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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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1,796 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,796
Hads: 7,407
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,513 | FT: 11
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: 1,796 | Hads: 7,407
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich amber with no head. Modest hop aroma with sweet malt and almost no alcohol. The taste is booming hops with a little sweetness from the malt to follow. Relatively smooth and balanced towards the end, quite enjoyable. This is really an IPA you can drink 20oz of, I would recommend it to west coast IPA lovers.

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Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed amber-orange colour, one finger of off white head, really good retention and some lace. Smell is a mix of citrusy pine and toasty malt, biscuit like, grapefruit and orange with a faint suggestion of alcohol. Taste is full of dry citrusy hops, mango, orange and grapefruit, big bitterness with a bit of malt toward the finish and a little warming alcohol. Light carbonation, medium body, thick and resinous at times, good mouthfeel. For an IPA that was nearly 4 months old to the day this was really good and probably stellar when fresh, so I will change my review upon a fresher bottle if need be but I would still drink one 4 months old.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint Glass

A- poured a deep amber, darker and a bit thicker than most IPA's. Decent 1-2 finger head that lasts throughout the pour. A nice looking beer that beckons the drinker.

S- Fairly average in my opinion a nice floral hop smell with a bit of sweetness and character. The smell however was not as strong or as balanced as I would have liked as the hops overpower many of the lesser notes.

M- Again pretty good, not great. Crisp and refreshing as an IPA should be but the darker color does lend a nice thickness that is appreciated in the mouth,

T- Very nice floral hop front that dissipates into some sweet citrus and maybe apple. There is something to be desired however as the flavors don't meld as well with one another as I would have hoped.

O- Due to the influx of American IPA's, my personal belief is that some of these brews can become rather complacent in mimicking what has become immensely popular throughout the states. While this is a very nice beer it still left something to be desired on my end that had me searching from something else instead of all of what was purchased.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of light tan head. This beer is orangish amber in color with yeast suspended throughout. The smell is citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with some pine in there as well. The taste focuses more on the bitter aspect. The citrus is well hidden amongst the barrage of piny hops. I knew going into this beer that it would numb my palate. I prefer my mid-western ipa's. I am finally embracing this style but my palate is not ready for the west coast hop bombs. I like my ipa's nice and citrusy. I love the smell but I prefer to taste more than just bitterness.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange golden with a perfectly clear body. Sticky lacing left on the sides.

S: Pine and citrus fruits. Not much here though; although I don't really care much for how a beer smells.

T: Pine, grass, citrus, apple, orange peel, caramel malt, and saltine cracker. Nice taste to this one. For a double it drinks like a regular pale almost.

M: Medium and oily. Just the way I like it.

O: Not bad at all. Not the most amazing thing out there, but a very good beer. Nice flavor and nice mouth feel. It's a winner for me.

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Photo of Rast
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle as Butler falls to Marquette off a wacky last second three point hook shot heave.

Pours a beautiful light amber with a massive head. On my second pour into the glass, I took as aggressive a pour as possible, and for a brief moment, there was literally ALL head in the glass. Woah. The nose has more going on than I can properly parse apart, but the bottle text hits me in the lane with an assist: pine, florals, grapefruit (rind!). Having been properly educated, I can detect these widely varying smells. The taste is equally complex: strong hop bitterness with the individual flavors rotating on a wonderful beer merry-go-round. The ride doesn't stop with the swallow, and really keeps going for quite a bit. Impressive. Not as sessionable with all the intensity of the bitterness, but certainly an important IPA experience. Keep this one spinning.

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Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color, with a decent looking head.

Aromas are of citrus and pine. The smells are light, but crisp and pleasant.

Beer comes off as quite dry. The main flavors noticed is the hops. Noticed bitterness, grapefruit, and a touch of sourness on the finish. This is pretty hoppy for a standard IPA. But it is from the West Coast... this might be a touch out of balance, not much in the way of malts that I can I taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. This beer seems a bit gritty though. There is also quite a lingering effect from this one... a bitter sourness that really hangs around.

All in all, I liked this beer. But the balance seems off. I am a big time hop lover, but this beer needs a bit more to it than just the bitterness I tasted.

This beer must have had a long journey before it got to me. CA to MD, then MD back to CA thanks to MuenchenerKindl.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells incredibly hoppy. Citric, pine, and floral. Mild chocolate/bread malt underneath. Fairly good balance and definitely strong.

Pours a copper gold color, good clarity, moderate head with limited retention.

First sip opens a world of hop abuse. Strong floral/leafy/fresh hops with citric, pine, and fruit notes beat up the tongue. Grapefruit and pear. Good, solid bitterness. Substantial tartness. Mild-moderate malt can be found under the hops. Notes of chocolate and bread. Enough malt to make a decent balance in spite of the hop thrashing. Finishes dry and hoppy with plenty of bitterness.

