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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

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Ratings: 5158
Reviews: 1630
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%


Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Luisfcarrizo

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of the Best IPAs I've ever had. Really great, citrusy hop profile, a great example of the West Coast IPA.

Appearance: Somewhat dark for an IPA, sort of an burnt orange color. Not a lot of head and pretty much no lacing.

Smell: Great. You get the hops and the citrus right off the bat, but it's clear that there's enough malt here to balance.

Taste: As the label of the beer says, this beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." The citrus is enough to balance the bitterness, but if you shy away from more dry beers this wouldn't be for you.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, pretty thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Not the smoothest beer ever, but at 7.3% ABV this isn't meant to be a smooth session beer anyways.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:25:52 | More by Luisfcarrizo
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WyethBednar

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the Best IPAs I've ever had. Really great, citrusy hop profile, a great example of the West Coast IPA.

Appearance: Somewhat dark for an IPA, sort of an burnt orange color. Not a lot of head and pretty much no lacing.

Smell: Great. You get the hops and the citrus right off the bat, but it's clear that there's enough malt here to balance.

Taste: As the label of the beer says, this beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." The citrus is enough to balance the bitterness, but if you shy away from more dry beers this wouldn't be for you.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, pretty thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Not the smoothest beer ever, but at 7.3% ABV this isn't meant to be a smooth session beer anyways.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:50:40 | More by WyethBednar
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HopintheSouth

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
A- rich copper and a light hazy amber on the top and bottom. A rich, frothy head that stays about a quarter inch thick and leaves great lacing.
S- Big aroma, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and earthy pine on the back.
T-Sweet malt with a good hop bite. Like a good west coast IPA, very sweet and pleasant bitterness throughout the glass. At 7.2% this beer is surprisingly drinkable.
M-Again, goes down easy, dry finish and a caramel like malt that allows all the hops present to come alive.

Great beer, I really enjoy this one. I think the 'classic' C' Hop west coast IPA. It's not my favorite but Green Flash always nails it on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:04:16 | More by HopintheSouth
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Half-bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark copper with some brushed gold around the edged. Light khaki color head starts around three-fingers, but fades down to about 3/4" and retains for the majority of the experience. Deflates to a creamy cap towards the end. The lacing is a little different than I was expecting. Instead of huge splotches reminiscent to many, many generously hopped IPAs, West Coast leaves the entire glass coated with spiderweb-like wisps of cream colored lace. Awfully interesting! This scores up with the best of 'em in the aesthetics department.

S: The aroma here is absolutely bombastic. Before I lifted the glass to my nose, before I even poured the brew into my glass... Yes, the SECOND I popped the cap off of this bomber, I detected whiffs of gloriously citric hop aroma. A more proper sniff picks up all of the glorious nuances of this extravagant aroma. Tons of fresh pink grapefruit aside mounds of freshly fallen pine needles, with a hint of grass. Absolutely no malt to be found here. This is a symphony dedicated solely to the glory of the hop.

T: A little let down by flavor, mainly because it's nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Don't let this mislead you, however, this is still bursting at the seems with flavor. "Extravagantly hopped," reads the label, and it couldn't be more true. Tons of grapefruit, hints of tangerine, touch of pineapple. All of which resting on a soft bed of caramel malt that acts as little more than a pedestal to prop up the hops as they showcase their excellence. The finish is mostly some pine-like bitterness, with the citrus fading out and not a peep from the malt or alcohol.

M: Nearly full-bodied with an outspoken creaminess that's slick across the palate as the beer swishes in the mouth. Carbonation is average. Finishes with a nice bit of stickiness that feels as though it coated every nook and cranny of your mouth. This allows a lot of the flavors to linger long after the beer has gone down.

O: Green Flash continues to impress me. West Coast IPA is an absolute perfect example of what I want in an IPA. Powerful aromas, stupidly hop-dominated flavor, and devastatingly quaffable. Thank the Beer Gods that I have the second half of the bomber in my fridge to further enjoy this gem!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:00:46 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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kj8525

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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!


Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:22:08 | More by kj8525
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden brown color, good white head, leaves great lacing

Smell: Full of pine, resin, citrus, and floral hops

Taste: Pine and resin hops are up front and in your face. They make no apologies. But, if you can make it through that, you'll notice some more delicate hop tones in there as well, next you get to citrus. Then, floral hops come through. There is a nice malt backbone in there to stand up to the massive hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: This brew is excellent. A top rated beer for sure. Gladly will pick up again as long as it is on the fresh side. This has a best by date of 7/30/14, so I'm assuming that means this is 2 months old.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:21:36 | More by MadCat
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Poured a golden amber pour with slight haze. Solid white head and lacing.

