Green Flash West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV

Added by xlperro on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,829 | Ratings: 7,667
Photo of OldManMetal
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA pours to a brief-lived medium slightly-pebbly off-white head on a hazy, slightly effervescent pale amber beer; lacing is good, manifesting as complex, fine-grained lacy bands. The nose is medium in intensity: a respectable blend of sweetish citrus, pine and candy-like florals with some bready malt notes, hints of juicy pineapple and slight alcohol overtones; nice, but could use more presence. The palate is appropriately intense and all business: it leads with very bitter resinous pine and hints of citrus; by midpalate the citrus character has emerged a bit, but the pine is still ascendant, and the bitterness mounts. The bready malt foundation peeks out around the edges and then retreats; by the back of the palate, the bitterness has built to admirably strong levels, even for the style. The finish is bitter, slightly boozy and very dry, followed by an aggressive, resinous rebound bitterness that lingers for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body, and the texture is moderately creamy and very peppery from the strongly-expressed carbonation. This is an unsubtle hophammer of a beer; what it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in effectiveness. If you want a dry, pine-bomb IIPA, this is what you're looking for. (12 oz bottle, 32 days before best-by)

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass enjoy by 12.10.15
look orange amber with a moderate white head that faded quickly left lacing on glass
smell complex grassy, piney initially then more floral sweet ambrosia as it warmed
taste slightly sweet and floral with a bitter finish
feel very dry
overall decent not my favorite but moderately drinkable didnt like the super dry feel, loved the smell

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Photo of mchegash
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Medium-dark orange, several fingers of off-white head. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Floral and pine hops. That's about it. The aroma was quite weak.

T: Delicious, smooth. So smooth that the hops barely taste like hops, just like deliciousness. Hops are floral with some hints of resin and pine. Overall the different tastes interact well creating a delicious beer

F: Smooth, light amount of carbonation. Beer is fairly full-bodied.

O: This is a pretty great DIPA

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a BJ's tulip glass. Very beautiful orange with a good head that does not dissipate quickly. Lacing more than most, and has a floral fruit nose, with promise of much hops.

Indeed, the taste starts as hoppy-bitter that moves into a tart hoppy full-bodiness. The citrus hops come through along with a bitterness that slowly let's you taste the rest of the structure of the beer as it goes along. For a 8.1% ABV this is drinkable if a little astringent. Hint of onion? The malt is subtle underneath, and I could miss if if I wasn't looking for it. Finish has resiny raisin texture. Sweet later in the sip, like sugar without having come from the fruit hops.

Everything is a little forward. The drink doesn't change much or surprise. I feel like everything happens all at once instead of developing.

It's all as expected, very solid. This beer does a West Coast DIPA thing well, but brings little else to the table. But you may ask, does it have to? The lack of anything out of the ordinary makes me not rate this beer a go-to (since for this price point about $15 per 6-pack I'd prefer Sculpin or Ruination) but it's drinkable and unfussy, and you can't go wrong with this DIPA if on sale or you're lucky enough to have a friend offering one at the next party.

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Photo of delta490
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper with a short lived white head. It still retains a smidge and leaves some stickers lacing. The aroma is resinous and floral with just a hint of malt. The taste is much the same but not quite as balanced. It's still quite good, though. Nice weight and feel to it.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color, but lots of bubbles on the glass like it's almost over-carbonated. Super hoppy and citrusy like a west coast IPA. Strong notes of grapefruit. Pretty good IPA

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this when I saw a single bottle available at my local bottle shop.
A - Pours a dark golden orange color with a particularly nice 1 finger head of foam.
S - Aroma is hoppy and malty. There is no doubt the bitterness is coming.
T - I'm getting some caramel, resin and pine, no citrus to speak of, and a little bitter.
M - Medium mouth feel, not a lot of carbonation, almost sticky.
O - A very good example of what I expect from a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rather gorgeous caramel color with a standard head. The aromas are mainly of mango and a whole lot of caramel. Thankfully the taste is not as sweet as the nose, giving flavors of pine, resin, mango, caramel, and pineapple. The mouthfeel is very full and sugar. Overall I really like the taste of this beer, but I do have some reservations about the sweetness.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a 6 pack from HEB this past weekend. Poured into a pint glass, which poured a caramelly golden color, with a huge head and retention ( poured extra slow in the 2nd and 3rd beer, still had a huge, creamy head). Smell of a few mixed citrus flavors, with a nice hoppy finish and a small hint of caramel. Taste seemed very balanced, not as much of a hop crispness i expected from a DIPA, but there was some there. Overall for me, it was definitely enjoyable, but not as flavorful as I expected. Would drink again, maybe not buy again at $13 a 6 pack.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Best before 2015-11. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy amber. Moderate foam and retention.
S: Citrus, grassy, somewhat caramel.
T: Medium to high bitterness. Moderate sweetness. High in hoppiness. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy.
O: A bold and balanced DIPA.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Clean filtered copper amber coor with a beautiful creamy and fluffly white head.
S- Citrus rind, lots of hops and a slight malt base.
T- Hoppy galore, citrus peel. Oily, resinous finish, pine, grapefruit, and flowers in aftertaste. Hint of alcohol.
F- Full, rich, warms mouth every sip.
O- Great, great beer. A great experience.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber pour with thin, clingy white top. Pine, lemon, and dank fruit on the nose. Taste is a nicely transitioned from some initial malt smoothness, followed by nice hit of hop bitterness. Finish could be a little smoother / less harsh, but really nice overall.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this brew years ago before I was a beer advocate. I remember loving it, but in my reviewing days I had to try it again. I love the purple label that stands out and the green rays of flashing sun that forms the logo for this brewery. It has 8.1% ABV and 95 IBUs. Now, I’m a hop head so I relish the challenge to taste the bitterness, because some say that the average beer enthusiast can’t tell the difference between 80 IBUs and 60 IBUs and the human tongue can rarely detect bitterness units in excess of 90 IBUs

Look-It pours a delightful copper tinged amber color that really captures the essence of what a good IPA should look like. The head is thick and beautiful and releases so many aromas that are paramount to enjoying this complex brew. It leaves delicate and beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells fruity and hoppy with strong cannabinoid attributes. I can already tell it is a great beer. The smell is citrus rind and pine. I get a lot of dank earthy hops as well. The malts are, thankfully, on the lighter side and very well-balanced.

