Hop Odyssey: White IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 05-27-2014

While developing the recipe for our White IPA, we lined up malted wheat and more than a dozen hop varieties to select the three hops with the most citrus character: Simcoe, Amarillo and El Dorado. A citrus hop explosion leaps from the glass with big tangerine aromas up front, while hop flavors of bitter orange zest dominate and linger to the finish.
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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by JAFoley:
Photo of JAFoley
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy pale yellow body with three fingers dense white head. Really great retention and tons of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus grapefruit

T - Big bright flavors. Bitter citrus hops dominate as expected. Not much coming from the malts but the alcohol adds a slight sharpness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky and tacky which lingers through the aftertaste.

O - Not a bad beer. The flavors are somewhat one note, but it's very drinkable. Good summer beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a slight hazed orange tinged lighter golden with a big blooming white head that sticks like glue to the glass as it never completely settles.Mild tropical fruity hops in the nose along with some wheat malt and light phenols.Flavors of sharp grapefruit rind and underlying medicinal hops with some yeasty phenol spice in the back end,very dry as well in the finish.A real dry beer with a real sharp hop profile and a healthy dose of yeast,very drinkable with the alcohol not hitting you over the head.

Photo of moundbz
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sweet fruit and bitter taste and a great smell

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Well hidden BBD of 12/4/14

Pours a semi-hazed peach color with 3+ fingers of pearl white head. Never quite clears, insane lacing & great head retention (4.75)

S: Floral& citrus hops, grassiness, pears, all fade a bit as this warms (3.5)

T: Grassyness, grapefruit peel, pineyness a little tangerine up front. More grapefruit peel, plus a little bit of astringency as this warms, along with some tangerine. Finishes with much citric bitterness, a little bit of pine, pears, grapefruit & dryness (3.75)

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews a little bitter for the style (3.75)

Drinks very easy, not perfect, but better than most White IPAs (4.0)

Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in an Unknown Brewing pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Solid sheet of lacing.

S- You get that signature Green Flash hop pungency, only a bit toned down and with the expected rich, spicy Belgian yeast floral quality.

T- Oh man. The hops aren't quite as toned down in the flavor as there's lots of citrusy goodness to go around between that and the yeast. Spicy with notes of coriander, bubble gum and maybe some lemongrass or orange peel. The bitterness stays strong throughout the whole drink and lingers nicely.

M- Sharp, zesty, vibrant. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I figured if anyone was gonna knock it out of the park with a Belgian IPA it'd be Green Flash. Now one of my top 5.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Pours hazy pale gold with a thick clinging head. Appealing to the eyes.

Nose is very yeasty, more resembling a wit to me. Peppery, phenolic, citrus. Doughy grain. Amarillo orange peel notes are apparent. Decent.

Palate is similar. Very yeasty and spicy. Yeastiness overwhelms the hops a bit. Has an ambiguous citrus hop note beneath the spicy and slightly medicinal yeast flavors. Light-bodied, dry, very wheaty. Drinkable enough, but not really enjoyable. With a neutral yeast this might be a pretty cool beer, but I'm not digging the mix of wit yeast and American IPA hopping.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and spicy hops are present in the nose. Hints of Belgian yeast become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very hoppy with additional hints of tropical fruits. The hops contribute a moderate to high amount of bitterness, which lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops in this IPA are very assertive; if you're not a fan of a heavy dose of bitterness it may be difficult to drink.

Photo of RyanK252
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was browsing my favorite bottle shop when this caught my eye. First time I'd seen it so I had to try it. Pours into my Green Flash pint glass a nice cloudy light maize. Belgian yeast hits up front on the nose with some citrus behind. Taste follows the nose, Belgian funk with a nice citrus hop bite that lasts. Not overly carbonated, nice and refreshing.
I'm not huge on Belgian style stuff, but I can appreciate this one. If you're a hop head but like that funk, this is a match made in heaven.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops, wheat and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grassy hops bitterness. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The citrus flavors are strong but not too sweet and bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of sub-style, there are other White IPA’s that I would choose first.

Photo of wiegs4life
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am branching out into the IPA world and trying more Belgian style beers. I thought i would give this beer a shot as I usually like beers from west coast breweries. It appears pretty standard with most ipa's with the golden color. It smells awesome with the fruity aroma. It is very apparent. The beer has some good fruity characters with some good hop flavor, but nothing about the beer wow'd me. I like this beer and it is unique compared to other beers i like. Something is missing in this beer, just not sure what it is.

