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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 243
Gots: 622 | FT: 7
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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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Stone IPA glass.
Pours a hazy dark copper, much darker then I have become used to in a IPA, has a nice off white sticky head that hangs around. The nose is citrus, pine and grass with a nice malty background. The taste follows suite to the nose with the citrus and pine as well as the balanced maltiness and a bit of spiciness. Medium bodied with a good cling in the mouth, well carbed. It's a good IPA and definitly fits the West Coast description.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Benesi88
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Benesi88, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of aoampm
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

aoampm, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of brbrocc
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

brbrocc, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of blabaer
3/5  rDev -28.9%

blabaer, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of hoppymeal
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, chunky, with a soft looking cream head that slowly laces the glass. Aroma is sweet oranges and grass with some tropical aromas of pineapple and mangos. Tropical citrus flavors also in the taste but the sweetness is cut quickly by a large peppery bitterness that grows deep into the aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol is evident in the bitter finish as well. Somewhat creamy medium body up front finishes crisp, light and bitter. Very nice ipa with a great aroma and a pleasing large bitterness.

hoppymeal, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Good retention. Small amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma of grapefruite and hops. Quite pleasant.

Taste is of grapefruit and a nice malty backbone. Piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Dry. Cleansing.

Overall, a good beer. Nicely drinkable, even with the ABV.

atigerlife, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of LarryMyers
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

LarryMyers, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a goblet...
Look is orange amber colored with an off white head, lots of sediment.
Smells of floral hops, sweet malt and citrus.
Taste consists of pine, grapefruit, and resin, good solid bitterness lingers.
Feels medium bodied and leaves the mouth dry.
This is a delicious beer with a variety of flavors.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zhanson88, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of larryarms847
5/5  rDev +18.5%

larryarms847, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

csmalley, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mcdsports, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Focusf111, Jun 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of phingdong
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

phingdong, May 04, 2011
Photo of yergermeister
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of NCSUdo
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NCSUdo, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of abcramer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

abcramer, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

GeezLynn, Dec 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jmich24, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brassy orange with a finger of fluffy off white head.
S: Piney with hints of citrus and some herbal notes with just a hint of sweetness. this smells like an IPA should
T: Flavors kick off with some nice herbal notes and a dash of caramel sweetness from the malt. A touch of pine toward the back end. Bitter on the swallow with lingering flavors of pine and herbal notes. A little bit of citrus becomes noticeable throughout the drink as well.
M: full bodied with slightly prickly carbonation.
O: a very well done IPA that is a pleasure to drink.

SHODriver, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Pintofbrown, Oct 17, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,123 ratings.