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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

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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Samraipa67

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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

08-19-2014 17:15:15 | More by Samraipa67
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-13-2014 15:38:47 | More by sdm9465
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

08-02-2014 00:10:56 | More by spinrsx
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ToddMopps

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

08-02-2014 00:00:59 | More by ToddMopps
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

07-31-2014 15:10:47 | More by cfalovo97
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -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.

07-31-2014 02:21:41 | More by mick303
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-28-2014 01:17:44 | More by GoHabsGo
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Kuzkot


4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-25-2014 00:21:14 | More by Kuzkot
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smittybu

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

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

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%

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

06-27-2014 00:45:37 | More by BGDrock
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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.