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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88
very good

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 9
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:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-13-2011

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Vancouver private store. Initially hoppy, and then a good balance, malt and yeast. Tasty, great drinkability. Would like to get more bold citrus hoppy flavour, but still one of the best of this style.Pours cloudy light orange body with a generous head and lacey.Smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber from a trip through Abbotsford, BC., earlier this year.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thinly puffy, foamy white head, which leaves a decent layered array of webbed lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of orange, pineapple, and kiwi, amongst a pervasive, but subtle yeasty character, over top a dry grainy, bready malt. The taste is somewhat sweet and tangy, fruity bready caramel malt, the zestiness lingering - grapefruit and pineapple rind the most culpable - some mild Belgian yeast edginess, and mildly grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wee bit frothy here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth given all those yeast and hops conspiring and colluding. It finishes mostly dry, with a slight grainy, crackery malt push amongst the latent hop zig and yeast zag.

An agreeable Belgian IPA from Canada's English culture central - the yeast and booze perception both kept rather restrained. So, in essence, we're left with a nice and drinkable hoppy IPA, one with a slight Flanders predilection.

Photo of biegaman
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!

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, yellow straw, big white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Earthy funk, marmalade, lemon zest, floral with hints of grass & pine. More Belgian than American IPA & I like it.

T: Leathery, phenolic spicing, earthy, lemon zest, nectarine, hints of grass & pine, light biscuity malt, solid bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. This is more Belgian, and less IPA than I thought it would be, and I really like it!

M: Really well-attenuated, moderate body, well carbonated, hint of acidity, drying finish. Very 'digestible' as a Belgian pale should be.

D: A good drinker.

Well-crafted, not at all over-the-top. Sort of a new-world rendition of Orval. Great stuff.

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 3/7/11

A very hazy golden orange with just enough clarity to see the slow raising bubbles that feed a tight two fingers of head that retains well leaving lots of lace on the way down

S big on the Belgian yeast with lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, faint grapefruit rind among others, and just a little peppery spice

T much like the smell but more rind and the yeast works very well for it, perhaps some faint caramel but more hops then anything and the booze is well hidden

M light and fluffy with a little bitter bite to it

O very nice representation of the the style with the yeast and hops leading the way, very solid beer that went down a little too easy

I think this is my first crack at Phillips, well first review anyways and I'm impressed for sure. I think they did a great job with this one and can't wait to try some of their other stuff. Its a hop bomb but not the west Coast style were all used too but I loved the yeast profile and will be drinking this again

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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CBA.

A - Golden in colour, dotted with very small chunks. Two finger fluffy white head fades to half finger cap that sustains. Bright, aside from the small chunks.

S - Amazing aroma. Wonderful Belgian yeast moves great with a modest amount of hops. It might be the hop variety used, but it's less aggressive than other Belgian IPAs in the hop profile, yet much more complimentary. Very fruity.

T - Wonderfully balanced between yeast and hop bite. Fruity combination in both profiles. Fruity yeast takes the cake but the hop profile is a nice compliment. Some toasted malt shows up as well with a vegetal element which is nice.

M - Medium carbonation, light body. Odd. Refreshing.

D - Very high drinkability. I like this alot. Body obviously brings the score down but just proof that Belgian IPAs are some delicious beers. Well done Phillips.

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Light golden straw with a little haze. A finger of white head that doesn't last too long but leaves a little nice lacing.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and grassy hops. Lemon, orange and berries. Smells good.

Taste. Light grains and belgian yeast. Grassy, herbal hops and a little spice. A little fruit, maybe melon, but not as much as the smell would suggest. Some lasting, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice belgian ipa. Could go though a few glasses of this pretty easy ...and fully intend to.

Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem of a trade care of my western care package partner.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, soapy notes, cedar and earthy scents.

T - Citrus dominates, the earthy cedar and pine come through, bitter grapefruit and a hint of cloves and spice. The higher ABV is undetectable, making for a dangerously drinkable ale.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - I can understand why this one is so highly rated. Perfect fit for the style, solid hop presence with the Belgian flavours providing a solid backbone for a full flavoured ale. Do yourself a favour and snatch up a few extra bottles when this is available, because you'll wish you had more to grab at once you take one down.

