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Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 245
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-15-2010

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Photo of SDHoffers
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour was great ( I poured it ). Medium head with sticky lacing.

Not the strongest scent, but it did notice the citra coming through as it warmed up. Straight out of the tap I wouldn't have scored it so high, but the second half is where the points added up.

The taste of this session beer is where it shines. Hard to explain, but it is perfect the way it is. The hops are the star and I think the alcohol would actually make it worse.

This is what I have come to expect from Green Flash. The mouth-raping forest of piney hops is why I truly love West Coast Pale's & IPA's.
Cheers, Hoffer's

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Photo of bfranks
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was unaware of the Hop Odyssey series and found this by accident. I could drink this beer anytime and could drink it all day. I love single hop IPAs and Citra is my favorite hop. An excellent session IPA, very good. Loved it.

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Photo of planetscott
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is how a session IPA should be.

It is a Citra delight. Very nice balance of up front bitterness and prominent hop flavor that does not linger for days. Light malt profile that is just right. A nice easy yet flavorful "lawnmower" IPA

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Photo of duluoz
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, clean, yellowish orange... good head and retention.

S - All Citra hops here. I've homebrewed with Citra and I'm partial to it -- great hop variety.

T - Wonderfully hoppy qualities with a very light body. Big citrus dominates, and the finish is clean and dry.

M - Nice carbonation, good mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, though the front-end hop assault may lead you to think otherwise... but it lightens up beautifully on the backend.

Reminds me quite a bit of Russian River's Happy Hops, and some other super-hopped blonde/pale hybrids. We need more lighter beers with big hops like this one. Excellent beer.

update: had it on cask at Toronado SD... like most hoppy beers, it loses something on the cask. Find it on tap.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brightly clear amber with a dense white head with good retention. The head is composed of fine, uniform bubbles that shift uniformly to create a durable sheet of lacing.
It smells of flowers, pineapple, and caramel malts with subtle resin. A nicely balanced bouquet that allows a little breadiness and tangerine to caress the nose as the temperature rises.
The taste is more pine forward. Melons, peach, and piercing citrus cruise in the front end on the hop-oil slick. In the middle there is chewy monocot that thickens into wood. This transition then lets the malt take over and carry a pleasant residual bitterness long into an upturning finish with a grapefruit aftertaste.
The body is moderate, punctuated by tannic and metallic dryness. A fairly high level of carbonation balances the chew nicely.
This is really a remarkable creation, as it's a complex balance of creamy and spicy with layers of sensory experience driven by fairly potent hop infusion, but still truly sessionable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

On draft at Draught 55, NY, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citra hop.

The taste offered waves of resinous citra hops with a soft doughy malt backing.

The mouthfeel was typical of session style.

Overall a tasty hop forward session.

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Photo of aranamo
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm such a big fan of Green Flash. I love (almost) everything they make but have only known for a short time on account of Atlanta not being blessed by Green Flash until about a year ago. Their arrival was obviously well planned and well met since this city's love affair with citrusy hops (especially pale ales and IPAs) is hard to miss and harder to deny.

This Green Flash, Citra Session, was acquired via the Beer Growler in Avondale Est. and I'm quite pleased with it. It's very much, as they say, a session pale, great for anyone who wants bold grapefruit & lemon hop layers, level bitterness, and an overall lighter feel than IPAs of similar floral essence. It's not quite a session beer for anyone who isn't experienced/in love with citrus hop pales but for those whose palate frequently lean in that direction, it's remarkably drinkable yet strong flavoured. The malt is what you'd expect from an American pale, though it balances so well, you barely notice how complex this beer really is. Cheers, Green Flash. You're king of the west coast hop mountain these days and I ain't complaining at all.

I'd definitely buy it again on draft/growler but I'd be curious how it fares in bottle. Green Flash has...surprised me...with how some of my favorites have greatly differed in bottle vs. draft. Luckily Atlanta's growler market is thriving and draft lists are deep so I probably won't have to figure it out. Thumbs up.

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Photo of BobJude
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Really impressed with this session beer. Straw colored, with a bit of haze. Smell of citrus and just a hint of cat urine - gotta love Citra hops! Great hop taste on the tongue with a surprising bit of sweet grain. Mouthfeel was thin, but at 4.5%, that is to be expected. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and it acts like a much bigger beer than it is.

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Photo of BeerZar
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Aroma is outstand and full of juicy citrus....orange, lemon and red grapefruit. Light hazy yellow with thick fluffy white head. Taste is lemony citrus upfront that develops into sweet red grapefruit/orange style citrus mid-palate and fades into more bitter grapefruit that lingers nicely on the follow through. Palate is somewhat thin with some light carbonation noticeable. Overall this is one of the better session IPAs I have had so far. A delicious citrus hop bomb that you can drink all day.....what’s not to love?

