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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,785 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 7,356
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 369
Gots: 1,468 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,785 | Hads: 7,356
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously clean and crisp amber pour with tall bubbly foam, nice lacing. Strong wonderful hop oils weigh the nose down with sappy pine and orange bitterness. Unmistakable cannabis aroma when the beer warms. The 95 IBUs hit with a bang. There's no way around it. Medium, oily mouthfeel with tame carbonation. Certainly for hop lovers. No malt nonsense. All hops. My kind of IPA and very close to DIPA territory. (411 characters)

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

This is one of my favorite IPAs. Maybe this West Coast tag should become a formal sub-style. I've had IPA's that overwhelm with hops with little malt taste before and they didn't work. This one performs majestically. I'm assuming these are Cascade hops in this aromatic flavor blaster? I wish they had two versions of this, one with low alcohol so I could drink several of these at a session. Piney citrusy heaven this one is, at least to me.

Open me up,
Breathe me in.
Drink me once
Drink me again (499 characters)

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

This beer has a very unique taste and smell. I can't quite pin down it's taste and smell, but I like it. I actually crave this beer because of its uniqueness. It looks awesome in a glass also. I highly recommend this one, not sure if everyone would love this one because it is pretty sharp, but this beer is at the top of my list for IPAs. (339 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Dark amber-brown, with a thick white head which lasts for the whole glass, excellent lacing.

S: Great smell, with fragrant whole-leaf hops, with abundant pine and citrus.

T: Hop dominated, done well, with mostly grapefruit, there is some bit of malt in the aftertaste, very robust and powerful for an IPA.

M: Smooth, creamy, and quite resiny.

D: A great West Coast IPA, very hoppy and tasty, a stellar production, will definitely buy again. Great job by Green Flash! (554 characters)

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

Burnt orange body supports two fingers of off-white foam; lots of lacing and nice durability--excellent look. Big hopped-up nose rife with citrus. The four hops advertised on the neck label--Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus, and Cascade--are all over this. It's citrusy and floral, loaded with hop goodness.

The taste has Simcoe front and center, with grapefruit and orange peel leading the way. This is very delicious, loaded with hops but with a decent, lightly toasted malt complement. Well done. The tongue isn't exactly coated with hops as hop bombs like Hopsickle produce, but West Coast IPA does a hop lover proud. Bold and assertive but smooth and not overbearing, West Coast is a terrific IPA.

Very satisfying. (717 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 6/23/12. Consumed on 7/28/12.

Beautiful dark golden orange. Two fingers of thick, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing and retention. Big hop nose. Very resinous, dank, and piny. Also some pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Whiff of sugary cotton candy malt underneath all the hoppy goodness.

Toasted malt quickly turns to herbal hop bitterness. Dank, resinous, and herbal hop flavors soar. Fruity malt with hints of caramel, cookie, and candy sweetness. Still, this beer is dominated by the hops and they steal the finish. Dry, with lots of lingering dankiness. Yum. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. This is a great one. (661 characters)

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

I literally walked into a column of cases of this beer when walking around a dislplay in the store. Glad I went around that corner.

Body is a Octoberish chill-haze orange amber. Loads of carbonation. Three fingers plus of level, bubbly bone-china colored froth. Very good lacing.

Big come-on-in inviting aroma full of pine, grapefruit, and some other assorted citrus.

Sweet caramel/toffee sets up a foundation before the resiny piney grapefruity citrusy hops come flooding in like SoCal during mud slide season. Nice hop "burn" lingers on long after swallow. Balanced and hoppy is always a good thing.

Good solid mediumish mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

As advertised, a solid example of West Coast IPA. (712 characters)

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

Rich golden brown color with lighter hues. Adequate head with off white color head leaving heavy amounts of lace. Tons of aroma--rough citrus rind, spring flowers and much more. Tangy powerful hops. Some malt balance and its a sweet Oktoberfest like malt presence. Citrus hops dominate the taste and its beautiful. (314 characters)

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

Perfect. This is perfect. It is a beautiful amber. The head went away quickly, but the lace was decent enough. The smell delivers the goods: floral, citrus, pine, honey. The taste is resiny and bitter, and leaves a great bitter aftertaste. It packs about the same characteristics as the smell. I would absolutely get this again. (329 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into stemmed tulip

A: brand new penny copper bright. bustling head. good retention and lacing. bright and clear.

