Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Green Reaper  Fresh Hop IPAGreen Reaper  Fresh Hop IPA
BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
56
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 56
Photo of ericj551
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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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 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 OF001
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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.

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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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