So much raw hoppage!, this is very West Coast. The sheer hop magnitude gets in the way of my carelessly enjoying this one. My stomach even kind of hurts; and I sure don't want two in a row. As much of a hop-head as I am, this is borderline too-hardcore to be cool. I don't like to shun a beer for being overly hoppy, so I won't. Instead, I'll say that either my palate is too young or too sensitive to appreciate this hop-bomb. Respect.

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Photo of Matthew
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper type orange color with a medium sized head that slowly settles to leave a decent sized covering. There is a lot of sediment in my glass also. Pretty cloudy.
Big pungent fresh hop aroma, mainly characterized by earthy, slightly floral and pine tones. There are hints of a hop fruitiness present also....I may even get hints of apple?
Big bitter hoppiness hits me first, lush fresh hops is the biggest characteristic following along with its aroma, piney, slightly spicy, and hints of citrus characteristics. Pretty damn well balanced considering this is a 7% beer. Alcohol is not easily precieved for the most part. Malt sweetness is present in the dry finish.
Fairly drinkable, tasty enough that you want another if you really like big hop profiles but a pretty big beer that can catch up with you quickly. I'll be picking up more of this.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale cloudy amber in color. Nice thick, rocky off-white head with excellent retention. Plenty of lacing to go around. There is floating debris. I Don't know if that's normal for this beer.

S - In the nose you immediately get fresh piney hops and lots of it. Although the hops are very aromatic the malt comes through nicely in the background sweetening it up a bit and leaving a pleasant grassy character.

T - Tons of piney hops up front that devastate the palate with bitterness. In a good way. The malts also seem to be playing their part well to balance it all out.

M - A tad light bodied. Sort of thin. Carbonation is good though.

D/N - Pretty drinkable stuff here. Could easily relax and drink this beer through the night. Although Im not sure the price is right for this one.

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Photo of harrymel
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle date: Unk, but I've been assured this is fresh.

A: pours golden ale with excellent clarity and a single finger of peanut head. This falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Ring lacing. Not a bad looker.

S: Dank. As. Fuck. Wow. this was named appropriately; 100% west coast sentiment. Pine, weed, citrus, weed and pine. When I'm brewing, I always smell the hops prior to adding them. This stinks like simcoe, cascade, and centennial - if I recall. Good shit.

T: I have been caught off guard! Malty, superior and balanced. Bitter, caramel, piny, resiny, citric rinds.... Just a hare more bitter than I typically go for.

M: medium bodied with hi carb. Dry finish. Like a hint of weness on the finish.

O: Nice brew - would likely turn me drunk very quickly. I dig it.

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Photo of ryaneasterling
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the style, and this beer is an innovator but....it tastes a hair bit like a rusty tin can. Very up front, very bitter/abrasive, subtlety and nuance are not the name of the game with this in your face hop monster. If you're a hop head...step right up and take the challenge.

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Photo of JohnG190
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with 2 finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of pine resin, citrus zest, malts, pineapple and mango. Very malty with caramel and toffee notes. Huge pine resin on the back end that really sticks around. Full body with moderate carbonation, finishes super dry. That dry bitter finish compromises the drinkability. Overall it is a very well crafted and balanced IPA, but the bitter dry back end makes it less appealing in my IPA repertoire.

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Photo of mentor
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger yellow-tan head over a particulated apricot color liquid. Smells pith and some light esters. Woodsy oranges and tangerine. Tastes oranges and pith. Sharp clean hop bitter, grassy is low. Potent bitter is above all, but hop flavor is nearly comperable. Peach fuzzy. Pith is drying in the end, but allows a fruity sweet to rise a touch in the aftertaste. Md body and md-heavy carbonation.

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3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

West Coast IPA is an orange/amber color with a 1/4" off-white head. The head falls quickly to a cap and leaves a good lattice of lacework.

The nose is full of piney hops and ripe grapefruit. Orange peel. Appropriately named as this has a classic West Coast IPA aroma.

Juicy citrus, tangy pine in the initial taste. Very hopped up and nice bitterness.

Full, round mouthfeel. Nice bitter finish. Good drinkability. I agree with my main man, tryemall(thanks for the beer!), this beer could benefit from a little more malt backbone. Otherwise, very nice, very hoppy W.C. IPA.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A not-so-careful pour yields a 1/2 finger khaki colored head. Tons of sediment from the bottom of the bottle managed to make it's way into my pour, so there are a few nice-sized chunks of spent yeast/hops.

S - Grapefruity, pineappley hops! It's been a minute since an IPA I've drank had such a nose. Great smelling brew. Piney hops in the back.

T - Pretty nice taste, but I'm not huge on the finish. The hop oils are a little much for a standard AIPA. Tastes like someone squeezing a pine tree into your mouth. I like it, but have had better.

M - Slightly undercarbonated for my tastes, but pretty nice body.

D - I had really high hopes for this but the finish kills it a little for me. It's bitter as hell, and yes, it does ease up the more you drink it... it totally wrecks your palate.

Notes: I'd pick this up again, but not as consistently as say, Two Hearted, or Snoqualmie Wildcat. I have one more in the fridge, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it... but I'll remember that this one beats the hell out of your tongue.

