Hop Odyssey: Black IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell is coffee, toffee, chocolate, earthy hops, pine, and some hints of citrus.

Taste starts with some nice expresso toffee flavors and finishes with a huge burst of citrus grapefruit that really lingers on the palate awhile.

Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall I love it. What I would expect from one of my favorite brewers of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of bregnisier
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Generally not a huge fan of black IPAs, but this is a home run. Fruity, malty, hoppy... Jesus, what more could you want. Green Flash Black IPA converted me into a believer. A well-balanced attack on the senses. Love it. (Granted, it's a sipping beer -- you really don't want to have more than one or, well, two.)

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, good retention on a black body. Sticky, soapy lacing. Aroma dominated by piney, resinous hops, some faint roast flavor in the back but clearly way hopped. Taste follows suit with strong bitterness, grassy, dominating. Some coffee and some roasted malt flavors but really hop showcase. This has Green Flash written all over it and its awesome.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a best by date 7/21/14; into a tulip.
Appearance - pours incredibly black, but against the light shows a hint of deep crimson. Huge, foamy mocha head that leaves sticky and creamy lacing!
Smell - an excellent blend of sweet malts and citrus hops!
Taste - full of flavors, primarily gourmet coffee, grapefruit and mango!
Feel - complex, aggressive, flavorful, just fantastic! Bitter hops, dark coffee, medium body.
Overall - love the style, so I'm not surprised that I like this so much, but This was better than expected!

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz to a snifter, had this on tap last year, finally reviewing it. Enjoy by 7/21

Pours black with two fingers of eggshell white foam. No transparency when held to the window, thick and black all the way through. Mild carbonation from the sides, good lacing and retention. Not much else you could ask for

Could smell the hops as soon as I cracked the cap. Upfront hop bomb, very floral hops with notes of pine and citrus. Strong chocolate malts with notes of vanilla and a hint of coffee, all tied together with a splash of alcohol. One of the best smelling bipas I've had to date

Taste falls a bit short of the aroma but still delivers. Hops translate well, up front very floral, shifting to some earthy pine and finishing with some citrus. Strong chocolate malts, a bit of coffee and none of that glorious vanilla from the nose. Finishes with a bit of booze

Feel is thick and creamy, medium bitterness with a dry finish. Alcohol concealed well, easy to drink

Overall one of the more solid cda's I've had. Glad to finally do a proper review finally, glad to see this gem in a bottle

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Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 7/21/14. Pours a slick almost black, with a light tan sticky two inch head, that leaves webs of lace.

Smell is coffee, toffee, chocolate, earthy hops, pine, and some hints of citrus.

Taste starts with some nice expresso toffee flavors and finishes with a huge burst of citrus grapefruit that really lingers on the palate awhile.

Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall I love it. What I would expect from one of my favorite brewers of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of lsummers
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black, stout like in color. One finger cappuccino colored head that leaves some great lacing.

The piney, roasted, slightly peppery notes come through fairly balanced in the nose. That same pine hop bite with some peppery herbal notes blend with the roasted grains and slight earthy character. The only detracting quality I can think of might be a slight medicinal note on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and sharp on the tongue. Has a touch of the hop sticky quality.

Overall this is one of my favorite black ipa's. Roasted grains and a sharp hop bitterness really lends itself nicely.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber with a drink by date of 7/21/14

A - Pitch black with 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass all the way down

S - Roasted dark grains and coffee

T - A burst of espresso coffee followed by a bitter hoppy grapefruit burst. Well balanced, and tasty!

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Well carbonated.

O - An awesome black IPA. What can I say..these guys know how to brew some amazing beer. Well done!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at City Beer Store, San Francisco.
Ruby black with steady tan film.
Ash, greasy orange rind, and blackberry nose.
Cocoa nibs, char and black currant then citrus rind, lemon balm, herb and mint hops.
Lemon zest finish and long roasty bitterness.
Medium, oily, clingy.

