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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Green Reaper  Fresh Hop IPAGreen Reaper  Fresh Hop IPA

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very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-25-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 48
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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, weird faceless Grim Reaper parody label, which evokes images of the Nazgûl from The Lord of the Rings.

This beer pours a clear, slightly glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, silken eggshell white head, which leaves some perfectly consistent Gothic gnarled script lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away. Very purty.

It smells of pungent dry grapefruit rind, a bit of juicy orange flesh, green pine cones, a mild scallion essence, and a very soft grainy, biscuity maltiness. The taste is more under ripe citrus peel - mostly grapefruit and lemon - fresh pine needles, some tame vegetal green onion, and an understated, dry bready malt 'backbone'.

The bubbles are decently frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and with more than a modicum of smoothness, given the heavy-handed hoppiness. It finishes quite dry, the malt still no match for the virility of the green hop and moderated vegetal character.

A tasty enough fresh hop IPA, which admittedly sports an obvious off-flavour, but not enough of it to detract from the whole. Still big and hoppy, and low on the malt offset, for those of us who occasionally crave such a skewed indulgence.

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Photo of Cookeeman
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went into this beer with high expectations, and it didn't disappoint. It poured a pale gold colour, with minimal white foam. On the nose you could tell this ale was fresh-hopped, the aroma was a very pungent green with some earthy undertones and a hint of citrus. Medium to light-bodied, this beer was all about the finish. A strong earthy-fresh hop kick, accentuated by lively citrus and aromatic pine notes. On my initial few sips I found this brew a little too fizzy for the style, but it didn't take long before I noticed that this quality did seem to complement the fresh flavor. I'm still on the fence as to whether I would have preferred less carbonation or not in this particular beer.... Anyways, what I found surprising about this brew was the fact that it didn't have that long, lingering hop aftertaste typical to quality IPA's, fresh-hopped or not. The fresh hop aftertaste lasted a mere few seconds, but then the palate cleared and demanded more hops! Needless to say this beer was difficult to savour, the drinkability was off the charts. I will definitely be trying to find more of this, especially since it is, in all likelihood, the last fresh-hop brew (in Victoria) until next year.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear bright golden, tall head retained well enough, few strands of whispy lacing left on the sides
S - grapefruit rind, orange juice, mild earthiness, and a mild grainy malt
T - grapefruit and peppery hops start the show, followed by gentle earthy woody flavour, finishing with dry grainy malt background
M - light with refreshing carbonation, medium bitter with a dryness the builds substantially towards the finish
O - this is a very drinkable IPA that definitely has a noticeable fresh hop flavour mix, definitely hop skewed but I tend to like my IPA's that way

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great label. Picked up this seasonal beer at the BC Liquor Store at Kingsgate Mall.

A: Clear gold with fluffy white head. Head doesn't dissipate quickly.
S: Pine and citrus hops.
T: Mild to moderate bitterness for an IPA. Piney.

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Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another cool label. Good call on the Nazgûl, biboergosum.

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with just a little amber and a finger of thick, just off-white head.

Smell. Fruity fresh hops, some grainy malts and a little bit of onion. Yep, I smell it too daftcaskbc.

Taste. Nice, mildly bitter and fresh tasting hops. Some grainy light malts and again, just a little bit of onion. God damn it daftcaskbc, you just had to plant that seed before I even tried it!! lol

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe just a little below with medium carbonation.

Overall. A decent beer, but there really is a little bit of onion going on there.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 650ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow colour with hints of orange. Nose is filled with notes of freshly cut grass, cannabis and resin. Taste is similarly exotic, herb-filled and fresh. Not too grassy. Nice tangy citrus notes and plenty of hop spice. A much better version than 2012.

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Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mattsander
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ghrymm
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nice IPA could use a few more hops for my taste but very nice. Could drink it all day long.

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Photo of kirbytall
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillips Brewing "Green Reaper" Fresh Hop IPA @ 6.5% , served cold from a 650 ml bottle ,
A-pour is a gold from the bottle to golden amber in the glass with a medium size white head that leaves a spotty lace along the pint
S-Wow (Not the HopBomb-Pandamonium) but Wow , pungent , pine resin , lots of citrus (grapefruit mostly)
T-strong hoppy IPA , but the taste is fresh , with a minimal bitterness finish (yeah)
MF-medium carbonation , almost a full body
Ov-recent re-review on Canadian Thanksgiving (10/12/15)I'm still a little dissapointed in this beer overall , something lacking , Nazgul still got its butt kicked by a Giant Panda , just an ok beer & fresh IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of ZacharyReichardt
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Svingjo
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with minimal white head that disappears quickly. There is a lot of citrus and piney notes on the nose along with a bit of honey and pale malts. That pine comes through on the taste along with unripened tropical fruit, caramel and white bread. The mouthfeel is in the medium range with a slight lingering bitterness that coats the inside our your mouth.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem courtesy of joemcgrath27...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

N - Nose is sweet citrus, floral hop notes, hints of cotton candy and earthy pine and a touch of fresh cut grass on the finish.

T - Solid citrus hop profile, the cotton candy and hints of pineapple come through on the finish. The bitterness is surprisingly mild, especially given the hop profile. An insanely sessionable IPA, nice sweet and fruity hop flavour that goes down like water.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try this brew, loads of flavour whose low bitterness makes it incredibly drinkable. An absolute pleasure to enjoy and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a pale amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Leaves lovely lacing on the glass.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus, tropical fruits, caramel.

Taste - Good hit of fresh piney hops and citrus hops, caramel malts, and tropical fruits. Moderate bitterness level.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nicely fresh hopped American IPA. Excellent citrus notes to cut through and complement the bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Steady pocked sepia head that trails over bronze body with some hop floaties.
Intoxicating orange segment, hop resin and bark nose.
Madeleine up front with Citra-ish grapefruit rind hops with some skunk and lychee.
Pithy finish and powdery bitter linger.
Oily, light to medium, slight chew.

Lean, direct IPA with some popping hops, especially on the nose. But I don't know that I get much fresh hoppiness off of it - not so different from Hop Circle, really. It's well done, but I've seen this done before.

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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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