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

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPAHop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of brentk56
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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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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Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a large head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head sticks around nicely and leaves excellent curtains of sticky lace.

S - A pungent aroma of lychee, white grapes, citrus, and berries.

T - Lightly sweet, slightly grainy malt up front with clean bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a slightly fruity hop profile, supplemented by a bit of grapefruit.

M - A light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable and light with an excellent hop aroma, the body and flavor are a bit of letdown by the middle of the glass. This beer avoids the excessive bitterness and astringency that some session IPAs have due to being overly dry, but it would still benefit immensely from a bit more body and a touch of sweetness in the finish. Still the hop aroma is magnificent and goes a long way towards making up for the shortcomings in the flavor.

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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 chinchill
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/26/13 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, some citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with big pure white billows of foam in the tall Peroni Lager glass. Sharp and spritzy on the tongue.

Just enough of a hint of malt and a faint sweetness. Lemony with just a hint of passionfruit. The hops are bold without the excess bitterness that plagues the "Session IPA" variety. The body is light, the attack is crisp, and the finish is aromatic with the citrus fruit lingering on the lips.

A great quaff. I'd like to try it on tap. One of the best of the lightweight IPAs out currently. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

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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 Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev -1%

I appreciate the chance to try this bottle, thanks Alex -poured chilled from the bomber into a glass. Review from notes A-4.25 S-4 M-3.75 T-4 O-4

The color is golden with clear visibility and carbonation is visible with fast rising bubbles with thick 2 fingers of foamy white head with wispy lace that collects bead is fine. The smell has a very citrus and tropical aroma with lots of tangelo, grapefruit type citra aroma with mild dank herbal component. The feel is very tangy with bitter and citrus acidity with very low sweetness and moderate carbonation with light toasted texture and dry long finish.

The taste is very rich with citra hop flavor which has a dank herbal and mild grapefruit tanginess in the front end with mild malt backing up the hops with gentle sweetness -the taste is relatively dry with a zesty finish. This is a pretty decent Session style IPA the hops are the focus but it still is drinkable without a lot of astringency from trying to push it to the edge

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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 flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: a medium orange hue with no haze and a light effervescence. There's a finger of frothy ivory foam atop which looks pretty good. Attractive.

Smell: lightly lemongrassy citrus hop aroma with a light sweetness. Not strong but well-composed and refreshing.

Taste: a little bit richer in the flavor than in the aroma. A bit citrusy, like the aroma, but also a little bit dank which rounds out the flavor a bit. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: not a bad beer at all. Maybe not the most complex thing in the world, but it is highly refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle dated 01/24/15. Sampled on May 4, 2015.

It pours yellow with a tremendous, long lasting white foamy head.

The aroma is subtle but that may be due to it being three months old. However I pick up citrus, grass, floral, and some toasted malts.

Medium body.

Same toastiness at first in the taste but the grassy and citrus hops kick in quickly and pull the flavors together at the end. Mild bitterness.

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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 Axnjxn
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham.

pours a darker yellow with not much head. smell is big on west coast hops. taste is nice. bitter for sure , but a great taste profile. hard to believe its only 4.5 and very impressive for it. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall definitely a good beer and at 4.5 you really could drink it all day.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot of hops - more than I expected), some citrus, a little malt, and a bready / grainy quality. A bit overhopped in my opinion, but still a pretty good flavor. Easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer with some flaws. Not my first choice among American IPAs, though.

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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 cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at Sierra Grille, Northampton, MA.

A- Golden pour from the taps with a pinky high frothy head. The white crown falls to a small ring and drops thin sheets of lace.

S- Sessionable Citra wit mostly hops up front lending tangerine, orange, mango and floral tones. Very small hint of base grain.

T- Follows the nose almost like a copy with the same balance and idea. Dank weed hops drop apricot, earthy mango, lime zest, tangerine and floral notes. Dusty cracked pale grains and slight bread. Sessionable Citra hops.

MF- Foamy high end carbonation helps a slightly creamy texture come about. Carbonic acid on the tongue and an ending of light bitterness.

Certainly a Session brew right off the bat keeping things simple with Citra and clean yeast. Dank and somewhat fruity and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best By Feb 03 16
A - slightly hazed and deep golden in color with a creamy ivory head that holds good retention
S - fresh tropical fruit aroma with passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and mandarin; sweet caramel malt with some honey in there also
T - quite bitter with more pine and mango than tropical notes although there is some passion fruit, pineapple, and orange rind flavors in there as well. Caramel malt is light and weak for a backbone in comparison to the bitterness
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation, finishing pungently bitter with pine and orange zest lingering
O - this is one of the better "session IPAs" I've had, but it could use more malt to balance it out better.

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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 AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at the brewery.

Very pale, lightly hazy. It smells tropical - mango and pineapple. It tastes divine, explosions of bitter fruit. Cleanish finish. No lingering bitterness. Excellently sessionable, and definitely enjoyable. Highly recommended; perhaps my second favorite hop.

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