Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA - Phillips Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev +4.8%
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
06-27-2014 00:45:37 | More by BGDrock
3.96/5 rDev -0.3%
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!
06-24-2014 21:44:42 | More by biegaman
3.86/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-20-2014 14:00:07 | More by peensteen
3.76/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-13-2013 14:33:56 | More by djoprahwinfrey
4.34/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
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)
04-29-2013 15:44:25 | More by kjyost
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottled on April 1 according the label. Poured from a bomber into a round beer glass.
Pour a slightly cloudy yellow with a nice white tight-knit head and strong lacing to boot.
I can smell both a good dose of light bready malts and a yeast smell that borders on funky, but doesn't stray into Saison territory. Hops are present in the background emanating a pine and earth smell.
Bread, malts, mildly phenolic peppery notes and a good, but reasonable dose of hop bitterness.
The quaff is round and smooth and coats the tongue a bit. Finishes with some astringency, but allows some sweetness and pepper to shine through as well.
I don't think throwing a bunch of hops in a belgian pale ale or whatever is a terribly inventive or creative thing anymore, but Phillips does a great job of it here. It is more or less what you expect, but everything works together in concert to provide a nice beer.
04-18-2013 04:04:41 | More by Muhly
Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.