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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.  

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very balanced and full flavored black IPA with a creamy mouthfeel but a nicely lingering bitter pine finish. It really held up nicely for several days in the growler and I loved the combo of bitter pine and toasty malt on the finish. A very solid effort.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

The Black IPA from Green Flash is a good easy drinking Black IPA. The beer poured a nearly opaque with thick white head that left a very nice lace. The scent and taste carry a roast and pine flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good Black IPA.

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of avalon07
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Durge
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.