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

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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250
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3.94
pDev:
26.14%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

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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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

6/14/2010

On tap at Stone. The beer appears transparent golden with a one inch white head.

The hop profile in the aroma is herbal and floral with light orange and mineral notes. It seems well balanced, with a crackery malt foundation. The citrus is stronger when the beer warms.

The flavor displays an herbal/mineral hop character and a moderate level of bitterness that's slightly astringent. Citrus is light, with only light notes of tangerine and orange, but it's most apparent in the crisp and bitter finish. The beer has a slight crackery malt foundation.

It's light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. A pretty decent pale ale, though I was expecting more from Green Flash.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Best by label, no printed date.

A: Orange colored body with a good clarity reveals a healthy dose of macro-effervesce. A solid one inch frothy-foam, weathered seashell white head has a long lasting effect. Broken semi-circle lacing.

S: Fresh citrusy-orange, wet, with hints of wet pine resins, pear yeastiness, with a finish of grapefruit-pineapple hops. Lightly toasted grains, medium intensity, rather short duration ending with some lightly dry straw.

T: Flavor was dry citrus flowery hops, hay, semi-dry grapefruit grind and pine. Moderate complexity and blending, though not as fresh, wet and fruity as the nose, but dry with a sting of dry orange grind, wheat, grassy hops on the knock-out. Some indications of stale citrus.

M: Frothy mouthful, mid-range carbonation, lightly dry, leans toward the lighter side of medium being 4.5%.

O: Starts promising, good visual, nice fresh wet nose of citra, finishes rather ordinary with a west coast hopping rather tropical citra notes. Dry and bittering for a session is what it does best, nice level of ibu's for a session, just wished it had more tropical flavor appeal and a proper best by dating would of been nice. Best served slightly chilled, upon warming some off putting raw hop flowers.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Dive bar

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice crystal clear golden straw hue with a one finger head that faded to leave light lacing and a thin head. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of nice citra hops, light, some soft malt, fainter pineapple. The nose would be really nice if it wasn't so soft and subtle. 3.75 (x .2 = .75)

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice citra hop notes, flashes of pineapple yet a light pine bitterness. That said, the middle is very bready and really of putting. Quite unfortunate at how bready this is, ugh. 3.5 (x .45 = 1.575)

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough, light and crisp with the alcohol hidden well. 4 (x .1 = .4)

O - Overall this beer was somewhat of a let down. Really too bready to be enjoyable...very unfortunate. 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

Total Rating Score: 3.63
Serving Type: On tap

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

Has that great grapefruit, mango, resiny, grassy, tropical fruit hop aroma characteristic of citra. Flavor reveals deep resiny notes, fairly bitter, at the base, with a hollow malt character not providing much support. Muted grapefruit and citrus pith add intrigue, but those resiny bittering hops dominate. A little overly bitter for my liking.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Rattle n Hum in nyc

Pours a slightly clouded yellow-orange with golden tones. A one finger high white head bubbles up and retains decently with some streaky lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of grapefruit and orange with a boatload of searing hops.

Plenty of bitter hops right up front with citrus tones and nearly acidic rind qualities. Grapefruit and pine combine throughout most of the profile. A diminutive doughy backbone is slightly present with a hint of sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry with lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, definitely dry on the tongue. Pretty easy drinking although there isn't a great deal of depth in the flavor.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap into tulip at hops and pie denver. Golden color with creamy thick head. Awesome look for a session. Huge citra aromas..super fresh. Taste is like fresh hop...I mean as feesh as possible in a beer but so close to being literal hops in a glass. If you want to know what citra tastes like. ..and enjoy it, this is your beer. Great addition to the session lineup this summer.

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Crystal clear light yellow. Thin white head and blotchy lacing (4.00)

Aroma: Medium light intensity citrus peel (3.75)

Flavor: Citrus peel and pine bitterness. Medium intensity hop flavors, with a mild grassy astringency that lingers. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lively carbonation, drinkable but borders on watery (4)

Overall: Great way to mix it up, on the ever growing stretch of session IPAs (3.8)

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Photo of Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Portsmouth Brewery in NH.

