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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: 7,475
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,580 | 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
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Reviews: 1,801 | Hads: 7,475
Photo of cardtosser
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For hop heads only. Color is orange pale with slight chill haze. My latest pour 9/19/20 shows a one finger head. Smells like a hop locker in a Cali brewery. Strong pine almost marijuana bud floral. Taste presents fresh hop taste, with a noble hop baseline. Malt is not a strong part of the taste profile, but I have had hoppy beers that lacked the malt back and this isn't one of them. Medium carbonation in the mouth with (what else) hop aftertaste. Really wakes up the old tastebuds.

I would say that it has good drinkability, but if you don't like the California IPA style, you won't like to drink more than one glass.

Truly one of my favorites.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I'm at a loss right now. So unexpected. West Coast is the same colour as Schneider Weisse Hopfen-Weisse, which I think is amazing for an American IPA. Deep burnt orange. Quite cloudy. The head dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing. Beautiful.
The smell is exactly what you'd expect from a beer with Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops - fruity, citrus, piney, floral all at once. Not much else can sneak by that barrage.
The taste is surprising well-balanced considering how insanely hoppy the finish is. Nice sweetness up-front, but not even close to the bitter that follows. The pine and citrus dominate.
Medium-bodied, with a dry finish and a perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall, this beer is ridiculously good. I WILL be picking this up again.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Green Flash West Coast IPA a million times–it's crazy that I have yet to review it. It's finally time. I had a pint of this last weekend at The Pub at the University of Chicago (yes, we have a beer bar on campus...). Served in a regular old pint glass.

Appearance (4.25/5): Deep copper, almost amber hue, translucent, hazy, one-finger white bubbly head, lots of sticky, resinous white residue clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5/5): Oh, glorious hops! Green Flash has one of the finest noses on an IPA. It features wonderfully dank grapefruit and pine notes, with some herbal and floral overtones. A hint of sweet malt in the background. Very green and lush. This is one pungent ale. Hats off to Green Flash for crafting such a good nose.

Taste (4.5/5): From the get-go, I get straight grapefruit pith–very bitter and dry. The complexity here is something to behold, though. Resinous piney notes surface, along with some herbal and floral notes hinted at in the aroma. I'm getting a bit of orange peel in there, too. Green Flash didn't skimp on the malt–it's of good quality and really plays the supporting role well, not getting in the way of the luxurious hoppiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Prickly, moderately puckering, very dry, and an exceptionally long and bitter finish. Medium carbonation and body round out the pristine mouthfeel. Perhaps the perfect example of what a West Coast style IPA's mouthfeel should be.

Overall (4.5/5): Green Flash West Coast IPA is a classic of the style and a must for any hop head.

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Photo of dejrrma
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jwale73 for this!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle dating.

a- hazy orange that's uniform throughout. has a tiny, bubbly head, and the lacing is bubbles.

s- holy crap, this beer smells incredible. i can clearly smell the citrus fruits of strong orange and grapefruit. there's a sweet honey smell to it. really really strong...i can smell this beer from a foot away. awesome stuff.

t- this beer is AWESOME. it's such a bright beer, with a great and crisp bitterness. It's dominated by citrus of orange and grapefruit mostly, but again, it tastes of light honey, and wave of bitterness hits. the malt background is understated, so basically perfect for an IPA. This is delicious!

m- med-body, med carbonation. it's a creamy ipa, with the alcohol well-hidden except for the lingering warmth as it goes down.

o- i haven't had an IPA this good in forever. this is great, great stuff.

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Photo of yossarian14
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a sticky off-white head than leaves a nice ring of lace. Smells hoppy. Quality and quantity as far as the hops go. The label tells me that Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops are all present. I love the smell of this beer. Pungent to say the least. Most hop characteristics are present and easily distinguished. I am reminded of hops trouble-making cousin. Has a sticky malty back to hold up against the bitterness of the hops but the hop flavor and aroma are prevalent. A solid West Coast IPA Representative. Fulll-bodied with enough carbonation to fight off the sticky sweet.

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Photo of grub
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

seaoflament hooked me up with this as a bonus in a recent trade. can't say enough about a guy who basically doubled what he was supposed to send me. big thanks carlos!

12oz bottle. sampled june 7/08.

pours orangey copper colour with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

wow, aroma is excellent. bit of alcohol. powdery hops. pine, grapefruit, orange. bit of tangerine. caramel. white bread and crackers.

taste is great. medium bitterness level. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. pine. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. light caramel.

mouthfeel is great. medium well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great hop depth. really liked this one.

