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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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6,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,770
Reviews: 1,754
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 290
Gots: 969 | FT: 11
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
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Poured a golden amber pour with slight haze. Solid white head and lacing.

S-Aroma of grapefruit, orange, mango, malts, and pine.

T-The taste is clean with the fruits, pine and malts balanced nicely. Solid bitter profile with a relaxing malt ending.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light body, good carbonation. Clean, crisp, biting finish.

O-Very unique IPA, love the flavors.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with lots of carbonation, leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell is potent hop glory, one of the best smelling IPA's I know of. Fresh citrus explosion to the nose with mostly grapefruit. Green grassy hops and funky cannabis resin. Taste is also great. It carries on with the hop assault. Again, quite green and resinous. Big citrus and some pine as well. A little biscuity malt is all there is to keep this from going way overboard, though it's already pushed the limits enough. Tiny hint of alcohol peaks through. Great bitterness, solid medium body. Had the hop power of a IIPA minus the need for tons of malt to back it up. Oily, resinous, not thick. Definitely tingles the tongue and has a dry finish. Not the most drinkable but the hop fix of all hop fixes quite possibly when it comes to an IPA. Classic stuff, here.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Thanks to bennetj17 for this west coast goodie.
Rust color with two fingers of creamy off-white head..1/2 sticks around and leaves behind some of the stickiest head I have ever witnessed.
Juicy fruit hops fill the nostrils...cotton candy, sweet caramel malt.
The taste is fantastic...incredibly thick with a huge blast of hops...the bitterness grabs the tongue and does not let go. A solid malt backbone tries to balance this out the best it can, but the hops cannot be subdued...actually feel the hops sticking to my enamel.
Sturdy mouthfeel and the carbonation is beautiful...creamy in the finish, thanks to the head that remains until the very last sip.
Ok...maybe not a session beer, but I would have to go this again and again if I had the chance.
This offering is as far as one can go without entering double IPA catergory.
So glad to get to try this one...everything I expected and more.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/14/10).

A: Pours a nice golden amber with an orange hue, capped with one finger of a white head that dissolves into a collar leaving some ringed and patchy lace.

S: Excellent aroma of citrus hops followed by some sweet nectar and pine.

T:Citrus hops hit the palate first and they are fully engulfed in a sweet nectar containing a slight caramel flavor. Layers of pine, mango, peach, and pineapple are apparent as well. Some nice bitterness lingers into and after the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and no hint at all of the 7% abv.

D: Very drinkable and rather sessionable as long as you enjoy a full flavored American IPA with a decent degree of bitterness.

Overall this has always been a favorite of mine and this on-tap version seemed extremely fresh. Highly Recommended.

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

A: Pours a transparent caramel color with a biiiig fluffy eggshell colored cap. Retention is excellent.

S: Wow, straight up grapefruit and pine. Freshly sliced pink grapefruit and that typical west coast pine and resin. Really nice nose. Lots of caramel malt accents, toffee, and caramel. Freshly sliced fruits as well; grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T: Really resinous and bitter. Very west coast. The citrus and fruit aspect of the flavor from the nose is not here in the flavor.

MF/D: A little brash feeling...maybe due to the carbonation, or maybe the bitterness. Medium/fuller in body for the style.

Notes: A little too west coast for me...I think the flavor was missing the best parts. It just didn't connect with the nose the way that I would have wanted, but still very very delicious.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,770 ratings.