Deep and serious BIPA. Makes 21A Back in Black – which is not a bad beer – drink like Grape Fanta. Nuanced and technically superior.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark brown-black color with two fingers of beige head. Wet, sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was hoppier than expected with pine, fresh-cut grass and orange along with light roasted caramel malts and a whiff of vanilla.

The taste, as now expected, opened with a hoppy bite of pine and grassy hops followed by light roasted caramel malts for balance. Hoppy bitterness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

This is probably the best Black IPA I've ever had. Hop-forward and delicious. Nice job, Green Flash!

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Photo of Durge
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scored the growler at DeCicco's (Brewster, NY) last weekend and poured into the pint glass chilled this shows a very dark ruby edges mahogany color. The head is thick and light tan in color, leaving a substantial layer of lacing. The nose hit is full of bright citrus, grapefruit and orange with a twisted pine quality in there for good hop measure. Just a vague malt complement comes through as well. Very nice. The first taste sensation brings brilliant citrus but blends nicely with a brown bread cereal malt. The dominating theme remains the rather sharp hop flavors but there is a clearer note of some malt and even a licorice nuance with a sort of minty outcome. Just delicious if you favor hop character in your IPA's. This brew is easily medium bodied with a smooth, somewhat luscious feel. Carbonation is a bit dainty but provides an effective tingly sensation on the tongue. Great results here for Green Flash!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 07/21/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish black with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a huge four finger light tan head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with good hints of pine, citrus, and dark malt. Big upfront mix of hops with hints of spicy pine resin and some earthy grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Dark malts with hints of burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, oats, and yeast. Definitely leans towards the hoppier side. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, earthy, and fruity hop forward taste with notes of pine, citrus fruit, and dark malt. Upfront mix of earthy, herbal, floral, and citrus hops. Spicy and dank notes of pine resin. Earthy grass. Juicy citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Hops are pretty oily with a drying bitterness. Dark malts with notes of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, coffee, grains, caramel, yeast, and oats. A pretty good ripe taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, oily, sticky, and pretty drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Black IPA. Pretty hop forward with a nice juicy and oily bitterness. The dark malt presence is good as well.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Malted Barley. Pours a dark brownish black with over an inch of frothy tan head. Some lacing. Great piney aroma with some roasted malts, floral hop notes, and pine oil. The taste is more of the piney hops along with roasted malts and some dark chocolate. Floral and pine bitterness at the finish. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste along with pine. Roasty flavor throughout. Overall, fantastic Black Ipa That reminds me of their West Coast IPA . Most I have encountered have more of a citrus hop flavor but this is a great piney Black IPA that I'd seek out for sure.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a complete black body with about a finger of tan head at the top, lots of lacing all over the glass.

S: This brew had a nice piney hint up front from the hops, a slight hint of roastyness but nothing over bearing, a little hint of chocolate.

T: A lot of hops right from the start, a little bit of roast from the malts, very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, a little sticky at the end but not a lot.

O: For a black ipa it tasted more like a regular ipa more than anything, but this was a good brew, Green Flash never dissappoints.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - dark brown black color with a big frothy off white had that leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.0 - Pine and citrus, with roasty malts in the background.
T - 4.25 - Nice. This has a nice pine and citrus bite to it, but this is well balanced with the roasty dark malts. This is probably less citrusy/hoppy than Wookey Jack or Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, but because of this it's very unique in it's flavor. I'd recommend it to someone who wants a black IPA, but one where you can still obviously taste roasted malts.
M - 4.25 - Medium. Not super heavy for a black IPA. Aftertaste is bitter citrus and roasted coffee. Alcohol is very well covered.
O - 4.25 - This is a great black IPA, and at 6 dollars a bomber it's a good deal. I wouldn't be suprised if it has magnum and simcoe in it, it tastes very similar to a black IPA I homebrewed a while ago.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: 07/21/14

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of beige head that slowly fades down to a foamy cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts along with some pine and floral hop notes. A very light fruitiness is also present. Nicely balanced

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and some dark chocolate, followed by the pine, floral, and fruity hop notes. Bitterness rolls in about mid-way through and follows through into the finish. Also finishes with more roast and some coffee notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice example of the style. Nicely balanced between the roast and hoppy notes, with neither really dominating. The bitterness is nice and restrained but definitely present. Quite easy to drink as well. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from BevMo at the end of March for $5.99. Best by 7/21/14.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is fresh citrus hops and hints of roasted malts.

