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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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1,785 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 7,357
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 369
Gots: 1,469 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,785 | Hads: 7,357
Photo of RickGrimes
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Average ipa, citra centric, good aroma ma poor taste profile. Good bitternes ar the end but not much tropical notes that i expected in a Dipa like this. I had better feeling with old version, normal ipa but maximal flavour. (223 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange, 1 finger off white head, decent retention, a bit of lacing

Aromas include orange, grapefruit, lime, pine, earthy hops, ethanol

Taste follows the smell exactly plus some bready malts. Bitter and dry finish

Mouthfeel is medium . Seems to be a pretty hefty IPA. Light carbonation

A bit too astringent for me. There are 95 IBUs in this beer and you can taste them. The alcohol also becomes a lot more noticeable once the beers warms up which hinders the drinkability for me. (495 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Typical Imperial IPA look to it. Dark copper and hazy as hell. Had a nice 2 finger creamy head that died to a fine rim around the glass. Lacing is very sticky on the side of the glass. Inviting for sure.

S- Sweet All kinds of hop notes are in this beer. It seems very resinous and dank. You get the tropical fruits of grapefruit and pineapple, some orange peel. It has the hemp as well. There is also a rich tobacco and leather type note. Malts are caramel in scent. Yeast has a biscuity thing going on. Alcohol is noticeable, but it not over the top.

T- Same as the scent. Very dank and very resinous with a hop oily character. It's harder in the flavor than in the nose to tell what kinds of fruits your tasting, but it's a tropical fruity kind of hop bitterness. Rich tobacco as well. Leathery. Caramel malts, no doubt about it. Again, it's got the biscuity quality to it. But that is light. Finish is very interesting on this one. There is a slick oiliness that coats the mouth. it then becomes sweeter and malty before it dries after some time. Nice.

M- Medium to full bodied on the fuller side. Like in the taste, it has a oily slickness to it. It is making my lips smack a bit from the sweetness. And it's chewy as well.

Overall, this is a hop lover's dream come true. It is an exceptional Double IPA. I think I remember liking the old West Coast IPA better than this one, but I can't complain here. I just wish this version was more malty to balance out the extremely hoppy flavors that come out in the beer. But if you like extremely hoppy beers or just want to take a walk on the wild side, try this! (1,618 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Pretty good IPA but hard into the pine, green. Very intense in that sense, could be a bit better balanced in my opinion but it is a great example of the west coast IPA! (168 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a amber orange coloration. The head of the beer is a rich biege coloration. The head was about a finger and a half high. Very nice rings of foam mark this beers all too rapid disappearance from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of pine resinous hops combines very well with citrus zest, a whiff of grapefruit, and perhaps some mango.

Taste: The beer leads with the expected pine flavors. The pine is a bit resinous and lingers on the palate. A bit of grapefruit sweetness cuts across and then right back to bittering dry finish. Pretty straight forward but well done.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is slick and just shy of medium bodied. Nice oily texture to the hops making them linger and drying the beer out. The beer left my glass in a very rapid fashion. I could drink several of these in an evening and not get bored. (920 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Inbetween gold and Amber color with a little bit of carbonation and a thin head that dissipates quickly. Very good hoppy smell. Extra hoppy taste that makes you ignore the quaint bitter aftertaste that comes with pale ales. (224 characters)

Photo of JohnBuck
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Even though we are talking about a beer claiming to be extravagantly hopped, this beer is all about balance. It packs a punch at 7.3. I think it is the most drinkable beer of all the 'dank' beer I love.

WC IPA is only available in a four pack ($12) now so when I see it on tap for $6 a pint I feel like it will be a great deal for IPA lovers looking for a balanced beer that is easy on the gut but still provides a palatable punch any day of the week. Although the only place I have had it on tap was this summer at Citizen Burger in Charlottesville. (577 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a blend of pine, resin, and grapefruit with other assorted tropical notes. It's a murky yellow amber hue with a dense head, mild retention, and lots of snowdrift lacing. The taste profile is a medium high bitter and medium sweet compliment. The texture is oily with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium full body with notes of pine, wood resin, and grapefruit along with a lightly floral and burnt bread undertone. The finish is crisp with notes of caramel, bread, and grapefruit membrane. The strong, pungent aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and pine that coats the mouth and lingers for awhile, but ends abruptly and clean. (664 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle served into a pint glass bottled 4/22/2013

A- A nice copper/orange color with a fluffy head of white foam and some of the nicest lace i have ever seen in a brew.

S- floral with strong whiffs of grapefruit pith and pine.

T- Fresh bread crust and a touch of sweetness upfront which quickly becomes taken over by strong citrus bitterness representing flavors of grapefruit and a touch of lemon, then developing into a more herbal character with a straight forward bitterness and drying finish with lingering citrus notes in the aftertaste. After the first few sips i had a hard time believing this was 95 IBUs but its starting to come forth towards the end of the glass.

