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
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7,228 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,228
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,375 | 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: 7,228 | Reviews: 1,845
Reviews by BabySnakes:
Photo of BabySnakes
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper/orange appearance with an orange tinged head. decent lacing.
The aroma in this beer is astounding. I was expecting to find some whole hops at the bottom of my pour its so hoppy. Lots and lots of pine, citrus, teeny bit of grass, and bitter grapefruit aromas. Malt peeks thru very subtley.
Bitter bitter pine and grapefruit dominate the taste. This beer can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The bitterness fades to reveal a slight maltiness, which, combined with the astringency gives the malt backbone a crispness. The aroma follows in the taste with grassiness coming in very slightly.
The IBU's in this make for a distinct astringent mouthfeel that is very complimentary to the style and aroma/flavor. The bitterness lingers and leaves me wanting sip after sip. A nice medium body matches well with the bitterness. Well balanced.
Overall, I think this is everything an American IPA should be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of imperialstout27
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Voluminous cream colored head. Well carbonated with a nice layer of foam persisting the whole time and good lacing.

S: Whoa hops!! Yes, big ass piney hops. Dank and cannabinoid. Great aromatics. This screams west coast IPA.

T: Hop flavors hit immediately with a full frontal attack. The profile is big pine resin on the palate with herbal and spicy notes. Citric flavors well up from underneath on the midpalate and culminate in an orange and grapefruit juice-like aftertaste. Great bitterness all the way across the palate, lingering with a slightly astringent tingle throughout the long finish. Good malt backbone on this one, with a nice underlying sweetness buried under big ass hops.

M: Nice medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. Decent slickness.

D: Very good. This is a great IPA and easy to drink more than one.

Overall, a superb effort by Green Flash. Quintessential west coast IPA - very appropriately named. Everything clicks with this brew. Very impressed.

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

Appearance – This poured a big and thick orange in color with a beautiful orangish-white head that came up just right, showed great retention, and left some awesome lacing on the inside of my pint glass. This was the kind of beer that makes you want to fetch your camera.

Smell – The West Coast hops and sweetish malts are balanced just right at the nose. The sharp tangerine rind smell and the lightly-toasted malts work well together. You can just tell that this is going to taste great.

Taste – The flavors work together just as well as the smells did. There's a big rush of pine that I failed to pick up at the nose. The malts have a lot of caramel sweetness to them. This is a sharp, powerful ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a big big IPA. It's shy of full-bodied but bigger than medium. It's not overly dry but has enough dryness to shock the average drinker.

Drinkability – I wasn't expecting this from a sub-$2 beer but this heavy hitter is incredibly well done.

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

All I taste are the hops. Can't get past the bitterness.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is smoothly fragrant, flowery, fruity, and sweet with lime, grapefruit, and pine as well as a tropical aroma. It has a slightly hazy, orange-ish, deep amber body with a cream-colored frothy, bubbly head. The flavor is bitter and resiny but not too sharp, with considerable softening maltiness. The hops also contribute a flavorful and complex fruitiness—orange, peach, and apricot come to mind. As the bitterness wears off after each swallow, the maltiness lingers. The mouthfeel is slightly dry but smooth. The carbonation is delicate—soft and frothy but not excessive, with just a little carbonic bite and then hop acidity on the way down.

What impresses me about this IPA is that it manages to be bold and yet delicate and well balanced. A variety of flavors shine through despite the usual intense resiny flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is also nicely put together, as it provides a good counterbalance to the intense flavors.

Photo of HipCzech
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "BEST BY 24 August 15 F15031) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber copper with a lush, rocky off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine needles with slight dankness.

Taste: Solid caramel malty base supports a full blast of hops: pine resin, grapefruit and herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight oiliness and good, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big, juicy, hoppy - prototypical West Coast IPA.

Photo of BradMatton13
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid west coast IPA, I wish they offered more then this beer here in MA

Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooured a slightly hazy burnt orange with a thinner but sticky white head that leaves spots of lace as it settled.Fresh raw hop aroma comes at ya hard when first opening the bottle extremely piney with big grapefruit notes as well I even noticed a touch of caramel malt as well.Well oddly enough hop dominated hop oils and resin dominate quite piney but that resiny finish is great just enough of a hint of caramel makes it a gem in my mind.A few years ago I would have thought a good beer but a little over the top for me now I take it all in,gotta love the hops.

Photo of Mulzicus
3.29/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had here in Vt. Maybe it was fresh but overall it was a bit flat.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Tyler's Tap Room (Apex, NC)

Slightly cloudy amber in the glass with just barely a finger's worth of white foam. Head dissipates quickly but leaves a pretty stable film of bubbles and a heavier ring around the glass. Lacing was good and lasted all the way down the glass.

Aromas are all hops with the citrus grapefruit smell coming on the strongest. Very pungent!

The flavors are intense, with plenty of hop bitterness coming out strong. This brew really tastes a lot like it smells with a very biting citrus grapefruit flavor. All that bitterness rests on a very solid malt backbone that is really just along for the ride. The finish is long on hoppy bitterness and the linger just brings on more of that citrus grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice with a modest carbonation that doesn't fight with or limit the hops while at the same time helping to create a good weight.

