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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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1,801 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,801
Hads: 7,477
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,581 | FT: 12
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
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey coloured body with immense foaming head. Grapefruit hoppy aroma. Taste is medium to full mouthfeel of initially grapefruit and malt, quite drinkable. Had it and liked it very much again 1.5 years later. Good creamy drinking.
On tap 4.75 years later and still very good IPA, very hoppy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is a total hop bomb: herbal, floral, citrus zest. Taste is also all about the hops with citrus zest and herbal/floral hop flavors battling for dominance. There is a somewhat assertive hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. Unfortunately, this beer was flat as hell and that made it a bit of a chore to drink. Overall, this is a good IPA that blasts your nose and mouth with hops of all kinds.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice large two finger head and nice lacing on a murky orange brown and golden body.

S: aroma is really as good ad it gets. It's very strong despite the overlying large head with sweet pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit and an herbal presence.

T: This one is complex and multilayered. The pine and grass bitterness overlies the sweet citrus and base malts with both represnted throughout, the bitterness is just a little too strong for my liking.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent beer and IPA. The flavor is just a little more bitter than I want but it mellows out as you drink this one and get used to it. Love to see this brewery in Jacksonville now.

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured copper in color with a finger-sized head. There is good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate and complex aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Smells of grapefruit really stand out to the nostrils.
T: The taste is mainly bitter and has lots of grapefruit flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely try this beer again. It packs in a lot of different hop flavors but isn't overly bitter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a huge ipa, totally saturated with rich oily hops. its got a wonderful nose of essential hop oils, resins, and other sticky goodness. there is some fruity notes to it beyond just the usual citrus. im picking up sweeter fruit, plums or apples even. it also has that pine pitch sappy nose to it that puts me somewhere in a pacific northwest old growth forest. its lovely really. the flavor is equally exciting. lots of bitter up front, lots of sweet at the end, with a surprising malt balance evening out the middle. the citrus fruit really comes out here, orange peel and grapefruit are the most prevalent. the finish is sweeter, very fresh. feel works well, with a bit more body than is standard, and a thick hop peanut butter taffy-like texture. this is a hophead's dream. affordable and strong and fantastic. one of the better green flash brews out.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a orangey yellow color with a strong looking white head that sticks to the glass very nicely. The smell of the beer is a fruity, floral and piney. Very inviting aroma on this one. The taste is very good also, its loaded with the pine like grapefruit flavors that make these west coast IPA's so special. The mouthfeel of the brew is decent in my opinion. It is fairly light bodied, it goes down nice and easy, it leaves a great dry cotton mouth feeling after each sip. Overall it's a damn good brew, worth trying if you haven't already.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy head that displays good retention and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Citrusy nose of grapefruit and pineapple with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt backbone briefly makes an appearance but then becomes a doormat for the citrusy hop bill; after the swallow, this beer provides a bitter, fruity hop finish, with slight aspirin tones

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely balanced IPA that is a great example of the San Diego IPA style

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

Cornucopia- that's probably the word that I would use to capture the onslaught of hop character. Perfumy, citrusy, floral, pungent, piney, resiny, grassy, fruity....these are a few of my favorite things. Greater complexity from hops have never been found. This beer is a tremendous showcase for hop character.

The pour delivers a copper-golden color with a malt stained, firm foamstand that endures the session. The glass is coated with lacing as the session progresses. A mild dry-hopped haze is the only thing that keeps the appearance from achieving a 5.

The hop aroma is evident and well documented. A mild malty hit at the nose gives a basic softness but takes a serious backseat to the hop blend.

The soft malts give a caramelly springboard to propel the hops over the top. Soft and subtle, a clean caramel flavor struggles to compete with sharp, flavorful hops. No real esters, phenols, or yeasty character.

Boasting 90 IBU's, this beer feels much more bitter than most other IPA's that claim 70 IBU's, regardless what the experts try to say about perceived bitterness. An initial creaminess, fullness, and roundness from the malts are quickly dominated by the dry, sharp pang on the tongue and throat from the hop resins.

If you're looking for a hop dominant beer, then here you go. The beer relies upon the hop's song and dance to carry the beer with very little interference from the malts or other nuances. Hop complexity is here, but complexity from other beery aspects are kept at bay.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate copper-orange color with a nice white head. The nose is really nice with a strong citrus hop component. Hefty notes of orange and grapefruit. Really hoppy. A bit of pine in there as well. The taste is all hops with some citrus rind and light pine and spruce components. Nice bitter mouthfeel and a nice drinkability. Glad we get this West Coast gem here in Virginia.

