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Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This locally handcrafted ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized to enhance its character It is brewed with the finest Canadian Barley, hops, pure water and our signature yeast. Because this beer is naturally carbonated, it may have a light dusting of yeast at the bottom. Pour it slowly to leave the yeast in the bottle, or pour it in, it tastes great!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimspady (183) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
A full-fledged hop assault on the senses, right out of the bottle. Dark yellow pour, white head. Obviously hoppy, but a little sweetness in the finish. Not much bitterness. Very well done. Phillips’ best work IMO. 052412

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2633) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2012
12 oz. can. Shared with multiple others at brew club. Pours a medium, well retained, white head, over a slightly hazy dark yellow (SRM 4) body..........nose is pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel.....taste is pine, heavy grapefruit peel ,medium heavy toffee/caramel, lingering medium bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, carbonation adds a light tingle. This is a typical "North American" style IPA with the usual nice balance of malts and hops and the predictable hop malt flavors and aromas. This is not to denigrate either the style or this brew, it is just a predictable result. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkfish (1) - - JUL 12, 2012 does not count
Robust hoppy beer sweet and flowery, excellent on a hot hot day and served cold cold cold

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle bought in Wistler, BC. Beer pours clear golden color with an off white retained head. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus and pine notes. Taste is very bitter. Bitter, bitter, bitter and I like it!!! Quite an excellent IPA!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (963) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
341mL bottle to stange glass Aroma of caramel, flowers, and spices. Pours a clear light yellowish amber with almost no head. Taste is sweet at the beginning and transfers to a floral bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (4125) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bottle - Flowery hop aroma with a little caramel and spice. Clear gold with minimal quick dissipating head. Tastes just like it smells, with a nice bitterness that lingers. A great local Canadian beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman (652) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2012 From bottle in a tulip glass at Pivo pub in DTES. Very nice floral hop aroma. Nice light bronze color. Nice citrus hop edge flavor. A very nice hoppy IPA overall!

Update July 8, 2012: on tap at Irish Times in Victoria. Every bit as good as the earlier bottled sample. This seems to be Phillips’ signature beer, and they do a great job of it. It’s nice big citrus hops on the nose and palate. A bit of malt creeping through on the finish. Hop! Hop! Hop!

Aug 18, 2012: From bottle at The Terminal Pub in New West. Yep, still got one mother load of hops up front assaulting the taste buds. A significant malt aftertaste. Still a great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4180) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (515) - - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 Smells like hops. Just. 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.


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