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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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1,785 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 7,356
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: 7,356
Photo of Florida9
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange amber in color. Pours with a finger or two of orange tinted white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing. However, I will say I've had a few of these and there is some inconsistency between the bottles, with some having smaller heads and little retention and others being somewhat more lively.

S: Massive pine resin and absolute hoppy goodness. Grass. Green and dank. Lightly floral.

T: Respectable malt background with an aggressive bitterness. Resiny hops. Pine. A nice residual astringency lingers on the top of the tongue.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry.

D: Excellent. This is what an IPA should aspire to be. Full of chewy hop flavor, balanced by just enough malt to allow all the hops to shine through. An aggressively bitter beer that I can only imagine most people would not care for, but an otherwise damn fine beer. (876 characters)

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip glass.

This West Coast IPA,should be the standard that IPA's should be brewed to. Cough.. (ranger)

A= Looks good, nice cloudiness, and a nice burnt orange hue. Short head retention, with bubbly lacing.

S= HOPS, citrus, grapefruit a product of the Simcoe hops, not grassy.

T= Blast of flavor, a nice layering of hops coming out from the taste. The Columbus hops show true with this pungent taste.

M= Stays on the tongue for a long time, taste come through a minute of two after sipping. Creates a nice way to taste the beer more slowly.

D= The drinkablity is good. Not a fast drinker, due to the nice mouthfeel, you want to wait for the post-taste, from the Cascade hops, leaving a nice flower taste. But a great beer that will have your senses coming back for more.

Overall= wow, this is up there with the best of the IPA's, next to stone Ruination, Lagunitas Maximus and DFH 90 minute. Great beer, love the flavors, resin from the hops and all around drinkablity. (992 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer from Green Flash and I am looking forward to their IPA and their DIPA. Going to start off with the IPA. Pours a murky copper with some sediment (reminds me of Smuttynose's IPA). I don't think I wrote IPA enough times yet...IPA.

Smells of tropical fruits, pine (love the hops) and toffee.

Getting a hop fix is an understatement in this case. Pine, grapefruit, orange and malts on the palate. (406 characters)

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip glass
A: dark honey color with decent head that produces heavy lacing with every swallow.
S: pine and some citrus; hop dominant
T: pine, citrus Some malty sweetness mid-palate and then finishes with a tingling hop resin taste. Hop bitterness prevalent
M: medium bodied; very dry.
O: great IPA with some unique qualities in the subtle malt intertwined with big hop flavors and that tingling sensation from strong hop bite at the palate's end. Great IPA! (482 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into glass

A - Cloudy dull orange/brown color. Large off-white slightly creamy head that recedes to a thin layer on top. Moderate lacing down glass.

S - Citrusy hops, mostly oranges in the nose with some grapfruit, floral, and bread

T - Explosive hops and citrus flavor. Lemon, pinnapple came out much more in the taste, along with orange, grapefruit. Finishes with a nice caramel/nutty malt, sweet floral, and a touch of bread that balances it out very well. I really like how it hits you right a way with a ton of citrus but still balances out, more than i've seen with most west coast IPA's at least.

M - Heavy feel, medium-high carbonation with a very crisp finish

O - This is an awesome beer. It has to big hop profile I want in a west coast IPA but is still very nicely balanced (796 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A soapy, medium-white head with low retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Very unusual in a cask beer. Nose! Ha! As one person put it, it was like sniffing a baggie of fresh Sensimillia. Ho ho. As if I would have any point of reference... Anyway, those CA boys can lay hands on strains of hops that many of us may never toke on, I mean, drink. Mouthfeel was thick, sticky, and resinous. I poured a tad into a bowl to see if it would light, but to no avail. Lots of piney hops on the tongue and on the finish. Speaking of the finish - dig, the groovy light show, man. Smokability: 5.0. (605 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a copper-ish hue, big and brilliant, with a large frothy white head that lasts. Big sticky lace sheets, patches and rings.

S - The smell is super hoppy, West Coast-style, just as advertised. Herbal, dank, floral, piney and resiny; the pungent hop aromatics sit upon clean pale malt with a mineral quality.

T - It tastes deliciously fruity, dank, herbal and bitter. The clean pale malt backbone is a pristine canvas from which the hop gloriously springs forth. Well-proportioned flavors are a hallmark of this delicious brew. This is one of my favorite IPAs. Like a West Coast answer to Two-Hearted Ale.

