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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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5,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 5161
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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Photo of millertime5125


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant IPA with a very bitter taste pairs great with spicy Tex-Mex food. A deep appearance with a reddish tint. Smooth drinking however has a very bitter taste. Recommended for drinkers who like a strong, flavorful IPA. Drank with burritos and salsa and paired very nicely

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 04:12:51 | More by millertime5125
Photo of RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got back to a local tavern for a second (and third) pint of this classic West Coast IPA. Big pine and fruit hops and a great bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing, a very drinkable beer. They go down quick and leave you wanting another. A great example of the West Coast style that I will have again whenever I get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 21:17:55 | More by RobbDogg
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Cloudy, amber-orange color. Head is a finger of dense, creamy foam. Lacing is impressive all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: Heavy on the hops aromas, with pine and grapefruit dominating.

T: No time wasted on sweet or grainy malt flavors, this one jumps straight to tangy and bitter hops flavors. As expected from the nose, there's a lot of grapefruit rind and pine resin. There's also some phenol, and showing up late there's a hint of soapy fatty acid, which certainly detracts some from the whole experience.

M: Crisp, somewhat dry, but also fairly smooth.

O: My fourth offering from Green Flash, and since my initial experience with their Double Stout, it's been downhill -- I'd group this one down there with the Hophead Red, and for the same reasons: My main complaint is the lack of balance (true hop-heads who don't care about anything else will like it, but those liking their beers to be "well-rounded" will be disappointed). The soapy flavor that other reviewers have mentioned was also a detracting factor. The taste was the only area where the beer was sub-par, but taste is paramount, IMO.
It's certainly drinkable, but not a winner. And I know from experience that Green Flash can do better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 17:04:48 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of StevORugby


4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

the green flash was first tried in philadelphia at ortleibs. a great little place to see good music and enjoy several craft beer options. good people make everything more enjoyable and the staff there were friendly and helpful, and deftly navigating a busy hipster crowd. the green flash delivers mucho hops to your face and leaves your palate covered in it. smells like beer and i like beer smells. this is an ipa that is not for those who don't like ipa's, its an ipa drinkers beer... and i recommend this beer called the green flash.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 19:39:25 | More by StevORugby
Photo of kwc017


4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets if you are a hophead. Nothing gets in the way of the floral, citrus and pine smell and taste. Hoppy resin lingers long after the swallow. Hop bitterness stays on your tongue as well. Just a perfect example of a west coast IPA. Damn near perfect beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 03:07:03 | More by kwc017
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a 16 ounce pour on tap at Pacific Standard.

A - hazy copper color with a solid head that didn't lace the glass at all. I found that last part odd.

S - Big orange notes with a touch of a sweet, candy aroma. Pleasant.

T - Bitter hops but not in a bad way (a dry hop bitterness). The overwhelming taste here is the orange citrus. It almost tasted like dry orange candy. If you're a hophead, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

M - A bit thicker than a typical West Coast IPA but also crisper. The hops dry out your mouth. Also, not as filling as I would have thought. It drank smoothly and before I knew it, my glass was empty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 14:49:31 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of brurevu


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

This beer is hops, hops, and more hops! Definitely a West Coast IPA with a very clean hop bite and a lingering resinous hop aftertaste. This one leans more towards the piney hops rather than a strong citrus flavor with a very in your face hoppiness. While the bartendress warned me that it was really aggressive I really enjoyed it. Another fantastic brew from Green Flash which continues to impress.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 22:27:20 | More by brurevu
Photo of k3ve


4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tryed that beer first in a bottel in canada and i totaly felt in love with it. Now i was lucky enough to find a bar, in the middel of tokio, with had it on tab. with no doubt my fav. beer. Very nice and fruity/hoppy smell, colour just like a perfect ipa and wow that hoppy mouthfeeling.. what an experience! IPA lovers gona love that one :)

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 21:39:11 | More by k3ve
Photo of AndrewPugliese


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

Upon taking my second sip all I could think was- This may be the best IPA I have ever had. Only to be second to Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (Drink it warm!!), but I guess that's technically an imperial IPA.

The smell of this beer is amazing, very floral, smells like medical bud.

The taste comes on very crisp, nicely carbonated for a fun bubbly time in your mouth. Very crisp, with the perfect amount of bitterness with some undertones of grapefruit. This beer is a must for any IPA fan.

