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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
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 7,354
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
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Reviews: 1,785 | Hads: 7,354
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. (670 characters)

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. (463 characters)

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. (352 characters)

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! (1,820 characters)

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

10/27/2010

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. (1,789 characters)

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. (717 characters)

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! (416 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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. (799 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Orange-amber body topped by an inch of frothy, slightly off-white foam; solid retention and some broadly-webbed lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Wow. Huge, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing but hops. Tons of citrus, with a solid amount of resinous pine. Some spice as well. Huge and delicious.

T: See above description of the aroma, plus a profoundly (and pleasantly) bitter hops finish. No malt flavor to mention. Absolutely delicious, and as perfect as I've ever encountered for the West Coast single IPA style. God I wish this were readily available in CT.

M: The only disappointment so far, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and flat, but also a little sticky. Not the best, but it really doesn't distract me from the sheer deliciousness of the beer.

D: Impeccable for the relatively high ABV; this verges on a DIPA, but drinks as easily as any single.

Notes: I had high expectations for this one (and, sadly, it was only one, since I picked up a single as part of a mixed sixer at Julio's), and Green Flash did not disappoint. After being blown away by their DIPA, I was just as amazed with the single version. Just a beautiful example of an uber-hoppy extravaganza. If you love hops, you will love this beer.

Cheers! (1,255 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - amber with a moderate head that revolves after a few minutes with a fair amount of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S - very heavy pine and juniper and not much else. It's solid!

T - as expected it's got a powerful bitterness that leads primarily with pine, but has a hint of citrus. The initial attack resolves, leaving and enduring seductive hint of bitterness that you just want to keep feeding.

M - moderate carbonation balances out a buttery essence that coats your mouth.

D - even with the supreme IBUs and fairly high alcohol content this is goes down relatively easy.

This is probably my favorite IPA (plus Stone IPA and DFH 90) and is a truly superb beer. I can get it on tap fairly frequently, making it a true joy! (847 characters)

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

Oh my goodness this is an amazing beer. How do they pack that much pine into one little bottle? Green Flash you did it again!

Appearance is right in line with the style. A starch white head and a golden body - a little lighter than the Imperial (as it should be).

Smell is of fresh hop cones; extemely piney. This aroma most resembles the Alpine Pure Hopiness - more so than nearly any other beer I've had the pleasure to drink.

The taste is perfect - it's hard to describe. This beer is super hoppy, light on the tongue, NO sweetness whatsoever, and has the quint essential "west coast" taste that makes the region famous for great IPA's. The taste screams "buy more of me NOW!"

Mouthfeel is light and magical. I want more of this beer. It's like drinking hop infused, yet alcoholic, air. They slide down the throat quicker than mother's milk.

Drinkability is off the charts - closely resembles mouthfeel for me. The alcohol is not overbearing and that makes all the difference in a west coast ipa of any brand.

Amazing beer. I want more and I'm instantly jealous of all my "former" San Diegons (where I was born). (1,121 characters)

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hop-head's beer.

Orange-brown haze in the glass and grapefruit on the nose predominantly. The citrus zest lingers long into the aftertaste and even after the beer is finished. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with tiny bubbles, pleasant.

Overall - almost too hoppy. Any malt presence is masked by the hops. I would find it hard to have more than one without risking long term damage to ones taste buds. (410 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz to snifter, bottled 2/19/13

Pours dark cloudy gold with some orange hues, a little bit of brown, kind of like tea. Some small sediment floats around below a finger of foam. Retention isn't bad, a few minutes now and still a half finger. Really good lacing, this probably looked a lot better fresh

Hops hops hops for the smell, strong floral and citrus notes- grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and some lemony/limey citrus. Sweet caramel malt mixes well with the alcohol, everything coming together well. Large floral and fruit bouquet, lots of complexity, sweet and fruity being the most definitive