Appearance: It is a pale yellow color with great clarity. Nice head with bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Grassy, tropical, and citrusy with some light bready and caramel notes in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, smooth, tingly bitterness, medium to high carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty solid light IPA. Got to love citra hops and the balance of the bready and caramel malts.

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Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Journey Limited Release made with 100% Citra Hops (Best By 13 Jan 16). Pours clear gold color with a foamy 1 finger snow white head that faded on the quick side, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, onion, grapefruit, mango and starfruit, shifting to graham cracker, biscuit, light caramel and toasted grains. The malt and citrus are well balanced, with the Citra hops adding a nice citrus aroma. It's not super hoppy like a DIPA, but nice enough for a session IPA.

Tastes just like the nose but on a more subdued level; the hops are present and the star of the show with lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, onion, herbs like garlic, mango or starfruit, tea leaf, piney hops, and then a wave of the malt backbone with graham cracker, biscuit, light caramel and toasted grains. It's grassy and earthy with nice citrus flavors coming through the whole brew. It's well crafted, but just not full of the strong citrus hops that I expected from a single hop beer using CItra hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side, but smooth and easy drinking with light carbonation, a light body and a mild bitter aftertaste. Well balanced, it fits the session beer mold to a T.

Style conflict here as it's labeled APA on BA but IPA on the bottle; either way it's a real good session beer at 4.5% with the 65 IBU's providing nice hop flavors. I'd definitely have this again, it was tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at M.O.M.'s.
The color was deep golden nearly amber. A white head on top left some lacing around the glass. The aroma was the best part. Must be dry hopped. A hoppy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet malts were faint in the nose.
The taste was hoppy bitter and dry. The hops were light but still had faint tastes of the tropics. Drank smooth with a semi dry and bitter finish.
A good beer, I like this one alot.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.00 (Wednesday night deal)
Purchased: July 31, 2013
Consumed: July 31, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden pale clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head when I got it. Good amount of even layered lacing on the sides. Above average retention.

Smelled crisp bitter hops, initially reminding me of a Lagunitas Day Time IPA. Got floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind.

Tasted similar to the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange, orange rind and floral hops coming strong. Bitter, but smooth somehow smooth. Grassy, wheat and more like a pale ale than the smell.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish, but crisp and refreshing.

Really enjoyed this beer. May have overrated it a bit, but that’s OK.

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Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank CA on November 24th, 2010.

Beer is a clear lemony gold. A fine, creamy one finger head tops things off well.

Aroma is (surprise!) all about citric hops - grapefruit, orange, lemon.

Not getting any malt to speak of - flavor is all grapefruit, orange and pine. Significant bitterness. There is also an unfortunate wateriness to this beer and a metallic, copper penny character as well.

Slightly dry, dancing right at the edge of parching on the tongue.

Didn't really enjoy this one.

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Photo of Mdog
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Very nice, grapefruit, lime, citrus rind, sweetness.

Taste: Mildly sweet before shifting to citrus bitterness, dry finish.

Overall: Not quite as dry as most session IPAs, seems to have a little more malt hanging in there before giving way to the big time dry finish. It and Bitter Brewer are probably the best of the session bitter/IPA crowd.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Yellow-golden beer, super clear, with a full, tight white head that reduces quickly. Extensive lacing.

S - Big citra hop nose, with mango and resin, a bit of wild grassiness, a bit of dank cat-pee.

T - Sharp hop flavors, slapping you around with resin, some tropical fruit coupling nicely with sweet malts, with a moderately bitter close.

M - Brisk carbonation does not completely scrub the resin build.

O - An interesting brew, this drinks like a full IPA, but manages a 5% ABV. Tasty, bright citra, but like a lot of pure citra brews, though vibrant, the result is not particularly balanced. Add to this the bottle format, and this does not ultimately feel as sessionable as its name would suggest.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd call this a session IPA in line with all the best ones such as All-Day and Carton Boat. Try 6.

