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

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Avg: 3.95
pDev: 25.32%
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California, United States

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American IPA |  4.50% ABV

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by Dec. 30, 2015. I think their dates are 6 months after bottling, so this is just about a month old. I don't care for session IPAs much, but the Citra sold me. The hop aroma is the best thing about this one. Drinks super smooth, as a session should be I guess. Kind of wish they just made a standard IPA like this, it would be better.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden color, full of carbonation & pours about a half inch of head.
S - citrus galore. no yeast or grains whatsoever.
T - super crisp, same citrusy pineyness you would expect
M - cleans the palate nicely but does not overpower it
O - More please. This was awesome.

Outstanding beer- I honestly do not think Green Flash can make a bad IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, another hoppy, citrusy, refreshing beer. Nice golden orange color with whiffs of hops and ripe citrus. Great tropical citrus taste and a nice semi-bitter finish. Great session IPA...

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into a Teku glass. Golden orange with a small amount of white head.

S - Not very aromatic, but light orange citrus.

T - Juicy orange with a bit of lemon citrus that is quickly overtaken by hop bitterness.

F - Medium bodied. Starts very refreshing, but finishes a bit dry, light, and watery.

O - The Citra flavors are its saving grace. A bit too light and watered down with not enough nose.

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Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange with good-sized white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Definitely Citra hops, with orange, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: The Citra hops are strong here too, with the same orange, grapefruit and lemon. Some toast and biscuit malt backing. Quite bitter on the finish - more so than most Session IPAs.

Feel: Light to medium body, but certainly not thin. Moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Very solid Session IPA that shows off the Citra well. Maybe a titch too bitter for the desired easy drinking session experience.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Republic. Into a shaker.

Makes for a pleasant pint if you want a low abv and a little hop fix. Well constructed and the citra shows up very nicely...could allow a little more citrusy sweetness in, but still nice. Like many session ipas, it leaves me thinking the British and German low abv styles do it best, though.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Orange in color with great clarity. Fine-bubbled white head settles quickly and leaves spotty lacing in its wake.

S: Mango, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, peppery hops. Whiffs of grain, toast, and a dab of dried caramel barely pull through.

T: Mango and apricot slices. Leafy, earthy, and peppery. Stiff bitterness. Grainy malt base feels emaciated. Hop bitterness clamps down hard on the finish with a leafy, earthy, and oily bite.

M: Light bodied. Thinly creamy. Prickling carbonation. Gripping astringency.

O: It shocks the palate with high bitterness and astringency, but once it adjusts there is some enjoyment to be had. Still, the thin body coupled with high bitterness hinders drinkability. It's a typical critique of this new session IPA 'style'.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a sucker for a great Citra IPA and Green Flash delivered here. Great Citra flavors and next to no malt character, which is what I look for in a Session. Can't wait for my next one!

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Photo of Absolut
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour with a thin white head. Smells of citra and earth. Taste is a milder citrus flavor with a touch of earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a tad too sparkly.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at South Park Tavern. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with a hint of orange/peach to it, with a nice thick white head with plenty of persistent white strands of lacing.

Smell: Citra hops - nice citrus and leafy/herbal notes.

Taste: Citra hops backed with a nice bready malt for a nice light sweet accent/counterbalance to the citrusy bitterness. Finish is grapefruit, citrus tartness, leafy, with a little bit of a lingering malt beeriness as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation. Light as you would expect, but not watery. Not too much stickiness on the teeth either.

Overall: Very drinkable and indeed a nice session ale. Full flavored and went well with the meat lovers pizza at South Park. A beer that I could easily drink more of, but one was just right and enough - again, a nice session IPA.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice beer, though for my taste too bitter for the ABV. Would have preferred to see it clock in at 45-50 IBU to allow the citrus flavors shine a little more.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lost of citrus and tropical fruit up front from the citra hops. A bit of thin maltiness also comes through. Captures the hop nicely

T: Follows the nose. Citrus and balancing malty notes start things off with a bit of a floral presence as it lingers. Finishes with light bitterness and lingering hoppy notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid session IPA showcasing citra hops. Very easy to drink, as expected. Glad they re-released this in 6-packs, as it is a great summer brew that goes down all too easily

