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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of ejimhof


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-18-2014 12:42:28 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

03-20-2014 21:50:20 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

03-08-2014 06:50:42 | More by superspak
Photo of afsdan


4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-23-2014 22:36:56 | More by afsdan
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-19-2014 22:05:38 | More by LXIXME
Photo of dmorgan310


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-09-2014 18:40:12 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

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.


03-02-2014 06:43:45 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-27-2014 22:48:52 | More by Derek
Photo of Bitterbill


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-05-2014 22:52:25 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a huge, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of hops, with a slightly citrusy quality as well.

T: Tasted of grassy hops (not my favorite), a mild citrus element, sweet malt, and a hint of coffee as well. The flavor here definitely has its charms, but it's a bit on the uneven side, mainly due to the addition of grassy hops, which become more and more prevalent the more you drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An unbalanced beer. Certainly has its charms, but there was something left to be desired.

05-19-2014 18:36:25 | More by avalon07
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-12-2014 03:07:58 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of KAF


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-26-2014 17:32:30 | More by KAF
Photo of barnzy78


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bottle, Best By 7/21/14, so we're getting close, and I'm wishing I had bought and drank this sooner...
L - tall, frothy tan head sits atop a cola-like, nearly black ale. Excellent head retention and sticky lacing
S - dank pine and citric hops, roasted malt, faint chocolate
T - black and bitter with roasted barley, baker's chocolate, pine, grapefruit rind, earth, caramel
F - resinous and drying, sticky, fuller body, nice carbonation
O - nice black IPA. I'd try it again if I could get it on tap or get a fresher bottle. Regardless, it's still really solid.

07-02-2014 04:00:29 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Gobzilla


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-07-2014 23:57:58 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Durge


4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

03-17-2013 20:33:58 | More by Durge
Photo of mrfrancis


4/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of herbs, pine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, caramel, cream, and dark chocolate fill the nose.

T: Notes of herbs, pine, cedar, juniper berry, lemon, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, cream, caramel, and dark chocolate wash across the palate. The finish is bitter with intense herb, lemon, pine, cedar, and grapefruit notes backed by subtle flavors of caramel and cream.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly slick. Carbonation is crisp, firm, and prickly. Easy to drink for the style.

O: A rock solid black ale. I would have no difficulty recommending this beer to any fan of hoppy ales.

05-19-2014 15:37:49 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 10, 2014.

The pour is dark brown with some mahogany hues lighting up the edges of the glass. A full, foamy being head that settles some but leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma of floral and grassy hop notes with the dark, sweet malts playing up in the background.

The body is medium to bold and quite satisfying.

All those hops jump out in the flavor to overtake my taste buds while the dark, sweet, licorice malts remain low but balanced. Lingering bitterness at the finish. A good hoppy black IPA.

05-10-2014 21:11:46 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Lare453


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-12-2014 02:38:19 | More by Lare453
Photo of ArrogantB


3.36/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-15-2014 02:02:33 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of IPAchris


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-26-2013 01:03:21 | More by IPAchris
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-14-2013 00:03:42 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

04-11-2014 20:17:48 | More by clayrock81
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-05-2013 15:12:17 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of mhaugo


2/5  rDev -49.4%

05-18-2014 05:57:08 | More by mhaugo
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-16-2014 18:59:23 | More by ColForbinBC
Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.