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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
88
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2011
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

largadeer, Feb 24, 2014
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.

biboergosum, Oct 16, 2011
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!

biegaman, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.8%

billab914, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

liamt07, Jul 04, 2012
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.

Derek, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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

wordemupg, Jul 04, 2011
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
Photo of tbeckett
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

tbeckett, Mar 05, 2011
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

canucklehead, Feb 13, 2011
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.

andrenaline, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Rutager, Apr 14, 2011
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.

jrenihan, Jul 10, 2012
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.

IronDjinn, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

schopenhauerale, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.8%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.7%

cfalovo97, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

peensteen, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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

joemcgrath27, Oct 23, 2011
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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.