Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-15-2010

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In what will likely become the beer style to replace the classic American pale ale, Green Flash dips their toe into the "session IPA" genre that emerges from the "Hop Odyssey" series with a body lighter than pale ale but with the hop character that more aligns with American IPA.

But its no normal hop that's showcased in this lupulin-dominant brew- its "Citra" character charges forward with bursting tangerine, red grapefruit and passionfruit. Backed with the most supple of caramel and cashew to comfort the palate, the beer's upstart is tangy, juicy and incredibly vibrant.

Through the middle, the beer's slight biscuit body lessons more and more, leaving a simple shadow of malt in its wake. Yet the hops continue its climb, shifting from ripe citrus and tropical blend and into a mild vegetal botanical taste that invites leaf, pine and chive.

Its smooth and pithy bitterness intensifies in finish, especially once the medium-light malt body dissipates and its bone-dry body sets in. This all is rewarding to the palate with high refreshment, a clean citrusy aftertaste and slight mineral scrubbing effects.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, and maybe some light pine. Good but not much to it.

t - Tastes of citra hops, bitter hops, tropical fruit, oranges, and grapefruit. Very bitter.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very bitter up front.

d - An ok APA but nothing special. Some nice citrus in the nose, but the taste was just too bitter to me and didn't have a ton going on. Wouldn't seek out again but glad I tried it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice orangy color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus. The taste is hoppy, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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On draft at Draught 55, NY, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citra hop.

The taste offered waves of resinous citra hops with a soft doughy malt backing.

The mouthfeel was typical of session style.

Overall a tasty hop forward session.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a white foamy topping. The head leaves plenty of lace on the glassware. The aroma is of tropical fruit and citrus, herbs, pine and faint malt sweetness. In the flavor, more of the same, with citrus, melon, pine and pineapple notes from the citra hop. Mild complimentary, biscuity malt profile. Medium bodied ale with a solid level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good session brew, drinks like a much bigger IPA.

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Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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