Green Flash West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV

Added by xlperro on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,829 | Ratings: 7,670
Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy burned orange with a thick marshmellow cream head that stays the whole time and has nice lacing. Lively carbonation is visable. Smells awesome. Huge hops with citrus rind that holds it own and a hint of malt. Tastes of HOPS and also tastes of HOPS. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit and HOPS. Feels thin but full in the mouth. Good carbonation and a finish with a bite. If your a hop fan, this brew will put a pucker then a smile on your face. A must try.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/4/11

Appearance: Golden orange, a fluffy off-white head, excellent, sticky lacing

Smell: Super aggressively hopped - orange and grapefruit flesh - citrus and dank weed - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Great - orange, tangerine, fruit juice, grapefruit, pine - oily, resiny - nicely juicy, and slightly tropical - becomes more tropical at room temperature - malts are totally blown away by the hops, as this is clearly a hop bomb , but there is an adequate malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, I think this could actually pass for a DIPA - very smooth, crisp

Overall: Simply impressive

This is a hop assault best experienced fresh. I've had DIPAs that were less hoppy than this bomb. It's definitely worth a try, but it's arguably a little too intense for daily consumption.

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Photo of spicelab
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Burnt, largely opaque copper. Dense two-finger just barely off-white head. Drops slowly; lace clings to the glass determinedly. Cracking start.

As expected, assaults the nasal cavity with impressively fresh grapefruit and earthy pine. Slightly less prominent are orange rind, passionfruit and lemon sherbet. Fennel and bitter nettles provide a spunky finish. Malt is completely hidden, at least to this amateur.

The taste is much more tropical. Mango, pineapple, rockmelon and stonefruit in pretty equal proportions. Earthy resin is still abundant but not as forceful as in the aroma. Again, I'm sure the malt backing is there somewhere and partially responsible for the effortless balance of flavours - but I can't find it.

Carbonation is spot on and virtually undetectable, resulting in an even bitterness and medium body. Just an exhibition of balance really.

Overall, tasty as hell and massively drinkable. In a sense it's almost one-dimensional, but it's a dimension so well mastered.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a hop bomb, but close to that mark. Big hoppy aroma with warm herbal notes. Hops kick in right from the start, with a dual pine rosin and bitter citrus character. Solid amber malt with the barest touch of toastyness. The high abv is surprising, as there is no raw or hot alcohol flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz no freshness date. Thank you Ken for this sweet sampling.

A - hazy copper with a creamy off white head, head goes nowhere, beautiful.

S - Citrus, Grassy notes, floral herbal aromas, this is what a californian (or any) IPA should smell like. Cant wait to dive in.

T - Good slightly sweet citrus, great hop flavor and bitterness, finishes with the puckering bitter that hopheads kill for. Malt backbone just to keep things interesting, delicious.

M - very smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is balanced and the dry finish really caps it all off. very good.

D - Any amount you can throw at me in one night would be a welcome gesture. Ken, thanks for the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to chalice. Purchased at Westroads in Carbondale, IL--$2.39ea

Appearance: Tea color--reddish. Off-white head that stays nicely.

Smell: Getting fruitiness, maybe some pineapple. Flowery--hoppy aroma. Not any spice at all.

Taste: Hops are perfect. Not overpowering at all, even for the stated 95ibu. Pine notes with the pineapple that come through not only in smell, but taste. Love it.

Mouthfeel: Silky. Hops that cling to the cheeks and tongue.

Overall: Great IPA. Love it a lot and would recommend.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from UNDATED 12oz pry-off bottle to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery Tulip); bottle is undated by the store owner said this batch came in just last week so I figure it’s as fresh as I’m going to get it without going to San Diego.

Appearance (4.5): I think it’s actually almost perfect (for the style). Three fat fingers of buttermilk-colored head, a mix of fine and coarse bubbles, slowly devolving into a cratery mass leaving round, spotty lace all over the sides of the glass. The body is a clear, deep orange. I prefer unfiltered beers, but this looks amazing.

