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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: 1,468 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,785 | Hads: 7,354
Photo of HoosBrews
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Custom Home Pubs in Charlotte. Appearance was a glowing orange. Aroma: Huge citrus, grassy hops. Taste is big and beautifully bitter. Citrus and pine hops really make this a treat for IPA lovers like me. No let-up in the hops in the finish. A delicious IPA. (277 characters)

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

This beer is a beautiful golden orange color, and a bit cloudy. Nice head with good retention. The aroma suggests that this is a top tier IPA with that exceptionally bright floral aroma. The taste follows the aroma with delightfully bitter citrus and grapefruit hop flavors in the forefront with a light breadiness and slight caramel notes as well. very drinkable and balanced for a 7.3 ABV. I would say this is the second or third best American IPA I've ever had! (464 characters)

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

12 oz bottle to Becker.

A: Pours a great copper color with two fingers of eggshell colored head that left some nice lacing as it faded. Pretty hazy overall.

S: This is definitely a hop bomb. Big aromas of citrus/grapefruit with some tinges of pine mixed in. Huge aromatic hops jumping right out of the glass.

T: Pine up front, followed by some vibrant, ripe citrus flavors. At 95 IBUs, you'll taste every bit of the bitterness. Once that fades, you're left with caramel malt.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall, a very solid IPA. Easy to drink, the hop flavors are fantastic, and the malt works in nicely. Highly recommended. (638 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a clouded amber/copper with a 1 finger head, and decent retention. Left some splotchy/broken lacing, overall fresh & inviting looking. Smelled of over ripened pineapple/plum/grape/ and dates, very floral in your face hops! Fruity esters dominate with subtle spice, mild malt undertones, and a nice touch of spruce needles & tree sap. Very very fresh & inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of wonderful, intense pineapple/date/raisin/grape fruitiness, following is dry, herbal, spicy, and robust hop bitterness, earthy & burnt biscuit like. Burnt like hop bitterness lingers very well, and there's nice sap/spruce needle notes everywhere! Subtle malt can hardly be detected. Mouthfeel was oily & sticky, medium-full bodied, and deeply complimented the flavor profile well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Wow, what an outstanding American IPA! The flavors where robust, fruity and earthy, each sip begged for another, I could easily drink a couple pints of the wonderful brew, any more and you would really start to feel that 7.0% ABV. I loved the way the mouthfeel complimented the flavors, and the aroma, forget about it! This was a first for me, as well as the brewery, but let me tell you, it certainly wont be my last. This one is definitely worth seeking out. Cheers! (1,344 characters)

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

12 oz. Bottle. Pours a almost clear orange color with a white fluffy head and sticky lacing.

The nose has an intense dank and citrus/orange notes too it.

The bitterness is balanced and lingering with strong notes of citrus/grapefruit and pine.

Really well made and drinkable beer. (286 characters)

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

Considering there's a million IPA's out there that do the "citrusy, grapefruit" thing, I was prepared not to be too excited by this. It is extremely similar to many other west coast IPA's but this one does everything so damn well!

Incredibly lively carbonation with a damn fruit bowl of nectarine, grapefruit, etc, followed by a nice dry hoppy bite. Very tasty and well-executed. Next up, Palate Wrecker!!! (407 characters)

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light amber hue with a finger and a half of tan foam.

S: Aroma is gratuitously hoppy with citrus, earthy, and faint pine tones; hops overpower anything else.

T/M: Flavor is also very hoppy, much like an imperial IPA. Super potent earthy and citrus hoppiness mingle with lingering pale maltiness. It's dry and reasonably light with a bitter aftertaste that could be alcohol or could just be more hops.

If you haven't tried this, you're missing out.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (517 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

West coast IPA's for the win once again. First time enjoying this beauty. Having it on tap at Capone's. Pours a beautiful hazy orange/copper color. A very unique look for an IPA. Finger's width head sticks around for a good while. Nose is citrusy and hop laden. First sip is just...all hops with a nice citrus finish. Minimal pine in this. The mouthfeel is a lingering bitterness. The citrus has staying power too. Awesome IPA. Welcome addition to our east coast lineup. (470 characters)

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

A - Good copper orange coloration, with a nice white head and good clinging lacing down the pint.

S - Beautiful intense hops aroma is a smack to the nose, with aromas galore. Piny, citrusy, just overall goodness.

T - Lovely hops. Profile of a great IPA here. Many differing flavors shine, w/ pine, citrus, earthiness, and nice malt backbone. Crisp and delicious.

M - Good mouthfeel, w/appropriate carbonation.

