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
93
outstanding

1,776 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,776
Hads: 7,305
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,430 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV
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Reviews: 1,776 | Hads: 7,305
Photo of dbmernin83
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a thick, foamy head and great lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with a slight malted sweetness and a little booze

Big citrus hops, malts try to balance, but the hops rein supreme.

A nice hop bomb in the true vein of the west coast IPA. Screw balance, all hail the hops! (286 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into nonic pint. Hazy copper-orange in color with a one-finger white head that quickly dissipates, but sticks nicely. The aroma is immediately hoppy with overwhelming piney resins and citrus. Hints of mint, leaves, and toasted grain come out upon warming. Flavors are of strong citrus juice and grapefruit bitterness followed by some floral undertones. This beer is full-bodied, with an oily, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish. (471 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a big frothy off-white head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel malt and spices. Very much like Bell's Hopslam. Hops give lots of grapefruit up front with pine and some floralness lingering of the side of the tongue afterwards. Very little malt balancing out the hops in the flavor. Body is a bit lighter than what I would have liked. (373 characters)

Photo of FeelinitNow
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber color with tons of white lacing on the sides, sign of a quality beer. ;)

S: Smells of many different kinds of hops, and it invites you to see what it tastes like so you can discover the hops. :)

T: Wow, very hoppy, for some reason 7 different kinds of hops jumps in my head, did they use 7 kinds? I'm not sure, but the taste is so well adjusted that the hops come to you in waves. First its something, then another, then another, then a finish. Wow, quite the experience. The only thing is once you start drinking it it becomes less noticeable, but hey just experience it often for a better analysis. :)

M: Carbonation that isnt too sharp but is assertive. Good overall.

O: Great beer and one that feels intuitive and well thought out, great job Green Flash. ;) (774 characters)

Photo of PeatReek
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick amber color with just a touch of haze, and a nice beefy layer of foam that's sticking around. Incredibly bold hop aroma, cascade-y and centennial-y and a couple others I can't quite nail -- strong pine notes over a thick base of citrus. Tastes like all those, with the lemon aspect coming out a bit more strongly in the flavor than in the smell. A little sweet at the outset and full-bodied, but finished with quite a stiff bitterness. A little over the top, in fact, even given the clear prominence of the malty sweetness. That's the only thing keeping this from supreme drinkability; the hop aroma really makes me want to come back for more each time I put it down. (681 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tasting glass

Pours a soft, burnt umber color. A moderate amount of opacity, I suppose. One finger or so of creme head sticks around for a while. It looks fine, but there's not much to say about an IPA that looks like most IPAs.

This beer has an explosive, dank nose. Pineapple-mango juice (I think Dole sells this specific flavor) scream up out the glass. Some Pine-Sol character. Even some red fruit hiding in a corner somewhere. The crystal malts are there, but they aren't very assertive (which is how I like 'em). Nothing particularly original, but I'm a sucker for tropical fruit bouquets.

Huh. This beer is decidedly less intense on the palate. In fact, this tastes like a bottle that's four months old or so (but the aroma sure didn't come across that way, so I don't know). It's piney and pineappley, but the malts are providing a good bit of sweet balance. Some of the alpha acid bitterness has turned medicinally-bitter; aspirin tasting. It's still a good IPA, but it doesn't live up to the promise of its aroma.

My biggest personal beef with Green Flash West Coast IPA is its mouthfeel. It's perfectly medium-bodied, which to me (for my preferences) means that it is too thick and heavy. Most people, especially East Coast and Southern drinkers, won't have a problem. Overall, this is a very fine IPA. It reminds me a lot of Schlafly's AIPA, only slightly less good (even though my score for this beer is higher than what I rated Schlafly AIPA). (1,489 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dig the West Coast stubby bottles. This beer is seriously chill-hazed amber color with a nice light tan head. Lacing is rock solid. I might have pulled this from about a 40 degree beer fridge, surprised at the haze...

Aroma is big and citrusy hops. Not a lot of malt backing up this floral display. I'm ok with that today. Yeah the taste comes in big on the hop citrus, mixed fairly nicely with some caramel sweet malt. The whole thing quickly turns bitter, almost drawing a shudder from me on my first big sip. This is good bitter. It eases back quickly but leaves remnants of it self on the palate for many seconds to follow.

Good body, nice smooth feel with maybe a little less carbonation than I would prefer. Still a nice effort and really the epitomy of what I expect from the west coast in general. Another reason to love San Diego! (844 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 1,000th review of this beer

- pours an amberish orange with some red clay - huge head that leaves a ton of lacing

S - smells of very floral hops, juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and a little bit of skunk and some caramel malts - smells almost dank

T - There is no mistaking that this is a hop bomb all the way. Starts off with bready and caramel malt, but this is soon dominated by pine and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. LOTS of hop flavor in this one. Ends pretty bitter with a pine resin taste that lingers for quite some time.

