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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: 117 | Ratings: 815
Photo of emount91
1.39/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

really didnt like this one at all, pours a clear dark orange with little to no head. smell is flat, some hops come through but mostly smells like a cup of water. taste is not hop oriented at all. very very malty for a single hop IPA that is attempting to showcase a specific hop. the biggest taste here is the water for me: doesn't taste clean. feel is the only thing good about this beer, but still not awesome (actually surprising for Green Flash). maybe i got a bad bottle but i will NEVER be drinking this beer ever again.

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Photo of Pawoto
2.75/5  rDev -30%

I almost didn't buy this because everybody keeps telling me that Citra smells like cat pee...just kidding. Citra hops are amazing. I almost didn't buy it because it was $8 for session beer! The same price as a bottle of DINNER! GTFO...but here we are.

1/24/15 drink by date poured into a Hill Farmstead glass - 1 inch + head with giant bubbles. Light straw color.

Smell is definitely citra but a lingering smell that I would describe as "pilsner-ish" - not a great nose.

Really sharp, borderline offensive, taste when it hits your lips.

Overcarbonated - way overcarbonated for my liking.

I'm a CITRA lover - can't get enough of it - but this was a big miss for me. Lots of better session IPA's out there. Still probably better than cat pee.

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Photo of denver10
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours yellow golden with a white head. Aroma is tropical fruity, grassy, and some cracker. Flavor was way underwhelming relative to the aroma; cracker and grassy bitterness mostly, a little tropical fruit. Crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, disappointing beer. A friend recommended this one to me and I had high hopes for it. Wouldn't bother with again though.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very hop forward IPA, very low abv, so it lives up to the name. Kind of a watery mouth feel and not much flavor beyond the bitterness of the hops. Not bad, I enjoyed it for the most part, but was not outstanding.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%

Bottle from Tipples with Best By date 01/24/15, poured 11/8/14. Pours hazy yellow with a one finger white bubbly head. Big Citra aroma of lemon rinds, pine comes, sweet honey citrus, a little soapy. Flavor is extremely raw vegetal hop flavors, low bitterness, barely any malt backbone but a lightly sweet honey lemon flavor. Super light body, some funky off flavors. This is a bit of a miss for me from the guys that usually do good stuff with hops. Meh.

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Photo of bobhits
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw orange color. Light carbonation, with a light speckling of carbonation.

Mangos, grape fruit, clean nearly non existent malt, no spice or funk or rye like notes. Very clean.

Blend of hops provides fruity notes, orange, mango, light bitterness. Crystal malt blends in with the hops, not real sweet notes.

Very light body well below a pale ale, clean, but not overly refreshing.

This is solid but seems to miss on a few notes. I'm not sure the solution here, Citra is great though.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. 30406C0050753 is the code on the bottom. I don't know what it means.

Pours hazy yellow with a slight bronze hue, biggish coarse head that fades slowly, plenty of carbonation. Smell is moderate old hops (wish I could read that date code). Some lemon, cut grass, fairly mild aroma.

Taste is thoroughly bitter, still a slight old hops presence. Inoffensive, but not too interesting.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, not bad. But not that good.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look is a bright golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Smell is citrus, orange and im getting some hay as well. Taste is much the same, including that weird hay flavor. Maybe my bottle is off, but something doesn't seem right. Will change review if the other bottles are better. Feel is light and decent carbonation. Overall not a good beer, and citra hops are usually my favorite.

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Photo of BB1313
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/15/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves very nice lacing and retention. The aromas are somewhat underwhelming. Lots of fresh grass. Subtle citrus notes. Some malts in the mix. The flavors are full of fresh grass as well. Subtle hints of lemon. A touch of pine. Solid bitterness. It's ultimately clean. The mouthfeel is great. It's light, but has a nice body to it. Active carbonation and very smooth. Easy to drink.

I guess I was expecting more from the citra hops, but the craftsmanship is on point, just like most Green Flash beers.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/4/15.

