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Belgian Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Belgian Coast IPABelgian Coast IPA

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: b2611 on 10-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a small tulip glass a hazed deep burnt orange infused golden with a blooming sticky white head atop that leaves multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of stone fruit and powdered sugar up front,mild phenols and lemony hops are detected as well.Yeasty flavors along with some grain notes at the onset,dry and slightly spicy with lemony hops playing a role.Iam learning slowly that Belgian IPA's are not tongue buckling hop bombs, and I like hop bombs, but I like this beer,it's dry and not overly yeasty.

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle....(Did I really pay $5.39 for the single bottle!?! WTF, should have checked the sticker price a bit closer)

Medium almond amber, a huge head results from a moderate pour. Fluffy and frothy and slowly relaxing down to a thicker film and leaving nice fine wispy lace.

Ripe tropical fruit nose.

I'm kinda disappointed with this one, sort of mushy mouth feel wise and quite on the mellow side hop wise. Two fine brewers but really no fire works here. Everything seems kinda muted, not what I was expecting from Green Flash and St F.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Produced on 15/07/2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves some decent lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and fairly earthy aroma with good hints of citrus and Belgian yeast. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of funk, clove, and white pepper. Earthy hop presence with some hints of grass and pine. Citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Also some fruit hints of green apple, pear, grape, and banana. Hints of bubblegum and some candied sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a juicy, yeasty, and earthy Belgian style taste with big notes of fruit and yeast. Upfront Belgian yeast with a taste of clove, funk, and white pepper. Mix of hops with earthy notes of grass and pine. Citrus hops with some juicy notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and lemon zest. Juicy taste of green apples, banana, pear, and white grape. Also some notes of candied sugar and bubblegum. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat oily. Finishes very dry.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian IPA. Good balance of Belgian yeast notes and West Coast IPA notes.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured alight hazy dirty yellow color ale with a giant foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with light dry hoppy notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also a nice mix between light floral hoppy notes with quite a bit of fruity ester and some residual sugars and that whole mix is backed up by a solid Belgian malt backbone. Body is about average with great carbonation. Probably not hoppy enough to be considered a Belgian IPA but nice drinkable beer nonetheless.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive, half glass off-white head with good retention and sheets of lacing. Nice spicy aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, citrus hops, fairly complex stone and tropical fruit. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malt, Belgian spicing and yeast, light toffee. Finishes with lingering citrus hops and allspice. Medium bodied. A pleasant Belgian inspired IPA with an almost winter warmer spice complement that is just assertive enough to be supported by the malt and yeast flavors. Finish is a bit thin, leaving the spicing a bit aggressive in the aftertaste, but overall a nicely done Belgian IPA.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of grassy and citrusy hops—grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast along with a mix of grassy and citrusy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present, but this is mostly overshadowed by peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The Belgian influences on this beer seemingly outweigh the American ones, but this is an interesting blend of the two styles. I liked how the combination of grassy and citrusy hops almost resulted in a lemongrass-like flavor.

Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know that many people are unhappy about this winter and the ongoing series of snow days that are eroding the summer break, but I am actually all for it. I have a huge backlog of beer here at Chez Woody and as such, I am being diligent about clearing it out. Thus begins the Collaboration phase of today's program. Purchased at The Fridge and set aside, this beer's day has come!

From the bottle: "Bottle-Conditioned Ale"; "Product of Belgium Ale"; [undersigned] [?] Brewmaster Brasserie St-Feullien [,] Chuck Silva Brewmaster Green Flash Brewing Co."

How was I able to discern Silva's name? His penmanship was better, plus I know the man personally, as he is a friend of my cousin, Colby Chandler, specialty brewer at Ballast Point B.C.

