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

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-25-2012)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of canucklehead
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of schnarr84
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ZachT
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of KStark
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of LampertLand
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Photo of leaddog
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mattsander
4/5  rDev -1%

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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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