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
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.