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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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Reviews: 1,796
Hads: 7,409
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,514 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,796 | Hads: 7,409
Photo of JEdmund
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking--rich, burnt amber with a 1/2" creamy head that lingers long, leaving some lace along the way.

Strong bitterness--mainly pine and lemon, with faint floral hints

Taste & Mouthfeel
First few sips are mouth-puckeringly bitter--an overriding lemony bitterness and even an odd salty twang; initial impression: not so good. The next 1/3 of the beer shows more depth as the malts peak around the towering hop mountain letting you know they're there but out-matched. The bitterness is immense, and its presence is not soon forgotten as they hang around long after each gulp. There's just a slight showing of alcohol as it's felt in the nose in the latter end of the beer. The texture and body of this beer are just how I like it: smooth and full.

Green Flash's IPA is just a bit over-the-top for me. It's far too bitter and one-sided, and that may just be the San Diego style for all I know (this is my first, to my knowledge). I prefer some fruit notes and malty sweetness in my ideal IPA. Even though this is not in my top tier of IPAs, I will still gladly finish the six-pack.

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

Appearance: Slow pour resulting in monster head with foam that lingers. Dark gold color with crisp bubbles.

Smell: Citrus, pine, hot dog buns, and sweet white wine.

Taste: Hop-flavored grapefruit candy without much body.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery, with a mild delayed bite.

Overall: Good IPA, nothing spectacular. A bit overpriced at $8 for a 22oz bottle.

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

Re-review...now in Georgia, fresh batch. Picking up a lot of oniony notes in the aroma in flavor now, along with the notes in my previous review. Lot of pine and resin, too. Good...but not great. I'd rather be sippin' on a Smutty...


12oz bottle no date to be found. Real surprise to end up with this as it is not available here, a gift from my boss, big thanks!

Pours amber/copper with a one finger off-white head that maintains a good cap and leaves a lot of sticky spotty lacing.

Aroma is, in order, grapefruit/citrus, resinous hops, pine, some caramel malt to balance. A little quiet overall.

Flavor is quite bitter up front, resinous hops, not much citrus on the tongue, a healthy dose of caramel sweetness in the middle with a strong lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, medium carbonation, medium body.

An excellent IPA, more caramel sweetness than many for the style, but has heaps of hop bitterness to balance it out. This was a treat.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, rust, cloudy with hardly any carbonation. Almost no head at all.
S: Hops, Citris fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Textbook IPA
T: Bitterness up front with a lingering grapefruit flavor. Again Textbook IPA
M: Classic IPA mouthfeel with overall crisp bitterness on the tongue.
O: If you were to create a model IPA and serve it to someone who has never had one, this would be a good one to start with. Very good, with nothing off putting about it. But at the same time, there is nothing that puts it on the next level that makes it truly unique.

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Photo of edmonan
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a finger of off white/amber tinted, tight head.

Fruity, floral, hoppy aroma.

Malty base with a clean hoppy note that fades and then crashes back as a bitter, but brief, aftertaste.

Light bodied with a slightly foamy feel. Very drinkable.

Overall a nice balance of complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After hearing some good things about Green Flash, I decided to give this one a try. 12 oz bottle, probably picked up at D's or Dawg's.

Pours a lovely and very active copper with a bit of haze. Nice fluffy tan head that starts up as soon as you pour, rises to a couple fingers then falls to a cap of foam, leaving some nice lacing behind. A lot of sediment floaters are visible in the body.

There's not the explosion of hop aroma I was hoping for, but the hop presence is there. The nose is full of hops, citrus fruits abound as well as hints of pine, but not as much as you'd think there would be.

Taste is obviously weighted towards the hoppy end of the spectrum, and its the crisp fruity west-coast variety. A lot of grapefruit, complemented by a nice malty sweetness through the middle, followed by a biting piney bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, well carbonated, a decent, not thick or cloying body, rather on the light side.

Drinkbility is good, the alcohol well hidden and the bitterness flavorful without being destroying.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky amber/golden color with a nice foam head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of floaties...

S- Dank wet hop aroma with a bit of pine and citrus. Maybe a touch of malt in there as well.

T- Musty hop flavor with a good deal of bitterness in the finish. A caramel malt sweetness helps to balance. I don't see a best buy date so I'm not sure if this is as fresh as it could be...the hops seem a bit muted.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- This was a pretty decent brew but I would like to try one that I know is fresh and adjust my rating if needed.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Arizona at A.J.'s fine foods.
The pour gives an average orange/gold beer with slight white head. The nose is all raw hop. It smells huge, I mean absolutely HUGE.
The taste..Well thats not as huge. rather bland actually. Still very good. but it's low in citrus, and low in dryness.
Try it for comparison

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, light orange, with sticky lacing, and a really good, 1.5-finger head with great retention. Small, fine carbonation permeates the entire beer, although it's only noticeable if you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Sweetness, piney hops (Cascade!), pineapple and grapefruit hops (Simcoe!), a nice grassy, earthy hop note (eh!?!), and a strange, buttery diacetyl note, somewhat akin to dairy. Pleasant, and definitely unique - I like the way this all comes together.

Taste: Hmmm, not as varied or balanced as the nose. Piney, bitter hops dominate, a few citrus notes as present - lemon and orange rind, perhaps. A slight malty sweetness attempts to balance the acidic bitterness, but fails pretty spectacularly - not that that's always a bad thing, but it's pretty extreme here. Spicy alcohol rounds out everything, a little stronger than I might have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but far more carbonated than I'd like. A little too carbonated, perhaps - the bubbles are too large for my liking.

Drinkability: Leaves a bit of an aftertaste and a cloying stickiness, and the prominent alcoholic spiciness kinda detracts from the overall drinkability. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but doesn't make me want to go back for another as much as the HopDevil I just finished.

A really great assortment of west coast hops that come through strongly in the nose ... and then lets me down in the mouth. Unfortunately, we don't brew beer to smell. This beer has the potential to be truly great if the recipe schedule were adjusted only slightly and the carbonation profiled was altered somewhat.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color, with an off-white creamy head leaving coating lacing.

Aroma is lightly citrus, sweet and juicy, but has a more nutty, caramel malt aroma.

Nice initial bitterness, good bits of citrus and pine, but with an equally pronounce caramel malt background.

Creamy and light bodied mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. I have a feeling it's not super, super fresh though. Lack of bottle dating strikes...minimally. I'd drink this again gladly. Regardless of age here, I know this is a stellar IPA.

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Photo of rayjay
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ideal, lots of lace, perfect IPA.

S: Nose is potent hops, but it's relatively faint.

T: Tangy hops with a skunky weed kick, fading to bitter hop tea. Hops are the main focus but it's kept approachably tame. Enjoyable flavor but not quite rounded.

M: Nice refreshing ale, pretty light in the malt department. Slight hint of honey.

D: Soft as water. Great example of the style.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.