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
94
outstanding

7,228 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,228
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,375 | 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: 7,228 | Reviews: 1,845
Photo of Lard_City
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of geoffersen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell - very piney, nice nose
taste - Piney, grapefruit, some grass
Mouth feel - dry hops tingle on your tongue and gums stays and stays buy does not wear out it's welcome
sessionable if spaced out.

To me there is a very small malt hint, this brew could stand a very small addition of malt to balance the super aggressive hops, or maybe this is the combo they were looking for with this offering. Regardless the insane hops are very much appreciated and well thought out. You can tell that this beer was engineered to appeal to real hop heads and was not just thrown together with random hops just to push IBU's.
Green Flash does not mess around.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear amber color beer. Real amber.
A tall billowing head is produced with excellent retention and sticky lacing. Lightly carb,d
Aroma, you could smell this baby across the street. The hop bouquet is quite fragrant with cirus and pine and grapfruit.
Big hopped out beer here. Hops are big and bold as are the malts who finally showed up. Malts are super sweet and lip smacking good. Hops refreshing citrus and candied.
Although rather bitter still smooth and easy drinking. These guys can do IPA's
Musically I believe this beer would pair nicely with Miss Judy's Farm by the Small Faces. Ronny Wood like this beer is rather bold and brash.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/03/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber colored pour. Nice full inch white head which an 1/8 of an inch hangs around the entire beer. Lacing is very nice.

Smell- Mostly pine scented hops with just a touch of fruityness. Some brown sugar hoovering around as well as a fairly darker malt base.

Taste- Nice drying bitter taste. Crisp pine hops control this beer. Maybe, just maybe a slight grapefruit taste in the aftertaste. Malt base is about average. Hops taste wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Creamy at first, which turns to a drying mouthfeel. About a perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Almost didn't grab this one. In fact, I didn't. Ed at Ledger's tossed it in my box as a freebie after I had made my purchase. Very good IPA. Going back for a sixer next week.

Photo of jdmiser
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Great hops and overall taste. Could be my favorite IPA.

Photo of tkarsies
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Bodart
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of psychoticpilgrim
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

One of my favorite IPA's! Seriously hoppy with one of the most classic 'IPA tastes'...highly recommended.

Photo of YankChef
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great IIPA thats available all year.. and a lot of states

Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Great IPA!

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of markgugs
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of ralree
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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