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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA

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very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-14-2013)
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-10-2014 23:00:12 | More by souterrain
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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz narrow bottle, stamped "Best by 7/21/14"

pours a very dark brown, not quite black. nice off white head that hangs around. nice hoppy aroma with mix of pine, citrus, earthy hops. just a touch of roasty malt, dry aftertaste with flavorful hop notes. thinner body, low to medium carbonation.

overall a solid black ipa.

06-10-2014 03:15:27 | More by jmdrpi
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-09-2014 00:49:58 | More by Wattie
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-08-2014 03:28:11 | More by jzlyo
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-06-2014 17:18:50 | More by rowbow
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-05-2014 22:52:25 | More by Bitterbill
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-29-2014 23:16:22 | More by neckbracesub
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-28-2014 22:20:34 | More by bcostner1
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-28-2014 14:06:29 | More by HopAttack3
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3.66/5  rDev -7.1%

A thick tan head atop a dark brown and cherry red brew. Has an aroma of subtle, earthy hops that are superseded by a wallop of roasted malts. Tastes of spent grain, blackcurrant, caramel and oily hops. Medium bodied, well-balanced and smooth, but falls slightly short in the flavor category.

05-28-2014 00:16:44 | More by stephens101
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

05-27-2014 05:51:11 | More by sudsy2drunk
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-26-2014 02:52:55 | More by bump8628
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-24-2014 02:46:19 | More by vande
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-23-2014 01:56:35 | More by Niceroad77
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-23-2014 00:17:10 | More by Redstar137
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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottle into my FW Snifter glass
Notes from 05/11/14

A: Pours thin and dark coffee in appearance which darkens to a motor oil black once collected in the glass. Massive dark khaki billow with extreme hang time here. I have to give it to the great head one achieves from a Green Flash beer. A few broken lines of crusty stick are left behind in the shape of some rolling hills.

S: Sticky pine needles by the bundle with a pinch of dank herbal weediness on it. Not particularly citrusy but the nose is still plenty hoppy. I also get a fair amount of toasted biscuit, scorched caramels, and a waft of charcoal. Smells fairly nice and definitely more on the earthy pine side with some hints of dark roast.

T: Toasted biscuit is prominent. Has lots of black biscuit notes followed by sappy resinous pine hops and dank herbs. There is some dark caramel sweetness going on and flashes of citrus zest but the finish brings in a char roast with whisps of coffee and chocolate malts. Even some faint licorice root character there. The beer has a moderate to upper level of bitterness but it is not acridly raw on the palate in combination with the roast which I like. Alcohol is really well hidden throughout. Some good flavors but not very innovative to the style.

M: Moderate body and even a step on the lighter side. Perfect level of carb to bring in some spritzy feel. Resinous amount of hops with a nice bittering sensation. Dry at the finish with clean balance overall.

D: Probably the least of my favorite in the Odyssey lineup. A well made brew no doubt but I guess I just expect better from Green Flash. This comes off a little uninpsired and a bit thrown together to me. Any notes of bright citrusy hops here are washed out by the darker roast. There are much better offerings of the style available. I just wish they would have made a black West Coast IPA. Seems like a no brainer to me.

05-21-2014 18:42:35 | More by Nugganooch
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2014 22:48:09 | More by Kenai4
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2014 22:05:38 | More by LXIXME
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South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

05-19-2014 18:36:25 | More by avalon07
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of herbs, pine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, caramel, cream, and dark chocolate fill the nose.

T: Notes of herbs, pine, cedar, juniper berry, lemon, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, cream, caramel, and dark chocolate wash across the palate. The finish is bitter with intense herb, lemon, pine, cedar, and grapefruit notes backed by subtle flavors of caramel and cream.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly slick. Carbonation is crisp, firm, and prickly. Easy to drink for the style.

O: A rock solid black ale. I would have no difficulty recommending this beer to any fan of hoppy ales.

05-19-2014 15:37:49 | More by mrfrancis
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2/5  rDev -49.2%

05-18-2014 05:57:08 | More by mhaugo
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%

Light black in color and it will allow some like to make it through if held up to light. Easily an inch thick tightly knit light beige colored head. Brussels lacing. Wonderful aroma of piney hops and dark malt. The hop taste actually seems pretty tame compared to what I'm getting from the aroma. This is still fairly bitter with piney hops,but that dark malt backbone is very apparent. Mouth is a bit thinner than I would have imagined. The flip side of course is that it's not as filling as a typical IPA at that ABV.

05-18-2014 02:56:13 | More by Franziskaner
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-17-2014 06:18:56 | More by CraigTravor
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

On draft at City Beer Store, San Francisco.
Ruby black with steady tan film.
Ash, greasy orange rind, and blackberry nose.
Cocoa nibs, char and black currant then citrus rind, lemon balm, herb and mint hops.
Lemon zest finish and long roasty bitterness.
Medium, oily, clingy.

Deep and serious BIPA. Makes 21A Back in Black – which is not a bad beer – drink like Grape Fanta. Nuanced and technically superior.

05-13-2014 05:22:45 | More by StJamesGate
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-12-2014 15:58:51 | More by neckbeered
Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.