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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556 Ratings

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured into a tumbler pint at TapWerks in Oklahoma City.

Crystal clear gold with a frothy white head and loads of chunky lace. Gorgeous citra nose - lemon-lime, grapefruit, and white grape - with a palate that follows suit, hyperfocused on hop taste over bitterness. Malt bill is light but noticeable, a mildly creamy combo of caramel and white bread. Finishes spicy, crisp.

Love this beer - one of the only session IPAs that comes close to Founders All Day. This is on par, if not surpassing that high watermark. Excellent.

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 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 Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Leftovers Cafe. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Orange body, mostly clear. Nice white head and some lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, and a bit of an oniony hop aroma. Simcoe maybe. Some grain.

Taste - Citrus and grapefruit hop. Very grainy. Bitterness builds quickly. Pithy bitterness. Resiny in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and over bitter. Drinkable for sure, but a little abrasive.

Overall - I'm enjoying all of these session IPAs. Glad to see a return to sensible styles here.

Photo of russpowell
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

Opens with a solid whoosh!

Pours a light gold with some effervescence & 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing (4.75)

S: Catty, dank, piney & grassy (4.75)

T: Grassy, citrusy, piney with light malty sweetness up front, some minty notes as well. Dryness, pine & cattiness as this warms, leafy hops as well. Finishes crisp, dry, grassy & catty (4.75)

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good balance (4.5)

Drinks very easy, a nice session IPA. Green Flash: You did yourself proud with this one! Maybe the best session IPA I've had! (4.75)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Golden blonde with ok lacing.

S: CITRA. Spicy and citrusy.

T: Lots of hops. Light, floral and citrus. Fresh grass after rain.

M: Light carbonation. Prickly.

O: Excellent session IPA, right up there with Burley Oak's Afternoon Delight. Also, a great single hop IPA.

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 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 ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of the bright hops with a light malt body. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and tropical notes. Moderately bitter. Malts come in next and add a bit of pale malt with bready and some grainy sweetness. Malts are light and this leans towards the hops overall. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice session IPA.

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Mostly clear gold with a pure white head of loose, bubbly foam. Fresh hop pellet aromas bring to mind grapefruit, sweet lemon, a leafy spice, sap, and some biscuit malt to balance. Flavor is orange, grapefruit, and lime backed by some pine resin and floral notes. Less malt than the smell, though there is a slight graininess. Very crisp and drying, lighter in body but with a fluffiness that thickens it up a bit. Very enjoyable.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but isn't nearly as citrusy. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is light but is all about the dry hopping. It's a nice IPA if you are loonking for something that is sessionable.

Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +4%

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a light golden yellow (happily not too light) with a nice frothy egg shell white head that laces nicely.

S: Citrus hops with maybe a hint of tropical fruit in there with a nice hit of malt sweetness

T: As expected, nice citrus hop hit with grapefruit dominating, some grassy and lightly floral notes in there as well, with just enough malt backbone. Bitterness on the finish lingers a while, then gently fades

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Very nice session IPA. Unlike some others I've tried this one doesn't go from hop bite to watery nothing all in 1 quick sip. It's got a nice hop bite all the way through. Maybe not my favorite flavor profile, but very drinkable.

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 gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a fresh white head and very nice lacing clinging to the glass
S-citrus and dank dusty citra hops with lemon grass
T- nice hop bite first with musty earthy lemon lime citra hops ...then sweet malts and bread equalize this very drinkable and tasty brew
M-hops up front with a lingering pine bitterness medium + carbonation
O- a full flavored session ipa/ipl this was IMO one of the best in this style of session ipa/ipl hops were up front and still there on the finish very very good

Photo of surfcaster
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Strong Green Flash foray into the session IPA field.

Pours a golden yellow-tinge of orange with 3 finger head
Great nose--very floral
Drinks much bigger than 4.5%--quite surprised--more like a 5.5-6% single IPA

Great beer and my favorite so far of the sessions. Bomber format is a little more pricey and really wish this was in a more portable format for outdoor activities.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/26/13 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, some citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tasty stuff really highlights the zesty hop while remaining easy drinking

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

From growler to pint glass.

Light golden-tan in color, the beer forms big sudsy head resembling a bigger brew. Wafts of citrus and pine are quickly detectable, vintage Green Flash, although the citra hops are distguished. The flavors follow, but the hop-profile is surprisingly bold for the style and pop on the palate. Super-citrusy, with notes of rind and salt coupled with a touch honey-sweet malts. Expectedly light-bodied, the brew is refreshing and drinkable and disappears from the glass before you realized you drank a beer. This should be made more often, a perfect summertime brew for those that want a little more flavor in their sessions.

Photo of JamesMN
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/4/15.

Appearance: Very pale with great clarity. Nice stream of effervescence cascading towards a thin white head.

Aroma: Super dank, incredibly aromatic.

Taste: A dank hop assault. Literally tastes like they brewed with cannabis instead of hops. Really no malt flavor to speak of but not watery due to the deep hop character. High bitterness here but given the low 4.5% ABV the IBUs are probably only in the 40 to 50 range. Unfortunately missing a juiciness that would really make the flavor stand out. Lively finish and dry aftertaste of hop bitterness and dank tones.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body. A bit excessive with the carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not quite what I was expecting from an all citra beer. Didn't get any citrus or fruity flavors. Quite expensive at about $8 for a bomber of such low alcohol beer. Would I drink it again? No, I've actually had this on-tap and wasn't impressed then either but figured it deserved a legit review.

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 CoachC
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is wow. This is definitely one of the best sessionable IPA's I've ever had. On tap at the World of Beers in Midtown Miami. Poured a beautiful light copper color with a nice 1 inch foam head. The aroma was of sweet, citrusy hops. The taste was also of pungent citrusy hops that invaded my palate with authority. Not much bitterness at all. If you like hops, give this a try. It does not disappoint. Cheers!

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 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.

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