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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

5,926 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,926
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
Gots: 556 | FT: 8
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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adamette

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%

Enjoyed by me on tap two days ago at Winking Lizard in Peninsula, Ohio at a cost of about $4 (sorry I do not recall the actual price, it was reasonable). It was poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Translucent deep copper body under a brief light brown creamy head. Good look. 4.0

S Distant bitterness and minimal malt. I am surprised that there is not more of a hops bitterness presence to the nose as I had expected. 4.0

T Bitterness returns to center stage in a big way here as there is a very strong grapefruit bitterness and little malt sweetness to balance it out. The hops are earthy, harsh and, of course, bitter. This beer is too unbalanced for me. I have to conceded that it delvers on its promise of bitterness, however. 2.5

M The high bitterness makes for a "big" feeling beer. That is certainly appropriate to the style. 3.5

D/O Not that good drinkability. Overall this is a slightly above average IPA. I do not know why the ratings here on BA are so high. I wonder if most of the high reviews are from reviewers from the West Coast? 3.5

10-23-2012 14:05:56 | More by adamette
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

02-23-2006 02:14:26 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-28-2014 22:27:19 | More by mojohawk21
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-06-2007 02:11:08 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-14-2013 20:25:20 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-30-2012 23:00:01 | More by beerhunter13
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Turbo

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-22-2014 23:39:04 | More by Turbo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

03-05-2014 12:13:02 | More by tectactoe
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-18-2012 13:47:25 | More by DavyJones
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Zakk

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-14-2012 01:30:19 | More by Zakk
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jono0101

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-09-2013 18:53:17 | More by jono0101
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MaxT

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-28-2013 04:20:33 | More by MaxT
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-13-2013 22:30:25 | More by Tiernan
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imperialstout27

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

04-23-2010 04:48:03 | More by imperialstout27
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-19-2013 02:51:56 | More by tbryan5
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Dabeel

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-20-2013 08:02:55 | More by Dabeel
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-21-2013 22:03:07 | More by woodchipper
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SanFranJake

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-06-2014 00:02:10 | More by SanFranJake
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-11-2012 03:50:43 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-15-2013 20:07:57 | More by SkiBum22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

08-16-2009 22:40:23 | More by SIRIUS2
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-10-2014 15:58:48 | More by joemetric
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wrycon

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-08-2012 01:22:36 | More by wrycon
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one! Sampled & reveiwed on 1/13/07:

Ap: Medium pour raises full finger of creamy head with rocky surface. Copper color, good carbonation. Sparkling & clean.

Ar: Wonderfully hoppy! Deep fruit aromas of grapes & citrus, as well as pine needles & evergreens. Slight alcohol notes in the background.

Ta: Hops dominate from start to finish. Nice sweet malty middle which is quickly turned with another blast of hops in the finish. Stong citrusy, piney, apricot flavor.

Mo: Medium bodied. Mouth puckering from hop bitterness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste - slightly cloying. Very good carbonation for the style.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to heightened bitterness, its a slow sipper for me. Could only have one or taste buds would be shattered!

Comments: The aroma is the real winner here. Dominated by the trademark citrusy NW hops, it truly radiates hoppiness. The flavor is pleasant, but could cut down on the bittering hop addition.

02-22-2007 21:26:45 | More by JMD71
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

From the website: "Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and Cascade for floral aroma." That's insane, but a hophead's dream.

Pour this one carefully. We didn't the first time and wound up with the unfiltered, chunky dregs floating around in our pint glasses. Granted, they won't kill you and are actually good for you, but they could be off-putting for some. Less that, this IPA pours bright amber with burnt orange hues and a massive creamy foam head (like a big dollop of cream) that's sticky and retains very well--remember head on a beer is good as it releases volatiles for aroma and taste. Aroma is strong with grapefruit and herbs--gets the glands going--with soft grain and floral notes beneath. Nearly full-bodied, with a smooth, even consistency. Immediate smacking of grapefruit, herbal, resin, touch of mint, raw leaf and ash with a piney, grassy and oily bitter linger. So damn juicy and citric. Sweet, bready and a bit toasty beneath the hop carnage, providing just enough balance. Alcohol is very well hidden, with a slight burnt character toward the finish with ashy resin.
Few come close to the sublimely intense hoppiness that's Green Flash West Coast IPA. We love this beer.

09-10-2010 13:14:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,926 ratings.