Taste is just as consistent, fruity floral hop bomb. Heavy grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, and citrus, followed by a sweet subtle malt. Not as much complexity as the aroma, but the relative simplicity is part of what makes it so beautiful. Things are hard to pick out because of how well they meld. Almost perfect

Feel is sharp and crisp, with a chewy medium body. Alcohol is well concealed, goes down very well. Quite bitter, nice bite

Overall the beer is aptly named, this is there paradigm of a west coast ipa. Over hopped, floral and fruity, with enough ibus and alcohol to be classified as an imperial ipa by those who aren't used to having their ipas strong. This gives Stone a run for it's money for my favorite ipa (1,331 characters)

Photo of WyethBednar
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the Best IPAs I've ever had. Really great, citrusy hop profile, a great example of the West Coast IPA.

Appearance: Somewhat dark for an IPA, sort of an burnt orange color. Not a lot of head and pretty much no lacing.

Smell: Great. You get the hops and the citrus right off the bat, but it's clear that there's enough malt here to balance.

Taste: As the label of the beer says, this beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." The citrus is enough to balance the bitterness, but if you shy away from more dry beers this wouldn't be for you.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, pretty thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Not the smoothest beer ever, but at 7.3% ABV this isn't meant to be a smooth session beer anyways. (714 characters)

Photo of Krisp09
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful double ipa. Poured into tulip glass. 1 finger head, nice orange color. Hops smack you on first smell with pine and citrus notes. Taste is some malt presence first with west coast hops through remainder. Legendary ipa (226 characters)

Photo of alex11ibanez
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got off work. I wanted something new, but instead got this with the intention of reviewing something…

Appearance: I got a bomber that proudly establishes its freshness date above its Green Flash label, popped it open and instantly saw the carbonation and hazy fog pour from the bottle. Then I poured the amber danky haze into my own thick dollar-tree mug. From the pour, a light orange colored head laced my glass.

Smell: tart apple-like, cold apple-pie... Oh wait that’s hops.

Taste: Wow, I remembered why I liked this. At first herby, maybe more of a sweet pineapple resin, followed by bright notes of zest that paint the tongue with beautiful bitterness. More complex flavors… Even ring bells of bread and pastry sweet. I do feel the alcohol at the top of my mouth, but definitely not noticeable till halfway through.

Feel: dry and full, more then half way through and gets slightly soapy. I can drink this forever.

Overall: This beer has so much going on. Definitely a must have to sit and sip with, or whatever you like to do for a good time. I love the wave of nuances this west coast IPA brings about. Grab a glass and, Cheers! (1,154 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a big ass mason jar with a pewter handle securely attached.

A: deep golden ruddy color with a huge rocky 4 finger head that dissipates to a 3 mm disk. carbonation is lightly active. Hazy.

S: WOW. Dank Centennial. This is nuts. So intense. This is what people think of when they talk of C hops. Delicious. There is middling malts, ala crystal or some other two--row hiding. Bitter pine yields to citrus, e.g. grapefruit. white pepper. there is a LOT going on, and it is perfect, Some strange dankness.

T: perfectly follows nose. smooth hops are yielding to bitter hopsplosion. it is a very intense citrus experience, and malt at swallow is minor.

M: Creamy. Bitter citrus. spritely side of tongue. Does not linger nearly long enough, goes a little stale bread at ultimate finish.

O: Expensive. But worth it as an occasional quaff. My gosh this is good. (884 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to fellow ba ahareberger for this
lovin it for sure!
pours a hazy copper with a small head(easy pour) and noticable lacing displayed, ringing down the glass.
Citrus rinds. Grapefruit and hammering malts are the dominating aroma.
Taste is off the charts. Great balance of hops vs. malt. Huge evidence of citrusy hops backed up powerfully by a punch of malts.
There is a flavor in here I love. Like a "grainy malt" or something. Must explore more. (452 characters)

Photo of henrichsj
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange, lots of carbonation, creamy colored bubbly head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thicker ring of head around the top

S - Strong hop presence, sweet and citrusy, a little malt; Overall, a really awesome aroma came outta this bottle!

