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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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5,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,605
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 204
Gots: 412 | FT: 9
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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of tdawgydog

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this at Whole Foods in NJ. It's hard to find a good West Coast IPA on the East coast.

A: Pours a nice cloudy copper color with plenty of unfiltered goodness in the bottom of the bottle for you to enjoy if you wish.

S: Super Piney, refreshing. It just smells like a good beer.

T: A little bitter, maybe more than I would expect. Could be dated bottles, but I'm not sure. This is otherwise an excellent beer.

D: Nice and smooth, really couldn't ask for much more. Could drink this much more if it was more readily available to me.

M: Well done, carbonated well, retains head throughout the drink. Will definately drink again!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:04:31 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of BierJager89


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque amber red with a creamy light tan head.

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit, mango and fresh orange.

T: Once again lots of grapefruit and pine, especially up front, followed by lemon, fresh orange and citrus peel. Finish is dry and resiny.

M: Medium body with average or slightly smooth carbonation for an IPA.

O: Really good. I'm not the biggest fan of grapefruit and thus west coast IPAs in general. This one has a nice mango flavor in addition to the orange flavor which I really like. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:28:56 | More by BierJager89
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently when I was out of state, even though I have seen this in local liquor stores. I haven't had a hoppy beer in a while, and this looked like it would be good - on the level of Sierra Nevada or Stone. Thankfully, my suspicions were correct, as I enjoyed this very much, and am glad I took a chance on this during the winter months!

The pour was pretty unique - a nice, warm apricot hue could be seen, but this beer had the appearance of a lava lamp or a bottle of Orbitz (anyone remember that?). It was VERY cloudy with quite a bit of sediment floating in it, and it just this very unique and silently engaging look to it. The head was a good half-inch thick took, with a nice aroma to boot. The taste was what I expected and bit more - bitter, citrusy, hoppy, slighty metallic, and even a dry-hopped undercurrent to this. It's not a brash as Sierra Nevada, and not as floral and citrus dominated as Three Floyd's, but this silently sneaks up and settles in on the tongue and the aftertaste...well, it's addicting!

I've listened to enough of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lately to want to jump in my Mustang and get back to California. After enjoying a brew like this, it's even more of a reason to make the trek. Another reason why the Golden State is great for microbrews - this beer is worth the effort to find and sample!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 08:51:32 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of mnphish


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled on 2/4/13 and served into a pint glass. It pours clear light amber with a massive head.The nose is dominated by sticky resinous hops and pine. There is a subtle aroma of caramel malt, citrus, and other tropical fruit in there as well. The taste is of bitter pine and light notes of citrus and grapefruit. It is followed by a balanced caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is light to medium with perfect carbonation. This is exactly what i'm looking for in a West Coast IPA. Very bittersweet, not overly fruity, nicely balanced, and very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:23:27 | More by mnphish
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Very gentle pour forms a 2 finger bubbly head that slowly dissipates, light orange, hazy with some little chunks in suspension. Leaves great lacing.

S: A lot of citrus; grapefruit, orange, lemon, maybe apricot. Behind it is pine/wood. Sweet caramel malt and some earthy and floral aromas.

T: Has a very bitter pine/earthy hop bite followed by citrus and a little floral hops. There's a little sweetness there but not a lot (overpowering sweetness can be a huge turnoff for me), just enough to help balance out the bitterness and add depth. Citrus flavors don't seem as bold as the nose suggested. Finish is bitter, mostly pine (a little citrus), and a tiny bit of sweetness. Puckering (not quite on the Ruination IPA level though). Has a bit of a peppery finish and a little warming.

M: Medium to high crisp carbonation, just about full body, unfiltered with little bits in suspension (though not really noticeable on the palate). Very chewy, sticky, and bitter. Fantastic.

D: The bitterness and peppery finish don't help this beer in the drinkability part, but as long as it isn't obtrusive, I won't care all that much. This is tasty, simply as that.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 06:49:15 | More by Satchboogie
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Stone IPA glass.
Pours a hazy dark copper, much darker then I have become used to in a IPA, has a nice off white sticky head that hangs around. The nose is citrus, pine and grass with a nice malty background. The taste follows suite to the nose with the citrus and pine as well as the balanced maltiness and a bit of spiciness. Medium bodied with a good cling in the mouth, well carbed. It's a good IPA and definitly fits the West Coast description.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:02:29 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Photo of everetends


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (actually I am working on my second) that I got from hopsleeroy in our last trade. Served up in a tulip flared pint glass.

