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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565 Ratings

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The color is golden with a orange tint. Thin white head produced and minimal lacing as consumed.

Aroma- BIG aroma of pungent mango, citrus, passionfruit, and grapefruit. Slight bready nose in the background but the pungent tropical hops shine through.

Taste- Nose really lets on that this is going to pungent as hell and delicious too. Once again mango, grapefruit, citrus, passionfruit, the list goes on. Bready notes become increasingly noticeable as it warms up and provide a nice balance to bone dry hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Clean, crisp, and easy drinking. Most importantly for a session ipa this has enough malt body to make for a well balanced beer.

Overall- This is an incredibly flavorful ipa that could easily fool me into thinking it was 6% not 4.5%. Big pungent tropical hops at first followed by a dry hop finish with a bready malt to round it out. Somewhat reasonably priced at $6 bucks and I really wish this came in 6 packs. This is proof that a session ipa can be as well made as higher abv counterparts.

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 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 delta490
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy medium dark gold. There's a creamy-ish white head that doesn't last long but manages to provide some fine (in size) soapy lacing. The aroma is spectacular, with the promised citrus and fruit delivering great depth. Unfortunately it doesn't come across as well in the taste. It is still quite good, but it doesn't have quite the same depth, possibly due to the lighter malt profile. It would be an interesting brewing experiment. The body is solid. The beer is very good, it's just for me the flavor is uni-dimensional.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Crisp pilsnerish tan color. 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Looks like a tasty IPA for sure

A - Grapefruit, citra hops

T - Huge grapefruit taste, extremely tasty for a light IPA.

M - Medium bodies and well carbonated

O - One of the better session IPA's I have had for sure. Green Flash never disappoints!

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!!!

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 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 ianw87
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

I would love to have this available all the time.

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 Andydelbert
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Clean powerful hops
Good sesson brew

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 wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy white head. Thick sticky lacing.

Smell - Orange and grapefruit hops. Toasted malts, a little cracker and a little grassy note at the finish.

Taste - Another session ipa, now done by a respectable brewery. Starts off with upfront hops, lemon, orange with the addition of tropical flavors. A little caramel backbone along with a little spice note at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue with some grassy and tropical flavor. Palate gets more hops, along with caramel, toasty malts. Aftertaste is a little bitter, with minor sweetness.

Overall - A good session ipa, with a little Citra hop sweetness. Just like every other session ipa, easy to drink, low alcohol and 90% hops. The Citra hop is a nice sweet addition that separates this from standard sessions.

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 charlatan
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

Brewed in cojnuction with Banks's. On cask at Wetherspoons in Glasgow. Gold colour, white head; lovely pine and citrus nose with some tangerine. The taste is a competition between oily tangerine to grapefruit and some generic cereal flavour with the citrus easily coming out on top. The feel is the sole downer here. Difficult to explain, but it sort of collapses in the mouth. Odd.

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 EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tasty stuff really highlights the zesty hop while remaining easy drinking

Photo of Omnium
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

A. Super clear gold with a two finger fizzy white head little lacing
S. Outstanding citra aroma . Lemongrass, pine dankness, grapefruit, citrus peel.
T. Big grassy pine dankness tar t lemon huge grapefruit in the end and some cracker malt.
M. Clean vibrant mildly bitter
O. Solid season beer one of the best out there. Get you some

Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Triangle Wine. Best by date is 1/23/15.

A - Golden and quite clear with a moderate white head. A steady rise of bubbles give it a liveliness.

S - Fantastic citrus at first though fades a bit and gets a little grassy.

T - A wonderful citra example with nice hop flavor and a mild bitterness. Some toasted malt comes through.

M - Moderate consistency with an active carbonation though not distracting in any way.

O - A tasty yet refreshing beer. As good a session beer as you'll find.

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 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 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 rangerred
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Poured a slightly hazy medium gold with a half finger white head.

A very citrusy aroma with a little bit of breadiness from the malt. The hop aroma is really nice but it is great that there is that malt in there to balance it out.

More tropical fruit in the flavor and it is the predominate characteristic. There is a nice earthy, dank quality in there too just to make things interesting. A touch of bready malt but hops really rule. Bitterness is on the moderate side and a light mouthfeel but not too watery which is surprising given the low abv.

Overall, one of the better "session" IPA's I have had. Manages to have the flavor and body of a stronger beer. Very nice.

Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy golden yellow with a half-finger whitish head on top. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Hoppy - sniff deeply and think of the dank. Modest lemony citrus. Touch of garlic or onion.

T: Light crackery malt foundation. Spicy hop bite. Hops overall are light - modest grapefruit and some lemony bitterness towards the back end of the sip, but there's not really dominant or juicy hops earlier. Lingering bitterness coats the palate in the aftertaste, however.

M: Lighter in heft, carbonation is nice - fairly active (especially for a growler), but not sharp.

O: Good for what it is - i.e., an easy-drinking, lighter IPA. Comparing this in my memory to Founders' All Day and I think this one may come out on top.

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.

Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.