Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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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
3.81/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's West Coast IPA last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I didn't have the best first impression of Green Flash and I wasn't a big fan of Palate Wrecker and I hope this one turns out better, so lets see how it goes. The best by date was almost completely rubbed off, but I know it's fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.
A- The label looks ok, it's got that typical Green Flash design, it's pretty simple and not too eye catching. It poured a hazy orange/amber color that took on more of a darker orange and ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice floral, tropical fruit, and citrus hops aromas with the fruity hops seeming to stick out the most and there's just a slight green onion like hop aspect that barely showed up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt, bready and cracker like malt aromas with a very light amount of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it had a nice balance to it and I enjoyed the hop profile.
T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma but there's also some piney flavors that show up and all the aspects seem to show up pretty evenly. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice grainy, light sweet malt, bready, and bread crust like flavors with just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's low amount of high bitterness that's on the border of being medium bitter and there's some lingering bitterness, citrus hops and grainy malts in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was as juicy as the aroma was.
M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp. on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, but it was a little on the thick side.
Overall I thought this was a pretty a nice beer and a pretty standard and nice example of a West Coast IPA, it seemed to be pretty inline with the style, but it lacked that juiciness and brightness that some of the better ones seem to have, but I still thought it was very solid for what it is. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these, but that would probably be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste wasn't a little more juicy and bright. I don't think I would buy this again, it's a little pricey for what you get and there's more than a few west coast style IPA's that I like more. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style. I'm still not sold on Green Flash, but this wasn't a bad beer at all and I thought it was pretty solid for what they were going for. Nice work guys, keep up the solid work. So far this is my favorite Green Flash beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 04:31:58 | More by StoutHunter
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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