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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-14-2013

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  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.

Photo of rawfish
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ninaturner
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 7/21/14. Pours a slick almost black, with a light tan sticky two inch head, that leaves webs of lace.

Smell is coffee, toffee, chocolate, earthy hops, pine, and some hints of citrus.

Taste starts with some nice expresso toffee flavors and finishes with a huge burst of citrus grapefruit that really lingers on the palate awhile.

Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall I love it. What I would expect from one of my favorite brewers of hoppy goodness.

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Great-Pyrebeers
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of alphagnome
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Truth in advertisement here... Pitch black body allows absolutely no light through its' walls. Beautiful, thick beige head with great retention and plenty of lacing.

Aroma:
Nice, roasted malts and coffee and pine hops. Notes of pistachios and pepper can also be found. I wish it were a bit more potent however.

Taste:
Right away, plenty of roasted character encapsulates a potent, bitter bite. Gobs of pine, little bit of coffee. Nutty aftertaste. No booziness. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel:
Could be smoother, if I'm honest, but it doesn't ruin the experience. Fairly thick body and lightly carbonation. Clean finish but a bit dry.

Overall:
Very enjoyable beer here. Easy to drink considering its bite. Worth consideration!

Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Beerme5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pieface22
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of blivingston1985
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of M11sanman
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of mattknueven
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tmcelvain
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MAJ85
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.