Green Flash West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV

Added by xlperro on 03-26-2005

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

They sell this in my Paris supermarket, that is dominated by Belgian beers. So it must be good :)

Actually it is Belgian, pretending to be American..! I read the bottle and it says brewed and bottled in Belgium :)

The colour of this beer is amazing. Wow, it almost shines like a lantern.

Wow, the aroma is strong, it's like apricot juice.

Flavour, more bitter than I expected from the apricot juice aroma. It's very bitter in it's aftertaste, after a sweet initial zing. Zinging is a very good description of this. It reminds me a bit of a gin and tonic with too much lime in. And the time I once ate an orange peel as an experiment....

According to the bottle, there are 5 layers of hops. This explains the bitterness. It is probably the most bitter beer I have tried.

The contrast of the apricotty aroma as you take a sip, with the intense bitterness, is truly an experience unknown to me in my many exploits in beer drinking. This is at a new level.

Do I like the taste..?

It's a bit too bitter and sour. It does need a bit more sweetness. It is an acquired taste. Perhaps the American one is better.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass enjoy by 12.10.15
look orange amber with a moderate white head that faded quickly left lacing on glass
smell complex grassy, piney initially then more floral sweet ambrosia as it warmed
taste slightly sweet and floral with a bitter finish
feel very dry
overall decent not my favorite but moderately drinkable didnt like the super dry feel, loved the smell

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Bought at Berkeley Bowl west, no exp.

A: Foggy sun tea orange with slow uniform rising carbonation. 1.5 finger head. cloudy floating sediment like a pond
S: Relatively weak but nice IPA smell, hoppy with a pine sweetness.
T: Bitterness turns into sourness, bitterness is pretty strong, but alcohols is well masked. almost bananay yeast. citrusy background.
M: Tad astringent, light to moderate micro carbonation.
O: good but I don't see why people think it's SO great.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz. bottle, with best before date 11/13/2014 printed on the label. It's been a long time coming since I've last had this beer, so I'm not quite sure what to expect anymore aside from hoppy goodness.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice burnt sienna orange colored body with one finger of foamy off-white head. Adequate carbonation streaming topside from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Some tiny sediment particles noticeable. Leaves behind some nice lacing as the head recedes. 4

S - The smell is mostly all floral & grapefruit. Piney & citric, just like the label describes. A pleasant aroma, but I was expecting more depth to it, in all honesty. 3.5

T - The taste follows the nose - a bitter hop bomb all around. Grapefruit, orange, pine, and a subtle but noticeable caramel malt bill on the end. 4

M - The feel is extremely bitter and resinous. An easy drinking beer for 8.10% abv, though. It leaves the palate craving for another sip to quench the dryness left behind. Lingering notes of dank pine and grapefruit. Enjoyable, yes, but almost too bitter I might say. 3.5

Overall, it was about what I expected / remembered it to be - an all around resinous hop bomb. Two years ago, I might have raved about such a beer, but nowadays I find it rather uninspired. Still, a nice beer in the realm of big bitter double IPA's. I look forward to trying more from Green Flash.

Green Flash West Coast IPA -----4/5.

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

A- nice hazy copper color

S- citrus some pine and defiantly hoppy

T- claims 95 IBUs but i dont fully taste it but great hoppy taste again some citrus and pine

M- light carbonation goes down smooth

D- eal drinkable i could sit down and drink a few of these

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

Reviewed from Notes (no freshness info)

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: dark amber golden color, 1/2" of off white head, lots of haze

N: not as good as others, grapefruit-orange-pine, but not in your face....thinking this may not be the freshest bottle

T: grapefruit and pine, not too complicated, plenty of bitterness- I believe the 95 IBUs...still questioning the freshness, but this held up fairly well

M: good, not overbearing

D: high, but IMO there are better IPAs on the market, if I can assure a fresher bottle or on tap, I would def. give this one another whirl

thanks to cduckett for the extra

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

Great beer. So happy I could actually smell this one...

This West Coast IPA has a nice even cloudy golden orange color. I generally cant really smell all that well, so it was nice to find this beer with a pleasant hoppy, floral aroma. There is something in the taste that I cant quite put my finger on, but there is a very strong hop flavor (bitter), nice floral favor. The aftertaste is a bit too strong for me (taste I can't figure out), its pretty bitter. Solid carbonation. Drinkable beer, but dont know if I could throw back a bunch due to the aftertaste.

-cmp

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

12oz. bottle.

Hazy amber liquid. Large, light tan head. Quite rocky. Moderate lacing.

Aroma was mainly citrus - lemon and grapefruit. Some grassy notes in there as well. A bit of honey if you really put your nose into it. After most of the glass, malt became more apparent, and the honey character picks up. A breadlike scent also comes out to play.

Taste follows scent, and is quite hoppy. Citrus and grass are the players, and are much stronger in flavor than the scent would indicate. Malt is there, but hard to characterize. Definately not a starring role. Alcohol pops through occasionally, but is pretty mild. I felt that it could have been a bit better balanced.

Medium bodied, with similar carbonation. Not very drying, but it does keep you sipping.

Balanced, it's not, but if you like hops, get some of this. Very good.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.