Thursday, July 9, 2015

Green Flash Soul Style IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1392) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2015
So many breweries are making big, bold, gigantic IPAs it’s not too often you see a brewery touting a “single” IPA anymore. Green Flash is, though, with their new Soul Style IPA – a classic West Coast-style hoppy brew with a great combination of hops that create for a lovely aroma and delectable palette.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had a best by date of 10/23/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Light orange/dark gold color with mostly clear body. Carbonation is always visible. Pours to a fairly large, white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Grassy and floral hop aroma; slightly spicy yet also bright and tropical.

Taste: Simcoe, Citra and Cascade might be the three most popular hop varietals in the American craft beer market today. Though simply throwing them in a brew doesn’t automatically make it great – they have to be used at the right time for the right reason. I’m not a professional brewer (obviously), but I’d say Green Flash figured out the right combination on this beer. Slightly grassy and spicy up front with citrus rind in the middle and a moist juicy flavor on the finish. It claims to be 75 IBUs – which is pretty high – though the actually bitterness seems rather tame. A dry bitterness at the apex of the swig is strong but doesn’t fatigue me. The malt even seems to have a bit of a caramel or bready component – making this a well-rounded brew. It does feel a bit repetitive after a while, but I enjoyed it to the last drop.

Drinkability: This is pretty much what I would consider the perfect delivery for an IPA to take. The mouthfeel is plenty weighty with the right amount of carbonation. Not quite crisp, but far from syrupy. Plenty of flavor in the mouth with a remarkably clean aftertaste considering how hoppy the beer is. At 6.5% ABV, Green Flash Soul Style IPA is exactly what you want in a single IPA. Thanks for making me appreciate what can be done with this “smaller” style, Chuck.

Score: 9/10

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