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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
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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 7,359
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,470 | 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: 7,359
Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue hazed by an abundance of suspended sediment. There was a two finger foamy white head with very good retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront resiny citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt.

The taste was dominated by an oily hop with elements of grapefruit, pine and pepper.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a superior AIPA. Resiny, sticky and robust. (413 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive three finger off white head with rocky bubbles quickly builds to the top of the glass. Body is the color of honey. Scattered lace is left all over the body of the glass. The nose is huge with lots of fresh hop aroma and sweet citrus and sappy pine. Hop presence is quick to make itself known with long bold mineral based hops. The palate yeilds a slight creamy sweetness that quickly fades to a lengthy bitter richness that shows a bit of malt character as well. A solid IPA with a lengthy bitter mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice. (539 characters)

Photo of marcpal
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden color with moderate carbonation and a filmy thin head.

S: Bitter left coast citrus hops, grapefruit.

T: Extremely bitter hops with a spicy flavor. Extremely strong hop bitterness the entire beer and great taste.

M: Spicy to the tongue and oily coating.

D: Terrific west coast IPA, yum. This is a top notch IPA that is representative of the west coast flavors. (411 characters)

Photo of theformula
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #24 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/24. This finally arrived at my local beerstore, been wanting to try for awhile now...

A: Dark copper body into a tulip glass. A big, healthy tan head retains extremely well, w/ a nice cake of foam left on top. Thousands of yeasties float in the body; sticky lacing.

S: This positively reeks of citrusy, piney hops in the W.C. style and practically fills the room with aromatic hop oils. A bit of caramel & biscuity malts balance the alphas, but barely.

M: Light-med. body, nice bit of carbonation. Very soft and creamy. Nice.

T: This is a fantastically hopped IPA. A lasting bitterness clings on as well as grapefruit, pine and woody hops. Big biscuity malts and spicy, peppery yeast round it out, yet the hops always come back in the end.

D: A hoppy, fantastic IPA, similar to Harpoon's Finest Kind, IMO. It's the hopheads' IPA, yet still has just enough sweet malt balance. Very dry finish, this would be awesome w/ any spicy food. Buy a case. (1,001 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden amber in color. A huge white head that held for a few minutes. Left a trace on lace on the glass.

S: Beautiful elegant hops. Slightly citrus and also a little flowery. Little bit of lemon. A wonderful bouquet!!!

T: Bitter. Big boy bitter. For the record the bitter is an enjoyable bitter, because of lots and lots and lots of hops. Also a little citrusy.

M: Very nice carbonation. Very smooth/ Very balanced!

D: I am certainly glad this beer was recommended to me. I wouldn't mind buying a whole case of this beer. (540 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(from notes)
Had this at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA
12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears golden amber in color, crystal clear with a small amount of tiny bubbles. A solid one to two finger bone white head. Leaves some cool looking sticky lacing down the glass.

A pleasant dry hoppy aroma hits the nose. Smells of ruby red grapefruit and just plain bitterness. This one smells like a winner.

Very dry and bitter, with a nice fruity character. One of the most bitter IPA's I've ever tasted, the bitterness just keeps coming with every sip. Main tastes are of grapefruit and tangerine.

Feels very light and crisp on the tongue, dissolves perfectly. The drinkability, as long as you can handle the bitterness, is what you look for in a west coast IPA.

This is one of those nice go to IPA's out there. Well done. (818 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear orange color with a light beige head that left good lacing.

S - strong citrus hop aroma.

T - very good grapefruit-like taste and the extreme hop bitterness bites all the way through.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation and a slick kind of feel to it.

