Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.46/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have been waiting a while for a beer to come along and truly blow me away, create a paradigm shift if you will, or at the very least, leave me awestruck. A guy can get a bit jaded with this sort of mentality, as many very good beers can still leave one wanting just a little more. On this occasion, I felt this awe and really did get a jolt of beer-hunter enhancing excitement. Admittedly, I didn't think this would be the beer. Then again, Green Flash is pretty well-regarded in terms of flavor if not price. This brew is a dark russet amber color with a decent dose of beige head that threatened to billow over the sides of my American pint glass. Aroma included all the features you'd expect in a top-shelf IPA, quite tropical, certainly citric: Grapefruit rind galore, fresh pine resin, sweet caramel malts, a solid dose of flower shop and spice cabinet. Hits all the marks. Wait until you taste it, however. This one has layers that peel back as you go. Starts with grapefruit and tangerine flesh and rinds, cantaloupe melon, a little red berry (good old Simcoe), tart bright lemongrass, and then BOOM, massive pine sap and pot resin launch a Blitzkrieg. Very aggressive and spicy menthol bitterness that builds and builds, begins like a cough drop and evolves into mouth numbing spruce needles and mustard greens ... There's almost a heat present, and the floral and citrus elements never quite disappear. I get fresh lime juice, perfumed black tea, white pepper ... Just when you think its done, some fruity grape and gummy candy pop in and you wonder how you can still taste something so subtle amidst all the oily resins and sour fruit wash. The malt backbone manages to protrude into one's awareness despite the hop attack, some light toffee and toast. Medium body, its a tad chewy but not enough to escape the impression that this is a hop bomb as opposed to something sweet. One of the most pine-laden and bitter IPAs I've tried to date, yet redolent with all kinds of fresh juicy fruit flavors. If this is such a world beater, what must Pliny taste like? Someday I shall find out. For now, Green Flash has a wide distribution network and thank God.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 00:52:10 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.24/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I just keep trying these brews from Green Flash.. first the double stout, now this one - it has a tasty hop explosion on the tongue. The hop flavor notes goes from an intense citrus rind to a heavy leafy herbal to an intense piney/spruce like character and back again somewhat typical of a great hopped beer. The malt adds some supporting sweetness in the beginning with some bready and yeast like notes. There are some peach like fruit notes with maybe even a slight hint of cherry. The finishing hop flavor takes over and coats the plate with heavy citrus and piney bitterness. A beautiful beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:11:35 | More by stoutman
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,743 ratings.