste follow with the pine being a bit more pronounced. Good body.

M - Good carbo, smooth with a bit of puckering biterness.

D - Good drinker. Smooth and not too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:07:38 | More by IllNate
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scottfrie

California

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:03:45 | More by scottfrie
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:33:26 | More by Derek
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother picked up a 6-er of this when we got together over the holiday weekend.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden caramel colour, finger of head with mild retention, leaving small islands and some fine sporatic lacing.

S - Soapy hops dominate the scent followed by pine and cedar spriggs, and a sweet lemon iced tea on the finish.

T - The scent was much sweeter than the flavour with the cedar and pine hops coming through a bit more bitter and earthy. The caramel malts come through on the finish for a nicely balanced hoppy offering.

M - This one was light and bubbly, nice carbonation on the body, but the finish was a tad too dry for my liking. American IPA's are typically dry, but I found this one a tad too dry.

D - A delicious hoppy offering. It would've been nice if the sweet scents on the nose came through more in the flavour, but this is still a tasty IPA recommended to any hop lover!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 19:19:55 | More by andrenaline
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 14:46:00 | More by ritzkiss
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:07:43 | More by bobsy
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Offa

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good IPA, fairly well balanced but with a predominantly hoppy character.

On tap, it is deep gold with a thin foamy ring that lasts and leaves a little lace.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange, very juicy with some raisiny grainy character.

Taste is orange ring, spicy-herbal-leafy hop, leafiness lightly taking over in the finish. It has some caramelly grain and light raisiny fruitiness. Overall, its' fairly balanced and good with food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 20:50:52 | More by Offa
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade:

Pours a light copper hazed ale in the glass. Great sticky cap lasts and laces the glass.

Aromas of musty grapefruit and raisin bread. Not overly complex but a boilerplate APA, Rich malting and decent cascade hopping give fair balance and a long bitter finish.

Not outstanding but very good as west coast IPAs go.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 15:41:19 | More by pootz
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 19:58:40 | More by liamt07
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Sweden

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/yellowish color with little haze and a large head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of raisiny hops, lemon with a bready maltiness.

Tastes lemon, grapefruit, grassy hops, sweet malt and finishes more balanced than the nose gives of but still has bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with fitting low carbonation and a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:59:49 | More by OskarL
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow-orange colour with white head that dissipated pretty quickly without lacing. Smells of citrus hops and bready malt. Taste has some sweetness, to match the bitterness of the grapefruit hop flavour. Not as hoppy as many IPA's, but it is respectably so.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 23:18:25 | More by kwjd
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:11:00 | More by chickenm
Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.