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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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6,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,989
Reviews: 1,799
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 322
Gots: 1,142 | 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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Ratings: 6,989 | Reviews: 1,799
Photo of AndrewMichael
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took me way too long to log this go to, readily available, great beer. 22 oz bottle best by 03/18/15 poured into a stemmed glass, new 2014 logo, I assume the recipe is the same from over the years. Classic example of a true west coast ipa.

Photo of BigZ2214
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DavidSomers
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of T36918
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of NickSwitch
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of hillind
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Omnium
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A- Pours a medium hazed amber, 2 finger off white head, mild lacing.
S - Pine, biscuit malt, more pine, a touch of citrus zest, ohh and pine.
T - PIne, pine, some dried apricot, pine, a touch of sweet malt, some light alcohol burn, or is that the bitterness? pine, and definitely more pine.
M - pi...i mean extremely bitter, this is a palate dominator.
O - The classic, and aptly named West Coast IPA, is full of...you guessed it, pine. And its extremely bitter. While this may have been one of the better IPA's back when, its overly aggressive flavor, and feel just renders your taste buds useless for a while. Though if you're in the mood for that kind of beer, this is it, and much more so than palate wrecker in my opinion.

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

Photo of Libationguy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of mbunje
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

Bottle into goblet
A - Clear rich amber with dark orange notes, 1 finger plus off white head thinned quikly 3.5
S - ripe grapefruit hop forward, floral, toasty background 3.5
T - floral robustness with a hop bitterness that permeates the entire taste, a unique IPA experience 4.5
M - Smooth & robust, while not being heavy 4
D - High ABV doens't really effect drinkability in my mind. Wanted another, had another, will have more. 4.5

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

Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

On-tap at BJ's in Escondido, served in a pint glass. I've had this beer tons of times and it's a great go-to for me.

A: Dark orange/yellow with one finger tingly foamy head. The bubbles are very fine. Head retention is good to the bottom and lacing is moderate.

S: Smells a bit like a grapefruit tree and a pine tree made a baby. A bunch of Simcoe hops on the nose.

T: Very piny up front, with a touch of sweetness mid-palate, and finishes with citrusy bitterness. Bone dry on the finish and will leave your tongue a little numb. A classic West Coast IPA that tastes exactly how you would expect, bitter and dry with great, flowery aromatics.

M: It's a medium to light body with stinging carbonation and very dry on the finish. I'd prefer a bit smoother mouthfeel, but still good.

O: I like this beer and will continue to drink it for my hop fix. Good stuff.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

Photo of dontpanic5
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a gigantic white head, some lacings on the glass as the head dissipates. The body is a very cloudy amber. In the nose it's citrusy hops with a malt backbone. Very floral. The mouthfeel is the first thing that catches my attention as I drink this, it's medium-light bodied and feels nice. There's a hoppy bite in the aftertaste that lingers for a while. It has a very 'clear' taste, hard to describe, maybe I'll taste more as the beer warms up. A solid offering from Green Flash, this is a brewery to watch!

Photo of biglickbrewer
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

So you say you want a sessionable hoppy brew without an overwhelming aftertaste? Dial this one up. Green Flash gives us the chance to try many hop varieties in one pour.

***Disclaimer***I'm sipping this right now after the blissful experience of my first Pliny!

A: Hazy orange color, a little more amber than most IPA's

S: Hops, duh!...This is a unique smell for sure, the malt breaks through to the nose and it smells a bit sweeter than I would have imagined. The hop combo is hard to pinpoint with the nose. I'm detecting many different subtleties, as if inhaling an herbal tea.

T: This is maltier and creamier than I would expect. True hop domination but it is kept in check, so as not to overwhelm. Or maybe I'm just a hop freak? Could go either way. There is some sweetness almost like a taste of floral manuka honey. The bitterness is diminished which smoothens the experience, but the hop finish is solid without a doubt!

M: Crispy, medium bodied and fairly smooth, carbonation is spot on for my liking.

D: Another example of an IPA I could get into trouble with. I have a tendency to drink IPA's faster than other beers. I could see this being a great after golf/softball brew.

I will forever compare all IPA's of this quality to SNPA, which was my gateway hop beer. But man, are they getting better everyday or what? This beer in one word, SOLID...straight across the board.

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

Bottled Feb 12, 2013

Beer is copper coloured with a moderately-sized white head.

Smell is hoppy, with pine and citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit are present, but the pine is strongest for me.

Like the nose, the taste is hop focused, with a strong pine presence, as well as a bunch of grapefruit. There is a toasted flavour, not quite sure whether it is from the hops or the malt. A bit of sweetness from the malt, and a hint of caramel, but quite a bitter beer. Good.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very good IPA. Glad that the LCBO brought in a fresh batch and hope it continues to do so!

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

Picked up this wonderful extra from mcallister.

Poured from a 12 oz brown stuby, into a pint glass. A semi-rigerous pour reveals a very dense and foamy 2 inch head. Receeding to a quarter inch of retention, very slowly. The lace is very sticky and thick, leaving great big lace webs and an even thicker colar of retention ontop the the already quarter inch.
The color is a nicely unfiltered pale amber color with golden copper colors in there when held to light. The extreme paleness and unfiltered haze brings me to conclude its heavily dry-hopped.

The aroma is sweet with grains and unfermented caramel aroma. The hops are pungeant and weed like like with hemp like qualities, grapefruit and lots of pine. An also purfume like hoppy aroma. Hints of caramel rolls with a buttery bready aroma.
Damn this thing smeels soo good!

The taste is much drier then the aroma may have indicated. Its gritty and earthy with loads of hop bite!
First sip brings a orange/ grapefruit peel rind flavor, with pleanty of crisp carbonated bite. Becoming increasingly bitter at the swallow, leading up to a huge weedy hemp taste, grapefruit and big pine punch. Floral dry hopping in the taste, this is a hoppy monster.

The linger after swallow brings even more hop bittering for several minutes. The hops just keep coming, they do not diminish.

This is an outstanding brew!

Thank you Mike for the oppertunity to try this one out!

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,989 ratings.