Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPAHop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

554 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

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Ratings: 554 | Reviews: 66
Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle dated 01/24/15. Sampled on May 4, 2015.

It pours yellow with a tremendous, long lasting white foamy head.

The aroma is subtle but that may be due to it being three months old. However I pick up citrus, grass, floral, and some toasted malts.

Medium body.

Same toastiness at first in the taste but the grassy and citrus hops kick in quickly and pull the flavors together at the end. Mild bitterness.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 10/18/2014

A: Beautiful bright straw gold body with some minimal hop haziness. Looks light and effervescent, forming a thin layer of pure snowy white stuff over top. Minimal in stay with some light dots and streaks of stick left behind.

S: Smells of fresh cut lemongrass and gooseberry with a mild bready undertone. Nice, light, and citrusy with a touch of spice there.

T: Tastes light crisp and citrusy with lots of fresh Citra hops showcased. I get lemongrass, gooseberry, and a touch of spiced grapefruit. Has a good amount of bready malt to balance for a Sessions. A slight metallic note but I have come to accept that in GF brews. Nice moderate high bitterness leans into a dry crisp finish with some mild resin action.

M: Super light and frothy on the palate. Nice hit of peppery bitterness midway. Finishes bone dry with a snappy finish. Slightly resinous but fairly clean I would say.

D: A very nice sessions and one of many to be had. Extremely drinkable with its pungent hop flavor and lightly filling nature. Well done Green Flash.

Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2015-03-24
22oz bottle served in a large mug. 30406C0050753 is the code on the bottom. I don't know what it means.

Pours hazy yellow with a slight bronze hue, biggish coarse head that fades slowly, plenty of carbonation. Smell is moderate old hops (wish I could read that date code). Some lemon, cut grass, fairly mild aroma.

Taste is thoroughly bitter, still a slight old hops presence. Inoffensive, but not too interesting.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, not bad. But not that good.

Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this a month after its best by date and it is still very good. Citrus nose scented with grapefruit, a little earthy mustiness, berry and melon. Pours pale gold with a slight haze under a 2” off-white foam cap. While the head descends fairly quickly it is very lacy. On the front of the tongue the beer is all melon, tropical fruit citrus suspended in a very creamy solution that becomes increasingly bitter as it moves to the back. The beer clears and the melon becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The beer has a lot going on for 4.5 abv, is very drinkable and refreshing and has a delightful, creamy texture making it very sessionable.

Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing. Excellent brew day beer. Big orange and grapefruit notes. Hope that you like Citra! Finished clean and crisp, without being overly dry. Another really well done example of an IPA from Green Flash. Nothing totally mind blowing, but this was a good brew.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/4/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, floral, grass, pine, light honey, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine.grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, mango, pine, light honey/bread and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a godo bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent session IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BrianS47
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I love hops, but this one was very skunky. Not a fan this session.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citra hop scent with big hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, and melon. Dank hints of pine resin and some grassy hops. Soft pale malt backing with hints of cracker, grains, and yeast. A very good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and dank hop forward taste with big notes of citrus and pine. Big upfront taste of citra hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, apricot, melon, and passion fruit. Spicy notes of pine resin along with some grassy hops. Light backing malt presence with notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A great version of a session West Coast IPA. Big juicy hop flavor with a light smooth body.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Diggity dank. Great citra smell and taste. Very dank and easy to drank.

Photo of RobIPA88
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is the closest brew I have found to taste like my hard to come by favorite, pliny the elder. A must for IPA lovers.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color, a little hazy, with a large head and great lacing. Aroma punches you in the face with tropical hops. Lots of fruit in the flavor, but as is the case with session IPAs, the balance is totally off. No malt presence to speak of. Light to medium bodied with long lasting hop flavor. Better than a few others I've tried in the style, but far from great.

Photo of scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than the other three session IPAs I've had (Lagunitas, Firestone, and Founders).

Photo of RedDevil36
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. I had my first Green Flash as part of a flight in Worcester, MA at a pub. Saw this bottle at the Bier Cellar in Portland, ME and did not hesitate. Just a great IPA.

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very hop forward IPA, very low abv, so it lives up to the name. Kind of a watery mouth feel and not much flavor beyond the bitterness of the hops. Not bad, I enjoyed it for the most part, but was not outstanding.

Will not seek out but would buy again if I came across it. Not a normal brew for my area, so probably won't see it much.

Photo of Pawoto
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

I almost didn't buy this because everybody keeps telling me that Citra smells like cat pee...just kidding. Citra hops are amazing. I almost didn't buy it because it was $8 for session beer! The same price as a bottle of DINNER! GTFO...but here we are.

1/24/15 drink by date poured into a Hill Farmstead glass - 1 inch + head with giant bubbles. Light straw color.

Smell is definitely citra but a lingering smell that I would describe as "pilsner-ish" - not a great nose.

