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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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6,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,131
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 629 | FT: 7
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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Trish, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a golden amber color with some ruby hue, slightly hazy with a two finger white creamy head that seems to remain forever with some good lacing

S- citrus and pine hops, some tropical fruit, a bit herbal and earthy with some caramel sweet malt

T- oily and pungent hops with notes of citrus zest, pine, grapefruit and floral. The finish is herbal and dry with some grain and and just a touch if sweet malt. Long linger.

M- nearly full bodied with lively carbonation, creates a bubbly and foamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish, just a bit of warmth at the end

O- hops dominate this one, and quite complex and easy drinking.

Treyliff, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +18.5%

troegaarden, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

alevaza, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of fiver29
4/5  rDev -5.2%

fiver29, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Spigs
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Spigs, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

yancot, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

IdrinkGas, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of chaint
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

chaint, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear and bubbly orange-golden appearance, and a lot of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, citrusy, piney, hop oil and malt. Taste is of sweet bread, strong, piney hops, grape fruit, sugars, and general fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Green Flash West Coast IPA finishes mostly dry, mellow, and rather drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent India Pale Ale, among so many other wonderful ones out there, and I think every beer fan should try it.


RonaldTheriot, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jameswoody, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

BuddyE, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Roberto11232, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Envelopes, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Brewing Co. - Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - 12fl oz bottle

This one here was another one of my "bucket list brews".

Look - Pours copper with a full, foamy head that dissipated within five minutes or so. Phenomenal lacing. Negligible carbonation but some.

Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, and piney, resin hops.

Taste - Biting carbonated pop with malt followed by a wave of "oh my" smooth hops. More hops creep in after, bitter grapefruit on the second round.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops and grapefruit take over here and sit. Over time it gets better and better and the complexity really shines through. Smooth in terms of booziness, undetectable. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is a good IPA, would definitely recommend to fans of bitter, citrus hops.

JMScowcroft, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

creepinjeeper, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Thedrizzle, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of JG-90
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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

JG-90, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Qwest_35, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BeerBucks, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

brheuer, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 6/23/12. Consumed on 7/28/12.

Beautiful dark golden orange. Two fingers of thick, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing and retention. Big hop nose. Very resinous, dank, and piny. Also some pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Whiff of sugary cotton candy malt underneath all the hoppy goodness.

Toasted malt quickly turns to herbal hop bitterness. Dank, resinous, and herbal hop flavors soar. Fruity malt with hints of caramel, cookie, and candy sweetness. Still, this beer is dominated by the hops and they steal the finish. Dry, with lots of lingering dankiness. Yum. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. This is a great one.

alexgash, Mar 17, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber on a recent trip across the border. I didn't see 6-packs available.
Anyway, smells like a classic west coast IPA. Fresh Am. hops with citrus and light fruits. Pleasant and pleasing.
Mmmm, not that's some smooth bitterness. Hops flavors pushed, but not too excess (for many). No resin quality. Super long finish of bitterness and hop flavor. Hops flavors are more grassy with only hints of the citrus noted in the aroma. and holding more pine here.
Tons of lacing from the nice head. Pretty clear and golden in color. Hints of sweetness from the malt show in time (mmm that's nice).
Really well carbonation. Big enough to to lend a nice softness without any sharpness.
Definitely a worthy beer for the top 250. The finish just lays on the tongue forever with a more grapefruit quality showing in time. No unpleasant notes in this one. Lots of complexity and the flavors grow and change throughout the drink.

garymuchow, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

TheMultiYeast, Mar 17, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,131 ratings.