OK, yesterday, I did a review of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest. Today, it’s back to your regularly scheduled IPA reviews. This time, it’s Soul Style, a single IPA from Green Flash. Yes, the maker of the popular double IPAs such as West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Palate Wrecker, and Road Warrior among others, has finally released a modest single IPA in 6-packs. From the brewery:
Our brewers rip—creating huge and complex double and triple IPAs at the pinnacle of craft beer enlightenment. Soul Style is their effortless and pure manifestation of the Single IPA. Citra, Simcoe 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 a wave to soothe your soul.
Soul Style pours a goldish orange with a nice fluffy white head. I get some tropical and floral notes on the nose, and the taste is mango and pine. The label claims Soul Style to be “Bright and Tropical,” but I don’t find the hops to be terribly bright. The bitterness of the hops linger a bit longer than I’d prefer, which knocks this beer down a notch or two. This is a classic west coast style IPA, and if you like a little more bitterness in your hoppy beers, this is a good one for you. For me, I’m spoiled on IPAs that pack a lot of aroma and flavor with little lasting bitterness, so this one kind of misses the mark. I was hoping for more from it, because at 6.5% ABV, it appeals to me more than the big double IPAs that I’m used to seeing from Green Flash. It’s by no means a bad beer, but there are better options on the shelves here in Louisiana.