Beer Review: Green Flash Symposium IPA

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Got a review of a Green Flash IPA from their Hop Odyssey series which has brought some pretty great beers in the past. Symposium comes in at 7% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy light glowing copper with a very thick 1 and a half finger head that makes for some sticky lacing.

Nose: Super piney, resiny and floral. Really nice spicy vibe to it as well. Some pungent grapefruit in there as well.

Taste/Mouth: Grapefruit, grassy and earthy that finishes slightly dry and piney. Grapefruit flavor lingers throughout the taste and in the finish. Good malt to back up the brutal bitterness. Really good feel to it, bitter and brutal but still drinkable.

Price/Availability: Seasonal following the hop odyssey calendar. Pretty good pricing around $7.

Overall: Nice seasonal IPA offering from some of the masters of west coast IPAs. Just make sure you catch it when it first is released as Green Flash beers tend to become shelf turds. This beer or any of their IPAs fresh are great bets though!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada/Bells Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale

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Getting toward the end of the Beer Camp Across America pack now, after this only three more to go. In this review I have Maillard’s Odyssey the Sierra collab with Bells Brewery from Michigan, an imperial dark ale. Bell’s is a brewery certainly known for their dark beers such as their porter, Kalamazoo stout, Java stout and Expedition stout to name a few. I was excited to try this one since I enjoy all of the beers aforementioned and I had heard mostly good things about this beer as opposed to some of the others in the pack. Maillard’s Odyssey comes in at 8.5% ABV and 40 IBUs.

Appearance: Pitch black beer with no light piercing through. About a 1/2 – 1 finger brown head. Really amazing lacing on this beer as well. Loved everything about the appearance of this one.

Nose: Huge amounts of coffee. Chocolate, toffee, caramel and lots of roasted malt as well. Pretty much nailed the aromas for this one on the label descriptions. Really enjoyable beer to take in, spent a lot of time enjoying the nose of this beer.

Taste/Mouth: Really nice coffee and roasty flavors and some nice chocolate flavors as well. You get a little caramel. Most flavors carrying over from the nose of this beer. Nice thick body lending to a full mouthfeel which finishes with a nice roasty dry burnt molasses flavor. Really interesting and complex beer with lots of layers to it. Warmed up well.

Price/Availability: One time only, unfortunately.

Overall: Bell’s nails their collab with Sierra by producing without a doubt one of the best beers in the pack, probably in my top 3. Very complex and rich beer would love to have it again.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Green Flash’s Citra Session IPA

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Follow up my Flying Dog Single Hop Citra Imperial IPA up with another Single Hop Citra beer this time the Citra Session IPA from Green Flash. From their Hop Odyssey I was very excited to see this on shelves in NJ this past week. Also knowing it was fresh is also a huge plus since you never really know with Green Flash beers, they tend to sit on shelves quite a bit unfortunately. Citra Session comes in at 4.5% ABV and 45 IBUs.

Appearance: Golden yellow with no haze, perfect clarity. Good 1-2 finger head and incredible lacing. I like the updated Green Flash labels as well.

Nose: Tropical fruit and citrus fruits up front especially getting a lot of mandarin and grapefruit in this one. Some pine and resin; smells  nice and sweet. Big aroma with a 4.5% beer.

Taste/Mouth: Nice amount of bitterness and light-medium carbonation gives a nice bite on your tongue and makes it an easy drinker. Really very light and refreshing and very drinkable. Really nice citrus notes in the flavor from the exclusive citra hopping. Balanced out by some biscuit and grassy malt notes. Awesome approachable and drinkable beer so easy to kick back and enjoy.

Price/Availability: Rotating availability but this is the first time I have seen it bottled. $6 for a bomber is a pretty fair price especially considering Green Flash can sometimes be a little overpriced.

Overall: Great showcase of citra hops in this very drinkable Session IPA. I would definitely revisit this beer many times in the future. Will definitely grab it whenever I see it!

Grade: A-