M - Good IPA. Well-carbonated, fuller-bodied but still refreshing.

D - This is certainly good and nearly-great stuff. I wish it was on the shelves in Florida. (775 characters)

Photo of HoppyPeteSkolnik31
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PJ's Bethlehem

A: Rich orange color, almost amber. Inch thick head when delivered. Delicious lacing throughout the sips.

S: Deep, dank hoppy goodness. Citrus, mild pine, slight metallic twinge.

M: Full in the mouth, you can definitely feel that you are drinking plenty of hops from the syrupy consistency.

T: A beautiful mirror of the smell. Citrus, pine, juicy hops, with slight malt flavor in an attempt to keep some balance.

O: So glad to taste this beer. Near perfect example of the style; employing that delicious hop resin hopheads like me can't resist. Definitely find this beer if you are a fan of West Coast IPAs, this one is no joke. (658 characters)

Photo of kuchen75
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Surly pint glass. A good two fingers of head. Slightly cloudy with fine hop sediment in the shade of apricot. Ah yes, the pine aroma. Like a Christmas tree in my glass. First taste hits with all the hop bitterness and solid malt backbone that made me first fall in love with this beer. Some abstract lacing to admire on the glass now. Hop-covered grapefruit emerges as it warms. My tongue feels medicated. Good stuff. (453 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy, dark gold with a lot of cream colored head

S-very hoppy and very citrusy, a good strength

T-oh my, initial reaction is wow! hits with amazingly citrusy hop character that is slightly creamy and perfectly balanced. ends with a great barley and hops flavor. bitterness is present but just perfect. this is an amazing, world class IPA.

M-great creamy, medium carbonation with a slightly dry mouthfeel

D-a fantastic IPA that i will search out and tell my friends about. the taste stays and the abv is tame. i can't wait to have it again. (547 characters)

Photo of smittyjr
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Props going out to RichBeer for the hook-up on this tasty IPA!

A- semi-aggressive pour results in a wonderful crisp, clear amber beer. great head, aprx 1", frothy, and resinous, off-white in color. head shrinks to a thin layer that rests on top the entire time. lacing was light, but there, all the way down.

S- Tons of hops! The cascades are there for sure, florally. i smell slight grapefruit and pine hints as well, really have to dig for them past the floral aroma. fragrance becomes better and better as it warms!

T- Similar to smell, HOPPY! Hops from beginning to end on this one; the malt is hidden well, which i do enjoy! From beginning to end you taste different hops. Grapefruit, piney, florally, hoppy; an awesome hop profile for your taste-buds to enjoy!

M- Medium-light bodied; drinks smooth and is very refreshing. leaves the mouth coated in hop-resiny goodness that lingers with you! OF course, with all those hops, @95IBUS this one is bitter, but for being that high an IBU, it is very drinkable, i would have to say perfect for summer, could drink it all day long with no issues!

Overall, a top-notch IPA from Green Flash! RichBeer recently sent me a six pack and i am very thankful he did so and will definitely trade for it again! (1,254 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an incredible, complex beer. Subtle it is not, but it's a beer you'll never forget.

It pours a rich, dark amber/gold. The head is substantial and has a faint greenish cast. The aroma is all hops.

The flavor is powerful, teetering on the edge of out of balance, though it succeeds on staying on the positive side of the line. It is powerfully citrusy and floral, with grapefruit and pine and grass and the feel of a freshly mowed field. The mouthfeel is intense and thick, and the hop bitterness will stick on your tongue. This is not a beer you want to put in front of something more delicate - you're palate will be hit hard (though not unpleasantly) by this beer.

This is not necessarily a beer you want to drink every day. This isn't a beer you want to share with your faint hearted friends. But for a hophead, this is a beer to visit often, to savor and to remember. (878 characters)

Photo of KKB
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Amber and orange in color with hints of yellow; a nice offwhite head that goes to the top of the glass; looks delectable.

S – Just a hop bomb in the nose, hoppalicious. Upon further inspection there is delightful aromas of candied grapefruit, pineapple, pine and grass in the nose. Wondrous.

T – Ah, there you are my ever-allusive perfectly hopped IPA. This is just about perfect. So much hoppiness coming at you and yet it is balanced by a slight malty sweetness that keeps this IPA honest. The grapefruit also plays a major role and makes this one hell of a refreshing beer to play along with the bitter element. So good.