S-Aroma of grapefruit, orange, mango, malts, and pine.

T-The taste is clean with the fruits, pine and malts balanced nicely. Solid bitter profile with a relaxing malt ending.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light body, good carbonation. Clean, crisp, biting finish.

O-Very unique IPA, love the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:21:07 | More by reebtaerG
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(best by date: 01/23/14? or /15? - that part was rubbed out - bought the bottle chilled at Monde Market - it had presumably been chilled for quite some time, they rotate their stock often - carefully poured into a 20oz pint)

A: hazy orange-amber liquid with a messy, sticky creme-colored head - various bubble sizes - saw this might have sediment, so that would account for head structure... nice large drapes of

S: absolutely fantastic blend of fruity, et al, aromas - overall impression is that of a glazed orange-creme donut.... further whiffs reveal subtle sub-aromas of lemon tart and a mixture of chrysanthemum and baby pine needles... holy shit, though, this smell is wow-tastic!... true art in IPA.... booze-y/perfumy alcohol does later poke through

T: bitterness to the fore - this is where more subtle nuances of the hop blend shine - heavy, almost menthol-medicinal pine (could be the alcohol/esters contributing) - tongue scraping bitter... strong, tonic lemon-lime... bit of a green onion zing on the end... i want to say a faint bit of sweet crystal malt in the aftertaste, but that could very well be another (fruit-like) layer of the hops.... certainly a peppery spice, touch of toastiness in the finish.... the orange donut thing, at first silent, slowly inches its way back into your consciousness

M: with all the focus on the electric-neon flavor, the soft-foamy contact and booze-washed, gritty malt foundation gets little notice.... this goes down pretty easily.... bit of a heaviness or nectar-y slickness to its flow - the relentless, burning bitterness balances nicely though... ultimately, dry with a light-moderate boozy glow

O: sorry it took me so long to get back to trying this again - sampled it for the first time maybe 4 years ago.... definitely a stand-out American IPA - nice job!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:37:09 | More by Bouleboubier
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dank203

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:11:31 | More by dank203
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JOHNKNEEGEEZ

Maine

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:06:13 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
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Rob_Zombied

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was looking forward to this beer from Green Flash. Overall, not that impressed. Purchased in a 4 pack and tasted over two nights to give it a couple chances. Appearance was cloudy and smell was just ok. Was expecting a little more as Green Flash typically delivers. A little too bitter for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:24:34 | More by Rob_Zombied
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a slight red cast. Very strong head with exceptional lacing. The nose is a blend of hops - grapefruit and other citrus over a light pine resin overlaying a subtle malt sweetness. The body is almost medium with a nice smooth texture. Normal carbonation level. The outstanding flavor profile is complex and well balanced. Like the nose, grapefruit and other citrus lead with an earthy pine in the background. A biscuit malt sweetness appears in the middle, which rapidly flows into a quite nice tart bitterness. The finish is smooth and a nice tartness lingers. A bit more carbonation effervescence would accentuate the flavor of the finish and the underlying hop resin.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 20:03:23 | More by tillmac62
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's West Coast IPA last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I didn't have the best first impression of Green Flash and I wasn't a big fan of Palate Wrecker and I hope this one turns out better, so lets see how it goes. The best by date was almost completely rubbed off, but I know it's fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got that typical Green Flash design, it's pretty simple and not too eye catching. It poured a hazy orange/amber color that took on more of a darker orange and ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice floral, tropical fruit, and citrus hops aromas with the fruity hops seeming to stick out the most and there's just a slight green onion like hop aspect that barely showed up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt, bready and cracker like malt aromas with a very light amount of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it had a nice balance to it and I enjoyed the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma but there's also some piney flavors that show up and all the aspects seem to show up pretty evenly. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice grainy, light sweet malt, bready, and bread crust like flavors with just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's low amount of high bitterness that's on the border of being medium bitter and there's some lingering bitterness, citrus hops and grainy malts in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was as juicy as the aroma was.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp. on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, but it was a little on the thick side.

