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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93
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Reviews: 1,776
Hads: 7,294
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 4.53%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,423 | 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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Reviews: 1,776 | Hads: 7,294
Photo of JoeCeez
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: pours a very hazy orange with a killer foamy three fingered head.

S: from the moment I pop the top: hops, hops, and more hops, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, all the citrusy tropical fruits that those glorius "C hops" have to offer. Not much malt in the aroma

T: Oh sweet magnanimous hops how I love you so. This beer doesn't quite smack you up with hops on the tounge the way it does with your nose but goddamn its fuckin delicious. It's got all the fruits from the smell but slightly toned down and a slight caramel sweetness from the malts.

M: medium bodied, syrupy, creamy and not overally carbonated, fairly bitter but not as savagely bitter as some other west coast IPAs

D: Good drinkability, the 7% is barely noticeable. This is probably one of my favorite west coast IPA's that is readily available here in MA. (828 characters)

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

Pours a dark gold almost amber colorwith a small amount of head. The nose has bright citrus fruits and so light toasted grains showing through, a hint of fruity yeast is also present.The taste is bitter up front and rounded out on the back with nice flavoring hops, almost a "fruity pebble" cereal taste, sweet malts are also present on the finish. Dry mouthfeel with lingering flavors and a bit grainy on the finish. Overall a good IPA. (437 characters)

Photo of Tromba
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Signature Glass.

A: A slightly hazy orange/copper color - I suspect it might be clearer if I had gotten a better pour (I got some sediment in there). White head dissipates quickly, leaving very sparse head on top - surprisingly, there is some nice lacing despite the amount of residual head after pouring.

S: Glorious. The hope aroma is the closest to the smell of raw (dried) hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's like you're smelling a handful of hops before you throw them into the brew pot. Hop notes are very earthy and floral.

T: Slight malt sweetness for a split second at the very beginning. This is replaced by an avalanche of different hop profiles. You get the raw/earthy quality also found in the smell, along with grapefruit, pine, and other cirus. Then the substantial bitterness sets in...in a very good way. The bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while - if you are not a hop head this may not be a good thing. Also, I would enjoy this one by itself - pairing it only with something spicy - it will overwhelm anything else.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean at first. The lingering bitterness leaves a bit of dryness on the plate for a while after a sip.

D: At 95 IBUs and 7+% ABV, I would hard pressed to have more than 2 - we are talking intense hops here. But those 1 or 2 bottles will be heaven if you can appreciate them! (1,413 characters)

Photo of msmezher
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hell Yeah! West Coast IPA is what I think of when I want a strong, full hopped, delicious IPA. West Coast IPA is bitter, hoppy, with strong floral notes and a slight sweetness to the malt. Definitely a well rounded out beer, this is one you could have again and again, and it wouldn't get old. Comes out a cloudy golden color, with a half finger of frothy head. Good in a bottle, great on tap. (393 characters)

Photo of Krisp09
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful double ipa. Poured into tulip glass. 1 finger head, nice orange color. Hops smack you on first smell with pine and citrus notes. Taste is some malt presence first with west coast hops through remainder. Legendary ipa (226 characters)

Photo of kush6875
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a hazy copper orange color with head that dissipates quickly.

smell: fresh citrusy hops. very floral. this beer has a solid inviting nose

taste: crisp stiff hops, not much malt at all. not much balance but i love it. very good clean hop bite.

mouthfeel is a little thick and chewy with a great hops bitterness

drinkabilty: very drinkable for a hop-head!! (376 characters)

Photo of CONOR8832
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and caramel in color, looks great when you hold it up to the light and let the light shine through the glass. Nice good cloud like light brown head with excellant lacing on the glass.

S - Very aromatic smell of pine mixed with some citrus (greatfruit) excellant hoppy aroma, quite pleasent to the nose.

T - Mild hint of greatfruit zest with some woodsy, piney flavors, then after that subsides it is like someone shoved a hand full of fresh hops in you mouth, very delicious and tasty.

M - Good amount of carbination, medium bodies, taste buds/palate is singed from the hop explosion that just occured in my mouth, but this is a good thing for people who love hoppy beers.

D - Hop heads dream, if you love hops you got to get your hands on one or two of these, true in style like the name says "West Coast IPA". Excellent hoppy beer. (847 characters)

Photo of LCB_Hostage
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured frome a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Rich redish orange with a sturdy, dense 3 finger head. Retains a small head for the life of the beer with considerable lacing

S: Hops! A touch of malt and alcohol, but an invigorating blend of citrus and piney hops pervades

T: Glorious! Bitter grapefruit and piney hops burst on the tongue with a smooth malty finish. This is balance I can love.

