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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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6,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,784
Reviews: 1,756
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 293
Gots: 980 | FT: 11
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
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Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6, and before that BeerTruth gave me one as well.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a dense inch and a half of off-white foamy head. Head has amazing staying power and it's almost chunky. A solid lace stays to the bottom of the glass and it leaves a mess all over the sides.

Smell is primarily pine hops with a touch of citrus and some caramel malt sweetness thrown in for good measure. Lots of hop resin aromas.

Taste throws a nice smack of hop bitterness at you right off the bat, which then mingles with some pine, bready and slightly toasted malt and a little caramel malt sweetness through the finish. It keeps a solid hop bitterness all the way through. This is a pretty straightforward IPA; no frills, no surprises, but it's well crafted and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, almost chewy. Nice and smooth, lots of thick hop resins.

Really tasty, solid IPA that I could drink a ton of. This is good stuff.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a solid two fingers of beige head. The color of the beer is a slightly hazy darker copper/amber. Just a beautiful looking beer, with a head that last and lasts. There is even a touch a of lacing.

Smell: When I poured this the smell just consumed the room. I mean there is just a blast of crisp hop aroma. There is a ton of pine followed by some tropical fruit and specifically grapefruit aroma. There is definitely a certain sweetness to it all. Just a beautiful floral smell here.

Taste: It initally smacks you in the face with a bit of bitterness, which quickly turns into the fruity and floral hop characters form the nose. There is also a bit of spicyness to it. This beer is definitely a west coast style IPA, because I get almost no malt. There is a hint of malt sweetness, but you have to look for it and there is a little caramel malt battling with the bitter pine flavor for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: WOW this is one smooth drinker. The carbonation is perfect, and this beer has that perfect piney hop aftertaste to it. This a medium body beer.

Drinkability: Really enjoyed this beer and if it wasn't so expensive on the east coast I would have it quite often. The mouthfeel of it alone makes it great after a day in this hot sun. Great ipa flavor, with a great nose. I prefer a little more balance in ipas, but this is a solid beer.

Photo of dank203
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one pours an orange. also smells an orange. citrusy hops. the balance is great, has a certain dryness and spice character, very pleasant malt background. a good one to check off the old list of ipa's for any ipa drinker, up there with sculpin and the like

Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear copper color with a giant clumpy off-white head and big rings of lacing. The aroma is sweet floral and citrus hops and yeasty vanilla. The flavor is full of more bitter hops and most everything but the kitchen sink! As the floral and citrus and herbal hops all collide I get a decided herbal outcome in the final blend with some vanilla malt, and it's superb. Very easy drinking with a mid to light body feel. This is wonderful and an unique managerie of flavors.

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/12

A hazy amber with lots of sediment, looks thick, I can't see many bubbles but there's a long lasting two finger cream colored head that slowly falls to a thick film leaving several rings of lace

S floral pine, grapefruit and candied pineapple, a little burnt brown sugar and soft caramels with just a little booze, it is what it claims for sure an West Coast IPA

T heavy pine and rind overwhelm everything else, I do like overkill but I preferred the slight balance the nose had, still very nice though please don't get me wrong

M thick, enamel stripping, gritty, bitter as all hell, great carbonation and the sap sticks around and the aftertaste just keeps going, no heat anywhere

O great stuff in my glass this evening, tastes a little one sided but it is a West Coast IPA after all, 4.25 will soon be an option from my understanding and I would use it for taste bumping this into the world class

Alberta keeps getting better and better when it comes too beer. This stuff kicks ass if you like the style, and who doesn't? I'll be killing my liver with this stuff I assure you, a benchmark IPA

Photo of SoleBriety
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwjd
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with 2 finger head. Nice retention and great lacing. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the smell. It smells like a really hoppy double IPA, though it is apparently just a single. Taste is just a hop bomb. Lots of bitterness, with sticky pine hops and citrus. Some caramel malt in there for a touch of balance. Awesomely drinkable.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very little leaving, beer is a slightly opaque amber.

