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

1,777 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,777
Hads: 7,308
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 363
Gots: 1,430 | 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: 1,777 | Hads: 7,308
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)

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

Step off for this hopdream. Dusted 2 after a Ruination. Wow. Bang.

I was cruising for hops at the newly opened Mad Mex in Cranberry, PA (near Pitts). Bingo would sum up this conquest. Tasted so fresh and dry with range of hop floral that I started to think about cab service.

I saw this at the local case shop for $36.99. I've seen some mediocre posts for the bottle. The draft rocked, so I'm not sure why the bottle get's lower nods than I'd expect.

Great stuff regardless! (483 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear deep orange with a slight reddish tinge. Big 3 finger head receds to 1 finger with great lacing. Big bubbles float on a puffy off white head.

Smells of strong hops, tropical fruits, mango, and grapefruit. Smells awesome! A touch of sticky malt and bread like background with pine esters

Tastes of wonderful tropical fruit, with juicy mango off set by well balanced hops bitter and sticky pine with grapefruit juice. BITTER finish. Malts carry flavors accross the palate and intigrate flavors but not domenant. Very slight alcohol preseant when warmed up. (599 characters)

Photo of ndillon45
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me why my favorite style of beer is IPA. Whatever the hops they use, I love. The aroma absolutely guarantees a great session by my standards. Pours a medium brown with a thick head that laces from the top to the bottom. The taste matches the aroma, but a little more carbonated than I'd prefer. I could drink this all day a great pace. Highly recommend for the hop head. (388 characters)

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

Ok, this is a great example of how the advent of private stores in BC has changed the level of what is available. No way 5 years ago could this Cali brewery show up in BC. Now all sorts of things are happening.

This is a first class IPA with All the right moves like an old Tom Cruise movie. Big Head, Dark gold colour and an amazing grapefruit hop nose that really opens up. The beer is hoppy all right but the balance is what makes this great. Big bloomy hops are anchored by a solid backline.
The finish is almost dry but the hops do not linger like some IPAs. Way too drinkable :) (585 characters)

Photo of Natural510
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz stubby bottle, no freshness dating.

Pours a darker, murky orange-copper color. Not to much in the way of head but the lacing allows an inviting look.

Sweet maltiness with herbal hop to the nose. Notes of citrus and bubble gum added to the mix.

Immediate burst of citric & pine hops. Intensely bitter, burning the tongue, with resinous aftertaste. An herbal character dominates the flavor, sweet citric/caramel malt lingers in the background, and a bone-dry forest pine comes through in the finish.

Body is in-line with the style, no problems there. Exceptionally drinkable for hop-heads and West Coast IPA lovers. This one is blistering, so if you hate bitter beers don't waste your time or this beer. For the rest of us, this is definitely one of the top 10 IPAs brewed in the USA. (791 characters)

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