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
94
outstanding

7,241 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,241
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,384 | 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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Ratings: 7,241 | Reviews: 1,847
Photo of moshiric
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of jameswaldo
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of Prince_Casual
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of microbrewlover
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of itlnstallion11
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of BabySnakes
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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).

Photo of kj8525
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of FinerThings
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of Florida9
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of JG-90
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of HoppyPeteSkolnik31
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of kuchen75
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of smittyjr
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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!

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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