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
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: darker amber slightly cloudy, nice white head with some thickness too it and really nice lacing
S: The beers strong point. A great very balanced smell. You get the citrus and the piney hop smell along with a nice malty/caramel backing. Really good.
T: Taste is the unfortunate downside of the beer. Follows the smell well with some citrus mostly grapefruit combined with some very strong hops. You can taste the malt in the mid but the finish of this beer is very bitter and leaves a strong not so great after taste on the tongue.
M: Not too great. Carbonation is good but has a sticky kind of thick feeling to it.
O: My first green flash beer and while pretty good, i wanted better.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 04:36:27 | More by GinjaSlice
4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle, best by 11/28/14
2014 formula, 8.1%, 95 IBU
Clear, amber body. Decent amount of head and retention. Juicy, fresh hop aroma with a fairly large caramel malt backbone. Taste is a little bit more malt than I was expecting. Good carbonation.
Have no idea when this was bottled. Seems to be pretty fresh though. A very solid west coast style IPA. Not sure how it stacks up to the old recipe.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 19:44:19 | More by hoppytobehere
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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