If it says "bottle-conditioned" and evinces a slight haze, is a heavy-handed pour appropriate? NO! I was as gentle as I would be with a virgin. This resulted in mere wisps for head until I employed the servers' trick and produced two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Again, why would you disturb the lees if it is clearly marked as bottle-conditioned? SMH. Nose smelled like lying in a field of wild mint during the summer and taking a deep breath. Wow! The meadow below my maternal grandparents' house when I was growing up held just such a field and my maternal aunt took my brother and I out to pick a bunch of it and then showed us how to make tea from it. This is exactly what this beer smelled like! Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated, but with big bubbles, rendering it soft, rather than scrubbing. The taste was definitely minty hops, but underlain by a strange, fruity mustiness, not totally unlike Duvel. Wow. I know that I have complained about the Cascadian/Black IPA style in which the dark malts seem to overwhelm the hops, but just as I like White IPAs which enhance the hops with spices, this enhanced the hops with yeast. This was bottled 15 July 2013 and my aging did not seem to have harmed it in the least. The finish was bone-dry, just the way any respectable IPA should be. The yeast had done its job and the hops had not faded in any way. You can bet that I will be looking in The Fridge's cooler to see if any more exist.

Photo of Eisen
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz into a tulip glass: A hazy light amber/yellow with a fluffy white head that fads into sticky lacing. Smells like tropical fruit, grass. Tastes bitter and dry, fresh cut lawn, banana bread, a bit of metallic nuance, which is not as bad as it sounds. Dry and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, for the price and the brewers this beer should be better. It was a very nice beer, but it was not complex in a good way or balanced as it should be. It's missing any largeness.

Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very large head of at least four fingers. It recedes slowly and in a rocky fashion. Leaves only a few spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is orange amber and cloudy.

Pale malt with a touch of orange sourness to the nose. Light floral hop behind this. Even lighter Belgian yeast aroma.

Mild lightly toasted malt up front. The swallow becomes harsher with biting pine-like hop and the yeast notes. The long-lasting aftertaste is stronger still with plenty of black pepper and lingering raw hop on the roof of my mouth. The body is appropriate but the carbonation is quite high.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The love affair of California's Green Flash Brewing and Belgium's St. Feuillien is rekindled with an "American-forward" Belgian-style IPA that highlights the best of American hops and Belgian yeast for a highly complex and compelling ale that trends bitter and dry.

With a rich honey color, the beer is slightly of dark gold and mildly amber. Its faint haze shows off those goldenrod highlights beautifully through a diffused glow. A creamy, off white head races to the surface to cap the beer with a tall column of foam. Partly lathery and partly zesty- the beer speaks to both Belgian and hoppy influences as it trails with a smattering of residual lace and a long-lasting foam stance.

Surprisingly toasty and biscuity, the scent of savory bread crust leaps right out. Then comes a waft of perfume, caramel, fruit and spice as the layers of complexities unfold one by one. Lightly bruised apricot, coriander, cardamom, and a potpourri of fragrant herbs and grasses give the ale a tea-like note heading into taste.

As in the nose, its taste moistens the palate with the savory malt taste of melanoidin-rich toasted bread and biscuit-type sweetness that's lightly of shortcake and caramel. Like cashews, the brazen malts melt on the early palate and allows for freshly zested oranges, tangerines and lemons to wash over the middle. Lightly tropical and floral the taste of apricots and mangoes- both of the over-ripened variety to abound; just ahead of the rose hips, coriander, cardamom, chamomile and tea-like herbs that round out is flowery taste. Finishing spicy and bitter, the ale leaves the palate with a mild soapy impression.

Medium-dry on the palate, the beer's hearty malt structure and creamy-type carbonation sides with what's expected of American IPA, but lacks much of the more expressive carbonation of Belgian ale. This keeps the beer modestly fuller than expected, even as its spicy alcohol, lightly resinous hops and trailing sweetness dries the palate fairly well.

When led by Green Flash Brewing, the ales take on a maltier tone and with an abundance of perfume. Belgian Coast IPA's fortitude is its authentic European malt character but most will find the floral notes to be excessive.

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate-to-heavy haze. Head pours two fingers of pillowy white foam which leave a nice lace. I find it quite attractive.

Smell: fruity aroma with a pear-and-apple sweet malty character and a berrylike contribution from the hops. Not super IPA-like, but I find it balanced and enticing.

Taste: similar to the aroma, with a sweet but flavorful malt character and mild hops that contribute to the overall flavor nonetheless. Berrylike and earthy, I would say. Bitterness is moderate but on the high side for a Belgian. This is more like a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale than a Belgian IPA, but I happen to like it.

