Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When you think of the Citra hop you probably associate it with being a citrusy smelling and tasting hop (duh, right?). Though I find the hop is actually more herbal and earthy than it is citrusy, and if you need proof of that just refer to Green Flash Citra Session. Though there are some citrus components to it, I would not say they are the predominate flavors. It’s closer to a New England-style IPA, and that it’s done as a SIPA is pretty impressive, too.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had a best by date of 12/15/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Mostly clear shade of orange. Pours to an average-sized white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Huge grass and herbal notes; almost like an onion or garlic patch. There is an underlying sweet fruity scent as well.
Taste: If I were drinking this beer blind I would not likely think it’s a San Diego brew as it tastes like something from the opposite end of the country. Much like the nose there’s a strong herbal and grassy taste to these hops. Onion, garlic and grass are all quite prominent along with a light peppery sensation on the finish. There is some malty character which is quite interesting, though. Minor notes of toasted bread with marmalade and maybe even a hint of coffee. On paper these flavors might not sound like a good combination, but in the mouth they’re actually quite enjoyable. This is one of the most unique Session IPAs I can recall having.
Drinkability: Green Flash Citra Session delivers as its subgenre style promises. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, though there’s a quite potent bitterness and a lingering hop sensation. I would not consider this beer refreshing – almost the opposite, actually. It does have quite a lot of flavor and complexity for 4.5% ABV, and the body is a bit heavier than I’d expect (or prefer). Based on delivery alone this could pass for a standard IPA.
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazed orange color with a medium white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of citra hops, tangerine, orange peel, tropical fruit, mango. Some Green Flash house yeast in the aroma as well. Flavor is bright, lemon and grapefruit notes, medium bitterness. Light bodied with above average carbonation. Very crushable.
degbert (1487) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep gold with a high, lacy, bright white head. Nose is herbal, barnyard, and funky; not terribly strong, and I’m not getting much citrus at all. Toffee sweetness up front on the palate, followed by a soft, floral bitterness; really clean, though with somewhat soft edges and a little bit of a soapy overtone. No IPA crispness; it’s somewhat murky. Finish is long and it wanders a little. Goes well with channa. I want more definition on this.
drpimento (2641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super easy drinking beer. Lots of lace and long-lasting had with a clear amber color. Excellent body. Flavor is spot on for the style.
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy, light fruity. Fruity, crisp hoppy. Bitter, smooth fruity and crisp hoppy. Smooth fruity and smooth fruity finish.
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of hop pellets, orange zest, tangerine, herbs, rose stems and more subtle passion fruit, hop resin and caramel. Appears a golden copper with a quick receding foam. Taste is nice and refreshing with tangerine, honey, mango, sweet papaya, sugared caramel, sugared hop pellets, sweet lemon peel, sweet kumquat juice and sugar topped toffee. Finishes with a clean hop bitterness that drys out some of the sugary notes. Overall, not bad at all. There is a sweet honey kumquat overtone. Not too thin bodied.
jkwalking05 (4370) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Orange color and clear with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is of dank hops, mango, star fruit, and grass. Taste is of grain, dank, moss, papaya, and oranges.
mR_fr0g (6539) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 1. Clear golden yellow coloured pour with a fine white head. Aroma is mice fruity lemon, tea bag, fresh on the nose. Flavour is light and fresh grains, sharp lemon, fruity, lemon. Peach, palate is spritzy. Light and airy, solid session IPA.
Troupis (138) - - AUG 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love citra hops and this is 100% citra! It lacks complexity which shouldn't be surprising but stops this from perfection. Nonetheless, it's refreshing yet bitter and filled with fruits and citra hops. Expected a bit more aroma but still sweet smelling and it carries into the beer. Good stuff!
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GenDV138 (4122) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, hop oils, light floral notes. Tastes of pine, citrus, floral notes, light tropical fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty nice.