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Photo of Spider889
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an unfiltered copper color with a tall white head. Very fine foam. Pretty good retention and lace.

Smells utterly delicious. Sweet citrus meets fresh pine bough. Graprefruit, tangerine, and wet pine sap mingle beautifully in the aroma.

A "vry tsty" beer. Malty for a self-proclaimed west coast IPA. Lots of bitter pine and pithiness.

Slightly sticky and dry, it goes down smooth. The finish is very bitter and lingers appropriatly. Overall an excellent beer. I can't believe it took me so long to try this.

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Photo of Boxus
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love this beer. Taking into account all factors including availability and reliability, this is probably my favorite IPA.

It pours smoothly with a midsized fluffy head. The thickness of the brew is immediately apparent in its rich gold-red sap color. The scent is HEAVENLY. One of my favorite things about this beer is the scent of opening and pouring one. An absolutely delightful medley of sweet citrus and deep boxy pine tickle the nose and excite the brain. Smells absolutely FRESH, like waking up outside basking in the morning sun.

The flavor matches the scent beautifully. Though it earns its 95 IBUs with aggressively hopped bitterness, there is at the same time a deep and well-tamed citrus explosion going on all over your tongue. This beer is bursting with tropical tangy overtones, but it maintains a refined presence, leaving a satisfying aftertaste which is not as sticky as you would initially imagine. The mouthfeel is often considered harsh. I personally find it very appealing to have this thickness in an IPA, but I agree that it subtracts somewhat from drinkability.

Hop fanatics will love this beer. Others will likely take it or leave it. For me personally, it is a reliable and consistently entertaining friend, who always has a few new jokes to tell.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with thick off-white head.

Smell is abundant with lemon and orange zest. Lots of floral notes are present too. Very inviting aroma!

Taste follows the smell pretty well. There is lots of hoppy citrus. Not as bitter as others in this style. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this is simply marvelous! Glad I bought a bunch of this...

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting friends in Brooklyn! I got to try this beer at a pizza shop called Roberta's. A really cool place!

My beer came inside a mason jar with a handle on it. It was a deep copper color and had a one inch head on it. It smelled fantastic! It smelled like grapefruit and pine needles. Tasted great too! Tasted real strong for an IPA. I could even taste the alcohol in it.

Mouthfeel was nice, maybe not enough bubbles for me. But lots of great body there. Overall a great hoppy beer and made for a great day with friends!

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Photo of korguy123
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint. No Bottling Date.
Special Thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Hazy orange/copper hued pour. Half inch off-white head. Great lacing.

S- Fresh bright floral hop ravage my nose. Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, pineapple.

T- Huge bitter wallop on the tongue, pine, very little citrus comes through on the taste,

M- Crisp, clean, bitter, very dry finish.

Overall fantastic beer! I'm definitely going to have to stock up next time I head south.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 9th. Consumed on Sept 2nd. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A - Burnt orange in color with no cloudiness. Poured very little head. Distinct lines of carbonation. Very faint irregular lacing as the beer recedes.

S - Hints of lemon, pine, grapefruit. Can almost smell the hoppy bitterness.

T - Intense flavor. Lemon and tropical fruit followed by a bitter grapefruit rind. Completely hides ABV. No malt notes.

M - Dry with a high level carbonation. Complements taste of beer very well.

O - Wow. Highly recommended. Refreshing hoppy citrus mouth orgy.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint, huge fluffy sticky bright whiye head that hung sheets of lace down glass.Fairly clear honey hued orange brew, nice.

The sticky icky kind of grapefruit rind and pine that make for an awesome ipa.

As the elixer washes over the tongue it floods the grapefruity goodness abound. Gobs of resiny pine with grapefruit rind please the palate. With hints of delicate malts for good show. The abv on this is SO well hidden, maybe a hint on the back end.

Purt darn near full bodied beer that drinks like a session brew.

So glad to be getting this stuff here now.

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Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The info on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, its ABV% (7.3) and its IBUs. There is no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance: From the slow pour I got a thick creamy off white head of foam. It is long lasting, dense and makes thick sticky lace rings on the glass. This head sits on top of a very cloudy orange amber body with thick super fine yeast sediment.

