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


on tap

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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1448) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1416) - Edmonton, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (8954) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman (816) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5071) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (611) - - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2940) - 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.

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