Hop Odyssey: Symposium IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Symposium IPAHop Odyssey: Symposium IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sweffin on 09-08-2013

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i love ipa, always have, always will, but it has lately baffled me that green flash keeps putting out one after the other, and some not all that different from their predecessors. this is great ipa by any standard, but sort of combines the gross overbittered nature of palate wrecker with the hop intensity of a green bullet, and a mouthfeel not way different from west coast ipa, at least on the grain side of things. im all for small tweaks and improvements and experimentation, thats how we evolve and learn as brewers, but this just doesnt seem all that distinct from the rest of the green flash ipa portfolio. it is tasty and insanely bitter, but froths up nicely on the palate with great carbonation and a jovial fruity finish among the bitterness. it lasts forever after the swallow, and is well made beer, as they all are, but i just dont really see its contribution to the whole, as in, i will happily drink it, but it doesnt add much.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/4/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/31/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a piney burst of hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

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

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Photo of mactrail
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Quite handsome orangey amber with a long-lasting pure white foam in the tall Maredsous goblet. Pleasant enough citrus and pine aroma.

This just seems like the classic old-school bitter bomb that made San Diego famous. It's all about the grapefruit pith. So sharp and acidic it's hard to drink. Harsh but clean bitter bite. Dry and unforgiving.

For slaves to the hop goddess only. My mouth is still salivating involuntarily. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market in San Diego.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD of 05/4/15

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Minty & catty, with some tobacco, grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, orange & grapefruit rind up front, some pineapple too. Leafy & grassy hops as this warms, faint breadyness, more grapefruit, some dryness & orange peel. Finishes dry, a little piney, with grapefruit rind & a little breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, skews over carbonated towards the end., nicely balanced

Pretty good, not great, drinks easy enough, hops didn't completely blend that well. Id like that Green Flash is rolling the dice & taking chances, not all come up 7s or 11s...

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Photo of Sweffin
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro Tap.

Smooth, not overly hoppy. Carbonation seemed really low - don't know if that was just the nitro getting to me. I could hardly sense a change in mouthfeel between the head and the beer itself. No really defining taste characteristics. More or less a run of the mill west coast IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru copper body with one finger head and lace ring down glass. Citric hop aroma with some bitter earthiness/dirt to hops. Hopped up brew that's enjoyable but not much more than some citric hops with possible grapefruit sweetness and a little bit of maltiness. Not much more to elaborate on as this is an OK but not spectacular brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woody, herbal nose with light mint, bread and biscuit. Pours gold with a slight haze under a big, stiff soapsuds style persistent off-white foam cap. Turns bright as it warms. It is creamy, juicy and fruity on the front of the palate becoming bitter and dry on the finish. Medium to medium full body, rich creamy texture created by fine soft carbonation. A big, bold beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin head. Aroma is blatantly hoppy. The hops are perfumey and floral. Citrusy, too. Malt is more than noticeable. Flavor is individual. It makes me smack my lips. Hard to truly describe what the hops are specifically donating to my taste buds. Bittersweet overall flavor. Floral hops and plump citrus hops. Another West Coast hop attack from Green Flash. It has a unique flavor from the hops which slightly differentiates itself from many West Coast IPAs. Resinous. Lip-smacking hoppiness. Plenty of bready, caramelly malt. Finishes dry after the sweetness subsides. Medium body and carbonation. Not too shabby.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at sams in Durham into a shaker.

pours a copper color with a nice head, not much lacing. grapefruit and citrus fruit dominate the nose and you're not bombarded by hops. taste starts off with some mild hops followed by a big citrus fruit flavor and finishes with a nice bitterness. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall another impressive IPA from green flash!

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

Had on tap at the Angels Trumpet House last night.

Classic IPA served golden orange with nice aromatics and a nice tilt toward the bitter side.

Another solid GFBC IPA!

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Completing the Hop Odyssey from Green Flash, another great bomber in the series. Great combo of 5 hops and bitterness. I can't wait for them to open here in VB!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very dark in here, but it looks hazy gold/amber. Head and lacing looks good.

Sprite white grapefruit and floral aromas. Some papaya in the mix. Not super tropical, but it has a vibe of coastal fruit trees. Light and hoppy.

Crispy hoppy with mintiness and grapefruit and tropical fruits. Papaya and starfruit. Very dry, all things considered. Very bold in its hoppiness, but it doesn't disappoint in drinkability. Medium-light and crisp. Rather nice, really, but I do just love that Green Flash hoppiness.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Best by date is 05/04/15. 30404B0051801

Pours pretty clear, orange/yellow, with a big nice head that fades slowly in a mattress. Seems to be starting a sheet of lacing along the side. Smell is a little hay, a little wet greens, a little pine.

