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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Reviews: 1,796
Hads: 7,409
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,515 | 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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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich copper color with a smaller cream colored head that does leave some decent lace behind.

Aroma is west coast punchy grapefruit, pine is big also. Some light floral noted as well. Hops are big covering the malt, though some light sweetness does come thru.

Taste is hops fresh pine needles, sprinkled grass laying on large citrus hops that leave a lingering bitterness, that lasts and lasts. Bitterness is not extreme but seems to take center stage in this beer, thru out.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with a good medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good a big West Coast IPA. I love hops but hints of malt would make it a touch better. I guess it should be all good just in a different mood today. Thanks to merlin48 for the treat as always.

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Photo of hiku7
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I will start by saying I am generally a Green Flash fan, but this one did not quite live up to expectations, though it was overall a decent brew. Maybe it was a bad bottle. I'll review again if I change my mind.

The problem was certainly not with the appearance or smell. It poured a cloudy amber with a huge tan head. Low carbonation though. More on this later.

Smell is great, with a woody, piney hop smell and caramel malt. The taste is wonderful hops but without the overwhelming hop bite that finish many overdone IPAs. The taste was more fruity than the smell, which had only a hint of fruitiness coming through the hops.

The mouthfeel is where this beer lost me. It was so low carbonation that it was almost flat. It was way too watery.

Overall, the flat wateriness got to me, though I loved the hop assault smell. Good beer, but I can't give it the high marks that others have. I'll revise if I have a different experience with another try. Unfortunately, I only bought a single, so that will have to wait.

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

Appearance -- Light copper hue, some suspended sediment, two fingers of stiff eggshell head that slowly dissipate.

Smell -- Citrus rind, tropical fruit, spring flowers, cut grass, buttered bread. Not terribly fragrant.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, some buttered bread. The 95 IBU's make themselves known in the finish with a tidal wave of hop bitterness. Finish is grapefruit and pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability -- It's certainly a West Coast IPA with its big grapefruit and bittering hops. There's some to be desired in the mouthfeel, but otherwise a solid offering.

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

growler picked up about a half hour ago.

a - poured a transparent chestnut amber with a thin head that didn't hang around.

s - subtle hops with good malt balance. not as "west coast" as I had expected although the beverage shop said very fresh

t - much more sticky and pine cone than the nose suggests, but still very balanced by the malt back bone

m - little watery and thin but easy drinker.

o - overall a decent ipa. I wouldn't go nuts for this one and with so many ipa choices this one falls a bot short, but enjoyable none-the-less.

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

Whoa! I've had this now on-tap and in the bottle. From the bottle, the beer comes off much creamier, with a lusty off white thick frosty head, lacing and a load of retention. The nose is incredibly pungent and you know you are in for a wallop. The piney notes and oily hop esters are screaming out from the glass. Everything said about this on-tap holds true for the bottle version, just in more acute fashion. The beer is very, very acerbic with an extremely tart, grapefruity, pungent hop bite. It is even more imbalanced in bottle form than on-tap. Good, but definitely one for big time hop heads. L'Chaim.

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Photo of mikul93
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice amber/orange with a healthy head. Lots of lacing and lots of sediment

S Pine, citrus, hops and some caramel

T Grapefruit, hops, nice touch of sweetness. Hop bitterness at the end that lingers.

M Medium carbonation. Medium viscosity.

O Good but not great. I enjoyed it though. Would definitely pick up another 4 pack.

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

So i finally had this one and wow, i think this is one of the most underrated brews.

I poured into my Alpine brewing pint glass. A hazy honey amber color with burnt orange on the edges. Solid off-white head with strong lacing. The aroma was a slap in the face of herbaceous citrus rind hops... a wall of hops per se which was a perfect seguay to the taste. Bitter grapefruit and fresh cut pine boughs dominate. I could detect nothing else, mildly tannic? Seems a bit green and could use a bit more malt on the backbone... still good though.

A good medium feel on the tongue, nicely carbonated and very tasty.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(3/5/15 best by)

L: peach/gold ... lots of amber/orange in it; cloudy at first and loads of debris; 1/3- to 1/2-inch offwhite head of foam, laces a little, keeps a bright collar; it clears up a bit, but even as it clears, you can still see the debris

S: candied orange with bitter pine; pretty sweet, slightly in that caramel/mango range but the bitter is strong; as it warms, becomes much, much sweeter than the taste

T: very bitter, pine, citrus, candied orange, some grapefruit; the alcohol and hops jump in there and then hang back in the aftertaste ... burn in the throat is alcohol, but the hop bite is so stout that it's lingering

F: very full, almost thick but very carbonated ... a good light heavyweight, pulling well short of syrupy

O: BIG hop bite here, and lots of bitter up front, in the middle and on the back; it's not a grapefruit bomb, but the pine and bitter mix up with the orange to create something close; classic big hoppy brew

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear full copper color and is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma starts out with a raw herbal hop note but then moves to softer, sweeter citrus notes of grapefruity and orange peel. The taste has a slight sweetness up front which carries through towards the finish. The malt sweetness accentuates the grapefruit-like citrus hop notes, but there is also a noticeable raw hop note that is a mix of herbal notes and pine. The beer has a solid bitterness to it that slowly builds towards the long astringent, lingeringly bitter finish. This is a nice example of an IPA, perhaps the body is a bit thicker than usual and at this point I might like it a bit thinner, but come another day the body would probably hit the spot just perfectly. Perhaps the finish is a bit too raw and astringent with the heavy handed hops, but it definitely is an enjoyable hop blast of a beer.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this against the BR Racer 5.

