Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.29/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
For some reason never reviewed this beer, just escaped through the cracks. This one was an extra thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar.
Pours a decent looking fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over a semi hazy ruby red grapefruit orange color.
Nose brings plenty of hops, floral and citrusy with some spiciness, a light citrus tangerine effect but not a big juicy pungent kick or rind bitterness, light pine spicy hop aromas, with a touch of a grassy floral effect as well. Touch of grapefruit as well, and a very faint malty sweetness with slightest touch of reddish amber malts. It does bring a touch of fruity candy hops, like a little candied orange peel and tangerine the more I nose it.
Taste starts with a nice big hoppy bite, quite bitter right off the bat like 70IBUs bitter almost immediately, but doesn't get astringent. Hops come in with pine and spicy flavors first, not really a chewy spicy hop, but a piney spicy not overbearing like hop. Then citrus, a bit of tangerine and faint grapefruit pith, touch of that candied fruit hop character again. That's followed with a mild malty sweetness, a bit of a caramel toasty reddish copper malt flavor, but all pretty light, just enough to balance the big bitterness and keep it from getting astringent. It brings a little citrus rind as I let it sit on my tongue for a while, a bitter rind flavor. Finish is fairly dry, still very bitter but doesn't really ramp, more plateaus almost right off the bat and stays at a quite bitter but not overly taste. Finish also brings more citrus rind bitterness, a little spicy hop and a very long bitter grapefruit pith taste, and a faint touch of a booze flavor.
Mouth is med bodied, it feels a bit fluffy and airy thanks to a good amount of carbonation, and a very light warming booze.
Overall a nice IPA, not quite what I expect for a "West Coast" IPA, but those terms are a bit out of date now. A nice big hoppy beer, quite bitter that plateaus right away, nice hop characters with a little spicy (but not chewy), a bit of citrus but more like rind and pith bitter citrus, and just enough malty sweetness to give it a base so it doesn't get astringent. Nice IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2013 00:43:55 | More by jlindros
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Seeing as how Greenflash has changed the recipe up a little bit for this beer, I thought it'd be great to review it yet again. The new recipe is higher in alcohol, more highly hopped and now features the Citra hop as well. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think Citra was in the original recipe. So yeah, this may be a new beer.
A: Hazy, slightly murky copper. Finger of khaki head. Very creamy looking head. Carbonation is moderate. Retention is moderate, lacing is stellar. (4.0)
S: Big malt bill supporting this one. Toffee, bready, honeyed quality to the malt. Hops are a big slam of grapefruit pith and pine needles. Layer of sweet pineapple. Slightly catty. Definitely a bruiser.
T: Intensely bitter. Starts bready, quickly hits sweet ruby red grapefruit juice, but the hop aggression almost immediately takes over. Massive burst of pungent hoppiness. Herbal, fairly floral. Hits again with notes of passion fruit. Aftertaste is green apple skin and aspirin. (4.25)
M: Medium bodied. Actually has a decent amount of carbonation, but the bubbles are so fine that it comes across as fairly creamy in the palate.
O: This is great. An incredibly aggressive IPA that lays the smack down on your palate. I'd say I like this recipe better than the original. It's more aggressive and both the nose and the mouth, but the flavors are generally similar from what I recall. That being said, I think my first scoring of this beer was a tad generous, so I'm downgrading my current score a little bit. While this is a damn fine IPA, I think the bitterness masks some of the more subtle hop aromas and flavors that could potentially be there. Still, this is pretty damn tasty and exceptionally bitter.
A: Pours a hazy burnt amber with good levels of carbonation. Head is dense, off white. Rocky. Good lacing. (4.5)
S: Flowers, grapefruit, little bit of tropical fruit. Big malt bill adds an element of vanilla/toffee sweetness. (4.0)
T: Big juicy citrus (grapefruit mainly, but some tangerine and lime in there as well) combines with a lively perfumy floral bitterness that finishes with a pretty intense bitterness. Not quite drying, as some of the juiciness of the citrus is in play throughout the entirety of the experience, but it does have an herbal bitterness in the finish, almost akin to something like Bombay Sapphire. Complex and damn bitter for being a single IPA. (4.5)
M: Great balance. Carbonation is checked in at a great level. Keeps it all interesting and balanced. The alcohol heat is presence in the finish somewhat, which gives it a slight knock in my opinion. (4.0)
O: World class IPA, pure and simple. One of the hoppier single IPA's I've come across, for sure. Green Flash, Stone and Ballast Point all being in one county surely makes San Diego county one of the meccas of American craft brewing. (4.5)
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2014 06:34:00 | More by McStagger
3.59/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer is alright, I have had too many great ones lately. But this one is not bad. I need to try the more hardcore ones.
Appearance: Dark golden amber. Some Head but not too much not a bad beer on the above average account.
Smell: Not a lot going on compared to others .But it was a good beer.
Taste: Enjoyable, some hops, actually strong on the hops but it also has a sweet malt backbone that balances things out. Not the best tasting beer that I have had but for a four pack you can do much better, in my opinion.
Overall: I didnt think this was a bad beer but there are better ones too. Solidly above average but not outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 21:59:41 | More by humuloner22
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,186 ratings.