Taste is sadly reminding me of old hops. Not too far gone. Strong ambiguous bitter finish. Some pine, intense grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, a little filmy. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold in color with a fingernail of off white on top. Heavy lacing is present. Excellent clarity. Aroma is a blend of pale malt and citrus hops. I taste a strong citrus hop presence in the foreground. It quickly fades into the light malt. This is a thirst quencher. There's some light chewiness but it is overall fairly smooth.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; burnt orange colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit and earthy with mint and black pepper behind that;

T: tropical fruit, earthy, and malt sweetness up front; finish is long lasting and dry with a little grapefruit;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; alcohol is lightly warming;

O: interesting, but not a personal favorite;

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a thin white head that holds on throughout the beer. Leaves a smidge of sticky lacing. The aroma is mild citrus and floral hops. The taste is much more robust citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, a little malt sweetness, and a little floral hops, too. The body is nice, a little lighter, with just a little bite from the hops.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obtained as part of the 2008 BIF race package from Eyedrinkale, 2008 Symposium IPA came in a 12 oz. bottle with a surfing themed label. The beer poured very clear, pale golden in color, and had a stable head at two fingers thick. Like the looks, the smell was also standard West Coast IPA fare with spicy, pney, citric hops dominating. The taste was bit more complex than typical for the style, as the hop bitterness and spice was matched up with a malt bill sufficient to yield 7% ABV and give some sweet backbone. Finish was citric sour and dry. The body felt thick enough to hold up the flavor but was not sticky. Another well made example of the style.

P.S. - Available in Georgia as of April 2015.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

As usual, Green Flash brings it. This is a pretty freakin' intensely bitter IPA. Definitely more on the "juicy" side of things, with a bit more malt than is usually seen in an IPA. Despite the color/amount of malts, it's a quite bitter IPA... bitter enough that I don't think this is an IPA I could drink much of. The flavor there is most definitely good though, and it's overall refreshing.

Enjoyable, but definitely not Green Flash's best effort.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber picked up Jan 2015 at Total Wine Perimeter GA

L - Pale yellow, with 2 fingers of head, clarity, and lace left all over the glass

S - A hopgasm explosion. Mostly bitter hops but some citrus notes come through as well

T - Bitter and grapefruit! Nice malty backbone, and hidden ABV. Tasty as hell

F - Medium bodied and bitter finish.

O - A combination of West Coast, Palate Wrecker, and green bullet. Another great IPA from Green Flash

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery – 01/22/14
Served in a slender tulip glass

I am guessing this is a reincarnation of the Surf’s Up Symposium brew…

A: Caramel orange color body with some peach tones and a bit of noticeable hop haze. Half finger of frothy paper white on top with good sustainability. Light splashes of lace dance across the glass after a few sips.

S: Lush floral hops on the nose with a firm dank weed aroma. Has that distinct dirty herbal weed stem aroma to it with a soft mix of citrus and pine underneath. Dash of pale malt sweetness but mostly a nice hop forward aroma here.

T: Orange citrus and flower blossoms with some dank weed intertwined. A subtle caramel malt kiss emerges with some soft baked breads as well. There is a relatively high amount of bitterness to the beer but it’s not terrible sharp on the palate. Really well disguised with the alcohol. Nice balance with the hops and light sweetness.

M: Frothy and lush carbonation with a nice drying finish. Peppery bitterness. Long lingering resins.

D: Symposium is a solid hop forward IPA with nice drinkability and well hidden alcohol. Nothing ground breaking by today’s standards but still quite enjoyable none the less.
Good to go. Made a prime candidate for my growler fill.

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Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a nonic glass at Red's Alehouse in North Liberty.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Restrained grainy toast and herbaceous/floral hops are underwhelming because the nose must strain to even detect them.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with hearty pale malt and very clean grassy hops aromatics. Transitions are easy and balance reigns throughout the profile. Moderate bitterness in the finish is accented with Simcoe-style dankness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Solid but hardly a standout, this limited edition IPA really drinks no differently than Green Flash West Coast IPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Green Flash pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces beautifully.

S: Herbal, some pine, a little citrus, and a touch of light caramel malt.

T: Resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit rind, little lemon and orange, hints of tropical fruit, dank herbal notes, and a touch of light caramel malt sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Good strong brew, right on the boarder of my preferred flavor profile, but well done.

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

Poured a copper color with a 3F head in Spiegelgau glass. The head quickly resolved itself.

Aroma: different than other Green Flash IPAs. Possibly the Tomahawk hops. This beer is less citrus, heavy on the pine. Pungent, Earthy pine.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

Taste: transitions well from the aroma. Earthy pine. Some citrus.

The finish is a sharp and hoppy.

Overall: an excellent IPA. However, I personally prefer more citrus in an IPA. The beer packs a lot of flavor in 7%.

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Photo of ali1987
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured in a pint glass at World of Beer with a single finger white foamy head on a golden clear body. Great lacing.

S: Lots of citrus... Grapefruit, orange, etc. Slight hint of caramel sweetness with some wet sock damp undertones....

T: Citrus notes follow the nose in the taste... Very hoppy.

M: Moderately carbonated & dry.

O: Good IPA! Would definitely have this one again.

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