S: smells like the rainforest. or at least what i think it should smell like. undertones of vanilla. maybe a touch of sulfur? a breadyness is also present. rich sourdough.

T: a deep toasted oat flavor. the hop flavor is delightful. reminiscent of a tropical berry sorbet. not at all cloying or over-the-top. finish actually brings the malt back into play before moving to a lingering tropical bitterness.

M: a mild fizz on a medium body.

D: man this thing is tasty. a bright floral, tropical hop aroma and flavor that are very well balanced by a tasty bready/oat flavor. glad we get this stuff in VA, even if it is sparingly. (760 characters)

Photo of MikeViall
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

My first rating on BA. OK, WOW. Picked this up at the Summit Store in Los Gatos, CA, which is really between LG and Soquel on Summit Road. Check this store out as they are very proud of their high-end beer selection.

As I stated -- WOW. Very strong hops that persist, a very no punches pulled experience. Takes Sierra Nevada's Torpedo and doubles down. Maybe the best beer I have tried. Then again, it's raining in Santa Cruz County today and I could be biased. But very, very good. (496 characters)

Photo of BaalDagon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Green Flash does it again! From the double imperial stout all the way to the other end of the spectrum... Green Flash is one of my favorite brewers! However, if you don't like hops, you might want to stay away from this one!!! (226 characters)

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

had this beer at nick's cove in marshall, ca while on my honeymoon.

i didn't take notes but this was an amazing beer. smelled amazing, incredibly hoppy yet balanced and tasted great. great mouthfeel and i would love to have this one again.

everything i look for in an ipa. (274 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh, YEAH!
Pours a clear orange amber that is topped with a massive, craggy, sticky off white head that melts slowly to stick to the side of the glass very heavily.
Aroma is hops, hops, and nothing but hops. Fresh green, piney and citrus hops. Mmmmm....
First sip...second...large swallow...smell again...stare at the beautiful glass. I LIVE in So Calif...why haven't I tried this beer before?
This beer has everything a great WEST COAST IPA should have.
Sweet amber malt gets it's butt kicked quickly by bitter citrus peel hops that evolve to grapefruit peel, then the malts try to come back only to be overwelmed again. Aftertaste is clean and smooth and drying.
Ready for another drink...and another...and another...
What? 7% ABV?
Yeah....good stuff. (760 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful amber/orange with a ginormous fluffy cloud head with great retention. Nose is pine and citrus hops. Taste is unbelievable. Pine and white grapefruit dominate, the second act is the bitterness and the slightest sugar cookie sweetness, then back to the pine sap bitterness, and the breath provides a great biscuity malt finish. Fucking epic. Perfect mouthfeel. My favorite IPA. (393 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Since i moved to CA, this has turned into my go-to beer. Its great! Pours a nice light brown with hints of red. Quarter-inch head falls off to a lacy covering. Smells sort of non-descript, actually...like a run-of-the-mill IPA that maybe has a bit too much sweet malt in there. Some citrusey, piney hops break through, but the smell doesn't do the flavor justice. Taste is a big piney, citrusy hop smack, not too big, with a smooth malt backbone. Bitterness is there in a nice balance with the hop flavors. Medium bodied, with not too much carbonation and a little hint of a syrupy feel. Tastes refreshing and delicious. Approaching perfect for the style in flavor and drinkability. (682 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date of 10/24/15 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, faint haze with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Citrus and pine hops

Taste: Bitterness is strong and present throughout. The hop flavors really come through in the middle and lead to a lasting dry hop bitterness with earthy pine notes complemented by some peppery malt

Mouthfeel: Sticky leading a dry, bitter finish

Overall: I believe I the older recipe only once before, but I really enjoy this as a double IPA. There is plenty of hop flavor yet still an onslaught of bitterness on your palate. I honestly think the revamped recipe is an improvement and I will continue to purchase this double IPA. (712 characters)

Photo of ScrewBud
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bumped into an old friend I hadn't seen in a decade doing PR for this beer at the store last night, so I grabbed a sixer. Couldn't tell a lot from the sample at the store so I got worried that I would end up giving it a bad review, nope.

