1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

391 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of pkalix
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mactrail
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola color with a slowly fading, sandstone head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with a roasted malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes pine and citrus accompanied by moderate bitterness. Roasted malt comes in and adds depth. Cocoa, molasses, and a touch of coffee come through. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. This definitely leans towards the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on a black IPA and it is worth a try.

Photo of mjl21
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DominoDoug
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of fox227
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jameswoody
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of BRClemons
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bcsteve89
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ALLISON01
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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