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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
94
outstanding

5,759 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,759
Reviews: 1,659
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 474 | FT: 9
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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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2013 19:19:43 | More by BostonPhilly
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-22-2012 17:38:41 | More by SaxmanRick
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-16-2013 03:56:45 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-05-2013 14:05:53 | More by Hallertau
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown amber with a thin film of head that quickly dissipates.

S: Deep nose of hops. You can tell that this one is packed. Floral, citrus, pine, grapefruit notes.

T: Very hoppy! 4 types of hops in this monster. Centennial hops give it that piney taste, the cascade for the floral, and simcoe hope contribute grapefruit and citrusy notes. Then BAM a big hop slam right to the palate augmented by the columbus hops. Well balanced by a very evident malt backbone. A very flavorful and character-rich beer.

D/M: Heavy carbonation, medium to heavy texture.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 01:06:51 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-16-2012 00:58:36 | More by bootdown21
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23%

04-28-2013 13:27:49 | More by twowheelssoar
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-05-2012 04:11:19 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Lynn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-11-2013 16:35:21 | More by Lynn
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-19-2013 03:15:49 | More by Envelopes
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-04-2014 23:52:11 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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TheDeuce

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA……. on tap at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY

Appearance-bright vibrant orange cold, gray colored head slowly rises but falls quickly, lots of bubbles, a thick looking brew with lots of body.

Smell-Rush of fruit and pine which shows the hops are here in force. This smell is so pungent that it was really all I could get. Alcohol is there in the background but the hops are the show here.

Taste/Mouthfeel-and so it is. A rushing pine-flavored burn of the tongue that lingers throughout, smoky and bitter in the strictest sense, the burn lingers through and the alcohol doesn’t hit until the very end as it goes down with a large warming sensation.

Drinkability-depends on how much you like hops.

Overall-I’m normally a hop fan, but maybe I’m getting old. This is a crushing blow of hops and while the force is impressive I didn’t enjoy this beer nearly as much as I hoped too. Will give it another try, but disappointed for now.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 22:24:03 | More by TheDeuce
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csmalley

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-11-2013 00:28:16 | More by csmalley
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a white creamy head doesn't last a long time. Light coppery color sightly cloudy apperance. Sweet malty aroma slight hint of pine. Nice malty taste piney slight citrus hop taste. Good balance not as hoppy as I would like it to be.Medium bodied good clean taste.not a great beer but not a bad one either. I could drink another.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 04:09:47 | More by jcdiflorio
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rxthree

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-24-2012 02:38:29 | More by rxthree
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blknikon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-07-2012 20:36:52 | More by blknikon
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into DFH IPA glass. Golden orange, translucent, with a thick fluffy off-white head that sticks around leaving tons of thick, intricate lacing.
Smell is pine, leafy and herbal hops, sweet grapefruit and citrus notes, hint of tropical fruits and flowers.
Taste is clean, sweet crackery malt immediately obliterated by hops. Opening salvos of pine and herbal bitterness are underscored by lighter notes of citrus and even lighter tropical/floral qualities, and it all comes crashing down into a hellishly bitter finish that leaves no taste bud standing.
Mouthfeel is clean and a bit wet, but the hops destroy that and leave a dry finish.
Overall, definitely lives up to its name. Piney bitterness abounds; maybe my palate has been wrecked (Green Flash pun intended), but even this beer, which is often cited as incredibly bitter, doesn't seem unbalanced to me. I'd usually prefer a tropical/floral IPA to a piney/bitter one, but it's still an amazing IPA. Extremely well-done.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 03:33:44 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-30-2012 17:52:06 | More by slim2043
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 19:39:58 | More by beerman999999
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice light amber color that is crystal clear, small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a full finger of fluffy gently off white head that lingers nicely, leaves a solid amount of lacing on the glass
S: typical ipa scent with nice citrus notes, nothing that stands out but still nice
T: Nice taste, nice grapefruit notes initially then moves into a bit of depth with some funk to it and leaves a bit of dryness and leaves an aftertaste of funk which is nice
M: medium carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves into a great sweetness, nice
O: a nice brew pretty much what i expect and what i like from ipas, not the best but its still a solid brew

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 00:51:20 | More by BigPlay1824
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DruC4

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-15-2014 05:07:46 | More by DruC4
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-19-2013 21:23:48 | More by lccrunchy
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patrick802

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-24-2014 16:34:42 | More by patrick802
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great looking off amber colored beer. Sweet and sticky smell and all piney with grapefruit scents. Medium to full bodied beer. Nice lacing on the glass is a terrific looking beer. The taste was WAAY too unbalanced for me. Very hoppy, to the point of "where is the malt". Made this one tough for me to finish. Good beer, how it can win out over Stone IPA is beyond me. They must be same "judges" that did not elect Chris Carter to the pro football HOF this last vote. This IPA is worth a try and and I would try it again, but I will not seek it out. The strength of the hops, or the lack of the malt, makes this IPA's alcohol overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 23:12:37 | More by bigdeuce
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-08-2014 04:09:20 | More by jmich24
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,759 ratings.