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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

6,645 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,645
Reviews: 1,731
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 266
Gots: 864 | 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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head. Tons of floaters in there! There's a pretty lace as I drink this.

S: Pine, mango and citrus hops with caramel and biscuit. As it warms up, there's hints of grass too

T: Hop bitterness up front with pine being most prominent. The malt bill is excellent - present but in the back with a right amount of caramel and cleaner malt flavors

M: Very pleasant with adequate carbonation and a pleasing drying finish

D: I'd easily drink more of this than is good for me
4/4.5/4.5/4/4
**Edit 18 Nov 2011**
Revisiting this after a long, long time. $2.49 from The Village Pump.

Either they've changed their recipe, or I've gotten better at identifying color. This is copper/amber, with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose has plenty of bitter hops, pine and bitter herb, some crystal malt. Moderate hop aroma as well, with some citrus. The palate opens plenty bitter with a pleasing, resiny pine character, along with citrus pith (grapefruit). A definite crystal malt character is present, with a little toffee and a touch of caramel. Drying, bitter, resiny on the finish, this beer is medium-light with medium-medium high carbonation that's a little too much IMO, hurting the mouthfeel a little bit. There's a definite alcohol presence, especially on the finish. An excellent IPA.

More User Reviews:
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 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 fipoceilz7
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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 oberon
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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 joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,645 ratings.