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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-14-2013)
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rawfish
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cola brown to make up a very dark body, small off white cap of foam. Retention is just okay with a solid sheet of lacing.

Malty, chocolate and toasted bread with a huge profile of fruitiness from Green Flash house yeast. Malt masks alot of the hops leaving some faint citrus and pine to battle with the pungent fruit esters and malt.

Bready malt, some toffee and cocoa but overall very charred and buttery. The hops are a tickling pine with pronounced bitterness, very little complexity of depth. Alcohol is present but complementary to the bitterness.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Slick and thin over the palate which makes it fairly drinkable. The higher soapy bitterness gives it a pleasant drying.

Not a great black IPA, low hop presence and overly charred malt. Decent enough. The fruity esters from the yeast are also bothersome. I prefer a bold citrus hop profile to stand out from the dark malt, here is just blends and falls flat. See FW Wookey Jack, Deschutes Hop in the Dark and Knee Deep Midnight Hoppiness for better representations.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a near black with a foamy khaki head of 2 fingers. Lighter accents around the edges.

S- Straight up pine on this one. Some roasted notes come in late

T- Good amount of piney hops again. Not overly complex. Slightly bitter.

M- Dry, mid body, clean finish. Soft on the pallet.

O- nothing special here. Flavor was a bit muddled and refrained.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Arlington, VA. Pours a nice golden color with minimal carbonation at the head. Smells of pine and grapefruit. There's not much there in terms of the taste. You have the pines and grapefruit, but it's not as clean and there is no hoppy bite on the back end.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite beautiful coffee-black brew in the Duvel tulip with a creamy off-white head. Rather thin body. Frothy and mouth-filling. Modest hoppy scent. A little bit of sweetness gives this a mellow note to start, but it's short-lived.

Interesting herbal flavor. Bitter with leafy hops, something like arugula. Very bitter aftertaste compromises the pleasure. A lot of scorched malt flavor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle $6.99. Looks like a stout, maybe a bit brown at the edges. Aroma is roasted malts and oranges. Flavor is exactly the same with maybe a touch of chocolate in there. Personally I find this style one that us rarely executed well and this is no exception. I would not purchase this again, it would be much better to save a buck and buy a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.

Photo of hardy008
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a one finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and some roasted malt.

The taste is more subdued than the aroma with grapefruit, citrus zest, roasted malt, pine, and some earthiness. More bitter than sweet, but has pretty good balance. I wish this beer had a more bold taste. the bottle is not old, it states Best by 07/21/14, so it is not old.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation for the style. Not much aftertaste. A decent beer, but not as good as the best in the class.

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3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black but not pitch black with thin, light tan head.

S - Overwhelmingly hoppy. This is not a negative, but I was expecting roasty or malty notes to add complexity.

T - Intense hops upfront. Again, not as roasty as I expect from a black IPA. Clean finish with pleasant bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A solid beer, but the only thing that makes this a "black IPA" is the color (and slightly fuller mouthfeel). In other words, if I was blindfolded, I would think it was a full-bodied "standard" IPA.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.