Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle marked: Bottled on 09/13/2012
West Coast IPA is bright coppery amber, a little cloudy with a thick creamy head that forms a chunky coating as it falls and leaves ample amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Bright citrusy and wildly floral hops are strong in the aroma with clean fresh baked bread in the malts.
The hop flavors really come through in the flavor with strong grapefruit tones and equally strong pine resins and all backed by an malt presence that is just shy of being the equal of the hops. The malts themselves are like fresh baked bread with just a hint of caramel. While a hop heads dream, this is a nicely balanced ale. This beer actually seems to be just shy of the Imperial IPA territory.
The mouthfeel is a dream, full and creamy but not heavy at all with a perfect balance of carbonation.
What a treat! In our market these beers are a bit too expensive to drink all the time so I can only envy those who live nearer the brewery. This is an excellent beer!
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2012 23:06:11 | More by BlackBearForge
4.39/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours quite dark for an IPA. Rich amber with a thick off-white head.
Smells very pungent. Strong hop smell giving off some earthy pine and citrus smells. The smell makes me crave it.
Strong hop flavor as well. Full bodied and smooth. Grapefruit, pine, and all that good stuff. A nice malt profile as well to balance it (though it is still decidedly hop-forward.)
One of the best IPAs I've had in recent memory. I'll be revisiting this soon. Very glad these guys now distribute in Florida.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2012 04:33:16 | More by Danny1217
2.95/5 rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
NOTE: I BELIEVE I HAD A BAD POUR BASED ON OTHER REVIEWS. Read the following to hear why.
I don't understand how this beer got anything more than average if it is supposed to taste like the beer I was given last night. I feel like I've had this beer before, and really enjoyed it, which is why I ordered it last night, but something must have happened to the keg or my glass at the restaurant I was at.
A: It came in a short fluted snifter, sorta like a belgian ale glass and the appearance was a cloudy amber, a nice rich color for an IPA. Average off-white head.
S: This is where the biggest issue was: It smelled like caramelized onions. Other scents barely noticeable. It was like someone had rimmed the glass with sweet cooked onions. Sort of buttery too, which is weird. Not much of that fresh hoppy aroma that I was expecting.
T: Nice and hoppy, crisp citrus, but with a good balance of the sweet malts to balance the beer out, but, as a large part of flavor is smell, i couldn't help but feel like I was also eating buttered onion crackers. It was pretty awful. The smell really ruined the beer.
M: A nice combination of a heavy mouth feel, but with the crispness of an IPA. Went down smooth.
O: The smell really ruined this one. I hope it was just a bad glass and not the beer because I remember liking this one. Maybe I'll complain to the restaurant that either someone with onions on their hands handled my beer, or the dishwasher isn't working as well as it should (it's a new restaurant so who knows). Very very strange...
Serving type: on-tap
09-29-2012 14:30:31 | More by Deingeist
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Four pack from the Conestoga LCBO. Took a bit of hunting to finally track this brew down, but it was well worth it.
Poured into a nonic glass. Slightly hazy caramel amber, with a terrific billowing head that just won't quit. The retention on this is outstanding, as is the sticky lacing that covers the glass from top to bottom. This is one exceptional-looking brew.
Nose is a powerful blend of citrus hops (grapefruit and lemon) and sweet caramel malt. The two dominant scents play off each other nicely, as the brew simultaneously smells bitter and sweet, which is an excellent combination.
A real hopbomb, this. Lip-smackingly puckery with citrus hop bitterness, which is soon countered with a sweet caramel-toffee blast. Finishes long and bitter, with a great citric bitterness lingering on the tongue. A few other spices play into things here - mint, herbal tea being the two I can identify.
Alcohol content is hard to detect, given the influx of sweet and bitter flavours one has to deal with. Creamy, with a bitter puckery finish.
If this is the only Green Flash brew that makes it out this way, I will be severely disappointed, yet happy that I was able to at least give one a try. This was one hoppy brew, and was well worth picking up, despite the higher price point (around $14 for a four pack). Stellar IPA.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2012 19:48:08 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this is a huge ipa, totally saturated with rich oily hops. its got a wonderful nose of essential hop oils, resins, and other sticky goodness. there is some fruity notes to it beyond just the usual citrus. im picking up sweeter fruit, plums or apples even. it also has that pine pitch sappy nose to it that puts me somewhere in a pacific northwest old growth forest. its lovely really. the flavor is equally exciting. lots of bitter up front, lots of sweet at the end, with a surprising malt balance evening out the middle. the citrus fruit really comes out here, orange peel and grapefruit are the most prevalent. the finish is sweeter, very fresh. feel works well, with a bit more body than is standard, and a thick hop peanut butter taffy-like texture. this is a hophead's dream. affordable and strong and fantastic. one of the better green flash brews out.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2012 18:46:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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