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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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6,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,629
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 263
Gots: 856 | 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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a nice clear light copper with a two-finger eggshell colored head. Leaves ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Well not exactly a shocker here, lots of grassy hop alpha acids. But wait! Also getting some nice malt sweetness. Inviting.

T - Obviously hop forward, with hops leaning toward the grassy/sprucy side of the spectrum. Heavy grapefruit citrus bite. Very "juicy". But no mere grass bomb, this one's got backbone. A nice buttery Ritz cracker malt underbelly holds the whole thing together. Really well presented.

M - Full bodied chewiness+ prickly carbonation to make it gulpable = excellence.

O - Really surprised by this one, and another solid offering from Green Flash. Right up there with SN Torpedo as far as "Big IPA with malt" style. Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BRANDY818
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was available at a hotel lobby bar in New York City and I was dying for some hops.

Overall, not that impressed with how it traveled. At home it's typically a solid choice. Seems like the strong bitterness and a round maltiness took over from what is normally a range of hoppy flavors.

Can't wait to get home and drink the real deal.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Jparker37
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Bottled on 1/21/13.

S - Citrus, tangerine. Resiny/catty fresh aroma. Malts have a little bit of sweetness, honey-like.

A - Towering, rocky light tan head. Little bit of haziness to the deep amber colored beer. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Right away there is a glimpse of toasty malt, it hangs on for nearly the entirety of the taste but early on is overcast with hops. Piney/minty hops are there early and often lending good flavor with a wallop of bitterness. Little bit of sweetness midway but dried up nice in the finish. Hop bitterness was a little clingy and a little unpleasant well into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, dry, medium carbonation.

O - Good meld of hop aroma with underlying malts. Taste is great again from malt striking a stylistic balance. Hops lent a unique flavor profile also drying the beer up well. Bitterness was a little on the sharp side for my preference and a little over carbonation contributing to that sensation. All in all I am happy to have tried this beer and will look to seek out more from this brewery as I have heard great things.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 24oz bottle 1/22/13 into a Lagunitas glass.

A - Reddish amber color, good clarity, one of the most appetizing colors you will find in an IPA. 2 finger head with medium retention, the bubbles seem to come up from the most perfect spots in the glass when you pour a West Coast IPA.

S - Deep hop profile, resin and grapefruit give way to a hop-flower sweetness that screams west coast hops. Smell gives a certain bite of it's own.

T - I have had bottles of West Coast IPA six months old that still taste like fresh hops. This one was almost 3 months old and still tastes fresh and potent. Almost any hop taste that comes from west of the Mississippi can be detected, and this beer is really in the elite class of what a true American IPA is. The malt in this beer is just enough to balance out the hops but doesn't have any sort of English cracker taste.

M - Smooth, with a nice hop bite that reminds you that you're drinking an IPA. Has a nice amber/red ale consistency that gets better as the glass gets emptier.

O - Overall one of my favorite beers. In an elite class of IPAs and sets a standard for depth in hop flavor. The hops in this beer will stay longer than almost any IPA and the bitterness is addicting.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,629 ratings.