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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA

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86
very good

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 197
Photo of Scrylol
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of BashOnABike
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (679 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (817 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of xuptygm
3.93/5  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. (464 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a thin white head. Really nice lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit with an almost juicy aroma and some citrus hops.

T: Slightly malty upfront with a pretty hoppy grapefruit and citrus finish. Bitterness is a little on the high side but this wasn't quite as hoppy as I would have liked. Still, a pretty solid IPA. (334 characters)

Photo of bobtomuch50
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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!! (304 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (540 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of spree92
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of bbb099
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of mjyoung
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (473 characters)

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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.