T - Wow! Tastes like it smells! Definitely a hoppy beer, but so much more. It's citrusy, it's flowery, it's piney, it's just the right amount of bitter and there's even a creamy malty taste to it. Great balance.

M - Right amount of carbonation; light, clean, and smooth.

O - I'm impressed... This is a beer to savor. May have to revisit it sometime in the near future to see if it holds up, but as of now, one of my favorites. (685 characters)

Photo of kramerboy
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two bottles of these from someone that "didn't like 'em"...

Wow. What an excellent gift for me. This beer was amazing. The name says it all. This is West Coast style all the way.

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Big fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

The smell blew me away. Tons of citrus and hops.

Taste was excellent with a great dry hoppy finish.

Excellent beer overall. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Sux to be them I guess.... (484 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I tried this beer. The first one a friend gave me nearly two years ago when I was just getting ramped up in the craft beer scene. I remembered liking it but didn't really appreciate it. This time around I've become a true hop head. Green Flash just landed (finally!) in Seattle last week and I've been chompin' at the bit to get my hands on this beer. It didn't disappoint.

It poured a nice bubbly light amber with a decent head. Smelled like pine resin and grapefruit. I thought, "This smells like a DIPA." Turns out it tastes like one, too. A real palate attack. Because I've been waiting so long, just got off of work, it was ice-cold, and I had a sixer of 12 oz. bottles, I quaffed the first one down. Buzz. (736 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had heard a lot about this beer, and finally was able to snag a sixer of this one after hunting it down.

A: Looks like you're standard IPA, nice amber colored with about an inch of head. Poured into a standard pint glass.

S: Wow. A combination of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Just a hint of herbal-resins and spice. Wish I was able to have poured into a tulip, but oh well.

T: Fantastic, the aroma definitely carries into taste, but am able to taste a little more of the herbal dankness than was able to originally smell.

M: Really nice mouthfeel. With the amount of hops in the taste, I usually expect to be overwhelmed by bitterness and what I perceive to be a dry taste, but this is smooth, and the malts used here are a great compliment to the hops.

D:Three of these went down in no time. 7.3%?! Seriously?!

Overall: This beer, for me, definitely lived up to my expectations. I drank these after first having a Hopslam, and this sure held it's own in my opinion. I was happy to see that even after the Hopslam, this beer clearly presented it's fantastic flavor & aroma. This will be purchased and enjoyed (and copied as a homebrew!) (1,144 characters)

Photo of supercolter
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nickd717 for the chance to try this one. Appearance is good, nice oily look to it with a minimal head and some lacing. Smell is very good, grapefruity with some hops and slight spice to the backbone of it (peppery). Taste is even better, first couple of swallow are just straight one dimensional hops- which is fine but I appreciate the different levels of them as I sip further. Grapefruit and floral hops really come through and its delicious. There is a bit of alcohol that comes through as well Mouthfeel is oily and medium in body. Drinkability is wow, one of the most drinkable IPA's I have ever had. The hops don't linger, which is good and bad but, overall it means you can session or pound this one. (718 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Served at 6-and-Save and poured into a classic tulip.

A: pours a hazy orange color with a moderate white head that dissipated quickly. 4.0

S: I love IPA. Smells like Crack. Big nose of grapefruit and hops. Oh boy. 4.5

T: follows the nose. Big hop bitterness and grapefruit bite, balanced out by a sufficient malt sweetness in the background. The hops shine here. Lots and lots of glorious, bitter, grapefruit, pungent hops. Simple, yet effective. 4.5

M: this beer finishes dry and sticky, coating the tongue with an abundance of dry sour-grapefruit sweetness. Proper carvbonation really makes this a lively experience in the mouth. 4.5

D: very high. Could drink this all day long. I love IPA. 5.0 (708 characters)

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