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a raw, hoppy IPA. Unfiltered, the body is extremely hazy but the head retention is great. Lots of citrus in the nose, with a hint of sweetness that isn't nearly as present in the taste. Oily hops with a huge grapefruit flavor nearly overwhelm the malt, giving it a slightly one-dimensional quality, though an enjoyable one. The hops really stick to the palate, leaving a long-lasting bitterness. This is a good, solid IPA, maybe even a great one. I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. I picked this up in Austin, Texas about a month ago, as I've been coming to appreciate the efforts of San Diego-area brewers' take on the West Coast IPA style.

This beer pours a hazy, dark medium rusty orange-amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and yet still creamy ecru head, which recedes after a few minutes, leaving some decent roiling storm cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of pungent, if a tad overripe grapefruit and orange rind, lemon zest, a touch of musty dank, and a prominent sweet caramel and toffee malt. The flavour starts out pretty much the same, with a heavy dose of bittersweet citrus hops - grapefruit, orange pith, a sort of isolated squishy lemon essence, a hint of murky mint, and heady bready caramel malt, the toffee sweetness quietly having bled off. A further leafy and pine hop develops as it warms, as does evidence of the north of 7 points of alcohol.

The carbonation is quite light, manifesting in just a wee prickly frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth as the hops seem to shine through on their own here. It finishes barely off-dry, the hops still wanting everyone to know who's in charge in this particular set of zip codes.

I find I'm drinking this rather quickly, it's so tasty, and alas, I've got only the single bottle. Overall, this is definitely a winner for the hopheads who like at least a modicum of balance in their IPAs, myself included.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for sending this extra in trade!

Pours a hazy copper, foggy with tiny sediment. Rapid streams of carbonation, feeding a dense, creamy head of foam. Arcs of lacing form too, adding to it's visual appeal.

Aroma takes awhile to surface, even at a cool temperature, there's just the barest hint of earthy hops. edit: subsequent bottles have delivered a cannabis hop blast!

Deep earthy herbal hop notes, leafy. Very vivid flavor, hop vegetation set against a blanket of malty toffee, striking a nice balance. A resiny bitterness lingers long into the finish. Body is more substantial than your average IPA. Fairly low carbonation with a creamy feel.

Mmm, great stuff! I could see this as a fridge staple in the summer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, pillowy, head of ivory foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some bubblegum. A light caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of of spicy hops with grapefruit flavors. It has a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a great IPA. It really holds up to Pliny the Elder (which I love).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brassy orange with goldenrod edges. Great looking creamsicle orange head that appears to be full-to-bursting with hop resins. It's currently a fat three fingers in height with a firm creaminess that will, no doubt, contribute to its longevity. Even though the glass isn't completely covered, there's a more than respectable amount of lace in the end.

Hoptastic aroma that I've been able to appreciate since the pour, despite the fact that the glass is at least two feet away from my nose. A more concentrated sniff brings glorious waves of candied grapefruit, pineapple and fresh pine to my nose. 'West Coast' indeed. The hop bill is sure to include one or more of the following: Cascade, Centennial, Columbus. I'd bet good money on the Columbus. Fantastic nose if you're a hop lover.

The flavor isn't as explosive as expected, given the aroma, but this is still a lip smackingly tasty version. Rather than soar with sky-high, dazzlingly bright, ultra-fresh, citrus zesty, hoppy top notes, the flavor profile is more mid-range, bold, brassy hoppy with caramel and lightly toasted pale malt accents. That's not to say that West Coast IPA is anything other than a hop-dominant beer, but it doesn't quite have that pure, clean hop flavor that I love so much.

Green Flash certainly hasn't skimped on ingredients; almost always a positive in my experience. The tongue ruffling bitterness is countered by a sweet, sticky maltiness that keeps things from becoming overbalanced. I wouldn't classify this beer as a hop bomb, but 'hop artillery' wouldn't be out of line. Bitter orange, white grapefruit pith, dessicated pine sap, all lightly drizzled with melted caramel.

The body is medium-full and is firmer than it is creamy. The finish is long and is slightly oily, ensuring that a thin sheen of hop scum adheres to the tongue and builds upon itself with each successive sip. Good stuff. Not much in the way of noticeable carbonation; another positive.

Green Flash West Coast IPA is, without question, a good version of the style. The brewers have taken care of the essentials--quality ingredients in a sufficient quantity--and have crafted yet another delicious IPA from a state that leads the nation in delicious IPAs. I haven't yet sampled them all, but I feel fairly confident in stating that this is Green Flash's best beer.