Appearance: Very pale with great clarity. Nice stream of effervescence cascading towards a thin white head.

Aroma: Super dank, incredibly aromatic.

Taste: A dank hop assault. Literally tastes like they brewed with cannabis instead of hops. Really no malt flavor to speak of but not watery due to the deep hop character. High bitterness here but given the low 4.5% ABV the IBUs are probably only in the 40 to 50 range. Unfortunately missing a juiciness that would really make the flavor stand out. Lively finish and dry aftertaste of hop bitterness and dank tones.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body. A bit excessive with the carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not quite what I was expecting from an all citra beer. Didn't get any citrus or fruity flavors. Quite expensive at about $8 for a bomber of such low alcohol beer. Would I drink it again? No, I've actually had this on-tap and wasn't impressed then either but figured it deserved a legit review.

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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, another hoppy, citrusy, refreshing beer. Nice golden orange color with whiffs of hops and ripe citrus. Great tropical citrus taste and a nice semi-bitter finish. Great session IPA...

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Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing. Excellent brew day beer. Big orange and grapefruit notes. Hope that you like Citra! Finished clean and crisp, without being overly dry. Another really well done example of an IPA from Green Flash. Nothing totally mind blowing, but this was a good brew.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Bev Mart $2.25 12oz.
Clear golden color
Slight bitterness, some citrus taste, smooth
Light mouth feel
Low carbonation
Overall an easy drinking beer. If the price was about $8/6-pack I would buy it, but not at the price point it is here.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft in shaker pint glass.

Golden in color, white head, good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma - citrus fruit hop flavors as expected. Thinner body and taste, but better than most session IPAs I have had.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at D&T Drive In, Houston.

A: Pours a crystal clear and pale straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Orange and lemon rind. Kind of pithy, and a quick grapefruit bitterness flashes in the end for a second. Nothing lingers.
T: Orange rind and grapefruit bitterness. A cracker and grainy like malt character. Bitterness follows, and fades to nothing in the finish.
M/D: A light body, and not very much carbonation. Dry, but very thin. I wish this was much more effervescent and crisp. Not hard to drink at all. I can put a few away with out a thought.

Don't get me wrong, I like this. Though seems a little ho hum compared to the likes of All Day IPA, and some ultra local beers I have had around Texas (Calma Muerta comes to mind). Still enjoyable for what it is, and I love how more breweries are doing more sessionable beers. Overall, not the best I have had in this niche style, but still worth a try.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how to rate this beer since it's more an experiment or education thing (which I applaud Green Flash for doing). A few things I learned: one general observation with session IPA's, this included, is they tend to drink better a few degrees above usual serving temps. Right out of the fridge seems especially bad for sessions IPA's. Another thing I learned is that Citra as a bittering hop is not recommended. For me, I think it just amplified the cat pee and ammonia notes you sometimes get with Citra. I've had several beers dry hopped with Citra and don't really get that, but with this beer (assuming Citra is used throughout the hop additions), it's like fingernails on a blackboard, something is just not working, it's harsh and astringent to me, what I would think ammonia tastes like. Citra can be a wonderful, fruity, tropical addition but the bitter just took almost all of that fun away. Last thing I'm learning, again more a general conclusion, is 65 IBUs (per the label) is too much for a 4.5% beer. That might get back to Citra being a bad choice for bittering, but I've noticed this with other beers...tone it down!

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Photo of K-Dog
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of session ipas. Thought I would give this one a try. Nice golden appearance. Fairly hoppy smell. Taste was ok at best. I would rather have founders all day ipa or southern tier tangerine when I want a session ipa.

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Photo of harrymel
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waddell's

Golden with a sheet of whites. Smells like Citra hops: grapefruit, onion, musk, body odor and some fruits; a touch of grain and biscuit in the back. Flavor is nice and balanced with bitterness and slight sweetness from the malts. The hops are fruity with a bit of B.O. Light bodied with moderately hi carb and a a semi dry finish. Decent beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best by Dec 15, 2015, plenty fresh.