Taste has hints of the sweet caramel malts along with roasted black malts. Citrus and pine come on full force and leave a nice lingering hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy for the style which i do not mind.

Overall this is one tasty brew; definitely give it a shot if you come across it!

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Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black is a light tan head. Good lacing.

S - Hop aroma actually over powers alot of the darker malts. Blind folded I may not be able to tell it's a black IPA. The roasted character is definitely present though. Pretty impressive.

T/M - More like the nose, pine and citrus hop character up front, with a roasty-coffee like finish. Usually I find these characters to clash, but it's pretty well done in this beer.
Medium to full bodied, which is much appreciated. There's enough residual sugar to balance out some of the harsh roast and bitterness.

O - Still not a style I regularly grab for, but this was a great attempt.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is black with ruby/mahogany edges when backlit and a small greyish head.

S: Earthy, roasty malt and citrusy, piney hops.

T: Roasted barley malt is followed by nice bitter pine and pine needles. Lingering pine bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, modest carbonation - slightly slick in feel.

O: Real good stuff; I like an American Black Ale like this, with nice roasty notes and then big time hop bitterness. For perfection, it could use more chocolatey malty notes, but overall this is good stuff.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a luscious black cola with creamy foaming. There’s a great aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit pith, followed by an underlying roasty taste topped with a sticky sweet piney orange grapefruit. It’s dank and delicious with a finish that lasts for days.
I would love to see this enter the lineup.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black and poured a tasty 2 finger head.

Very piney, some black licorice, and heavy hops dominate overall aroma.

Taste is more IPA than stout, a fine showing. This is definitely a hop dominant black IPA, and I'm not complaining. Just enough malt to balance the bitterness from the piney hops.

Mouthfeel is rather bitter, but not unpleasant.

Overall a very hoppy and delicious, but somewhat stouty, black IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/14/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, citrus, some hops and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness. Then some flavors of chocolate and coffee come in along with some citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, Best before 7/21/14 etched onto the bottle

Pours darn near black, supporting a lasting medium mocha head. Leaving nice ringed and scattered high lacing.

Nose is all about the citrus, oranges and grapefruits, nice

Flavorful, citric, hoppy with dark malts. Fine stuff. Hops keep flowing in wave after wave, continuing citric notes, more and more orange on the palate. Perhaps a bit thin mouth feel wise. But its a minor point, as this is super tasty, and west coast hop forward goodness. Highly enjoyable and a must try.

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Photo of BTodd
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bomber

A-Nice and dark with a deep amber/mahogany tint. Thick head with nice, fine lacing at first dissipating partially over a few minutes.

S-Citrus, grassy with some of the darker notes as well, maybe some of the roastiness coming through here.

T-Fits the smell. Nice roastiness followed by some lingering citrus and bitterness. Really enjoyable.

M-A good weight to it without being too heavy/syrupy. Coats nicely.

O-Not as complex on the nose as some, but very enjoyable example of black IPA that isn't too far on either end of the malt/hop spectrum. Would buy again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 10, 2014.

The pour is dark brown with some mahogany hues lighting up the edges of the glass. A full, foamy being head that settles some but leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma of floral and grassy hop notes with the dark, sweet malts playing up in the background.

The body is medium to bold and quite satisfying.

All those hops jump out in the flavor to overtake my taste buds while the dark, sweet, licorice malts remain low but balanced. Lingering bitterness at the finish. A good hoppy black IPA.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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