Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,005 | Reviews: 1,615 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was served on draft at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a generic pint glass glowing a deep golden honey coloring. It held a two finger head of tight, yet creamy, tan bubbles. This showed great retention, leaving a single, thick sheet of lacing all around the glass. There was moderate haze, no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma was wrought with steely grain, pale toasty malts, additional metallic bite of yeast, light caramel malt sweetness, bright citric hops, and orange and lemon flesh sweetness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was robust, and very characteristic of something out of the west coast. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with honey sweetness, raw citric hop cones, buttery toasted bread, with pale and light metallics. The middle moved to peak with full on bitterness of pine resin and lemon rind. This was met with a cooling metallic twang, and surprisingly sweet plastic phenols. The finished showed more of that piney resin, with herbal bitterness, black pepper spice of booze, cutting smoothness of pale malts, and a muddy, metallic mix of coin and mineral. The aftertaste breathed of sweet orange and grapefruit, those same pale malts, mud, black pepper, and grassy dryness. The body was medium to thicker, while the carbonation was medium. There was thick slurp, glug, cream, froth, and smack, with an oily slickness running the length of the tongue. After an initial heavy, creamy coat, a fine astringency dried the mouth effectively. The abv was appropriate, and the drinking was easy.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. Despite the characteristic bitterness of the hops, they maintained a great freshness and cleanliness, with robustness to the end. At no point were any of the bittering elements overwhelming, which is easy with such a strongly flavored beverage. We found the nose to be a bit subdued, but this did improve in depth with some warmth. This beer is excellent for the style, and surprisingly balanced for its geographical origin. This, my friends, is the definition of “West Coast IPA”, and the standard to be compared against.
Serving type: on-tap
11-12-2012 22:04:15 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Was looking forward to this beer from Green Flash. Overall, not that impressed. Purchased in a 4 pack and tasted over two nights to give it a couple chances. Appearance was cloudy and smell was just ok. Was expecting a little more as Green Flash typically delivers. A little too bitter for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 04:24:34 | More by Rob_Zombied
4.31/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a slight red cast. Very strong head with exceptional lacing. The nose is a blend of hops - grapefruit and other citrus over a light pine resin overlaying a subtle malt sweetness. The body is almost medium with a nice smooth texture. Normal carbonation level. The outstanding flavor profile is complex and well balanced. Like the nose, grapefruit and other citrus lead with an earthy pine in the background. A biscuit malt sweetness appears in the middle, which rapidly flows into a quite nice tart bitterness. The finish is smooth and a nice tartness lingers. A bit more carbonation effervescence would accentuate the flavor of the finish and the underlying hop resin.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 20:03:23 | More by tillmac62
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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