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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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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KrisDLSmith, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

timeo, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bf_89, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

stevergca, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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 belgian. 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

kevinlater, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mack, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

SebD, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

kelvarnsen, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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

BGDrock, Jun 27, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

valianes, Jun 22, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

peensteen, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

yancot, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

largadeer, Feb 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

rogerdandy, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

FinnHawk, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy golden yellow pour, 1/2 finger of medium bubbled white head into a very healthy lace throughout

S - dominating sweet hops, pine, bubblegum, some lime

T - potent hops, sweet lemon, piney, fruity, mild banana and orange

M - medium-high carbonation, medium body, slight bitterness

O - A great hop filled IPA.

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Erik-P, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

MylesMac, Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

cam477, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JoshRosario, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

adhallick, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

604growler, Aug 01, 2013
Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.