Pours a strong red with no head and minimal lacing. Disappointing.

Faint citrus nose, but not enough going on here to get excited about.

Taste is all citrus with a weak initial hit but nicer finish. Something about the beer tastes slightly unfinished to me though. Kind of green.

Very nice mouthfeel, appropriate to style.

Easy to drink and worth a try. Just not sure I'd try more than one.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Nice light caramel color with a good two finger head that becomes a solid eighth inch lacing. Smells like sweet candy with a hint of melon and slight bit of orange. Taste is a decent balance of slightly sweet malt and slight pine flavor. The bitterness and malt sweetness balance pretty nicely. This is a medium bodied brew that tastes great. I know I couldn't find a date code on these bottles, and I've had this fresher on tap and it was amazing. The fact that I can still enjoy it a couple months later is quite a relief, but it's not ideal. Bottom line: delicious brew.

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Photo of Momar42
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A - Nice one finger of off-white foam with good retention and lacing. Clear, light amber color.

S - Floral and citrus rise from the foam. Pleasant and not overpowering. Already preferable to the more astringent aroma from Palate Wrecker.

T - A smooth malty sweetness announces itself first, followed closely with a mild bitterness that continues through the mouth. Lingers pleasantly for a short time with a bite.

M - Again, smoothness. The hops get the sides of the tongue while the maltiness coats the rest. Pleasant but not as clean finishing as some of the higher rated IPAs.

O - Definitely a top tier American IPA. I like this offering loads more than the Palate Wrecker. It is easy drinking for the ABV and enjoyable thru the entire bottle. Would love to get this on tap and will seek it out if I can find it. With a better crispness and deeper flavor profile, this could easily challenge the big guns.

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

This poured a dark amber with tons of sediment and a light tan head. It smelled of strong citrus hops with a bit of malt. It tasted like copper and grapefruit hops, which was more tangy than bitter. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation and a decently bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good IPA, but it didn't have a clean enough hops bitterness for me.

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Photo of ajaxivan
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time i have had this in awhile

A: Great looking beer, nice copper color and 2 finger cream colored head.

S: Citrus and pine, not as strong as i would like but good. I know GF puts the bottled on date on the cartons but i couldn't find it. My guess is this isn't past it's prime FWIW.

T:It has the perfect amount of bitterness for me, finishes dry, grapefruit is prodominant

M: Medium, carbonation is about right

O: Overall this is a good/very good IPA. Bottom line, it's too pricey. This is the first time i have seen it in my area and i wanted to revisit it after all the backlash on GF going to 4pks etc. and uping their pricing. If you like good IPA's i would recommend this for sure, i just think its way overpriced.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rather gorgeous caramel color with a standard head. The aromas are mainly of mango and a whole lot of caramel. Thankfully the taste is not as sweet as the nose, giving flavors of pine, resin, mango, caramel, and pineapple. The mouthfeel is very full and sugar. Overall I really like the taste of this beer, but I do have some reservations about the sweetness.

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Photo of DrewOSU
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, served in pint glass, purchased at Belmont Party Source in Dayton, OH.

A: Pours dark orange to amber color. Lots of head, almost 1 ½ inches on direct pour. A lot carbonation. Thick sponge like peaks of head. Good amount of lacing on the pour and a very small amount of lacing left after finishing the glass. Sign of a good malt balance.

S: Less aroma then I expected, initial hop and malt smell. Nothing very over powering or impressive about it on the initial pour. Pine and citrus notes as expected.

T: Initial malt and bitter, metallic taste followed by citrus and hop impact on the aftertaste. Very little alcohol presence, only tasted after swallow. I do not like a metallic taste in my beer, that was disappointing.

MF: Medium to thick body for a single IPA. Almost syrupy at times.

D: High APV at 7%, however I could drink a few of these in a single session. This beer is also well balanced , between the APV, the hops and the malt.

Besides Stone, this was the first experience I have had with a west coast IPA. I have to say I want to go visit California now. This beer has a good balance and just enough hops to give you a kick in the teeth when it wants to.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big three finger thicker perfectly white head with great retention. Tawny or burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a thick healthy foam cap. A good film stays until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Looks really good.

SMELL: Some pine and floral notes with hints of citrus. Some pale malts are noticeable, but a little too muted for my liking. Fine, but not bold enough.

