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

556 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 556 | Reviews: 66
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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 BEERchitect
4.14/5  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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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 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 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)
(4.75)

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 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 Axnjxn
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham.

pours a darker yellow with not much head. smell is big on west coast hops. taste is nice. bitter for sure , but a great taste profile. hard to believe its only 4.5 and very impressive for it. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall definitely a good beer and at 4.5 you really could drink it all day.

Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: a medium orange hue with no haze and a light effervescence. There's a finger of frothy ivory foam atop which looks pretty good. Attractive.

Smell: lightly lemongrassy citrus hop aroma with a light sweetness. Not strong but well-composed and refreshing.

Taste: a little bit richer in the flavor than in the aroma. A bit citrusy, like the aroma, but also a little bit dank which rounds out the flavor a bit. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: not a bad beer at all. Maybe not the most complex thing in the world, but it is highly refreshing and drinkable.

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 avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot of hops - more than I expected), some citrus, a little malt, and a bready / grainy quality. A bit overhopped in my opinion, but still a pretty good flavor. Easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer with some flaws. Not my first choice among American IPAs, though.

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at D&T Drive In, Houston.

A: Pours a crystal clear and pale straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Orange and lemon rind. Kind of pithy, and a quick grapefruit bitterness flashes in the end for a second. Nothing lingers.
T: Orange rind and grapefruit bitterness. A cracker and grainy like malt character. Bitterness follows, and fades to nothing in the finish.
M/D: A light body, and not very much carbonation. Dry, but very thin. I wish this was much more effervescent and crisp. Not hard to drink at all. I can put a few away with out a thought.

Don't get me wrong, I like this. Though seems a little ho hum compared to the likes of All Day IPA, and some ultra local beers I have had around Texas (Calma Muerta comes to mind). Still enjoyable for what it is, and I love how more breweries are doing more sessionable beers. Overall, not the best I have had in this niche style, but still worth a try.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at the brewery.

Very pale, lightly hazy. It smells tropical - mango and pineapple. It tastes divine, explosions of bitter fruit. Cleanish finish. No lingering bitterness. Excellently sessionable, and definitely enjoyable. Highly recommended; perhaps my second favorite hop.

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 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 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 harrymel
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waddell's

Golden with a sheet of whites. Smells like Citra hops: grapefruit, onion, musk, body odor and some fruits; a touch of grain and biscuit in the back. Flavor is nice and balanced with bitterness and slight sweetness from the malts. The hops are fruity with a bit of B.O. Light bodied with moderately hi carb and a a semi dry finish. Decent beer.

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 Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev -2%

Had this on 2014-09-9 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear yellow-gold with a 2-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Big tropical fruit including pineapple, mango and orange. Hop floral and very lightly dank.

T - Echoes the smell at first then a touch of biscuit, herbal/medicinal turns to lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a prickly feel. Quite dry.

O - The aroma is quite good but the taste is too bitter to be really refreshing. Could have used more malt sweetness for balance. Even so; I enjoyed this. Certainly a ton of flavor for a 4.5% brew.

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 JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Very good Sessionable IPA. Packs a big flavor with a low abv. Pours a brilliant clear gold color with a medium size white head. Average head retention and small amounts of spotty lacing on the glass.

Nice tropical fruit aroma with a floral/aromatic aspect as well. I'm becoming a fan of Citra hops. Taste is more of the same with moderate to good bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, rich enough where you don't hae to qualify it by saying "session beer". Rasonably bitter and goes down easily.

At 4.5% abv, you can enjoy a few of these. Very good!!!

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