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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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6,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,890
Reviews: 1,775
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 306
Gots: 1,065 | 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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Photo of joemcgrath27
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

Photo of Greywulfken
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...

Photo of MistahBeah
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a creamy 1 inch off-white head. Medium spots of lace stick to the glass. Lots of sediment.

S - Strong aroma of citrusy hops!!

T - The palate is coating with the hige hop profile. Very sharp citrusy hop taste up front and in the finish, with the malt backbone showing through in between.

M - Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation at first, then smoothing out.

D - This is exactly what I expect an IPA to taste like in the West Coast style! Very nice hoppy citrus/pine taste without having too much of a malt presence in the taste. Very attractive aroma and appearance round out this beer. Overall, a great easy-go-to IPA.

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

Thanks Nic for bringing this for me the other night. I've had this one many times, and always enjoyed it, but it has been a while. Pours a dark orange-amber color, with a little ecru head that remains after a few minutes. Nice hoppy nose here, piney and a touch citrusy. On the palate, this one is a little oily and resiny, with good grapefruit flavors. Surprisingly balanced, and extremely drinkable, with a lingering bitter finish. One of the better IPAs, IMO.

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

I've been on a stout and brown ale kick as of late (Lupulin shift) and wanted to move back to IPA's.

Bottle pours a hazy light amber body with a massive head along with good retention and long lasting lacing. The foam is of tight bubbles, almost draught style. Looks pretty appealing.

The aroma is very typical of a "West Coast" IPA. Big resinous hops abound with pine, floral hops, bitter grapefruit, and a light sweetness of all things.

Taste was a big hop assault. Big on the pine resins and strong bitterness, with grassy and earthy notes to hold off that bitterness. Some grapefruit is also to be found, but is really in the background to the herbal, and earthy side of this beer. Definitely good, but deceived by a wonderful nose.

Mouthfeel is a sold medium, with a little creaminess to hold everything together. Mid level of carbonation which is spot on for the style.

Drinkability is pretty high. The bitterness is strong, but clears the palate more and begs for another sip. Being in Califronia, this beer is plentiful at most pubs and bars that I prefer making it easily accessible.

Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- A clear dark copper with a three finger off-white head.

S- Earthy hops, piney hops, some citrus hops, hint of tropical fruits, wet grass.

T- Like the nose with less wet grass and a huge bitter piney/resin finish that really lingers.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O - A good IPA, but not the best, nothing really wowed me about this beer, but I will buy it again.

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

On tap at Idle Rich Pub in Dallas, TX
The body is a transparent amber with an off white head leaving lacing down the glass and the head has great retention.
I get a sweet caramel with grapefruit and pine. Slight floral aroma hangs out in the background
A light bitterness from the hops balances well with the sweetness. Grapefruit flavor abounds along with some pine.
Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slight drying.
This is a pretty darn good IPA.

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

Poured into a HotD Tulip on 6/19/11.

Pours a pretty yellow-orange with a frothy off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass. There is a lot of sediment in the glass. Other then the excessive sediment in the glass its a near perfect presentation.

Smell is mostly citrus and pine hops and as well as some notes. There is a nice malt sweetness in the back as well.

Taste is much the same, lots of citrus and pine bitterness with the slightest malt sweetness at the end of the sip. I would have liked to tasted a little more sweet but hey its still a great brew.

Mouthfeel is medium and the resin leaves a pine bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste.

Overall this is an awesome brew. I would liked to have some more sweet character in the taste and the smell as well as less sediment in the presentation but make no mistake this is a very good IPA.

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

Bought a 4-pack of this stuff. First beer didn't love it. Second beer (two nights later) started to grow on me. Third beer (two nights after that) really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to drinking the fourth beer tomorrow.

Appearance: Deep amber, very inviting. Not much of a head maybe one finger thick off white.

