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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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89
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of IllNate
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

IllNate, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Rutager, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

LampertLand, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle obtained from Co-op liquor store in Crowfoot, Calgary. Pours a light amber yellow like apple juice, with a ton of white foam that starts big but settles out fairly quickly. Muted color almost reminds me of another style, like a pale ale or even a lager. Aroma pretty assertive, lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, fresh resin, a little pale sweet malt but the fresh hops lead the way. Palate is marijuana resin, wood, pine sap, a big green chlorophyll brightness like fresh grass ... This is a leafy hops forward beer and the citrus is quite subdued for a west coast IPA, more lime and lemon pith than fleshy fruit flavors. Minimal tropical taste. You have to search for the caramel malt to find it. I get some sulfurous green onion flavor that is associated with hop varieties like Summit (not sure if that is in here), a flavor I find interesting in very small amounts ... Here this element is too aggressive. The finish reveals some interesting herbal flavors reminiscent of anise seed or licorice, a wormwood-esque medicinal flavor that goes well with the herbal emphasis here as opposed to the big fruity flavors you often get with this style. Reminds me of Hop Circle with some extra green layers. Not a fan of huge carbonation levels in ales but would have appreciated a few more bubbles here. I really like Phillips (count the reviews if you don't believe me), usually they strike a great hops-malt balance and are masters at capturing some unique hop flavors. This one stands tall with the rest of the troops but is not at the vanguard.

CalgaryFMC, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of DoktorZee
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - fairly traditional "beer" appearance: golden in color, clear, moderate fluffy head, light visible carbonation. The head is a bit fluffy and disappears within a minute leaving some tiny bubble lacing.

S - nice and strong pine resin and grassy hops resolving into some guava and tropical fruit . After a few minutes the nose has a very slightly soapy element (in a well rinsed glass!)

T - the taste disappoints very slightly in that it lacks a bit of intensity, but in compensation does have some solid bitterness. The hops has a combination of pine resin and slightly sweet orange. The malt doesn't really make and appearance but does back things up subtly. What's missing is an enduring bitter finish; just when the bitterness misses its peak it quickly resolves. There's a hint of the mandarin orange left behind, but little else.

M - fairly traditional medium body, light to medium carbonation. No alcohol warming. Decent mouthfeel, but as mentioned above, it lacks an enduring quality.

This is a good but not exceptional IPA. I've perhaps been spoiled by Phillips's DIPAs which are tremendous hop bombs (Pandamonium, Amnesiac) so I may have had overly high hopes for this beer. That said, it's still absolutely worth a try.

DoktorZee, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Cookeeman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Cookeeman, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

StJamesGate, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Ericbeech_87, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mattsander
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mattsander, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Derek, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kmat10, May 22, 2013
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Howlader, Tuesday at 01:24 AM
Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -1.2%

smekermann, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev -1.2%

604growler, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of OF001
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

OF001, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.2%

schopenhauerale, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

CookstLiquor, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

wordemupg, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

andrenaline, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

leaddog, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DamageCase76, Saturday at 03:01 AM
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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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