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a bulbous but small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a pale straw yellow with a crisp white head of about a finger. Dissipates after 2-3 minutes and leaves faint, silky lacing that slides back down the glass into the beer. Foam ends up a rim of froth around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Floral citrus is dominant, with elements of tropical and mango coming on to round out the nose. Very fragrant and intoxicating--smells more like an IPA than a Pale.

Taste - Grapefruit bitterness with almost zero detection of malt balance--pungent hops and faint pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very drying finish. So dry it almost feels like it's sucking the moisture out of your mouth after you've swallowed.

Overall, a very assertive beer in it's own right, and even more so when you consider the fact that it's supposed to be a session Pale Ale. I'm impressed at all the flavor they've managed to pack into this low alcohol beer, and would probably pick this up before some other session IPAs if I was looking for something with a hoppy wallop of flavor

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

In what will likely become the beer style to replace the classic American pale ale, Green Flash dips their toe into the "session IPA" genre that emerges from the "Hop Odyssey" series with a body lighter than pale ale but with the hop character that more aligns with American IPA.

But its no normal hop that's showcased in this lupulin-dominant brew- its "Citra" character charges forward with bursting tangerine, red grapefruit and passionfruit. Backed with the most supple of caramel and cashew to comfort the palate, the beer's upstart is tangy, juicy and incredibly vibrant.

Through the middle, the beer's slight biscuit body lessons more and more, leaving a simple shadow of malt in its wake. Yet the hops continue its climb, shifting from ripe citrus and tropical blend and into a mild vegetal botanical taste that invites leaf, pine and chive.

Its smooth and pithy bitterness intensifies in finish, especially once the medium-light malt body dissipates and its bone-dry body sets in. This all is rewarding to the palate with high refreshment, a clean citrusy aftertaste and slight mineral scrubbing effects.

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Photo of Mdog
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Very nice, grapefruit, lime, citrus rind, sweetness.

Taste: Mildly sweet before shifting to citrus bitterness, dry finish.

Overall: Not quite as dry as most session IPAs, seems to have a little more malt hanging in there before giving way to the big time dry finish. It and Bitter Brewer are probably the best of the session bitter/IPA crowd.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Portsmouth Brewery in NH.

Appearance: It is a pale yellow color with great clarity. Nice head with bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Grassy, tropical, and citrusy with some light bready and caramel notes in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, smooth, tingly bitterness, medium to high carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty solid light IPA. Got to love citra hops and the balance of the bready and caramel malts.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at M.O.M.'s.
The color was deep golden nearly amber. A white head on top left some lacing around the glass. The aroma was the best part. Must be dry hopped. A hoppy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet malts were faint in the nose.
The taste was hoppy bitter and dry. The hops were light but still had faint tastes of the tropics. Drank smooth with a semi dry and bitter finish.
A good beer, I like this one alot.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a white foamy topping. The head leaves plenty of lace on the glassware. The aroma is of tropical fruit and citrus, herbs, pine and faint malt sweetness. In the flavor, more of the same, with citrus, melon, pine and pineapple notes from the citra hop. Mild complimentary, biscuity malt profile. Medium bodied ale with a solid level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good session brew, drinks like a much bigger IPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.00 (Wednesday night deal)
Purchased: July 31, 2013
Consumed: July 31, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden pale clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head when I got it. Good amount of even layered lacing on the sides. Above average retention.

Smelled crisp bitter hops, initially reminding me of a Lagunitas Day Time IPA. Got floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind.

Tasted similar to the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange, orange rind and floral hops coming strong. Bitter, but smooth somehow smooth. Grassy, wheat and more like a pale ale than the smell.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish, but crisp and refreshing.

Really enjoyed this beer. May have overrated it a bit, but that’s OK.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Yellow-golden beer, super clear, with a full, tight white head that reduces quickly. Extensive lacing.

S - Big citra hop nose, with mango and resin, a bit of wild grassiness, a bit of dank cat-pee.

T - Sharp hop flavors, slapping you around with resin, some tropical fruit coupling nicely with sweet malts, with a moderately bitter close.

M - Brisk carbonation does not completely scrub the resin build.