M - not much of a body to it that makes it stand out from other beers I have had

D - When I think of West Coast hop bomb, this beer will always come immediately to mind. This is a hop lovers dream. I prefer my IPAs a little bit more citrusy and sweet, but this was pretty damn good. Big thanks to poonamibaxter for giving me the chance to try this. (896 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a staple in my beer fridge, and with the recent release of their delicious new Hop Head Red, I thought it high time for me to plug some words down that properly express why I like to drink this beer. West Coast is a darker IPA in the glass, bordering on a medium-dark caramel tone that eerily reminds me of the locals' leathered skin when I lived in America's Wang, Florida. The smell is a smack of resin, intermitten with a catty note. Not unpleasant, but it does have an intensity that speaks of its west coast roots. After a couple sips you can really get a handle on the hops. They rampage around the tongue and assault it with hits of pine, citrus, grapefruit zest, cut grass and once again that racy twang of hemp. Mmmm. Malt is not forgotten though, and lends a weight to the body, resulting in a full mouth-feel. The finish goes on all week and makes this a beer to savor, even if you are sessioning it. Thanks again Green Flash for providing me with yet another reason for my roomies to think I am a functioning alcoholic. (1,043 characters)

Photo of kernalklink
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting IPA- pours a light amber with decent carbonation, citrusy hop aromas and slight caramel malt sweetness on the nose. Hardcore stinging sweet malt flows alongside an aggressive hop profile. Somewhat thick for the style, but easy on the mouth and not too hoppy if thats your kind of brew. (302 characters)

Photo of dancingnancie
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Nice copper color. It looks promising

S: I'm not getting much more than hops out of the nose.

T: This is a nice IPA. The alcohol is not noticeable, there is a nice hop forward taste, that is balanced nicely on the back end. Very nice lingering bitterness. Not bad at all.

M: This is a pretty thick IPA. It's not very thin at all, it's pretty heavy like a 90 minute, or a commodore perry. A nice change.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it was recommended from a guy at Binny's, I don't know if I would rank this in the top 5 american IPA's I've had, but it's a nice change. Would be very nice on a very hot summer day. (674 characters)

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - vibrant golden copper color with a very nice amount of carbonation. nice fluffy creamy head with a decent pour.

s - sweet, fruity and crisp on the nose.

t - grapefruit, hoppy as all hell (and i mean that in a great way), and very bold finish. a good punch of maltiness as well. very nice balance, but the bitterness from the hops takes is what takes over the aftertaste. kinda planty. almost like i was just eating some weed or something (which makes perfect sense considering its a hoppy ass beer).

m - med - high carbonation in the mouthfeel but the malty aspect kinda calms it down and evens it out.

o - a great decent priced go-to IPA. (647 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange cloudy color with a lively head of tan colored foam. Medium high carbonation, and lotsa lace.

S: Strong pine and wood aromas mix with hoppy oils and grapefruit smells. Nice.

T: Deep and intrusive flavors of bitter citrus and hops attack the palate with no mercy. Medium maltiness maintains itself yet remains reserved. Quite nice. Could've been more complex, but for a straigh-ahead IPA, it's good.

M: Noted density and oily qualities. Mild carbonation adds a refreshing note, and gives the brew a zesty appeal.

D: Pretty darn good, i've ripped right through this one. Glass is half empty, but I must remember, it is also half full.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample and awesome trade. Cheers! (735 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep golden color with some copper twinges. A 2 finger head with some nice lacing.

S: Not what I was expecting, but not too bad. Mostly hops, a good hop blend, citrus and pine with a little sweet malt as an undertone.

T: A really nice mixture of hops galore with some caramel which really balance out this beer.

M: Leaves a most bitter taste on the palate, which is quite enjoyable.

D: Hop heads this is a really good beer to have! (440 characters)

Photo of DirtyHippie
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored, off white head, nose showed a bit of malt through the pine. Good lace down the glass. Bitterness hangs on but it is bettter balanced and maybe a bit maltier than many west coast IPAs. Drinks much easier than the ABV would indicate. Very good beer. (263 characters)

Photo of VMWhelan
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a thin white head. Decent lacing.

Hops dominate the nose. Smells like a good mix between fruity and piney (which in my case means more fruit than pine). The fruit aroma is mostly grapefruit.

Taste is very floral hops. A little bit of both the fruitiness and the pine come through, but centerstage is bitter (very bitter), floral hops. Pine comes more in the finish. Slight maltiness, but not enough to really stand out among the hops at first. As it warms up, however, the balance is better and there's some nice spice up front from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, though a bit sticky. The bitterness from the hops is a bit dry but it is not overwhelming. There's a good amount of carbonation, but again it is not overwhelming.

Drinkability is decent. The hoppiness could be a little better balanced with some more maltiness, but for a hop bomb it's definitely enjoyable. Could drink another, but I won't seek it out again. (1,016 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking hazy copper colour with a sticky, foamy (and somewhat creamy) off-white head.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with a bit of caramel sweetness and some citrus notes to it, along with a some bread notes running throughout.

The flavour is more of the same with a sharp hop bite at the start and finish that is a bit smoother in the middle as it leans more toward a juicier citrus flavour mixed with a bit if the caramel that is less noticeable here than it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is lively and biting, medium bodied all around.