Overall I thought this was a pretty a nice beer and a pretty standard and nice example of a West Coast IPA, it seemed to be pretty inline with the style, but it lacked that juiciness and brightness that some of the better ones seem to have, but I still thought it was very solid for what it is. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these, but that would probably be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste wasn't a little more juicy and bright. I don't think I would buy this again, it's a little pricey for what you get and there's more than a few west coast style IPA's that I like more. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style. I'm still not sold on Green Flash, but this wasn't a bad beer at all and I thought it was pretty solid for what they were going for. Nice work guys, keep up the solid work. So far this is my favorite Green Flash beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:31:58 | More by StoutHunter
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cambabeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange body with some reddish hues, and a great white head that sticks and clings to the glass all the way down.
Beautiful grassy, herbal, hoppy nose. Some citrus in there as well, grapefruity and lemony.
The taste follows wonderfully. Great smooth full body feel. The hop flavor is amazing, herbal, citrusy, grassy and crisp. The malt is there but any sweetness is overpowered by the great hop character.

A fantastic IPA, from a guy who loves IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 19:22:55 | More by cambabeer
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BSK_ONE

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, rust, cloudy with hardly any carbonation. Almost no head at all.
S: Hops, Citris fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Textbook IPA
T: Bitterness up front with a lingering grapefruit flavor. Again Textbook IPA
M: Classic IPA mouthfeel with overall crisp bitterness on the tongue.
O: If you were to create a model IPA and serve it to someone who has never had one, this would be a good one to start with. Very good, with nothing off putting about it. But at the same time, there is nothing that puts it on the next level that makes it truly unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:10:33 | More by BSK_ONE
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass. Appearance is cloudy caramel, with a giant off-white, almost cola-colored head that has to spend a few minutes making its way down to the surface of the liquid. Lots of bubbles rising up to the top. Color is darker than expected - pretty dark for the style... not sure if that's an augur of a maltier backbone than usual.

Smell is interesting. It smells quite a bit sweeter than I expected. There's some citrusy hops in there, but they're kind of overtaken by this sweet cotton-candy note. At first I thought I was smelling soap on my hands or something, but that's not the case. Maybe I'm crazy or something.

And the hops make up for their lack of presence on the aroma once the beer makes it to your palate. Up front is a huge citrusy, tropical-fruit kick that is a very pleasant surprise. Mid-palate, that cotton-candy-esque flavor comes back to mingle with the hops, but still allowing them to take center stage. Really wonderful mix of malty and hoppy flavors. Finish is mildly bitter and dry - just enough to make you want to take another sip, but not over the top with it. And then the hops come back for a last hurrah on the aftertaste, leaving a nice orange-y flavor in your mouth.

Mouthfeel hits the style - moderate body, with lots of carbonation pricking your tongue.

Overall, super-great IPA that actually has a noticeable malt presence, while still retaining it's identity as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:27:43 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Body is relatively clear, copper in color, with a spotty off-white head that leaves sticky lacing. Head is not much to speak of in itself.

S - As Keanu Reeves would say.. whooooaaa. There are so many aromas goin on I'm not sure which to pick out immediately... Caramel and pine, toffee, pomelo... lots going on here, and it all smells like something I want to make a cologne out of.

T - Hops are more pronounced than the nose, pine, cedar and earth dominate. Citrus undertones are there, but fruity flavors are minute. Balanced well by the light caramel and toffee that I picked up on the nose

M - Pretty thick and easy on carbonation

O - Pretty delicious beer that is so much more than a straightforward hop-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:05:17 | More by ChimRichels
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MartzMimic

Oklahoma

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber with a big foamy head that hangs around. Heavy lacing. Big aroma of hops and citrus. Piney hops, grass and grapefruit predominate the taste. Lots of bitterness. Medium mouth that coats the tongue nicely. If you like hops for days, this is a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:23:00 | More by MartzMimic
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three week old bottle based on "best by" date. Golden amber and a little bit hazy. A 2+ finger head yields some nice lacing. Head retention is very good. Aroma nicely showcases the varied blend of hops used (3 C's and Simcoe): grapefruit, pine, citrus, grassy and floral all at once. Definite emphasis on grass and pine notes. Not as aromatic as I remember this (though it's been a long time since I last tried this).

Super bitter, as expected, with grass and pine prevailing in the flavor. It's like a Christmas tree in your mouth. Malt profile is thoroughly squelched by the hops. Very high apparent bitterness with almost no malt body to speak of, just a faint cracker-like grain like a hoppy pils. Sudsy carbonation is moderately soft. The mouthfeel is otherwise slick and oily. Almost no alcohol on the palate.

A palate-shredding, pine-forward, very west coast IPA. This is a nice example of an extremely hop-forward IPA, but it's not on my list of top IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:24:52 | More by gr0g
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a dusty honey color that has ruby hints if held to light with a creamy beige head that pours okay and settles like a rock at a half-inch or so. Good retention; nice web-like lacing.