D - goes down easy and it's a good all around IPA, very enjoyable brew. (378 characters)

Photo of nbrown
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my current go to IPA. It pours a nice amber with a thick head and nice retention and a great deal of lacing. Big citrus/pine hop smell and a nice balanced malty sweetness. Taste is great. Strong hops flavor with an equal amount of sweet with a bitter finish. This beer is easily drinkable. (297 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Palisade in Jersey City. From a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date into a weisse glass.
Green Flash West Coast IPA is off to a good start from the starting gun with three fingers of head from the pour. The residual lace lets you see just how high the head did get. The body of the beer is a light copper color with small brigades of bubbles escaping towards freedom.
Said brigades unleash assaults on the nasal passages. Spicy and bitter hops are dominant, with some herbal and malty sweetness.
The attack continues on the tongue. The attack is relentless. Bitterness is unconcealed and lingering. A little bit of citrus hop flavor is there but it's mostly piney and resinous. When the bitterness does let up there's a very pleasant dry, cracker-like flavor that chimes in. I, personally, would like a bit more of that flavor and bit less resin but all in all it's done very well. Now that it's had some time to sit on my palate the resinous finish leads into a carbon, burned flavor.
Clearly well within the bold, west coast IPA style. Not for the fragile of palate. Bluntly made with the true hop-head in mind.
Designed to scratch your hop itch. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange -amber color under a firm cap of tight "antique white" foam. Great lace cling and retention but no visible carbonation through the fog of protien haze.

Awsome hop aromas - like freshly cut Christmas trees dripping in tangerine juice. Some husky grain notes and faint hint of white sugary malt are noted but only if you sniff past the hop barrage - which is okfine in my IPA ty.

Hops bite the tip of the tongue and back of the lips right up front and continue to rake thier bitter claws all along the roof and back of the throat with searingly sharp, moisture sucking bitterness. Some sweet malt slides around the sides to give a bit of ying to the hop YANG but barely in a walk on role. Strong grapefruit flavors dominate the middle and keeps any attempts of complexity from the malt firmly in check.

Body is less than medium as attenuation seems high and any mouth feel seems stripped away by the intensely dry, tongue stranglingly bitter finish.

I love hoppy IPA's but you CAN go overboard, and for me at least this one does. Dont mis understand - I liked it and would drink it again, but it sure aint making my top 10 IPA list. (1,156 characters)

Photo of sanatar
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great hop aroma, wish every IPA smelt this good. Citrus, grassy and piney. Very clean aroma, no off flavors. Slight alcohol presence.

F - High in hop flavor. Citrusy, floral and piney, just as the aroma would lead me to believe. Solid hop bitterness that lingers between sips. There is a definite malt backbone which complements the bitterness. Medium-dry finish.

Ap- Pours golden with a creamy off-white head. Amazing foam stand and lacing. My only complaint about the appearance is that the amount of yeast in the bottle usually makes it hard for me to pour a clear pint.

M - Medium bodied with a solid medium carbonation level. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - Overall, a very pleasant and drinkable beer. I could probably go through a six-pack in a night. Great example of a West Coast IPA with impressive distribution. (825 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at yardhouse in Irvine. Beer golden-copper in color with a slightly foamy head. Scent of citrus, grapefruits and some pine. Taste was excellent. Reminded me of eating California grapefruit with some light citrus. Very little bitterness on the tongue. Very drinkable, recommend it out of the tap versus the bottle. (320 characters)

Photo of brantadid
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber color with an 1/8 inch head. Little head retention.

Smelled of citrus and anise. Maybe some faint liquorice.

A lot of flavor in this beer. Lots of citrus rind and grapefruit. Super hoppy with tons of bitterness, but it never overpowered the flavors in the beer.

As my wife said she has never encounter a beer too hoppy, but his came darn close.

Really nice creamy mouthfeel that is well balance by the carbonation. (440 characters)

Photo of malty
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby brown 12 oz. bottle-no freshness date/code.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange with a loose and fluffy (almost) white head. Peculiar visible carbonation in that it very sparse, but the bubble sizes vary from tiny to somewhat large. Fine particles suspended in this ale. Nice sheets of lace throughout.

The smell that rolls off the top of this ale is bready sweet and floral hoppy. It smells very creamy. A beautiful mixture of sweet butter cream, vanilla, citrus, tropical fruit and a bitey hop presence.

