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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
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 7,354
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 369
Gots: 1,467 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,785 | Hads: 7,354
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)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice large two finger head and nice lacing on a murky orange brown and golden body.

S: aroma is really as good ad it gets. It's very strong despite the overlying large head with sweet pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit and an herbal presence.

T: This one is complex and multilayered. The pine and grass bitterness overlies the sweet citrus and base malts with both represnted throughout, the bitterness is just a little too strong for my liking.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent beer and IPA. The flavor is just a little more bitter than I want but it mellows out as you drink this one and get used to it. Love to see this brewery in Jacksonville now. (696 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange in color with a bit of cloudiness. A millimeter thin layer of foam rests on top. I've had this before but it's been awhile. Fantastic intense grapefruit like hop aroma. Best smelling IPA I know of. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a bit of hop stickiness. Intense hop flavor is well balanced with a light malt backbone. Love this. (339 characters)

Photo of bcm119
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light copper color with a very sticky, durable white froth.

Candied citrus hop aroma with tropical fruit hints. Flavor is dominated by hops, mostly ripe grapefruit with tropical fruit undertones. Malt is lean and unobtrusive, lending just a touch of sweetness to the otherwise clean, bracing bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly oily but generally dry. Finishes with a long, citrus pith bitterness. One of my favorite regular IPAs. It has great hop flavors, the malt stays out of the way, and it finishes clean. (510 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: crystal clear orange in color with a 3" fluffy merangue like head. The head lingers quite a while.

Smell: loads of hop bitterness leap out of the glass. Citrus tones are more laid back.

Taste: a pleasant sharp pine bitterness nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Lighter orange and grapefruit tones rounds it out. Overall a very hoppy IPA.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Long aftertaste of pine bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a wonderful IPA that applies a pleasant assault on the tastebuds. Some may consider this approaching a DIPA, but the lighter malt levels makes this a super easy drinking IPA. (661 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip yields a copper-orange body topped by a humongous, off-white, fine-bubbled head that retains at a creamy finger and leaves gobs of lacing that coat the bell of the glass. Awesome.5+

A rip of pine and spruce punches the sniffer in the nose; lemon peel and orange with sweet fresh-cut grass soothe the blow.

Fruity, tart, strong bitterness start-to-finish; the real deal is some deep, earthy flavor that begs another swig.*swig* Wow! Minerally, deep-dark smoky,malty sweetness hiding in there somewhere in the aftertaste... and in the afteraftertaste a deep, lingering sensation of sitting in a pine forest... uh... complex, and damned good.

Slippery, sticky, chewy mouthfeel. A complex and interesting concoction that oughta come out of your kitchen faucets. Could, would, should drink 'em if you can find 'em!! (852 characters)

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium orange with a thick, two-finger light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Lots of floaties in the glass, as it has been with just about every single bottle from the case. It's really fantastic looking, as I love good lacing, but the floaties knock off a point considering that I don't think they're really supposed to be there.

S - Tons of spicy hops really dominate. Citrus-y hops are abundant as well. The citrus notes give a bit of an impression that it might have a sweeter taste, but you can see otherwise below. To top it off, there's a hint of paler malt in the background, but the hops are the main players here.

T - This is where it's at. This is one of the few IPAs that has really just blown me away. Such an awesome hop presence. There are citrus-y grapefruit notes that fade to floral and pine, then finish with a mouth-drying bitterness that lasts. Some pale malts are noticeable in the finish as well, and it's a nice way to round things out just a touch before the next sip. This has to be one of, if not the only times I've given out a 5 for taste. It's just a complex, fantastic-tasting hop experience.

MF - Slick and oily are the words here. The carbonation really helps give it a thirst-quenching feel and keeps things in check. It finishes really dry with me continually reaching back for another sip.

