Most of us know the drill around here. In January the shelves and bars are stocked with Winter Ales. Then around April the so-called Spring seasonals arrive. Before long Summer arrives and with it light, refreshing ales and lagers. Finally around September the german lagers and belgian farmhouse ales start creeping into inspirational consciousness.
Some call it the seasonality of beer and others call them seasonals. To us it’s the circle of brewing that makes up a good craft beer or brewery. So we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t inform you of something unique from the folks at Green Flash.
Introducing the Hop Odyssey
With their roots firmly planted in the land of sunshine and IPA, Green Flash Brewing Co. has pioneered the west coast’s signature hop-forward brewing style for over a decade. Inspired by their own long journey of hop-exploration, Green Flash co-founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley are pleased to introduce “Hop Odyssey” - the national release of 6 diverse, hop-centric beers on draft-only, a brewery voyage that will extend over the next 12-months. The 1st Hop Odyssey beer (a Black IPA) will debut in February, with a new release slated for every other month in 2013. Through Hop Odyssey, Green Flash places a renewed emphasis on their notoriously hoppy foundation and embarks on a year-long journey that will offer a dynamic, flavorful draft lineup to ignite the palates of craft beer enthusiasts and devoted hop heads everywhere.
“We wanted to hone our focus on the range of flavor that can be achieved with the use of different hop varietals,” explains Green Flash Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. “By utilizing new hop varietals coming out of the Hop Breading Company in Yakima, WA as well as the previously developed hops, we have the opportunity to be innovative while we continue to re-brew some of our favorite hoppy recipes from the past.”
Those that might be salivating at the chance to try a different Green Flash IPA should note the following beers.
Green Flash Black India Pale Ale, scheduled release for February
This American-style Black IPA is nearly jet black and perceived to have high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. The appearance may trick you into thinking you are about to enjoy a traditional stout beer when in fact your senses are about to be overwhelmed with our Black IPA. Juicy, fruity, floral, and pine from Pacific Northwest hops gives the beer a classic West Coast IPA hop character. The Black IPA is further characterized by a balanced and moderate degree of caramel malt and subdued dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. 7.2% ABV, 85
Hops used: Warrior, Citra, Cascade
Imperial Red Rye India Pale Ale, scheduled release for April
Bigger, bolder, and hoppier is what you get in Green Flash's Imperial Red Rye IPA...how unusual! This is quite possibly the most amount of flavor that can be packed into a glass of red ale. Columbus hops set the stage for the newly available Mosaic hops (released in 2013) to shine through the rich crystal malt base and a touch of rye malt adds a spicy dryness to accentuate the hop character further. 8.5% ABV, 80 IBU
Hops used: Columbus and Mosaic
Citra Session IPA, scheduled release for June
When new and unique ingredients become available we often feel inspired to make a new brew highlighting that ingredient, here we are highlighting a newer hop variety called Citra. This pale gold Session IPA is brewed with high quality Maris Otter and Vienna Malt but the flavor is dominated by the Citra hop. 100% Citra hop is used to bitter and flavor the brew with additional Citra in the dry hop for aroma intensity. Citrus notes of lemon, orange and grapefruit are the main traits of the hop with light floral and lemon grass undertones. The abv at only 4.5% makes this hop laden brew an easily sessionable quaffer. 4.5% ABV, 45 IBU
Hops used: Citra
Cedar Plank Pale Ale, scheduled release for August
This hoppy pale ale starts out as 30th Street Pale Ale and then undergoes Spanish cedar aging. Wood aging imparts an intense cedar aroma which dominates the dry hop. The flavor contributions from the Spanish cedar include peppercorn spiciness and a tannic dry mouth feel that makes the hop flavor and bitterness linger in the finish. The wood adds a fun and unique twist on a classic American Strong Pale Ale, “The wood is good!” 6.3 % ABV, 45 IBU
Hops used: Warrior, El Dorado, Cascade
Symposium IPA, scheduled release for October
We originally brewed this beer for the 2008 Craft Brewers Conference for the attendees that came from all around the world. The 2008 Symposium IPA was brewed a la San Diego Style with inputs from several brewers around town. This IPA is highly quaffable, pale copper in color, and lighter in body with a profound emphasis on hop extravagance as we added hops at every step throughout the brewing process. We all enjoyed the beer so much that we just had to bring it back for our 8th Anniversary in 2010. Now it’s being released as key brew for our 2013 Hop Odyssey. 7% ABV, 75 IBU
Hops used: Simcoe, Tomahawk, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial
Double Columbus IPA, scheduled release for December
Brewed with 100% Columbus hops this double IPA is an absolute Columbus hop bomb! Its resinous hop character comes through with huge grapefruit zest and pine notes throughout the brew. The big juicy, fruity, citrus hops add a resinous and almost sticky hop presence in the body making the medium body from crystal malts seem even richer and fuller. This is a hop head’s treat! 8.8% ABV, 98 IBU
Hops used: Columbus
In case you didn’t notice from the list, there are some rare drafts being released to a larger audience. As with most beer releases you should expect to find all 6 of the Green Flash Odyssey series beers on draft and in bottles throughout the Northwest. As always you are encouraged to ask your sever or grocer to order some, if you can’t find any.
About Green Flash Brewing Co.
Green Flash Brewing Co. is located in San Diego, California, and was founded in 2002 by Mike and Lisa Hinkley. Brewmaster, Chuck Silva, leads brewing operations. Green Flash is an award-winning brewer of fine, hand-crafted ales, and specializes in brewing assertive and distinctive beers, such as the nationally acclaimed West Coast I.P.A.: an award-winning beer whose wide acceptance has helped define a category. Green Flash brews ten styles of beer regularly, on draught and in bottles as well as a growing lineup of seasonal and special offerings, including several barrel-aged beers, throughout the year. Please visit the Green Flash website www.greenflashbrew.com for more information.