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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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 817
Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with a half finger of white head. The nose is nicely hoppy. The flavor profile is generally like every other session IPA - Light on the malt with a comparatively strong hop finish. Perhaps this one has a bit more body than others I've had; that's all that all that makes it stand out.

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Photo of jlanagnost
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at a Whole Foods after work. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass and had a clear, golden/orangey color with a nice fluffy head. Smelled of hops and citrus, and tasted similarly with primary taste of citra hops and orangey, slightly lemony, tangerine-ish type of combination in the after taste. Very refreshing, and very smooth, a really enjoyable beer.

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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 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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Photo of jancona
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Beer Store in Malvern, PA which encouraged me to get a 6 of bottles.
Pours transparent gold with light off-white foam and nice lacing.
Smells of grapefruit, little bit of a peppery note, tangerine rind
Taste comes through with tangerine, lemon, and a touch of grassiness and seltzer. On tap it had a bit more of the fruit and less of the grassiness.
Overall this is an excellent session IPA, it actually has some character and body. For my tastes a lot of the session IPAs have a seltzer note to them that is off-putting.

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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 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 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 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 ovaltine
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Golden straw, semi-translucent, 2+ fingers of beige head. Beautiful beer.

Smell: Citrus (duh), but also some pineapple maybe, or passion fruit. Very nice.

Taste: Really bright up front, the hops ride all the way through, lots of citrusy flavors.

Feel: It's effervescent at first, but then finishes almost syrupy. A bit of a head scratcher.

Overall: This isn't on the level of Founders All Day IPA, but it's a very nice entry into the burgeoning field of sessionable IPA's. I'm a big Green Flash fan, and I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold beer with a nice fluffy head... Kicks off aromas of floral citrus, suggesting oranges and tangerines and the like - the tastes follows suit, lots of citrus juice and dust, light-medium feel, ample carbonation; drinks fast and easy; great aftertaste, moderate bitterness. If you're gonna go session, this is a great choice.

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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 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 justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Straw with 1 finger of white head. Crystal clear.

Dank, Juicy Fruit, papaya, and honey. Fairly light aroma.

Dank greens, Juicy Fruit gum, and papaya. Firm biscuit and honey backbone. Finishes with bright florals and grapefruit zest.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-dry with moderate carbonation.

A great tasting Session IPA. A lot of flavor for the low abv.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by Dec. 30, 2015. I think their dates are 6 months after bottling, so this is just about a month old. I don't care for session IPAs much, but the Citra sold me. The hop aroma is the best thing about this one. Drinks super smooth, as a session should be I guess. Kind of wish they just made a standard IPA like this, it would be better.

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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 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 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 bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange with good-sized white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Definitely Citra hops, with orange, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: The Citra hops are strong here too, with the same orange, grapefruit and lemon. Some toast and biscuit malt backing. Quite bitter on the finish - more so than most Session IPAs.

Feel: Light to medium body, but certainly not thin. Moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Very solid Session IPA that shows off the Citra well. Maybe a titch too bitter for the desired easy drinking session experience.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Republic. Into a shaker.

Makes for a pleasant pint if you want a low abv and a little hop fix. Well constructed and the citra shows up very nicely...could allow a little more citrusy sweetness in, but still nice. Like many session ipas, it leaves me thinking the British and German low abv styles do it best, though.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Orange in color with great clarity. Fine-bubbled white head settles quickly and leaves spotty lacing in its wake.

S: Mango, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, peppery hops. Whiffs of grain, toast, and a dab of dried caramel barely pull through.

T: Mango and apricot slices. Leafy, earthy, and peppery. Stiff bitterness. Grainy malt base feels emaciated. Hop bitterness clamps down hard on the finish with a leafy, earthy, and oily bite.

M: Light bodied. Thinly creamy. Prickling carbonation. Gripping astringency.

O: It shocks the palate with high bitterness and astringency, but once it adjusts there is some enjoyment to be had. Still, the thin body coupled with high bitterness hinders drinkability. It's a typical critique of this new session IPA 'style'.

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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 Absolut
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour with a thin white head. Smells of citra and earth. Taste is a milder citrus flavor with a touch of earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a tad too sparkly.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at South Park Tavern. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with a hint of orange/peach to it, with a nice thick white head with plenty of persistent white strands of lacing.

Smell: Citra hops - nice citrus and leafy/herbal notes.

Taste: Citra hops backed with a nice bready malt for a nice light sweet accent/counterbalance to the citrusy bitterness. Finish is grapefruit, citrus tartness, leafy, with a little bit of a lingering malt beeriness as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation. Light as you would expect, but not watery. Not too much stickiness on the teeth either.

Overall: Very drinkable and indeed a nice session ale. Full flavored and went well with the meat lovers pizza at South Park. A beer that I could easily drink more of, but one was just right and enough - again, a nice session IPA.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice beer, though for my taste too bitter for the ABV. Would have preferred to see it clock in at 45-50 IBU to allow the citrus flavors shine a little more.

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Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 817 ratings.
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