Hop Circle IPA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Hop Circle IPAHop Circle IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
phillipsbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage. Let this otherworldly IPA abduct the hell out of your senses. The gravitational pull of Hop Circle will have you searching the galaxy for another close encounter of the thirst kind. Resistance is futile.

Added by bobsy on 05-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
36
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy grapefruit with lasting half-inch of off-white foamy head. Lots of thick lacing. C-hop aroma, citrus hop taste with long bitter finish.. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel, very smooth. Suitable understated carbonation.Satisfying.
Fresh bottle from Hugh.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. The best looking option on the shelves of the guv't store in lovely Merritt, B.C., jewel of the Nicola Valley. I can take or leave the cheesy UFO puns on the label, but I do very much like the "Remove Cap Before Drinking" note on the bottle cap.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy, soapy, and weakly foamy dirty white head, which settles quickly, leaving some jagged drooping curtains of lace around the glass.

It smells of musty, yet peppy citrus hops and grainy, biscuity, and bready caramel malt. The taste is decently bitter citrus rind and pine resin hops, a touch of underripe melon, a bit of lemon zest, ethereal hints of dank weed, and bready caramel malt.

The carbonation is active, and sometimes a bit too prickly, the body on the lighter side of medium weight, and weirdly airy in its smoothness. It finishes somewhat crisp, dry, and still well hoppy.

A goodly bitter, if not overly complex IPA. Again, another Canadian-made hybrid US/UK beast - the effervescence and the not-so-sweet malt, combined with the PACNW hops make for a mildly odd duck, that is, if ducks were beer. Or liked beer. Or something.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, courtesy of IllNate, cheers dude.

Pours a bright orange, with a tinge of yellow along the edges, finger and a half of thick and brilliant white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with orange, clementine, tangerine and a bit of pineapple or passionfruit dominant there too. Light sweet malt underneath this too. Taste follows, with a bit of pine, sweet malt and a lingering bitterness and a fairly dry finish, not unlike most IPA's I've had within the last week or so. Slightly grassy in the flavour as well. Medium carbonation, could've been rounded out with a bit more hop bite and a bit of a richer malt. A bit thin on the whole. Drinkable on a nice summer afternoon, with temperatures reaching mid-90's, ABV is unnoticable. Good effort, OK beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Pig BBQ Joint in Victoria.

A - Medium yellow/orange with half a finger of thick cream coloured head.

S - Fresh grapefruit, peach and pine with a touch of caramel sweet

T - Good bitterness. Grapefruit peach, tangerine, pine. A slight malt sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Light to moderate carbonation. 4

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Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Some nice west-coast hop aroma (citrus and a bit of pine), but not as overpowering as some.

T: Some quality malt flavour (biscuity) with some well-rounded hopping (citrus, grassy, hints of pine). Good bitterness.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: A great drinker.

It's very good, but after revising their IPA, I thought the hopping might be a little stronger... then again, I suspect this will sell REALLY well.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wish I could have said that Hop Circle IPA is a close encounter of the 'blurred' kind, but this beer is clear as day. So clear is it, in fact, that you can observe each tiny bubble with precise definition as though they were under a microscope. The golden beer emits a brassy sheen and has a head as white and fluffy as sheepskin.

What makes a good boxer is not only power but reach - the pungently grassy notes of this aroma reached my nose from across the table. So 'green' and herbal, it feels like I set foot in a hydroponics grow-op (or the trees behind the high school parking lot). Luckily this weedy musk - read into that word however you wish - is undercut by tones of grated lime and spearmint.

If I were desperate for Hop Circle and none was available, I could just as well lap-up the lawn after cutting it. Given, that won't relieve my thirst nearly as well but it would just about simulate the flavour. This has a seriously dank taste profile, one of wet leaves, flower petals and grass clippings, that drinks like a muggy summer afternoon (which, incidentally, may be the perfect occasion for such a quencher).

