Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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86
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of BashOnABike
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Converge
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow appearance with a small amount of head that slowly settles down leaving good retention. Smell consists of citrus, lots of hops with a hint of grapefruit, malt and booze.

Taste consists of powerfull hops that dominates most of the flavor; also consists of the same features as the smell, grapefruit, malt, citrus and a hint of booze. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bitter hop taste.

Overall, this is a decent IPA with a lot of good features, I think the thin body waters down the taste a bit, but it's refreshing and drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of w00ddy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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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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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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Dawkfan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazed golden IPA. Little over a fingers worth of white head, spotty lacing as this receeds.

S- Big nose, this is got it all for a west coast IPA, grapefruit, pine, and light citrus notes. This is sort of sweet smelling, but not from the malt.

T- There's a thinness to this that really hurts the flavor IMO. Soft mild flavors move to an orange citrus middle and then a bitter metallic grapefruit finish. The malt is completely lost in this one, which may be leading to how light it drinks.

M- The body is really light, carbonation a tad under medium. There's a slight stickiness to it though.

O- This is the last I had from the Hop Box. I thought it was better the first time I tried it, and I'd definitely revisit it. I'd like to try it on tap as I feel it could be much better.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty clear compared to some IPAs. Slight haziness. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

S - Grapefruit and faint citrus.

T - Hops. Grapefruit dominates, while there is also some pine thrown in. Not much for malts.

M/D - Good beer. Smooth and surprisingly light feeling for the style. Has great drinkability as a result.

O - Nothing amazing, but a nice and light beer with a little bit of kick.

Photo of xuptygm
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright golden yellow. Small head which quickly disappears. Lots of lace on this one.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy

Taste: Hops, hops, hops! Somewhat more bitter than I would have liked, but still a very smooth and tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth champagne (from the carbonation).

Overall: A good IPA that should satisfy the hop heads out there. Phillips is starting to impress me with the depth in their lineup. Try this one for sure if you get a chance.

Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.