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

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPAHop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
818
Reviews:
120
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

on tap at freshcraft. this is a pale golden brew with a bone white head, looking delightful from the tap, appealing even on a hangover. the nose isnt as distinctly citra hops as i hoped it would be, although it is indeed hoppy and still quite fruity, lemons and tangerines come to mind. the malt bill is real simple on this one, just straight ahead two row type, fresh but nice and delicately dosed. the hops are aggressive in the finish, never coming bitter, but certainly oily and pungent. there is a funny sweetness to the finish that almost seems to come from the hops themselves, which is confusing and not unappealing, but adds length and weight to the finish. i do like the mouthfeel though very much. carbonation is all jazzed up while the body stays light but not watery. one of the better session hoppy beers going i think. i like the idea of a citra hop identity, but its "west coastiness" gets in the way of the specific hop varietal really maxing out its potential i think.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but isn't nearly as citrusy. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is light but is all about the dry hopping. It's a nice IPA if you are loonking for something that is sessionable.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even in light-bodied form, that irresistible taste of "citra" proves to be crisply seductive and reassures why its the best hop variety on the market.

Even lighter than Pale Ale, this lightened IPA pours with the golden-straw appearance that's common with Blonde Ale and Kellerbier. While its hoppy haze is evident, its frothy character builds with a fluffy whiteness that withstands the session and laces calmly.

Bright hop aromas exude with ripe tangerine, busting red grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and mangoes. Its blend of citrus and tropical fruits extends well beyond the sharp citrus tone of classic IPA, but is rounded, verbose and highly aromatic. With the tinge of malt in the background, it makes the scent seem candied and breaded- if only for a brief second.

Its delicious flavors are highlighted by blood oranges and tangerines. Ripe ruby red grapefruit, mango and Tropical Fruit Punch rich and fructose upstart is supported by light cracker-like breads and a light glaze of honey or soft caramel. Jetting past a quick middle, the light bodied ale finishes with a crisp, clean and refreshing citrus bitterness with a kiss of pine, grass and chive.

Medium-light in body, the ale is at the forefront of the summer trend- to deliver the taste of IPA in a body, strength, and simplicity of ale that's even lighter than classic American Pale Ales. Minty, grainy and crisp in its finish, the ale celebrates more drinkability than it does complexity- though its depth is readily apparent.

And its just the thing to allow a high rate of consumption without the threat of inebriation- this ale has got to be perfect with Indian cuisine or spicy American pizzas!

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3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver. Surely this will appear in bottles around here soon, but ya never know.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two disrespectful fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent webbed chain link fence lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of musty, estery pine resin, zesty orange and white grapefruit rind, gritty, grainy pale malt, muddled tropical fruit, and further leafy, weedy, and bitter floral hops. The taste is acrid citrus pith, a more sedate pine forest floor greenness, middling crackery pale and caramel malt, a fading south seas fruitiness, and some tame earthy, leafy, and weedy hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and playful strengths, which manifest in a tingly frothiness, the body just on the low side of middleweight, and more or less smooth, the hops taking a pass here, and mostly adhering to the campsite rule. It finishes trending dry, the hops and waning malt coming to a certain form of truce.

For this unnecessary IPA sub-style, this is alright, as the malt doesn't disappear into the shadows as readily as the norm (and this is Green Flash, after all). Easy to drink, good and hoppy, and good and gone, until the next one, of course.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out clear and golden with an inch of foam; splashy lacing action

Smell: Floral and dank; surprisingly bitter aromatics

Taste: Bready malt with a building bitterness; piney and dank, with just a hint of tropical fruit; the bitterness builds through the finish and is quite sharp

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something more floral and filled with tropical fruit flavor; when I didn't get that, the beer was a let down

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/4/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, floral, grass, pine, light honey, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine.grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, mango, pine, light honey/bread and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a godo bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent session IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. BB date stamp: 13 Jan. 2016. 65 IBU. 4.5% ABV.

Sparkling clear golden-honey colored body topped by a weak head that does manages to leave a very durable but thin island of foam on top for a good while, and to leave some spotty lacing.

Strong Citra hop aroma - no watered down IPA here.

Flavor: Mild for a West Coast IPA, but admirably flavorful for a 4.5% ABV ale. Very low bitterness for style, especially before the finish.

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 818 ratings.
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