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

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Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-15-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +8%

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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