A: HEY!!! This poured a dark orange, almost brow color with a ton of red highlights and hues. FRANK!, its a red tinted IPA! Lots of carbonation activity in here with bubbles continously moving up in the glass. The head is a pretty thick, one finger of white head. The head has really good retention, not really fading at all over time. The lace is stupid sticky on the glass and clearly notches the glass all the way down. The stick is spot on, only slightly dripping after it sets on the glass.

S: Smell is . . . how do I describe this . . . hops?! Tons of hops. Nice citrus, grapefruit hops come out first with a bitter sweetness. Then you get some really nice pine hops coming out as well. A floral boquet rounds out the aroma nicely. Slight herbal/medicinal quality hides in the background, making you somehow feel this will be good for you.

T: Taste is much like the nose but better in translation. The grapefruit really comes out with a bitterness, slightly puckering goodness. There is also so good amount of grapefruit peel coming out as well. The pine is bitter as well, with that resiny flavor coming in beautifully. The floral presence and herbal presence is light but there. The pale, bready malt is subtle and nice light counter to all this hoppy craziness.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a pretty medium carbonation. The carbonation is pretty crisp and this is actually pretty refreshing if you get past all this hoppy bitterness. ABV is light and masked easily by all this HOPS. This beer is pretty damned sticky and really coats the mouth with a full rush of all the hop flavors described and the grapefruit and pine resting in the aftertaste.

D: This beer is pretty good. Frankly, I had to let it warm a bit because the flavor is pretty damned bitter. Warm, it is easy drinking and almost poundable. Cold, not so much. Its a bit too much at times. The hops are very well showcased in the aroma and flavor profile. If you don't like hops, this is not your beer. A few years ago, I would have hated this beer. My girlfriend was disgusted after she sampled it. It takes a slightly more developed palate to enjoy this, or someone who just plain likes bitterness. good stuff though!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 07:01:57 | More by everetends
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting and complex IPA we have on our hands with this one. They have used, according to the bottle, four different types of hops.

One is giving a pungent bitterness, and that dominates for me. At the same time citrus and pine notes are present. I agree with another reviewer that this beer needs more malt sweetness to balance out those hops. This beer is almost an academic lesson in what hops can do.

Frankly, it is a little too complex hops-wise to go to this too often.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:28:03 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of trevorjn06


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours and orange/amber color with a thin, creamy looking white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is just as the label says, with notes of pine, grapefruit, floral and pungent earthiness. There are hints of pineapple, grapefruit, tropical flowers and citrus. The malt comes through as a balancing sweetness with some light caramel. A very nice nose.

Flavor is very hop-forward (in a very good way) with bitterness showing the whole way through, though it increases towards the finish and lingers long after the beer is gone. Flavors of orange marmalade, grain, light caramel/bready sweetness and earthiness dance across the tongue. The bitterness in the finish is balanced by some bright hop flavors and balancing grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very nice, not thick but coats the mouth well and has moderate carbonation.

Overall this a fairly big IPA, it nudges it's way towards and Imperial IPA bit still manages to be very drinkable. It has great complexity and a nice balance between bitter and sweet/malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:00:34 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-Reddish in colour with a short lasting head.

s-Very heavy in the hops. Very slight maltiness in background(distant background)

t-Hops hops hops!!! One of the top tier hop bombs IMO. Has enough malt character to not overwhelm you.

m-heavier mouthfeel on account of insane hop profile and high ABV.

d- O baby really drinkable. The bitterness might start to wear on me after 6 or 7...LOL

Only second time I had it, but this was much better than the first time I had tried it. On my to buy list.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:25:03 | More by Mit
Photo of srroos


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy orange with a small, off white head. Particles suspended in the beer. (hops?) Lots of lacing left in the glass. Aroma is mild and floral, some pineyness with some maltiness. Big hop punch with a fruity sweetness, finishing long and bitter. Medium bodied and very, very drinkable. A tasty standby SoCal local.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 05:53:34 | More by srroos
Photo of JoeCeez


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: pours a very hazy orange with a killer foamy three fingered head.

S: from the moment I pop the top: hops, hops, and more hops, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, all the citrusy tropical fruits that those glorius "C hops" have to offer. Not much malt in the aroma

T: Oh sweet magnanimous hops how I love you so. This beer doesn't quite smack you up with hops on the tounge the way it does with your nose but goddamn its fuckin delicious. It's got all the fruits from the smell but slightly toned down and a slight caramel sweetness from the malts.