I wasn't a big fan of the first Green Flash offering I tried, so I was a tad hesitant to sample this one, although it does seem to be the favourite amongst their brews. I can say that they did redeem themselves with this one as it is solidly tasty all around. (817 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer abandons the stubby 12-ounce brown bottle a cloudless deep amber with a behemothic frothy light tan head that slowly fades away leaving a fine coating of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a nice hop floral spiciness, undergirded by the sweet malt, quite crisp and fresh to the senses, start is sweet with a nice but light grain profile, top a bit light for my liking. Finish is adequately acidic, the hops persistent in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a nice drinkable IPA, that doesn't murder the tastebuds and fits in nicely on this 112 degree day in sunny Arizona. (580 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange -amber color under a firm cap of tight "antique white" foam. Great lace cling and retention but no visible carbonation through the fog of protien haze.

Awsome hop aromas - like freshly cut Christmas trees dripping in tangerine juice. Some husky grain notes and faint hint of white sugary malt are noted but only if you sniff past the hop barrage - which is okfine in my IPA ty.

Hops bite the tip of the tongue and back of the lips right up front and continue to rake thier bitter claws all along the roof and back of the throat with searingly sharp, moisture sucking bitterness. Some sweet malt slides around the sides to give a bit of ying to the hop YANG but barely in a walk on role. Strong grapefruit flavors dominate the middle and keeps any attempts of complexity from the malt firmly in check.

Body is less than medium as attenuation seems high and any mouth feel seems stripped away by the intensely dry, tongue stranglingly bitter finish.

I love hoppy IPA's but you CAN go overboard, and for me at least this one does. Dont mis understand - I liked it and would drink it again, but it sure aint making my top 10 IPA list. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Luchman
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy orange, slightly copper color with a tinge of yellow at the bottom. A very thin, clumpy head appear with nice laceing on the sides.

S: Hops.. who knew? Strong pine, grapefruit and orange are found. Sniffin around for some malt and juuuussst get a little hint of some breadiness… I hope… Nevertheless, I think it smells awesome.

T: Rush of hops. Pine and grapefruit dominate this one. Damn.. They’re strong. If the alcohol showed up a little bit more, I’d consider this a DIPA. Malts are uhh… Well, they like to hide. Of course, it has a bitterness at the end that is pretty strong, but nothing way over the top. Lack of balance, however, bring this score down a smudge.

M: Awesome. Medium/full body with a medium level of carbonation that is pretty oily and sticky.

D: While the hops are good, I do believe it lacks some balance. I like my IPA’s to have at least SOME malts to speak of. With an intense hop flavor and lack of malty balance, the drinkability for this beer goes down.

Update: Tried this again some four years later. Not sure if my bottle is old or what, but I get much more malt and much less hop. The smell is still delicious, but the taste is lacking in balance still with the malts not clashing well with the hops. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ultra hop bomb. Looks amazing... The thickest heaviest head i have ever seen. It clings in clumps on the side of the glass. This is one of the hoppiest beers i have had. Sticky, resenous, chewy. Super dry. Not much citrus. True to form ipa; less "drinkable" than pliny, dryer than 90 minute, but still great. (308 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 13 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky medium orangey amber. It's almost clear, so that I can see through it just enough to make out a whole lot of bubbles rising up. Massive 2+ finger cream-colored head, super-dense, more like a sponge than foam. Tons of sticky lacing, great retention. Half-way through the glass, it still held a thick foam cap. Very impressive appearance.

Smell is nice mellow hops, citrus over pine, though it comes and goes, sometimes piney, sometimes citrusy. Deep, oily, earthy hops.

Tastes like a west coast IPA, for sure. Bitter. Mellow undercurrent of pale malts, with a bitterness that builds up over it and lasts. Pretty one-dimensional, but enough backing that it's pretty good. Persistent and bitter - can still taste it 15-20 seconds later.

Mouthfeel is good - medium-bodied, tingly prickly carbonation that works well with the taste.

Heavy on the hops. I'd like there to be more in the taste than just bitter. Appearance is something for all IPAs to aspire to. (1,014 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three week old bottle based on "best by" date. Golden amber and a little bit hazy. A 2+ finger head yields some nice lacing. Head retention is very good. Aroma nicely showcases the varied blend of hops used (3 C's and Simcoe): grapefruit, pine, citrus, grassy and floral all at once. Definite emphasis on grass and pine notes. Not as aromatic as I remember this (though it's been a long time since I last tried this).

Super bitter, as expected, with grass and pine prevailing in the flavor. It's like a Christmas tree in your mouth. Malt profile is thoroughly squelched by the hops. Very high apparent bitterness with almost no malt body to speak of, just a faint cracker-like grain like a hoppy pils. Sudsy carbonation is moderately soft. The mouthfeel is otherwise slick and oily. Almost no alcohol on the palate.

A palate-shredding, pine-forward, very west coast IPA. This is a nice example of an extremely hop-forward IPA, but it's not on my list of top IPAs. (965 characters)

Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of dill
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA. The bitterness reaches a high peak but mellows out to reveal a nice oakiness. Tastes great cold and is quite easy to drink. Goes well with some spicy Mexican food. Not my favorite IPA, but a very nice beer that has some unique characteristics. (270 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.