At first I could only find this beer on tap, but I have been buying it ALOT in 4 packs!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 00:38:39 | More by AndrewPugliese
Photo of Victor


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA is the brew that turned me onto IPA's.
It pours into a glass a deep copper, and it's head foams nicely.
This IPA has a crisp and clean smell with hints of pine.
The taste is strong, and refreshing. The ABV is on point!
Overall, this is one of the best American IPA's brewed in the west Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 03:03:43 | More by Victor
Photo of CoachC


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - on tap at World of Beer, pours a nice light copper color with a 1 inch foam head.

S - smell is of west coast hops, particularly grapefruit and citrus.

T - taste is like the smell, awesome citrus and grapefruit flavors dominate here.

M - a good, medium body that fills the mouth nicely.

O - one of my old reliables...consistently one of the best IPA's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 03:44:36 | More by CoachC
Photo of Penderazdoun


2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very light, nothing about this beer stood out. A very simple IPA, I would not recommend this beer. When I saw the beer color I was excited with anticipation, but after I tasted the beer I understood why it was so cheap. The glass is pretty cool though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 06:46:53 | More by Penderazdoun
Photo of dar482

New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a deep amber red color.

The aroma is big of grapefruit, tropical fruit, though the biggest is this resinous pine note..

The flavor has big simcoe and pine. If you're looking for pine hops, then this is your IPA. There is huge grapefruit flavor with a dry finish. It's very West Coast in its characteristics. This really stands out for its wonderful deep earthy and pine flavor.

I'm re-reviewing this because having this a third time on tap, the pine really stood out. Not sure why it was meek on tap before, but this was quite a big change from my previous review.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 08:08:22 | More by dar482
Photo of BeerRefugee


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium orange-amber color. Medium white head with good retention and lacing. Huge aroma of citrus, floral and piney hops and a mild dose of yeast. Flavor has just enough malt backbone to balance the big hops. Lots of grapefruit and floral with a hint of pine. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. The glass I had was very good and it was past its prime. This stuff must be phenomenal when it's fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 20:27:59 | More by BeerRefugee
Photo of estlinska


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip at Big Orange on 4/20/13. Poured a dark blend or pure red and dense orange-copper, creating a nice color similar to a ruby red grapefruit. It was very dense and allowed little to no light penetration. On top there was voluminous head the color and apparent look of crushed limestone. Looked great in the glass. The smell up front was lots of dark resin and very dank. There was a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. As the beer opened up, there was good grassy smells and some citrus: mainly grapefruit and lemon oils. The taste very much like the nose. There was a good sweet caramel malt, but it was definitely a big, bitter hop bomb. There was lots of big citrus fruit like oranges and limes, but also some big pine and mint flavor as well. It did get a tad astringent, but only ever so slightly. The beer had great body overall with a dry and bitter finish. No ethanol burn to it at all. Overall, this is an excellent and big IPA. They almost went too far, but kept it overall in check. Very tasty brew..

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 22:36:17 | More by estlinska
Photo of Badger72


4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: It is a very dark amber with a minimal amount of head

S: The smell is fantastic with the right blend of hops, citrus, and pine

T: Love the taste as it tastes exactly like it smells.

M: Very crisp beer with a little carbonation.

O: I love this beer and it is one of my favorite IPA's. To me it is that beer that if a place has it, I get it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 14:32:30 | More by Badger72
Photo of Smoke


4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HAd this one on Tap in Denver. I'd only had it in bottles, so it was nice to get it on tap. As you'd expect, the light colored beer had a big citrusy and piney hop aroma. The first sip backed up the aroma with lots of hop and not much malt (but hey, that's the way it is supposed to be). Definitely a great beer. Nice to have it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 13:45:21 | More by Smoke
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Canandaigua, NY.

Pours a mostly clear, slightly hazy orange. 1 inch head, with sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells include strong, ripe grapefruit and resinous pine.

Strong grapefruit flavors as well- juicy, succulent, and sweet, along with dank resinous pine and some earthy grassy hop flavors as well. Astringent bitterness lingers long after the beer is finished.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, relatively dry finish. Pretty drinkable, except for the abrasive bitterness.

