Hop Circle IPA
Phillips Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,540
Ranked #20,233
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow....just TWO reviews in the last 2 and a half years !?!?
For a year-round IPA offering of one of the larger craft breweries in a substantial-sized market ?!?

This is why Canada has no craft beers worth drinking....Canadians don't care enough to bother, or know enough to care.

Mar 14, 2021
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ADicerni from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: buckwheat honey gold in colour with off white creamy head with good retention and lots of lacing.
Smell is full and aromatic with piney spices and sweet malt.
Taste is potent with more than a hint of citrus and heavy bitterness in a good way. Well balanced with malty sweetness and bitter hops. Alcohol is strong but doesn’t overpower the hoppy flavour.
Mouthfeel is well rounded and full. Makes you want to hold it and savour the taste.
Overall I find this IPA exceptional and have put it on my favourites list.

Oct 25, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I bought Hop Circle while visiting family on Vancouver Island, I thought I need to find a locally brewed beer that I can enjoy while on the Island. When I saw the Hop Circle can it caught my eye like the other Phillips label designs are very bright and vivid, so I thought lets give it a try. My first impression was when poured it had a hoppy citrus smell with a very white head that held up very well. The taste was citrus first and then the hops build to a crescendo, I found it refreshing, light And enjoyable. #2 I added 2 oz of Clamato and added some Fat Chili Farms Wizard Choice Hot Sauce 4 to 8 drops depending on whether you enjoy spice, but the first one had 4 or 5 drops, I found my new West Coast drink, And now I live in Calgary and the Phillips Hop Boxes are available so I can enjoy here at home. I nicknamed the drink Spicy UFO.

May 19, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color threw me off. Pours the color of sweet tea. Head is white then dissipates quickly. Nose has a sweet almost caramel hint. Taste quickly kicks the sweetness to the side. Bitterness overwhelms the palate, but in a good way. Good beer.

Sep 29, 2018
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ChillingCammy from Canada (ON)

4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Would love to re-rate with a fresh memory. Was served at local restaurant from tap, light straw color, slightly opaque. Strong citrus and fruit aromas. Very well hopped, strong citrus flavors. No longer available locally and look forward to the day i find it again.

Dec 05, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy orange amber color with thick creamy off-white head as a showcase, the head well retains itself with very good retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting frothy layer on the surface and leaving sticky lacing wave all around.

Very crisp citrusy hop in the aroma, it also discloses notes of peach, melon, and mango while malt being a good support with its biscuit, candy (like an orange candy), and caramel.

Straightforward taste of good IPA, hop dominates the taste buds with its zesty citrus together with orange spice, peach, melon, mango, and moderate grassy bitterness. Malt is still in supporting like the aroma with its biscuit, sweet candy, and caramel.

Medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel from its moderate crisp carbonation, the feeling is quite refreshing with a dry finish.

Very easy drinkable IPA with loads of citrusy hop character which is precisely from the C hops, it is good in overall.

May 20, 2017
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden, slightly opaque. Tight bubble, unrelenting head. Citrus aroma. Assertive bitterness followed by grapefruit rind and pine flavours. Faulty dry with a hint of honey malt

Jun 22, 2016
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hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV, unknown ibu, 341ml bottle.
A - amber orange clear with finger n half white head.
S - citrus, mango, peach, passion fruit, tangerine, not really piney. grassy, "medicine". dank, caramel, toast malt.
T - great carbonation, refreshing, light mouthful, fruity like juice! well balanced with malt n hop, not so hoppy tho, but stick in tongue long enough. interesting unique funky aroma n taste of phillips'. smoky after taste from peat.
O - it's a really good IPA, dry, more on the fruity side, refreshing especially on a hot summer day! sorry I was wrong, it's indeed pretty hoppy and lingering!! which makes it even better, n thing learned is that couldn't write an accurate review with only first zip. Phillips always make good beer! cheers!! WILL buy it next time!! dryer & hoppier than RED RACER IPA.

Jul 19, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beer for serious hop heads. This one is all about the IBU's. Lots of leafy, resinous, dry finished hops happening here. I enjoy one of these from time to time, just to kick ass on my taste buds.