M: medium bodied, syrupy, creamy and not overally carbonated, fairly bitter but not as savagely bitter as some other west coast IPAs

D: Good drinkability, the 7% is barely noticeable. This is probably one of my favorite west coast IPA's that is readily available here in MA.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:40:07 | More by JoeCeez
Photo of Libationguy


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy medium amber/copper color with orange and yellow hues. Off-white 2-finger head with medium retention.

Hops on display: Citrus, white flowers, pine resin, grapefruit peel, earthiness, dankness.

On the palate the intensity builds as the beer moves across the palate. Grapefruit and lemon zest, nice grain quality, grass and hay, pine sap and resin. Earthiness and a mild dankness.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Well balanced carbonation. Bold bitterness that builds across the palate. Bitterness lingers and generates a long finish.

If you are looking for a strong representation of the West Coast IPA style, you should enjoy a bottle. Very drinkable. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 17:51:01 | More by Libationguy
Photo of MistahBeah


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange - lighter yellow tints at the edges. Good amount of carbonation. Big chunks of lace. Head is beige and frothy with decent retention

The aroma is huge with citrus rind hops. Juicy grapefruit and dank pine needles. Somewhere behind all those hops is a sweet breadiness with a hint of caramel

Taste is like the nose. Big notes of grapefruit juice and citrus rind. Sticky resinous pine. This almost gets to a salty level of bitterness. Sweet bready malt for some balance and a touch of peppery spice finishes it off. Aftertaste is mostly of pine and citrus and lingers for a long time

Feels full bodied. Astringent. Lots of bitterness. Dry

Overall a must try for hopheads. Bold and bitter. Huge hops throw this out of balance but that is to be expected. Not terribly complex but still really good. Would get again but I do prefer my IPAs a little more balanced

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:24:44 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of mbunje


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the new label version . Says "Dry Hopped" and 95IBU at the bottom. I reviewed this last year, but it is new and improved...

A - Very nice copper color medium-high carbonation. Bone white head is about 3/4" Lacing all over the place. I guess could complain that this isn't very "pale", but for me this nails it for the style

S- Says they use a "menagerie" of hops and I believe it. Very fragrant and you get tart citrus, pine, and just a hair of skunk (in a good way). Not over the top in any one way.

T - For 1 second, there is a sweet taste. Then it is gone in a wave of bitterness. Apricot, grapefruit. Freshness. Nice. A bit too bitter for an IPA

MF - Good carbonation and crispness. Bitterness coats the mouth and has dry, clean finish.

Drinkability - Priced fairly, not too strong ABV (7%), but pretty bitter for single IPA. So very nice, but might be a bit too strong on the hops. Can I say that?

Sierra Nevada with a huge pair! Love it. Nice remake GF. These guys know what they are doing!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:16:17 | More by mbunje
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very orangish amber with a mountain of thick, foamy, soft, pure white head that has great retention

S - very floral, light bread, light citrus

T - bready, biscuity, doughy, citrusy, faint piny floral bitter finish

M - smooth, light carbonation, med bodied

Overall, this is a very enjoyable, drinkable, flavorful, smooth IPA. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:09:03 | More by tdm168
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy burnt orange with lots of small sediment, 2 finger of held held at one finger with plenty of lacing
S - Gentle citrus and grass, biscuity, touch of pepper
T - Big earthy and peppery hops, touch of pine, mild biscuit malt, hops are very different than the nose but bold and tasty
M - Slightly more than medium body, bitter starts light and builds, light dry
O - Hop flavours are big and combined well, robustness hides the 7.3% ABV, this was a random purchase that turned out great

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 15:53:11 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of ocelot2500


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a fluffy white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a big dose of citrus and piny hops.

Tastes of the big hop flavor followed with a smaller malt background. The hops are the citrus and pine variety from the nose. The hops are big, but could be bigger. The malt flavor is a lightly toasted or caramel note. Overall, the hops are assertive, but don't feel that clean, but rather a little muddled compared to others.

The feel is a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is a little slick and leaves the hop taste lingering.