A great IPA, and one of the more bitter examples you can find.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 23:17:48 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of Samuel906


3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ultra hop bomb. Looks amazing... The thickest heaviest head i have ever seen. It clings in clumps on the side of the glass. This is one of the hoppiest beers i have had. Sticky, resenous, chewy. Super dry. Not much citrus. True to form ipa; less "drinkable" than pliny, dryer than 90 minute, but still great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 22:45:26 | More by Samuel906
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- A true amber color, 1- plus finger head with staying power that leaves super-sticky lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, a bit of caramel and tropical sweetness.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, lemon rind. There are herbal notes and pine.

M-Good body and carbonation, oily, sharp hops, dry finish.

O- Another big time IPA that hits all the right buttons for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 00:32:35 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Ginger Man, South Norwalk CT. Served in a tasting glass, but enough to get a feel for the beer.

Pours dark amber, almost bronze. Heavy foamer, creamy looking. Lots to lace. Deep resin nose. Firm bitter taste, but oddly light hearted about it. Holds and resides on the tongue. Subtle sweetness contrasts. Smooth all around. A very efficient IPA. Never notice the 7% register.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 23:33:44 | More by KTCamm
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@ Oude Magoon's Saloon, Somerville MA

Attractive looking beer: orange with a tight white head. Consistent retention and splashy lace from first sip to last. Came in a Green Flash pint glass and I'm a sucker for appropriate glassware.

Smells mighty fine. Grapefruit, pineapple and tropical hops with a sugary base.

Candied grapefruit and pine with a pleasant, lightly toasted backbone.
Not as flavorful as the aroma would indicate. There's plenty of cutting bitterness in there but the flavors fall short of expectation.

Long lasting flavor. I'm a slow sipper and I appreciate IPAs that taste the same from start to finish. Few do but GFWCIPA is one of them.

It is what is says it is: West Coast IPA. One of the standards of that subgenre IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 12:39:09 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of BeastLU


4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap, and then in growler.

A - About a 1 inch head which dissipates and leave nice lacing. Clear dark orange copper color.

S - Quite hop forward on the nose which mellows after the beer is palated.

T - Huge hop flavor with no one hop standing out. Great harmony of citrusy, piney and a little floral hops. Enough malts to provide some balance, but mostly a beer showcasing its hop flavor.

M - Good Carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel for the flavor and abv of the beer. There is only a slight overly sweet after taste which I find common in this style.

O - Great beer. Typically my choice if it can be found on tap around town. Better than a good stand by.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 19:44:47 | More by BeastLU
Photo of hagbergl


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

I've had Green Flash West Coast IPA a million times–it's crazy that I have yet to review it. It's finally time. I had a pint of this last weekend at The Pub at the University of Chicago (yes, we have a beer bar on campus...). Served in a regular old pint glass.

Appearance (4.25/5): Deep copper, almost amber hue, translucent, hazy, one-finger white bubbly head, lots of sticky, resinous white residue clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5/5): Oh, glorious hops! Green Flash has one of the finest noses on an IPA. It features wonderfully dank grapefruit and pine notes, with some herbal and floral overtones. A hint of sweet malt in the background. Very green and lush. This is one pungent ale. Hats off to Green Flash for crafting such a good nose.

Taste (4.5/5): From the get-go, I get straight grapefruit pith–very bitter and dry. The complexity here is something to behold, though. Resinous piney notes surface, along with some herbal and floral notes hinted at in the aroma. I'm getting a bit of orange peel in there, too. Green Flash didn't skimp on the malt–it's of good quality and really plays the supporting role well, not getting in the way of the luxurious hoppiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Prickly, moderately puckering, very dry, and an exceptionally long and bitter finish. Medium carbonation and body round out the pristine mouthfeel. Perhaps the perfect example of what a West Coast style IPA's mouthfeel should be.

Overall (4.5/5): Green Flash West Coast IPA is a classic of the style and a must for any hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 17:37:25 | More by hagbergl
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Citrus and pine with some subtle grassy herb notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More of that nice Citrus, grapefruit and orange rind, as well as pine. The bitterness is firm but smooth and the malt makes a prevalent appearance in the flavor, adding some bisciut and bread notes, as well as a touch of sweetness. Drying, long-lasting finish.

Overall, certainly a great example of what a West-Coast IPA is, although much more balanced than many newer examples. A treat, will definitely have to get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 07:19:06 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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