Photo of JackieTH
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pale golden beer topped with a finger of creamy white foam. Attractive. Smell is pretty subtle I get a bit of citrus zest, wheat and hay. Taste is citrus through and through with elements of orange and tangerine rind, lemon zest and ruby red grapefruit. It's moderately bitter and quite refreshing. Medium light body is well crafted and holds together well with a crisp carbonation. Mild lingering citrus and bitter finish quenches the palate. Very good.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, and a lot of other light fruits.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, citrus (orange), light malt, tangerine and a grassy quality (this isn't overly prevalent and gets overwhelmed by the other ingredients. A sweet, West Coast IPA that's bold and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As usual, Green Flash does a very solid job. This is a somewhat unique take of the well-worn IPA style. Worth a try.

Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

1 pint 6 fl oz overly narrow and strangely tall brown glass bottle with generic label and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX, and served cold into a snifter. Cost was $4.50.

Best before: 10/25/14. 7.0% ABV. 95 IBUs.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess and fluffiness. Complexion isn't real soft. Has an airy subpar consistency. Retention is good for the high ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Predictable boring copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent and transparent.

Looks okay. Pretty basic for an IPA. Far from unique or special.

AROMA: Floral and soapy - suggesting it spent too long in primary. Artificial lemon, evoking detergent. Pale malts. Crackery malts. A kiss of Belgian yeast, with a hint of clove. The soapy off-character dominates, turning me off to this beer.

Average intensity.

At least no overt hop bitterness is detectable. No overt alcohol. Can't say I'm excited to try it.

The "sweet tangerine and orange peel" promised by the label are nowhere to be found.

TASTE: Lemongrass, pale malts, clove, and a hint of Belgian yeast. Dull floral hop notes. Soapiness and detergent-like hops. Raw rind. Grassy and out-of-place herbal notes. Foul oniony character from the Simcoe. Pepper. Imbalanced. In fact, it's a mess. Lacks order, focus, and cohesion. It's a chaotic thrown-together flavour profile. Not at all gestalt.

Below average depth of flavour. Average flavour intensity and duration.

Overly bitter, in classic Green Flash fashion. The pleasant Belgian yeast notes are not enough to save this beer from its rampant and unpleasant overhopping.

No overt alcohol comes through, but there is plenty of off-character.

Unreasonably aggressive on the palate, with savage taste bud-annihilating overbearing bitterness. (Of course, knowing Green Flash, they'll probably try to adopt the preceding sentence into their marketing jargon).

TEXTURE: Dragging, rough, coarse, unpleasant, and wet. Unrefreshing. Uncomforting. Not at all the soft or creamy texture it should be. Overcarbonated. Overly thick and overbearingly full-bodied. Poor execution across the board. Poor overall presence on the palate. This texture is a poor companion to the taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, boozy, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A subpar brew with a moniker indicating a style that doesn't (and shouldn't) exist, White IPA is one beer that can safely be skipped, and joins Green Flash's assortment of overhopped beers which share a reckless disregard not only for balance, but for basic quality. I bought this from the discount shelf, and I still want my money back. To be briefly positive - which is more than this beer probably deserves - it could hide its ABV worse, and it's not undrinkable. That said, this is a strong Avoid in my book, and reminds me why I tend to avoid Green Flash's hoppy offerings.


Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/4/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, coriander, clove, white pepper, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, coriander, clove, white pepper, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/grassy bitterness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, coriander, clove, white pepper, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/grassy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent white IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/grassy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Glenney67
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The taste was floraly(perfumy) not in a bad way just never tasted anything like it before

Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky light apple cider, stark white large head, slow to leave with lots of cling.

S - Wheat is very present, almost reminds me of a Belgian white in smell.

T - Nice malty character, wheat definitely there and yelling, nice citrus IPA style hops. Strange combo, but it works nicely.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance, nice finish.

