Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Half-bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a murky dark copper with some brushed gold around the edged. Light khaki color head starts around three-fingers, but fades down to about 3/4" and retains for the majority of the experience. Deflates to a creamy cap towards the end. The lacing is a little different than I was expecting. Instead of huge splotches reminiscent to many, many generously hopped IPAs, West Coast leaves the entire glass coated with spiderweb-like wisps of cream colored lace. Awfully interesting! This scores up with the best of 'em in the aesthetics department.
S: The aroma here is absolutely bombastic. Before I lifted the glass to my nose, before I even poured the brew into my glass... Yes, the SECOND I popped the cap off of this bomber, I detected whiffs of gloriously citric hop aroma. A more proper sniff picks up all of the glorious nuances of this extravagant aroma. Tons of fresh pink grapefruit aside mounds of freshly fallen pine needles, with a hint of grass. Absolutely no malt to be found here. This is a symphony dedicated solely to the glory of the hop.
T: A little let down by flavor, mainly because it's nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Don't let this mislead you, however, this is still bursting at the seems with flavor. "Extravagantly hopped," reads the label, and it couldn't be more true. Tons of grapefruit, hints of tangerine, touch of pineapple. All of which resting on a soft bed of caramel malt that acts as little more than a pedestal to prop up the hops as they showcase their excellence. The finish is mostly some pine-like bitterness, with the citrus fading out and not a peep from the malt or alcohol.
M: Nearly full-bodied with an outspoken creaminess that's slick across the palate as the beer swishes in the mouth. Carbonation is average. Finishes with a nice bit of stickiness that feels as though it coated every nook and cranny of your mouth. This allows a lot of the flavors to linger long after the beer has gone down.
O: Green Flash continues to impress me. West Coast IPA is an absolute perfect example of what I want in an IPA. Powerful aromas, stupidly hop-dominated flavor, and devastatingly quaffable. Thank the Beer Gods that I have the second half of the bomber in my fridge to further enjoy this gem!
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 01:00:46 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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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 5,742 ratings.