Really sharp, borderline offensive, taste when it hits your lips.

Overcarbonated - way overcarbonated for my liking.

I'm a CITRA lover - can't get enough of it - but this was a big miss for me. Lots of better session IPA's out there. Still probably better than cat pee.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of mango, orange, and lots of grapefruit.

T - The taste is straight Citra hops, lots of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. The citrus is backed by a decent amount of maltiness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is the best session IPA I've had. Lots of bright, juicy flavors. Very refreshing.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%

Bottle from Tipples with Best By date 01/24/15, poured 11/8/14. Pours hazy yellow with a one finger white bubbly head. Big Citra aroma of lemon rinds, pine comes, sweet honey citrus, a little soapy. Flavor is extremely raw vegetal hop flavors, low bitterness, barely any malt backbone but a lightly sweet honey lemon flavor. Super light body, some funky off flavors. This is a bit of a miss for me from the guys that usually do good stuff with hops. Meh.

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lite pale yellow clear body. Poured with a half inch white head. Aroma is huge citra lemon aroma. Lots of citrus fruit flavor. Really good. Not the typical citra hop beer taste.

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Nice color, but this beer is not as good as I would expect, Light in color but nice balance in hop balance. This is a good beer. I have had better but this one of the better ones I have had in the style. Green Flash makes some good beers.

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap says to share with friends. No intention of doing that!
Pours a clear gold, one finger thick sudsy white head, streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: a pop of fruit loops, then all grass and citrus zest: grapefruit, lemon. Taste: lemon-lime, tangerine; lots of juicy citrus over a crackery + white grape base. Nice hop fix at low abv without sacrificing body/feel (seems to be a problem for most session IPAs). This is a session IPA that could actually compete as a change of pace from my go-to APA except on availability and price.

Photo of Bear1964
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a Pint glass showed a nice thick white 2 fingered head sitting atop a clear light Golden brew, aroma is straight up Citra Hops and grapefruit rind. Sipping past the thick head you get the welcomed bitter tang flowing from front to back on the tongue,it stays there just long enough for you to want another sip. The Session style of IPA's is a new beast for me and my concern was taste...or lack there of...but this has everything flavor wise without the ABV that could cut your night short if not careful. The mouthfeel is dead on and satisfying, overall this is a fine brew that I would grab again.

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Session IPA...

I love this new category.
Light and crisp, frothy head.
Citrusy, grassy aroma followed by a zesty the same in taste.
Lighter mouthfeel (as expected).
And only 4.5% ABV ...sessionable indeed!!!

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%

I appreciate the chance to try this bottle, thanks Alex -poured chilled from the bomber into a glass. Review from notes A-4.25 S-4 M-3.75 T-4 O-4

The color is golden with clear visibility and carbonation is visible with fast rising bubbles with thick 2 fingers of foamy white head with wispy lace that collects bead is fine. The smell has a very citrus and tropical aroma with lots of tangelo, grapefruit type citra aroma with mild dank herbal component. The feel is very tangy with bitter and citrus acidity with very low sweetness and moderate carbonation with light toasted texture and dry long finish.

The taste is very rich with citra hop flavor which has a dank herbal and mild grapefruit tanginess in the front end with mild malt backing up the hops with gentle sweetness -the taste is relatively dry with a zesty finish. This is a pretty decent Session style IPA the hops are the focus but it still is drinkable without a lot of astringency from trying to push it to the edge

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with big pure white billows of foam in the tall Peroni Lager glass. Sharp and spritzy on the tongue.

Just enough of a hint of malt and a faint sweetness. Lemony with just a hint of passionfruit. The hops are bold without the excess bitterness that plagues the "Session IPA" variety. The body is light, the attack is crisp, and the finish is aromatic with the citrus fruit lingering on the lips.

A great quaff. I'd like to try it on tap. One of the best of the lightweight IPAs out currently. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The color is golden with a orange tint. Thin white head produced and minimal lacing as consumed.

Aroma- BIG aroma of pungent mango, citrus, passionfruit, and grapefruit. Slight bready nose in the background but the pungent tropical hops shine through.

Taste- Nose really lets on that this is going to pungent as hell and delicious too. Once again mango, grapefruit, citrus, passionfruit, the list goes on. Bready notes become increasingly noticeable as it warms up and provide a nice balance to bone dry hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Clean, crisp, and easy drinking. Most importantly for a session ipa this has enough malt body to make for a well balanced beer.

Overall- This is an incredibly flavorful ipa that could easily fool me into thinking it was 6% not 4.5%. Big pungent tropical hops at first followed by a dry hop finish with a bready malt to round it out. Somewhat reasonably priced at $6 bucks and I really wish this came in 6 packs. This is proof that a session ipa can be as well made as higher abv counterparts.

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.