M – A glorious mouthfeel that is fluffy from the carbonation, light to medium body, bitter finish.

D – So friggin drinkable, I could knock these back all night. And don’t you tempt me, I just might. Would not want to split a 4-pack with you.

O – One of my favorite IPA’s on the planet. Just so well crafted, the flavors all come together so nicely, supremely drinkable, and it’s just damn GOOD. The quality laughs with you at every sip of this hoppy masterpiece. (1,113 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a little over a finger of fluffy white head. Fresh citrusy and piney hops. Maybe a little caramel in the background. Bright and crisp hop flavor. Strong, yet not overpowering. Mostly orange and lemon in the hop flavor, but some grass and pine are in there too. Enough malt to stand up to the hops without being really noticable. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing, it'd be easy to knock a couple of these back. Really happy to have this as an option in Phoenix now, I'll definitely be getting this again! (556 characters)

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a really nice orangish amber, and the smell was distinctly piney. As expected, the citrusey flavors followed very strongly (and tastily!), but this was not as bitter as I was expecting. I don't mean that as a negative, because my surprise was probably what caused my beer to be gone in a flash.

This was an exceptionally tasty, drinkable brew. I am probably a hophead, but a friend who isn't tried mine and agreed with me. Green Flash really has a great malt presence to back this beer up, and it comes through in every taste. The result really took me by surprise, but it was an IPA that brought all of the citrusey, piney taste of an IPA but with an almost sweet profile in the background.

I applaud Green Flash for this slightly different IPA. I will definitely be picking up a quantity of this to continue to enjoy. This is the kind of beer that I could envision sipping on all evening. (912 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beautiful light copper color, with an off white head leaving lacing on the side of the glass but not going away. the smell is a wonderful array of hops, I'm sure if they weren't there I would pick up on more of the malts that I'm getting a hint of. the taste once again continues the blast of hops but the malts come through a bit better, and it doesn't lack for carbonation. All in all a really good IPA, I think I'm going to cut my girlfriend off and drink the rest myself. (477 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of 12oz bottles for $9.49

A - This beers pours a beautiful orangish blonde color with a generous 2 finger, creamy head. As the head fades it leaves amazing lacing all down the glass.

S - The smell is not super-strong, but there were definitely some piney / citrusy hops coming forward that got me excited.

T - A variety of delicious hop flavors hit you right away, as you would expect from a good IPA. Lots of juicy citrus and pine. The hops are balanced by a nice, sweet malty base that doesn't detract from that great hop flavor at all. What I really love about the taste, is that by the end of each sip, the bitterness starts to fade into a sweet taste - which of course makes you thirsty for another sip!

M - I would call the body "medium." It's slightly creamy too with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPA's out, especially for the money. I live in Chicago, so I don't have regular access to some of the most famous West Coast IPA's (Pliny)... but beers like this make that not SUCH a bad thing... (1,058 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Copper colored with a rocky head of off-white foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

Incredible hop smell with loads of tropical fruits and pine resin. Plenty of citrus in here.

Huge hop punch in the mouth. Such an array of hops flavors and bitterness that last forever. Tons of citrusy grapefruit, mango, papaya, fruity. Some alcohol mixed in there with pine. Strong and in your face west coast ipa. Very little malt presence.

Crisp, clean, bitter as hell, yet refreshing. Ample carbonation.

The epitome of a West Coast style IPA. If you love hops, this is your beer. So happy to have had it and will go back again. (610 characters)

Photo of lawlerj
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB Globe.

A - Pours a slightly hazey amber with big slightly off white head. Good lacing. Appears to me moderately carbonated.

S - Big, resiny hops on this one. A bit of a dank smell to it as well. A touch of carmel malt maybe as well.

T - Follows the nose, primarily big hops. There is more of the malt sweetness as the beer warms.

M - Medium bodied. Very nice.

O - Overall, a great beer and glad I got to try. I will seek out more from this brewery. (496 characters)

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice copper color with a one finger off white head. Great color, but teh head could have been a bit stickier. Some decent lacing left behind.

Smells hoppy. Really hoppy. Really good. Big time floral aroma and pine notes, with just a hint of citrus. Nice powerful hoppy aroma.

