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

bottled
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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4363) - 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 (536) - - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2012
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2012
bottle. not liking this much at all. weird dry peanut buttery metallic flavor. possibly a bad batch?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (938) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1322) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Clear orangey yellow, big rocky white head that leaves signifigant lacing. Medium floral citrusy hop aroma and taste. Light malt background, medium bodied. Dry bitter finish. Nice. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)


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