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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Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
phillipsbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by canucklehead on 10-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Slongie
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZacharyReichardt
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of IllNate
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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, 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.

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Photo of Cookeeman
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Svingjo
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 souvenirs
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 alew_os
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillips Brewing 'Green Reaper' Fresh Hop IPA @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6 , plus sampled on tap at 'Fresh to Death 2015 & 2016 ,
A-pour is a gold from the bottle to golden amber in the glass with a large white head that leaves a spotty lace along the pint
S-Wow (Not the HopBomb that Pandamonium is) but Wow , pungent , pine resin , lots of citrus (grapefruit mostly)
T-strong hoppy IPA , the taste is fresh , with a minimal bitterness finish
MF-medium carbonation , almost a full body
Ov-recent re-review on Canadian Thanksgiving ('15 &'16) I'm still a little dissapointed in this beer overall , something lacking , the Nazgul still got its butt kicked by a Giant Panda , just an ok beer & fresh IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Kenmac19
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonCorbett
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear and golden yellow slightly darker than a jug of canola oil. With a huge 3 finger head of very chunky white foam (maybe I poured a bit too aggressively but not any more so than I poured Driftwood’s Sartori). It’s dissipation is moderate and as it recedes leaves behind very small patches of lace unless you have a small glass, by my third pour of my bomber I had a very nice curtain going.

Aromatics: Compared to the few other fresh hops I have had this year, this one has a stronger nose than most. Its full of fresh sweet grasses and a good hit of piney hop juice, some light hibiscus florals with light honey there is some citrus hiding behind the fresh green pasture but it is subtle.

Taste: Sweet pine resin with a slightly walnut meal start. The earthy bitter also has a bit of sweetness to it, and is extremely well handled by the barley, and there is slight earthy liquorice-like lingering aftertaste. As far as fresh hops go, this one I think is fairly straight forward, not necessarily simple, but to the point. Its about the fresh hops and that shows through in abundance which means though that it does seem to be absent of other flavour characteristics that could make it standout a bit amongst its peers.

Feel: Though the carbonation is on the weaker side, the light foamy surface the only real indication that bubbles are somehow making it to the surface, on the palate its fresh but smooth, just enough bubbles to keep it away from crisp. It’s a decent middleweight, not really leaning to one side or the other, and the citrus peel bitter finds a home across the whole of the palate, like that big dog that decides your bed is his bed for the night and just won’t get off. And and ever so subtle hint of the 6.5% creeps in every once in a while, I only noticed it when I inadvertently had a big yawn during the finish and could feel it’s presence - if you are breathing normally though I’m not sure you’d recognize it was there.

Overall: Looks fabulous! I’m really starting to prefer the fresh hop option out there over their more traditional IPA cousins. The hops provide a wonderfully fresh and juicy aesthetic that always seems to lack with dried hops varieties. this was extremely delicious, and I wish fresh hoppers became more available closer to Summer, they would be amazing as a hot sun on the patio day.

Pairing : This is another juicy and sweet to bitter beer where the bitter is fairly well controlled. so its sweeter flavours are the ones I want to try to compliment. I want to try a version of chicken parmesan with sundried tomatoes and garlic pepper. Kick it up a notch - add a pinch of crushed red chilies or use a fresh arrabiata instead of marinara. That extra heat will really pronounce the sweetness in the beer.

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Photo of Jelena91
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chinook, Cascade and Centennial. Yas.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BCborn
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of starclimber
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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