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Photo of silentjay
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a plain orange copper that produces a huge eggshell colored head that retains and laces well.

ahhh. pine. hoppy aroma of pine needles, and some citrus rind. not terribly complex, but oh so appetizing.

flavor is a bit of a letdown from the aroma, but not terribly. the pine fades to the background while the citrus rind and bitter hops come out front. malt is barely detectable and quite lackluster, but its not the main attraction here. there is a little white bread and a touch of toast.

light medium bodied with a syrupy feel after the swallow and a touch of heat with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

drinks ok. a bit harsh from the hop profile and slight alcohol burn. would like a bit more pleasant hop flavor to work alongside the hop bitterness. good, but not great. definitely not a gateway beer. you have to love hops and bitterness to enjoy this one.

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Photo of theteleman
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Orangeish apperance with a nice white head that takes it time to disapate. Smells…Pine, Hops, lots of hops some citrus notes are prevalent as well. Taste is what I've come to expect from these West Coast styles, the first thing that my tounge noticed was the hoppy, piney taste that I love. Real nice mouthfeel, bitter but also some malts in there to balance it out. Awesome. The ABV is disguised well here so tread carefully but Enjoy!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Translucent caramel amber, mediocre head with low retention

S - Lemon peel, lots of pine, white grape juice

T - The bitterness plays out really interestingly. There's a big hop kick on the first sip that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for a wallop of bitterness, but it doesn't hit you right away. It makes you double check the 95 IBU label on the bottle. The bitterness is incredibly delayed, and shows up deep into the aftertaste. That said, it overlaps and builds between sips. It's a little overpowering after a while as you realize they didn't miss a decimal place on the IBUS. The flavor profile includes pine, spice, pepper, and Campari.

M - Nice body, very smooth. The bitterness really lingers.

D - I split a 12oz bottle with a friend, and we both had our fill after drinking our half.

O - A niche beer that's more of a bitter novelty than a session beer.

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Photo of Sintech
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Smell is mild and of pine/hops.

Appearance is dark golden bronze.

Taste is a very smooth, nice malt to hops ballance.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, no alcohol bite.

Overall a very good California IPA easily accessible here in Nebraska...gbr!

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden and hazy. Fantastic head retention and lacing (If you are into that sort of thing).

Aroma isn't as strong as you'd expect. Very nice hop aroma. More on the grapefruit side than the grass side.

Taste is pithy and bitter. A good sign for the style. The hops aren't overpowering and eliminating the malt, but the citrus rind flavor really lingers. It is an inviting flavor but pretty exhausting!

Carbonation level is right on target.

Not my favorite IPA, but definitely a memorable one.

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Photo of GrumpyBeer
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was good/great IPA with great west coast hop head aromas and a bitter pine forward taste. The pour was dark amber orange clear with carbonation heavy bubble throughout. The smell was very good. Pine resin and that fantastic hoppy citrus I expected. The taste was very bitter forward, piney and malt and caramel were there. The citrus I expected just wasn't quite there but for those loving the hoppy bitter IPA with more malt note this would hit the spot. Mouthfeel was dry and slightly sour after drinking. Almost a hoppy farmhouse ale feel.
This was overall a good beer, not quite as fruit and citrus as others but still a good IPA for the bitter lovers

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Photo of chickenm
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing. Huge hop aroma with pine and grapefruit. The taste has massive bitterness with piney hops; it's a bit one-dimensional with the over-the-top bitterness. The finish is very dry and bitter. There is some astringency here as well. The drinkability isn't bad, but I prefer a little more balance in my IPAs.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/09/12

A - Two plus fingers worth of airy fluffy pillow-like slightly off-white colored head that is comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately leaves a splotch froth... The color is an intriguing deep bronze color... A limited bit of uber sluggish carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Grape fruit... Sweet tangerine... Orange zest... The pleasant citrusy hops are at the forefront, but not too potent... They sit atop a rich malt base comprised of biscuit and rich caramel... Very pleasant and spot on the for the style...

T - The hops take a 180-degree turn on the palette... Instead of the expected citrus, the hops take on a much more piney, earthy, noble character... There are no hints of citrus... Some graham crackers and bread crust... Some light floral notes...

M - Ultra dry from the get go... A slight bite throughout... Starts harsh before turning more gentle throughout... Medium bodied... Limited carbonation...

D - Excellent appearance and aroma... The taste and mouthfeel weren't quite what I was hoping for... The overall result is a slightly interesting American IPA... This is not something that I would drink with regularity...

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive three finger off white head with rocky bubbles quickly builds to the top of the glass. Body is the color of honey. Scattered lace is left all over the body of the glass. The nose is huge with lots of fresh hop aroma and sweet citrus and sappy pine. Hop presence is quick to make itself known with long bold mineral based hops. The palate yeilds a slight creamy sweetness that quickly fades to a lengthy bitter richness that shows a bit of malt character as well. A solid IPA with a lengthy bitter mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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