Phillips Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA

Reviewed by on October 14, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 14, 2015

  • Best Before: February 27, 2016

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Green Reaper is one of Phillips Brewing’s autumn offerings, as it celebrates the harvest and usage of fresh hops in their beer.  Also, the weird faceless and hoppy Grim Reaper parody on the label evokes a certain Hallowe’en-friendly vibe (or perhaps a similarity to images of the Nazgûl from The Lord of the Rings).

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, slightly glassy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves some perfectly consistent, gnarled Gothic 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 caramel malt backbone. The bubbles are pleasantly frivolous in their swirling frothiness, 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 obviously debatable off-flavour (your mileage may vary in this respect), 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 (hah!) crave such a skewed indulgence.  And like the label sez, get ’em before they’re gone for another year!

Brady White



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