Cranky Beer Blog - Phillips Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA

By: Cranky Beer Blog

Let's get started.. first off for tonight's review triple header, we start off with Phillips Brewing Company's Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA. It comes out at 7.3% and it turned out to be a bit different than I expected.

Appearance: The Hoperation pours very un-IPA-like, it looks like a witbier in my opinion, like a Rickards White/macro take on witbier, very orange-pineapple in colour, hazy, lots of sediment floating around, and a minimal off-white head. I expected more of a rich amber, yet still hazy.. but since this is a Belgian-styled IPA, this makes some sense.

Aroma: It has floral yet grassy aroma, smells like spring - an aroma that I can only dream of with winter never going to end it seems. Slightly soapy with a piney hopiness to it, the pine is consistent with most West Coast IPAs out there. Slightly Belgiany with a bit of spice (clove), as well as a nice light citrus fruitiness in addition to all I just said: a noticeable amount of pineapple, but nowhere near the amount of pineapple in 8 Wired's Hop Wired IPA.

Taste: Has a bit of a soapy taste to it, followed by a medium amount of pine bitterness - not too hoppy, yet not lightly flavoured. The bitterness lingers for a while on the palate for the aftertaste. Some lemon citrus notes in there as well, lacks the pineapple I smelled before but hey.. it's still a decent IPA! A smidge of Belgian yeast is hitting the palate here and there, and I really like that as a Belgian snob. Lastly, my burps have a bit of a pineapple citrusness coming from this beer.

Overall Thoughts: I've never had a Belgian-style IPA before so I didn't know what to expect, so for the most part, it was very similar to most BC IPAs I've had in the past, but toned down quite a bit, a Belgian yeastiness, and the appearance of a Belgian witbier or tripel. I love the name, Hoperation Tripel Cross, so that made me want to open this sooner rather than later. 7.3% ABV, I would drink this again! Not too hoppy, and not boring.