Pacific Gem Single Hop
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Pacific Gem Single HopPacific Gem Single Hop
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,936
Ranked #37,644
3.72 | pDev: 8.6%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Pacific Gem Single HopPacific Gem Single Hop
Notes: This Single Hopped Pale Ale is built on an English malt base of Golden Promise, 2-Row malted barley, and Caramalt to allow the hop qualities to shine through. Pacific Gem’s hop intensity presents top notes of pungent pine and grapefruit rind accented by guava with a long, lingering finish.
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Nugganooch from California

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the variety case - imperial nonic glass
First had this on 10/10/15

Light caramel color body with some mild cloudy haze to it. Massive and dense khaki tan suds. Exhibits some incredible hang time that plasters up my glass with sticky lace. The hops leap forward presenting tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya, and passion fruit with a citrusy backdrop and some flowery spiced herbs. Base bready English pale malt comes through with a light toasted caramel note. A touch of stone fruit and some solid earthiness there as well. Flavor is a tropical blend of mango, guava, and grapefruit peel, along with some light earthy pine, pepper spiced papaya, and assorted grassy herbals. Balanced with a healthy addition of bready malt, light orchard fruit, and a mild caramel-honey like sweetness. Has a reserved bitterness overall and no alcohol to report. Moderate to lower body with a nice frothy texture and good drying in the finish. Fairly clean overall.

This was a solid single hop offering. Was really intrigued by what the NZ Pacific Gem has to offer and this brew showcases it well.

Jan 10, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber colored with blonde and dark orange tints, some sediment. Head is stable at 1 finger.

Aroma of buttery malts, lightly dank. Fresh cut onion, and very clean hop. Nice nose.

Lots of pine up the sides and toffee in the middle. Some orange, some pineapple, some mango. The toffee isn't overwhelming and there's a lot of clean, fruity notes. Not bad at all.

Creamy, with explosive carbonation. semi dry finish with some dustiness.

Not the worst, not the best. Still a decent beer worth checking out if you are curious or are a Green Flash fan (does that exist?)

Nov 01, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating of lace. Aroma is thin with fruity berry, floral, pale & cereal malt notes. Taste is a delicate (for the style) blend of citrus, tropical fruit, floral earthiness & sweet malt notes. Finishes dry with a leafy hoppiness. Aftertaste is mostly a dry, bitter, herbal earthiness. Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a light prickle, becoming dry in the finish & intensifying in the aftertaste.

Oct 11, 2016
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber orange color with a one finger white head. A bit hazy. Aroma is very mild of malt and hops. Taste is the same but a bit more pronounced with a bitterness on the end like an IPA. Light carbonation and a light to moderate body with a tad of oiliness. Not impressed with this one.

Oct 07, 2016
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2016-09-29 in Napperville, IL from a 12oz bottle with a Best Buy date of 2016-07-16. Sigh. I bought it at World of Beers as a single bottle and couldn't check the date beforehand since it was served with dinner. They should have pulled it.

A - Clear gold with a 3-finger head and moderate lace.

S - Mild citrus, biscuit and earthy spice.

T - Spice and pepper at first, then biscuit with a touch of honey and lightly tropical. Finish is bitter for a Pale Ale.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation.

O - Spicy but not complex. I guess The Pacific Gem hop won't be a favorite of mine but then again, this beer was past the Best Buy date.

Sep 29, 2016
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always a fan of single-hop treatments, just for science's sake, and this was particularly appealing as I've precious little acquaintance with Pacific Gem. Good APA base: ruddy golden color; good effervesce (and attendant visual indicators); nice zesty nose, with celery leaf and kumquat and marjoram and soft layers of dry, grassy or slightly white-oaky sugars. Flavors boast caramelized orange peel and essential oils, lots more zesty herbals, with pleasantly bitter components: celery leaf, watercress, cilantro, lemongrass, and pickled tea-leaf. Those last two notes carry on the strongest, leaving a mild, biting linger that provides an almost shrub-like freshness. A solid APA with a nice window into another fun NZ hop.

Aug 22, 2016
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Clockwatcher from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I really, really like Green Flash Brewing. That said, this is the first beer I've had from them that just didn't do it for me.