D - Based on its style, I could easily drin several of these. Keep in mind it is 7% with a load of IBUs, but if you are looking for a great hop-forward, smack in the nose IPA then this beer is a perfect match. (624 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich copper color. Big fluffy white head. There was a little yeast sediment in the bottle that I accidentally poured in, so that was a bit unattractive, but it's my own damn fault, so I can't hate on that aspect. Good head retention and awesome sticky lacing.

S- Really super hoppy awesomeness. Big citrus notes. Huge sweet fruit smells of grapefruit and mango. Spicy citrus zest and a little pine, this beer is about the hops in a big way.

T- Big hop character throughout. There is a sweet tropical fruit flavor along with some spice and a bit of honey and a consistent, solid bitterness throughout. The bitterness isn't over the top, and it isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter; this beer is just bitter because that is what tastes good and it complements the other profiles of the beer amazingly. Awesome beer.

M- Smooth. Good carbonation level. Great mouthfeel. Great beer all around.

O- So good. The smell absolutely blew me away on this dude. The aroma was executed perfectly. The flavor is dialed in. This is just an amazing West Coast IPA. Can't say enough about this beer. (1,097 characters)

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

A - Cloudy Amber, Opaque, looks like a DIPA. Huge foamy head that lingers

S - Huge Citrus burst, Apricots, Tart smell. Just explodes out of the glass. Nice

T - Different than the nose, was not expecting the balance this one brings. Hop/Malty/Caramel followed by bitter citrus

M - This one feels nice on the palette,

O - Excellent IPA that borders on a DIPA. Will be having this again for sure (397 characters)

Photo of Chris33
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So many strains of hops, this one is a great one! Taste comes off similar to 90min from dogfish head but more florally. Very very smooth easy drinking. hides the high ABV very well. Not my favorite IPA but one I would definitely get again. Great (247 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash West Coast IPA pours a clear dark golden color, with a long lasting, and lacing head. There is a nice dry floral, hoppy aroma. The taste has a nice subtle hoppy flavor, nice and dry. Easy to drink, flavors are full, but the floral flavors are not overwhelming. Overall a very nice good flavored and enjoyable IPA. (325 characters)

Photo of Ramblinman
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

love this amazingly complex double ipa, 4 different hops with competing mouth sensations from citrus to pine. 95 ibu's and plus 8 % alcohol complete this insanely delicious ipa. (178 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is smoothly fragrant, flowery, fruity, and sweet with lime, grapefruit, and pine as well as a tropical aroma. It has a slightly hazy, orange-ish, deep amber body with a cream-colored frothy, bubbly head. The flavor is bitter and resiny but not too sharp, with considerable softening maltiness. The hops also contribute a flavorful and complex fruitiness—orange, peach, and apricot come to mind. As the bitterness wears off after each swallow, the maltiness lingers. The mouthfeel is slightly dry but smooth. The carbonation is delicate—soft and frothy but not excessive, with just a little carbonic bite and then hop acidity on the way down.

What impresses me about this IPA is that it manages to be bold and yet delicate and well balanced. A variety of flavors shine through despite the usual intense resiny flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is also nicely put together, as it provides a good counterbalance to the intense flavors. (951 characters)

Photo of Tromba
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Signature Glass.

A: A slightly hazy orange/copper color - I suspect it might be clearer if I had gotten a better pour (I got some sediment in there). White head dissipates quickly, leaving very sparse head on top - surprisingly, there is some nice lacing despite the amount of residual head after pouring.

S: Glorious. The hope aroma is the closest to the smell of raw (dried) hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's like you're smelling a handful of hops before you throw them into the brew pot. Hop notes are very earthy and floral.

T: Slight malt sweetness for a split second at the very beginning. This is replaced by an avalanche of different hop profiles. You get the raw/earthy quality also found in the smell, along with grapefruit, pine, and other cirus. Then the substantial bitterness sets in...in a very good way. The bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while - if you are not a hop head this may not be a good thing. Also, I would enjoy this one by itself - pairing it only with something spicy - it will overwhelm anything else.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean at first. The lingering bitterness leaves a bit of dryness on the plate for a while after a sip.

D: At 95 IBUs and 7+% ABV, I would hard pressed to have more than 2 - we are talking intense hops here. But those 1 or 2 bottles will be heaven if you can appreciate them! (1,413 characters)

Photo of barleywineman
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is soooo goood!1it kicks the butt out of some triple IPA's and Imperials, and its only a IPA-but Cali Style, super hoppy, piney, high alcohol content, this is more of a sipping IPA, dur to the overwhelming hop presence. But over all an Excellent Beer!!!! if have reached a stagnant beer stage, and want something new and ruthless Go with West Coast IPA- or any Green flash Beer! (388 characters)

Photo of bubbaoyster
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The ultimate hop experience!

