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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
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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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deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-11-2013 01:18:55 | More by deNevers
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mspang

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-09-2013 04:10:58 | More by mspang
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itomek

New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:08:18 | More by itomek
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 21:06:49 | More by tbeckett
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-02-2013 02:52:09 | More by tommyguz
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-03-2013 05:34:56 | More by deonreds
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-20-2013 05:04:45 | More by Kmat10
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jimctin

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-15-2013 18:01:10 | More by jimctin
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-13-2013 14:32:11 | More by KStark
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-27-2013 02:26:27 | More by RedAleMan
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Ham-Nord

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Great clarity on this beer, pale golden in colour. Head lingers and never quite dissipates. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: I get a lot of strong pine smell from the northwest hops, a little grassy even. Very inviting.

T: Quite dry, but I still pick up some sweetness from the malt. Strongly bitter in the aftertaste and lingering afterwards. There is some grassy flavour from the hops, which I did not find particularly appealing.

M: Very well carbonated. A light body, with a strong bitterness.

O: This was a good IPA, but I have had much better. In my opinion, the hop profile is too confused. They have used different hops that I find are somewhat clashing. It is dry, with minimal residual sweetness. Everything is spot on except for the hop flavour, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:32:41 | More by Ham-Nord
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-06-2013 18:27:21 | More by Kahlerbock
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Very clear light-copper colour with a solid height of semi-creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and attractive lacing.

(4.0) S: Pine, juicy grapefruit, floral notes, buttery toffee, and a bit of subtle spice. Fresh and crisp aroma. Hints of tropical fruits present as well.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with lots of resin-like pine and grapefruit upfront with a buttered toffee sweetness and floral notes that present themselves towards the finish. Smooth with a fairly mellow taste that is a bit creamy too.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily and resiny with an appropriate level of bitter and dryness.

(4.0) D: This is an all-around easy drinking IPA and one I would happily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:57:42 | More by Digimaika2
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no discernible freshness info.

Appearance: Light, honey-colored body, slightly hazy, very foamy, patches of lacing clutches the sides and holds on and leaves its trace. Always a bit of head right down to the last drop.

Smell: Sharp citrus (lemon) with orange and clementines.

Taste: Tea-like in flavor but tempered with some tangerine slices and an overall grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry bitterness, smooth a little, bit conservative.

Overall: A good & safe IPA. Doesn't break the mold but is well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 11:15:14 | More by papat444
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-28-2013 15:06:09 | More by sclitch
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-28-2013 01:31:33 | More by timeo
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.5%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 2cm white head. Head reduced to a lasting thin cap. Decent lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, grass, light sweetness. Really nice aroma.

T - Light sweetness upfront and then it's hops. Citrus, pine, some floral, hint of tobacco, hint of spice. The mild maltiness tilts the balance on the bitter side.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, some tang, some stickiness yet fairly smooth, hint of heat, crisp pilsner like finish.

O - Pretty good IPA. Easy to drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 02:19:26 | More by decimator
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Bibowski

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was excited when I saw this on the shelf at my Ontario LCBO. I'd never heard of it, OR the brewery for that matter.

I'm always on the lookout for new and different IPAs, so I thought why not?

After pouring it, it appeared and smelled like a typical IPA, maybe a bit more pungent than most (but in a good way).

It was only after swallowing it that I discovered how truly bizarre it really was. It was as if someone had decided to switch the relatively tasty liquid in my mouth for some watered down Pinesol. I've had one or two IPAs before that have this extremely bizarre aftertaste so it's not just Hop Circle that is a victim.

Now, I'm a huge fan of IPA. Give me a pint of 100+ IBU any day, but this was just too weird for me. Not a fan, especially after having some of the other BC IPAs such as the incredible Red Racer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 15:46:26 | More by Bibowski
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from a six pack, priced at around 13 bucks. Part of the seasonal "Craft IPA" release at the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic. Brightness that was hinted at on the box was certainly the case here - a deep tawny golden brew, good half inch of head that creates some damned impressive lacing streaks.

