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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPAHoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA

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very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
You can almost hear the sirens as you pop the cap on this bomber. This IPA slams hop first into a classic belgian yeast to create a super fortress of flavour.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-13-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

olradetbalder, Friday at 03:26 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Groulxsome, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Good but the flavour reminds me of wheat beer

kirbytall, Oct 20, 2014
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CurtisD, Oct 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

PaulietheBrit, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

650 mL undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of floral hops
Head large (7cm), white, frothy, very sloooowly diminishing to an uneven frothy layer > 1 cm thick
Lacing OK – partial rings with stalactites, medium islands, all with tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins with a floral hoppiness ending in a refreshingly bitter aftertaste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.875. Final weighted score: 3.9
This is an interesting beer – a Belgiun IPA that only tastes like a straight IPA, ie no yeast phenolics detected. This is a good thing. The alcohol is well hidden and is only showing up in its effects, not in the nose or taste. The nose is hoppy – too bad it’s floral rather than coniferous – but that’s just my preference. Great head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Overall, a pretty darn good brew from the Great White North.

Ozzylizard, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of byronic
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow haze with an incredibly large white puffy head. Lively carbonation leading to good retention. Mild notes of hops, some citrus fruits but mostly yeasts. Tastes of a mixture of grasses and yeasts with an almost soapy consistency. Some notes of fruits such as melon but unfortunately overpowered by the off-putting mouth feel.

byronic, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

polloenfuego, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Large format bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy golden yellow with ample creamy white head on top and the expected Belgian IPA aroma of spicy medicinal phenols, fruity esters, and floral aromatic hops. I am getting clove or perhaps allspice, banana peel, pineapple gummy candy, cidery apples and pears, and something tropical (presumably from the hops), guava perhaps? Palate features a rather pungent array of phenols, I am even getting some so-called "bandage" flavor here and there amidst the aforementioned spices and fruits. Not bad at this level but this as an assertive Belgian yeast that threatens to push its luck a little. Initially I was tasting the malts up front as well, honeyed cereal perhaps, but these flavors rather quickly receded into the background as the yeast and hops essentially stomped them into the pavement. This brew developed nicely over the course of a pint, with dry floral aromatics, grapefruit, sour tropical berries and unripe pineapples wrestling some control away from the yeast. Comes across as thin of body and quite fizzy, with a strong lingering dry finish of yeast special effects and the aforementioned floral/citrus hops. I certainly have had more refined examples of this style (or of tripels proper for that matter) but I am enjoying this on its own merits. Cool label concept as well. This is indeed a bit of a bomb run on the tastebuds.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Two of my favourite styles beautifully combined. A must try for Hop enthusiasts.

Samraipa67, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

sdm9465, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.50

Appearance - Gold colour with a gigantic size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, yeast, breads/grains, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, and a peppery spice mix. There is also lemons, coriander/clove, and a bit of a grassiness.

Overall - Very good.. just a few notches below being something special. Refreshing and a good summer beer. The ABV is well hidden and it has a balanced flavour. Not noteworthy enough for me to pick up more though.

spinrsx, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

ToddMopps, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

cfalovo97, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a cloudy golden colour with a large dense cap of creamy white head, showing really solid impressive retention and lacing. Looks really great.

S- grassy and passionfruit are forefront, Lot of fermentation esters off this, belgian funky yeast, drying esters of souring bananas and tannic florals, Some fruits, muddled banana and pears mixed with some spice, clove, cinnamon, yeasty.

T - more banana, then more grapefruit citrus coming forward, over a creamy nearly wheaty body, lively to start with noticeable hoppy florals, blackcurrent, some pine maybe thrown in, then it starts to dry out and the fully fermentation esters come drying through the palate. Weird banana, mixed with lavender? also some noticeable alcohol spice. Finish dries out and is actually more succinct than expected. As it warms, pale british malt, with a spiced honey character, leather, yeast notes meld together.

M - quite creamy and full bodied, some alcohol astringency to it, moderate carbonation. Satisfying feel to it, with a slight kick of spice, big and full upfront then a more creamy yeastiness to it. Somehow managing to finish smoothly.

I initially didn't take to this, but it managed to grow more on my over the course of a glass. It doesn't fit a typical BIPA, this one actually tasted slightly infected at points, and the yeast is aggressive, notes of fermenting banana skins did appear at points...The hops were fruity and floral and the beer did start to develop some attractive coherency to it. The yeast and malt make up an interesting duo on the palate, while the high abv ramps up this beer. I feel that while a good beer, they might have just bitten off too much on this. It didnt really have the balance I would associate with the tripel, in fact balance was really the only aspect missing that could have really improved an otherwise very flavourful offering. As it settled in the glass it came much more into its own, the alcohol mellowed, the aroma became more nuanced, the grapefruit and florals interplayed in the spicy clove and yeast, the finish became fuller, and it really developed some interesting complexity. This taught me not to judge by a cover.

mick303, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

GoHabsGo, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Kuzkot, Jul 25, 2014
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3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nothing to write home about, in my opinion. Nice color - typical IPA smell nothing stands out there - it is the mouth-feel and the aftertaste that I like most about this beer - at first seems like a pretty standard IPA and then you get that nice Belgian yeasty second wave, also - very creamy, not sure if that was because the bottle itself was poorly carbonized or is the way the beer naturally sits, however I enjoyed the somewhat flat texture that I got after pouring it into a standard pint. Lastly, my other quarrel with this beer is that I feel it might be overproduced, or rather has traveled a bit too far for my liking if I am in Toronto buying it. It is from Vancouver Island, next time I visit my in laws will certainly give the actual brewery itself a look see.

smittybu, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

WillAndSarah, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass. Alcohol on the label now reads 7.3% not 8%.

A- Wicked good. Enjoyed the POP and super good head that lasted

S- Very good. Super good grapefruit etc. I like it a lot

T- Very good and I enjoyed it a lot. Tart and dry. There is a lot of malt but just can't say that is it overpowering or anything like that.

M- Dry. It is a refreshing IPA that is this dry

O- Very good. I like this one and will save one for the future although it is a Triple IPA. As time passes I can see the hops leaving but at least I have something to compare to.

Food Pairing

This nice little Triple IPA went well with...Spicy salmon sushi roll topped with Tabiko caviar and roasted sesame seeds


DaveBar, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.