Jun 04, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Frog, Vancouver.
Crusty white film over tarnished brass. 3.75
Passion fruit and sour citrus nose. 4
Apricot danish, then juicy orange, grapefruit rind, cantaloupe, and pine resin hops. 4
Lime Starburst and tangerine finish and jagged evergreen and powdery Lemsip linger.
Light side of medium, sticky, some oil. 4

A couple of different angles to the hops, which is a nice surprise. Citrus, yes, but also some Simcoe notes. Maybe a bit sweet and fruity, but both juicy and some real IBUs. More than I expected from Phillips. 4

Jan 28, 2015
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Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice golden colour with an inch thick head that laced the glass as you drank it. The nose has a nice citrus smell, as well as a bit of pineapple and a bold hop nose. There was a bit of sweetness in the mouth, followed by a hoppy bitterness as it finished off. Thought this was very well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Dec 22, 2014
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillip's Brewing 'Hop Circle IPA' @ 5.2% , served from a growler purchased for $10

A-pour is a light pale gold from the growler to a clear gold in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-citrus mostly

T-lemon citrus , bitter IPA

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent IPA , poor local IPA

prost LampertLand

Jul 12, 2014
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souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle at Heartwood Community Cafe.

A: yellow, visible carbonation, minimal head that dissipated quickly
S: not picking up much of anything - a hint of citrus, maybe?
T: grassy bitterness, maaaybe a hint of melon or tropical fruit, not well balanced
F: smooth, medium-bodied
O: Not bad, but it's certainly no Fat Tug or Lord of the Hops. I wouldn't get it again.

Dec 05, 2013
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the more widely available BC IPAs in sunny Alberta, finally tried this one as part of a Hop Box mixed pack that caught my eye because of a Simcoe single hop offering (review to follow). Pours a yellow to light orange with shockingly good head retention, that sucker sat there like a fortress for quite a while as I waited for the beer to warm up to a more ester-friendly temperature. Aroma was the expected west coast citrus, with grapefruit and orange leading the way followed by a dank marijuana herbal blast. Palate was actually quite devoid of citrus or tropical fruit, these are there in the form of some orange and grapefruit rind but take a decided back seat to tons of hemp oil, pine resin, tea, and leafy flavors that leave a major vegetal impression as opposed to fruit. Whoa. Maybe a whiff of white grape. Little in the way of sweet malt to provide balance, maybe a little nuttiness. Not bad if you are in the mood to drink a pot soda without the sweetness. Aroma suggests more complexity than what the palate delivers.

Oct 18, 2013
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this at the LCBO.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, foamy, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film. A splotchy film remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, light caramel notes with some grapefruit, light melon and pineapple perhaps. Definite cascade hop presence for sure. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness up front, some grapefruit and hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of hoppy cascade grapefruit, grassy bitterness and some melon sweetness as balance. Really nice.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Nice and creamy feel.

OVERALL: This is really, really good. Really like the hop bill on this one, and it's really well balanced as well. Other reviewers might be expecting something different, but as far as standard IPA's go, this is a top-class effort. Luckily this one is available at the LCBO all the time. Great stuff, and will definitely be a go-to when back in the Loo. Recommended.

Oct 11, 2013
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass. Got this from a mixer 12 pack from Willow Park in Regina.

Cloudy, dirty yellow in colour. White foamy head is 3/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a 1/16 cap with lots of sticky gobs of lacing.

Aroma is almost all hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange), piney and herbal. Slightly sweet.

Flavour mimics the aroma. Strongly hoppy, but not overly bitter. Grapefruit and pine dominate with hints of herbal/grass. Citrus off the start then morphs into more piney at the finish. Aftertaste is long and drawn out and more piney.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

A pretty decent IPA, but nothing about it really jumps out to grab me. Worth a try.

Sep 29, 2013
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dar482 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear golden color. A bit more deeply rich and gold than a standard lager.

The aroma has some refreshing citrus, pine, and grass.

The flavor is very “green.” Tons of marijuana flavor, grass, pine, black tea leaves, and then a lot of bitterness on the end. There is a bit of sweetness with this beer, but it’s mostly lots of bitterness.

A decent IPA, especially for those for prefer bitterness over balance with malt.

Aug 22, 2013
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold under a big fluffy head that gives up chunky lace. Settles to a substantial 1 cm cap.
A handsome beer.

