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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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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 786
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.68%
Wants: 41
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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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 OldManMetal
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This single-hopped IPA is deep gold in color and very sparkling; it sports a moderate chill haze and a short-lived thin pillowy white head. Lacing is fair and manifests as bands and spots. The nose is medium-strong in intensity and very bright: a nice blend of grapefruit and green pine with lesser floral notes and faint alcohol overtones. The palate is also style-appropriate in intensity, lead by bitter grapefruit and pineapple with hints of soapy pine/floral notes and a decent view of the light bready malt foundation. This beer is pretty bitter for a low-ABV IPA; not surprisingly, the finish is hoppy: piney florals, then a flash of malt, then a strongish hoppy bitterness builds in and lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and slightly prickly the carbonation, which is quite restrained given how effervescent the beer is. (12 oz bottle, 67 days before best-by)

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Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 1/20/16. Pours a clear gold with a touch of amber. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of grapefruit with strong notes of orange over a light biscuit.

Heavy light body with a semi-smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

For a session IPA, this outstanding flavor profile packs a lot of intensity. Reasonably complex with a balance that slightly misses balancing the hops with biscuit sweetness. It begins with hop flavor that is rind dominated with grapefruit and orange notes. The middle brings a mild bitterness that is rind based. The finish is a slow fade of rind bitterness.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold with a moderate bone-white head
Aroma-Nice whiff of tangerine and citrus hops
Taste-Lighter-bodied, pale malt but full-on hop flavor. Nice character and balance. Bring on the loaded hotdogs and stacked burgers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out clear and golden with an inch of foam; splashy lacing action

Smell: Floral and dank; surprisingly bitter aromatics

Taste: Bready malt with a building bitterness; piney and dank, with just a hint of tropical fruit; the bitterness builds through the finish and is quite sharp

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something more floral and filled with tropical fruit flavor; when I didn't get that, the beer was a let down

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Citra Session IPA

For whatever reason my county doesn't see a whole lot of Green Flash so when I spot a single or even a sixer of something I haven't had by them I tend to buy it up. A lot of people in recent years have started bashing GF due to broad distribution but you must give them credit where it is due, these guys make good beer. Bought a single for $1.49. Let's see what we get

Look - Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy yellowish copper shade with a two finger slightly off white head that perfectly fills out the shape of the pint. Thus far the head has retained quite well and appears to be as sticky as the load you just blew on a prostitutes face. Carbonation levels appear to be very high with an army of tiny bubbles slowly but steadily moving from the bottom to the top of the glass. Quite a bit of sticky lacing is left and it appears as small spectacles around the glass.

Smell - The smell is largely dominated by heavt floral aspects. Smells more like it has been brewed with mosaic hops that Citra. Perhaps a combination with the former being the dominating factor. Oine notes are also quite apparent along with lemon zest and fresh oranges peels and juices.

Taste - This actually has more flavor than most session IPAs I have had. The flavor profile starts out with a large floral aspects and is quickly followed by a moderate to lowly high level of bitterness but does not taste overly piney. The malts are very clean and almost white bread like in nature. The best thing about this beer is it isn't painfully sweet like a lot of other session IPAs I have had.

Feel - The body is full for the fact this is a session beer and the carbonation is very high and very cold. Coats the mouth in dank pine notes and big flower flavorings. The beer swallows easily and as expected no alcohol comes through. Once again I am thankful for the lack of cloying sweetness present in most sessions.

Overall - A pretty good session IPA as I would expect out of a brewery like Green Flash. Far from beer of the year, and sessions aren't a style I particularly care for but this one is thus far the best one I have had. I would surely buy this beer again, especially at the extremely low price tag. As I've already stated, the big winning aspect is the fact that it lacks the cloyingly sweet ridiculousness that so many session IPAs tend to have ( 51k, Pinner, etc ). As always, try it out for yourself .

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Photo of mac31
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Danky, citrus notes crash the palate right up front. A minor, subtle but sweet candy nuance hidden amongst the big hoppy notes. Tropical notes surface from time to time as well. Bitterness drops off rather quickly. Big resin and grapefruit in the finish. Grains noted in the finish. Dry, thin bodied beer, as expected. Big time West Coast IPA flavors packed in a session IPA. To me session IPA evokes the idea of putting a few back. I could not put a few of these back, not easily anyway-it would take some effort, which shouldn't be the case for a 4.5% beer. This is too West Coast, on the bitterness, for me. The early kettle hops need to be dialed back a bit and added along with the late kettle editions, for my palate preference. If you like WC IPA's, this may be the one.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear yellow with a finger of foam. Aroma is hoppy, full of floral citra hops - smells great. Flavor is light, refreshing, and extremely full of hop flavor... it tastes like bitter flowers. Goes down easy and finishes dry, which makes want to reach for another sip.

