95 Beers of Summer: Hop Circle IPA

A little beer-series celebrating the 95 days of Canadian summer. Starting at 1:16pm EDT on June 21st (the official start of summer) and ending at 5:04am EDT on September 23rd (a minute before the official start of autumn). This series will highlight Canadian and American beers, enjoy your summer!

Beer 94: Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company, Victoria, British Columbia

95 Beers of Summer: Hop Circle IPA

Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria, BC

A peppery, grassy smelling IPA. Slightly different than most IPAs from the West Coast, very nicely done.

This beer also happens to be the most ‘western’ beer from Canada to be profiled on the ’95 Beers of Summer’ project. It appears as a medium golden brew, with a quick vanishing head.

There is a definite pine presence throughout the smell as well. On taste this offers a mixed citrus and sweet flavour, a bready yeast profile appears early on. The beer then turns dry and finishes crisply bitter.

A nice mix and very drinkable for a 6.5% beer. Not a typical IPA, so it may surprise some people, for good or bad. Sorry Tree Hophead but looks like your IPA just got ousted for second best BC beer on this summer beer list.


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