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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and slight cocoa. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with more of an emphasis on hoppy versus roasty aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 01:10:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Idle Hands, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin beige head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness. Flavors of dark roasted malts are most noticeable with underlying notes of citrus and pine resin hops in the finish
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting as it has a nice mix of citrusy and piney hops combined with hop bitterness. It's definitely a West Coast Black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 00:36:37 | More by metter98
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 7/21/14

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness, roastyness

T: Follows the nose, dryness, leafy hops & orange peel up front. More roastyness & dryness as this warms, plus grapefruit, leafy hops. Finishes slightly astringent, with grapefruit & pineyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, skews hoppy

Drinks easy, a nice Black IPA; not the best but one I might revisit

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:43:15 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raw hop character in a black IPA format, the appearance is cola brown with ruby highlights, big tan head forms thick, rocky texture. Aroma has pungent citrus peel and dark roasted malt layers combined into one, goes great with food. But my ideal IPA is citrus fruit grassy and clean the muddled alpha acids with dark roasts just don't work as well as your typical IPA without the dark roasted malts. Flavors have the dark chocolate notes with herbal, herbaceous dank weed, and grapefruit peel bitterness heavy in the backend finishes dry without much finesse. It's just hops and dark bitter roasted malt without much poetry between the two, gimme a porter or an hoppy IPA in place of the hybrid any day. Mouthfeel is resinous with hop oils it even makes your nares burn with the combination. Overall I can't wait to try something more approachable in the Black IPA department, this is good but I know there could be better versions out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:20:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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mactrail

California

3.28/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 06:20:47 | More by mactrail
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Billolick

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, Best before 7/21/14 etched onto the bottle

Pours darn near black, supporting a lasting medium mocha head. Leaving nice ringed and scattered high lacing.

Nose is all about the citrus, oranges and grapefruits, nice

Flavorful, citric, hoppy with dark malts. Fine stuff. Hops keep flowing in wave after wave, continuing citric notes, more and more orange on the palate. Perhaps a bit thin mouth feel wise. But its a minor point, as this is super tasty, and west coast hop forward goodness. Highly enjoyable and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 05:15:44 | More by Billolick
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of splotchy lacing left behind.

The aroma has a subtle toasted malt presence along with a nice dank, floral hop character.  Smells similar to a regular west coast ipa but with a touch of robust malt.  Very floral, citrus-y and tropical smelling with resinous, grassy pine and dark roast.  Hints of grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple followed by grass, pine sap, oatmeal, toast, dark fruit and lightly roasted coffee bean.

Unfortunately, it's not as complex as the nose suggests.  Lots of dry bitterness but this comes more from slightly acrid and roasted dark malt.  Tropical/citrus notes from the aroma aren't really showing up on the palate.  Sticky and resinous hops with grassy pine needle followed roasted chocolate malt, oatmeal, coffee bean and burnt toast.  

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 02:08:51 | More by corby112
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with off white head and lacing. Good looking brew. Aroma is roasted and hoppy, almost minty.

In the taste, roasted malt with a bit of smoke to it and herbal, piney hops with mint and citrus. Interesting flavor. Medium bodied with a dry hop bite. Herbal, soothing, with some alpha acids working the orange zest impression.

Overall, a tasty black ipa with some unique flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 21:50:20 | More by Stinkypuss
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big bottle picked up at the COOP earlier this week... Pours with a long lasting sorta meringue like dark tan head... the brew is pretty much black.

Piney hops and expected light mix of coffee and dark malt... Coffee notes mix better with the spruce hops with warmth.

Flavor has the standard dark malt with some light toasty malt... hops show as light grapefruit and lesser pine. Surprisingly balanced for a Black IPA...

Body is pretty standard.

3.5/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 06:43:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/21/2014. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings aruound the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, grapefruit, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, toast, light roast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with light-moderate roasted malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice black IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:50:42 | More by superspak
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:02:33 | More by ArrogantB
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Durge

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scored the growler at DeCicco's (Brewster, NY) last weekend and poured into the pint glass chilled this shows a very dark ruby edges mahogany color. The head is thick and light tan in color, leaving a substantial layer of lacing. The nose hit is full of bright citrus, grapefruit and orange with a twisted pine quality in there for good hop measure. Just a vague malt complement comes through as well. Very nice. The first taste sensation brings brilliant citrus but blends nicely with a brown bread cereal malt. The dominating theme remains the rather sharp hop flavors but there is a clearer note of some malt and even a licorice nuance with a sort of minty outcome. Just delicious if you favor hop character in your IPA's. This brew is easily medium bodied with a smooth, somewhat luscious feel. Carbonation is a bit dainty but provides an effective tingly sensation on the tongue. Great results here for Green Flash!

