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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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1,796 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,796
Hads: 7,408
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,514 | FT: 11
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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Reviews: 1,796 | Hads: 7,408
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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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.