Man, this ale is all about a wide range of FRESH hop goodness. The front is still sweet & creamy, but soon after this handshake fades the hops come roaring in. Chalky, bitter, tart, prickly and acidic - it's all there folks. The hop barrage is overwhelming, but in an oh-so-good way. My tongue is experiencing a subtle numbness just after half a glass. The malt balance still maintains and carries the symphony until the last act. Balanced, yes. Turbo charged hop assault, heck yes.

Mouthfeel is super good. Despite the queer looking carbonation, the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, silky and creamy. It's surely medium bodied with a chalky bitter long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is awesome. My bottle is practically gone and I'm bummed I don't have another. This offering was courtesy of fellow BA eyebrews.

Overall a fantastic IPA. I was told this won the GABF ('07) for its category. A rightful winner with a lot to be proud of. From the land of assertive and well-crafted IPAs, this one most definitely stands out. I will be on the lookout for this baby for sure (1,601 characters)

Photo of jspruit
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traded with seaoflament for this 12oz bottle in Florida while on vacation this past November-drank back in Ireland.
Pours a nice copper color with a large white foamy head that slowly settled to a 1/2 finger foam that stayed with the entire drink as it went down.
Initial smells are largely piney and hoppy.
Taste is strongly of hops and citrus with pine hints, just like the smells indicates. It is a bit too much for me, borderline bitter.
Not a full beer, but definitely has some body to it and a decent mouthfeel.
I don't think that I could drink more than one of these in a sitting as it really isn't my favorite style, but I am glad that I tried it and would recommend to those looking for a west coast IPA. (716 characters)

Photo of HombreWing
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle..case dated Nov 17, 07

Eyes: Deep amber/orange minimal haze at odd angles..more than likely hop oils :) Fantastic lacing head

Nose: Piney....which is followed by some more pine

Taste: Piney hops w/ a bed of slightly caramel malt that let the hops dominate as a figure head only.

Texture: Big enough body that under correct conditions, this would age better over other IPA's

Overall experience: I'm happy to have access to fresh Green Flash beer. I'll buy it anytime...and do. (495 characters)

Photo of stephendr
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of clear honey, with a off white head - nose of resin, spruce, fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and malt – taste of fresh hops , lemon citrus , resin , cannabis , and malts- body is great better than their IIPA, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of resin, citrus zest, slight malts, and very nice balance all the way around (377 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. I got this as an extra but unfortunately can't remember from whom. Sorry ^^;;; No dating.

A: Pours an IPA golden orange with good visibility and plenty of carbonation. 1 1/2 fingers of rocky white head form and hold on pretty good. Some lacing down the sides.

S: Nice west coast pine hop resin and citrus oils. Nice spicy hop bite. Hop dominance.

T/M: Nice citrus and earthy pine hops all around. Big on peppery spice that lasts throughout and even gets a bit stronger in the finish. Malts add a nice sweetness to the juicy hops. Body is pleasantly light in the beginning with the hops and never quite reaches that nice medium creamy at the middle and end. Alcohol is nicely hidden until a nice, dry finish.

D: Pretty damn good and another good west coast IPA.

2nd Review: 2/17/08
StomptownHophead sent me this extra so I'll review it again!

Apperance in this bottle is much more appealling. A nice hazy body that glows in the light. Head was the same but much much better lacing.

Smell is still there.

Such a great spicy, peppery, piny bite. Body also seems a bit fuller, maybe creamier near the end.

I bumped up the stats a bit. I liked it even better than the first time around. (1,246 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the extra in a trade.
Pours a murky dark orange with a soapy white head that sticks and runs down the glass.
Smells massively of hops, grassy and herbal.
Taste is nicely bitter up front, grassy hops and some vegetal notes as well. The finish is a lingering bitterness with some roasty malt burn in the throat. Feels super thick on the tongue, mildly carbonated and bready.
Goes really well with some sharp cheddar. (439 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden yellow orange color with an average sized head. Noticeable lacing left behind as the contents disappear.

S: Nice hop aromas come off of this one. Citrus right up front with hints of pine, and even a touch of vanilla.