A great showcase of the Citra hop, this beer packs a ton of flavor into a small package.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. BB date stamp: 13 Jan. 2016. 65 IBU. 4.5% ABV.

Sparkling clear golden-honey colored body topped by a weak head that does manages to leave a very durable but thin island of foam on top for a good while, and to leave some spotty lacing.

Strong Citra hop aroma - no watered down IPA here.

Flavor: Mild for a West Coast IPA, but admirably flavorful for a 4.5% ABV ale. Very low bitterness for style, especially before the finish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a quarter inch to a fingernail (in some spots) of off white head. I smell dulled notes of grapefruit. The taste is sharply bitter with citrus hops at the front of the palate. Light malt quickly steps in at the back of the palate to even things out. There's a moderate, but noticeable hop burn on your tongue. The mouth is fairly dry and crisp.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best By Feb 03 16
A - slightly hazed and deep golden in color with a creamy ivory head that holds good retention
S - fresh tropical fruit aroma with passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and mandarin; sweet caramel malt with some honey in there also
T - quite bitter with more pine and mango than tropical notes although there is some passion fruit, pineapple, and orange rind flavors in there as well. Caramel malt is light and weak for a backbone in comparison to the bitterness
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation, finishing pungently bitter with pine and orange zest lingering
O - this is one of the better "session IPAs" I've had, but it could use more malt to balance it out better.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-yellowish orange, very little head
-Light lemon, light pine. No heavy hop smell. Some grains
-Cracker malt backbone fronted by pineapple, light mango, subtle pine
-Crisp, bubbly, zippy

-Very nice. Balanced light mouthfeel but i enjoy the thinner subtle ipas. Would drink all the time.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never understood all the anti-Green Flash negativity on BA, at least in the "most overrated brewery" threads, where GF often gets cited. I generally love the GF style, which is NOT the hop-everything-to-death that its critics claim.

That said,I was not all that excited to try this one, as I am generally not a huge fan of "session IPAs." But this one is just so so solid, and for all the reasons that I find GF to be so reliable: The mouthfeel is a fantastic balance of hops with sting and pungency and malts that provide a luscious body. I find that most GF beers do this exceptionally well. They are not just hop bombs. And even this 4.5 ABV beer has the complex palate and glorious finish that makes beer so enjoyable. More substantial and more-ish than your typical session IPA. Great beer for an afternoon of surfing or laying on the beach.

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Photo of Pukstopper
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a sample first as the bartender suggested it after my Pinner from Dales. I was sold and had a pint. Poured a nice golden color but the lacing faded quick. The hop smell was very nice and stuck out first thing. The taste didn't produce the overpowering hop as a regular IPA but that is good for a session. The Citra and floral notes come out and this is a very drinkable session and on Par with Dales Pinner session if not a bit better.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD: Feb 3, 2016

L- Filtered yellow gold body with a frothy white head, visible carbonation on body.
S- Orange and Hops jump out immediately, very fresh aroma.
T- Crisp hoppiness all around, subtle orange peel. Leaves a very strong and lingering floral and resinous note.
F- Smooth and fresh.
O- Much hoppier than I expected for a session beer. More than a lot of "regular" IPAs. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a fast-fading foamy white head and rather large bubbles.
The aroma is full of pineapple and orange with a slight fruity sweetness.
Taste is orange juice and orange pith, pineapple, mango and grapefruit. A nice lingering bitter finish that is quite refreshing.
Mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance in the glass. A gorgeous hazy sunset golden orange with a bright white head and carbonation slowly streaming up along the sides of the glass. Aroma is very typical of citra but it doesn't overpower. Tropical and grassy notes, with clementine rind, light biscuity malts. Mouth feel is light and refreshing, with nice carbonation making this one go down easy. Getting more complexity out of the taste. Nice crisp grapefruit bitterness up front, followed by tart clementines, mango, and peach fruitiness, ending with dank pine and a dry straw maltiness.

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Photo of emount91
1.39/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

really didnt like this one at all, pours a clear dark orange with little to no head. smell is flat, some hops come through but mostly smells like a cup of water. taste is not hop oriented at all. very very malty for a single hop IPA that is attempting to showcase a specific hop. the biggest taste here is the water for me: doesn't taste clean. feel is the only thing good about this beer, but still not awesome (actually surprising for Green Flash). maybe i got a bad bottle but i will NEVER be drinking this beer ever again.