There's more than enough tangy, lime-like acidity, ginger-type heat and lemongrass notes to keep things lively on the palate. Though I have yet to try any of these myself, I reckon the brewery's suggested pairings of curries, Caribbean patties, and spicy shrimp are innate accompaniments for what is ostensibly the beer equivalent to a Thai green-chili curry paste.

"Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage." So reads the label for Phillips Hop Circle, an IPA that certainly does 'abduct the hell out of your senses' just as assuredly and brilliantly as its label describes. This is no hoax. If you have never tasted a properly hopped IPA, you could hardly do better than to start here.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - 13$ for a 6-pack

Appearance - Clear gold/light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, resin, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and resiny/leafy hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a hint of an odd vegetable/corn husk flavour. It ends with a medium amount of bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Just a few small adjustments away from a really good beer. They've done a good job at capturing the hop essence and it shines through in the beer. But there are some odd vegetable flavours mixed in unfortunately. Still a beer well worth a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/11

A clear golden yellow with just a few bubbles feeding a rolling hill like looking foam that leaves a few random patches of lace

S big citric nose with grapefruit and lots of lemon rind, slightly floral and faint booze in a deep whiff with some even fainter spruce pretty solid stuff

T what I smell but with more rind and it's just not as intense with the citrus as the nose, still quite good but missing something compared to the smell

M a little thin but well carbonated and it leaves just a little behind in your mouth

O decent IPA for sure that went down a little too quick, great nose, good flavor and easy to drink, need more?

Pretty pleased with this one and a most welcome addition to my beer selection in Alberta. 2 down and 2 to go thank you Phillips Hop Box

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Photo of bylerteck
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice gold with lively bubbles rising and a finger of white bubbly head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel and some nice, citus, piney hops. Yum.

Taste. Light, toasty grains and bitter, well rounded hops. Plenty of pink grapefruit rind pine sap, and a little grass.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium body with smooth, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Kick ass ipa. Not sure why it took me so long to try this one, but I`ve been missing out. Great stuff.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother picked up a 6-er of this when we got together over the holiday weekend.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden caramel colour, finger of head with mild retention, leaving small islands and some fine sporatic lacing.

S - Soapy hops dominate the scent followed by pine and cedar spriggs, and a sweet lemon iced tea on the finish.

T - The scent was much sweeter than the flavour with the cedar and pine hops coming through a bit more bitter and earthy. The caramel malts come through on the finish for a nicely balanced hoppy offering.

M - This one was light and bubbly, nice carbonation on the body, but the finish was a tad too dry for my liking. American IPA's are typically dry, but I found this one a tad too dry.

D - A delicious hoppy offering. It would've been nice if the sweet scents on the nose came through more in the flavour, but this is still a tasty IPA recommended to any hop lover!

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Photo of papat444
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy mjyoung for thinking of me on his trip to Canada.

A: Pours a clear orange tinged golden with a couple fingers of dense bubbly head that slowly faded into a thin film that left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Big orange citrus hop nose. Smells a lot like orange sherbet. Not bad.
T: Flavor isn't as good as the nose. Notes of bitter vegetables mix with the citrus to give a weird mixture of a solid leafy hop flavor and nasty alfalfa sprouts. Pretty strange but not awful. Finish has notes of orange zest, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter. Never did pick up much malt, but there is an undertone of sweet bread crust all the way through.
M: Medium body, good mouth with a bit of chewiness.
D: Pretty standard IPA. Its best quality is its smell. I would drink this if it was around now and again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB June 28, 2013

Beer is clear golden in colour with a large white head. Pretty good retention and lots of lace.

The nose is certainly hoppy. Citrus fruit mainly, with grapefruit and orange, maybe some peach. Pine resin. A bit of a sweet-smelling bready malt scent underneath.

Taste contains the citrus and tropical fruit (more on the peach and orange end than grapefruit, unlike the nose), with a larger amount of bready malt than I expected. Fairly bitter. Lots of flavour, but the fruit somehow tastes a bit artificial and dull.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and oily.

Overall, not bad, and I will not have any problem finishing the bottle, but not a particularly strong IPA.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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