D - Pretty incredible. This goes down quicker than almost any other IPA I've had, and the 7.3% ABV isn't noticeable in the taste at all. I find myself sometimes really savoring a bottle, while other times I'm hard-pressed to make it last any reasonable amount of time. (1,621 characters)

Photo of moshiric
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a ruddy, but bright golden brown. small maybe 1/4in head.

S- citrus on the nose

T- hoppy without being overwhelming. Can really taste the citrus. So much so that it borders in sour, but doesn't go all the way there.

M- stays hoppy

O- this is one of my favorite American IPAs. It epitomizes the style and doesn't go overboard on the hops like so many IPAs do now. It's nice to find this on tap a few places in Tokyo. You can't go wrong with this IPA. (458 characters)

Photo of jameswaldo
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled downtown at The Finger Lakes Beverage Center, where I was looking to try the Horseheads IPA but they'd just emptied that yesterday. FLBC also had a Southern Tier IPA, so I had a hard choice which to bring home. Taste test out of nasty little paper cups gave the Green Flash a clear win, though, for its aroma, taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste all good even out of paper. Aftertaste of the two IPAs lingered half-way up East Hill bike-ride: a perfect varnish of happy hopping, not the cottonmouth hop haters complain about but rather an Egyptian mummification of well-preserved mouth feelings. Maybe I'd been swishing them all around my tongue too much, but such taste makes me want to have my ale and drink it too.

Back home out of the growler (after lunch and a nap and a few hours chores as growler chilled in fridge), this poured a rather anemic, quickly dwindling head that left very little lace. Amber a 13 on my SRM color chart is cloudy, so at least I like the turbidity if not the head. Excellent carbonation keeps a few teensy foam rafts floating.

Smells all of hops, and lots of different floral citrus pine and turpentine goodness.

Taste whacks palate from all sides with delish crisp hop bitters and blossoms. Reminds me of picking our own hops vine last summer as fresh bud beauty hits my IPA nerves. This is the well-tuned chord of various hop varieties harmonizing cosmically, maybe there's a bit of malt in mouth someplace, but who cares. Aftertaste continues in the rich vein of hops happening and not going away.

If I lived on west coast, this would be drinkable. Even given the horrible dose of diesel it takes to ship Green Flash all the way out here, I couldn't help preferring this to some way more nearby neighborhood IPAs. (1,771 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass over 25 minutes.

The pour is a murky brick orange with non settling large particles suspended in the soup. The eggshell head is fairly small. Frothy/bubbly lacing sticks to the glass only a little, both high and deep.
The bouquet is big and complex, simultaneously full of bitterness, sweetness, and fresh breaths of forest. The sugar-bitter front is a nice change from the majority of IPAs whose noses squirt citrus first. Those fruits come second--grapefruit, blood orange, and the cleanliness of lime that flows into the pine freshness without a noticeable seam. There's pepper and other herbs hanging on, as well with a sugary caramel depth that insists a malty foundation will support all the wild hops.
In the mouth red grapefruit ushers in the tart-sweet-bitter stew with a forceful but smooth entry. It gets leafy and chewy next, with mint in the latter third that makes the transition from wild to cultivated starches. Toasted caramel and hop oil sweetness pick it from there and slide into a long delicate finish where lime juice and clove-stabbed oranges drift into woody notes that end by crawling up the nose from deep in the throat.
The dry center hold taut all of these wild elements that swell a fat body floating on hop oils. It's so beautifully done that the experience remains bright and crisp, even with all the rich botanicals and toffee that somehow suggest vanilla…even white chocolate...as it stretches out on the tongue. What a marvelous, long experience in the mouth and over the teeth. It has just enough carbonation to keep it moving forward; if I could complain, I'd ask for just a few more bubbles.
This craft is remarkable. I'm so glad I had it without a bit of food--as a result, even the 7.3 went to my head. None of that booze, though, never mucks up the nose or taste. And I'm excited, now, to pair its beautiful use of lime with Mexican food, especially with proteins from the ocean. The only thing not stunning about this IPA is the splash it makes in the glass, but what a performer the rest of the way! (2,069 characters)

Photo of Prince_Casual
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 oz "howler" poured into a Chimay tulip....

