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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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1,801 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,801
Hads: 7,469
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,578 | FT: 12
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: 1,801 | Hads: 7,469
Photo of tkarsies
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool in a standard pint glass. Cool looking bottle. I had heard good things about this beer and was excited to see it in central Ohio.

Appearance is a hazy amber with some floating yeast. Might be a turn-off for some but I'm OK with this. Nice cream head after pouring that remains throughout.

Smell of piney and citrusy hops. Yum. Sign of things to come.

Taste is great. Exactly what I want from an IPA. Prominent hoppiness with more of the mix of citrus, floral, and pine. Balanced out with the malt just perfectly.

Mouthfeel is a little stick. Just about right. Nice carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. The ABV is noticed only at the end. Balance makes this much more drinkable than many other IPAs I have tried. Will definitely come back to this one.

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

Just finished a bottle of Green Flash West Coast IPA that I purchased earlier today from Total Wine and More in Richmond. Not much of an IPA selection here in Tappahannock Virginia so I have to make an occasional beer run into "civilization". I consider Bell's Two Hearted ale my favorite IPA, but...Green Flash is running a very close second. Bells better not stumble or Green Flash will take the lead. Upon smelling it the citrus grapefruiit aroma is excellent and the taste lives up to the smell. Very impressive IPA! Very pricey IPA too...but you get what you pay for. Won't let the cost keep me from picking up this excellent ale on my next trip.

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Photo of YankChef
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 a tulip glass thanks mike at brawley

appearance: medium amber with some rustyn orange. thin head that is very foamy and white with lots of bubbles

aroma: juicyfruit, pine and just sweet delicious hops, im getting centennial big time

taste: this beer hits your palate strongly and stings the whole tounge. rampant bitterness, however controlled with a flavorful malt that exhibits some characteristics of apricot and citrus. the hops clearly, clearly dominate finishing bitter, but hoppy pleasurable bitter and makes you want that next sip.

overall: awesome IPA, one of my favorites and ive had as many as I have been able to get my hands on. If it wasnt for the abv id say its an awesome session beer since its so tasty and pleasurable to drink. If you like IPA's, this one is an absoulte must try.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this brew years ago before I was a beer advocate. I remember loving it, but in my reviewing days I had to try it again. I love the purple label that stands out and the green rays of flashing sun that forms the logo for this brewery. It has 8.1% ABV and 95 IBUs. Now, I’m a hop head so I relish the challenge to taste the bitterness, because some say that the average beer enthusiast can’t tell the difference between 80 IBUs and 60 IBUs and the human tongue can rarely detect bitterness units in excess of 90 IBUs

Look-It pours a delightful copper tinged amber color that really captures the essence of what a good IPA should look like. The head is thick and beautiful and releases so many aromas that are paramount to enjoying this complex brew. It leaves delicate and beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells fruity and hoppy with strong cannabinoid attributes. I can already tell it is a great beer. The smell is citrus rind and pine. I get a lot of dank earthy hops as well. The malts are, thankfully, on the lighter side and very well-balanced.

Taste-It tastes like the epitome of the West Coast Style IPA. I get hops galore, but in the right quantities and with the perfect balance. The alcohol is subtle and well-hidden. It warms the tongue as the sip proceeds. I get piney, earthy, orange rind, and citrus hops mixed with a perfectly muted roasted grain malt-base. After the gulp, I notice tongue-smacking resin, oils, earthy hops, an ashy aftertaste, and plenty of grapefruit and zest. It is so juicy and fruity and bready. The West Coast fruits and flavors and dank hops really come out beautifully.

Mouthfeel-It is full-bodied and delicious. The malts are thankfully not from a syrup extract. I can tell from the slight sweetness and mouth consistency that they use true malted grains and a variety of delicious hops. It finishes clean and smooth with a lingering bitterness that is cannabinoid and oil resins from the several hop varieties.

Overall- It is a tough style to really do well and this beer does it exquisitely. I must say that this is the best West Coast IPA in the Universe or at least in our Galaxy!

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

Pours a cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head which lasted awhile, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is slightly sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is hoppy, and plenty of grapefruit/caramel going on. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, I heard many good things about this IPA for about a year now, well it is a mighty fine IPA at that, will definitely buy more of this in the future.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy orange with a nice 1+ finger white head qith great head retention. Nice lacing is left after the head goes away.

S- heavy on the pine scent with nose citrus notes to support.

T- big bitterness up front that carries all the way to the end. Bitterness is much like the nose, mainly piney and some citrus in there too. Piney bitterness lingers long after the sip is gone. Unbalanced the way i like it

M- light to medium feel with similar carbonation. Finish leaves my mouth somewhat wet. Nice

O- well made IPA. Everything is good in this one.