D - Fun beer to end the night with.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very Belgian yeast forward all around.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+fingers of head that fades down to some sticky bubbles that leave some nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast and fruitiness up front along with some orange peel and citrus notes from the hops. Some maltiness in the back to hold things up

T: Starts off with hint of the Belgian yeast with a focus on the fruitiness and citrusy hops. Bitterness runs wild throughout, but that's expected at 95 IBUs. Finishes with lingering bitterness and a bit of the citrus notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An emphasis on the citrusy notes and bitterness with the Belgian yeast in the back seat (at least in the taste) make this a more balanced brew then their regular Le Freak. It's definitely more on the IPA side, which works. Worth a shot

Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden wheat body. Great looking head: creamy white foam pours a few fingers high and nice retention and lace. Lively bubble in the glass.

S - Orange, grass, wheat, lemon zest, buiscuty malt, touch of caramel.

T - Blood orange, bitter grapefruit and cumquat rinds, straw, hemp. Touch of pineapple in the center. Semi-dry, somewhat waxy bitter finish - maybe even a little bit woody.

M - Refreshing medium-light body.

O - A solid white IPA. The waxiness of the bitterness is a little off from what I'm looking for in the style though.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

A 22oz bomber picked up in September 2014. Is this the Linchpin repackaged?

A - Golden yellow with some clarity, sticky lace left on the glass

A - spicy hops, Simcoe dominates.

T - Awesome! Slightly sweet but not too much, and a good mix of citrus and bitter hops!

M - Highly carbonated and sizzles on the tongue.

O - Very tasty and smooth. Well done as usual by GF!

Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber in mid-August from Total Wine for $5.99. Best by 10/26/14.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head on the intial pour.

Nose has hints of citrus and something medicinal.

Taste is lemon, orange, a lingering grapefruit on top of a light malt base.

Mouthfeel is lively and prickly.

Overall a pretty tasty beer. Glad i had the opportunity to try!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the latest in the series from green flash, and given their penchant for creative and robustly hopped beers, i wanted more from this. its like so many other white ipas, heavy on the orange and not interesting enough with the hops. i was let down a little bit, although the high quality of this beer makes my critique almost irrelevant, its delicious and very well made, and should be viewed as such. hazy pale yellow in color, bright still though, radiant even, with a tall and lasting white head that fluffs over the rim of my wine glass. it smells like tangerines or clementines or some little acidic orange type, really nice. the hops are behind the fruit though, which i dont want in an ipa of any kind. the flavor is a little more balanced out, but with the citrus still driving it. the hops just seem a little under dosed and perhaps not as unique in varietal as they might be. well carbonated and clean beer, no weight at all from the malt or the alcohol, and a refreshing drink. im glad its not loaded with coriander like so many white ipas are now, but it also may be a touch overdone with the orange. very good, not elite.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: murky; dark straw in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin ring; moderate lacing;

S: coriander, orange, grapefruit;

T: dry and earthy up front, then a momentary sweet orange; from mid-palate to finish, the coriander and grapefruit seemed to alternate until melding together with some blood orange as well; light bitterness in the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: I really enjoyed the complexity of the flavor;

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. A murky yellow-orange with a small amount (maybe a half-finger) of frothy meringue-like off-white head. Aroma is decidedly hop-forward, grapefruit, lemon, and grass along with cloves, banana peel, and some slightly bready malts. Palate features a delicate bread and butter malt backdrop propping up pungent grapefruit, tangerine, lemon-lime, pineapple, fresh cut grass, pine, and watermelon hard candy notes. Perfumed floral soap? Quite bitter indeed, but a somewhat odd juxtaposition of aggressive resinous hop flavors and an opposing sweeter candy-like note. Body on the light side, with a slick, sudsy mouthfeel. Tons of citrus rind all over the place, right through into the dry bitter finish. This is a fulfilling treat for the hophead and I appreciate the west coast skewed take on this style, more hops than Belgian yeast although the latter is certainly detectable and perhaps gains salience as the palate acclimatizes to the bitterness. Alcohol well concealed. A worthy across the border find if a tad brash in its unabashed hoppy power.

Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Best By 10/29/14
L - huge off-white head tops a hazy tangerine colored ale. Great head retention
S - hoppy nose with orange rind, wheat, corainder
T - huge, hop forward bitterness - the Green Flash way; grapefruit, tangerine, orange, coriander, wheat, biscuit, grass
F - medium body, resinous, finishes extremely bitter and the alcohol is rather hot
O - this is big, but it's not that balanced and the alcohol is off-putting at times. Glad I tried it, but I won't get it again.

Hop Odyssey: White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.