This is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:49:14 | More by ocelot2500
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep clear amber, fat tan head that drapes laces as it retreats

S: strongs hops above a bready caramel malt base

T: bitter hops strong up front with lots of deep pine resin, chewy rye bread, musky malt sweetens it

M: dense, coating, bold

O: this is a hearty IPA - and has a deepness and boldness that makes it more bitter but also fairly heavyweight. Not a beer for the meek - elements of it were reminiscent of Stone's "Bastard" ales, IPA-style...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 21:08:19 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of scottyshades


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent caramel color with a biiiig fluffy eggshell colored cap. Retention is excellent.

S: Wow, straight up grapefruit and pine. Freshly sliced pink grapefruit and that typical west coast pine and resin. Really nice nose. Lots of caramel malt accents, toffee, and caramel. Freshly sliced fruits as well; grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T: Really resinous and bitter. Very west coast. The citrus and fruit aspect of the flavor from the nose is not here in the flavor.

MF/D: A little brash feeling...maybe due to the carbonation, or maybe the bitterness. Medium/fuller in body for the style.

Notes: A little too west coast for me...I think the flavor was missing the best parts. It just didn't connect with the nose the way that I would have wanted, but still very very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:42:11 | More by scottyshades
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue hazed by an abundance of suspended sediment. There was a two finger foamy white head with very good retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront resiny citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt.

The taste was dominated by an oily hop with elements of grapefruit, pine and pepper.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a superior AIPA. Resiny, sticky and robust.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:31:12 | More by plaid75
Photo of IvoryFoxhole


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A) Dark amber. Slow pour produces significant three finger head which disappates fairly quickly. Lots of lasting lacing.

S) Really good, typical smells of West Coast I.P.A.'s: pine, citrus, grass. Good balance.

T) Pretty hoppy, not as well-balanced as it could be. Sweetness tries to come out early but can't overcome hops. Might also be a bit overcarbonated. Bitter finish, as you might expect.

M) Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. Needs more balance between sweet and bitter. Might even benefit from a bit more alcohol.

O) This is good - the appearance and smell are outstanding and the taste is good, but just doesn't quite live up to the initial promise. This is my second try; I would gladly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 18:46:04 | More by IvoryFoxhole
Photo of biglickbrewer


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This line of beers has just come into our market in SW Virginia. It is available at one of the large retail grocery chains.

This is an American IPA all the way. Coppery-orange in color with a firm, rocky head of off-white. Citrus & piney hops bombard the nose in the aroma along with some sweet caramel malt. Carbonation is very good.

This beer is loaded with citrussy and aromatic hops and they hold up throughout the glass. I was a little disappointed that the malt backbone did not stay abreast of the hops. After a few sips, I found the malt flavor and presence had totally given way to the hops. For this reason, I think this beer's balance is a little lacking. It is a very good American IPA, but I'd have to pass after a couple of bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 19:21:40 | More by biglickbrewer
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Body is relatively clear, copper in color, with a spotty off-white head that leaves sticky lacing. Head is not much to speak of in itself.

S - As Keanu Reeves would say.. whooooaaa. There are so many aromas goin on I'm not sure which to pick out immediately... Caramel and pine, toffee, pomelo... lots going on here, and it all smells like something I want to make a cologne out of.

T - Hops are more pronounced than the nose, pine, cedar and earth dominate. Citrus undertones are there, but fruity flavors are minute. Balanced well by the light caramel and toffee that I picked up on the nose

M - Pretty thick and easy on carbonation

O - Pretty delicious beer that is so much more than a straightforward hop-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:05:17 | More by ChimRichels
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle from a six pack poured into a pint glass at a friend's place for the Celtics game.

Appearance: Dark yellow to brown in color. Clear with a one finger, beige head. Not a lot of retention, but the head sticks nicely to glass as you drink.

Aroma: Big hop aromas here. Pine notes really stand out to me. Some grapefruit and light tropical fruit in the background. Not much malt presence in the nose.

Taste: This is a hop bomb to the fullest. Pine and grapefruit both hit hard upfront. There is some sweetness and tropical fruit notes after. Aftertaste ends in puckeringly bitter hop astrigency. Very strong finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp overall. Not much carbonation for an IPA though.

Drinkability: The strong astrigent hop finish with the somewhat high ABV make this a beer that really isn't sessionable for me. I had two bottles and I thought that was plenty.

Overall, a top tier IPA. Big hop flavors and aromas really stand out and make this enjoyable. Something that I definitely wish was more commercially available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:14:31 | More by Gosox8787
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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