Smell (4.5): Bright tangerine and fresh pineapple, with a very understated piney-to-grassy support underneath it. Hops all the way, no question there.

Taste (4.5): Bracing bitterness following a line from grapefruit to pine, with a bitter grassy finish. Holy crap this hop profile is awesome. Malt base is mildly sweet, moderately toasty, and just thick enough to keep these hops in the air. I prefer a little more caramel and biscuit, but this is, again, approaching perfect for the style. Yeast is, I think, not quite the neutral American ale character you’d expect but moving just a bit English. Either way, it’s an afterthought in relation to these hops. Alcohol is also an afterthought, but it’s there. Finish is medium-length and somewhere between toasty and grassy. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium body, dry finish, moderately oily in between—great, once again. Personal preference is for super-oily and a bit heavier, but this is great and quaffable to no end.

Overall (4.5): Truly outstanding IPA. West Coast to a “t,” and we’re all better for it. I don’t believe in West Coast supremacy, but this kind of beer makes a strong case. Green Flash, date your bottles and I’d buy you every week if I could.

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Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmm, is that yeast sediment or hop particles floating in my beer? its bottle conditioned so probably yeast. does look like they dry hopped the bottle though. anyway, tasted their imperial ipa at hollingshead so picked up this bottle to try.

glowing amber/tan color with a thin creamy light tan head. very low carbonation. looks like a serious beer

juicy hop aroma. fresh citrusy sweet.

taste also has that fresh juicy hop presence. mmm good. a little bit of sugary cinamon to sweeten things up. good balancing bitterness. really good all round.

*had this just after lagunitas ipa

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found my second Green Flash offering at Wegmans (6 pks in PA, what a dream!) and was excited to give it a shot!

A: Poured a cloudy amberish orange with a foamy, creamy head that settled into a thin bubbly, sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.

S: Very easy to tell that this is a west coast IPA, very hoppy, pine, resiny, grapetfruity, spicy, and floral.

T: Very west coast hop tasting, piney, spicy with a little earthy tobacco leafiness, sweet fruity and a balancing sour grapefruitiness, a subtle floral, resiny, oily in the finish, a grainy maltiness that is very much in the background, and a leafy, piney, fruity finish.

M: Good carbonation and a crisp, hop textured, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.

D: Pretty impressed with this brew, much better than the Imperial IPA I had tried earlier. Not quite the best West Coast IPA (I'll defer to Stone and Racer 5) but a darned good example and one worth trying. I'd go out of your way for this one, it's a keeper.

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Wow, such a great beer had to do my first review. Head pours strong, thick, and white. It stays much longer than any IPA I have had. Taste is true & what you expect from a double West Coast IPA. A Hop lover's go to brew.

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Photo of juju7
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant. This is the IPA I've been looking for. Doesn't just tick all the boxes, it scribbles them out witha big black magic marker. Richly intense nose of every aroma I've ever encountered in an IPA. Nice medium carbonation enhances the grippy bitterness and leaves an oh so tasty aftertaste. Balance, style, balls. Love it.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft beer in a pint glass. Pours a orange yellow with a 2 inch white head. Aroma is all tropical and citrus. Pine and caramel as well. Taste is very piney. Grapefruit and caramel are really present. Thin to medium Mouthfeel. Very well balanced and super quenching.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draught at Deep Ellum. Lots of sweet malts are balanced out by the classic assault of juicy, piney hops. The color is medium, hazy, looks packed full of HOPPY GOODNESS. A nice thick head didn't want to go anywhere. So I drank it. Circles of lovely lace ringed the glass. This is one of my absolute favorite go to beers. When I lived in CA I got hooked. Glad I can get it here, and fresh on draught at that!

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Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash's IPA was a dark amber, with a nice frothy head. Lace was thick and notchy as I drank this one (too quick, and I wish I had another).