The look of the beer is beautiful, with a highly-carbonated straw color and a long-lasting head. On the nose, you get blackberry, oak, malt and lemon.

Taste is shockingly malty. Like, really malty. Some pine in the background, a bit of lemon and berry if you really search for it, but mostly malt. This drinks a lot more like a malty lager with slight hop notes than it does an IPA.

I was looking forward to a great, unique, Green Flash beer. What this unfortunately turned out to be was a cliché beer that any brewery could have made.

Jul 20, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is there any relationship between Summit hops and Pacific Gem hops? I am one of those people that get a taste of onions and rotten vegetables out of Summit hops. I detected a little of these flavors in an otherwise good beer. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a big frothy slightly off white head. Head retention is very good and there are thick bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild citrus hops. Flavor starts out with mostly citrus hops and some bready malt. The onion and rotten vegetables come on as a bit more than a hint but remind me of "Summit hops light". Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. Overall would be a good IPA for people that are not prone to that aftertaste.

Jul 15, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated best by 01/04/16 imto pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a thick, off-white head. Initial impression is bitter spicy hops. Maybe a touch of pine resin but very subdued. Bitterness lingers throughout, and in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Other than the pronounced bitterness, it's a pretty bland IPA.

Jul 06, 2016
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TheRossness from Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Its hard for me to review this style. I'm usually not a fan of malty IPA's and this IPA is very malty.I get no flavor from the hops. The beer is light and easy enough to drink. It feels like I'm drinking an old man's IPA- just not my thing.


Jun 30, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Lovely amber brew with a veil of white foam in the Delirium Tremens snifter. Ineresting light fruity aroma. I find some blackberry taste and a woody note. It's quite interesting but just overwhelmingly bitter. It would be interesting to try with just a touch of these hops, like in a Pilsner style.

Usually I like these New Zealand hops, but this one seems overdone on the bitterness. Clean and crisp otherwise. A decent light beer spoiled by a heavy hand. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

Jun 27, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice gold with good color intensity, white cap with good lace.

Aroma: Hops first, piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops, with some underlying sweet malt. Earthy spice as well.

Taste: Hops on entry and all the way through. Some caramely malt emerges mid palate but hops dominate. At 40 IBU this isn't especially strong in the hops department, comparatively speaking, but hops are what this brew is about. Lingering bitter aftertaste that isn't at all unpleasant but is present.

Texture: At least medium and then some.

Overall: I like the single hop premise even if it's not a favorite hop because it is something different and sort of an introduction to a specific hop character. This simple brew works pretty well and manages a flavorful balance for what is admittedly a hop showcase brew.

Jun 25, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet oranges, floral hops and sweet malt underneath. Taste starts balanced with caramel malt and sweet oranges, floral hops and fruit candy. Finish is quite bitter and also lingers on the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Although my bottle is past its best by date, it held up pretty well and still tastes good.

Jun 17, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is malts/pale malts, earthy, very light citrus/fruit and a hint of spring/tap water. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweetish malts and a mix of spicy and medium bitterness in the finish.

May 29, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a pint glass to a clear and pale gold topped by a finger of dense and soapy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of pale malts, citrus, and pine with hints of tropical fruit
T: Taste is very citrusy up front with some pine and tropical fruits with slight malty sweetness providing a bit of balance. Nice citrus throughout. Swallow is more pine and grapefruit juice with some lingering bready malts.
M: This beer has a medium amount of heft with carbonation that is a little soft for the style and a refreshing and oily finish
O: Overall this is a good representation of the style. It has nice balance and plenty of good hop notes. Worth trying but not necessarily worth seeking out.

May 28, 2016
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DuaneL from Delaware

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Pacific Gem Hops were the only used for this brew. Found the taste a little off, at first -- but the more I drank the more I became accustomed to it, and ended up liking a lot. Only 5.5% alcohol but seems stronger. Great amber color, and a rich body. We will get this again, if available!

May 25, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 7/11/16. Clear bright copper pour. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Very good nose of light sweet citrus and light bready malt.

