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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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6,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,485
Reviews: 1,713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 255
Gots: 781 | 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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Reviews by ccrida:
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. It's one of the top IPAs, period (with PtE and Hopworks, in my book).
On draught at the Collins Pub, West Coast IPA is clear burnt gold with an off-white head is a bit meringue like in it's creaminess, and that leaves gorgeous lace.

Smell is huge hoppiness, all the goodness of the best west coast IPAs, as advertised! Dank resins, citrus, floral, and just a hint of biscuit.

Taste is the same - bring on the hop onslaught. Wow, this is extreme hop *flavor*, not just bitterness mind you, and it's fresh and complex, very well done, as always. The pale malt lingers in the background, not a pils base, just enough to provide some contrast, a hint of toast.

Mouthfeel is dry, oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is awesome if you're a hop pig like me. If I could, I'd wring out the dry hops into this glass, but I'm sure for some it's two extreme - those that don't live and love IPA on the west coast! I do, and this is one of the quit essential reasons why. As I said, one of my top three IPAs, and PtE is technically a DIPA! Of course, like any IPA, it's best at it's freshest, which is regional, so if you're drinking a bottle on the east coast and disagree, there's an obvious difference in you're experience!

ccrida, Dec 03, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RoyalT, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of imperialstout27
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

imperialstout27, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of fipoceilz7
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is smoothly fragrant, flowery, fruity, and sweet with lime, grapefruit, and pine as well as a tropical aroma. It has a slightly hazy, orange-ish, deep amber body with a cream-colored frothy, bubbly head. The flavor is bitter and resiny but not too sharp, with considerable softening maltiness. The hops also contribute a flavorful and complex fruitiness—orange, peach, and apricot come to mind. As the bitterness wears off after each swallow, the maltiness lingers. The mouthfeel is slightly dry but smooth. The carbonation is delicate—soft and frothy but not excessive, with just a little carbonic bite and then hop acidity on the way down.

What impresses me about this IPA is that it manages to be bold and yet delicate and well balanced. A variety of flavors shine through despite the usual intense resiny flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is also nicely put together, as it provides a good counterbalance to the intense flavors.

fipoceilz7, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 23, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mojohawk21, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beerhunter13, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Turbo, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DavyJones, May 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jono0101, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Tiernan, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dabeel, Jul 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

woodchipper, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

SanFranJake, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BenTherHppedThat, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SIRIUS2, Aug 16, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

wrycon, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JMD71, Feb 22, 2007
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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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