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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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smittybu

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 22:04:34 | More by smittybu
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-20-2014 02:05:31 | More by WillAndSarah
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +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

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 00:51:10 | More by DaveBar
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-19-2014 23:53:05 | More by Cycle69
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BeerWatcher

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bomber with an awesome label. Pours a clear, filtered golden colour with a big pillowy white head and a fair amount of carbonation. Fruity Belgian yeast wafts across the room as soon as this is opened. Tastes are of pine, yeast, honey, with hints of caramel.
Overall, an interestingly hopped beer, that has above average aromas and flavour. The only real knock I have on it is that huge Belgian head, that resists settling. This one is worth purchasing more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 21:14:36 | More by BeerWatcher
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass

Pours clear and copper in color with a massive, white fluffy cloudy head that resemble merange as it slowly settles leaving islands of sudsy islands floating on the beer surface and massive amounts of lacing. The nose and taste are quite similar though the nose is soft. They highlight all though wonderful typical Belgian notes (bananas, cloves, yeast, raw dough) but has a nice fruity hop profile finishing long and dryish. I pick up a metallic aftertaste that more or less disappears after the beer warms a bit. Medium body and carbonation keeping this beer smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 17:08:47 | More by mtomlins
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Kuno777

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-16-2014 01:12:05 | More by Kuno777
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real_human_bean

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-15-2014 18:25:11 | More by real_human_bean
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-15-2014 03:34:57 | More by KrisDLSmith
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-15-2014 02:12:01 | More by timeo
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-12-2014 23:30:37 | More by Bf_89
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-10-2014 13:24:33 | More by stevergca
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. best before november 12, 2014, printed clearly on the neck. consumed on july 9, 2014

a: clear golden yellow, three fingers of off-white head

s: smells very belgian. big yeast and mild spice up front. a bit of citrus cuts through. not a lot going on

t: tastes very belgian. yeast, bananas and spices to start off. lemon, pineapple, peach, and grapefruit notes mid-palate, with pine and a strong hop bitterness. malt comes out towards the end but doesn't stick around for very long. finishes piney and really dry

m: medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

o: my first belgian IPA. i've always been iffy about trying this style of beer -- i love belgian ales and i love IPAs, but i never thought the yeasty flavours and esters from the former could mesh well with the citrusy hop notes of the latter. after trying this brew... my thoughts remain the same. i'd rather have both styles separately. this beer actually has a fantastic fruit profile but i could do without the yeast characteristics. still worth a try, especially for hop fanatics

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 21:48:29 | More by kevinlater
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-09-2014 05:19:05 | More by Mack
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice fluffy white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, citrus/lime, grapefruit and coriander.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, faint pepper, coriander, grapefruit, lime and some pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 01:11:38 | More by SebD
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-04-2014 00:47:22 | More by kelvarnsen
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear, dull orange/gold; big, fluffy white head with great retention

Aroma: fresh cut grass, citrus - grapefruit, some herbals reminiscent of a wheat beer - coriander, clove - quite a lot of it actually

Taste & Mouthfeel: texture stands out, thick and buttery relative to a typical IPA, a solid but smooth body; hops tend to the fruity side, more of banana, mango, before turning to some spice and resin bitterness in the finish; interesting compliments going on, between the solid body and complex flavour, fruity start and bitter finish; very different from the usual IPA, would pair easily with food

Overall: it's called a Belgian IPA and the distinction provided by a unique yeast is easily noted and very welcome

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 00:45:37 | More by BGDrock
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoperation Tripel Cross has a cloudiness that's typical of British Columbia, albeit a golden colour that's actually quite sunny; striking highlights are plainly spotted and shadows can readily be made out on the other side. Its head blooms outwards, leaving riotous marks of lacing on the glass.

The combination of Belgian yeast and American hops always makes an interesting dynamic between fruit and spice. This particular example has a nice play between white pepper and white grapefruit, with a supporting cast of tangy green apple, lychee and roses; those who like Gewurztraminer will fall in love with these spicy, orchard fruit and floral aromatics.

Despite a consistently appreciable hop presence, the palate reinforces the emphasis on 'Belgian' with a bit of the 'sugar and distillate soaked white bread' maltiness that characterizes so many Duvel-inspired beers. As noted, however, a varied list of citrus and tropical fruits are never out of mind; the aftertaste, especially, resounds with hop-gifted notes of mango and mint leaf.

That green, minty profile rings throughout the finish, but does so with considerable competition from the phenolics; yeast-infused pepper and dried herbal qualities factor big time into the overall impression made by this ale. Alcohol plays a part too, despite the relatively manageable 7.3%, contributing to a spicy dimension that contrasts the sweet malts and fruity hops.

The fact that I not only enjoyed Hoperation Tripel Cross, but would herald it as one of the top Canadian examples of a Belgian IPA, comes as no surprise - Phillips is a great brewery and has been for some time. It's hard to go wrong with their lineup and this offering is no exception. Those who like the style will have no issues finishing the bomber. I sure didn't!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 21:44:42 | More by biegaman
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-22-2014 07:08:33 | More by valianes
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale blonde colour, 2 fingers of white head, lots of lace on the glass. Smell is of spicy belgian yeast, fruity citrus, lemon zest, grapefruit and oprange. Taste is bitter and hoppy upfront, grapefruit and citrus, earthy mid palate, yeasty and spicy finish with a long fruity aftertaste. Medium dry carbonation, medium body. Solid stuff, nothing midblowing but certainly good for the style and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 14:00:07 | More by peensteen
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-11-2014 02:34:02 | More by yancot
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2014 23:50:04 | More by largadeer
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-18-2014 19:40:16 | More by rogerdandy
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FinnHawk

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-04-2013 06:14:40 | More by FinnHawk
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-03-2013 14:19:40 | More by DamageCase76
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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.