Taste-It tastes like the epitome of the West Coast Style IPA. I get hops galore, but in the right quantities and with the perfect balance. The alcohol is subtle and well-hidden. It warms the tongue as the sip proceeds. I get piney, earthy, orange rind, and citrus hops mixed with a perfectly muted roasted grain malt-base. After the gulp, I notice tongue-smacking resin, oils, earthy hops, an ashy aftertaste, and plenty of grapefruit and zest. It is so juicy and fruity and bready. The West Coast fruits and flavors and dank hops really come out beautifully.

Mouthfeel-It is full-bodied and delicious. The malts are thankfully not from a syrup extract. I can tell from the slight sweetness and mouth consistency that they use true malted grains and a variety of delicious hops. It finishes clean and smooth with a lingering bitterness that is cannabinoid and oil resins from the several hop varieties.

Overall- It is a tough style to really do well and this beer does it exquisitely. I must say that this is the best West Coast IPA in the Universe or at least in our Galaxy!

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Photo of jlanagnost
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice copper/amber color. Minimal head, but what's there is very light and thin. Smelled and tasted quite similarly, with pine and citrus as the primary flavors and scents. The first taste gave me a bit of a bite, but the rest of the beer is deliciously smooth for a double IPA. A classic West Coast IPA and a great one at that.

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Photo of Bone53
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Library

Appearance: Love the amber color to it; Dark for an ipa

Smell: citrus rind and pine

Taste: follows the nose but is more in your face; piney with orange and grapefruit rind and a slight malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied; The viscosity doesnt actually make it bitter, its the bitterness

Overall: This beer goes against everything i go for in an IPA nowadays; Piney and super bitter. But somehow they make it work to where i enjoy it. I do prefer more juiciness and less bitterness, but between this and Palate Wrecker, Green flash knows how to assault a palate and i love it!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn near perfection. Just a hint of malt in the back, and a very solid and citrus free hop flavor. Pretty much the definition of my concept of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of eaglesont
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If i had to choose a coast I'd have to choose the East. I live out there, so don't go there. But that don't mean a hop head can't rest in the west, have a nice sesh in the west.

Pretty quintessential west coast double IPA here. Color is a nice copper, held up to the light shows a little more of the promised orange. Mouthfeel is nice balanced and refreshing. Taste...the taste... THE TASTE !!!!! Yup its good. Definitely some zest at first then that bittering we've all come to love. the thing is though, it isn't over powering as some can be sometimes. It's actually refreshing. It makes me want to go cut the lawn. Or at least pay my neighbors kid to do it. Well done Green Flash.

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Photo of ARoman
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a blend of pine, resin, and grapefruit with other assorted tropical notes. It's a murky yellow amber hue with a dense head, mild retention, and lots of snowdrift lacing. The taste profile is a medium high bitter and medium sweet compliment. The texture is oily with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium full body with notes of pine, wood resin, and grapefruit along with a lightly floral and burnt bread undertone. The finish is crisp with notes of caramel, bread, and grapefruit membrane. The strong, pungent aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and pine that coats the mouth and lingers for awhile, but ends abruptly and clean.

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Photo of GregA135
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a few months back, its strong and hoppy! Definitely love the west coast craft beers. Lots of hops with citrus and pine notes, this beer attacks your taste buds! Excellent IPA!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Light, clear, foamy, amber, 1FH that lasts.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, fruit, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, lingering, astringent, light, effervescent.

VALUE - $9 for a 12-oz bottle.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - OK beer. Quaffable.

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Photo of J30wang
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aftertaste is pleasant like brie cheese. Creamy and real bitter. Super hoppy--reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum beer.

Nice foamy chug. Mild spices and creamy body. Bit too hoppy for me but I like it.

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Photo of GregHarold
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a nuclear hops delivery system that leaves its crisp citrus flavor on the palate after swallowing. Really lovely aromas, too. IPA lovers will definitely enjoy this one. It seems to be tougher on my gut than other beers like it, for some reason, but that's probably just my constitution...and I enjoy it anyway.

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

Look - a perfect orange glowing DIPA. Well carbonated with about a two finger head upon pour that receded to about one finger.

Smell- wonderfully hoppy, with grapefruit aromas and tropical fruit.

Taste - a hoptastically piney slap in the mouth. Very aggressive DIPA with citrusy (grapefruit) flavored. Just outstanding, if not world class.

Feel - very carbonated, and non-palate wreckingly hoptastic attack on the palate.

Overall - I'm giving this a 5/5 because despite its readily available status, it really stands up to many of the top rated DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of brianwsnyder
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got one of these "to-go" at Yard's at the LINQ. An excellent DIPA. Good feel and tasted great on a hot Vegas night. An easy drinking beer, too, even at 8.1%.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very piney IPA here. Obvious with the West Coast style this beer provides a sort of building block stigma of what a new west coast ipa on the market should taste like. Not my favorite IPA though mind you. Just a good representation of the theoretical "West Coast" style.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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