Had it first at a beer festival and couldn't taste any of the other beers after having it. Very strong citrus flavor and exceptional aroma make this a hophead's holy grail! Really an imperial IPA without the extra malt.

Extreme, over the top, unique! Great as a finish beer to a session of IPA's! (327 characters)

Photo of oneeye
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this on a whim. Freshness date was new and I read good things about it on BA.
Poured into a pint glass:
A. Sunshine/amber color with a nice cloud like puffy head.The head lasts throughout the beer while lace sticks to the glass.
S. Smells of citrusy hops.grassy,pine,and hops.
T. Aggressive hops upfront with grapefruit rind and a little bit of lemon.As it finishes I taste the malts with a hoppy after taste.
M. Oily,creamy,thick and sticky.
D. This is definiteley a sipper.The taste lingers on and on.I can only drink this I.P.A by itself.It overwhelms the palate.But I like it that way. (608 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding amber pour with hops coming right out of the bottle. This was my second Green Flash beer and this one was almost at exciting as the previous one.
The hoppy nose was intense but so very agreeable.. The citrus also was coming right out of the glass.
The first taste was overbooked with Hop and Grapefruit but oh so very very good.
The body was full and round along with a good amount of crispness that balanced the entire beer.
The end stay with true hoppy taste and feel.
love it!

03/13/13:
Another re tasting. I always love tasting new beers when they become available to our store.
I think this is one of the better ways to really digest the beer and come up with its strong points as well as its weak points I am happy to say, that I loved this beer today as much as I did the first time I had it.. (813 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a copper amber color with a fluffy very light tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: pungent grapefruit peel and piney hops, lemon and orange zest, fresh floral smells, malt sweetness

T: intense bitter flavor up front primarily grapefruit peel, just enough malt to balance, finish is astringent pine resin

M: full bodied with good carbonation and a lingering aftertaste

O: a very good IPA, floral fragrance is the best part, it is intensely bitter, hop lovers only please (542 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a Green Flash 16 oz nonic glass. Bottling date is in December 2012, although I can't pinpoint the date because I already tossed the bottle.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a frothy two-finger head with lots of large bubbles and webbing. The foam sits atop a body that is golden amber with undertones of dried apricot and flaxen highlights. Just a tiny, tiny bit hazy. Lacing is sticky and pronounced, leaving rings as I drink it down.

Smell - All hops, pungent and intoxicating with fresh-squeezed citrus and pine needles. Highly aromatic, with some faint notes of fresh grass as well.

Taste - Citric, with grapefruit and clementine shining through and shades of pine resin supported by faint malty sweetness. Some pleasantly bitter characteristics on the finish add complexity and entice the next drink.

Mouthfeel - Juicy, with moderate carbonation and a medium-to-light body.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA out there, especially readily-available IPAs. It's consistently good in all characteristics, very drinkable, and yet packs a punch. While it's certainly a hop bomb, has balance and doesn't ruin your palate. (1,168 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional pineapple aroma with fragrant fresh-cut grass tang. Hops are first and foremost and definitely American. Amarillo? The malt gets sweeter in the nose as it warms.

In order (elapsed time):

Sweet hops and caramel malt (1 sec.), pungent earthy hop flavor, chinook? (5 sec.), piney hop bitterness (20 sec.) ending in a fresh and dry, finish. The bitterness is a bit much at the end (5 min.), but a necessary flaw for the flavor.

Great texture; a soft body thinner than most yet thick enough to provide good quaffing.

A great IPA. I heard talk of an underground style emerging, the American I PA opposed to just an IPA being hops from any region. This beer tastes like an American IPA to me. There are few like this anwhere. (737 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: very nice unbalanced IPA. lots of citrus flavors and the hops were highlighted nicely

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, unblanced, but not as much as I would have thought

drinkability: very nice ipa and one of my all time favs. (319 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been wanting to try this beer forever, finally got a chance to try this one at a new, local bar in Baltimore as part of their 2 for $6 happy hour.. can't beat that.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've had, if not one of the best beers I've ever tried. A hop heavy IPA for sure, but also one of the most well balanced with a great malt backbone, making for a great mouthfeel, body, and texture. Extremely tasty and drinkable, this is a fantastic beer. (457 characters)

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