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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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5,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,915
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 552 | 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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3/5  rDev -28.9%

06-30-2012 18:42:45 | More by Focusf111
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 18:08:03 | More by kkrez
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Fresh on tap. Never bought this before due to lack of bottle dating. Glad to try it fresh.

A - golden hue with a small head that recedes quickly.

S - excellent smell. Hoppy citrus and tropical fruits. It begs for a sip.

T - citrus, hoppy deliciousness. Malt is well hidden in the background but has just enough presence here. Very tasty hop forward IPA. Goes down easy without destroying the palate.

M - very nice mouthfeel. Not too thick and not too thin. Nice creamy coating of the buds.

I was very pleased with this beer, even a bit surprised. Very good if you can get it fresh. It's too bad they won't date their bottles. For that reason, I'm not sure when I will have this again.

05-04-2011 18:31:13 | More by phingdong
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-18-2012 15:10:28 | More by yergermeister
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Really appreciate the brew.

Poured from the odd shaped 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A very clear amber color. Neat. Excellent head over three fingers thick, that disappears into a strongly staying head of off white color. Super awesome lacing. Sticks like gum. Some bubbles seen rising up. Perfect and top notch.

Aroma: Some citrus and flowery aroma upfront. A nice malt backbone that is sweet, caramel and bread like. Very nice but not a lot of strength. Fades rather fats and i am assuming my nose is now overpowered by a lot of smells.

Taste: Excellent taste. Though not a lot of bitterness, but for a single IPA it does the trick. Earthy, slightly citrus, piney and bit oil like. Some bitterness upfront with a nice thick bready malt middle and good enough bitterness towards the end. I like the taste. Bitter finish.

Mouth feel: More medium bodied and slightly fuller. Moderate carbonation. Mild hop derived astringency. Good alcohol strength and no burning sensation what soever.

01-12-2013 02:05:26 | More by AmitC
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, via Oxymoron

P: Pours a slightly hazy golden under a big white head. Some good lace and nice retention.

S: Smells of an earthy, leafy hop. Not getting a lot of fruit, more earth tones.

T: Malt backbone shows up nicely, hint of caramel, ending in a earthy hop with a mild bitterness for an IPA. Slightest hint of citrus in back end. Would have really like a more citrus quality with the maltiness. Still good though.

M/D: Smooth, light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Decent drinkability. Very refreshing.

02-23-2008 02:21:00 | More by NCSUdo
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 21:37:34 | More by EasyReader
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-24-2012 22:17:56 | More by abcramer
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-15-2014 05:07:46 | More by DruC4
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

02-17-2013 21:40:20 | More by nheinzie57
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-27-2013 18:51:52 | More by Prospero
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3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

Appearance: Pours out a pretty hazy golden honey color, with 3/4" of white head, which has below average retention and lacing. Not the most beautiful beer out there.

Smell: Some malts peek out initially and are followed by scents of citrus rind, grapefruit, and pine. Smells pretty bitter, but with some nice fruitiness as well.

Taste: A hint of caramel malt is present up front, but is quickly overshadowed by citrus, bitter grapefruit and orange rind, a far amount of florals, and pine. Definitely a hop bomb, but not a well integrated as some I've tried.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. A bit prickly and not particularly smooth drinking. Not bad all in all, but definitely not what I would call a world class IPA.

12-22-2011 22:06:17 | More by zhanson88
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

I saw my first Green Flash in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head started pretty impressive and poofy but then dropped to about a finger of off-white and orangey-y fuzz. And yeah, there is a bit of ring lace on the glass if you're into that kind of thing.

In the glass, the beer has a darker amber appearance. When it is brought into the light, it gets a little more golden, a little more orange. I was not prepared for the sediment, but in a big, hoppy beer; I should probably just roll with it.

Smell- Well, hello there! Tropical, sweet, and piney; this IPA gives off some grapefruit and passion fruit, a bit of honey, and a nice resin. After getting accustomed to the smells, there is a bit of soapiness and slight biscuit malt too.

Taste- Well, the flavor is a little more muted than the nose, but I still get some of those great flavors on the nose. The biscuit malt, resin, and soapy quality is much more prevalent here. Let's not forget the bitterness! Boy, that is a zinger on the chops!

Still, I wish the great tropical flavors and honey-like quality made a bigger splash than what I get in the finish!

Mouth feel- The beer is a decent medium body with some decent stick. It slides over the tongue like oil. A little more lift from the carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Being from the No - Coast Midwest, I have to give props to this West Coast IPA. It comes on strong with the bitterness and fantastic nose. It just needs to back it up with a just as extraordinary experience on the palate. This was a nice introduction to Green Flash!

10-17-2012 19:52:20 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-05-2012 04:11:19 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-16-2013 03:56:45 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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3.53/5  rDev -16.4%

A: cloudy, medium amber with a small, off-white creamy head. Good lacing.
S: Wonderful citrus hops over a light bready malt backbone. Orange is the dominant aroma.
T: More of the same with some pine and a resiny bitter finish.
M: A bit of an astringency I didn’t care for… thinned it out too much
D: LOVED the nose but the mouthfeel ruined it for me.

09-16-2007 19:05:26 | More by ski271
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-08-2011 07:19:26 | More by kornkid8600
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4.05/5  rDev -4%

Cloudy light brown, like cider with a weak beige head. Big hop scent - mainly the white grapefruit, but also some floral aroma. The caramel and pale malts lie somewhere under the heavy hoppage. Grapefruit peel and bready flavors in particular stand out. This bugger is pretty bitter. In fact, one of the more bitter IPA's I can remember drinking. Good, but heavy.
Mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation, fairly thick and clings to the mouth and tongue. Finish is long and bitter.

Bottle says "Extravagantly Hopped" and it delivers. I'll usually go for a DIPA if I'm looking for this degree of bitterness but no denying this is a good one and I would love to try it on tap should the opportunity present itself.

12-15-2009 03:45:00 | More by GeezLynn
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 05:58:44 | More by TicoCali
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-21-2012 02:33:01 | More by ohtheguilt
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-17-2013 02:27:19 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to Cisco for this one. Pours a hazy bronze/copper color. Clumpy head that leaves nice lacing. Nice citrus hoppy smell with a pine note. Taste the same as smell. I also notice some bready malt backbone. Finishes with some grapefruit flavor. Overall a nice beer that impressed me.

02-10-2007 01:31:06 | More by beermanbrian
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

12 ounce bottle poured into Gouden Carolus chalice. Bottled on 8/10/12 I believe. Copper body with nice frothy head after vigorous pour. Nice retention. Soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma is piney, grassy and lemony. Fresh, crisp smell. Tongue coating mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced but leans towards bitter grapefruit. Really tasty and very highly drinkable.

09-01-2012 04:51:12 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-30-2012 18:46:58 | More by tripledbrew
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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