M: Works every part of the mouth. A smooth glide across the tongue that leaves a considerable tingle behind.

O: A fabulous exemplar of the WC IPA style that earns it's name and then some. If not for the 7.2% ABV, I could sit and drink these all day. (649 characters)

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.1% ABV, 95 ibu.
A - clear amber (nearly brown), with finger n half finger.
S - piney really piney! caramel, toffee, little honey. zest. wood n earthy.
T - incredibly hoppy!! even more bitter than others who stated over 100ibu. hop juice juz go around the mouth, bit of alcohol n warm up the throat. malt comes late n decent.
O - if u want a really hoppy IPA, this is the one to get. but if u want a summer refreshing IPA, this probably too bold to drink. (457 characters)

Photo of hsway
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

a: Ambery orange, tinge of red. Slightly off-white head, pretty thick, leaving behind lots of lacing.

s + t: Very citrusy, lemon and grapefruit. A hint of pine in there too, but the citrus is the main thrust. Minimal bitterness.

m: Medium body, with a nice carbonation that keeps it lively.

d: I could make this a session beer, not a problem. Others less enthusiastic about the hops may not feel the same way... (448 characters)

Photo of dutchlq7
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance- poured a dark amber with a nice creamy, offwhite head

Smell-wow! Hoppy as hell, and I love it. Big piney hops.

Taste-big piney and resiny hops jump out at you and almost overwhelm you but it finishes nice and not too bitter.

Mouthfeel-medium bodied with a mild carbonation, bitterness lingers on the palate

Drinkability- if you love hops and bitterness this is for you.
I loved it but it could be too overwhelming for some. (472 characters)

Photo of deeznuts420
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of the best ipas out there especially on tap wich i used to drink at a place called coney island until they kicked me out for something my brother did. not a very friendly place with the bartenders wanting outrageous tips. plus the women bartenders think they know everything. telling me stuffs brand new when i bought cases of it 4 months earlier. get a fresh bottle and you won't be dissapointed. stay away from c. island in slippery rock unless you wanna be talk to like you don't know ne thing (501 characters)

Photo of WyethBednar
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the Best IPAs I've ever had. Really great, citrusy hop profile, a great example of the West Coast IPA.

Appearance: Somewhat dark for an IPA, sort of an burnt orange color. Not a lot of head and pretty much no lacing.

Smell: Great. You get the hops and the citrus right off the bat, but it's clear that there's enough malt here to balance.

Taste: As the label of the beer says, this beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." The citrus is enough to balance the bitterness, but if you shy away from more dry beers this wouldn't be for you.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, pretty thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Not the smoothest beer ever, but at 7.3% ABV this isn't meant to be a smooth session beer anyways. (714 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look. Soft, cloudy golden Amber. Frothy head
Smell. Pretty pungent. A peachy, peppery nasa clearer.
Taste. Hops rule the palate, even well after swallowing.
Feel. Substantial, semi-heavy body. Tingly all around the front, dry in the back.
Overall. I think I like its feel best, then its aroma. Nice taste, but not its salient attribute. (340 characters)

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

No discernable fresness or bottled on date which is always a concern with a west coast beer around here as many are not very fresh.

Nice enough looking beer Hillary with good lacing and gold amber to brown color.

Has a hoppy grapefruit smell with a touch of pine but not bursting our of the bottle like a fresh good west coast style IPA. Nice hoppy fruity taste with bitter afterkick that I like. Medium to full bodied for an IPA.

Goes down nicely especially as the 7.3% abv borders on double ipa territory. Will buy again but wish they'd tell me how fresh it is. (567 characters)

Photo of CascadeConan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally brought this beer to a barn dinner in a mixed six pack, it stood out from the rest so I picked up a six-pack about a week later for some further research.

This IPA is West Coast through and through, it probably hangs out with Ice Cube, surfs, dips its pizza in ranch and would shoot 90 Minute IPA in the face if given the chance.

Pours a shiny orange with billowing sticky white head.

The nose is a lush with pine, grapefruit, floral and other fruit from Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade and Columbus all coming in at 95IBUs.

Wonderful medium body, upfront hop assault and slight sweet grain on the tail end.

It's pretty simple to review a beer like this because it hits the mark on everything I look for in an IPA: pungent yet distinctive hop qualities, little to no alcohol heat, support from the malt and spot on carbonation. My hat is off to you Green Flash, prepare to receive more of my money soon. (922 characters)

Photo of XxNitExX
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle

A- Orange amber color with a big ol fluffy white head that sticks and retains very well.

