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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

6,637 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,637
Reviews: 1,730
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 266
Gots: 862 | FT: 10
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby.

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden orange. The head is big, thick, and fluffy. It leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Stiff and pungent hops. Piney and grapefruity. Hops and more hops. What a great smelling IPA.

Taste: Hops. Pine, sweet orange, pineapple, bitter grapefruit. From midway through the finish there's nice caramelly sweetness that luckily fails to balance the hops. This doesnt leave a long bitter aftertaste though-- it finishes relatively clean, sweet, and a little toasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice. The hops are coating and resiny. Makes for a nice feel.

Drinkability: All day. This one's great at the beach, or anytime.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber/brown color with a slightly off-white head that persists.

S: Hops with a bit of sweetness. Nice.

T: Excellent mix of hops and malt. There is some nice bready/caramel malt back there that is always in the back of the tastebuds. Also, just a bit of grassiness. And, most importantly, you've got a good bit of pretty fresh tasting hops at the forefront. There is also a decent level of bitterness back there too.

M: Good, solid medium mouthfeel with some resiny quality.

D: Very drinkable. Part of that is due to the great taste of this, but also everything is nicely balanced - with maybe a bit of an emphasis on the hops - so you could stick to this for an evening and not be disappointed.

Very well done IPA. I'm proud to have this labeled as "West Coast IPA." I'd say it's a fitting IPA. This is one San Diego brewer with the potential to go places.

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

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear and pale copper with an inch worth of tightly packed sandy white head. Retention is low but leaves behind a thick cap as well as a wispy curtain of white lace.

S: Pure, unadulterated hoppiness. Hop cones up the wazoo. Sweet heavy, honey glazed apricots backed with a heavy dose of doughy caramel maltiness. Sort of reminds me of a mix between Two Hearted and Hopslam.

T/MF: Chalky bitterness, pine that moves into a mildy sweet but nonetheless heavy syrupy fruitiness and finishes with a lasting piney/medicinal dryness. Grapefruit rind and earthy pine with a mildly alcoholic closing. The finish on this one is incredibly long, it is almost like drinking an entirely different beer after each sip. Full bodied for an IPA, very chewy with a prickly carbonation not too big, not too small but otherwise inoffensive and unremarkable.

D: A heavy IPA, close to a DIPA, a sort of tweener beer. If you are a big west coast IPA fan this beer is for you, if you are looking for some depth and breadth I would look elsewhere, but it is really hard to ignore the glorious hoppiness this beer throws in your face.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Kaya in Pittsburgh

Pours clear deep gold with a small head that dissipates quickly into a fine ring. Small amount of lacing.

Strong aromas of piney hops and citrus peel.

Flavors of malt followed by deep bitter hops and grapefruit. Tongue numbing hop level.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp.

This is very drinkable and tasting fresh on draft.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,637 ratings.