Smell: Pine, grapefuit, orange, a little lemon

Taste: GRAPEFRUIT dominates the show here no question about it. Picking up some pine and orange as well..very consistent with the smell. Very little malt character , not really enought to stave off the bittering hops, but I'm not complaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium on the carbonation as well as the body, sticky..very enjoyable.

Overall Impression: What left me wanting more of this beer is the finish, oh that long bitter finish...oh how I enjoyed it. 15 minutes after the beer is gone that bitter grapefuity finish still lingers. Bottle says 7.3 ABV, hardly noticeable. Solid, solid brew.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally well enough to crack open one of these. The top of the bottle neck states that this is best by "03/13/14," although I do remember their beers having bottling dates not too long ago. Still, what's a better way to clear my sinuses than with what's purportedly considered to be the dankest IPA of its kind? Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

With an aggressive pour, this yields a cloudy, copper tinged amber color complete with about 3 fingers of sticky, frothy foam that dissipates rather quickly (although not without leaving plenty of sticky lacing in its wake and a half finger of head at the finish). For a 7.3% ABV IPA, carbonation is relatively high, despite a major lack of bubbles floating upwards. Looks thick and sticky, and really reckons itself as the black sheep of West Coast IPAs even here.

I've had this several times in my life, and really nothing comes close to this IPA in terms of maintaining an extreme, dank, herbal hoppy profile of this nature. Pine and clove (to the point of becoming medicinal), grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel. Contains a funky pear aroma underneath, with a bit of earthiness and spices. Very prickly, even here - reminds me of a big bowl of sage and fennel at times. Contains a slight sweetness from the malts, even producing a bit of toffee or caramel, but this will raise the hair on the chest of even some of the most experienced of hopheads.

Dear God! Could a beer get more astringent than this in flavor? It probably could, but I'm not sticking around to think twice about it. This is by far the dankest herbal IPA I've probably had to date. At first, there's an immediate pungent force of dried grapefruit rinds, orange and lemon peel, and lots of under ripe pineapple. Then, it becomes progressively vegetal and herbal, with notes of green pepper, sage, saffron, lemongrass, light anise, and lots of toasted tobacco at the finish. As a former pipe tobacco smoker, this contains the same astringency and toasted herbal notes that better quality tobacco holds, and the cornucopia of herbs and intense citrus and tropical notes makes this an intense IPA to be reckoned with. Some heat is noticeable, but the sweetened caramel malt profile does its best to hide it. And, despite the beer's near palate-wrecking astringency, it's creamy enough to make it a an easy sipper.

Green Flash makes its big beers, but this is one I'm always hesitant about trying due to its obvious intensity. Make no mistake, this is an impressive West Coast take on the style, but it's so different from the usual offering in so many ways. Due to its extreme bitter profile, it's far from balanced or applicable for everyday drinking in my routine. Nevertheless, it's a perfect example of Green Flash doing what they do best - getting the hop profile, turning it up to 11, and somehow make it drinkable throughout. Recommended for those wanting more intense hoppy beers.

Photo of everetends
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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

Poured into a pint glass and stays true with a massive creamy head which stays consistent throughout the consumption process. Looks like cream on top.

The aroma consists of floral, pine, citrus and grapefruit smells. Very enticing.

A bitter taste which lingers on the tastebuds. There is a noticable malty presence as well. I was expecting a harshness by the look and smell, but it never came. If you're looking for sweetness, no admittance.

Very easy to put back a few of these at a sitting.

A job well done from the Brew Flash crew. This may become a staple in the man fridge for years to come.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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

95 IBUs

12 oz poured into a tasting snifter.

Looks are classic AIPA, but lean towards the amber territory --- one of the darker AIPAs, West Coast IPA looks burnt orange, slightly hazy with a good light tan head. The retention and lacing are just average though.

Smells pungent, spicy and sulfury and in fact quite distinct from other west coast IPAs. Taste is unadulterated bitterness with massive hop flavor --- earthy and insane. Great malt base as well, and perfect carbonation.

