Pacific Gem Single Hop | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Pacific Gem Single HopPacific Gem Single Hop
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Pacific Gem Single HopPacific Gem Single Hop

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-27-2015

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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of rorjets
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bdiiorio
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugganooch
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.

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Photo of einman
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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?)

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

Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
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.

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Photo of nygannon
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slipperysoup
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Supergenou
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OrestesMethuon
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.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Clockwatcher
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.

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Photo of sephyrott
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
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.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnarush
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dbl_delta
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.

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Photo of TheRossness
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.


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Photo of mactrail
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.

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Pacific Gem Single Hop from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 229 ratings