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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 397
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 3.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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 (1,067 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 (1,089 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.   (908 characters)

Photo of MWolverines66
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (275 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (623 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a complete black body with about a finger of tan head at the top, lots of lacing all over the glass.

S: This brew had a nice piney hint up front from the hops, a slight hint of roastyness but nothing over bearing, a little hint of chocolate.

T: A lot of hops right from the start, a little bit of roast from the malts, very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, a little sticky at the end but not a lot.

O: For a black ipa it tasted more like a regular ipa more than anything, but this was a good brew, Green Flash never dissappoints. (578 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of vmdominguez
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black but not pitch black with thin, light tan head.

S - Overwhelmingly hoppy. This is not a negative, but I was expecting roasty or malty notes to add complexity.

T - Intense hops upfront. Again, not as roasty as I expect from a black IPA. Clean finish with pleasant bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A solid beer, but the only thing that makes this a "black IPA" is the color (and slightly fuller mouthfeel). In other words, if I was blindfolded, I would think it was a full-bodied "standard" IPA. (528 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Idle Hands, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin beige head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness. Flavors of dark roasted malts are most noticeable with underlying notes of citrus and pine resin hops in the finish
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting as it has a nice mix of citrusy and piney hops combined with hop bitterness. It's definitely a West Coast Black IPA. (760 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, good retention on a black body. Sticky, soapy lacing. Aroma dominated by piney, resinous hops, some faint roast flavor in the back but clearly way hopped. Taste follows suit with strong bitterness, grassy, dominating. Some coffee and some roasted malt flavors but really hop showcase. This has Green Flash written all over it and its awesome. (411 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (920 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and slight cocoa. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with more of an emphasis on hoppy versus roasty aromas and flavors. (585 characters)

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