Taste up front is lots of piney hops up front which transitions to a more malty middle before a Strong finish of hoppy bitterness.

A delicious beer, not a trace of the butteryness found in some other ipa's. An excellent example of the style.

Photo of peacebone116
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from tap into imperial pint glass with large 1" head and pale honey color. head recedes leaving lace and small head as bubbles continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.

N: Heaps of hops punch the olfactory glands. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose.

T/M: Oily, resinous hoppy flavor coats the tongue, front and back. the hops' piny citrus nose is the main flavor component but a malt backbone props up the beer to it slightly closer to "center". (Although it remains far from actually being balanced.) No alcohol present, but it is strongly carbonated, which compliments and helps to offset the oily mouth-feel.

This beer is, in my oh so humble opinion, one of the best examples of a west coast IPA. It is very drinkable (thus why I had a full 15.5-gal keg of it) despite its high alcohol content--which, actually allows me to believe it could fall within the DIPA category!

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mess of hop dusties float around to make a murk of dark yellowed, almost cardboard brown color. Jello-like glow to its body. Small, thick, and retaining whitish head of foam seeps up from the pour. Strings of lace are strewn out over the glass.

Aroma is sweet and appley with a clean and crisp peachy tinted citrus hop tone. Some slight pine oil ascents.

Nice taste with a good amount of balance to its crsip and crunchy aspects of citrusy things. A juicy peachy skin covers up a high pitched citrusy lemon and very ripe white grapefruit pithyness and potent tongue lashing of firm piney bitterness that wraps around the finish with a decent balance of toasted malt and breadyness.

Feel is super firm and medium in body. Makes a fast home on the palate with an immense hopitude tone and flavor complexity and creamy, lush, crisp, juicy, pithyness. The balance is very nicely done between a sweet bready toasted edge and it hoppy citrus side.

Quite yummy and very drinkable. Will need more please.

Photo of goschool
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single for Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey, CA.

Appearance: The pour is bright orange to amber with a creamy white head.

Smell: The hops in the nose attack the sense of smell with an onslaught of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and pine.

Taste: The flavor profile is bursting with hops, probably centennial and cascade, possibly columbus and if there's chinook in here, there can't be very much. This reminds me a lot of Stoudt's Double IPA. Plenty of grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, and resin in front of sweet, toasted malts. It's a definitely rough around the edges, but I still enjoy the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to just not quite full-bodied with a dry, oily texture and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinking this beer is a great way to flood your palate with alpha acids. It's a bit too gritty to keep around all the time.

Photo of jpro
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Northbridge Pig... I guess the last one I'll get from the Northbridge Beer Garden. Served in a shaker pint.

A: light copper; creamy, 2-finger head; nice, patchy lace.

S: citrusy hops; light resin aroma; nice and hoppy.

T: a freshly bitter IPA; citrus rind; spicy hops.

M: moderate feel and high carbonation; nice.

O: a classic "west coast" IPA; drinkable and delicious; nice to close out the Northbridge Pig on a good one!

Photo of FLima
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious aroma of pine, grapefruits, fresh oranges, slightly toasted malts, flowers and caramels. Lasts through the whole degustation.
Hops, hops, hops! Bold and bitter flavor of spices, citric hops, American yeast, pine resin, lemon, tobacco, caramel and toasted malts, saffron and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness that won’t go away.
Medium body with carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.3% abv is hardly noticeable.
World class IPA, perfectly executed. Bold with an insistent bitterness. This one is hard to improve. Still so balanced, that my wife who does not like beers, found it nice, despite of its 95 IBUs and 7.3% abv.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA poured from a 22oz bottle into a Crown and Rose pub imperial pint glass is a very clear honey gold color topped with three fingers of thick sticky white uniform foam. Lacing is substantial.

Big hop nose consisting of citrus rinds, pine sap, and floral scents. Bready malt lies beneath it all.

Sweet caramel malt, honey/lemon, peppery spice, and monster oily hop outpouring work magic in this fantastic mix.

