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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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6,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,277
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 246
Gots: 700 | 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 DavidST
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Note: while this is a good review for them, its likely from an older bottle and I'll update it when they get their bottling dates.

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottled date, but still has the green label. I realize this is older, but I'm been craving the stuff.

This pours a nice golden amber color with a large off white head with good lacing, there are also lots of large yeast dregs floating around. The smells are of hops and lots of them grapefruit, pine, and underneath I get some caramel malts. Body is medium. For an older IPA, this is still pretty hoppy not the super hoppy experience I had on tap but there are plenty of piney and grapefruit tastes in there, there is also a slightly sweeter / caramel flavor which I didn't notice with the overpowering hops while this was fresh. Overall the older bottle isn't up to the 2 week old on tap I had, but its still pretty tasty, even older this is better than many IPAs out there.

DavidST, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Blaze5445, Jun 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Adkins1203, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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 sgregory
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

sgregory, May 06, 2013
Photo of Lunch
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

Lunch, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of nheinzie57
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

nheinzie57, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

richj1970, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jeffthepony, Jun 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

seavercm, Mar 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

mwbrady12, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of dmamiano
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to fellow ba ahareberger for this
lovin it for sure!
pours a hazy copper with a small head(easy pour) and noticable lacing displayed, ringing down the glass.
Citrus rinds. Grapefruit and hammering malts are the dominating aroma.
Taste is off the charts. Great balance of hops vs. malt. Huge evidence of citrusy hops backed up powerfully by a punch of malts.
There is a flavor in here I love. Like a "grainy malt" or something. Must explore more.

dmamiano, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jmich24, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brentblack1, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my work yesterday.

Appearance- golden amber color, thin foamy head

Smell- floral,, piney hops, very nice

Taste- nice piney hop flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I could have quite a few of these. It's a really good IPA.

jeffjeff1, Jul 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

throwback, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

anticipation23, May 20, 2013
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A reddish orange amber color, with a clingy sticky head on it.

S- Great hoppy smelly, very fruity and floral, dry, and juicy as far as a smelly.

T- Clean yet meaty and the bitterness really attacks the back of the tongue. Something sweet with a hit of caramel and kiss of vanilla with this huge hop taste. The hops are meaty and aggressive, but this is an IPA and one should expect something that is hop forward, screw this 'balance' crap. This beer is sexy tasty.

M- Great mouthfeel, a juicy lush feel, yet the hops are kicking some tongue butt. Not sure if this will kill off my palate, but I don't think a complex beer will be next on the line up.

D- Easy to drink for sure, wish I had a 6 pack instead.

Wetpaperbag, Feb 20, 2010
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of FrankShirley
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

FrankShirley, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of AmitC
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really appreciate the brew.

Poured from the odd shaped 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A very clear amber color. Neat. Excellent head over three fingers thick, that disappears into a strongly staying head of off white color. Super awesome lacing. Sticks like gum. Some bubbles seen rising up. Perfect and top notch.

Aroma: Some citrus and flowery aroma upfront. A nice malt backbone that is sweet, caramel and bread like. Very nice but not a lot of strength. Fades rather fats and i am assuming my nose is now overpowered by a lot of smells.

Taste: Excellent taste. Though not a lot of bitterness, but for a single IPA it does the trick. Earthy, slightly citrus, piney and bit oil like. Some bitterness upfront with a nice thick bready malt middle and good enough bitterness towards the end. I like the taste. Bitter finish.

Mouth feel: More medium bodied and slightly fuller. Moderate carbonation. Mild hop derived astringency. Good alcohol strength and no burning sensation what soever.

AmitC, Jan 12, 2013
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

Bosoxfan20, Feb 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Furley80, Mar 14, 2014
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,277 ratings.