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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

1,788 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,788
Hads: 7,367
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,473 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,788 | Hads: 7,367
Photo of dill
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA. The bitterness reaches a high peak but mellows out to reveal a nice oakiness. Tastes great cold and is quite easy to drink. Goes well with some spicy Mexican food. Not my favorite IPA, but a very nice beer that has some unique characteristics. (270 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominating with a nice malt base also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some citrus and bitter pacific hops with a neutral but still perceptible malt base. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this is a very enjoyable IPA, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the presence of floral and grapefruit hops would have been more discernable. (535 characters)

Photo of joekfsu
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange, low clarity, with 3 cm of off white foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is mostly citrus with floral notes. Initial flavor is piney and citrusy hops, not much else though. More citrus in the finish, dry aftertaste. Light carbonation, light to medium body, lots of lacing, and a hint of alcohol appreciated. Drinkable but you better love nothing but hops, solid IPA. (411 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O.K., I've now had the great pleasure of drinking 3 of these beers and happy to report that I have more in the fridge.

Everytime I have one I think one thing...

Cascade Hop Bomb!! And this is a compliment.

I love this beer and if you are a hop head, specifically a Cascade Hop head, you will love it as well. Get it whatever it takes.

Wonderful thick head greets you and announces you are about to have a special beer. Then you are smacked with the huge fresh hop aroma. Pine/Citrus earthy.. Just awesome.

The flavor lives up to the great aroma and follows through with the Cascade Bomb.

Mouthfeel is wonderful and this is a "chewy" beer that sticks with you between sips.

Nice lacing to further remind you of the great beer you are drinking.

Right now this is my favorite IPA...

If I'm stranded on an island, this is the one I want a case of....

Do yourself a favor and try it soon. (893 characters)

Photo of genog
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice copper color with off white head that billows up and out of my glass. Aroma is a wonderful display of earthy, citrus hops with plenty of smack your nostrils punch. Caramel malt is also present in this delightful aroma. Taste is very strong packed with the intense earthy hops from the west coast. Moutfeel is a sticky and not very carbonated. This was a great beer, and I wish I had more. (407 characters)

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

Hazy orange-amber color; impressive four-finger head with a long settling time. Spotty lace as the head recedes.

Fresh pine cone smelling hop aroma. The malt takes the backseat, but the bitterness does not overwhelm. Very inviting.

Strongly bitter right from the initial sip. Definitely a hop head beer, perhaps could be placed in the extreme category of bitterness. The body is very rich with a minimal amount of carbonation. This seems to enhance an already strong hop presence.

While flavorful, this may be a little too much of a good thing. It is not balanced for an IPA, but it is still tasty and worthwhile to seek out. (629 characters)

Photo of jamesm7485
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow holy crap this is one fine I.P.A

The pour is a nice golden light amber color with a nice thick frothy head that never dies. Good deal of lacing

Smell is awesome hops,hops, and more hops, a very subtle citrus element as well

Taste is just like the smell very upfront on the hops but the taste has a tad more citrus than the smell

mouthfeel is just super smooth and not offensive

drinkability is awesome, its very smooth and not very harsh and hides the 7 abv very well, i coud drink a six pack of this if given the chance!

Alll in all if you find this and like hops pick this up! (588 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. Pours a almost clear orange color with a white fluffy head and sticky lacing.

The nose has an intense dank and citrus/orange notes too it.

The bitterness is balanced and lingering with strong notes of citrus/grapefruit and pine.

Really well made and drinkable beer. (286 characters)

Photo of TheBCrew
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Finger Lakes Beverage center in Ithaca. Enjoyed several pints. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with frothy white head and lots of lacing. Heavy citrus hop aroma and taste to match with hints of grapefruit. Sweet in the middle with a nice dry finish. Very typical west coast example of this style. Medium body with great drinkability. (358 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack of this beer at the Wine Gallery in Brookline Massachusetts. Poured in to my Sam Adams pint glass a mild hazy orange, with a clingy, large white head, and tiny pieces of sediment floating here and there. Nose gives off a perfume of pungent, oily hops, pine tree, hints of citrus, and fresh cream. Taste is full of complexities, many of which include some of the smells above. The most remarkable aspect of it is the hop flavor, which comes in waves, and leaves your taste buds a bit numb and beaten up. Body is thick, and oily...pretty big and bold for this style. Although the flavors are really strong and come right at you, I could probably put four or five of these back easily. This is a very good IPA IMO. I have to admit that I have not been very impressed with any of the Green Flash big beers that I have tried (Stout and DIPA). This one on the other hand is a sure winner, and one that I will be buying again in the future. Cheers (961 characters)

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

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a full finger off white head that is pretty stiff and fades slowly, leaving sheets of Belgian lacing behind. Numerous suspended chucks worth considering. The smell is aggressive floral and piny with a balanced sweetness to it. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is primarily tangy from the hops and there's a nice lingering resin texture. Full flavored, the taste is overwhelmingly a citrus hop; grapefruits and tangerines. Wow, really well done. Nothing left up to interpretation here!! and there is nothing shy about it either. Really well done...a boat load of quality ingredients in this one. The 7% ABV is hidden beneath the resin. Really easy to drink and well within the seconds or thirds envelop! Highly recommended. (764 characters)

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

Served in a pint tumbler from a 12 oz brown stubby bottle.

