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Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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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
Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

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

billab914, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear golden color. A bit more deeply rich and gold than a standard lager.

The aroma has some refreshing citrus, pine, and grass.

The flavor is very “green.” Tons of marijuana flavor, grass, pine, black tea leaves, and then a lot of bitterness on the end. There is a bit of sweetness with this beer, but it’s mostly lots of bitterness.

A decent IPA, especially for those for prefer bitterness over balance with malt.

dar482, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JoshRosario, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of TerryW
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold under a big fluffy head that gives up chunky lace. Settles to a substantial 1 cm cap.
A handsome beer.

Resinous pine alongside grapefruit citrus that is quite appetizing. Shows some subtlety instead of just punching you in the face with grapefruit pith.

Grapefruit, pine and malt. Strong bitter finish that lingers but is not overwhelming. Medium bodied some fullness from an almost oily mouth feel.

Interesting for lots of things happening in the glass, but probably a little to heavy too drink a ton of. Good as a one off.

TerryW, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sokool, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very clean and shy, golden amber, lot of carbonation with a nice foamy and thick head that stick on the panels of the glass.

Smell is a bit hoppy, not too much actually, resinous,fruity.

Taste, well is there any tomahawk in there, very grapefuit, bitter, sharp but fruity, with a zesty shy yeasty end in mouth. round at first sharp at the end. the bitterness comes playing a bit later.

3Vandoo, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

adhallick, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

1stOffender, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Shadman, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mick303, Jul 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

BRYeleJR, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

LXIXME, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

deNevers, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mspang, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of itomek
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, drank in July 2013 with a November 2013 "drink by" date.

A: I was intrigued by the color, yellow-gold wih fine carbonation, almost an orange hue that seemed to glow in the daylight.
S: still promising, piney and resinous hops, a little dank, some Hints of a Mary-Jane smell, slightly floral.
T: here is where things went to hell. First taste is promising, floral, fresh and pine notes on the tongue. Quickly, a bitter wave of vegetal awfulness sweeps over everything. Is there anything but pale malt in this beer? If so, I can't taste it. I don't know if this is DMS, but I was heartbroken. Won't buy again...

itomek, Jul 07, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Poured a nice light golden colour with mild haze. Two fingers of soapy white head sat on top with mild carbonation. Great lace rings, half finger retention.

S - Marajuana, grass, citrus, pine, nice depth of citrus.

T - Marajuana, pine, grapefruit. Much like the aroma. Nice flavour.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Easy to drink with a respectable ABV. A good IPA that I could drink a number of. The dank/weedy hop note is a nice twist and the hop flavour was well done.

tbeckett, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tommyguz, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

deonreds, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.