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Citra Session Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Citra Session Ale
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%

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:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-15-2010)
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Photo of DrewSnyc667


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 17:39:28 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of HopHead84


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone. The beer appears transparent golden with a one inch white head.

The hop profile in the aroma is herbal and floral with light orange and mineral notes. It seems well balanced, with a crackery malt foundation. The citrus is stronger when the beer warms.

The flavor displays an herbal/mineral hop character and a moderate level of bitterness that's slightly astringent. Citrus is light, with only light notes of tangerine and orange, but it's most apparent in the crisp and bitter finish. The beer has a slight crackery malt foundation.

It's light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. A pretty decent pale ale, though I was expecting more from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:05:52 | More by HopHead84
Photo of micromaniac129


4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 11:46:26 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of rodlavers


3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Super hazy yellow, white head, some cling. Smells light with natural earth aromas, wheat grass mild citrus hops, tastes a bit pulpy, with many elements echoed from smell. Dry finish, medium carbonation, not particularly smooth. Over not my favorite session IPA, but decent offering from green flash. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 21:54:58 | More by rodlavers
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 01:43:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 02:18:25 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 06:25:52 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Flounder57


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 00:56:30 | More by Flounder57
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 22:08:54 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 22:31:12 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of planetscott


4.48/5  rDev +17%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 15:27:56 | More by planetscott
Photo of lsummers


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On to this beer is bright gold with a crisp carbonation that makes a bone white frothy head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is crisp, clean and refreshing. A citric, lemon zest hop bitterness comes out in the scent.

Taste is initially surprising and refreshing but leaves a little more to be desired. There's a citric lemongrass type note that mixes with a subtle grapefruit. Bitterness is nicely balanced. I think if it were fuller in body and a touch more viscous on the mouth it could be a great pale ale. Highly session able and drinking nicely on this hot day.

Overall, it's a good session beer but leaves me thinking something is lacking. I had this on tap which helps its overall taste. I really don't think this beer would bottle well with the slight watered down feel I'm getting from it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 20:47:30 | More by lsummers
Photo of aranamo


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2013 20:39:30 | More by aranamo
Photo of SDHoffers


4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 21:46:35 | More by SDHoffers
Photo of xnicknj


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Rattle n Hum in nyc

Pours a slightly clouded yellow-orange with golden tones. A one finger high white head bubbles up and retains decently with some streaky lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of grapefruit and orange with a boatload of searing hops.

Plenty of bitter hops right up front with citrus tones and nearly acidic rind qualities. Grapefruit and pine combine throughout most of the profile. A diminutive doughy backbone is slightly present with a hint of sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry with lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, definitely dry on the tongue. Pretty easy drinking although there isn't a great deal of depth in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 16:36:09 | More by xnicknj
Photo of charlzm


2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank CA on November 24th, 2010.

Beer is a clear lemony gold. A fine, creamy one finger head tops things off well.

Aroma is (surprise!) all about citric hops - grapefruit, orange, lemon.

Not getting any malt to speak of - flavor is all grapefruit, orange and pine. Significant bitterness. There is also an unfortunate wateriness to this beer and a metallic, copper penny character as well.

Slightly dry, dancing right at the edge of parching on the tongue.

Didn't really enjoy this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 06:58:23 | More by charlzm
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, and maybe some light pine. Good but not much to it.

t - Tastes of citra hops, bitter hops, tropical fruit, oranges, and grapefruit. Very bitter.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very bitter up front.

d - An ok APA but nothing special. Some nice citrus in the nose, but the taste was just too bitter to me and didn't have a ton going on. Wouldn't seek out again but glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 16:37:02 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jamex


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was poured this both on DRAFT and on CASK in a standard pint glass. I preferred the cask version. Anyway...

Looks nice and smells like a typical APA, but the taste was a little too bitter for me. Still, it exhibited nice qualities in smell and taste. Low ABV means they could have really took advantage of showcasing the taste - but I feel it's lacking a bit.

Not sure I'd order this again, as I found it "average." Actually, I was hoping it would be closer to Kern River's "Citra," but it fell flat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 02:55:05 | More by jamex
Photo of duluoz


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 06:51:15 | More by duluoz
Photo of VinceOutlaw


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clean, clean, pale gold color. Love the citrusy taste of this, making me sure this is an IPA, not PA (as @KnBWineCellars lists it). Taste of hop juice (the thing and the beer). Not much body, but whadayawant for 4.3%. Almost feel like I'd get a sour belly from drinking more than a couple of these, just because the bitter is very up front. Very cool to have an IPA session beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 04:27:41 | More by VinceOutlaw
Citra Session Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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