Green Flash Jolly Folly IPA

Green Flash Brewing Co – Jolly Folly IPA

Brewed by: Green Flash Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: American Style
  • Seasonal: Yes (Winter)
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • IBU: 71

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse,
All of our tanks were fermenting,
In our busy brew house.

Suddenly one of our brewers,
Pushed a button in haste,
Making a $%*# load of beer,
Instead of a case.

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock,
When we heard of the mix up we exclaimed,
“What the %&*#?”
We gave it a taste, and to our surprise,
The beer was AMAZING. It brought tears to our eyes!

Wonderfully citrus,
And piney like trees,
Its fresh hoppy fragrance,
Made us weak in the knees.

We cheered, “Happy Holidays!”
And we bottled with glee,
Put Jolly Folly IPA on your wish list,
And share two or three.

Hops: Soul Style: Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade. Pure Hoppiness: Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Nugget .

Malts: Soul Style: N/A. Pure Hoppiness: Marris Otter.

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the new Green Flash branding, with red label background.

Color: Semi-hazy copper.

Aroma: Tropical undercurrents, with prominent pine.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Specialty IPA Glass

Green Flash’s new seasonal ale, Jolly Folly IPA was brewed as an accident, and lucky for San Diego this was not the first holiday mishap they’ve had. Back in 2010, there was an incident with a batch of Hop Head Red, resulting in one of our all-time favorite Green Flash beers — Winter’s Folly.

When we heard about this release, we got all excited thinking they re-created the missed steps and re-released Winter’s Folly as Jolly Folly IPA. But no, this creation was something new, when a bright tank was filled with about 1/3 Soul Style on top of the 2/3 Pure Hoppiness already in the tank.

While picking up our bottles at the brewery, Jolly Folly IPA seemed to have a moderately piney aroma, but sometimes those little taster glasses don’t do the beer justice, as turned out to be the case here. Once at home, Jolly Folly IPA smelled like a sappy pinecone, or fresh cut pine tree right out of the bottle, so we immediately opted for our Spiegelau specialty glasses to maximize aroma.

Jolly Folly showed off that semi-hazy coppery hue typified in West Coast style IPAs. If you take a peek in the gallery, you can see it perfectly retained the color of its two component beers. (L->R: Soul Style, Pure Hoppiness, and Jolly Folly). They all look alike, don’t they?

This India Pale Ale poured a modest head with a finely whipped, pure white topper. It was highly effervescent, with bubbles racing up like snowflakes in a reverse snow storm. Jolly Folly demonstrated excellent retention, with a quarter inch covering of creamy froth throughout the session, which left behind plenty of lace rings in the glass.

Before we get into the flavors, its also worth noting what Jolly Folly’s two components profile like by themselves:

  • Soul Style: slightly bitter, with tropical undertones and mild orange citrus finish.
  • Pure Hoppiness: more of a biting resiny pine bitterness, with a malty sweet drying finish. Also very hefty 10.1% ABV.

The end result of this blend was a poster boy of a West Coast style IPA. It was super crisp, not overly malty, with generous amounts of resiny pine hop flavor up front. Jolly Folly was not a shockingly bitter pure hop bomb, but fresh pine notes definitely made their presence felt.

Jolly Folly IPA’s finish was so clean! Sappy, resinous pine evaporated right off our palates, which were overtaken by a less intense wave of citrus with a touch of sweetness. As the citrus passed, it left behind a pleasing gentle bitterness.

This special release was not only a tasty IPA, but we learned it helped satisfy our hoppy cravings during the onslaught of dark spiced ales and winter warmers. A hoppy way to perk up your palate! We would tell Green Flash to be a little more careful brewing beer around the holidays, but Jolly Folly IPA marked their second delicious accidental beer…

Final Score: 4/5

4 Stars

Green Flash Jolly Folly IPA has been one of the best beers of our holiday season. If you love piney hop laden beers with a citrus kicker, and want to know what its like to drink your family’s Christmas tree, go pick up a bottle of this holiday accident miracle.

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