Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPAHop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 817
Photo of russpowell
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Opens with a solid whoosh!

Pours a light gold with some effervescence & 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing (4.75)

S: Catty, dank, piney & grassy (4.75)

T: Grassy, citrusy, piney with light malty sweetness up front, some minty notes as well. Dryness, pine & cattiness as this warms, leafy hops as well. Finishes crisp, dry, grassy & catty (4.75)

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good balance (4.5)

Drinks very easy, a nice session IPA. Green Flash: You did yourself proud with this one! Maybe the best session IPA I've had! (4.75)

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Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this a month after its best by date and it is still very good. Citrus nose scented with grapefruit, a little earthy mustiness, berry and melon. Pours pale gold with a slight haze under a 2” off-white foam cap. While the head descends fairly quickly it is very lacy. On the front of the tongue the beer is all melon, tropical fruit citrus suspended in a very creamy solution that becomes increasingly bitter as it moves to the back. The beer clears and the melon becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The beer has a lot going on for 4.5 abv, is very drinkable and refreshing and has a delightful, creamy texture making it very sessionable.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden color, full of carbonation & pours about a half inch of head.
S - citrus galore. no yeast or grains whatsoever.
T - super crisp, same citrusy pineyness you would expect
M - cleans the palate nicely but does not overpower it
O - More please. This was awesome.

Outstanding beer- I honestly do not think Green Flash can make a bad IPA.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a sucker for a great Citra IPA and Green Flash delivered here. Great Citra flavors and next to no malt character, which is what I look for in a Session. Can't wait for my next one!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured into a tumbler pint at TapWerks in Oklahoma City.

Crystal clear gold with a frothy white head and loads of chunky lace. Gorgeous citra nose - lemon-lime, grapefruit, and white grape - with a palate that follows suit, hyperfocused on hop taste over bitterness. Malt bill is light but noticeable, a mildly creamy combo of caramel and white bread. Finishes spicy, crisp.

Love this beer - one of the only session IPAs that comes close to Founders All Day. This is on par, if not surpassing that high watermark. Excellent.

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Photo of CCStix
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light straw colored, 2 finger head that stayed around for a while. Decent lacing.Slight haze.
S: Pine and citrus galore! As a hop head I was very pleased by the pungent and powerful hop notes this beer gave off.
T:Very mild on the malt but a great balanced hop flavor that was mild to medium in bitterness. Easy drinking and smooth.
M: Nice resin and oil from the hops, good light bodied maltiness that is well executed.
O: I was drinking Ruination earlier in the day and I wanted to dial back on the alcohol without giving up hoppy goodness. This beer did not disappoint! Maybe it was an extra fresh batch but the aroma was as good as Green Flash West Coast IPA, and the low alcohol content was really refreshing. The flavor was great overall and I loved the resinous mouthfeel. If I could get this year round I would love it, this is a beer for drinking or sipping. If you want a great IPA lower in abv and cals, this is a world class winner from GF.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citra hop scent with big hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, and melon. Dank hints of pine resin and some grassy hops. Soft pale malt backing with hints of cracker, grains, and yeast. A very good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and dank hop forward taste with big notes of citrus and pine. Big upfront taste of citra hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, apricot, melon, and passion fruit. Spicy notes of pine resin along with some grassy hops. Light backing malt presence with notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A great version of a session West Coast IPA. Big juicy hop flavor with a light smooth body.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-yellowish orange, very little head
-Light lemon, light pine. No heavy hop smell. Some grains
-Cracker malt backbone fronted by pineapple, light mango, subtle pine
-Crisp, bubbly, zippy

-Very nice. Balanced light mouthfeel but i enjoy the thinner subtle ipas. Would drink all the time.

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Photo of CoachC
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is wow. This is definitely one of the best sessionable IPA's I've ever had. On tap at the World of Beers in Midtown Miami. Poured a beautiful light copper color with a nice 1 inch foam head. The aroma was of sweet, citrusy hops. The taste was also of pungent citrusy hops that invaded my palate with authority. Not much bitterness at all. If you like hops, give this a try. It does not disappoint. Cheers!

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Photo of Cobrito
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never understood all the anti-Green Flash negativity on BA, at least in the "most overrated brewery" threads, where GF often gets cited. I generally love the GF style, which is NOT the hop-everything-to-death that its critics claim.

That said,I was not all that excited to try this one, as I am generally not a huge fan of "session IPAs." But this one is just so so solid, and for all the reasons that I find GF to be so reliable: The mouthfeel is a fantastic balance of hops with sting and pungency and malts that provide a luscious body. I find that most GF beers do this exceptionally well. They are not just hop bombs. And even this 4.5 ABV beer has the complex palate and glorious finish that makes beer so enjoyable. More substantial and more-ish than your typical session IPA. Great beer for an afternoon of surfing or laying on the beach.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Golden blonde with ok lacing.

S: CITRA. Spicy and citrusy.

T: Lots of hops. Light, floral and citrus. Fresh grass after rain.

M: Light carbonation. Prickly.