Smell: I get a firm fruity, citrusy and pine like hop presence in the nose. The hop aromatics dominate over a sweet malty base.

Taste/Palate: This one has a tasty deep dank hop explosion on the tongue. The hop flavor notes goes from an intense citrus pith/rind to a heavy leafy herbal to an intense piney/spruce like character and back again. The malt adds some supporting sweetness in the beginning with some bready and yeast like notes. I am also picking up some peach like stone fruit notes with maybe even a slight hint of maraschino cherry in the middle. At the finish hop flavor takes over and coats the plate with heavy citrus and piney bitterness.

Note: At 95 IBUs this beer drinks like and hits you with hops like a Double/Imperial IPA.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

filled a growler at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. poured into a standard pint a little above fridge temp.

pours out a fairly clear deep golden orange color with 3 fingers of big slightly off white, fluffy, foamy cap that settles to a nice retentive layer. lots of sticky lace.

lots of dank resinous pine in the forefront. grapefruit citrus and a bit floral. no sense of balance.

follows the aroma with lots of resinous pine and grapefruit citrus. also some floral, raw pellet hop qualities. hardly any malt detectable. super hoppy, super bitter.

super resinous, wrecks the palate completely with such an aggressive lingering bitterness. truly a west coast IPA! medium bodied and good carbonation.

drinks so easily, this is definatly one of my favorite ipa's, i always get it when its around. its one of the more bitter ipas available IMHO.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was (even) better from the bottle compared to on-tap.)

Glowing auburn. Big off-white head. Incredible sheets of lacing down the glass. Really spectacular. Love this look.

Huge citrus bill in the nose. Oranges, lemon, mango, grapefruit, it's all here. Pungent! Nearly perfect. In the moment, it seems unbeatable, but there are (just slightly) better noses.

More of the same. Delicious! Plenty of bitterness and tons of citrus; spectacular. Nearly invisible malt bill (I hate to say it, but this is a good thing!). This beer floors me every time.

Perfect mouthfeel. Medium body, plenty of carbonation, a bit creamy. Very nice. Incredibly drinkable.

This beer is the quintessential West Coast IPA; the name says it all. It's perfect.

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Photo of BeastLU
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap, and then in growler.

A - About a 1 inch head which dissipates and leave nice lacing. Clear dark orange copper color.

S - Quite hop forward on the nose which mellows after the beer is palated.

T - Huge hop flavor with no one hop standing out. Great harmony of citrusy, piney and a little floral hops. Enough malts to provide some balance, but mostly a beer showcasing its hop flavor.

M - Good Carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel for the flavor and abv of the beer. There is only a slight overly sweet after taste which I find common in this style.

O - Great beer. Typically my choice if it can be found on tap around town. Better than a good stand by.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed amber body with a fluffy cream colored head which sinks fast leaving streaks of soapy lace.

Scent is tropical and citrus fruits: mangos, clementines, grapefruit

Taste is tropical fruit - atop a dry grainy pretzel like malt base with a light sea salt tang. Bitterness builds and a nice astringent pine note comes out. Earthy and even oniony hop notes as well.

I love citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors and this beer is full of them. Excellent.

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Photo of SSS
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber color with an off white thick head that resists dissipation
S-Hop forward aroma with citrus and mango notes, but the malt also comes through
T-Sweetness...with an after-bitterness that lingers, citrus up front and piney at the back
M-Good carbonation, medium to low if anything
O-Excellent IPA, definite west coast reflection, highly recommend.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(best by date: 01/23/14? or /15? - that part was rubbed out - bought the bottle chilled at Monde Market - it had presumably been chilled for quite some time, they rotate their stock often - carefully poured into a 20oz pint)

A: hazy orange-amber liquid with a messy, sticky creme-colored head - various bubble sizes - saw this might have sediment, so that would account for head structure... nice large drapes of

S: absolutely fantastic blend of fruity, et al, aromas - overall impression is that of a glazed orange-creme donut.... further whiffs reveal subtle sub-aromas of lemon tart and a mixture of chrysanthemum and baby pine needles... holy shit, though, this smell is wow-tastic!... true art in IPA.... booze-y/perfumy alcohol does later poke through