Nose is a mix of bitter hops, sweet citrus (orange or tangerine), and a damp grain or earthiness. Intriguing.

This is one IPA that really required about half the bottle for me to really "get." My initial reaction was less than pleased - rather than the crisp, tart citrus and grapefruit/resin notes I was expecting from a West Coast IPA, I got something sweeter and earthier. Someone described the brew as "damp", and that's about as good as I can do myself. Sweeter citrus (tangelo or mango), grass, earth, a mild muskiness, and a long bitter finish. It's growing on me.

Zesty and bitter on the tongue, moderate to light bodied with zippy carbonation.

Fortunately I have a whole sixer of this to work through because it's an IPA that deserves extra attention. Always nice to be surprised by a brew you thought you had pegged.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 20:42:18 | More by JohnnyBarman
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-22-2013 03:26:43 | More by HATS4BATS
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-20-2013 18:06:56 | More by Molson2000
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - 13$ for a 6-pack

Appearance - Clear gold/light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, resin, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and resiny/leafy hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a hint of an odd vegetable/corn husk flavour. It ends with a medium amount of bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Just a few small adjustments away from a really good beer. They've done a good job at capturing the hop essence and it shines through in the beer. But there are some odd vegetable flavours mixed in unfortunately. Still a beer well worth a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:33:30 | More by spinrsx
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wish I could have said that Hop Circle IPA is a close encounter of the 'blurred' kind, but this beer is clear as day. So clear is it, in fact, that you can observe each tiny bubble with precise definition as though they were under a microscope. The golden beer emits a brassy sheen and has a head as white and fluffy as sheepskin.

What makes a good boxer is not only power but reach - the pungently grassy notes of this aroma reached my nose from across the table. So 'green' and herbal, it feels like I set foot in a hydroponics grow-op (or the trees behind the high school parking lot). Luckily this weedy musk - read into that word however you wish - is undercut by tones of grated lime and spearmint.

If I were desperate for Hop Circle and none was available, I could just as well lap-up the lawn after cutting it. Given, that won't relieve my thirst nearly as well but it would just about simulate the flavour. This has a seriously dank taste profile, one of wet leaves, flower petals and grass clippings, that drinks like a muggy summer afternoon (which, incidentally, may be the perfect occasion for such a quencher).

There's more than enough tangy, lime-like acidity, ginger-type heat and lemongrass notes to keep things lively on the palate. Though I have yet to try any of these myself, I reckon the brewery's suggested pairings of curries, Caribbean patties, and spicy shrimp are innate accompaniments for what is ostensibly the beer equivalent to a Thai green-chili curry paste.

"Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage." So reads the label for Phillips Hop Circle, an IPA that certainly does 'abduct the hell out of your senses' just as assuredly and brilliantly as its label describes. This is no hoax. If you have never tasted a properly hopped IPA, you could hardly do better than to start here.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:15:10 | More by biegaman
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Pig BBQ Joint in Victoria.

A - Medium yellow/orange with half a finger of thick cream coloured head.

S - Fresh grapefruit, peach and pine with a touch of caramel sweet

T - Good bitterness. Grapefruit peach, tangerine, pine. A slight malt sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Light to moderate carbonation. 4

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 23:39:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB June 28, 2013

Beer is clear golden in colour with a large white head. Pretty good retention and lots of lace.

The nose is certainly hoppy. Citrus fruit mainly, with grapefruit and orange, maybe some peach. Pine resin. A bit of a sweet-smelling bready malt scent underneath.

Taste contains the citrus and tropical fruit (more on the peach and orange end than grapefruit, unlike the nose), with a larger amount of bready malt than I expected. Fairly bitter. Lots of flavour, but the fruit somehow tastes a bit artificial and dull.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and oily.

Overall, not bad, and I will not have any problem finishing the bottle, but not a particularly strong IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:54:16 | More by jrenihan
Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.