Pours with good body, hazy gold color making a modest head that leaves good lacing. Appearance is orange and excessively hazy by the end of the pour.

Aroma dominated by bold "C" hops, lots of pine. Not much in the way of maltiness, but a hint of pilsner-like honey.

Flavor is also heavy with lupulin goodness, clearly this is what a west coast IPA is all about. Pleasant flavor, "balanced" only in the sense of a west coast IPA. A bit of sweetness and plenty of body in the finish.

Drinkability is good, not cloying like too many of this style. I could have another, but body was a bit too heavy to declare it "refreshing". (686 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dig the West Coast stubby bottles. This beer is seriously chill-hazed amber color with a nice light tan head. Lacing is rock solid. I might have pulled this from about a 40 degree beer fridge, surprised at the haze...

Aroma is big and citrusy hops. Not a lot of malt backing up this floral display. I'm ok with that today. Yeah the taste comes in big on the hop citrus, mixed fairly nicely with some caramel sweet malt. The whole thing quickly turns bitter, almost drawing a shudder from me on my first big sip. This is good bitter. It eases back quickly but leaves remnants of it self on the palate for many seconds to follow.

Good body, nice smooth feel with maybe a little less carbonation than I would prefer. Still a nice effort and really the epitomy of what I expect from the west coast in general. Another reason to love San Diego! (844 characters)

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

This beer poured a clear brown amber color and formed a pure white foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma heavy of hops with grapefruit, pine and other citrus. The flavor was of hops, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel and pepper. The body is fairly light and the finish is fairly astringent with a hint of pepper. A nice IPA but at the price range here in Ohio at least, I will stick to my Bell's and Stone for my regular IPAs. (491 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A not-so-careful pour yields a 1/2 finger khaki colored head. Tons of sediment from the bottom of the bottle managed to make it's way into my pour, so there are a few nice-sized chunks of spent yeast/hops.

S - Grapefruity, pineappley hops! It's been a minute since an IPA I've drank had such a nose. Great smelling brew. Piney hops in the back.

T - Pretty nice taste, but I'm not huge on the finish. The hop oils are a little much for a standard AIPA. Tastes like someone squeezing a pine tree into your mouth. I like it, but have had better.

M - Slightly undercarbonated for my tastes, but pretty nice body.

D - I had really high hopes for this but the finish kills it a little for me. It's bitter as hell, and yes, it does ease up the more you drink it... it totally wrecks your palate.

Notes: I'd pick this up again, but not as consistently as say, Two Hearted, or Snoqualmie Wildcat. I have one more in the fridge, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it... but I'll remember that this one beats the hell out of your tongue. (1,025 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beautiful light copper color, with an off white head leaving lacing on the side of the glass but not going away. the smell is a wonderful array of hops, I'm sure if they weren't there I would pick up on more of the malts that I'm getting a hint of. the taste once again continues the blast of hops but the malts come through a bit better, and it doesn't lack for carbonation. All in all a really good IPA, I think I'm going to cut my girlfriend off and drink the rest myself. (477 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a staple in my beer fridge, and with the recent release of their delicious new Hop Head Red, I thought it high time for me to plug some words down that properly express why I like to drink this beer. West Coast is a darker IPA in the glass, bordering on a medium-dark caramel tone that eerily reminds me of the locals' leathered skin when I lived in America's Wang, Florida. The smell is a smack of resin, intermitten with a catty note. Not unpleasant, but it does have an intensity that speaks of its west coast roots. After a couple sips you can really get a handle on the hops. They rampage around the tongue and assault it with hits of pine, citrus, grapefruit zest, cut grass and once again that racy twang of hemp. Mmmm. Malt is not forgotten though, and lends a weight to the body, resulting in a full mouth-feel. The finish goes on all week and makes this a beer to savor, even if you are sessioning it. Thanks again Green Flash for providing me with yet another reason for my roomies to think I am a functioning alcoholic. (1,043 characters)

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

got this in trade from Rzzzz. Thanks for the hookup.
Beautiful pour into my DFH curved pint glass. Light orange color with a nice off-white head which lasts quite a while.
Plenty of citric hop in the aromas.
Flavors are dominated by bitter citrus and grapefruit hops but there is a malt undertone which lends a nice balance. Definitely a hop bomb but a balanced one.
Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Hop oils lightly coat the tongue with a nice bit of carbonation.
This is a delightful beer to drink. A really good west coast IPA. I could easily have finished several of these if I had more than one of them. We can get this here now so a sixer of this is the next thing on my beer list. (694 characters)

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint

A - Cloudy, viscous-thick orange, like a Troegs Nugget Nectar color. Tempting one finger, globby off white head. Looks delicious as can be.