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

Ooured a slightly hazy burnt orange with a thinner but sticky white head that leaves spots of lace as it settled.Fresh raw hop aroma comes at ya hard when first opening the bottle extremely piney with big grapefruit notes as well I even noticed a touch of caramel malt as well.Well oddly enough hop dominated hop oils and resin dominate quite piney but that resiny finish is great just enough of a hint of caramel makes it a gem in my mind.A few years ago I would have thought a good beer but a little over the top for me now I take it all in,gotta love the hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really dont know where to begin with this one. This was awesome. Poured a great bright orange, full of haze with a thick white head. This did fade rather quickly and left behind a good lace, looks yummy. Smell was a hop bomb, no other way to put it. Huge strong flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, with a slight touch of alcohol, but not too strong, just a refreshing clean crisp smell that really made me want to dive in. The taste, OHH YEAH!! One word PERFECT. Strong classic west coast hop bomb. Enormous citrus hops, pine resiney goodness, huge flavors, nothing subtle here, Sooo smoothe, crisp, perfect fullness and feel. Big dry bitter finish capped it perfectly. Easily one of my favorite IPA ever. I really cannot say enough good things about this one, its a classic!

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish light amber color with just a layer of off white head that dissipates and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really nice. Citrus hops combine with the sweet malt and it smells like tangerine and pineapple.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue hard right off the bat. There is some malt sweetness that balances things out a bit, but the hops are the star here. Hints of grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation with a super dry finish.

Overall: This beer was exactly what I wanted it to be. A good IPA with a very nice hop profile. Definitely would have another.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas with notes of grapefruit and lemon. A nice caramel malt backbone with a little bit of toast.

T - Strong toasted malt with a hint of caramel and big pine hops. Pine floor cleaner notes in the middle with a hint of grapefruit and more toasted malt. Finishes dry with fairly strong, slightly soapy, bitterness and more strong, burnt toast flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a little bit of astringency.

D - Quite drinkable despite the somewhat harsh character of the hops and malt, but I am just slightly disappointed in this one. The burnt toast and soapy hops get a bit cloying after a while, but the hop aroma is excellent. This beer is like the really smart kid who never does his homework; it gets by but it has the potential to be so much more than it is. Just a bit more sweetness would help the drinkability and balance and could make this a world class IPA.

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

A: A hazy amber/copper color with about two fingers of white foam.

S: Great piney aroma along with plenty of grapefruit. Good malt sweetness to round things out.

T: Better than the smell. Great bitterness interacts well with all the grapefruit. Very refreshing for such a bitter beer. The malt keeps a good balance, but doesn't make it self too well known.

M: Great carbonation and a nice bitter aftertaste.

D: Such a great IPA, one of my new favorites.

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

Appearance: Pours up moderately hazy, deep copper hued body with a full inch of off-white froth on top.

Smell: Chilled grapefruit juices garnished with slivers of citrus pith and shredded flowers paired with a modest hint of pine astride pale malts displaying hints of sugar cookies. It's a quality scent.

Taste: Pale malts liberally flecked with sweet hints of cookie dough and biscuit crumbs. Medium sweetness overall. The mixture of fully American C-hops presents leafy floral and light pines tastes, as well as a bold citrus character that's juicy, fruity, and a bit citric. Medium-high bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter with those citric tones brazenly sliding into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit oily, a bit chewy, even.

Drinkability: Green Flash's West Coast IPA is amply malty and rather well hopped, so it should please hopheads and lovers of IPA's. I know I found it to be enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a several fingers of poofy off-white head. Settles down into a creamy 1/2 finger or so of retention that just leaves MASSIVE sheets of sticky lacing that coats the glass. The aroma is extremely West Coast, with tons of floral hops, pine cones, juicy smelling grapefruit, and just a slight tingle of warmth.

The taste is a well balanced mix of sticky, resinous hop bitterness and a lip smacking blend of caramel and citric grapefruit character. I'm loving the bitterness in this, as it combines with the tanginess to just stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and oily feel. Damn, this goes down extremely well!

I hadn't had a bottle of this in a while and I DON"T KNOW WHY! Just a great representation of the West Coast style IPA and probably thee best example that actually gets decent distribution. I really need to keep more of this around.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance. Great head retention and lacing. Massive assault of pungent, resinous, grassy, and floral hops in the nose. Medium-full bodied with a perfectly crisp carbonation. Firm, toasty/bready malt base. Layer upon layer of resinous hop flavor. Bracing bitterness. Finishes a bit too resinous, and that tends to hold what bitterness is there for just a little bit too long. West Coast IPA? No doubt!!! Be forwarned then, if you're NOT a hophead, this one will slap you senseless! :)

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Photo of mactrail
2.7/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tremendously bitter. You get a brief flash of rich malt followed by a blast of hops. Great, if that's why you drink beer. The malt leaves a slight sweetness on the lips. And that's it. The hops leave a dank, harsh, bitterness on the tongue.

Clear orange amber in the pint glass. Decent foam and carbonation. Nose of hops, resins, and more hops. Water chaser is indicated with this one. At Trio restaurant in Palm Springs (tasted 02/25/2012).

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.