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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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6,252 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,252
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 686 | 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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

razorsdescent, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

evenKeelD, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dertyd, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

micahmye, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Bamarooster, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Falcone, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason never reviewed this beer, just escaped through the cracks. This one was an extra thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar.

Pours a decent looking fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over a semi hazy ruby red grapefruit orange color.

Nose brings plenty of hops, floral and citrusy with some spiciness, a light citrus tangerine effect but not a big juicy pungent kick or rind bitterness, light pine spicy hop aromas, with a touch of a grassy floral effect as well. Touch of grapefruit as well, and a very faint malty sweetness with slightest touch of reddish amber malts. It does bring a touch of fruity candy hops, like a little candied orange peel and tangerine the more I nose it.

Taste starts with a nice big hoppy bite, quite bitter right off the bat like 70IBUs bitter almost immediately, but doesn't get astringent. Hops come in with pine and spicy flavors first, not really a chewy spicy hop, but a piney spicy not overbearing like hop. Then citrus, a bit of tangerine and faint grapefruit pith, touch of that candied fruit hop character again. That's followed with a mild malty sweetness, a bit of a caramel toasty reddish copper malt flavor, but all pretty light, just enough to balance the big bitterness and keep it from getting astringent. It brings a little citrus rind as I let it sit on my tongue for a while, a bitter rind flavor. Finish is fairly dry, still very bitter but doesn't really ramp, more plateaus almost right off the bat and stays at a quite bitter but not overly taste. Finish also brings more citrus rind bitterness, a little spicy hop and a very long bitter grapefruit pith taste, and a faint touch of a booze flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, it feels a bit fluffy and airy thanks to a good amount of carbonation, and a very light warming booze.

Overall a nice IPA, not quite what I expect for a "West Coast" IPA, but those terms are a bit out of date now. A nice big hoppy beer, quite bitter that plateaus right away, nice hop characters with a little spicy (but not chewy), a bit of citrus but more like rind and pith bitter citrus, and just enough malty sweetness to give it a base so it doesn't get astringent. Nice IPA.

jlindros, Apr 11, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first legit tasting of a West Coast designated IPA. It poured beautifully with a picture perfect head. Slightly murky amber orange that tells me we are packing natural flavor here. Smells like hoppy bread dough. Wonderful hop flavor follows which takes me to a new place with every mouthful. Grass, dandelion, grapefruit, resin, mineral- a ubiquitous profusion of hop flavors continue to evolve. The label says "Extravagantly Hopped". Well, that about says it all. This beer is so well crafted it is wasted on a neophyte so save this for your well versed IPA connoisseurs. Overall it is a magnificent beer that is sure to impress any IPA fan.

FinerThings, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

drrone, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ESeab, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Djsaturn1, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SeaOfShells, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

weezarc, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BuckTuckian, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mre0683, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Total Bevarage in Murfreesboro, TN, into a Duvel glass...Paired with Dutch Gouda Cheese and Jimmy John's (#12)

Appearance: LIght Amber/Copper color, Huge creamy head, and beautiful lacing as well. Looks like an amazing IPA.

Aroma: Grapefruit, strong pine, and citrus. A lot of hops, it smells amazing.

Tastes: This is a flavor packed beer. What a solid IPA should taste like, really nails the West Coast Style well. There are a lot of hops in this beer, but it is so well balanced that the bitterness is almost sweet. I would definitely classify this as a bitter IPA, but a very drinkable one.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, good amount of carbonation. A little on the dry side.

Overall: If you're a fan of West Coast IPA's, you will enjoy this beer. Plenty of hops, will satisfy most hopheads.

Roman5150, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

AL89BR, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mantooth, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

CATVDK, Apr 06, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash West Coast IPA pours a clear dark golden color, with a long lasting, and lacing head. There is a nice dry floral, hoppy aroma. The taste has a nice subtle hoppy flavor, nice and dry. Easy to drink, flavors are full, but the floral flavors are not overwhelming. Overall a very nice good flavored and enjoyable IPA.

vette2006c5r, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

mendvicdog, Apr 06, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber in color and VERY murky/hazey. Can't see through it at all. Very little carbonation and a solid 1 finger of fluffy off white head.

S: Wow, what a blend of pine and citrus. Hops, hops, hops! This has a fantastic aroma, very complex and inviting.

T: Good flavor. Heavy on the grapefruit and bitterness with a dry finish. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the beginning but it quickly dissipates. Did I mention the bitterness??

M: Smooth finish. Not to heavy but not light either. Well balanced and feels "right".

O: Real bitter. A true hop bomb for sure and may turn some people off because of its intensity. Nice beer but certainly not as sessionable as others.

Edit: I'm having this again and rereading my review. I think I was hard on this beer and am bumping some ratings up because this is a world class beer. Green Flash has become one of my favorite breweries.

JaredM, Apr 06, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,252 ratings.