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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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89
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-25-2012)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

11-04-2012 01:52:19 | More by biboergosum
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Cookeeman

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

10-26-2012 07:01:03 | More by Cookeeman
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

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

11-30-2012 03:42:19 | More by joemcgrath27
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12%

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.

11-04-2012 02:44:23 | More by Rutager
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

10-22-2013 22:47:15 | More by CookstLiquor
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-03-2013 18:03:18 | More by mattsander
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Phillips Brewing "Green Reaper" Fresh Hop IPA @ 6.5% , served cold from a 650 ml bottle ,
A-pours is a hazy yellow/gold , with a small tight white head that leaves a lace ring along the stein
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-light/medium carbonation , medium/full body
Ov-I do appreciate the buzz over "fresh" hopped , but I'm just a little dissapointed in this beer overall , something lacking , Nazgul got its butt kicked by a Giant Panda

cheers LampertLand

11-17-2012 08:16:35 | More by LampertLand
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-27-2012 00:34:29 | More by bumchilly25
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-19-2013 03:31:44 | More by Derek
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

03-31-2013 03:30:34 | More by andrenaline
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-21-2013 23:57:43 | More by Kmat10
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-03-2014 20:37:12 | More by rogerdandy
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +1%

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.

11-10-2013 04:51:44 | More by leaddog
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-20-2013 22:15:40 | More by smekermann
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StJamesGate

New York

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

10-22-2013 02:09:17 | More by StJamesGate
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Green Reaper pours a clear gold with a nice head that lingers. The aroma is floral, slightly citrusy and grassy hops. Delicious fresh citrusy, slightly perfume-like fruity hops come through in the flavor, with a hint of grassiness. Some malt sweetness pokes through, with a solid bitterness backing up the flavor. I was surprised and impressed, I didn't think of Willamette as a good IPA type hop, but this beer is really changing my mind!

11-19-2012 05:44:43 | More by ericj551
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%

Pours a light amber with ample pearly head with decent retention. Nose has fresh hop all over it, with that green hop smell. Just something about fresh hop that make them distinct over died. Hops are fruity, floral and green. Taste follows with big and bitter hop (fruity and floral, with green/grassy). Malt profile is sweet, but flat.

A good solid performance here but nothing outstanding and IMO it lacks depth. I had guessed at 2 hop varieties in 2 additions, but after visiting the site and watching this video it was actually only 1 hop variety in 2 additions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns84QWiwvoc&feature=youtu.be

11-14-2012 02:57:30 | More by IllNate
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1%

650ml bottle poured into tulip 7/11/12 from notes

A clear pale copper with a tight 3 finger cream colored foam that retains well ending up as a soapy island leaving several rings of lace followed by patches and there's still foam at the bottom of my empty glass

S lemon and lime rind, faint pine, hard citrus candy, Phillips souse yeast, slight veggie notes, some floral hops with just a little toffee and mandarin orange

T much like the nose, strong rind and a slight herbal aspect with a earthy woody thing going on that's stronger towards the end

M has a nice bite and a little gritty after the fact, slightly creamy from the bubbles with a long finish

O pretty solid stuff but not the best fresh hopped brew from BC, no booze at any point and for 6$ a bomber I'll drink another

I tend to like Phillips IPA's but have yet to be blown away by one of them, I suppose "Good" is still pretty good

12-23-2012 05:50:01 | More by wordemupg
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-26-2013 01:21:28 | More by 604growler
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-17-2012 06:23:45 | More by shagal
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

Along with Driftwood and Hoyne , Phillips enters the Fresh hop market with this new release. The beer is pure juicy hops that waft off the nose and surround the mouth with each sip. The beer is pale in colour but complex and balanced which make it a joy to drink. I have to say that this is as good as Satori from Driftwood and one of the best IPAs from Phillips.

10-25-2012 23:11:59 | More by canucklehead
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over honey/amber coloured liquid.

S: Onions, pine, leaves, grass.

T: White onions, green onions, pine, grass, earth with lemon and biscuit malt in the finish.

M: A resinous thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the hops.

O: I didn't like this one as much as I hoped I would. Green Flash is another brewery where the taste of onions surfaces in their IPAs for my palate, and I'd rather have onions on my plate than in my glass.

11-02-2012 00:34:07 | More by DaftCaskBC
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

12-01-2013 05:59:46 | More by ZachT
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toddomundo

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-22-2013 20:12:23 | More by toddomundo
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OF001


4/5  rDev -1.7%

650mL format. 5C serving temp in a medium nose wine tasting glass (sorry it is my preferred glass for anything under 8% ABV and North American origin)

Lightly haze, pale gold pour with good white sea foam heads, dense and 6-7 cm condensing to about 4cm and fading to a thin and constant film with good lacing.

Smells of fresh, slightly sweet hops and light spice. Grapefruit and caramel notes.

Slightly sweet, but very chewy malt base; berry and not fully browned toffee. Moderately complex hop center and citrus hops notes on top. Good moderately refined carbonation gives a good creaminess and additional body. Hop oil and very, very light resin on the mid palate and savory grapefruit (salmon berry like the Evergreen? Maybe, but it is all I can taste now that I put that in my head, the carbonation gives a ‘furry’ texture and the hops adds a pine ‘tree spit’ forest berry quality. No I’m not high)

Wet, malty coating finish that is short and clean thereafter.

Frankly I was expecting more from this beer, considering the Pandemonium. While a nice, approachable wet hop beer, it lacks the depth in hops that the Sartori (driftwood) or Tim Warp (Townsite) offers. I must clarify that I cannot compare this to the Pandemonium directly as Phillips took a big look on that one financially. Drinkable, approachable and affordable; mildly complexity with fair balance that I would like to see more in NW style IPAs more often, mainly in the texture and milder juicy malts.

11-09-2012 02:50:13 | More by OF001
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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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