T: bitterness to the fore - this is where more subtle nuances of the hop blend shine - heavy, almost menthol-medicinal pine (could be the alcohol/esters contributing) - tongue scraping bitter... strong, tonic lemon-lime... bit of a green onion zing on the end... i want to say a faint bit of sweet crystal malt in the aftertaste, but that could very well be another (fruit-like) layer of the hops.... certainly a peppery spice, touch of toastiness in the finish.... the orange donut thing, at first silent, slowly inches its way back into your consciousness

M: with all the focus on the electric-neon flavor, the soft-foamy contact and booze-washed, gritty malt foundation gets little notice.... this goes down pretty easily.... bit of a heaviness or nectar-y slickness to its flow - the relentless, burning bitterness balances nicely though... ultimately, dry with a light-moderate boozy glow

O: sorry it took me so long to get back to trying this again - sampled it for the first time maybe 4 years ago.... definitely a stand-out American IPA - nice job!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Bottling date of 10/27/2010

I stopped by the brewery today to pick up a case of Silva Stout for a friend and they were bottling the new 4 packs of West Coast IPA, so I decided to pick one up for $7 (not a bad price IMO). I suppose this is as fresh as it gets.

A: Poured into a Bruery snifter. The beer is deep orange with perfect clarity and a one inch frothy off white head that takes near 5 minutes to recede, leaving thick sheets of lacing everywhere in the aftermath.

S: Huge aromatics of pine resin, grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Citrus has a very faint candied quality to it, but on the whole the aroma is quite dry. Malt is diffident, lending a crackery notes and a little caramel character. A beautiful, bright, and vibrant hop aroma.

T: I think the advertisement of 95 IBUs on the label is probably pretty accurate. This is a very bitter beer, a veritable palate wrecker. The beer is dry, with a dash of sweetness midpalate, or maybe that was my imagination. It's gone almost instantaneously and the bruising assault of aridity and bitterness has wiped it from my memory. The hops are mostly pine resin and grapefruit pith with some orange rind. With the pine dominance, the beer gives the overall impression of being green, if color can be tasted. The dry finish showcases a final hop flourish and a high level of bitterness, with pine and grapefruit rind lingering. Any malt flavor that might exist is masked completely by hops.

M: Absolute desiccation coupled with a trailing stickiness. Carbonation is at an upper moderate level, perfect. Medium bodied.

Overall: A top notch example of a San Diego style IPA. The bitterness, dry moutfeel, and overall hop vibrancy are sure to please any hophead. A must try if you have access to fresh bottles.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours hazy orange amber. off white creamy, frothy head is about ¾ of an inch high and retains excellently. Leaves tons of lacing.

S-Smells eccentrically hopped. Ripe and juicy fruity citrus and pine. Great nose. Love how intense the hops are. The malt tries to balance, but it is overwhelmed by the plethora of hoppiness.

T-The cask's temprature and the smooth feel really let all the hop flavors envelope the palate. Pine and citrus and other ripe tropical fruits. Maltiness does lend some balance. Great taste.

M-The cask makes the feel smooth and perfect. Barely any carbonation. So smooth and creamy.

O/D-Love it on-tap or in a bottle. But via cask this beer is truly awesome. Great beer especially casked.

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Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey/golden color, with a gorgeous cream-colored head that sticks around and clings to the glass. It's absolutely full of floaties. The smell is glorious!! Total citrus/hop insanity! The taste delivers on the promise of the smell....definitely a hop-dominant beer, but still not too overpowering. Nice smooth mouthfeel, too. Bitterness from the hops lingers on and on and on...this is a seriously tasty IPA!

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Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a small, white head. Is amber in color. Has floral, pine, and grapefruit aromas. Initial taste is of floral flavors Pine flavors immediately follow with grapefruit flavors enter in the end as floral and pine persist. A true symphony of flavor. As of most IPA's, it leaves a dry sensation in the mouth. An amazing IPA. Will definitely be trying this again.

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Photo of Rayek
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with good clarity. Active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Fluffy off-white head starts out strong, then settles to 1/4" pillow that stays the whole way down. Leaves a very heavy lace.

S: A lot of different scents are at work here. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, oak, pepper and a light malt sweetness intermingle nicely.

T: Extremely complex, especially if served on the warm side. Hops dominate with a full palate of flavors. Bitterness has citrus, pine and pepper flavors that are perfectly balanced with one another. Underneath it all is a mild caramel sweetness that lingers throughout. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body is slightly slick, but also quite dry. Carbonation level is right on.

D: One of the best beers I've had recently. A terrific IPA that I hope to visit again.

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