Retro Extra Pale 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): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by largadeer on 07-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 10
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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Petrol Station.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt and not too much else. The flavor is more exciting. I get some biscuit malt up front, but there is also a little bit of hop character. I get some orange citrus hops, as well as some grass and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hagbergl
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a pint of Green Flash Retro Extra Pale Ale at Gulu-Gulu in Salem, MA on 7/23/2012. I'm a big fan of Green Flash's beers, so I figured I would give this beer a try–plus, I was looking for something low in alcohol and this seemed to fit the bill. Review is from notes.

Appearance (3.5/5): GF Retro Extra Pale pours a light gold/yellow body with a creamy one-finger head of white foam. This is not the prettiest beer in the world–it's just a bit above average–but this beer isn't striving to blow the drinker away; it's easy-going.

Smell (3/5): The nose on Retro Extra Pale is fairly subdued. It smells lightly hoppy, a little bready, biscuity, and subtly sweet. Very light, cool (somewhat like a pale lager). Nothing to really get jazzed about here.

Taste (3.5/5): Retro Extra Pale's taste is a little more substantial than its smell. It is lightly hoppy, biscuity, and creamy. I taste a touch of grass, grain, and light sweet malt. The hop flavor is restrained–which I find a little disappointing, given how outstanding Green Flash has proven to be at producing hoppy beers. But the brewers achieve their goal of making an easy-drinking, pleasant-enough session ale.

Mouthfeel (3/5): Retro Extra Pale (or at least my serving of it) has one real flaw: it was noticeably under-carbonated–not good for a low alcohol beer, but not the end of the world. Mouthfeel is light and spritely enough due to the light hop flavors. Doesn't suffer from watery flavor as some low ABV "session" type beers do.

Overall (3/5): I think Green Flash's Brewers accomplished their goal of brewing a laid back, low ABV pale ale, but it's not even close to their best work and is not nearly as flavorful as many other American Pale Ales out there. This is a "miss" in my book.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Hazy golden body topped by a finger of foam that recedes to a collar. Nose is mild, largely herbal and grassy. There's some bready malt beneath the hops. This has a surprisingly mild, borderline bland aroma. The palate is decent, largely herbal with a touch of citrus and grass; presumably from cascade hops. The malt backbone is appropriately light, crisp and bready without lending much sweetness. The finish is mildly bitter and dry. An alright pale, nothing special.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. A good looking pale ale, lightly hazy, pale gold bodied, with a frothy, foamy white head that has good retention. Lacing is also quite nice. Aroma seems a bit blander than hoped for; a dry, crackery maltiness predominates, with lesser grassy and citrus hop notes. Not exactly a vivid-smelling brew.

The flavor follows the nose closely; kind of plain; malt-forward and quite old-school for the style; citrus and grassy hop notes take a back seat to moderately sweet and crackery malts. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is short-lived and not particularly bitter.

The body is medium-light and carbonation is high, nearly prickly, and feels overly aggressive. This one was a bit forgettable for me, particularly as it was followed by Green Flash’s 30th Street Pale Ale, a super fresh and highly hopped delight, overshadowing this unexciting offering.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the taste of pale ale but the drinkability of pilsner, Green Flash puts training wheels on the ever-classy American pale ale for a taste and texture that's sure to ween your swill-chuggin' buddies over to the craftier side of beer.

This very pale pale ale opens with a lager-like light golden color and near-brilliant clarity. White froth coats the beer's surface, retains fairly well, and laces lightly. There's nothing about the beer's appearance that says anything other than German lager- except it's a pale ale.

Bright citrusy hops fill the nose with aromas of grapefruit, dried orange peel, and lemongrass. Supported by light bready malts and a thin honey-like sweetness, the scent is definitely hop driven. Fruit esters rise as the beer warms, and take the shape of peaches and apricots, and seem to accompany a light whiff of butterscotch.

Flavors seem to in proportion of dry and hoppy German lagers, except with the ingredients of American pale ales. Cracker-like dry bread greets the front of the tongue while a light caramel flavor represents the sweeter side of malt. But as the hop flavors rise with those grapefruit, orange, and lemongrass, the beer turns dry and crisp. Its grassy bitter finish comes quickly and lingers well past the trailing malts. The complementing esters and buttery notes don't seem to be nearly as prevalent in taste as is in aroma.

Light, light, light in body, any early carbonation-infused maltiness is short lived as the beer prefers dry, crisp, fleeting textures. This leads to a bright and zesty citrusy finish with mild hop-derived astringency and light carbonic bite.

I rather enjoy the beer as it's one to be enjoyed quickly and in quantity. Where the complexities, balance, and rewarding taste leaves more to be desired; its the high level of refreshment and drinkability that's rewarded in this pale ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is lager gold with white head. Nose is light, pale malt, caramel and stale grain dominates with light herbal hop behind. Taste follows with a bit more hop presence in the finish. Grain, caramel, herbal hop with some sweet citrus and hint of bitterness in the finish. Body is light, crisp, good carbonation. A touch syrupy mid palate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but basic and nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at coronado brewing company in san diego

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a froth of white head. Retains for a bit, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Mild hops and grass in the nose with some lemon peel. Faint citrus and a bit of caramel.

Soft brush of hops with a hint of pine. Bread and cracker-like malt with lemon grass. Fairly subdued overall considering what I usually expect from GF. Finishes a little bitter and dry.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and crisp on the tongue. This was pretty middle of the road.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rev3rb
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottom Line Up Front: This is a very light, clean, crisp pale ale that does not offend the palate.

Had this on tap in a pint glass @ The Brass Tap in Brandon, FL.

Appearance: Remarkably transparent and light straw color.

Smell: Very light hop smell.

Taste: Taste was a very light and crisp hop taste.

Mouthfeel: This pale ale drinks like a pilsner since it is so light in pretty much everything. Very thin and clean on the palate with no discernible aftertaste.

Overall: The beer is a good beer however it does seem quite on the light end of the spectrum for it's style.

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Retro Extra Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 29 ratings