Citra Session IPA – Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA, USA)

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Citra Session IPA – Green Flash Brewing, 4.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

on the front-left label:

Epic Journey Limited Release

We believe in continuously evolving. This means crafting and sharing special release and experimental brews to inspire and enlighten your palate. Our passion for hops presents infinite possibilities. We are constantly exploring new hop varieties, fresh combinations and innovative brewing methods. Embark on an epic journey and discover our limited release Citra Session. 100% Citra Hops”

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ratebeer‘s definition of Session IPA

“The term Session IPA describes a category of beers marketed for their hop-dominant flavor profiles at “sessionable” levels of alcohol. While this is typically 3.2 – 4.6 percent alcohol, a few have stretched the definition. This class of beers arose in 2010 out of the Craft Beer Tradition as a reaction to the trend of increasingly strong beers and greater public appreciation for hoppier profiles around the globe. It is differentiated from American Pale Ale by typically being lower in alcohol and usually having more hop-dominant profiles. While hops used are typically American Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, proprietary/experimental and South African and other hops may also factor into a Session IPA hop bill.”

  • Style: Session IPA
  • Taste: Grassy-piney soft orange-grapefruit bitter peel hops
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn (Bby, Hastings)
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not for me anyways

Visual: Pours clear golden amber with a small creamy head, a thin layer of micro retention, lots of slow and steady streams.

Nose: bright lemon-orange-pine with some pineapple, quite fruity. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, citrus hop oils

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) resin, barley malt, orange-grapefruit peel,  -> transitions to dry, fizzy-light creamy mouthfeel

Finish: grapefruit bitter hops, lingering hopped bitter finish.

Summary: My first “session” IPA, basically lots of hop flavour with a much slower alcoholic buzz. Okay I guess, goes better with a meal. Unfortunately the citrus oils disappear as the beer warms, leaving only the bitterness behind.