S - Sweet, citrusy hops. Nothing fancy, but the aroma is present and willing, which counts.

T - This bottle might be a touch old, so it's not as superlative as this beer can sometimes be. More of a citrus than pine kick to the hops flavor. Doesn't try to be complex - good.

M/D - Thick liquid, which makes me go wild for IPA's like that. Sort of syrupy, a great texture.

Gets lost in the West Coast IPA crowd sometimes, and within some of its peer brews from Green Flash itself, this IPA is always a favorite. It looks great, has a wonderful mouthfeel, is fairly drinkable, behaves like an IPA without being a carbon copy of Stone and other more famous IPA's, has its own style and absolutely holds its ground against them.

Not world class, but definitely "worthy" within its style as an easy drinker to share and pass the time. (1,015 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky orange-woody colored brew with a big fluffy, soapy, shiny, resinous, frothy head that reaches over the top of my glass. Mmmm - hops-a-plenty in the nose. Aroma is packed with grapefruit candy, orange, pine, apples, and crisp flowery goodness laid over enough malt to hold it up. Taste is no let down with more citrus, pine, and flowers. Nice amount of bitterness and carbonation leaves the tongue tingly. Texture is indeed resinous and slick and with an easy medium body this goes down smoooth.

Sniffably delightful... (530 characters)

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

Had this recommended to me from a buddy I worked with who is IPA-crazy and had a growler filled from Consumer's Beverages in Orchard Park, NY. Color wasn't special until I saw it backlit in my refrigerator - it glowed ruby red and poured a red-orangey color into a pint glass with frothy head also tinged with orange. Smell was all pine and citrus, very nice and crispy smelling as was the taste up front. After a couple of seconds, the bitterness kicked in and it left a very hoppy afterpresence in the mouth. Beer was unfiltered and chewy, I would have liked a little more malt presence, but it went down nicely. Except for the hop dragon breath afterwards, this is an exceptional beer. Very tasty, an excellently representative American IPA. (744 characters)

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

A - Almost like orange juice. Really amber - orange. Some sediment & stuff floating around. Had a good head, slightly off white and yellowish.

S - Nice and citrus! Floral bits. Really hoppy. Not overly sweet. Not super huge, but a big enough aroma that you definitely notice it with your sip.

T - Lots of hops! Mostly citrus hops, and some dry hops, piney hops. Some hops seem too sit at the back of your throat. Big variety of hops here sending your hop sense in every direction

M - med-light body. Not too much carbonation.

D - Yummy! Good hops and citrus. Not too harsh of alcohol taste. kinda wish I got it a lil colder before I poured it since it had been sitting out since I brought it home this evening. (714 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, pours a rich copper-amber color with a half inch head. This dissipates quickly but clings to the surface, and the glass. Excellent lacing.

Very notable hops on the nose. Initial pine and citrus scents off the head segued to a more floral presence as the head dissipated. A quick swirl and you're back to the woods.

Tastes of rich hops as evidenced by the smell. Initial bitterness becomes more balanced as the beer warms, yielding a slight sweet malty finish that was less apparent initially. Mouthfeel also improves after a few minutes of air time to allow the carbonation to come into balance. Very nice.

Quite drinkable for a hoppy IPA, abv well disguised behind a tangy, slightly sweet finish.

Edit: My review is for the classic West Coast IPA, a roughly 7% beer. If a brewer changes the recipe then they should change the name of the beer. Bad form Green Flash, extremely bad form...07/14 (914 characters)

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

notes from my time at hollingshead

Poured in a pint glass. 1 1/4 finger of good head with a cloudy yellow color. Nice retention that sticks around for a while.

Citrusy hops come out and tell the nose how this beer will taste. The nose is a very good indicator of how this ber will taste. Not in your face with the hop aroma, but it is enticing nevertheless.

Taste is perfect balanced with a nice pale malt upfront that is overtaken by an assertive citrusy hop bitterness. Centennial and cascade?

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. The beer clings the palate well and isn't heavy at all which helps make for one of the most drinkable ipas that I've ever had. This is a very nice beer. (687 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with plenty of floaties; off-white head, decent retention, nice lace.

S: Huge grapefruit & pine aroma, with apricot, tangerine, cannabis & cotton-candy fruity esters. Awesome.

T: Flavour is dominated by hops, with a pleasant depth (pine, grapefruit, tangerine); toffee with subtle hints of quality pale malt; assertive, yet somewhat smooth bitterness.

M: Moderate body is nicely attenuated with plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable for its strength (assuming you love hops). (500 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.