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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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Reviews: 51
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 Intrinsic
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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!

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

Grabbed this bottle on a recent trip to BC. Poured into a Summit EPA glass.

Light golden hay color. Very thick (at least two fingers), billowy white head that only seems to keep growing because of the scoring on the bottom of this particular glass.

Aroma is very reminiscent of a nice, spicy Belgian tripel. Banana, clove, spice. For being a Belgian style IPA, I'm definitely getting more of the Belgian and less of the IPA.

The taste certainly highlights the hops more than the aroma. A very biter IPA with not a whole lot of malt to back it up. There's plenty of bready, sweet character to support the Belgian style but it's still a very bitter, dry beer.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and bitter. Good carbonation to create a nice full feel to it but fades quickly and the crisp finish doesn't leave much lingering on the tongue.

Overall, a pretty balanced, flavorful beer. Not a style I have a whole lot but this one has a good balance for hop flavor and spicy characteristics that I associate with a Belgian tripel.

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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.

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Photo of beerayrton
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, IPAs....don't get me wrong, I love a good IPA, it just took me some time as a novice beernerd to get into them. But it's definitely a style I appreciate.

Appearance - Golden colour, very beautiful. One finger of head settling into a lacing of foam.

Smell - Hops right off the bat, as it should be. Smells like an atypical heavy IPA, as I believe it has a goodly number of IBU's. has a sweet, almost earthy pine-y smell (if that's a word)

Taste - Hoppy, of course. You taste them right away. It doesn't detract from the flavour though, like, say a a moylens hopsickle would. (There's another beer I need to re-try, as I had a bad experience the last time I had it.)

Mouthfeel - again, forest-y/pine-y...little carbonation (not so much that it hits you over the head.) it lingers, but not overlong.

Overall - Supremely drinkable. In my not so humble opinion, one of the better (read: sweeter) IPAs i've had. Definitely one i'm going to have again.

Plus. how can you not like the bombs dropping on the label? I love it.

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Photo of Shadman
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has kinda become my go-to Hop fix lately so maybe a review is in order...

Pours a slightly cloudy dirsty straw amber( hey!..it's what I see) Sticky, merangue-like head that leaves gobs of lacing the size of some small Pacific Islands on the sides of the glass

Can certainly pick-up the citrus and a wiff of spiciness. Some grain dust malts as well.

Starts with some of that spicy, sweet Belgian action before the dry hops open the door and holler, " Get the hell out of my way"! Explosion of citrus and dry hops that threaten tastebud genocide before allowing a hint of malt sweetness to sneak in the back door. Not even a hint of 8% ABV until the finish.

Will echo Hoser in that this is great Belgian IPA for the buck, mind you at $.95 more than he's paying...;))

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Photo of hoser
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say a five dollars a bottle this beer is outstanding. Dry Hopped to the fucking nuts and a nice interplay with the Belgian yeast at a third of the Belgian and French Canadian examples in our province you can't go wrong. The only thing I could complain about an it small complaint is I would like a creamy denser head but once again at five bucks a bomber that is a very small complaint.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of maclean25
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple of 650 mL bottles while in Vancouver.

It poured with good, creamy looking, off-white head. The head reduced in a few minutes and left good lacing. The body is cloudy with a gold colour.

It had a fruity (mostly grapes) and floral scent. Had something of a wine bouquet to it. The taste was big on ctirus hops, then yeast, and left with little aftertaste. I agree with one of the reviewers below that it has a 'boozy' quality to it. I found it had big carbonation (which I like) and a medium body.

Overall, I can see how this excels for its category. Though it isn't my favourite type of beer.

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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.

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Photo of trail77
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3X is a really nice representation of a brewery doing a casual version of an experimental contemporary style. Pretty obvious the cross of typical Belgian pale ale yeast with a bright fruity NW hoppy profile... clearly cloned or at least inspired by Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel... this regular 22.oz. bomber at local Victoria shops is a welcome addition to the already impressive Phillips' hop styles...
Presumably, if delving into this rare breed, you know what to expect... if not, good luck!

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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.

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Photo of LazyL
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden straw colour with nice IPA orange highlights. The white head disapated almonst instantly leaving only a slight trace around the edge.
The smell is subtle. Slight hint of grapefruit but predominently boozy honey notes with resiny fruit influences.
The taste is hoppy IPA up front with a hint of grapefruit then hits you with a malty sweet middle followed by a finish of Belgian fruit.
The mouthfeel is good and nicely carbonated with a finish that is dry with a soft IPA bitterness.
Very easy drinker for 8% and very well balanced. I would even say that this beer is elegant and I love the label of the old bomber dropping hop bombs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Very excited to see this hoppy belgium come across the pond to Vancouver. Too few of phillips beers make it here. or elsewhere outside Vancouver Island.

Slighty cloudy appearance with lasting carbonation, pours a 1.5 finger head which dissipates to a modest persistent 1cm that leaves random lacing as you drink.

Smell is belgium yeast and nice with medium hop aroma but can't distinguish. Taste is great with properly balanced belgium flavour and a medium west coast IPA flavour with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is good carbonation and lasting flavour, bitterness.

Great drinkability, easy to have 2 bombers even for $5.10 each in the gov't stores at 8%. Wish they could sell more phillips in the gov't stores and regulation hurdles were less.

I'm very happy to hear this will be a regular in the gov't stores, if I could choose I would buy all their IPAs.

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Photo of spree92
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really didn't have and expectations going into this.
Gave it a quick shake to stir it up a bit. Poured a slightly cloudy light amber. A little heavier than a lager color. Small, white head dissipated fast but left amazing lacing. Belgian yeast is highlighted by great floral notes. Reminds me of a hefeweizen. Floral and citrus peel are the first flavors. The flavor digs deep and finishes with a starch/yeast/bread texture. This beer leaves the mouth with ease. No flavors linger behind. Once you finish a mouthful, you forget what you just drank and go back for more. For a 8% brew, this goes fast and nice.

I really wish Phillips made this a year-round beer. I think it would taste that much better during the hotter months. Either way, still a really good beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phillips Hoperation pours a bright, gold, with some orange and a nice fluffy head. The aroma is fruity and slightly estery with herbal and mildly citrusy hops, as well as a nice phenolic character. The flavor is a delicious mix of spicy, citrusy hops, fruity and dry chalky yeast. The fruity esters start sweet, but the beer finishes dry with a nice balance of phenols and bitterness. A slight resiny character lingers in the finish. The alcohol is hidden completely.

Overall this is one of the best Belgian IPA's I've had. There is a great balance of bitterness, hop flavor and yeast. It definitely tastes like more thought went into it besides just throwing a Belgian yeast into an IPA.

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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.

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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.