Overall drinkability is good if you like IPAs. Personally, I'm a fan, and I found this go be a very solid brew. Definitely worth a try if you are into hops.

Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one! Sampled & reveiwed on 1/13/07:

Ap: Medium pour raises full finger of creamy head with rocky surface. Copper color, good carbonation. Sparkling & clean.

Ar: Wonderfully hoppy! Deep fruit aromas of grapes & citrus, as well as pine needles & evergreens. Slight alcohol notes in the background.

Ta: Hops dominate from start to finish. Nice sweet malty middle which is quickly turned with another blast of hops in the finish. Stong citrusy, piney, apricot flavor.

Mo: Medium bodied. Mouth puckering from hop bitterness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste - slightly cloying. Very good carbonation for the style.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to heightened bitterness, its a slow sipper for me. Could only have one or taste buds would be shattered!

Comments: The aroma is the real winner here. Dominated by the trademark citrusy NW hops, it truly radiates hoppiness. The flavor is pleasant, but could cut down on the bittering hop addition.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

From the website: "Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and Cascade for floral aroma." That's insane, but a hophead's dream.

Pour this one carefully. We didn't the first time and wound up with the unfiltered, chunky dregs floating around in our pint glasses. Granted, they won't kill you and are actually good for you, but they could be off-putting for some. Less that, this IPA pours bright amber with burnt orange hues and a massive creamy foam head (like a big dollop of cream) that's sticky and retains very well--remember head on a beer is good as it releases volatiles for aroma and taste. Aroma is strong with grapefruit and herbs--gets the glands going--with soft grain and floral notes beneath. Nearly full-bodied, with a smooth, even consistency. Immediate smacking of grapefruit, herbal, resin, touch of mint, raw leaf and ash with a piney, grassy and oily bitter linger. So damn juicy and citric. Sweet, bready and a bit toasty beneath the hop carnage, providing just enough balance. Alcohol is very well hidden, with a slight burnt character toward the finish with ashy resin.
Few come close to the sublimely intense hoppiness that's Green Flash West Coast IPA. We love this beer.

Photo of steelerguy
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper, large and sticky off-white head. Moderately high carbonation, lots of small particulate matter from bottle conditioning even with a gentle pour and leaving some behind.

S - Hops really jump out at you which smell great with a little malt in there to back it up. However there was a slight "soapy" aroma that detracted some of the nice hops.

T - Big hop slap to start, follows through as you swallow, and ends with a heavy hop bitterness. Could definitely see how this might be a bit too many IBUs for an IPA, could use some more malt to back it up. I love hops though and although overbalanced on the hop side, it is still quite good.

M - Thin with a nice dry finish as a good American IPA should be. Ends crisp especially with the carbonation.

D - Enjoyable and even with the higher ABV and IBU it ends crisp, light, and refreshing.

Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good interpretation of the west coast IPA and another good Green Flash brew to add to their lineup. The pour and the apperance of this brew were outstanding with a dark copper color and a very nice fluffy white head that stuck to my glass and stayed till the end. The smell was very hoppy with an earthy quality to it as well, and very citrusy. Most of the malt flavors are burried under the very bitter hoppiness, but I for one like the hop flavor that it has. It is very raw and may not be the most balanced IPA, but it is lots of that great hoppy taste. The lightly sweet maltiness sneaks into the flavor at the start and is noticable in the finnish, but the hops are definantly the star here. Green Flash seemed to get off on a slow start, but with this beer and their latest anniversary ale, they seem to be getting on the right track.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the stubby 12oz bottle with a cool picture of a green ocean sunset on it and into my glass with a wonderful glowing copper orange, not unlike a beatiful beach side sunset along with a two finger craggly foam cap that leaves trails of sticky lacing all down the glass. Aromas of big raw hops, citrusy, piney, grapefruity and resinous. Quite the kind bud-esque aroma with a mellow bready sweet, slightly caramelly malt undercurrent. Solid west coast IPA aroma.

First sip brings a rush of sweet citrusy, resinous hop oils. Piney flavors are definetly present with a bready, crystal malt background. As it rolls across the palate the flavors quickly move from sweet to a nice bracing bitterness on the way down. Hops overpower the malt in this case and I'm enjoying it. The brew finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness and piney hop burps to match. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and satisfying. There's a tight, mellow carbonation that really acts as a nice catalyst making this beer easy to drink down. Another solid IPA from the great state of California and one I would be drinking more often if it was readily available. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the hookup once again.

Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orangish color. Nicely formed head, over an inch of loose white foam that reduced slowly while leaving a tight netting of lace on the glass. Really not much else to ask for.

Intense hop aroma for an IPA. Lots of citrus, pine and some floral overtones. I could smell this forever...big hop aroma, not really much malt comes through though...no prob though.

Big hops again, lots of pine and resin but there is a lack of malts to balance this out. Nice bitterness in the end though that isn't overpowering...good but a bit unbalanced. No alcohol flavors either...