Pours a decent creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild soapy lacing, mostly clear slight chill hazed and hints of sediment golden honey color.

Nose brights hops of course, little dank musty note, orange zest, some mild tangerine and tree fruit, little grassy floral note, mild bitter rind, mild sweet malty aroma, little juicy.

Taste brings more hops, fruity, tree fruit, little tangerine apricot note, some mild orange zest, mild dank resin, big bitter grassy spicy hop, little sticky resin note from the musty dank hop. Light malty flavor, hint of sweetness. Dry finish, long bitter spicy rind finish, very bitter.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall eh, some decent hops, but I expected a lot more citrus orange like, more tangerine, etc, but it was much more mild than I expected, and instead mostly spicy rindy hops, malts were ok, fair sessionable, very bitter long finish.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color, a little hazy, with a large head and great lacing. Aroma punches you in the face with tropical hops. Lots of fruit in the flavor, but as is the case with session IPAs, the balance is totally off. No malt presence to speak of. Light to medium bodied with long lasting hop flavor. Better than a few others I've tried in the style, but far from great.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into a Teku glass. Golden orange with a small amount of white head.

S - Not very aromatic, but light orange citrus.

T - Juicy orange with a bit of lemon citrus that is quickly overtaken by hop bitterness.

F - Medium bodied. Starts very refreshing, but finishes a bit dry, light, and watery.

O - The Citra flavors are its saving grace. A bit too light and watered down with not enough nose.

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Photo of charlatan
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Brewed in cojnuction with Banks's. On cask at Wetherspoons in Glasgow. Gold colour, white head; lovely pine and citrus nose with some tangerine. The taste is a competition between oily tangerine to grapefruit and some generic cereal flavour with the citrus easily coming out on top. The feel is the sole downer here. Difficult to explain, but it sort of collapses in the mouth. Odd.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Leftovers Cafe. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Orange body, mostly clear. Nice white head and some lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, and a bit of an oniony hop aroma. Simcoe maybe. Some grain.

Taste - Citrus and grapefruit hop. Very grainy. Bitterness builds quickly. Pithy bitterness. Resiny in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and over bitter. Drinkable for sure, but a little abrasive.

Overall - I'm enjoying all of these session IPAs. Glad to see a return to sensible styles here.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Citra Session IPA from their Hop Odyssey series for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. This one sounds pretty good with how warm the weather is today and I'm interested to try, so lets see how it goes. Best by December 15 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's a little plain and not too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden yellow color that took on more of a orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some nice citrus and tropical fruit like aromas with a light floral and green hop aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart sweet malt and sweet bread like aroma with just a little bit of pale malts and doughy yeast showing up. This beer has a good aroma, I like the bright fruit hoppy aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that they did in the aroma, but the fruits are a little less juicy this time. Up next comes a slight metallic taste and it followed by the same malt aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's higher amount of light bitterness with a fruity hop and bread malt aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hops were a little brighter like they were in the arom with no metallic aspects.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, on the thick side being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was nice and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style, but I felt like the metallic flavor held it back a little. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the metallic flavors and that the hops weren't just a little brighter when it came to the taste. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. It's not a must try session IPA, but isn't something to avoid either. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with just a little work this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Green Flash beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little more worth this could be right where it needs to be.

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Photo of mac31
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Danky, citrus notes crash the palate right up front. A minor, subtle but sweet candy nuance hidden amongst the big hoppy notes. Tropical notes surface from time to time as well. Bitterness drops off rather quickly. Big resin and grapefruit in the finish. Grains noted in the finish. Dry, thin bodied beer, as expected. Big time West Coast IPA flavors packed in a session IPA. To me session IPA evokes the idea of putting a few back. I could not put a few of these back, not easily anyway-it would take some effort, which shouldn't be the case for a 4.5% beer. This is too West Coast, on the bitterness, for me. The early kettle hops need to be dialed back a bit and added along with the late kettle editions, for my palate preference. If you like WC IPA's, this may be the one.

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