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

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-15-2010)
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Respect_the_Saaz, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of SDHoffers
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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

SDHoffers, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cincysig, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

SB_Brewmaster, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

rxthree, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ohyayitstrey, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bigclydeoliver, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

brwnchrstpher, Aug 06, 2013
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mpenning13, Sep 01, 2013
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julie3231, Sep 01, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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

planetscott, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of duluoz
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

duluoz, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

1sophrosyne1, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +14%

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.

plaid75, Sep 16, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

aranamo, Jul 04, 2013
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Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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