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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

7,056 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,056
Reviews: 1,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 338
Gots: 1,196 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,056 | Reviews: 1,814
Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant amber under a 2” off-white foam cap that leaves specs of lace.
S: Minty, citrusy nose with traces of fresh sawdust.
T: A slightly sweet big melon presence supported by a strong malt character dries out in a herbal, grapefruit and pine bitter finish. While hop driven there is a strong balancing grainy malt backbone for support.
M: Rich and creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Green Flash provides a lesson in how to do hops to maximize the flavor while retaining a dominating hop bitterness.

Photo of Rlg63
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at BJ's, a little flat, but drinkable

Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge foam that never dissipates. Creamy lacing forms intricate shapes on the glass. Fruity, citrus, tropical aroma. Lots of hop oils. Fresh flowers. Intensely bitter hop character beginning to end. Grapefruit, pine needles and dish detergent are most prominent. Pleasant hop oils and alpha acids. Hint of honey and bread malt character attempts to balance. Hop dominance is acceptable and encouraged here. Medium to full bodied. Bone dry from the hop assault. Leaves my palate in devastation. Been a while since I've tried a new DIPA this good. A welcome treat.

Photo of stuartpierce
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but smooth aftertaste. Great beer.

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden honey colored amber with a moderate head. Pleasant hoppy smell with a commensurate taste. Recommended!

Photo of smanders
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a bomber of this from TW in Chantilly; $6.99, I think. Not bad.

Appearance: honey colored liquid with bulbous head. Tons of sticky lace.

Smell: fruit(y) sweetness, pine, and sugary malt. The scent really whets the appetite!

Taste: Exactly as it smells! A perfect name for the ale since it tastes exactly like you would imagine a "west coast" ale should (i.e. citrus perfectly balanced with bitterness and sweet malt. Amazing!

Mouthfeel: ACE!

Overall: buy this beer whenever available. Definitely a great example of the style. MUCH better than other GF examples I've tried.
Prost!

Photo of ScottJJ
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic west coast IPA. This is my go-to beer at the grocery store if something else doesn't peak my interest that night.

Photo of SickRainb0w
1.54/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No on this guy. Just can't

Photo of Ramblinman
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

love this amazingly complex double ipa, 4 different hops with competing mouth sensations from citrus to pine. 95 ibu's and plus 8 % alcohol complete this insanely delicious ipa.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard pour unleashes a fury of burnt orange brew into the glass. It's volcanic for several minutes, leaving a big head with excellent lacing. Strong piney smell with orange peels. Strong soury bitter punches you in the face, accompanied by some banana, lemon rind tastes. A bit tacky aftertaste, but overall smooth.

Lots of flavor punches, but lacking on balance. Very good, but for me not among the elite IPAs

Photo of Imperialjake
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer is perfect when I think of a dipa. A nice balance between the malts and hops. This brew is definitely in my top 10.

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In your face Hops, I love it! Tried it on recommendation at a tap house and it met my expectations for hoppy awesomeness that is so characteristic of our beers on this side of the nation.
4.5/5
O.B.D91

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I think I might have picked up an old bottle; all logic suggests I should have enjoyed this a lot more than I did.

Photo of LilSebastianJr
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't like "west coast IPAs" & I think that category is stupid.
This beer is great.
I get it every time I see it.
I am quite contrary, no?

Photo of CraigP83
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is honey, sane heavy sweetness in the taste fades to a resinous pine bitterness. Sticky mouthfeel. Not my favorite DIPA

Photo of moundbz
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great sight and taste and a long bitter

Photo of RickGrimes
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Average ipa, citra centric, good aroma ma poor taste profile. Good bitternes ar the end but not much tropical notes that i expected in a Dipa like this. I had better feeling with old version, normal ipa but maximal flavour.

Photo of sammy223
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Notes of pine, grapefruit, malty.

Appearance: Thin lacy head, rich amber color.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, very hop forward. Medium to full body on the mouth feel. One of the best IPAs I've personally ever tasted.

Photo of THoff94
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very rich in flavor. Thick mouthfeel. Very tasty.

Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a small, white head. Is amber in color. Has floral, pine, and grapefruit aromas. Initial taste is of floral flavors Pine flavors immediately follow with grapefruit flavors enter in the end as floral and pine persist. A true symphony of flavor. As of most IPA's, it leaves a dry sensation in the mouth. An amazing IPA. Will definitely be trying this again.

Photo of DrQwill
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say? The greenflash sunset is always memorable. This beer works at sunrise too!

Photo of Duhast500
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a IPA glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with some yellow highlights and two fingers of foamy white head with some nice webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus at first with some of the West Coast IPA character that is expected. There is tangerine and touches of lemon mixed in here in the nose. There some teases of grapefruit as things in into the malty background aroma. There is a touch of bread aroma here with some biscuit smell.

The taste is hops at first, meeting you just at the appointed time. These hops are punctual and are there when expected with a resiny hop flavor that is citrus throughout. There is flavor a freshly squeezed lemon here that is mixed with some tart grapefruit flavor. There is some great bitter hop flavor that leads into a dough flavor that makes me think of pizza crust. There is a slight tease of some pine way in the back past the fruit flavor, and the chewy dough flavor,

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is just enough to fill out the corners but has a smooth drinkable feel that it feels like it’s not out to get you. The bitterness digs in but is not harsh for the regular craft beer drinker and feels like a welcome neighbor leaving the light so you know he’s home.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
"Best By" Date of April 10th, 2015
Reviewed on March 25th, 2015
Served in an IPA Glass

Eyes
Poured a dark gold/amber body with an orange glow. fluffy white foam head, about three-quarters of an inch deep formed, collapsed and left a thin off-white cap of foam on top of the body. Great sticky lacing throughout.

Nose
The nostrils were flooded with fragrant hops. Sharp notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel dominated the overall aroma. Herbal hops were layered underneath, closer to the doughy malt backbone.

Mouth
Big rush of hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit and lemon. Pine had a noteworthy appearance as well. Malts were not the star of the show but they did attempt to even things out. Subtle notes of doughy grain. Spicy hops developed toward the finish. Just a hint of alcohol. Semi dry finish. Nice oily mouthfeel from the juicy hops. Medium/Full body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall
Great juicy and powerful DIPA. Hops were delivered at full-strength. Will buy again!

Photo of pinchas
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fucking outstanding from the second you open it and smell its like wow and you just fall in love

Photo of JamesNichols
3.14/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good but not as great as everyone said it would be

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,056 ratings.