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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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6,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 263
Gots: 856 | 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  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Bottled on date of 1/21- very fresh. Light amber color with an off white head that has a fair amount of lacing and retention. Perfectly carbonated.

S- A true highlight of this beer. Great citrus smell with strong hints of grapefruit. The floral hop aroma is powerful...in a great way.

T- Hop forward. Pine with citrus/fruit flavors up front with a warm, bitter finish. Very hoppy as we have come to expect from WC IPA's. Strong bitterness level (95 IBU), but finds a way to remain smooth and flavorful throughout with just enough of a malt base to avoid an astringent flavors.

M- Medium to full bodied. Little oily. Dry finish

O- Quintessential "West Coast" style beer here. I know we have advanced craft brew to the point that variations of all beer styles are brewed all over the country to where there really is no "west coast" label, but i understand what GF is aiming for here and they hit the target. Fantastic ale that would be delicious any time of year. Near the top of its class for sure. Heck, even the burps taste good!

4 pack for $8.49

Photo of Artjsantos
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of xJMFCx
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Big thanks goes out to kmurray8621 for sending me this long long time want as an extra! Awesome!

Pours a murky amber brown color, with a nice off-white head sitting on top. Retention is pretty good, but lacing is sort of lacking.

I was a bit concerned this bottle wasn't the freshest because I couldn't find a freshness date, but as soon as I cracked the cap my fears where put to rest. Huge citrus and grapefruit notes dominate at first, and finally a sweet malt backbone comes through as it warms just enough to detect. Definitely all about the hops in this one.

Holy moly, this is one bitter IPA! This has the hop presence of a DIPA, but the alcohol content of an IPA. Piney and resiny hops, with a light floral and citrus character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and light in body with an intense bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great.

Overall, it's pretty much exacty what I thought it would be. The hops of a DIPA all crammed into an IPA. Intense and a great brew to have, wish I had more access to it!

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

Straight pour from UNDATED 12oz pry-off bottle to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery Tulip); bottle is undated by the store owner said this batch came in just last week so I figure it’s as fresh as I’m going to get it without going to San Diego.

Appearance (4.5): I think it’s actually almost perfect (for the style). Three fat fingers of buttermilk-colored head, a mix of fine and coarse bubbles, slowly devolving into a cratery mass leaving round, spotty lace all over the sides of the glass. The body is a clear, deep orange. I prefer unfiltered beers, but this looks amazing.

Smell (4.5): Bright tangerine and fresh pineapple, with a very understated piney-to-grassy support underneath it. Hops all the way, no question there.

Taste (4.5): Bracing bitterness following a line from grapefruit to pine, with a bitter grassy finish. Holy crap this hop profile is awesome. Malt base is mildly sweet, moderately toasty, and just thick enough to keep these hops in the air. I prefer a little more caramel and biscuit, but this is, again, approaching perfect for the style. Yeast is, I think, not quite the neutral American ale character you’d expect but moving just a bit English. Either way, it’s an afterthought in relation to these hops. Alcohol is also an afterthought, but it’s there. Finish is medium-length and somewhere between toasty and grassy. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium body, dry finish, moderately oily in between—great, once again. Personal preference is for super-oily and a bit heavier, but this is great and quaffable to no end.

Overall (4.5): Truly outstanding IPA. West Coast to a “t,” and we’re all better for it. I don’t believe in West Coast supremacy, but this kind of beer makes a strong case. Green Flash, date your bottles and I’d buy you every week if I could.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a clear dark copper color with about an inch of eggshell colored head. Nice lacing rings the glass after each sip.

The hops dominate the aroma with pine beating the citrus to the front. Malts are present but you have to search for them at the end. It's hard to keep my nose out of the glass.

Taste is almost identical to the smell. Pine is the big player here with a lighter grapefruit flavor peeking out in the end. Little sweetness is noticed, but it has to be there somewhere since the hop bitterness doesn't overpower my tastebuds. Yup...there it is... right in the middle and easy to miss.

Medium body with a very slick and creamy mouthfeel to it. Some dryness on swallowing but little of the normal prickly feeling I get from some hoppy beers. Almost like warm velvet in the mouth, if you can imagine that.

I will have to get more of these, since I only picked one up on a trip through VA. Next time it will be a sixer at the least. Very enjoyable IPA.

Photo of tpauer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
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...

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Samp01
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a large long lasting tan head, with very good lacing and head retention throughout to the end. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some nice earthy piney hops, some hints of dark fruit, raisins. Taste is a nice rich sweet caramel malt with some good earthy piney hops. A nice full bodied creamy texture on the palate with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt some dark fruit, raisins followed by some earthy piney resiny hops bitterness. Nice hoppy bite with moderate carbonation makes it easy to drink. Overall a very good tasty and balanced IPA

Photo of Bdel34
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AOShabaz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Murchmac
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Mark thinks this is the second best IPA in the country behind Smuttynose IPA. I"ve had it before, but decided it needed more inspecting.

GoGo Gadget color! This pours like a deep golden with copper highlights DIPA. Looks promising...

Smells of caramel and grapefruit hops pop out of the top of the hat of inspector gadget like the helicopter blades with handles.

Tastes very piney, different from the smell which I liked. Kinda like when Inspector gadget wants his rocket shoes to come on but the gadget 3 foot glass bong comes out instead. Dr. Claw likes when that happens.

Overall, a great! IPA, I get why my buddy orders this... classic west coast IPA. Love the malt aspect in this hop heavy IPA. Go Go Gadget buzz!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to Kentucky Green Flash, glad to finally try this one.

Pours a darker reddish orange color, good density but very clean. Not much head but a creamy white top somewhat lingers around. Lacing is also lacking so not exciting.

A good strong funky hop aroma. A mix of citrus flavors with an almost brass metal like blend, surprisingly this is a huge complement. The malt isn't strong or powerful enough so this one goes a bit one sided and has plenty of room to grow on.

Much like the nose, citrus and brassy hops. A lot of herbal elements here as well. I really like the complexity in flavor from the hops. The malt is weak and doesn't add much here, light toasted caramel malt in the back ground.

A bit heavy for an IPA but drinkable and very well carbonated.

I really like this one. It isn't the best or close, but it is a great example of what the west coast ipas are all about.

Photo of IPAIsaac
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.