In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Green Flash Brewing Co. Soul Style IPA

Aroma: “Hints of grapefruit, pine resin, and subtle dank hops character. A very subtle malt sweetness underneath the hops, but only faint and not competitive.”

Flavor: “Very malt-forward profile for an IPA, with caramel and honey plus a hint of sherry oxidation, solvent, or metallic. The bitterness is well-balanced, delivering the bite you want without being painful, but hop flavor is really subdued. Hints of lemon pith and herbs. Finish is mostly bitter and somewhat dry, yet not out of balance or over the top.”

Overall: “The hops chosen are interesting, but the malt profile has trouble supporting the bitterness despite it being a very malty IPA that harken back to earlier IPA times. Not as flavor-forward in the hops as other contemporaries— not off, but simply less exciting. Well executed though and very refreshing.”