O - An interesting brew, this drinks like a full IPA, but manages a 5% ABV. Tasty, bright citra, but like a lot of pure citra brews, though vibrant, the result is not particularly balanced. Add to this the bottle format, and this does not ultimately feel as sessionable as its name would suggest.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap into tulip at hops and pie denver. Golden color with creamy thick head. Awesome look for a session. Huge citra aromas..super fresh. Taste is like fresh hop...I mean as feesh as possible in a beer but so close to being literal hops in a glass. If you want to know what citra tastes like. ..and enjoy it, this is your beer. Great addition to the session lineup this summer.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a bright white head that sits like a pillow on top of the glass. Nice lacing and head retention all the way through. Huge floral aroma of citrus hops with some caramel notes lurking beneath the surface. Hops dominate and wreck the palate - citrus, grapefruit, some resinous notes. Some caramel notes come through and sightly balance this out, but the mouth feel is highly acidic. Really a solid brew, but due to its high intensity I would not be able to session this.

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Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Journey Limited Release made with 100% Citra Hops (Best By 13 Jan 16). Pours clear gold color with a foamy 1 finger snow white head that faded on the quick side, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, onion, grapefruit, mango and starfruit, shifting to graham cracker, biscuit, light caramel and toasted grains. The malt and citrus are well balanced, with the Citra hops adding a nice citrus aroma. It's not super hoppy like a DIPA, but nice enough for a session IPA.

Tastes just like the nose but on a more subdued level; the hops are present and the star of the show with lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, onion, herbs like garlic, mango or starfruit, tea leaf, piney hops, and then a wave of the malt backbone with graham cracker, biscuit, light caramel and toasted grains. It's grassy and earthy with nice citrus flavors coming through the whole brew. It's well crafted, but just not full of the strong citrus hops that I expected from a single hop beer using CItra hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side, but smooth and easy drinking with light carbonation, a light body and a mild bitter aftertaste. Well balanced, it fits the session beer mold to a T.

Style conflict here as it's labeled APA on BA but IPA on the bottle; either way it's a real good session beer at 4.5% with the 65 IBU's providing nice hop flavors. I'd definitely have this again, it was tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Crystal clear light yellow. Thin white head and blotchy lacing (4.00)

Aroma: Medium light intensity citrus peel (3.75)

Flavor: Citrus peel and pine bitterness. Medium intensity hop flavors, with a mild grassy astringency that lingers. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lively carbonation, drinkable but borders on watery (4)

Overall: Great way to mix it up, on the ever growing stretch of session IPAs (3.8)

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

Has that great grapefruit, mango, resiny, grassy, tropical fruit hop aroma characteristic of citra. Flavor reveals deep resiny notes, fairly bitter, at the base, with a hollow malt character not providing much support. Muted grapefruit and citrus pith add intrigue, but those resiny bittering hops dominate. A little overly bitter for my liking.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a flute at Stag's Head

A- Nice amber/copper, thin head woth strong lacing, some activity
S - Sweet honey, piney hops with a bit of lemon
T - piney sweetness from the hops, has a bitter finish
M - A bit thin with some crispness from the carbonation
O - Not bad at all I'd like to try it on tap

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Best by label, no printed date.

A: Orange colored body with a good clarity reveals a healthy dose of macro-effervesce. A solid one inch frothy-foam, weathered seashell white head has a long lasting effect. Broken semi-circle lacing.

S: Fresh citrusy-orange, wet, with hints of wet pine resins, pear yeastiness, with a finish of grapefruit-pineapple hops. Lightly toasted grains, medium intensity, rather short duration ending with some lightly dry straw.

T: Flavor was dry citrus flowery hops, hay, semi-dry grapefruit grind and pine. Moderate complexity and blending, though not as fresh, wet and fruity as the nose, but dry with a sting of dry orange grind, wheat, grassy hops on the knock-out. Some indications of stale citrus.

M: Frothy mouthful, mid-range carbonation, lightly dry, leans toward the lighter side of medium being 4.5%.

O: Starts promising, good visual, nice fresh wet nose of citra, finishes rather ordinary with a west coast hopping rather tropical citra notes. Dry and bittering for a session is what it does best, nice level of ibu's for a session, just wished it had more tropical flavor appeal and a proper best by dating would of been nice. Best served slightly chilled, upon warming some off putting raw hop flowers.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Dive bar

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice crystal clear golden straw hue with a one finger head that faded to leave light lacing and a thin head. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of nice citra hops, light, some soft malt, fainter pineapple. The nose would be really nice if it wasn't so soft and subtle. 3.75 (x .2 = .75)

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice citra hop notes, flashes of pineapple yet a light pine bitterness. That said, the middle is very bready and really of putting. Quite unfortunate at how bready this is, ugh. 3.5 (x .45 = 1.575)

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough, light and crisp with the alcohol hidden well. 4 (x .1 = .4)

O - Overall this beer was somewhat of a let down. Really too bready to be enjoyable...very unfortunate. 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

Total Rating Score: 3.63
Serving Type: On tap

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Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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