M- its a pretty creamy IPA. Medium bodied. With very smooth carbonation.

D- a tasty beer with a wide variety of hop flavors make it deliciously drinkable.

Overall this beer has so much going for it but i found the level of alcohol a little high. I like IPAs to be around the 6% - 6.5 % range. Once you get over the 7% range you start venturing into the Double IPA valley, which is by no means a bad thing. Good brew nonetheless. Looking for more brews from this place. Well done. (1,166 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger head over a deep amber gold. Lacing excellent

Aromas of pine citrus and hops, lots of em.

Taste is really hop bitter and not as intense as nose. Hides alcohol well, needs some malt to balance. A little malt appears by end of bottle

MF is somewhat oily, a let down.

Good in class if only the taste was as food as look 'n' smell. Better by end of bottle as it evens itself out (399 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured a thick amber gold. Head was two fingers off white. The nose is a peppery lemon grapefruit. Definitely a lot of citrus notes. You can smell the sweetness of the malt, but the alcohol remains hidden to the nose. The taste is aggressively bitter. There's a hint of caramel, but that is quickly masked by the tidewater of hops. They coat the tongue. The bitterness stayed for seven counts after swollowing. Pretty intense. Good if you love bitterness. (458 characters)

Photo of BeerStine
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Took out of the fridge and allowed the beer to warm slightly.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin brownish white head that retains throughout drinking. Champagne-like carbonation bubbles throughout.

S - First smell was that of sweet, caramelly malts. After a deeper whiff the leafy and dank hops smell comes through.

T - Mild malty hops taste. Medium bitter, acidic hops aftertaste. Acidic taste retains on back of tongue/throat for extended period after drinking.

M - Thin feel. Heavily carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced. Would be able to drink several of these. (618 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the joint - The Playground in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

If the Bro's gave this thang a 100, then Twilight needs an Oscar. No way. No how. Uh uh. It aint like it crazy bad, but like the opposite says: it aint crazy good. Just like IPA n like. Nothing special. No extra boom boom when I swallow the goodies.

Drank it, but not trippin'. (344 characters)

Photo of hollyisaway
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe in Frederick, MD. Came in a 22oz bomber. Poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

Appearance: Very nice. Solid head, with no real lacing. Nice head retention though. Burnished gold body with no yeast sediment, though I don't believe this is bottle conditioned.

Taste: Very solid. Heavy hopping, though less than expected for the title "West Coast." Pretty big malt backbone, or at least more than expected. Good and a nice sipper, but not entirely what I was expected.

Mouthfeel: No alcohol linger, but the hops stick around. The malt forefront hits and leaves quickly.

Overall: Good, and better than your average IPA, but not quite what I was expecting. Felt a bit more like a British IPA than a west-coast. (743 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange amber color with great head/lacing. A lot of particles float around in the glass..not really sure what they are but it doesn't really fit with the style. (couldn't find any other reviews that mentioned this, but it was obvious and unmissable. anyone else get it?)

Fresh west coast hop smell with moderate strength. Obvious dry hop qualities.

West coast hop flavors again. The most apparent is pine.

Good hop flavor is left behind here. Bitterness really blends with the beer rather than just being there. Drinkability is pretty average for an IPA. ABV doesn't surprise me.

Overall this is a good IPA that doesn't disappoint or put itself at the front of the pack (673 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark tan colored...frothy head..

S-Good canibabis/tobacco aroma as well as a tight citrus component (unsweetened grapefruit), tangerine peel. Malt is just a backing element but a bit of toffee evident giving an english IPA touch to this west coast hop bomb.

T-White grapefruit...a bit one sided on the hops but not hop juice...malt keeps it from becoming that and adds just a hint of the toffee noted in the aroma.

M-This is one of the more bitter IPA's I've had and definitely finishes dry. Maybe a bit charged up with the carbonation but just slightly.

O-Best part of this beer is its aroma. That is pretty special. Personally I am not a huge fan of how the hops are deployed in this beer and others will certainly enjoy it more than me. Decent enough. Had it on tap in San Diego and now reviewing off a Bomber I brought back. (836 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out opaque golden amber with nice white head, very good lacing. Smell is not very strong for an AIPA. However, what is there has hints of floral notes. That goes on to the taste, which hits you with floral bitterness up front and mellows rather quickly. The mouthfeel is just right for a good everyday AIPA. (313 characters)

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Victory Pint Glass

A- Deep golden bronze color with orange hues. Quite hazy, with a thick one-finger seafoam-like head. Excellent retention- thickest foamly lace I've ever noted.

S- Nice hoppy notes of citrus, light pine, grapefruit, bread- and faint nip of toffee.