T: Pine right up front with a nice mildly sweet malt backbone. The finish is citrus... yum grapefruit.

M: Nice and crisp beer finishes somewhat dry.

D: Nice drinkable IPA.

Overall: I had recently had Green Flash's DIPA and was not overly impressed. It had a strange taste in the middle that just kind of put me off. This one being its little brother I was a bit concerned. Well fear not this one is quite the opposite. It is an easy drinking great tasting beer that is satisfying and very sessionable. (746 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: An orangish copper color. There is a ton of yeast in the bottle in this one so a careful pour leaves most of it behind.

S: Lots of citrus and pine, just what you're looking for in an IPA.

T: Not much to say about this one. An excellent, well balanced, and tasty as hell west coast IPA. A wonderful medley of citrus and pine from the hops balanced with a nice malt presence.

M: Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable due to the great taste and balance. Pick up a six pack of this one if you love west coast IPA's. (576 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: clear orange color, steady carbonated stream in the middel, huge foamy head settles to two fingers thickness
s: piny hops aroma overpower anything else going on
t: piny hops form the backbone here with citrus fruits appearing near the finish, subtle hoppy bitter finish
m: medium body that finishes crisply with plenty of carbonation
d: not a bad ipa, not the best but worth a try (383 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this pours a pretty glowing, cloudy orangey amber with some particulates. nice lingering creamy white head as well. pine and citrus in the nose along with sweet honeyed malts. the moderate malt sweetness is quickly bitch-slapped by the hop bitterness in this. the bitterness lingers in this medium-bodied brew. nice frothy carbonation as well. drinkability is good considering the abv. (385 characters)

Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

BAside: a shout out to BA zutmin for the rare opp to try a left coast IPA!

Poured strong, straight, a little bit thick. Wow...great sweet, hoppy nose, strong grapefruit up front, pine in the background. Malts are in there & sweet but its a losing battle to those hops. A fat finger's worth of tight, mixed blanched almond foam, sticky with edge lacing, slowly settles to a nice blanketing of the same. Minute sediment ever so slowly ebbs & flows in the hazy, almost cloudy apricot hued body. It just looks thick, like honey. Some isolated bubbles slowly work their way thru all this to the surface. Thus far it smells & looks the part - now lets see if it can act.

Creamy on the tongue, yet also a bit rough, like velour - smooth yet abrasive. Hops are bittersweet with a solid grapefruit rind/pith taste as well as some pine, yet not overly bitter. Its walking that line very well. I'm not keen on uber-bitter IPAs, but this one pushes me just a little out of my comfort zone while remaining nice & enjoyable with enough sweetness to keep it in all in check.

Semi-dry with a slight edge to the wet part of that equation, it has a soft, damp, back of the palate crunch which helps to lighten & further balance the otherwise thick, full taste & feel. There is a very mild spiciness on the back of the mouth from the malts, which is nice.

Its going down nice & easy, not too quick but not a sipper. It finishes, given how round & full it was, surprisingly dry as well as clean & non-puckerish. I can't stand bitter, might as well have sucked lemons aftertastes, but this one is nicely bittersweet, somewhat sticky & chewy, just a tiny bit stony on the tongue as well as mildly coating.

A very nice IPA. I'm no hophead but I enjoyed this very much. Its a great example that beers can be hopped without being overly bitter and still leave some room for sweetness. This would be great with anything zesty & sweet (Pacific Rim, Thai, Szechwan) as well as good pub fare that is, again, lively or spicy. While I'm not surrendering my malt-head card yet, IPAs like this are enough to convince me to continue to explore the genre for gems like this. Definitely recommended, a damn nice beer. (2,231 characters)

Photo of mdm4584
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle at AJ's in Scottsdale. The nut brown ale for this brand was weak. I was worried about their IPA.

This brew was surprisingly top notch.

It poured a great head, white, about an inch, lacy decay.

Taste and smell were pungent, hop heavy!, pine- and citrus-y. Pac NW hops-like.

A great tasting brew. (314 characters)

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