Dry with nice medium feel with perfect carb.

A winner for hopheads. Must have more.

Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Copper-orange with a thick, fluffy white head. Impressive.
S - Strong hops, pine, and spice.
T - Hops dominate all other flavors, but very fresh, pleasantly bitter, and hint of alcohol.
M/D - Clean, crisp, and hoppy. Very drinkable for an IPA with loads of West Coast hops.

11/30/11 On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Clear, golden color with a fluffy, white head.

S - Piney, floral hops with a malty backbone.

T - Hops! A unique finish of fresh baked bread. Pleasantly bitter up front but supported by a solid malt finish. Gets better as it warms with more malty flavors coming out to complement the hop bitterness.

M - Full-bodied deliciousness. Hearty hops and a bit of malty sweetness. Slight carbonation to provide a cleansing tingle on the palate. So balanced. So tasty. Not quite the hop smack that I expected but damn is it good.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the best west coast IPA I have ever had hands down. This blows away most DIPA's I've had. The color is a nice clear orange with a beautiful white head. The smell is citrus and pine needles. The taste is so amazing! Loaded with hops, I can definitely taste Simcoe (the only hop I can really distinguish except for Columbus) and there is such a wonderful piney, citrus flavor. One bottle I had tasted exactly like biting into an orange. I wanted to give this one all 5's but it is a little unbalanced so I had to ding the drinkability. Still, at 7% ABv and $7 per sixer, this stuff is amazing. Delicious.

Photo of LittleDon
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured cloudy amber with a tinge of red. There was little carbonation, but noticeable particulates present. Dense head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer. There were noticeable grapefruit-like hops plus caramel hints in the aroma. The beer starts with a nice bitterness with grapefruit in the middle and finish and a tad of alcohol. It has a medium mouth feel. I'll be coming back for more.

Photo of Risenhower
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Seabass1964
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Tom_Thivierge
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phigg1102
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber/orange with hints of ruby. One finger white head with minimal lacing. Slight touch of citrus in the aroma but nothing substantial, mostly piney hops with a touch of caramel and alcohol. Flavor is again piney and resinous with a deeper floral presence, again light on the citrus notes, maybe the slightest hint of orange zest. I usually like more of a balance with my fruit-hop bitters but this one is all bitter hop and it works really well. Light on carbonation with a fairly dry mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers for quite awhile, this is the type of IPA that got me into the style.

Photo of jeremy13586
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't find any bottle date. Poured in to a nonic.

A fairly hazy copper color with a two-finger fluffy, light tan, head. Left some decent lacing and the head settled in to a nice thin layer of bubble on the top of the beer,

Dank, resiny, dank bitter hops. Some sweet toasted malts. The hops obviously steal the show in the smell department.

Bitter and earthy hops start out strong, mellow out in to some sweet maltiness. Sweet rolls and light caramel. Nice, bitter finishes lingers on, but just long enough.

Smooth, almost creamy, carbonation. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

This has always been a favorite IPA of mine, but I never have the chance to drink it all that often. It's incredibly well balanced and leaves the drinker satisfied.

Photo of jrfehon33
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:  The beer pours hazy light brown with a slight amber hint.

Smell: You get a nice whiff of hops and definitely citrus.

Taste: This beer encapsulates everything I love about IPAs! It's crisp, hoppy, and has a nice grapefruit and orange citrus taste. But there isn't much bite to it. It's smooth and well balanced.

Mouth Feel: It's so crisp and with a nice amount of carbonation. Plus the fullness of the flavor continues through the whole sip.

Overall: This is a beer every IPA fan should not only try but keep stocked in their fridge. Another great IPA from a southern California brewery.

Photo of ross84
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tubbnik
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left out of fridge about 15 minutes before opening. Pours a wonderful burnt orange hue with a large rocky head. Typical yet wonderful west coast hop aroma. Slightly sweet as it warms. Nice viscous mouthfeel. Drinkability has always been top notch. Have 5 more that may not see tomorrow.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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