Very nice juicy hop aroma spewed from this one. Complex notes of juicy grapefruit and orange, pine resin, and marijuana all worked well together. Not too far behind, the malt backing lurked with the expected sweet and toasty tones. Well balanced and well done.

The taste was equally as excellent. Very sharp hop profile was loaded with floral and pine, a quenching grapefruit character kept it mouth watering. The malt was further behind in the taste as it was in the flavor, but it's presence was appropriate. Awesome.

The body wasn't lacking either. Smooth and mouth coating, the carbonation had excellent crispness but didn't take away from the silky yet sticky dry character. Too much to talk about, well made beer.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an unbranded cervoise glass

Pours a deep golden with abundant amber highlights and a bit of orangish hues. Huge, fluffy bright white head. Exceptional retention and a large amount of lacing. Fantastic nose, citrus blossoms, pineapple, light grapefruit rind accents, and just a touch of pine. Pineapple and mango, herbal notes, balanced perfectly by slightly sweet bready malt, and finishes with gentle and pleasant grapefruit rind bitterness. Heavy light bodied, to very light medium bodied, smooth and sliky and moderately carbonated. This brew is exceptionally balanced in almost every aspect. A nearly flawless west coast-style IPA.

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Photo of portia99
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. No indication of date, but everything is leading me to believe this is a really fresh bottle.

A - Poured a slightly hazy but bright orange with a dense, off white head that lingers for a couple of minutes. Eventually settles to a heavy ring around the edge of the glass with nice lacing. Beautiful looking IPA.

S - Overpowering (in the best way possible), fresh grapefruit aroma - sweet and citrusy...just awesome. Not much malt balance here in the aroma, but I'm not complaining.

T - Huge grapefruity goodness in this one. Sharply bitter. Flavor lingers well after the swallow, giving the impression of drinking fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Getting a little bit of piney flavors as well. Great tasting beer. Really enjoying this one!

M - Solid carbonation, full mouthfeel. If anything, maybe a touch on the thin side. This beer coats the entire mouth and lingers long after the swallow.

D - For me, really drinkable IPA. Alcohol is 7%, but I don't really get any indication of this. Really bitter and citrusy, but very smooth at the same time.

This might be my current favorite IPA at the moment.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a lightly cloudy orange amber with a medium head that stays around. nose; sweet bread, vegetal & citrus hops and mango pulp. taste; toasted grain, spicy citrus zest, lemon, citrus hops, and mango in the middle. aftertaste quickly follows with bitter dank hops and resin. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. very well-balanced and easy on malts, and the alcohol is a touch warm and present. a solid west coast ipa.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Truth in advertising. Massively hoppy. Pine resin nose. Broad flavor profile but the bitter citrus sits on top of it all. Definitely a west coast IPA. Recommend for beer geeks but may put off the uninitiated. A great beer.

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Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3-14-09 Was psyched to find this home town hero in my local grocery when I moved to NY! Updated 12-3-12.

A: 1-3 fingers of orange-cream foam with great retention. Lots of floaties - must be unfiltered, will pour with caution next time - and I did and it was only slightly hazy. Orange, with golden highlights. Almost perfect except for chunks.
S: Hops sweet and oily smelling - pine/west coast hop aroma. Bright citrus and tropical fruit. Smells like a DIPA. Tiny smell of alcohol, some sweet caramelly malt.
T: Very bitter right up front and intensely grapefruity throughout. Nice and hoppy with a faint malt whiff. Very intensely hoppy for an AIPA. Delicious. Pineapple, grapefruit and fir needle bitterness coming on strong at the end. Man Candy-esque. A tad vegetal = minus points.
M: Intensely puckering/grapefruit. Maybe even a little astringent. (negative) One of the most bitter beers I've had! Prickyl and bracing
O: Man candy all the way. Bring it on! Mmmm, good. Only bummer is that it is too strong for a session. This is what I wish more AIPAs would emulate. Maybe a tiny bit less bitterness would be more pleasant.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plain honey orange body with a huge buoyant beige head that delivers rich lacing and wide bubbles.

