Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
06-13-2008 18:57:21 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-22-2009 19:53:34 | More by BEERchitect
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
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!
03-22-2007 01:06:01 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-27-2009 00:21:08 | More by womencantsail
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-02-2012 01:22:35 | More by kylehay2004
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-14-2009 04:27:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.05/5 rDev -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.
08-21-2011 17:32:22 | More by Knapp85
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
02-23-2006 02:14:26 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-14-2008 03:26:39 | More by emerge077
4.43/5 rDev +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).
07-30-2009 15:09:41 | More by zeff80
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-02-2007 01:32:48 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +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.
01-03-2009 23:34:37 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
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! :)
03-04-2006 00:01:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a dark amber. No head at all. Nose is saturated pine and peaches. Extremely intense. Flavor is areal zingy concoction. Thick resin edges. Earthy citrus tones. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is low. Feels nice though. Drinkable, but there is a lot of edge to this though that I'm not sure I remember experiencing on the bottle.
02-25-2008 11:55:27 | More by RblWthACoz
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
Acquired via trade from Phoicon, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.
S: The smell is pleasantly intense with your typical IPA blend of hops and citrus.
T: Big hops burst up front as you would expect followed by the citrus sweetness and malt backbone. Finish is filled with hops bitterness.
M: Very crisp, but a little too bitter to be smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.
D: Tasty, not very filling, goes down ok, it’s a good representation of style, but not my favorite.
12-23-2006 06:31:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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