Serving type: growler

03-17-2013 20:33:58 | More by Durge
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pores a pretty much black body with one finger tan head and left lace patches. The aroma is mostly piney, citric hops with minor roasted malt notes in the background. Full bodied and slightly chewy, the hops are strong and this beer is more hoppy than malty, not that the balance is totally askew. The roasted malts are evident and there is a slight biscuit feeling along with sweetness, but mostly I get the strong hop presence in this beer. I really like this ale as I prefer black ipas that are hoppier than what is usual of style.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 20:17:48 | More by clayrock81
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surely black. Nice head mounting this beer. Crusty dry lace. Inch plus of tan foam.

Earthy citrus and pine. A little more going on than your usual grapefruit, spruce, and cocoa. Almost milder and more balanced than that. Rather earthy with coffee-like roast. Some herbal aromatics involved. The pine is a big-time contributor, but it has great restraint and character. Juicier than just pithy hops. Very nice.

Taste follows with more of that rounded hoppiness. Malts are all char and bitter coffee and not a lot of much else. Just enough to make it black, this is all about the hops. Moderate bitterness that cleans up in the finish. Alcohol isn't a problem, either. A little dextrinous. Has that good Green Flash grapefruit and pine combo with lots of C-hops. Great balance.

Feels scruffy, likable, bitter. Carbonated excitingly. Body is supple beneath all of these bubbles.

Two thumbs up. A black IPA that I can enjoy again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 13:37:07 | More by thecheapies
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best Before 7/2/14
22oz, In My Experience snifter

A: Pours a very deep brown color. Some reddish hues around the edges. Nice full finger of light tan head. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nice earthy pine hop aroma on the nose. Getting some of that common roast, from the darker malts. Toasted grain. Chocolate. Some black licorice.

T: Good amount of hop bitterness up front, and throughout the sip. As it warms, some of that roast and chocolate come into play more. Finish has lingering pine. Bitterness. Nicely done BIPA.

M: Medium bodied. Thinner than expected from the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:43:03 | More by inlimbo77
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Kendo

New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is black with ruby/mahogany edges when backlit and a small greyish head.

S: Earthy, roasty malt and citrusy, piney hops.

T: Roasted barley malt is followed by nice bitter pine and pine needles. Lingering pine bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, modest carbonation - slightly slick in feel.

O: Real good stuff; I like an American Black Ale like this, with nice roasty notes and then big time hop bitterness. For perfection, it could use more chocolatey malty notes, but overall this is good stuff.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2013 02:51:50 | More by Kendo
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elNopalero

Texas

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a luscious black cola with creamy foaming. There’s a great aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit pith, followed by an underlying roasty taste topped with a sticky sweet piney orange grapefruit. It’s dank and delicious with a finish that lasts for days.
I would love to see this enter the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 22:22:22 | More by elNopalero
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very black with an off-white to tan head, ok lace, not bad looking.

Aroma and taste are very nice, but I would rate this more of a black ale (as listed) than a black IPA, as it seems more balanced than I think of a true IPA style beer (which would be heavily weighted towards hops). Bitterness is not lacking by any means, but really on the flavors I get more roasted, burnt, and toasted malts than anything particularly notable in hops.

Body is medium but drinkability is pretty high. Finish is smooth roastiness with a bitter tinge. Overall it's Green Flash, which is about all that needs to be said.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:22:13 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 07/21/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish black with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a huge four finger light tan head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with good hints of pine, citrus, and dark malt. Big upfront mix of hops with hints of spicy pine resin and some earthy grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Dark malts with hints of burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, oats, and yeast. Definitely leans towards the hoppier side. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, earthy, and fruity hop forward taste with notes of pine, citrus fruit, and dark malt. Upfront mix of earthy, herbal, floral, and citrus hops. Spicy and dank notes of pine resin. Earthy grass. Juicy citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Hops are pretty oily with a drying bitterness. Dark malts with notes of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, coffee, grains, caramel, yeast, and oats. A pretty good ripe taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, oily, sticky, and pretty drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Black IPA. Pretty hop forward with a nice juicy and oily bitterness. The dark malt presence is good as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 07:53:31 | More by MattyG85
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: More brown than black, with thick, frothy, mocha head.