S:
Smells pretty much hoppy as could be. Fruity and slightly sweet with underripe pineapple, weed, pine, caramel malt notes, and dank earthiness.

T:
Really dry and increasingly bitter towards the finish. Pine and citrus rind with a slightly malty undercurrent and nearly medicinal finish with a nice tingly-ness.

M:
Dry, flat and relatively unobtrusive. The head gives it a nice creamy feel and the carbonation is far from aggressive. Medium body, makes your mouth vibrate, very drinkable.

O:
This is a very good, bitter-but-drinkable IPA.
Really a fine looking beer with a pretty aggressive taste but which is fairly restrained on the whole the ever-present touch of caramely malt flavors really helps it to not get too intense. Very good, pretty easy drinking.
Will have again; worth trying if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:47:15 | More by TheDoctor
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lochef81

Michigan

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

I keep getting wowed by this brewery. This outstanding ipa pours a cloudy deep amber color with a two finger white head that dissolves to a mere film on the beer decent legs and lacing. The aroma is pure California hops. Pine, citrus, tropical and stone fruits, and a decent aroma of weed. It sips clean and pure and very refreshing. There is just enough body to coat the mouth with gorgeous hoppy resin. The flavor is simple and to the point...hops. a little malt on the aftertaste but mostly just glorious hoppy bitterness. This is an outstanding ipa and should be viewed (along with stone and lagunitas) as the benchmarks of west coast ipas.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 05:43:18 | More by lochef81
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BierJager89

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque amber red with a creamy light tan head.

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit, mango and fresh orange.

T: Once again lots of grapefruit and pine, especially up front, followed by lemon, fresh orange and citrus peel. Finish is dry and resiny.

M: Medium body with average or slightly smooth carbonation for an IPA.

O: Really good. I'm not the biggest fan of grapefruit and thus west coast IPAs in general. This one has a nice mango flavor in addition to the orange flavor which I really like. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:28:56 | More by BierJager89
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a one pint six ounce bottle into a tall mug and served cool.

Brilliant clear brown body and an off white head

Pine and candy

Pine and woody with some sweet grain aftertaste

Watery and very still

Flavors are nice but the mouthfeel is a bit thin

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:01:06 | More by jneiswender
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting a while for a beer to come along and truly blow me away, create a paradigm shift if you will, or at the very least, leave me awestruck. A guy can get a bit jaded with this sort of mentality, as many very good beers can still leave one wanting just a little more. On this occasion, I felt this awe and really did get a jolt of beer-hunter enhancing excitement. Admittedly, I didn't think this would be the beer. Then again, Green Flash is pretty well-regarded in terms of flavor if not price. This brew is a dark russet amber color with a decent dose of beige head that threatened to billow over the sides of my American pint glass. Aroma included all the features you'd expect in a top-shelf IPA, quite tropical, certainly citric: Grapefruit rind galore, fresh pine resin, sweet caramel malts, a solid dose of flower shop and spice cabinet. Hits all the marks. Wait until you taste it, however. This one has layers that peel back as you go. Starts with grapefruit and tangerine flesh and rinds, cantaloupe melon, a little red berry (good old Simcoe), tart bright lemongrass, and then BOOM, massive pine sap and pot resin launch a Blitzkrieg. Very aggressive and spicy menthol bitterness that builds and builds, begins like a cough drop and evolves into mouth numbing spruce needles and mustard greens ... There's almost a heat present, and the floral and citrus elements never quite disappear. I get fresh lime juice, perfumed black tea, white pepper ... Just when you think its done, some fruity grape and gummy candy pop in and you wonder how you can still taste something so subtle amidst all the oily resins and sour fruit wash. The malt backbone manages to protrude into one's awareness despite the hop attack, some light toffee and toast. Medium body, its a tad chewy but not enough to escape the impression that this is a hop bomb as opposed to something sweet. One of the most pine-laden and bitter IPAs I've tried to date, yet redolent with all kinds of fresh juicy fruit flavors. If this is such a world beater, what must Pliny taste like? Someday I shall find out. For now, Green Flash has a wide distribution network and thank God.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:52:10 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ssteakley

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had to drink two bottles of this one to try and determine the unique Hop flavor happening, their web site says"Columbus for strong hop pungency". So I guess that describes it...Pungency. This one will grow on you for sure definitely a characteristic of the PNW brews I have been enjoying but definitely an excellant IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:30:14 | More by ssteakley
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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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