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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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPAHoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by canucklehead on 02-13-2011

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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow haze with an incredibly large white puffy head. Lively carbonation leading to good retention. Mild notes of hops, some citrus fruits but mostly yeasts. Tastes of a mixture of grasses and yeasts with an almost soapy consistency. Some notes of fruits such as melon but unfortunately overpowered by the off-putting mouth feel.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nothing to write home about, in my opinion. Nice color - typical IPA smell nothing stands out there - it is the mouth-feel and the aftertaste that I like most about this beer - at first seems like a pretty standard IPA and then you get that nice Belgian yeasty second wave, also - very creamy, not sure if that was because the bottle itself was poorly carbonized or is the way the beer naturally sits, however I enjoyed the somewhat flat texture that I got after pouring it into a standard pint. Lastly, my other quarrel with this beer is that I feel it might be overproduced, or rather has traveled a bit too far for my liking if I am in Toronto buying it. It is from Vancouver Island, next time I visit my in laws will certainly give the actual brewery itself a look see.

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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 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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3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Edit 2: Nahhh, they've definitely changed the recipe or something. The new taste is way too consistent to be old batches and it definitely doesn't taste old. It just tastes... horribly mediocre. It's time for a dreaded re-review of this.

Ok, so first off I'm pretty sure they started filtering this beer, because it's pretty much crystal clear nowadays. It looks like a slightly darker shade of lager than the original iteration of the beer. Also a pretty decent white (not off-white, but white) head.

Smell is grains. There's no hoppiness to the smell, it's just grains and way off in the back there's some belgian yeast/candi sugar.

Taste is kinda hoppy, but not the right kind of hops. It doesn't taste like the hops they were using about a year back (floral, grapefruity, alpha acid-y hops), they're using some really awful, probably European bittering hops that do nothing to either stand out, or help the beer in any way. The beer tastes bitter and kinda earthy, with a thin body and low carbonation

Mouthfeel is mediocre. I won't say this is an undrinkable beer nowadays, because it's certainly drinkable. Compared to what this beer used to be, though, this is a fuckin disgrace. They literally took away everything that this beer unique: amazing hops? gone; awesome belgian yeast/candi sugar backbone to balance out the hops? gone. Hell, even the body feels thin and watery now. And they're filtering it, for some ungodly reason. Who the hell ever heard of a Belgian anything being filtered, unless we're talking bottom of the barrel macro beer?

Anyway, I'm done with this beer. It used to be one of my favorite beers out of BC, so I'm pretty sad to see it end up like this. It's actually quite baffling that they'd even change it like this. Why not just retire it and release a new beer under a different name? It'd feel less like a "fuck you" than this does.

Original review left for posterity, back when this beer was really good (the good ole days, imho :( )
I've had a few of these Belgian tripel/IPA hybrids before which tasted similar yet sodomized your palette with an unholy collection of widely disparate tastes and flavors that had no business trying to meld together (basically, the less said about Stone's Cali-Belgique abomination, the better), so I initially approached this beer with caution.

Beer pours a hazy, slightly pale orange, with a decent off-white head and persistent lacing on the glass. Smells of floral hops and Belgian yeast sort of assault your nostrils. First thing you taste is hops: a really strong, floral aroma that somehow manages to smoothly give way to Belgian yeast and Candi sugar with almost no beta acid bitterness. Despite the somewhat sweet aftertaste, the beer manages to feel fairly dry: the dryness of the initial hop aroma and the sweetness of the Belgian malts and yeast make this a fairly neutral beer in this respect. It also hides its alcohol content really well; I doubt many people would say this is over 6-6.5% in a blind tasting. Basically, this beer will make you think you could handle three bombers because it's so delicious and easy to drink and the next thing you'll remember is waking up on a park bench somewhere the next morning.

Overall, this is one of my hoppy mainstays, especially since it's fairly easy to find in the Lower Mainland. The hop profile is actually pretty gorgeous, especially for a Canadian beer - it's reminiscent of something you'd see brewed in California, although probably a bit mellower compared to the usual fare down there. Undoubtedly my favorite beer from Phillips Brewing and one of the better examples of this style of beer.

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3.41/5  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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured slight hazy beige with some orangey color notes with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with some sweet malty notes. Taste is a bit sweeter then I had expected with some notes of dry hops with light citrus undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Finish is quite dry and interesting though malt profile is a bit too sweet with not much complexity; Belgian yeast didn’t real come through. Interesting though lacking some balance and not something I would drink on a regular basis.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Good but the flavour reminds me of wheat beer

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Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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