No doubt CA is the place for IPAs, although MN is close too :-)

Photo of Mit
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a foamy 1.5 finger head with great retention, lasts for the majority of the time it took to drink this beer. Left behind some sticky lacing that covered the sides.

S: The aroma reminds of hop pellets that I use for homebrewing. On the piney side, very sharp, with hints of citrus mixed in. Not much in the way of malt on the aroma.

T: Resiny/herbal hops, tastes like raw hops, again reminds me of pellets. More piney than citrusy, but both present. Not much malt, but a little bit of caramel to balance it slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a nice bitterness throughout.

O: Love the raw hop flavor in this beer. A nice IPA, with minimal malt presence. Truly a west coast IPA.

Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky orange-woody colored brew with a big fluffy, soapy, shiny, resinous, frothy head that reaches over the top of my glass. Mmmm - hops-a-plenty in the nose. Aroma is packed with grapefruit candy, orange, pine, apples, and crisp flowery goodness laid over enough malt to hold it up. Taste is no let down with more citrus, pine, and flowers. Nice amount of bitterness and carbonation leaves the tongue tingly. Texture is indeed resinous and slick and with an easy medium body this goes down smoooth.

Sniffably delightful...

Photo of tyalan
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours a nice deep orange/amber color with a fluffy off white head that leaves good lacing. Retention is not the best, but will certainly do.

Nose is all West coast hoppage with pine and grapefruit. Some slight perfume and a bit of malty sweetness, smells like a hop 15 if it were a single IPA. (Wierd, but i smell it)

Taste follows. A great blend of West coast hops here, with plenty of Citrus grapefruit, pine, resiny hop flavor and a good solid malt backbone that provides sturdy sweetness, maybe a tiny bit too much actually. A little bit of perfume in here, and a very slight graininess. A nice dry finish with lingering bitterness on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side here, but the carbonation is just about perfect. Dry, but still quite quenching. Good.

Drinkability is very nice. The maltiness is a bit strong, making it a bit sugary (relatively speaking of course) for my taste, which slightly hampers the drinkability IMO

Overall a shining example of the style. Certainlay aptly named. If someone asked me what does a West Coast IPA taste like, this would certainly be a go to to introduce them to the style, as well as being a good go to for the beer geek's session as well. A good solid IPA, and one i would most defenitely reccomend for all you hopheads out there. Very nice beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, first bottle from the latest shipment courtesy of the darkness

appearance: poured into a capital brewery pint, bright amber body with a frothy white cap, has the visuals of a nice full-bodied west coast IPA

smell: floral hop bouquet, very green, extremely pungent hops, dripping pine, toasted caramel malts noticeable

taste: very bitter hop bomb. pine dominates this one along with very bitter grapefruit peel, lemon. alcohol isnt very noticeable. toasted malts and caramel malt are buried underneath the prickly hop ambush. This one is bold and sharp but sacrifices some flavor in an attempt to shock you with pine

mouthfeel: prickly, sharp hops. medium-full bodied

drinkability: pretty good at 7%

Photo of Scott231
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Treyliff
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a golden amber color with some ruby hue, slightly hazy with a two finger white creamy head that seems to remain forever with some good lacing

S- citrus and pine hops, some tropical fruit, a bit herbal and earthy with some caramel sweet malt

T- oily and pungent hops with notes of citrus zest, pine, grapefruit and floral. The finish is herbal and dry with some grain and and just a touch if sweet malt. Long linger.

M- nearly full bodied with lively carbonation, creates a bubbly and foamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish, just a bit of warmth at the end

O- hops dominate this one, and quite complex and easy drinking.

Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 31, 2010. The pour is a dark amber with a veil of cloudiness in the view. A thin off-white head. Earthy and floral aromas overtake the senses with a slight caramel sweetness on the backside. The taste has a very potent bitter hoppiness. A nicely done brew.

Photo of gabe89
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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