Mouthfeel falls a bit short, its a touch thin in my opinion...a bit more body and this would come up quite a bit. Carbonation levels are kinda low but don't cause any detriment anywhere.

Good drinkability. This is a nice bitter beer with a ton of hops...pretty easy to put down.

Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +18.5%

I really couldn't get over how much this one smelled like marijuana. I retired 10 years ago, but you can't mistake that smell. Terrific flavor. Drank in a pint glass poured from a growler. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not many beers prettier in appearance than an IPA. Served in a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a thick off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Mostly citrus aroma, as well as a bit of perfume. Grapefruit taste, very hoppy. It reminded me of Leatherlips, and showed you can make a real hop bomb without jacking up the alcohol.

Photo of dill
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA. The bitterness reaches a high peak but mellows out to reveal a nice oakiness. Tastes great cold and is quite easy to drink. Goes well with some spicy Mexican food. Not my favorite IPA, but a very nice beer that has some unique characteristics.

Photo of marvin213
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks good. Even a hurried pour into my Budweiser pint glass (ironic, isn't it?) leaves only a thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is better than good: citrusy hops. You have to like that. It smells like what it is--a west coast india pale ale.

Taste is good. I figure freshness can play into this one, though I commonly enjoy this one from my local beer spots. This particular beer came from a buddy in Oregon so (presumably) it's fresher. I'm also assuming this is a year-rounder and I didn't bother to check the bottling date (if there is one). Though I'm less impressed with it months after having tried my inaugural sip, this is a dependably good beer.

In line with my recent reviewing modus operandi, I consider mouthfeel (and all judging characteristics) relative to everything else. I don't think the mouthfeel is as good as the taste. Rather than sit and hold this one for a minute-plus to savor every unique taste nuance, this one performs its best if you just stick to the basic sip and swallow. Though this might detract from mouthfeel, I think it caters to drinkability.

With the still-new figurative explosion of craft beer into North Carolina, this is one noobie I have enjoyed each of the numerous times I've bought it. With the emergence of bombers, special singles, and the controversial four-pack, I seldom buy six-packs any more. This is a sixer I see myself almost always considering when I'm making a beer haul. I could enjoy this beer just about anytime and just about anywhere, so I'd say that makes for a high drinkability.

Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with lots of miniscule floaties. The head is huge and rocky off white and retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a huge piney fruity hop blast, yum!

The flavor is sweet malts and melon initially, that are quickly followed by a big hop bitterness that lingers through into a sharp bitter ashy aftertaste. It is medium bodied.

Overall, an excellent IPA! This is right up there with Titan and Stone for me. It a bit unbalanced to the hops (especially in the aftertaste) which keeps it from being top notch (Two-Hearted). I'll definitely be getting this again.

Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The info on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, its ABV% (7.3) and its IBUs. There is no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance: From the slow pour I got a thick creamy off white head of foam. It is long lasting, dense and makes thick sticky lace rings on the glass. This head sits on top of a very cloudy orange amber body with thick super fine yeast sediment.

Smell: I get a firm fruity, citrusy and pine like hop presence in the nose. The hop aromatics dominate over a sweet malty base.

Taste/Palate: This one has a tasty deep dank hop explosion on the tongue. The hop flavor notes goes from an intense citrus pith/rind to a heavy leafy herbal to an intense piney/spruce like character and back again. The malt adds some supporting sweetness in the beginning with some bready and yeast like notes. I am also picking up some peach like stone fruit notes with maybe even a slight hint of maraschino cherry in the middle. At the finish hop flavor takes over and coats the plate with heavy citrus and piney bitterness.

Note: At 95 IBUs this beer drinks like and hits you with hops like a Double/Imperial IPA.

Photo of Jayman931
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange color, with only a slight bit of haze. Nice Head that lingered a bit
S: NIce Citrus Spell...Little Pine....Pleasant.
T: Nice bitterness...hops...citrus..Not much malt (which a American IPA shouldn't have) .Overall...Really Good....
M. Decent Mouthfeel for a 7.3%....Above average

Overall really nice beer....Will buy again.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is an amber and cloudy. The head on the beer is amazing. Fluffy clouds float on top and cling to the edge nice.

The nose is punget citrus, slight pine and plent of hoppyness not really any malt

The taste reminds me of furious but bitter. Full of hops citrus floral flavors but the taste dramatically turns to a full on bitter. Hrm. This beer is confusing the flavors don't mix well each ok on their own but fruity hops the earth bitterness don't meld for me not to say its bad just not for me

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

Upon taking my second sip all I could think was- This may be the best IPA I have ever had. Only to be second to Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (Drink it warm!!), but I guess that's technically an imperial IPA.

The smell of this beer is amazing, very floral, smells like medical bud.

The taste comes on very crisp, nicely carbonated for a fun bubbly time in your mouth. Very crisp, with the perfect amount of bitterness with some undertones of grapefruit. This beer is a must for any IPA fan.

At first I could only find this beer on tap, but I have been buying it ALOT in 4 packs!

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,228 ratings.