Hop Odyssey: Black IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Black IPAHop Odyssey: Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
404
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.6%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 404 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I thought this beer way too bitter for the style, assuming that it is a black IPA and not a double.
The bitterness takes away from an already weak flavor.
The color was deep cinnamon brown with a tall beige head.
In the aroma were light hints of citrus and roasted malts.
The taste was weak and almost watery thin with some hints of hops malts and cocoa.
The mouthfeel was dry and bitter on the palate.
Green Flash is a top ten brewery for me no doubt about it, this one just didn't work.

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Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: More brown than black, with thick, frothy, mocha head.

Smell: Citrus, char, chocolate, chalk and pine.

Taste: Somewhat fruity malts with lots of grapefruit and pine hops. Chocolate, coffee and charred meat all come into play as well. Finish is fairly bitter with herbal & spicy notes, pine and roasted malts all adding to the sharp finish. Despite all the flavors and the bitter finish, the taste profile is subtler than expected.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation with a creamy body that is slightly thinner than hoped for. Dry finish but some slight chalkiness.

Overall: Nice Black Ale that I would certainly have again, but while the breadth of flavors is impressive, some others examples of the style have greater depth.

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Photo of jpcarnegie
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of J_Barrett
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of anaids
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of grimey68
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Raw hop character in a black IPA format, the appearance is cola brown with ruby highlights, big tan head forms thick, rocky texture. Aroma has pungent citrus peel and dark roasted malt layers combined into one, goes great with food. But my ideal IPA is citrus fruit grassy and clean the muddled alpha acids with dark roasts just don't work as well as your typical IPA without the dark roasted malts. Flavors have the dark chocolate notes with herbal, herbaceous dank weed, and grapefruit peel bitterness heavy in the backend finishes dry without much finesse. It's just hops and dark bitter roasted malt without much poetry between the two, gimme a porter or an hoppy IPA in place of the hybrid any day. Mouthfeel is resinous with hop oils it even makes your nares burn with the combination. Overall I can't wait to try something more approachable in the Black IPA department, this is good but I know there could be better versions out there.

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Photo of Flashyspoons
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. glass
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: Feb. 16, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 16, 2014
Misc.: Best by July 21, 2014

Poured a very dark mahogany, almost pitch black color with four fingers of frothy dark khaki tan head. Tons of foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Thick, foamy retention all the way down.

Smelled floral hops, citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine & light lime, , wet Cascade hops, caramel, honey, some unknown spices, light cocoa, chocolate and toffee.

Tasted a lot different than I thought it would. Lots of buttery notes, which I’m not a fan of. All the hops that I got in the smell were harder to find in the taste. Some bitter grapefruit notes in there, but not nearly as strong. Roasty, chocolate, caramel, toffee and cocoa nibs.

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, buttery, slightly bitter finish.

I had high hopes for this beer and it really on delivered for the aroma and smell. I wouldn’t have it again

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +1%

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 pkalix
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours black, minimal head on a medium pour. looks like iced coffee pouring out. aromas of hops very light, with some smoke(?) in the background. taste is very bitter, much more pronounced than the smell, with a gritty hop bitterness that is very piney and resin-y. maybe a little coffee in the flavor also? for the 7.2% abv, this is extremely bitter. not a great brew, but drinkable once to try. I wouldn't purchase this one again. I suppose some like this this, but i'm not a fan.... definitely would prefer a Wookey Jack over this.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite beautiful coffee-black brew in the Duvel tulip with a creamy off-white head. Rather thin body. Frothy and mouth-filling. Modest hoppy scent. A little bit of sweetness gives this a mellow note to start, but it's short-lived.

Interesting herbal flavor. Bitter with leafy hops, something like arugula. Very bitter aftertaste compromises the pleasure. A lot of scorched malt flavor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle $6.99. Looks like a stout, maybe a bit brown at the edges. Aroma is roasted malts and oranges. Flavor is exactly the same with maybe a touch of chocolate in there. Personally I find this style one that us rarely executed well and this is no exception. I would not purchase this again, it would be much better to save a buck and buy a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola color with a slowly fading, sandstone head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with a roasted malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes pine and citrus accompanied by moderate bitterness. Roasted malt comes in and adds depth. Cocoa, molasses, and a touch of coffee come through. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. This definitely leans towards the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on a black IPA and it is worth a try.

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Photo of mjl21
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Hop Odyssey: Black IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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