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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512 Ratings

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | 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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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even in light-bodied form, that irresistible taste of "citra" proves to be crisply seductive and reassures why its the best hop variety on the market.

Even lighter than Pale Ale, this lightened IPA pours with the golden-straw appearance that's common with Blonde Ale and Kellerbier. While its hoppy haze is evident, its frothy character builds with a fluffy whiteness that withstands the session and laces calmly.

Bright hop aromas exude with ripe tangerine, busting red grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and mangoes. Its blend of citrus and tropical fruits extends well beyond the sharp citrus tone of classic IPA, but is rounded, verbose and highly aromatic. With the tinge of malt in the background, it makes the scent seem candied and breaded- if only for a brief second.

Its delicious flavors are highlighted by blood oranges and tangerines. Ripe ruby red grapefruit, mango and Tropical Fruit Punch rich and fructose upstart is supported by light cracker-like breads and a light glaze of honey or soft caramel. Jetting past a quick middle, the light bodied ale finishes with a crisp, clean and refreshing citrus bitterness with a kiss of pine, grass and chive.

Medium-light in body, the ale is at the forefront of the summer trend- to deliver the taste of IPA in a body, strength, and simplicity of ale that's even lighter than classic American Pale Ales. Minty, grainy and crisp in its finish, the ale celebrates more drinkability than it does complexity- though its depth is readily apparent.

And its just the thing to allow a high rate of consumption without the threat of inebriation- this ale has got to be perfect with Indian cuisine or spicy American pizzas!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

on tap at freshcraft. this is a pale golden brew with a bone white head, looking delightful from the tap, appealing even on a hangover. the nose isnt as distinctly citra hops as i hoped it would be, although it is indeed hoppy and still quite fruity, lemons and tangerines come to mind. the malt bill is real simple on this one, just straight ahead two row type, fresh but nice and delicately dosed. the hops are aggressive in the finish, never coming bitter, but certainly oily and pungent. there is a funny sweetness to the finish that almost seems to come from the hops themselves, which is confusing and not unappealing, but adds length and weight to the finish. i do like the mouthfeel though very much. carbonation is all jazzed up while the body stays light but not watery. one of the better session hoppy beers going i think. i like the idea of a citra hop identity, but its "west coastiness" gets in the way of the specific hop varietal really maxing out its potential i think.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a large head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head sticks around nicely and leaves excellent curtains of sticky lace.

S - A pungent aroma of lychee, white grapes, citrus, and berries.

T - Lightly sweet, slightly grainy malt up front with clean bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a slightly fruity hop profile, supplemented by a bit of grapefruit.

M - A light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable and light with an excellent hop aroma, the body and flavor are a bit of letdown by the middle of the glass. This beer avoids the excessive bitterness and astringency that some session IPAs have due to being overly dry, but it would still benefit immensely from a bit more body and a touch of sweetness in the finish. Still the hop aroma is magnificent and goes a long way towards making up for the shortcomings in the flavor.

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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.7/5  rDev +17.5%

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)

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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