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

This one of the best IPA's out there hands down!

A - nice deep gold to orange

S - Full of delicious hops, pine and citrus

T - Big bold flavor full of hops and grapefruit notes, with a piney aftertaste that is quite nice

M - Really creamy, coats the mouth, medium in body

D - I could drink this beer all night long. So good on many levels!

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

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass

A: A delicious looking honeyed-orange copper color with a one-finger off-white foamy head. It goes away quickly yet leaves some nice thick lacing.

S: A superb-smelling beer, with lots of varied, complex hop aromas coupled with nice warm toasted caramel maltiness.

T: While the bready malted backbone of this beer is not to be ignored, this beer derives nearly all its flavor from the multitudes of hops, hops, and more hops! Zesty citrus hops blast your tongue to start, and fruity, juicy grapefruit & pine notes take over from there. The maltiness finishes everything up and keeps the beer from being overly bitter.

M: Oily, fizzy carbonation makes up the majority of this beer's feel.

D: Could easily drink these all day, this might be a new summer brew for me.

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

The Green Flash has brwed an excelent IPA! I got it in a large bottle and had no trouble finishing it off! The citrus hops let this beer finish with a crisp taste, and an amazing mouthfel. This is one of my favorite IPAs and I am an IPA head to be sure.

It is more pricey than some as west coast IPAs tend to be, but this one is worth the price!

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Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange with a big clumpy head.

Great blend of citrus, raw herbs, and a bit of pine in the back. Caramel malt barely softens the considerable bitterness.

What more to say? All West Coast, All-American IPA. Citrus and pine, hops, and more hops. The more time I spend in California, the harder the IPAs and DIPAs become to describe. Citrus, pine, herbs, little-to-no malt. I love 'em all.

A bottle on 2/5/13 that was bottled only 15 days prior is absolutely brilliant. Pungent, vibrant, big resinous hops, sharp pine, with a fresh juicy orange punch. Long bitter finish despite a reasonable caramel malt backbone.

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

This beer pours a nice yellow to almost orange color with a big white head and some lacing around the glass. the head is fluffy. the smell is citrussy and floral. the flavor is juicy with the floral citrus notes and ends with a nice bitterness. the mouthfeel is fairly light and mouth watering. overall a very good ipa.

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

A: Looks great - middle tan in color, nice fluffy white head that lasts a few minutes, lots of sediment - very cloudy.

S: Very hoppy and fruity - grapefruit tones and great west coast hops fill your nose.

T: Great hop flavor with nice bready undertones. Fruit flavor is there, but subdued more than many IPAs. Aftertaste of apricots. Bitterness sticks with your palate.

M: Carbonation is perfect, medium body. Slight astringency.

D: Wonderful beer. Good thing I can get it as a six-pack!

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

One of my favorites. Excellent example of an investment grade ipa. Plain old piney hoppy goodness. I keep coming back to this one. No bs, straight forward pallet slamming first string all-star. Plus the wife hates it. Top 3 of my favorite brews. If I was ever stranded on an island, I would want a black angus cow, a lawn chair and a keg of this.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Across the board, this is an awesome beer. It might not be perfect, but its about as good a beer as I can think of off hand in its class: super hoppy IPA. What sets it apart from the others is real authentic, raw malty character. It tastes like malts smell and taste before they get made into beer - how they consistently lock in all that goodness is incredible. I successfully brew at this quality only once in a great while. So, I'm glad I can always buy this to measure my efforts against a standard.

What could make this better? There's nothing to complain about here, but maybe the head could be more rocky, the flavor could have a touch more booziness. I just hesitate to pass out the 5's when there are so few beers in this style to compare this too. It's worlds better than DFH 90min, better than Double Jack and I put this ahead of Ruination too.

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Photo of Kenmac19
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I big bold IPA that lived up to all the hype. Smells like you just woke up in a flower bed , in the middle of a pine forest, just after it rained. Big blast of hops on the first taste with lots of grapefruit/citrus and a sweet caramel malt. Real nice bitterness on the back of the tongue that lasts a long time. Slightly less sweetness and this would be my perfect beer. Will be one of my go to beers.

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

12 oz stubby.

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden orange. The head is big, thick, and fluffy. It leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Stiff and pungent hops. Piney and grapefruity. Hops and more hops. What a great smelling IPA.

Taste: Hops. Pine, sweet orange, pineapple, bitter grapefruit. From midway through the finish there's nice caramelly sweetness that luckily fails to balance the hops. This doesnt leave a long bitter aftertaste though-- it finishes relatively clean, sweet, and a little toasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice. The hops are coating and resiny. Makes for a nice feel.

Drinkability: All day. This one's great at the beach, or anytime.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.