T- Full smack of hops- a bitter edge that wraps around the middle of the tongue from front to finish. Much of the hop characters in the smell don't present themselves in the taste, as the bitter edge is overpowering.

M- Full body, light fizz.

O- Wow, this brew is an enigma to me. Heard wonderful things about it, and I love IPAs- but there was something about the fullness of the bitter edge here that just took away from all of the other attributes I expect in this style. Did I get a bad bottle? Who knows, but I did find myself saying "wow" after each sip- more so in disappointment. (872 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft - reviewing this one again as I assume the last bottle I had was old.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of thick white foam. Active carbonation is evident inside the beer with bubbles flowing from the bottom. Head retention is remarkable.

S: A great mixture of piney and citrus hops with a hint of breadiness and caramel. The hops lean more piney than citrus, and the sweetness is low.

T: Very dry and bitter. I still get quite a bit of piney hop flavor as I had in the aroma, but this beer is quite bitter and not the explosion of hop flavor I was hoping for.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: This is a dry and bitter IPA. It doesn't have enough hop flavor in my opinion, either. It's certainly not bad, but I'm honestly not a huge fan. (759 characters)

Photo of uustal
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good looking hazy orange with a three finger off-white head. Excellent lacing and retention all the way through. Aroma solid as well. Hints of tropical fruits, grapefruit and pine mix well together. A slight hint of the grapefruit hops to start, but quickly overpowered by a big pine hop rush. May be a freshness issue as the citrus hops were pretty well hidden. A little bit of a bready/caramel malt at the end, before a short lived pine bitterness to end the beer. Definitely a hop lovers IPA. (503 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date. tasted in late april 2009.

orangey amber. starts clear, but needs more careful decanting, which i wasn't prepared for. thus i ended up with lots of sediment. moderately sized, off-white head, fades to thin, wispy but constant layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: pine and citrus zest, with grapefruit. relatively fresh. caramel malt and apple esters underneath. some floral and honey notes too.

taste: resinous and boldly bitter, but decently fresh pine and citrus help balance that slightly. malt is caramelized and there are more fruity esters, but they take the backseat. maybe just a little more would have helped... honey notes peek through the very resinous, bitter finish.

medium body. quite smooth despite the heavy resins and bitterness. moderate, tingly carbonation can be vaguely fluffy at times.

it's okay. but i've had better. maybe needs to be even fresher? (891 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass. If there was a bottled-on date, it was well-hidden.

Aroma: Pine resin, brown sugar, and chocolate chip cookie tantalize.

Appearance: Thick three-finger off-white head sticks around for a while, and leaves decent lacing. Amber body has a deep haze. I kept getting hung-up, though, on the floaties (clumps of proteins?) ranging in size from a mustard seed to a popcorn kernal. I couldn't perceive them when I drank them, and they didn't do me any harm. They were a bit unappealing, though.

Flavor: Strong, prominent pine-resin-like hop bitterness. Very moderate brown sugar sweetness doesn't come close to providing balance. The bitterness is bordering on harsh, and hangs on for dear life for a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Tannins are a little drying.

Overall: This was definitely made with the hop head in mind. I kept thinking about how good this one would taste if I were really Jonesin' for a bitter brew. While I gave lower marks for appearance, I would drink this one again (No real flaws with the taste.), and would recommend that you give it a shot. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Rob_Zombied
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was looking forward to this beer from Green Flash. Overall, not that impressed. Purchased in a 4 pack and tasted over two nights to give it a couple chances. Appearance was cloudy and smell was just ok. Was expecting a little more as Green Flash typically delivers. A little too bitter for me. (293 characters)

Photo of Fusion7777
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'll start this review with a caveat that I may have just gotten an old or bad batch and am definitely open to giving this a re-review, but what I had seemed like a hot mess. Poured an unfiltered orange brown into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Lots of sediment floating around and lots of bubbles trickling up. Large off white head with good retention. Aroma was dank and resinous. I could definitely tell there was a lot of complexity in the taste and that it was a well-crafted beer. However, it wasn't terribly balanced and it seemed like the bitter and piney elements were at war with the sweeter malt characteristics instead of bringing the flavors together. I could appreciate the number of different things going on but this particular bottle didn't live up to my expectations. (786 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served - Bottle poured into a Speiglau IPA glass, enjoy by March 2014.

Appearance - A deep amber. A little too dark for an IPA. One finger head with low carbonation.

Smell - Earthy hops, somewhat floral. Not a very strong smell at all.

Taste - Slightly bitter hops in the front with a malt presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full on the tongue with a little carbonation dancing. Malt lingers.

Overall - It was a very solid and drinkable representation of the style. For something calling itself a west coast IPA, I was expecting much more citrus notes and less malt. It's a good beer but not a great beer. I felt the smell was very lacking. (649 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.