Heavy light body that is smooth with just enough oiliness for the tongue to notice. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding, but not very complex. Intensity and balance are outstanding. The profile is hop flavor forward with just enough malt to achieve a balanced middle, thus highlighting the hop. Bitterness is moderate with a grapefruit zest focus and a touch of pine underneath. The finish is slightly sweeter with a nice bready aspect and a hint of caramel. The finish lingers with a nice citric rind flavor and subtle pucker.

May 23, 2016
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scbeerman from South Carolina

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy head that really lingers. Great looking beer. Nose is dominated by loads crushed white pepper, bready malts, herbal noted that remind me of Saaz, and a whiff of orange zest - love the pepper. Unfortunately, taste doesn't live up the the smell. A little heavy on the malt and light on the hops for a beer that's meant to showcase an individual hop's character. Feel is fine; nothing that really stands out. Average there. Overall, it's interesting and I'd be interested in trying a better-done Pacific Gem single hop. A Pilsner with pacific gem would be an interesting beer - get going, homebrewers!

May 22, 2016
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taters21 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lively carbonated hazy orange with a half finger head that recedes quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Smells of caramel, pine, juicy citrus, and dank hops.
Starts off with pine, then mostly citrus, followed by pine and herbal hops with a semi dry finish.
Smooth, crisp even, like a lager.
Overall, nice, the flavor was rather one dimensional though, but otherwise pleasant and a good competitor in its' class.

May 14, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 11JUL16

Appearance: Medium gold body with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Medium sized white fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a very sweet candy aroma with a bit of pine and herbal quality. The hop character reaches out and it really doesn't have a tropical aroma as described on the label.

Taste: Bread crust and grain flavor in droves. Nice bitterness and a light bit of mint and a touch of pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Good bitterness and a fairly clean mouthfeel with an off-dry finish.

Overall: It's a decent American Pale Ale and it was interesting to try Pacific Gem as a single hop beer. Overall the beer is fairly average but it does showcase the hop nicely. If you are interested in seeing what this hop can do then I do recommend it. It also has a nice and interesting aroma. I would recommend picking up a bottle but it's not something I would personally make a habit of buying.

May 14, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber color with a one finger foamy white head. Nice aromas of mango, grapefruit, orange, and bread. Tasty APA with bitter citrus, biscuit, bread, pine, and caramel. Dry finish.

May 13, 2016
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep blonde color with no haze, moderate carbonation and settles into thin white ribbon of a head.
You get a sense of the bread biscuit bread malt body. Slight hop aroma and mild hop flavor with some backside bitterness

May 08, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

One finger head a rich white color with decent retention. The color of the beer is golden with amber and orange hues. A lot of carbonation bubble rising from the bottom to the top of the glass. The clarity of the beer is fairly clear. Overall a decent showing for a APA.

I get a rich bready and caramel note followed by grapefruit, pine, resin, and some fruity note. In the background yeast and a toasty note is present. For me I would have like to have the hop aroma just a bit more pronounced.

The tastes is caramel, bread, grapefruit, lemons, floral, pine, a fruity note, yeast and some toast.

The mouth feel is medium light body, high carbonation, and a lingering finish.

The beer is slightly off balance for me. The malt is more dominant, than the hop flavor. I like the hop flavors in the beer just would have like them to be a touch more pronounced is all.

May 02, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber with many tiny floating particles. The head is one finger and off white. Retention is decent and there is some spotted lacing. Smell is bready malt with some lemon, grapefruit and pine in the background. Taste is exactly the opposite. The hops really shine and the malt, although still present, definitely take a back seat. Finish is dry and moderately bitter. Feel is light side of medium and prickly from the bitterness. Overall not a bad beer. Not thrilled by the look or smell, but taste is much more important and that is very nice.

Apr 28, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and a good whiff of malt.

T: Tasted of a good shot of hops, light citrus notes (especially grapefruit), a hint of pine, and a lot of bready malt in the finish. The hops were definitely present here, but the malt was surprisingly powerful. Not unbalanced, but almost. Reminds me more of an English IPA in the flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a solid, if lightweight beer. Easy to drink, but not overly memorable.

Apr 26, 2016
Pacific Gem Single Hop from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 230 ratings