WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - APR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a typical IPA. Nice spiderwebs down the side of the glass. Smells like pineapple and lilac. Lovely hops coating my mouth at the moment. Clean aftertaste. Solid solid solid is the only way to describe this. Phillips rocks, Victoria’s lucky to have them.
reebtogi (5686) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that has decent retention and leaves a thin film of lacing on the glass. Aroma is grassy and citrus hops with some light caramel. Taste is big bold citrus and grassy hop bitterness over an underlying malty sweetness. Medium body and lively carbonation leave a pleasant sensation on the pallet. A nice IPA style brew, but many are much better balanced that this one.
LarryBeast (611) - - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 Smells like hops.
Pungent herbal, grassy taste, lots of bitter. A bit metallic with a drawn out aftertaste.
Looks and smells great overall. Tastes really good (if you like hops -- and I do). But it’s an inferior animal to what was in the Original Phillips IPA (pictured with the orange label). Now THAT was a tasty, tasty beer. It had an interesting caramel tinge to it that made it really stand out from other northwest IPAs. With that nuance eliminated, the new Hop Circle -- while good -- is tough to distinguish from the myriad of similar products put out by every other brewery in the region.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours straw yellow. Minimal head
Aroma: Citrusy hop scent
First sip: Nicely carbonated; like champagne. PNW citrusy hops with floral notes.
Aftertaste: dry finish with fruity esters.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light yellow colour with medium size head. light aroma straw herbal hops. flavour is light sweet malt base with medium bitterness but little light on hops flavours for my taste
Spab (3390) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle at C’est What. Pours a cloudy golden orange with smallish white head. Aroma is citric and piney hops with solid caramel malt base. Flavour is big and hoppy (grapefruit, pine) with a nice caramel malt balance. Average plus body. Quite good.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. not liking this much at all. weird dry peanut buttery metallic flavor. possibly a bad batch?
dresden (1463) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark gold with a fluffy head. Smells pretty aromatic with lots of citrus and floral notes. Tastes sweet with some mild hops. A bit on the watery side. Could make a nice session IPA. There’s some fresh cut grass taste in here. It’s alright, not my favourite Philips beer.
riversideAK (6153) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma of citrus and some husky grainy malts. Light sweetness, good citrus, lightly herbaceous. Pours golden, nice head and lace. The flavor is nice and citrusy, bright, herbal, grainy, a little sweetness here and there, more citrus. Refreshing, drinkable. In my opinion really well done and extremely enjoyable. Really a solid house IPA. Good stuff here.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can from AKRiverside. Pours clear pale golden. Aromas of citrus with light hops and some caramel malts. Flavors of grassy hops, some grapefruits, decent amount of malts, and finishes with some hop bitterness. Decent body and carbonation. Decent IPA.