Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.29/5 rDev +8.6%
22oz to a snifter, had this on tap last year, finally reviewing it. Enjoy by 7/21
Pours black with two fingers of eggshell white foam. No transparency when held to the window, thick and black all the way through. Mild carbonation from the sides, good lacing and retention. Not much else you could ask for
Could smell the hops as soon as I cracked the cap. Upfront hop bomb, very floral hops with notes of pine and citrus. Strong chocolate malts with notes of vanilla and a hint of coffee, all tied together with a splash of alcohol. One of the best smelling bipas I've had to date
Taste falls a bit short of the aroma but still delivers. Hops translate well, up front very floral, shifting to some earthy pine and finishing with some citrus. Strong chocolate malts, a bit of coffee and none of that glorious vanilla from the nose. Finishes with a bit of booze
Feel is thick and creamy, medium bitterness with a dry finish. Alcohol concealed well, easy to drink
Overall one of the more solid cda's I've had. Glad to finally do a proper review finally, glad to see this gem in a bottle
09-30-2013 19:26:32 | More by lordofstarside
3.81/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
09-27-2013 02:08:51 | More by corby112
3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
Had this on tap in Arlington, VA. Pours a nice golden color with minimal carbonation at the head. Smells of pine and grapefruit. There's not much there in terms of the taste. You have the pines and grapefruit, but it's not as clean and there is no hoppy bite on the back end.
08-08-2013 20:08:32 | More by MWolverines66
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-26-2013 00:43:32 | More by rangerred
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
07-04-2013 02:51:50 | More by Kendo
4.31/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a deep black, stout like in color. One finger cappuccino colored head that leaves some great lacing.
The piney, roasted, slightly peppery notes come through fairly balanced in the nose. That same pine hop bite with some peppery herbal notes blend with the roasted grains and slight earthy character. The only detracting quality I can think of might be a slight medicinal note on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and sharp on the tongue. Has a touch of the hop sticky quality.
Overall this is one of my favorite black ipa's. Roasted grains and a sharp hop bitterness really lends itself nicely.
06-15-2013 19:01:43 | More by lsummers
Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.