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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 bump8628
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tapwerks in OKC, tapped in the past 24 hours so this should be a fresh tasting. Off the bat it's a big hit of dirty herbal notes and orange oil. If not for the name I would be guessing Summit is at play here. Going further I get weed, onion, thyme. Malt is basically absent, as one would expect in a 4.5% version of a west coast IPA - faint crackery pale malt pretty much sums it up. Coarse herbal bitterness leaves a lingering, but not unpleasant, finish. Bitterness isn't overwhelming given the ABV. I love Citra but in such a low alcohol beer that is relying solely on hops for complexity a blend of hops would be better. Happy I had the opportunity to try it. The Hop Odyssey series is bringing some nice stuff to Oklahoma.

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

Pretty solid session IPA, but I really feel like it could use more citra hop character. It just wasn't quite bold enough in the flavor department. I'd drink it again, but I thought it was better a couple years ago when I had this on draft.

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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 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 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 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 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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