Ferris (7659) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
stantheman (779) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - 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 (4809) - 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 (599) - - 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 (2801) - 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 (1153) - 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.