O: Excellent session IPA, right up there with Burley Oak's Afternoon Delight. Also, a great single hop IPA.

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Photo of RedDevil36
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. I had my first Green Flash as part of a flight in Worcester, MA at a pub. Saw this bottle at the Bier Cellar in Portland, ME and did not hesitate. Just a great IPA.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bright yellowish gold, nice head that dissipates somewhat quickly. smell is all hops. if you like citra this one is for you. taste follows with abundant hops and almost no malt. I love the bitterness that comes with this beer. I will be buying more of this very soon.

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Photo of rand
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From growler to pint glass.

Light golden-tan in color, the beer forms big sudsy head resembling a bigger brew. Wafts of citrus and pine are quickly detectable, vintage Green Flash, although the citra hops are distguished. The flavors follow, but the hop-profile is surprisingly bold for the style and pop on the palate. Super-citrusy, with notes of rind and salt coupled with a touch honey-sweet malts. Expectedly light-bodied, the brew is refreshing and drinkable and disappears from the glass before you realized you drank a beer. This should be made more often, a perfect summertime brew for those that want a little more flavor in their sessions.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lite pale yellow clear body. Poured with a half inch white head. Aroma is huge citra lemon aroma. Lots of citrus fruit flavor. Really good. Not the typical citra hop beer taste.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The color is golden with a orange tint. Thin white head produced and minimal lacing as consumed.

Aroma- BIG aroma of pungent mango, citrus, passionfruit, and grapefruit. Slight bready nose in the background but the pungent tropical hops shine through.

Taste- Nose really lets on that this is going to pungent as hell and delicious too. Once again mango, grapefruit, citrus, passionfruit, the list goes on. Bready notes become increasingly noticeable as it warms up and provide a nice balance to bone dry hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Clean, crisp, and easy drinking. Most importantly for a session ipa this has enough malt body to make for a well balanced beer.

Overall- This is an incredibly flavorful ipa that could easily fool me into thinking it was 6% not 4.5%. Big pungent tropical hops at first followed by a dry hop finish with a bready malt to round it out. Somewhat reasonably priced at $6 bucks and I really wish this came in 6 packs. This is proof that a session ipa can be as well made as higher abv counterparts.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of the bright hops with a light malt body. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and tropical notes. Moderately bitter. Malts come in next and add a bit of pale malt with bready and some grainy sweetness. Malts are light and this leans towards the hops overall. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice session IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a fresh white head and very nice lacing clinging to the glass
S-citrus and dank dusty citra hops with lemon grass
T- nice hop bite first with musty earthy lemon lime citra hops ...then sweet malts and bread equalize this very drinkable and tasty brew
M-hops up front with a lingering pine bitterness medium + carbonation
O- a full flavored session ipa/ipl this was IMO one of the best in this style of session ipa/ipl hops were up front and still there on the finish very very good

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks clean and bright. Clear, light golden. Not a ton of head. Smell is heavy tropical fruits and citrus.
Really nice punchy hop presence, but crazy dry, easy drinking finish, with the slightest of grain sweetness. A favorite in the session IPA category.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Nice color, but this beer is not as good as I would expect, Light in color but nice balance in hop balance. This is a good beer. I have had better but this one of the better ones I have had in the style. Green Flash makes some good beers.

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Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Triangle Wine. Best by date is 1/23/15.

A - Golden and quite clear with a moderate white head. A steady rise of bubbles give it a liveliness.

S - Fantastic citrus at first though fades a bit and gets a little grassy.

T - A wonderful citra example with nice hop flavor and a mild bitterness. Some toasted malt comes through.

M - Moderate consistency with an active carbonation though not distracting in any way.

O - A tasty yet refreshing beer. As good a session beer as you'll find.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a Pint glass showed a nice thick white 2 fingered head sitting atop a clear light Golden brew, aroma is straight up Citra Hops and grapefruit rind. Sipping past the thick head you get the welcomed bitter tang flowing from front to back on the tongue,it stays there just long enough for you to want another sip. The Session style of IPA's is a new beast for me and my concern was taste...or lack there of...but this has everything flavor wise without the ABV that could cut your night short if not careful. The mouthfeel is dead on and satisfying, overall this is a fine brew that I would grab again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Crisp pilsnerish tan color. 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Looks like a tasty IPA for sure

A - Grapefruit, citra hops

T - Huge grapefruit taste, extremely tasty for a light IPA.

M - Medium bodies and well carbonated

O - One of the better session IPA's I have had for sure. Green Flash never disappoints!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Nice glowing orange. A finger of white head.

S - A light citrusy aroma with a stronger hop bitterness

T - Classic west coast dankness with a solid garlic/onion presence. Hops aren't as strong on the taste; the same goes for the citrus.

F - Light, but not thin. Perfect for a session IPA. A nice lingering orange juice on the finish.

O - Solid session. Ideal for cans...

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Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear gold body, OK head retention and lacing. Aroma is dank citrus peel over light grain. On the palate there is nice citrus pulp and peel flavor, with low front-mid palate bitterness. On the finish there is much more peel oil bitterness, and only an OK texture.

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