Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA

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88
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

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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-14-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours like a stout, with a great bubble show, though the liquid winds up being more of a root beer brown color; impressive head, nice retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Burnt toast and ashy, with the hops bringing piney tones

Taste: The piney tones leap to the forefront, but the burnt toast and ashy flavor builds through the middle; the hops recover their prominence, after the swallow, though the malt elements linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am drinking this beer about 10 days after the best by date so the hop flavors are not likely what the brewer intended; still, I find the malts here just a bit too charred and, when compared to the Lagunitas NightTime I had just a few days ago, this beer comes up short

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/14/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, citrus, some hops and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness. Then some flavors of chocolate and coffee come in along with some citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.  

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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