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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

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 49
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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-21-2011 03:32:58 | More by EskimoDave
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w00ddy

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-11-2012 18:20:56 | More by w00ddy
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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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Intrinsic

Germany

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%

PHTC pours quite clear for a Belgian IPA, with a thin head that manages to leave some nice lacing. The most noticeable smells are the Belgian yeast and the hops, however mild. The flavour is actually a little watery, but still representative of a Belgian IPA. Again, the yeast and hops are what stand out here. It finishes nicely, not dry, mild carbonation. Overall, its ok. Not a homerun though.

12-27-2011 03:27:30 | More by Intrinsic
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma has Belgian yeast, hops, fruits, and sugar. The taste is kind of all over the place, with an almost cloying sweetness coliding with bitter hops. Light body with good carbonation. Overall it's not bad but I've had much better Belgian IPA's.

03-09-2011 02:57:59 | More by chickenm
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -14.6%

Edit 2: Nahhh, they've definitely changed the recipe or something. The new taste is way too consistent to be old batches and it definitely doesn't taste old. It just tastes... horribly mediocre. It's time for a dreaded re-review of this.

Ok, so first off I'm pretty sure they started filtering this beer, because it's pretty much crystal clear nowadays. It looks like a slightly darker shade of lager than the original iteration of the beer. Also a pretty decent white (not off-white, but white) head.

Smell is grains. There's no hoppiness to the smell, it's just grains and way off in the back there's some belgian yeast/candi sugar.

Taste is kinda hoppy, but not the right kind of hops. It doesn't taste like the hops they were using about a year back (floral, grapefruity, alpha acid-y hops), they're using some really awful, probably European bittering hops that do nothing to either stand out, or help the beer in any way. The beer tastes bitter and kinda earthy, with a thin body and low carbonation

Mouthfeel is mediocre. I won't say this is an undrinkable beer nowadays, because it's certainly drinkable. Compared to what this beer used to be, though, this is a fuckin disgrace. They literally took away everything that this beer unique: amazing hops? gone; awesome belgian yeast/candi sugar backbone to balance out the hops? gone. Hell, even the body feels thin and watery now. And they're filtering it, for some ungodly reason. Who the hell ever heard of a Belgian anything being filtered, unless we're talking bottom of the barrel macro beer?

Anyway, I'm done with this beer. It used to be one of my favorite beers out of BC, so I'm pretty sad to see it end up like this. It's actually quite baffling that they'd even change it like this. Why not just retire it and release a new beer under a different name? It'd feel less like a "fuck you" than this does.

Original review left for posterity, back when this beer was really good (the good ole days, imho :( )
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I've had a few of these Belgian tripel/IPA hybrids before which tasted similar yet sodomized your palette with an unholy collection of widely disparate tastes and flavors that had no business trying to meld together (basically, the less said about Stone's Cali-Belgique abomination, the better), so I initially approached this beer with caution.

Beer pours a hazy, slightly pale orange, with a decent off-white head and persistent lacing on the glass. Smells of floral hops and Belgian yeast sort of assault your nostrils. First thing you taste is hops: a really strong, floral aroma that somehow manages to smoothly give way to Belgian yeast and Candi sugar with almost no beta acid bitterness. Despite the somewhat sweet aftertaste, the beer manages to feel fairly dry: the dryness of the initial hop aroma and the sweetness of the Belgian malts and yeast make this a fairly neutral beer in this respect. It also hides its alcohol content really well; I doubt many people would say this is over 6-6.5% in a blind tasting. Basically, this beer will make you think you could handle three bombers because it's so delicious and easy to drink and the next thing you'll remember is waking up on a park bench somewhere the next morning.

Overall, this is one of my hoppy mainstays, especially since it's fairly easy to find in the Lower Mainland. The hop profile is actually pretty gorgeous, especially for a Canadian beer - it's reminiscent of something you'd see brewed in California, although probably a bit mellower compared to the usual fare down there. Undoubtedly my favorite beer from Phillips Brewing and one of the better examples of this style of beer.

12-29-2012 14:40:01 | More by smekermann
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Bottle: Poured slight hazy beige with some orangey color notes with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with some sweet malty notes. Taste is a bit sweeter then I had expected with some notes of dry hops with light citrus undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Finish is quite dry and interesting though malt profile is a bit too sweet with not much complexity; Belgian yeast didn’t real come through. Interesting though lacking some balance and not something I would drink on a regular basis.

03-17-2012 14:49:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-26-2012 18:33:43 | More by sansho
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mbehrns

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-04-2012 03:14:22 | More by mbehrns
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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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tcampbel1

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-14-2012 00:29:02 | More by tcampbel1
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thefullpython


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-18-2012 05:33:54 | More by thefullpython
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bigorange

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-17-2012 21:54:37 | More by bigorange
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-23-2013 01:30:04 | More by MylesMac
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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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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Nice take on a Belgian take on an Northwest version of a UK beer. :)

Clear amber with a thick white head. Hops, malts and a Belgian yeast and candi sugar nose. The taste is a little bit too bitter, and strays away from both the Belgian and the IPA character. It doesn't mix well with the malt sweetness.

Good carbonation, but the higher ABV and the ill-balanced sweet and sour and hop taste is kind of distracting. Not bad, but certainly not my favourite Phillips beer.

02-18-2011 05:54:15 | More by BDTyre
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

This is one of those brews that really walks the line for me. While I 100% respect the style of the Belgian Tripel, it's not really my forte; that said, I 100% love the Northwest Hop-Bomb IPA, so I still had to give this one a try.

Besides, the label is eye-catching and just friggin' awesome.

THe first sip is filled with hops but also all the fruitiness that a Belgian tripel is known for - to be fair, it took a while to get used to, but with subsequent sips it died down and I "got used to" it.

If you're a fan of either Belgian Tripel or the hop-bomb IPA style, I suggest you give this a try to see what you think!

Merry Christmas!

12-26-2011 06:17:53 | More by timtwoface
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottle from Rutager, 650ml into a tulip. Thanks Brad!

Hazy yellow body, couple fingers of soapy white head. Good fluffy retention, and nice lacing. Nose has a soft lemony citrus and floral bouquet, some Belgian notes as well. A bit of spice, light grains. Taste is a bit of step down, some grassy herbal hopping. Lighter citrus, some zest, a bit soapy and some Belgian yeast. Reminds me a bit of the Cuvee Houblounee III from A La Fut in terms of the yeast character. Medium body, medium high carbonation. An OK beer but I'm not a big fan of the way the yeast comes through.

07-04-2012 03:05:01 | More by liamt07
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

A: Cloudy golden body with one finger of white fluffy head.

S: Loads of pine, mixed with citrus fruits, apples and some earthiness.

T: Very strong notes of earthy pine, which over powers the subtle notes of fruit.

M: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Very dry and bitter aftertaste with subtle notes of alcohol.

O: Intensely hopped IPA, which was good in the hops domain, but felt that it could have been better balanced and had more of the fruitiness come through. Easy to drink none the less.

03-13-2012 18:58:59 | More by Long813
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

New beer from Phillips that takes their imperial IPA and adds Belgian yeast to the mix. The beer works pretty well though I found the bitter finish a little distracting at times. The beer is big and hoppy but quite drinkable. The Belgian yeast adds an intersting flavour to the mix

02-13-2011 04:13:58 | More by canucklehead
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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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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.