Mouthfeel: big carbonation and a moderate body yield a very nice creaminess. Kudos.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. Whether or not it's "IPA" enough for the classification, it's still a tasty brew.

Photo of fannypakit
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at a local gastropub that has this summer seasonal regularly.

Appearance is of a golden yellow-orange with some copper hues. Thick head with good retention and lacing. Color on the head was off-white. Fruity aroma with spices and yeast. Carbonation on this was good, not too much and not too little. Mouthfeel was a soft medium, but the carbonation gave it its fullness. Nice collaboration overall. Like the spices in the beginning and hoppy finish with some floral notes, finished dry. Easy to continuously sip. Not a huge fan of overwhelming hops, but this one fits my palette perfectly.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produced on 7/15/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, chalk, and citrus hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, chalk, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has slightly astringent yeast and hop qualities in the taste.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was quite a pricey brew.

A thick Belgian IPA. Nice spiced hop tones combining with thick yeasty flavors. Could probably deal with less of the latter and more of the former. But it's still nice. Consistent too. One and done for me though, because of the price.

Photo of Mardrommar
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Harpoon Leviathan glass.

Pours a hazy amber color with light orange highlights. A gentle pour forms a soapy, off-white head that grew to a finger-width. It takes a few minutes for the head of the beer to settle into a 1/4 inch. There is an extremely small amount of yeast sediment present in the beer. Lacing is minimal, with some sticky spots here and there.

The aroma is spicy and earthen. The nose is citrus, spice, bread, coriander, lemon, apple and pear. Reminds me of a witbier aroma, aside from the apple and pear I’m getting.

Taste follows the nose, for the most part. Mouthfeel is light with light-moderate carbonation. The initial taste is a citrus and spice with a dank hop flavor, which then transitions into a very brief malt sweetness. It then leads into a bitter flavor from the hops and citric acid and ends in a crisp, dry finish. Aftertaste is bitterness, hops, and coriander.

The hop flavoring is definitely present when drinking the beer, and is highly muted on the nose. The taste that I'm getting from the hops is definitely reminiscent of the west coast style - biting and intense. I have not had many Belgian IPAs, but this is enjoyable and easy to drink. Smooth and crisp. It would benefit from a food pairing.

Photo of seedyone
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12/31/13 From bottle. I mentioned to the merchant that I had just discovered St. Feuillien's triple and was shown this Belgian Coast collaboration that was the from the Green Flash crew expedition to Belgium to create this brew.

I'm big on Belgians but have a low tolerance for the usual overly hopped Green Flash output. This substantiated my view.

I look at hops the same way I look at chilies in food. I consider timidity and brashness equally off-putting and this is over the line. Barely. To that 'one is plenty' spot. Nice body & perhaps a bit more sweet would have let the Belgian yeast sing through, but it tasted like an experiment, not an experience.

Photo of kennymule
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into large Duvel tulip glass. According to the date on the bottle this was produced 07-15-2013.

A: Pour was hazy light orange with plenty of white head, due to the carbonation and Belgian yeast. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Funky earth aroma, some citrus notes, definitely Belgian forward.

T: You get the earthy Belgian taste up front with some spice notes, maybe pepper. Not a lot of malt, but some notes of candy. The hops were not as forthcoming as I had hoped, but the finish was there dry and lingering, some citrus, maybe some mango.

M: Medium body with a load of carbonation. Finishes really dry.

O: Not my favorite style, but was enjoyable and a nice change from the hop bombs I tend to consume. Would have liked more on the hop end, but was a decent beer.

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange-y amber color with a thick head that laces microbubbles up and down the snifter wall.

Tangerine, tart pear, woody pine, crabapple, dank citrus, musty yeast, and toasty malts. Touch of orange rind. Very nice.

Crispy and bitter with citrus, pine, and minty hops. Hop leafiness with pith and rind and pomme esters. A little tea leaf and dank citrus notes. Tempered malts have a little toast, but this IPA is a West-Coaster. Lighter Belgian flair, but the yeast is overshadowed by bright hops Americana.

Round body with chalky residue from the yeast and a good dose of semi-dissolved carbonation. Very smooth in the mouth with a skim milk viscosity and slickness.

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Belgian Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.