A - Orange-gold, light colored, hazed, fine bubbles, 1 finger short lived head, decent lace for a session beer.

S - "Citra" forward with tangerine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Only a bit of bread, mostly tangy, juicy and bright.

T - Follows the smell but more going on. Backdrop of biscuit body balances the hops which roll from ripe citrus and tropical fruit into a forest of leaf, pine, hooch and herb. As good as Boat!

F - Fine, smooth with pithy bitterness and a minerally, drying finish that cleanses the mouth.

Fine effort. Buy 6. Better than the reviews here.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a bulbous but small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a pale straw yellow with a crisp white head of about a finger. Dissipates after 2-3 minutes and leaves faint, silky lacing that slides back down the glass into the beer. Foam ends up a rim of froth around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Floral citrus is dominant, with elements of tropical and mango coming on to round out the nose. Very fragrant and intoxicating--smells more like an IPA than a Pale.

Taste - Grapefruit bitterness with almost zero detection of malt balance--pungent hops and faint pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very drying finish. So dry it almost feels like it's sucking the moisture out of your mouth after you've swallowed.

Overall, a very assertive beer in it's own right, and even more so when you consider the fact that it's supposed to be a session Pale Ale. I'm impressed at all the flavor they've managed to pack into this low alcohol beer, and would probably pick this up before some other session IPAs if I was looking for something with a hoppy wallop of flavor

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a bright white head that sits like a pillow on top of the glass. Nice lacing and head retention all the way through. Huge floral aroma of citrus hops with some caramel notes lurking beneath the surface. Hops dominate and wreck the palate - citrus, grapefruit, some resinous notes. Some caramel notes come through and sightly balance this out, but the mouth feel is highly acidic. Really a solid brew, but due to its high intensity I would not be able to session this.

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Photo of lsummers
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On to this beer is bright gold with a crisp carbonation that makes a bone white frothy head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is crisp, clean and refreshing. A citric, lemon zest hop bitterness comes out in the scent.

Taste is initially surprising and refreshing but leaves a little more to be desired. There's a citric lemongrass type note that mixes with a subtle grapefruit. Bitterness is nicely balanced. I think if it were fuller in body and a touch more viscous on the mouth it could be a great pale ale. Highly session able and drinking nicely on this hot day.

Overall, it's a good session beer but leaves me thinking something is lacking. I had this on tap which helps its overall taste. I really don't think this beer would bottle well with the slight watered down feel I'm getting from it.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a flute at Stag's Head

A- Nice amber/copper, thin head woth strong lacing, some activity
S - Sweet honey, piney hops with a bit of lemon
T - piney sweetness from the hops, has a bitter finish
M - A bit thin with some crispness from the carbonation
O - Not bad at all I'd like to try it on tap

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brightly clear amber with a dense white head with good retention. The head is composed of fine, uniform bubbles that shift uniformly to create a durable sheet of lacing.
It smells of flowers, pineapple, and caramel malts with subtle resin. A nicely balanced bouquet that allows a little breadiness and tangerine to caress the nose as the temperature rises.
The taste is more pine forward. Melons, peach, and piercing citrus cruise in the front end on the hop-oil slick. In the middle there is chewy monocot that thickens into wood. This transition then lets the malt take over and carry a pleasant residual bitterness long into an upturning finish with a grapefruit aftertaste.
The body is moderate, punctuated by tannic and metallic dryness. A fairly high level of carbonation balances the chew nicely.
This is really a remarkable creation, as it's a complex balance of creamy and spicy with layers of sensory experience driven by fairly potent hop infusion, but still truly sessionable.

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Photo of BobJude
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Really impressed with this session beer. Straw colored, with a bit of haze. Smell of citrus and just a hint of cat urine - gotta love Citra hops! Great hop taste on the tongue with a surprising bit of sweet grain. Mouthfeel was thin, but at 4.5%, that is to be expected. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and it acts like a much bigger beer than it is.

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Hop Oddysey: Citra Session Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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