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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

5,713 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,713
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 215
Gots: 450 | FT: 8
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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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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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-15-2013 20:07:57 | More by SkiBum22
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BeastLU

Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap, and then in growler.

A - About a 1 inch head which dissipates and leave nice lacing. Clear dark orange copper color.

S - Quite hop forward on the nose which mellows after the beer is palated.

T - Huge hop flavor with no one hop standing out. Great harmony of citrusy, piney and a little floral hops. Enough malts to provide some balance, but mostly a beer showcasing its hop flavor.

M - Good Carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel for the flavor and abv of the beer. There is only a slight overly sweet after taste which I find common in this style.

O - Great beer. Typically my choice if it can be found on tap around town. Better than a good stand by.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 19:44:47 | More by BeastLU
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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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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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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-05-2013 14:05:53 | More by Hallertau
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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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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-20-2013 02:27:47 | More by anticipation23
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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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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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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle shipped out to the East Coast from Escondido, CA

A - A cloudy copper, with 2 big fingers of head, and a massive sticky lace left all over the glass, all the way down

S - The smell is outstanding. A hop lovers dream. Huge citrus notes, floral. Grapefruit, slight bitter finish. Well balanced...

T - A huge hop wallop up front, with big citrus and piny flavors. Extremely well balanced.

M - Full bodied, very high carbonation! Oily and amazingly hoppy aftertaste.

O - Wow, another damn good west coast IPA. Very happy that Green Flash will be distributing to Georgia very soon. It wil be a regular purchase. If you are a hophead, get this beer if you can...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:16:16 | More by BeerDawgs
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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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brbrocc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-11-2012 01:54:34 | More by brbrocc
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mikepcarney

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

09-07-2013 21:06:56 | More by mikepcarney
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-08-2014 04:09:20 | More by jmich24
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-30-2012 00:52:15 | More by Nage37
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-03-2012 02:38:04 | More by Shilt
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kmanjohnson

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-14-2014 22:27:03 | More by kmanjohnson
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sfprint

Germany

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Berkeley Bowl west, no exp.

A: Foggy sun tea orange with slow uniform rising carbonation. 1.5 finger head. cloudy floating sediment like a pond
S: Relatively weak but nice IPA smell, hoppy with a pine sweetness.
T: Bitterness turns into sourness, bitterness is pretty strong, but alcohols is well masked. almost bananay yeast. citrusy background.
M: Tad astringent, light to moderate micro carbonation.
O: good but I don't see why people think it's SO great.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:34:01 | More by sfprint
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/25/12.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy copper with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. There are some tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. The aroma is of citrus hops and sweet malts. There's a bit of that piney hop aroma in there as well. It's such a nice, hop forward IPA despite having two months on it. Those piney and citrus hops really come through in the flavor. There's a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to this beer. It hits all the taste notes of a solid West Coast IPA. The alcohol is well hidden here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer. I have yet to be disappointed by Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:21:08 | More by acevenom
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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