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: 1,776
Hads: 7,304
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,428 | 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
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Reviews: 1,776 | Hads: 7,304
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)

Photo of r0nyn
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent orange amber color that's really quite pretty. Little half inch off-white head that leaves some loose, spotty lacing. Smell is full of sweet floral notes along with some citrus rind and definite grapefruit. Hops and a little bit of pine round things out.

Taste starts off with a kick of bitterness that permeates the entire flavor experience. Really hop-forward with a lot of mouth-puckeryness. There's citrusy notes of lemon and orange peel, along with the grapefruit from the nose, but they're hidden behind the dominant bittering character. Just a tiny bit of maltiness. Definitely one of the more mouth-assaulting IPAs I've had. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with just a little carbonation to provide some effervescence.

Drinkability is fairly good. It's pretty bitter and while that doesn't usually translate well with me, there's still some complexity behind all of it that I can appreciate the beer. Perhaps if it were a bit more balanced. Nevertheless, a solid IPA. (1,038 characters)

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

Beautiful orange/copper color with a nice foamy white head.

Smells are typical of west coast IPA's but still very pleasant. Cirtusy, grassy, piney hops.

Taste is quite hoppy and bitter. A little too bitter. I would have enjoyed a little more maltiness to balance this one out. It is crisp and tangy.

Drinkable for the abv but the bitterness takes away from the drinkability a bit.

If you're in the mood for a big hoppy ipa this one is pretty good. (459 characters)

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

12oz bottle:

Poured a deep orange that you could not see through when held up to light. Produced a decent off white-ish head that had decent retention, and left a small thin cap throughout the beer.

Aroma was big and hoppy, maybe floral and pine with a hint of citrus.

The taste is big and hoppy, almost IIPA, but not quite.

Medium body, dry, extra bitter after taste, smooth with a good level of carbonation and with slightly above average drinkability, the bitterness really got to me. Overall, a solid IPA. (513 characters)

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

appearance: Hazy orange amber. Whitish billowy head on the pour that settles down with a bit of lingering lace.
smell: All grapefruit and pine with a bit of sweetness buried in the hops.
taste: Bitter hops from the start, through the middle, and resurges in the finish. A little citrusy sweetness tries to balance but is pretty much clobbered by the muscle bound hops.
overall: I can see this being a favorite for beer geeks and i gotta admit, maybe i'm a philistine but prefer the hops to be a bit more balanced by other notes. Sure I dig hop monsters like Founders Devil Dancer but that guy has monster malt too. (615 characters)

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

I was very excited to try this beer and even my first impressions were good. Apparently, you can't judge a book by it's cover.

Appearance was nice. A golden rust color with a nice light foam head.

Smell was great. Very lush and green with plenty of sweet citrus.

Taste was nice too....until I swallowed and the harsh reality hit home. Up front it was a nice lush experience with plenty of citrus and pine but upon swallowing, that all disappeared and true the serious biterness presented itself. It seemed that this has no real malt backbone to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel was just about what I expected but the harshness lowers the drinkability somewhat, at least for me.

I know this beer is very highly regarded and I generally liked it but based on the buzz surrounding it, I was expecting something more like Two Hearted.

I'll be happy to try it again in the future but I probably won't mbe seeking out another bottle any time soon. (958 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber color. The aroma is of citrus hops and grapefruit hops with a little hint of a sweet malt backbone underneath. The taste has a sweet malt backbone underneath a big hop presence. The hop taste is of citrus and grapefruit hops nice bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is very dry. Overall its an above average beer, nice hop bite and bitterness and good mouthfeel. (377 characters)

Photo of bfields4
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light amber body. Large frothy head trails the beer all the way down.

Resin, pine, grassy hopiness bursts out of this beer. A little lighter on the citrus than I had expected, but its there.

Lemon hits right away resin and pine follow. Toasty biscuity malt presence keeps the bitterness at bay.

Nice amount of carbonation to lift the bitterness. A nice IPA, but I have been more impressed by some of their other offerings. (441 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA; there were many solid BA reviews so I decided to try it.

A - very nice burnt copper sort of look; one-inch head settles down with superb rings of lacing. Lots of floaties and the head comes back nicely with a swirl.

S - Fresh cut wet grass, citrus and hops.

T - Bitter hops. . . and more hops with grapefruit and white pepper. Nothing subtle here - this is a hop assault. The hop finish lasts for minutes, which is what I suppose this style is all about. I sometimes think brewmasters hide flaws in their ales with dominating hops, akin to the way some winemakers over-oak their reds and whites.

M - Decent creaminess and weight. The carbonation is perfect; as this warms it seems to improve.

D - I'd buy it again but admit my palate is simply either not ready for this or it's not my preferred style. Don't get me wrong, I love hops but one should be able to detect something more. (930 characters)

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

Appearance: Straw-orange-golden. Nice head and lacing.

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma, full of grapefruit, pine, resins, and pineapple. Good, but not pliny the elder or younger.

Taste: Hops dominate, with grapefruit, orange, pine, pine resin, tangerine, and pinapple. Not quite as powerful as I had hoped. Very bitter. I wish it had a bit more citrus and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-full, a bit oily, but not like exponential hoppiness

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly well, glad it is only 7%

A nice brew, but you could loose it in the croud (562 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.