Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA
Phillips Brewing Company

Green Reaper  Fresh Hop IPAGreen Reaper  Fresh Hop IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
4 | pDev: 7.25%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
59
From:
Phillips Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Green Reaper  Fresh Hop IPAGreen Reaper  Fresh Hop IPA
Notes: Green Reaper is a fresh-hop apparition sent to collect your tastebuds and guide them to the aftertaste. The hops aren't dried; they are delivered fresh to the brewhouse within 24 of harvesting maximizing hoppy flavour. But harvest time is short, so grab yours before it disappears for another year.
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Reviews by DaftCaskBC:
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DaftCaskBC from Canada

3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

Nov 02, 2012
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sherbrooke Beer Club selection for November. Fresh hop season.
Clear pale golden pour with finger foamy white head. With so much haze out there mesmerized by clarity now!
Aroma caramel malt, floral piney hops, citrus, touch tropical fruit.
Clean tasting - smooth malt, grapefruit, pine; initial sweetness fades into pleasant hoppy bitterness without being overpowering.
Medium bodied, very crisp, refreshing - despite mildly bitter finish, exceptionally drinkable. Really good!

Nov 07, 2019
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canucklehead from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Oct 26, 2012
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ericj551 from Canada

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Nov 19, 2012
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BigBry from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2015
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Derek from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 19, 2013
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smekermann from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 20, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Oct 22, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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, IMHO.

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

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

The bubbles are decently frothy, the body on the light side of middleweight, 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 hoppy 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 good and big and hoppy overall, and low on the sweet malt offset, for those of us who more than occasionally crave such a skewed indulgence, and not just at this time of the year.

Nov 04, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Dec 23, 2012
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604growler from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 26, 2013
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bumchilly25 from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Oct 27, 2012
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andrenaline from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Mar 31, 2013
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chickenm from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 18, 2016
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mattsander from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 03, 2013
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DoktorZee from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Nov 08, 2012
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Howlader from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 18, 2014
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CookstLiquor from Canada

4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

Oct 22, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Nov 30, 2012
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IllNate from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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

Nov 14, 2012
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Rutager from Canada

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Nov 04, 2012
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dbauer from California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 22, 2017
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rogerdandy from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Apr 03, 2014
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Ghrymm from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA could use a few more hops for my taste but very nice. Could drink it all day long.
The 2018 batch is hopped much better,The 2018 vintage is crafted with full-cone Centennial hops.

Nov 29, 2014
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leaddog from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Nov 10, 2013
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 59 ratings