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Photo of Nctide
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Best by 20 Jan 2016. I'm interested to try this one. I don't recall seeing another single-hopped citra low abv IPA.

Deep golden color, a bit hazy,with a thin white head. I get orange pith and juicy grapefruit along with a bit of mustiness on the smell. The citrus smell doesn't really carry through to the flavor. The hops quickly take over and leave a lasting abrasive bitterness on the tongue.

I haven't been a huge fan of most session IPAs. This one is above average though. The trick of dry hopping for aroma works well on this one thanks to the magic of citra but the high degree of bitterness keeps me from wanting more than one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best by Dec 15, 2015, plenty fresh.

Pours a decent creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild soapy lacing, mostly clear slight chill hazed and hints of sediment golden honey color.

Nose brights hops of course, little dank musty note, orange zest, some mild tangerine and tree fruit, little grassy floral note, mild bitter rind, mild sweet malty aroma, little juicy.

Taste brings more hops, fruity, tree fruit, little tangerine apricot note, some mild orange zest, mild dank resin, big bitter grassy spicy hop, little sticky resin note from the musty dank hop. Light malty flavor, hint of sweetness. Dry finish, long bitter spicy rind finish, very bitter.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall eh, some decent hops, but I expected a lot more citrus orange like, more tangerine, etc, but it was much more mild than I expected, and instead mostly spicy rindy hops, malts were ok, fair sessionable, very bitter long finish.

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Photo of Junkforadam
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I believe my first bottle is flat. No head and no carbonation. Color is clear amber. Smells citrusy and fruity. Mouthfeel is thin and flat. Will modify my review next bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver. Surely this will appear in bottles around here soon, but ya never know.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two disrespectful fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent webbed chain link fence lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of musty, estery pine resin, zesty orange and white grapefruit rind, gritty, grainy pale malt, muddled tropical fruit, and further leafy, weedy, and bitter floral hops. The taste is acrid citrus pith, a more sedate pine forest floor greenness, middling crackery pale and caramel malt, a fading south seas fruitiness, and some tame earthy, leafy, and weedy hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and playful strengths, which manifest in a tingly frothiness, the body just on the low side of middleweight, and more or less smooth, the hops taking a pass here, and mostly adhering to the campsite rule. It finishes trending dry, the hops and waning malt coming to a certain form of truce.

For this unnecessary IPA sub-style, this is alright, as the malt doesn't disappear into the shadows as readily as the norm (and this is Green Flash, after all). Easy to drink, good and hoppy, and good and gone, until the next one, of course.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Crystal clear, golden yellow color. Medium carbonation
Smell - Citrus, herbaceous notes, hints of pineapple and mango.
Taste - Nice citrus notes up front. You get some pineapple and mango coming thru. Herbaceous / slightly metallic lingering after taste.

Overall, not a bad tasting session beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with a half finger of white head. The nose is nicely hoppy. The flavor profile is generally like every other session IPA - Light on the malt with a comparatively strong hop finish. Perhaps this one has a bit more body than others I've had; that's all that all that makes it stand out.

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Photo of jlanagnost
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at a Whole Foods after work. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass and had a clear, golden/orangey color with a nice fluffy head. Smelled of hops and citrus, and tasted similarly with primary taste of citra hops and orangey, slightly lemony, tangerine-ish type of combination in the after taste. Very refreshing, and very smooth, a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how to rate this beer since it's more an experiment or education thing (which I applaud Green Flash for doing). A few things I learned: one general observation with session IPA's, this included, is they tend to drink better a few degrees above usual serving temps. Right out of the fridge seems especially bad for sessions IPA's. Another thing I learned is that Citra as a bittering hop is not recommended. For me, I think it just amplified the cat pee and ammonia notes you sometimes get with Citra. I've had several beers dry hopped with Citra and don't really get that, but with this beer (assuming Citra is used throughout the hop additions), it's like fingernails on a blackboard, something is just not working, it's harsh and astringent to me, what I would think ammonia tastes like. Citra can be a wonderful, fruity, tropical addition but the bitter just took almost all of that fun away. Last thing I'm learning, again more a general conclusion, is 65 IBUs (per the label) is too much for a 4.5% beer. That might get back to Citra being a bad choice for bittering, but I've noticed this with other beers...tone it down!

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.