Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 75 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

Enoy a SoCal summer year round with Tangerine Soul Style IPA. This delectable brew is a one-way ticket to taste bud paradise. Relax and take in the brilliant golden orange color and fresh aroma of effervescent tangerine and orange. Tangerine zest carries throughout, accented by bright, flowery tropical flavors and a sweet finish. Brewed with American caramel malts and a blend of Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops, this is a beautiful brew to behold. ” Best by 04 NOV 16

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  • Style: (flavoured – tangerine zest) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Bright aromatic tangerine zest citrusy barley malt soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $2.50 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: awesome

Visual: Pours a deep tangerine orange with suspended sediment, a lasting super creamy 1mm head, half sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose:  faint citrus hops, tangerine juice. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, smooth entry

Mid-palate: fine CO2, (lvl-4-sweetness), bright tangerine zest, clean citrusy barley malt

Finish: tangerine peel oil exhale, soft bitter hops

Summary: Wow, such a balanced and fragrant IPA. The tangerine zest adds a very clean and flavourful boost to the existing citrus notes from the hops. A grade higher than the original Soul Style and something I would definitely drink again.

Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 75 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

Our brewers rip-creating huge and complex double and triple IPAs at the pinnacle of craft beer enlightenment. Soul Style IPA is their effortless and pure manifestation of the single IPA. Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops are layered, allowing bright tropical waves of flavorful citrus and floral notes to break gently on the palate. Get stoked on a laid back single and ride the wave to soothe your soul.” Best by 23 APR 16

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Even balanced sweet malt/citrus hop/light grassy oil medium sharp bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in my top 5

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with a medium lasting head, 1mm retention, lots of singular steady micro streams.

Nose: tangerine-mild peach hop oils, background malts.(lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth fine CO2, immediate soft bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet barley malt, bright tangerine citrus hops

Finish: resiny-grassy, medium sharp long lingering bitter grapefruit hopped finish.

Summary: (mine had Best by 23 APR 16). A good even balance of malt and hops while showcasing a decent amount of tangerine brightness from the hops. The length and depth of the citrus aren’t particularly noteworthy however.

Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)


Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 5 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale.

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  • Style: (flavoured – passion fruit tea, passion fruit juice) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Juicy fruity passion fruit pineapple soft tart-tangy subtle tea minor palate roughness
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.70 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a go

Visual: Pours translucent yellow straw orange without much of a head, thin ringed retention

Nose: soft sour-tangy, very light fruity funk, real passionfruit juice(lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: medium-tart, soft crisp bite

Mid-palate: juicy passion fruit, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, wheat malt, passion fruit seeds

Finish: subtle dried tea notes, wheat malt palate roughness, soft lingering sour-tangy

Summary: Very juicy and bright fruity, and very little if any funk/pukiness that you would expect from the passion fruit additions – well done. Mostly clean except for a bit of manageable palate roughness at the finish.

30th Street Pale Ale – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

30th Street Pale Ale (APA) – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.0% ABV – 45 IBU, 12 oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

“IPA on any other street

A hop-forward and locally inspired brew, this Pale Ale pays homage to San Diego’s craft beer corridor-30th Street. Uniquely floral and fruity notes from El Dorado, Cascade and Warrior hops mingle with a hint of crystal malt, to build the flavors presented in our legendary American Pale Ale. Well-bittered and dry hopped this longitme neighborhood favorite is bold enough to suit the discerning palates of hop heads in the land of sunshine and IPA.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Very bright clean tangerine-generic floral hop toasted barley malt dry resin-grassy hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.60 (after 12.5% off) – 12 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: Pours barely translucent orange with a smallish head, a superfine layer of micro retention, suspended sediment, clustered steady streams alongside tight singulars.

Nose: citrusy floral hops, malty backbone. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine entry, very crisp bite

Mid-palate: more fluffy creaminess, very bright tangerine-metallic hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), toffee toasty barley malt

Finish: LONG length dry soft bitter resiny hops, dry grassy finish.

Summary: Supremely clean hop oils and an amazing creaminess to go along with it. A bright showcase of the hops – thumbs up for the consistent quality of Green Flash brews.

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.