TASTE: Flavors are definitely bolder. Some pale malts, but lots of hops everywhere. Pine and floral notes, with some citrus and light grapefruit flavors. Finishes with lots of bitterness as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter with pine and citrus notes. Very hoppy and bitter. Much more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes nicely mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Another good offering from Green Flash. The nose gave me some worries that it wouldn't quite deliver the punch, but the flavors definitely came through in the end. A good looking beer with lots of flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12oz stubby, raised-letter Green Flash brown bottle, very simple label. Bottled 11/13/12. Finally, some dates from these guys! Excellent!! This is almost three months old, not ideal for an IPA, but certainly acceptable. Poured into a 16oz nonic pint.

Appearance: Orange amber hues (on the light side) with lots of tiny sediment in suspension if you screw up the last half-ounce of the pour. Capped by a creamy, eggshell head which shows nice retention and nice, sticky lacing.

Smell: Dank, herbal and piney hops lead, with a bit of citrus and just a touch of toasty caramel maltiness in the background. Simple, straightforward, and quite pleasant.

Taste: A bit of earthy, bready malt character and herbal, piney hops. 'Green' and dank. Not much in the way of citrus fruit, at least at this point. Strong, lingering bitterness...this feels tastes like the claimed 90+ IBUs. Like the aromas, not tons of depth, but lots of intensity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.

Overall: A no-frills IPA that's rock solid nonetheless. At between $8-9 bucks a 4-pk, it's not cheap, but if it's in date (the date stamping is an excellent addition) it's worth picking up.

B = 85

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Photo of nc41
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Most of all a bitter hop bomb. For those who worship balance don't bother, Pours nice, very decent head, minimal nose. Bitter from start to finish, but I like this style. Nice to have one or two, but that's about max. A very one sided brew, and not very complex. If a bitter ale is your thing look no further, kinda like Ruination with less alcohol. This is my second six so I gave it some thought and volume before reviewing.

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Photo of AmericanMechanic
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: 12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Beautiful Amber red murky body that glows great vigorously into the glass only to leave less than 1/4 finger of head that dissipates to minimal lacing

Smell: smells great plenty of hop action here. Not a fan of malts but can say that what malts I do smell is minimal. Smells like I'm in for a treat being I'm an hop advocate.

Taste: Pretty beautiful start. Ful of piney, earthy, and citrusy hops followed by a fresh pine hop that fornicated with a mild sweet malt. Probably the most well rounded IPA I have had especially given its called a DIPA.

Feel: Pretty light although a tad bit of slick oil touch. Very shocking how light and smooth it is for the ABV

Overall:this that's is not my preference as I like less malt and strong hops. But respect to the brewers for making such a smooth and well rounded beer. A great high end brew to establish your respect for IPA's until you find your sub niche balance of hop to malt ratio

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hop haze straw to orange color. White 1 finger head.

S: grapefruit, citrus, hop resin.

T: pine resin, hop oils, fresh hop, caramel sweetness.

M: thin, sweet, fully fermented though, lingering bitterness.

O: better from keg. Lost some freshness during bottling and shipping. I miss the kegged beer.

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Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 5/7/13

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with 4 fingers width of off white colored head. Good retention and lots of segmental lacing.

S: Piney hops, citrus zest, sweet malts, dish soap, some tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.

T: Very malty, with big caramel and toffee notes. These are followed by piney hop bitterness on the back end. Really not much of a hop profile at all, just the pine on the finish.

M/D: Full bodied, lower carbonation, ABV well restrained, drinkability is average.

O: The hops from the nose dont come out in the taste. Not a bad beer but pretty disappointing. I dont think Id purchase this one again, not with so many great IPAs sitting on the shelves at any given time.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in San Diego.

Arrived in a pint glass a nice clear amber color with a one finger head. Leaves a nice thin film of lacing that coats the enitre glass. Smells of sweet pineapple, mango, and bitter hop resin with a subtle maltiness - very pleasing. The taste was unexpected as the citrusy fruitiness doesn't play through as much as expected but is balanced and almost masked by the malty aftertaste - it is sweet up front but not as much as I expected. The mouthfeet is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation and the alcohol shows through towards the end. I'm not sure if this beer was served from a fresh keg or not but it didn't really live up to all the talk for me - it was very good and a nice beer to drink with my meal as it was easy drinking and crisp but not world class or top notch IMO.


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Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, decent head

Smells of piney and grapefruity hops.

As one might expect, this is a hop bomb. Full of grapefruit and citrus rind, then escalates to pine, with a long drawn-out bitter finish.

Mouthfeel somewhat resinous.

This had a satisfying hop bite, but was a little on the piney side for me. Certainly full of hop flavor, but the bitterness sort of blotted out the rest of the beer. I would have liked to have some of the other flavors stand out and back up the hops.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a slightly more than a finger of head.

Big citrus aromas are joined by some piney and herbal hops. Sweetness bursts through, though I can't tell wether it's the citric hops or the malts.

The initial kick on the palate is spicy hops and some malts. The citrus flavors take over, and then are joined by piney, herbal flavors. The aftertaste lingers with citrus rind and some very vegetal flavors. Medium body and smooth carbonation.

The ABV is a bit too high, and I don't think I'd want more than one.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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