Resinous pine alongside grapefruit citrus that is quite appetizing. Shows some subtlety instead of just punching you in the face with grapefruit pith.

Grapefruit, pine and malt. Strong bitter finish that lingers but is not overwhelming. Medium bodied some fullness from an almost oily mouth feel.

Interesting for lots of things happening in the glass, but probably a little to heavy too drink a ton of. Good as a one off.

Aug 20, 2013
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3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very clean and shy, golden amber, lot of carbonation with a nice foamy and thick head that stick on the panels of the glass.

Smell is a bit hoppy, not too much actually, resinous,fruity.

Taste, well is there any tomahawk in there, very grapefuit, bitter, sharp but fruity, with a zesty shy yeasty end in mouth. round at first sharp at the end. the bitterness comes playing a bit later.

Aug 09, 2013
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itomek from New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, drank in July 2013 with a November 2013 "drink by" date.

A: I was intrigued by the color, yellow-gold wih fine carbonation, almost an orange hue that seemed to glow in the daylight.
S: still promising, piney and resinous hops, a little dank, some Hints of a Mary-Jane smell, slightly floral.
T: here is where things went to hell. First taste is promising, floral, fresh and pine notes on the tongue. Quickly, a bitter wave of vegetal awfulness sweeps over everything. Is there anything but pale malt in this beer? If so, I can't taste it. I don't know if this is DMS, but I was heartbroken. Won't buy again...

Jul 07, 2013
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Poured a nice light golden colour with mild haze. Two fingers of soapy white head sat on top with mild carbonation. Great lace rings, half finger retention.

S - Marajuana, grass, citrus, pine, nice depth of citrus.

T - Marajuana, pine, grapefruit. Much like the aroma. Nice flavour.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Easy to drink with a respectable ABV. A good IPA that I could drink a number of. The dank/weedy hop note is a nice twist and the hop flavour was well done.

Jul 03, 2013
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Ham-Nord from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Great clarity on this beer, pale golden in colour. Head lingers and never quite dissipates. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: I get a lot of strong pine smell from the northwest hops, a little grassy even. Very inviting.

T: Quite dry, but I still pick up some sweetness from the malt. Strongly bitter in the aftertaste and lingering afterwards. There is some grassy flavour from the hops, which I did not find particularly appealing.

M: Very well carbonated. A light body, with a strong bitterness.

O: This was a good IPA, but I have had much better. In my opinion, the hop profile is too confused. They have used different hops that I find are somewhat clashing. It is dry, with minimal residual sweetness. Everything is spot on except for the hop flavour, unfortunately.

Apr 25, 2013
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Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Very clear light-copper colour with a solid height of semi-creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and attractive lacing.

(4.0) S: Pine, juicy grapefruit, floral notes, buttery toffee, and a bit of subtle spice. Fresh and crisp aroma. Hints of tropical fruits present as well.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with lots of resin-like pine and grapefruit upfront with a buttered toffee sweetness and floral notes that present themselves towards the finish. Smooth with a fairly mellow taste that is a bit creamy too.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily and resiny with an appropriate level of bitter and dryness.

(4.0) D: This is an all-around easy drinking IPA and one I would happily drink again.

Apr 06, 2013
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no discernible freshness info.

Appearance: Light, honey-colored body, slightly hazy, very foamy, patches of lacing clutches the sides and holds on and leaves its trace. Always a bit of head right down to the last drop.

Smell: Sharp citrus (lemon) with orange and clementines.

Taste: Tea-like in flavor but tempered with some tangerine slices and an overall grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry bitterness, smooth a little, bit conservative.

Overall: A good & safe IPA. Doesn't break the mold but is well done.

Apr 03, 2013
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decimator from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.5%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 2cm white head. Head reduced to a lasting thin cap. Decent lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, grass, light sweetness. Really nice aroma.

T - Light sweetness upfront and then it's hops. Citrus, pine, some floral, hint of tobacco, hint of spice. The mild maltiness tilts the balance on the bitter side.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, some tang, some stickiness yet fairly smooth, hint of heat, crisp pilsner like finish.

O - Pretty good IPA. Easy to drink for sure.

Mar 26, 2013
Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 223 ratings