Smell: Citrus, char, chocolate, chalk and pine.

Taste: Somewhat fruity malts with lots of grapefruit and pine hops. Chocolate, coffee and charred meat all come into play as well. Finish is fairly bitter with herbal & spicy notes, pine and roasted malts all adding to the sharp finish. Despite all the flavors and the bitter finish, the taste profile is subtler than expected.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation with a creamy body that is slightly thinner than hoped for. Dry finish but some slight chalkiness.

Overall: Nice Black Ale that I would certainly have again, but while the breadth of flavors is impressive, some others examples of the style have greater depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:19:23 | More by bsp77
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I thought this beer way too bitter for the style, assuming that it is a black IPA and not a double.
The bitterness takes away from an already weak flavor.
The color was deep cinnamon brown with a tall beige head.
In the aroma were light hints of citrus and roasted malts.
The taste was weak and almost watery thin with some hints of hops malts and cocoa.
The mouthfeel was dry and bitter on the palate.
Green Flash is a top ten brewery for me no doubt about it, this one just didn't work.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 13:22:53 | More by micromaniac129
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rangerred

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived with no head and a nearly opaque very dark brown.

Definite citrus aroma along with lots of roasted malt and cocoa. A very nice malt/hop balance and the roastiness was quite nice.

The flavor continued the great balance between malt and hop with toast, caramel, and coffee along with a hefty punch of citrus from the hops. A moderate bitterness lingered through a sticky finish.

Overall, a really good black IPA. There are so many different variations on this style but Green Flash has really nailed it with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 00:43:32 | More by rangerred
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: 07/21/14

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of beige head that slowly fades down to a foamy cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts along with some pine and floral hop notes. A very light fruitiness is also present. Nicely balanced

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and some dark chocolate, followed by the pine, floral, and fruity hop notes. Bitterness rolls in about mid-way through and follows through into the finish. Also finishes with more roast and some coffee notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice example of the style. Nicely balanced between the roast and hoppy notes, with neither really dominating. The bitterness is nice and restrained but definitely present. Quite easy to drink as well. Definitely worth trying

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 06:42:56 | More by BEERMILER12
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BucannonXC5

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. glass
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: Feb. 16, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 16, 2014
Misc.: Best by July 21, 2014

Poured a very dark mahogany, almost pitch black color with four fingers of frothy dark khaki tan head. Tons of foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Thick, foamy retention all the way down.

Smelled floral hops, citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine & light lime, , wet Cascade hops, caramel, honey, some unknown spices, light cocoa, chocolate and toffee.

Tasted a lot different than I thought it would. Lots of buttery notes, which I’m not a fan of. All the hops that I got in the smell were harder to find in the taste. Some bitter grapefruit notes in there, but not nearly as strong. Roasty, chocolate, caramel, toffee and cocoa nibs.

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, buttery, slightly bitter finish.

I had high hopes for this beer and it really on delivered for the aroma and smell. I wouldn’t have it again

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:30:30 | More by BucannonXC5
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with black tint. Nice thick, foamy 1 inch head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Dank, wet hops, roasty malts. Oranges, pineapple, apple, added sugars, a little chocolate and coffee at the finish.

Taste - First sip is much like the smell, roasted malts mix with some coffee and citric hops. Smooth sweet hops provide lots of orange, tangerine, mango and such. Some coffee bitterness along with some chocolate comes out after the first blast of hops. A little sugary flavor and some earthy spices come out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Citric hops with some roasty malts coat the tongue. Palate gets more of the same, with a little coffee and chocolate note. Aftertaste is citric, coffee bold and a little malty.

Overall - A nice black ipa. The citric hop kick gives this a west coast style ipa flavor that works nicely with the malts and coffee aspect. Smooth, balance is good and full of flavor. One of the better black ipa's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:13:21 | More by wvsabbath
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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.