Orange'ish brown pour with a half inch head that settles quickly with moderate lacing.

As a kid, I used to peel grapefruits, discard the rind, and eat the flesh wedge by wedge. Everything about the aroma brings me back to that. Bitter bitter grapefruit rind. Sweetness in the air, but very subdued, this is all complimented by a bit of maltiness as well.

Every sip reminds me why I love this beer so much. For one, it's a hoppy beer but in comparison to the x2/imperials out there, it has a great balance. The fruit notes outweigh the pine 10::1, at least for me . The bitterness is there, but it's pleasing on the palate, rather than challenging to enjoy.

The feel of this one is really it's beauty. It's surprisingly light on the palate, with no recognition of any alcohol content, or monstrous/creamy body. The carbonation is just right, and as one sip fades, there's more and more to look forward to as it gradually takes over one's taste buds.

I don't think I'm alone saying this is in my top 3 favorite beers, it's truly magical on tap or in a fresh 4x12 or 22. It's got subtlety to sip and ponder, or one can take it to a party and enjoy the hell out of. There's a select number of IPA's that can take me to "that place" and this is easily one of the most easily obtained of them. (1,339 characters)

Photo of greg202stewart
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, total hop bomb. This beer pours a deep golden yellow. The smell is fruity. The taste is hops, slapping me in the face with some citrus notes that help to ease the initial blast to the face. The mouth feel is bitter hop, but that's what this beer is all about. I guess they don't mess around when it comes to IPA on the West Coast. (335 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a cloudy red amber color with a one finger head which quickly disspates. Medium to heavy lacing stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is overpowering with floral and citrus hops.

I was impressed and surprised by the taste. First you get a generous amount of floral and citrus hops. Once the brew warms up a little a nutty, earthy taste also comes through with both sweet and slightly roasted malts on the back end along with a grassy, grainy taste.

Mouthfeel is strong, filling and clean. The hop oils linger on the tongue along with a Pilsner like grassy taste.

I read online that this is one of the best IPAs that on one is drinking. I am inclined to agree. The taste is both complex and balanced. Green Flash packed alot of good stuff into this brew. (777 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed orange rust color with a creamy head that leaves a massive splash of lace in its wake.

The aroma on this beer hits you like a ton of bricks...very much like a double IPA, in both its piney/citrusy aromatics and exceptional malt backup. Hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. An exemplar of a powerful hop-forward beer aroma.

Bitter, grassy, pungent hops dominate the flavor, but there's just enough sweetness coming in from the malt to avoid being a tongue-ripper of an IPA (those are fun too, of course). Grapefruit rind; pineapple; earthy/resiny pine; tart fruit; toffee; more resiny hop goodness in the finish.

At once creamy and carbonated, this sits nicely on the tongue, asserting itself well but also laying back enough to deliver the flavor without being overly sticky or heavy. Perfect for what's being processed by the taste buds.

Not the most complex beer maybe, but it gives what it advertises, showcasing the "multi-dimensional hop experience" mentioned on the label (four different hops used for four different reasons) and bottom line: it's freaking delicious. Will most definitely satisfy any hophead's hop jones. (1,143 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a nice, light copper color. It's very clear and has an immaculate, off-white colored head that stands three fingers tall. It's very slow to recede and leaves a ton of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: The nose is exceptional. Truly a model for west coast IPAs. Loads of citrus grapefruit and pineapple give it a very sweet and enticing smell. Hops are very piney and citric in character. There's some malt in there, but it's mostly drowned by the strong citrus and hop aromas. There's a little yeastiness. It's not really complex. Rather, it's straight forward and a damn fine smelling IPA.