The bouquet is rich and floral. Piquant hop flavor wallop of pine, grapefruit, and fresh cute grass. Spicy hop notes erupt and blend with a big backing balance of caramel malts. Hints of nuts and raisin add some extra quality to the background.

The taste is a fruit filled citrus explosion with a well balanced finish of chewy caramel malts and bright sticky, resinous bittering hops.

The mouthfeel is chewy and juicy with a quick delivery and a balance of sweetness and medium bitterness in the finish.

The drinkability is great. The recipe is nice and balanced. It isn't anything new in terms of flavor but everything hits the right note. A great example of the style.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden brown color, good white head, leaves great lacing

Smell: Full of pine, resin, citrus, and floral hops

Taste: Pine and resin hops are up front and in your face. They make no apologies. But, if you can make it through that, you'll notice some more delicate hop tones in there as well, next you get to citrus. Then, floral hops come through. There is a nice malt backbone in there to stand up to the massive hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: This brew is excellent. A top rated beer for sure. Gladly will pick up again as long as it is on the fresh side. This has a best by date of 7/30/14, so I'm assuming that means this is 2 months old.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cornucopia- that's probably the word that I would use to capture the onslaught of hop character. Perfumy, citrusy, floral, pungent, piney, resiny, grassy, fruity....these are a few of my favorite things. Greater complexity from hops have never been found. This beer is a tremendous showcase for hop character.

The pour delivers a copper-golden color with a malt stained, firm foamstand that endures the session. The glass is coated with lacing as the session progresses. A mild dry-hopped haze is the only thing that keeps the appearance from achieving a 5.

The hop aroma is evident and well documented. A mild malty hit at the nose gives a basic softness but takes a serious backseat to the hop blend.

The soft malts give a caramelly springboard to propel the hops over the top. Soft and subtle, a clean caramel flavor struggles to compete with sharp, flavorful hops. No real esters, phenols, or yeasty character.

Boasting 90 IBU's, this beer feels much more bitter than most other IPA's that claim 70 IBU's, regardless what the experts try to say about perceived bitterness. An initial creaminess, fullness, and roundness from the malts are quickly dominated by the dry, sharp pang on the tongue and throat from the hop resins.

If you're looking for a hop dominant beer, then here you go. The beer relies upon the hop's song and dance to carry the beer with very little interference from the malts or other nuances. Hop complexity is here, but complexity from other beery aspects are kept at bay.

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Photo of geoffersen
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It is a beautiful, cloudy, medium-amber with a small amount of obvious carbonation. The head starts quite fluffy, at about two fingers, subsiding to one-finger after a minute or two, then to a constant, thin foam, with very nice lacing.

S: It has a very hoppy and fruity smell and, I'm embarrassed to say, maybe a little soy sauce or something; it has a very rich smell overall.

T: It has a beautiful, bitter, herbal hoppy flavor with the perfect balance of bitter to smooth for an American IPA.

M: It has medium-bodied, zesty, carbonated hop flavor that sticks to the back of the tongue.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this beer; It leaves its flavor in your mouth, reminding you of what you're missing if you don't have another.

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Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful, cloudy, coppery orange with a nice white head and good retention.

S- Pine, orange rind, grapefruit and carmely malt. Sweet and aromatic with some depth to it.

T- Sweeter than most IPA's. Flavors are the same as the aroma with some noticeable alcohol.

M- Creamy and dry with the bitterness being very noticeable.

D- A very good American IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Clean filtered copper amber coor with a beautiful creamy and fluffly white head.
S- Citrus rind, lots of hops and a slight malt base.
T- Hoppy galore, citrus peel. Oily, resinous finish, pine, grapefruit, and flowers in aftertaste. Hint of alcohol.
F- Full, rich, warms mouth every sip.
O- Great, great beer. A great experience.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.