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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

cam477, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jcubz, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

artemh, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

phys1028, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ZachT, Feb 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

YamagamiTravis, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Duggyb, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerClubNiagara, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

wertschy, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Exeter, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hoptron_3000, Nov 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

montrealbcr89, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

beerhunter13, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the more widely available BC IPAs in sunny Alberta, finally tried this one as part of a Hop Box mixed pack that caught my eye because of a Simcoe single hop offering (review to follow). Pours a yellow to light orange with shockingly good head retention, that sucker sat there like a fortress for quite a while as I waited for the beer to warm up to a more ester-friendly temperature. Aroma was the expected west coast citrus, with grapefruit and orange leading the way followed by a dank marijuana herbal blast. Palate was actually quite devoid of citrus or tropical fruit, these are there in the form of some orange and grapefruit rind but take a decided back seat to tons of hemp oil, pine resin, tea, and leafy flavors that leave a major vegetal impression as opposed to fruit. Whoa. Little in the way of sweet malt to provide balance, maybe a little nuttiness. Not bad if you are in the mood to drink a pot soda without the sweetness. Aroma suggests more complexity than what the palate delivers.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this at the LCBO.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, foamy, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film. A splotchy film remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, light caramel notes with some grapefruit, light melon and pineapple perhaps. Definite cascade hop presence for sure. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness up front, some grapefruit and hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of hoppy cascade grapefruit, grassy bitterness and some melon sweetness as balance. Really nice.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Nice and creamy feel.

OVERALL: This is really, really good. Really like the hop bill on this one, and it's really well balanced as well. Other reviewers might be expecting something different, but as far as standard IPA's go, this is a top-class effort. Luckily this one is available at the LCBO all the time. Great stuff, and will definitely be a go-to when back in the Loo. Recommended.

Jeffo, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Chad_d_koenig, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BigGruntyThirst, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass. Got this from a mixer 12 pack from Willow Park in Regina.

Cloudy, dirty yellow in colour. White foamy head is 3/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a 1/16 cap with lots of sticky gobs of lacing.

Aroma is almost all hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange), piney and herbal. Slightly sweet.

Flavour mimics the aroma. Strongly hoppy, but not overly bitter. Grapefruit and pine dominate with hints of herbal/grass. Citrus off the start then morphs into more piney at the finish. Aftertaste is long and drawn out and more piney.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

A pretty decent IPA, but nothing about it really jumps out to grab me. Worth a try.

Noxious26, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Erik-P, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

dalehihn, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

JefferyYoung, Sep 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

billab914, Sep 10, 2013
Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.