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is light golden, quite clear. A nice solid white head on top. Good retention, good lacing.

Smell consists of yeast, soapy and grassy hops, pine, a bit of a damp scent. As it opens up, a nice light fruit scent makes itself known.

Taste is similar to the nose. Belgian yeast, some light fruit (banana, apple), grassy hops, lemon, pineapple. Fairly bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat oily.

Overall, pretty good. Not one of the top Belgian IPAs by any stretch, but pretty tasty.

Photo of peensteen
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright clear golden hue, short creamy white head that settles to a thin cap.

Leafy and citrus rind hops on the nose, some peppery spice, and dry grainy malt in the background.

Dry grains and spice up front in the flavour, finishing with dry grapefruit rind and pith, more herbal down the line and into the aftertaste, with an astringent mouthfeel long into the aftertaste.

Lighter-bodied mouthfeel, texture gets a bit sticky from the hops, moderate carbonation.

Reminds me a lot of a Saison with its dryness, but since this is a new-ish style anything kind of goes at the moment. Quite enjoyable for what it is, I'd go back for more.

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and shared with my dad.

Appearance: A banana gold color, with good lacing. Sheets rather than chunks.

Smell: Banana, pineapple and hops.

Taste: Herb-like upfront with a touch of tropical fruit and some yeast. Hops are felt.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with some nice bittering.

Overall: It was quite good. Has a decent hop bite with overtaking the Belgian side of it.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a tulip, a clear bright golden, solid white head left consistent lacing as it dissipated slowly
S - yeasty aromas of sour citrus and banana, herbal and grassy hop smells, very interesting
T - grassy hop bomb up front followed quickly by pungent ripe fruit yeastiness, finishing with earthy and floral flavours, the layering of the flavours is unique and special
M - light with medium carbonation, a strong bitterness dominates
O - an unique and outstanding blend of flavours that come through in layers, a hop bomb as the label depicts with the big belgian flavour creating a unique dichotomy, in my opinion Phillips is one of if not the absolute leader of Canadian craft brewing

Photo of SebD
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of chickenm
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of kjyost
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New bottle tried on 04-28-2013
A substantially better bottle than the first. Crisp bitterness with Juicy Fruit hop aromas & flavours coupled with Belgian esters. Very nice beer.

04-20-2013
650 mL bottle newly arrived at the MLCC Crestview. Bottle label appears to be notches 2 - Aug. WTF does that mean? I hope it is BB, not bottled last year!! Bottle claims to be 7.3% ABV. Served ~7-8C into a stemmed beer flute.

A: Crystal clear straw yellow with a nice white head that laces gloriously. (5)
S: Muted herbal hops and some peppery esters - expecting a lot more from an IPA's aroma. (3.75)
T: Meh. Not atrocious, just nothing like what I was expecting. Sweet malt, with a corn like finish along with some light belgian estery notes (pepper, maybe a hint of stone fruit) and some light earthy & herbal hop flavours. Very weak on the hops. (3.25)
M: Bitterness is low, but slowly builds. Carbonation comes off as being lower than expected, but it is a good amount.(3.75)
O: I was expecting so very much from this beer. Is this not always the way? Build something up, you will be disappointed. Come in with low expectations, be amazed. Sigh. (3.5)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 5/8" soapy white head. Beer is copper coloured and somewhat cloudy.

S: Very hoppy smelling. Plus floral, and citrus.

T: Bitter, hops, grapefruit. Slightly boozy finish. This bottle isn't nearly as good as some other bottles I have had so possibly it is a bit dated...

M: Slippery with medium to low carbonation.

O: I really enjoy this beer normally but was a bit disappointed with this bottle. Regardless of this bottle, this is an excellent Belgian IPA and a great summer beer.

Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a finger-width of white head.

Smell - Pine, citrus fruits, pineapple.

Taste - Very strong hoppy flavour with a bitterness that lingers around the roof of your mouth. There is a piney quality, as well as a hint of the pineapple and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with good carbonation. Slightly tingly from the bubbles. Overall, pretty smooth.

Overall - Good tripel from Phillips. Not for those who are faint of strongly-hopped brews. The flavours balance fairly well, leading to easy drinkability.

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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.