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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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6,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,986
Reviews: 1,798
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 320
Gots: 1,142 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV
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Ratings: 6,986 | Reviews: 1,798
Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The West Coast IPA poured a hazy orange amber color with a small foam head and some solid wave lacing.

Smell nicely filled the nose with fruity citrus smell and pine. The taste was malty but not too much in your face. The bitterness hit you right away but it was a hop lovers dream. Those 95 ibu's for an American IPA. Overall a damn good west style IPA.

Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite hoppy...loads of grapefruit piled on top of a pine resin hoppiness that's also noticeable. Hops and more hops!

Pours a rust color in my glass. Head is pretty impressive, though it does fizzle out in not much time.

This beer is 95 IBU's and those IBU's show. As bitter as any IPA I have ever had, and almost every DIPA I've had, this one comes roaring out of the gate. It has that citric hoppiness with a note of pine underneath that was found on the nose in absolute abundance. It's brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Cascades, and it shows....more citric than pine, however. Balance is but a pipe dream...doesn't really exist. I do get a little bit of grain that shows up briefly but that's about the extent of that. Resiny, medicinal bitterness lingers after the swallow.

Whew! I need to be in the mood for a beer like this. IPA's certainly vary a lot from one to the other, and this is probably the most bitter standard IPA I can think of.

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of snansel
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of heerboth
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of jemarent
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmm, is that yeast sediment or hop particles floating in my beer? its bottle conditioned so probably yeast. does look like they dry hopped the bottle though. anyway, tasted their imperial ipa at hollingshead so picked up this bottle to try.

glowing amber/tan color with a thin creamy light tan head. very low carbonation. looks like a serious beer

juicy hop aroma. fresh citrusy sweet.

taste also has that fresh juicy hop presence. mmm good. a little bit of sugary cinamon to sweeten things up. good balancing bitterness. really good all round.

*had this just after lagunitas ipa

Photo of FanofHefe
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Superb looking clear dark amber body. Huge three-finger light tan head that leaves some spider-web lacing along the glass.

Excellent aroma, the best IPA aroma I can recall since Hopslam. Nice hoppy aromas featuring grapefruit, tangerine, and hint of lemon that combine with a light, sweet, malt backbone. This is very inviting.

The flavors do not disappoint. Bitter hop bite combines with the malt to give a great IPA balance, albeit of the west coast variety (no pun intended). Primary hop flavor is of grapefruit for sure, but the other citrus flavors give a bit of balance. Just enough sweet malt finish to do the job.

The mouthfeel is medium to thin, but not inappropriate. Rock solid brew. Could enjoy many of these.

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, decent head

Smells of piney and grapefruity hops.

As one might expect, this is a hop bomb. Full of grapefruit and citrus rind, then escalates to pine, with a long drawn-out bitter finish.

Mouthfeel somewhat resinous.

This had a satisfying hop bite, but was a little on the piney side for me. Certainly full of hop flavor, but the bitterness sort of blotted out the rest of the beer. I would have liked to have some of the other flavors stand out and back up the hops.

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark orange copper color, much darker than I expected. It has a 2-finger cream colored head. The head had good retention, and left nice spiderweb lacing on the glass. There is also some sediment floating around that is visible.

S - The smell is of pine and citrus hops. There are also notes of grapefruit and citrus.

T - There is a ton of hop presence in the taste. It is piney, citrusy, bitter, and there is a good amount of citrus as well. There is quite a bit of hop bitterness in the taste, but there is also some bready malts that balance it out pretty well. The finish is hoppy, bitter, and there is a good amount of citrus.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It has a slightly sticky quality to it, and there is a bitter tingling sensation from the hops.

D - This has good drinkability, at a moderate pace. I like this beer a lot. It has a great hop presence, and it goes down easy. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I like it, and I would recommend trying it.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of klewis
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

A: Pours an amber color with a big foamy head. The head lasts forever providing a frothy layer atop the beer and tons of thick lacing.

S: Complex nose with hop aromas ranging from grassy to citric. Very nice.

T: Vegetal taste with flavors of grass, bell peppers, and pine. An intense but pleasant bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and full-flavored, just like the bottle tells me. Moderate carbonation.

D: Hell yeah. An awesome IPA, although maybe not he best for session drinking due to the intensity of the taste.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chilled bottle, received in trade from smakawhat, is poured into a pint glass. Pouring into the center of the glass produces a huge head, such that I can only fit two-thirds of the bottle into my glass. It is a slightly off-white foam made up of big bubbles. I can already smell some lovely citrus hops! The liquid is orange and clear. Plenty of minuscule bubbles are cascading up from the bottom of the glass. As the head begins to settle, plenty of spiderweb lacing is left behind. But after a few minutes only a little bit of settling has occurred, there is still a good sized head on this beer.

Now, more about that aroma. Lots and lots of hops. Sharp and citrusy--these hops smell fresh and bitter. The label isn't lying when it claims that the beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." There is a little bit of sweetness to the nose as well; it reminds me of honey.

The flavor is full of hops. Bitter citrus and pine are at the forefront. Really, the pine isn't all that strong; this is mostly about the grapefruit. The bitterness lingers on after I swallow. It isn't very oily, but does coat a lot. It's slightly sticky on my lips, inside my mouth its more of a film. The body is full and the carbonation is on the lower end.

For something so strong and bitter, this is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is well-hidden. The hops are in your face but not offensive (to me anyway). I can see myself having a few bottles of this in an evening.

This is a top notch west coast IPA and worth seeking out, even if you aren't a hop head.

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz pint glass.

Hazy amber in color with unfiltered particles, nice head, minimal lacing. Smells of citrus primarily with some sweetness. Tastes mainly of grapefruit with a nice malt pickup in the middle and then a good pine finish. Hints of alcohol present. Medium in both body and carbonation, not too dry, kinda wet, easy to sip. A very drinkable IPA and quite true to the West Coast style. Takes me back to where I want to be, the San Diego area, though it does leave me right at the city limits instead of "downtown".

Photo of mulder1010
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a hazy orange gold color. Really have liked the orange hues on the sides of the glass. Moderate pour got a large two finger head that was dirty white in color. Kept its form for a few minutes before finally receding slowly, leaving sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Two finger head on swirling. Great retention to this.

S-- Orange, Grapefruit, Pine, lemon, and Carmel. More pungent orange and grapefruit with Carmel as the background, almost approaching foreground. Lots of layers and different flavors in the smell.

T-- Pungent orange and grapefruit. Big malt backbone to keep it restrained though and not over the top.

M-- All over the place in a good way. Pungent grapefruit and Orange with fresh lemon and orange peel. Get some tangerine as well. Pine is much more in the back for me but this is much more about pungent fruit and a lot of peels to me. Medium feel and lower medium carbonation. Slightly oily.

O-- When I think IPA's I usually think this beer first or second. One of the best made in the US if Not the world. Can be quite a complex IPA and it can also be very one dimensional and aggressive. After Sculpin hard to find a better IPA. The more you drink it the more you learn from it. Not the most sessionable beer but outstanding all the way.

Photo of MidwestBA
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wolf_switzer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into nonic pint. Hazy copper-orange in color with a one-finger white head that quickly dissipates, but sticks nicely. The aroma is immediately hoppy with overwhelming piney resins and citrus. Hints of mint, leaves, and toasted grain come out upon warming. Flavors are of strong citrus juice and grapefruit bitterness followed by some floral undertones. This beer is full-bodied, with an oily, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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