Taste is just awesome. The hope are just huge in this brew, with big pine and earthy flavors. Citrus is there as well, but is only hinted at. The pine flavors dominate. There is a little bit of grapefruit, although not a ton. This is pushing the boundary of imperial ipa imo, and at 92 ibus that definitely makes sense to me. Awesome beer. (624 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first enjoyed this beer on Christmas Eve of 2007, then as a participant in a blind IPA tasting, where it finished 3rd overall. Recently purchased a case at 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA during a weekend visit.

12 oz. bottle enjoyed from a Great Divide pint. Pronounced rocky head with 1-finger foam to boot. Excellent retention and lacing. Body is cloudy and reddish copper in appearance.

Fresh hops dominate the nose, specifically pine and grapefruit. A touch of earthy aromas too.

The taste is incredibly balanced for my money. Intense, flavorful hops with the perfect combination of malt and a touch of alcoholic kick. Orange peel, lemon zest, and tea leaves. "Taste it once, remember it forever."

Medium bodied with a slightly oily finish. Bitter, bitter, and more bitter. A symphony of pungent hop flavors coat the tongue.

San Diego has done it again. This is a freakin' awesome IPA. If you didn't know, it finished 1st overall in this year's National IPA Championships. Need I say more?

Grab one now.

Notes: Had this on draft recently at the Blind Tiger in NYC. It might have been even better, but I wasn't taking notes that day. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

Aroma: big citrus hop aromas on the nose, there's a slight onion type aroma, getting a slight alcohol, smells great.

Appearance: a nice creamy white head with tons of tiny bubbles, orange amber color, tiny bubbles coming off the bottom, nice sticky lacing, head lingers but has dissipated, clear.

Taste: big bitterness hop flavors up front, very dry on the palate, citrusy, grapefruit flavors, the bitterness lingers getting some alcohol burn, but not much, very drinkable for 8%

Feel: Medium dry mouthfeel

Overall: this is another one of my favorite IPAs, so glad I live in CA where its readily available, fairly priced for $7.99 a four pack, it's heavy on the palate, two and I'm done but it's a world class IPA, a must try for the hophead. (797 characters)

Photo of RescueKitty
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the day it became available in the state. I think I actually paced while waiting for it to cool and my patience ran out. Poured at around 55 degrees into a pint glass. Oh my, what a fluffy little pillow of white head, and the smell is amazing. Piny floral citrus-y hoppy goodness. The color in the glass is a honey amber and I swear it almost glows. I couldn't wait to pop the top but I find myself just staring at the beer in the glass, marveling at how clear and radiant it is, like liquid sunlight. Finally, the first sip. Grapefruit tartness, pine dryness, and just a hint of earthy/fruit sweetness to balance the green bitterness - overall very balanced considering it's all hops, all the time. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. As I sip, and it's hard to sip - this is a Very Drinkable beer and I would have no clue as to the 7.3 ABV based on taste alone - the glass is nicely striated with strong lacing and remains pleasantly fragrant all the way to the end. IPAs are one of my favorite styles and this might just be my new favorite IPA. Thank you, San Diego! (1,077 characters)

Photo of gthornton
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, and always enjoy it. Just had a very fresh pour and felt inspired to do my first review in several months.

A: Dark golden hay, as you have heard.

S: oh the fresh hops! smells like you just dumped in the hops on a homebrew... amazing how they have kept that balance alive.

T: A very easy and basic malt body. Some hints of caramel and toffee. From the hops you get a lot of citrus and fresh cut grass.

M: creamy/smooth malt hangs on the tongue, while the acids from the hops pull down the sides of the tongue like tanins in a wine.

D: Very drinkable. The fresh cut grass taste from the hops lingers a bit, so if your consuming with food, you would probably go the more bbq route... some spices might conflict, but it would be worth experimenting. Some roasted peppers would be awesome right now... just sayin. (847 characters)

Photo of BradBLR
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very neutral amber color with a white head that lasted most of the beer with a good amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a very floral hop smell that was fairly strong, accompanied by a sweetich malt smell.

The taste of this beer was a very hoppy floral taste that slightly over powered the malt. The malt had a slight sweetness to it. The aftertaste was very bitter and slightly dry. The mouthfeel was ok, with the CO2 being just about right and the thickness being just slightly thicker from what I would expect from an IPA.

Another great beer from Green Flash. If you like hops and IPAs, this is the company to try. (651 characters)

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