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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 399
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 399
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark brown-black color with two fingers of beige head. Wet, sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was hoppier than expected with pine, fresh-cut grass and orange along with light roasted caramel malts and a whiff of vanilla.

The taste, as now expected, opened with a hoppy bite of pine and grassy hops followed by light roasted caramel malts for balance. Hoppy bitterness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

This is probably the best Black IPA I've ever had. Hop-forward and delicious. Nice job, Green Flash!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from BevMo at the end of March for $5.99. Best by 7/21/14.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is fresh citrus hops and hints of roasted malts.

Taste has hints of the sweet caramel malts along with roasted black malts. Citrus and pine come on full force and leave a nice lingering hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy for the style which i do not mind.

Overall this is one tasty brew; definitely give it a shot if you come across it!

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Revolution Ale House, Charlotte NC.

This has proven to be one of my least favorite styles, but this brew is better than most. Appearance is great, black beer with thick off-white creamy head and lacing. The nose is straight up hops, but the taste does have some malt supporting the hops. Oily mouthfeel. Very good beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours black, minimal head on a medium pour. looks like iced coffee pouring out. aromas of hops very light, with some smoke(?) in the background. taste is very bitter, much more pronounced than the smell, with a gritty hop bitterness that is very piney and resin-y. maybe a little coffee in the flavor also? for the 7.2% abv, this is extremely bitter. not a great brew, but drinkable once to try. I wouldn't purchase this one again. I suppose some like this this, but i'm not a fan.... definitely would prefer a Wookey Jack over this.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First, an aside: BJCP should fix the naming of this category. The debate is long over, "IPA" sells!

Anyway, this one pours a mostly clear dark orange edged dark brown with billowing tan colored head. Big pillows of foam clinging to the glass, with a half inch of head staying for the remainder. Smell: pine, grapefruit peel, dried apricot, toffee note. Taste: sugary into roasty and caraway notes quickly overtaken by pine and grapefruit peel. It's over quickly. Nice example but not a standout for me. Best by 7/21/14.

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Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Malted Barley. Pours a dark brownish black with over an inch of frothy tan head. Some lacing. Great piney aroma with some roasted malts, floral hop notes, and pine oil. The taste is more of the piney hops along with roasted malts and some dark chocolate. Floral and pine bitterness at the finish. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste along with pine. Roasty flavor throughout. Overall, fantastic Black Ipa That reminds me of their West Coast IPA . Most I have encountered have more of a citrus hop flavor but this is a great piney Black IPA that I'd seek out for sure.

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Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice black/brown with two fingers of tan head, thick lacing.
S - Lovely inviting aroma, coffee notes, roasted malts and chocolate, a little bit of a roasted nuttiness then some nice fruit notes, grapefruit, white grape, lemon zest
T - Drinks more like a regular IPA, lots of grapefruit, pine, and white grape juice with some bitter coffee roasts in the back.
M - Palate is left with a substantial bitter bite and slight dryness
O - Very good Black IPA, the aroma is great, but the flavor dips down to more of just straight hop flavor, which is disappointing.

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Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Black in color, served to me with a half finger, light tan head. Decent retention, leaving a fair layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Leaves fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungeunt hop oil aroma. Citrus and pine. Lesser notes of roasted malt; caramel and coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hop forward flavor; more citrus than pine resin. Grapefruit pith. Light to moderate roasted malt character, touching on caramel, cocoa and lesser coffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Slight creaminess. Goes down with fair ease. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Classic West Coast hop profile. It's quite similar, in fact, to their West Coast IPA except with the addition of roasted malt, and while I'd prefer a stronger roast malt presence, that's not typical of the style. What's there is solid. One I'd certainly give another go with, especially if Green Flash decides to bottle this in the future.

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thick tan head atop a dark brown and cherry red brew. Has an aroma of subtle, earthy hops that are superseded by a wallop of roasted malts. Tastes of spent grain, blackcurrant, caramel and oily hops. Medium bodied, well-balanced and smooth, but falls slightly short in the flavor category.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Chesnut brown almost black with a fluffy tan head and heavy lacing.

S: Roasted malts and piney hops.

T: Toasted bread. Pine cones. Grapefruit, and a touch of coffee.

M: Medium body and average carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O: Easy drinking basic black IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light black in color and it will allow some like to make it through if held up to light. Easily an inch thick tightly knit light beige colored head. Brussels lacing. Wonderful aroma of piney hops and dark malt. The hop taste actually seems pretty tame compared to what I'm getting from the aroma. This is still fairly bitter with piney hops,but that dark malt backbone is very apparent. Mouth is a bit thinner than I would have imagined. The flip side of course is that it's not as filling as a typical IPA at that ABV.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.