L - slightly darker golden
S - Hops, Piney resin
T - Hops, well balanced. GREAT aftertaste
F - Not too watery, not too thick
O - Only complaints are that it doesn't come in a can, and it ain't local (guess I could move...) A true IPA. (476 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooured a slightly hazy burnt orange with a thinner but sticky white head that leaves spots of lace as it settled.Fresh raw hop aroma comes at ya hard when first opening the bottle extremely piney with big grapefruit notes as well I even noticed a touch of caramel malt as well.Well oddly enough hop dominated hop oils and resin dominate quite piney but that resiny finish is great just enough of a hint of caramel makes it a gem in my mind.A few years ago I would have thought a good beer but a little over the top for me now I take it all in,gotta love the hops. (563 characters)

Photo of EastAtLeast
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite Double IPA thus far. Had no idea what to expect when I bought this, but I bought it fresh and this thing blew me away. Beautiful blend of hops with a clean malt rides that line of balance all the way through and takes you along for the ride. A must have for IPA lovers. (292 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: little tan cap over a clear, deep copper colored ale, good retention

s: wonderfully vivid tropical fruit hop aromas carried on a clean and lightly toasty caramel body, the sharp grapefruit acidity is balanced with sweet passionfruit and mango flesh, secondary hop aromas of young pine, just lovely

m: low-medium carbonation and a medium body

t: superbly hoppy - steeped and pulpy - with just the right amount of grain support, grapefruit and fleshy-sweet tropical fruit and immature pine dominate a subtly toasty pale malt structure, wonderful bitterness in the finish - satisfyingly strong, only a mild malt sweetness makes for a very clean, refreshing, and hop-skewed drink

d: excellent for a seven percent ipa, and easily worthy of a six-pack purchase

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA (810 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear and bubbly orange-golden appearance, and a lot of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, citrusy, piney, hop oil and malt. Taste is of sweet bread, strong, piney hops, grape fruit, sugars, and general fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Green Flash West Coast IPA finishes mostly dry, mellow, and rather drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent India Pale Ale, among so many other wonderful ones out there, and I think every beer fan should try it.

RJT (565 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

notes from my time at hollingshead

Poured in a pint glass. 1 1/4 finger of good head with a cloudy yellow color. Nice retention that sticks around for a while.

Citrusy hops come out and tell the nose how this beer will taste. The nose is a very good indicator of how this ber will taste. Not in your face with the hop aroma, but it is enticing nevertheless.

Taste is perfect balanced with a nice pale malt upfront that is overtaken by an assertive citrusy hop bitterness. Centennial and cascade?

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. The beer clings the palate well and isn't heavy at all which helps make for one of the most drinkable ipas that I've ever had. This is a very nice beer. (687 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber with a big foamy head that hangs around. Heavy lacing. Big aroma of hops and citrus. Piney hops, grass and grapefruit predominate the taste. Lots of bitterness. Medium mouth that coats the tongue nicely. If you like hops for days, this is a wonderful beer. (275 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep amber/orange with a medium off-white head. Left nice lacing.

S-Piney and citrus hop notes dominate. Maybe the slightest tease of sweet maltiness.

T-Kerr-POW! The aswesome piney/citrus PUNCH that only a well made west coast IPA can bring. This one is about as good as it gets. Malt sweetness only acts as a vehicle for the hops.

M-Sharp and crisp with a nice medium-light mouth. Slightly oily at the end...but how can you not see that coming?!

D-Totally! This is one of my top 5 west coast IPA's for sure. I could sit and drink this all night. As for the 7%...you'd never guess...which could be bad! (609 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.