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: 3.75, S: 3.75, T: 4.00, F: 4.75, O: 4.25.
Very good Session IPA. The reason my my scores are a bit low for the look, smell, & taste categories was not because I disliked it. Instead because I just wish the aroma and flavor (especially the citra hops) was a a little more present. However, this is a Session IPA so I guess that can be somewhat expected. I'll definitely buy another 6er of this, especially on a hot, sunny, summer day.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The idea of a single hop Citra session Ale intrigues me, and Green Flash seems like the right operation to try it.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a lovely eggshell cap and extensive lacing. The nose hits all the expected Citra notes (grapefruit, pineapple, mango) with sweet bread in support. The taste follows, with lemongrass and a slight onion kick in addition. That sharp earthiness, although unexpected in a Citra-only offering, is actually pretty subtle and not at all unpleasant. As the beer warms, the sweet, almost buttery, notes of the mango show up more and really smooths the whole thing out.

Feel is thin and pretty highly carbonated, in line with the style. Finishes sticky and juicy without becoming syrupy, my tongue tingles but hasn't been obliterated. Definitely a west coast take on the session IPA, but not nearly as one-note as it could've been. Great, almost (but not quite) understated, work from Green Flash. Will definitely consider buying again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Citra Session IPA from their Hop Odyssey series for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. This one sounds pretty good with how warm the weather is today and I'm interested to try, so lets see how it goes. Best by December 15 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's a little plain and not too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden yellow color that took on more of a orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some nice citrus and tropical fruit like aromas with a light floral and green hop aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart sweet malt and sweet bread like aroma with just a little bit of pale malts and doughy yeast showing up. This beer has a good aroma, I like the bright fruit hoppy aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that they did in the aroma, but the fruits are a little less juicy this time. Up next comes a slight metallic taste and it followed by the same malt aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's higher amount of light bitterness with a fruity hop and bread malt aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hops were a little brighter like they were in the arom with no metallic aspects.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, on the thick side being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was nice and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style, but I felt like the metallic flavor held it back a little. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the metallic flavors and that the hops weren't just a little brighter when it came to the taste. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. It's not a must try session IPA, but isn't something to avoid either. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with just a little work this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Green Flash beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little more worth this could be right where it needs to be.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of session ipas. Thought I would give this one a try. Nice golden appearance. Fairly hoppy smell. Taste was ok at best. I would rather have founders all day ipa or southern tier tangerine when I want a session ipa.

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Photo of BB1313
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/15/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves very nice lacing and retention. The aromas are somewhat underwhelming. Lots of fresh grass. Subtle citrus notes. Some malts in the mix. The flavors are full of fresh grass as well. Subtle hints of lemon. A touch of pine. Solid bitterness. It's ultimately clean. The mouthfeel is great. It's light, but has a nice body to it. Active carbonation and very smooth. Easy to drink.

I guess I was expecting more from the citra hops, but the craftsmanship is on point, just like most Green Flash beers.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have really enjoyed beers from Green Flash in the past. The West Coast IPA is among my favorite beers and I hadn't had one that I haven't loved... Until now. A solid offering, even for a session IPA, but more of I "liked" it than "loved" it.

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

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. Retention is average, while the head's texture isn't particularly smooth (expected for the gravity). Some specks of lacing stick to the glass, ultimately creating a good-looking brew. (4)

Smell: I get plenty of melon, mango, and grass immediately. Ergo, this lives up to the billing so far. The malts do just enough to make this not seem like glorified detergent. In particular, they bring some light sugar cookie and white bread. The way it comes together, I'm genuinely impressed. (4)

Taste: Well, it shows off the Citra decently. While I don't get rich, defined tropical fruit flavors, I do get nice notes of melon, mango, grass, and pine. The Citra flavors are surprisingly intense, though it stops just short of being overly bitter. I really enjoy this - my only problem is that it doesn't break any ground beyond the typical 'session' IPA (albeit with much-better-than-average execution). (3.75)

Mouthfeel: It's 4.5%, so it should feel rather light. And it does. A shiver of astringency rolls down the tongue, creating more drinkability. Combined with the lack of creaminess and the vibrant carbonation, it is a bit rough on the palate. Still, it goes down very easily. (3.5)

Overall: One of the better Green Flash brews I've sampled. They still haven't completely returned to my good graces after the Silva Stout debacle, but this is definitely good enough for me to buy again. Nicely done, guys. (3.75)

3.8/5: A good reminder of why Citra is such a good hop

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.