Taste: The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's not far behind. It's citrusy sweet. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are present. Hops are strong, piney, and bitter. It really hits on all cylinders in the hop department. Extremely flavorful. There's little in the malt department. Perhaps some faint pale malt notes. But, they do little to balance the bitter hop flavor, which is fine by me. It finishes dry and bitter with a touch of residual yeastiness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, leaning medium. Very smooth and drinkable. Not quite creamy. It goes down a little too easy. Carbonation is right on target. Drinkability is very high. Personally, I could session this beer all night. With abv at 7%, it's not so high that drinkability is really limited in any material way.

What's not to love about this beer? Nothing. Green Flash has brewed what may well be the standard for west coast IPAs. It's a very refreshing and drinkable beer that commands a lot of respect. Highly recommended. (1,641 characters)

Photo of itlnstallion11
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my ultimate go to IPA

a- darker copper beauty

s- tons of fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, citrus heaven alongside noble hops

t- amazing bitter hop flavor, however not too bitter and well balanced by the evident citrus flavor.

o- favorite IPA. It is extremely well balanced with hops and citrus. Perfect for a hot summer day, or a cold winter evening. No matter the environment, if you are in the mood for an IPA this is the one for you! (455 characters)

Photo of BabySnakes
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper/orange appearance with an orange tinged head. decent lacing.
The aroma in this beer is astounding. I was expecting to find some whole hops at the bottom of my pour its so hoppy. Lots and lots of pine, citrus, teeny bit of grass, and bitter grapefruit aromas. Malt peeks thru very subtley.
Bitter bitter pine and grapefruit dominate the taste. This beer can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The bitterness fades to reveal a slight maltiness, which, combined with the astringency gives the malt backbone a crispness. The aroma follows in the taste with grassiness coming in very slightly.
The IBU's in this make for a distinct astringent mouthfeel that is very complimentary to the style and aroma/flavor. The bitterness lingers and leaves me wanting sip after sip. A nice medium body matches well with the bitterness. Well balanced.
Overall, I think this is everything an American IPA should be. (932 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with plenty of floaties; off-white head, decent retention, nice lace.

S: Huge grapefruit & pine aroma, with apricot, tangerine, cannabis & cotton-candy fruity esters. Awesome.

T: Flavour is dominated by hops, with a pleasant depth (pine, grapefruit, tangerine); toffee with subtle hints of quality pale malt; assertive, yet somewhat smooth bitterness.

M: Moderate body is nicely attenuated with plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable for its strength (assuming you love hops). (500 characters)

Photo of kj8525
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich amber color with little head.

Smells definitely like a west coast IPA: pine and dankness

The one stand out on this beer was the malt character kind of biscuity and sweet. Good piney/resiny taste with slightly dry finish. Well done green flash! (260 characters)

Photo of FinerThings
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first legit tasting of a West Coast designated IPA. It poured beautifully with a picture perfect head. Slightly murky amber orange that tells me we are packing natural flavor here. Smells like hoppy bread dough. Wonderful hop flavor follows which takes me to a new place with every mouthful. Grass, dandelion, grapefruit, resin, mineral- a ubiquitous profusion of hop flavors continue to evolve. The label says "Extravagantly Hopped". Well, that about says it all. This beer is so well crafted it is wasted on a neophyte so save this for your well versed IPA connoisseurs. Overall it is a magnificent beer that is sure to impress any IPA fan. (653 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden amber with a small off-white head that pretty much remained during the entire sipping.

The aroma was wonderfully citrusy, herbal, resiny, and earthy. Some caramel notes were there in the background.

The flavor of the beer was bursting with powerful resiny citrus hops. Flavors of sage and other herbs blended in with the hops. The malt backbone was dialed in with just the right amount of bread and caramel. All the flavors were very clean and distinct.

The mouthfeel was light and creamy. The carbonation was just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp, making this brew extremely drinkable.

This is easily one of the best American IPAs that I've had. I'd have to sample it side by side with some other contenders, like Alesmith, but I could see this one winning a blind taste test.

West Coast in a bottle beeotch! (858 characters)

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