S- Citrus Hops, Piney Hops, and a slight hint of a caramel malt

T- Piney hops, citrus hops, earthy hops, no idea why but this has all the hops flavors i love and isnt overly bitter. Could just be me seeing as what hops are in it. Has a great caramel malt backbone to even it out and hides the alcohol well.

M- Smooth. Thats all that can be said to describe this.

Overall this is a great beer. Has everyone anyone who loves IPA's would enjoy plus it wont set you back with bitterness. (617 characters)

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting friends in Brooklyn! I got to try this beer at a pizza shop called Roberta's. A really cool place!

My beer came inside a mason jar with a handle on it. It was a deep copper color and had a one inch head on it. It smelled fantastic! It smelled like grapefruit and pine needles. Tasted great too! Tasted real strong for an IPA. I could even taste the alcohol in it.

Mouthfeel was nice, maybe not enough bubbles for me. But lots of great body there. Overall a great hoppy beer and made for a great day with friends! (523 characters)

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the stuff hop dreams are made of! Had at the Stone Anniversary Release.

A- Dark Golden/Light Amber -- right on the money!
S- A slightly danky IPA, but not overly so. That said, many IPA's are going the total citrus route, so some dank is kinda nice! Pine and citrus are also present-- Nicely done!
T- Slight nutty taste but the danky-ness continues. The bitterness walks the line (between harsh and smooth) and lingers into the finish like a laser- I would say this is pretty balanced, if not a little flamboyant for the style!
M- Nice, firm malt backbone and hop presence
O- If choosing an IPA you would be hard pressed to find any better. Its West Coast, which if you are on this site, means hops across the board. Its a nice beer. Personally, I like something a tad more "toned down" like Port's Wipeout IPA. With that said, I can totally appreciate this effort.

Grade: Solid A (891 characters)

Photo of alex11ibanez
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got off work. I wanted something new, but instead got this with the intention of reviewing something…

Appearance: I got a bomber that proudly establishes its freshness date above its Green Flash label, popped it open and instantly saw the carbonation and hazy fog pour from the bottle. Then I poured the amber danky haze into my own thick dollar-tree mug. From the pour, a light orange colored head laced my glass.

Smell: tart apple-like, cold apple-pie... Oh wait that’s hops.

Taste: Wow, I remembered why I liked this. At first herby, maybe more of a sweet pineapple resin, followed by bright notes of zest that paint the tongue with beautiful bitterness. More complex flavors… Even ring bells of bread and pastry sweet. I do feel the alcohol at the top of my mouth, but definitely not noticeable till halfway through.

Feel: dry and full, more then half way through and gets slightly soapy. I can drink this forever.

Overall: This beer has so much going on. Definitely a must have to sit and sip with, or whatever you like to do for a good time. I love the wave of nuances this west coast IPA brings about. Grab a glass and, Cheers! (1,154 characters)

Photo of BSK_ONE
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, rust, cloudy with hardly any carbonation. Almost no head at all.
S: Hops, Citris fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Textbook IPA
T: Bitterness up front with a lingering grapefruit flavor. Again Textbook IPA
M: Classic IPA mouthfeel with overall crisp bitterness on the tongue.
O: If you were to create a model IPA and serve it to someone who has never had one, this would be a good one to start with. Very good, with nothing off putting about it. But at the same time, there is nothing that puts it on the next level that makes it truly unique. (554 characters)

Photo of imperialstout27
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Voluminous cream colored head. Well carbonated with a nice layer of foam persisting the whole time and good lacing.

S: Whoa hops!! Yes, big ass piney hops. Dank and cannabinoid. Great aromatics. This screams west coast IPA.

T: Hop flavors hit immediately with a full frontal attack. The profile is big pine resin on the palate with herbal and spicy notes. Citric flavors well up from underneath on the midpalate and culminate in an orange and grapefruit juice-like aftertaste. Great bitterness all the way across the palate, lingering with a slightly astringent tingle throughout the long finish. Good malt backbone on this one, with a nice underlying sweetness buried under big ass hops.

M: Nice medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. Decent slickness.

D: Very good. This is a great IPA and easy to drink more than one.

Overall, a superb effort by Green Flash. Quintessential west coast IPA - very appropriately named. Everything clicks with this brew. Very impressed. (1,050 characters)

Photo of paulieatworld
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a rush of cascading bubbles. thin head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.

nose is straight up hops. a little pine, alot of citrus (a hint of orange).

this one is hit you over the head on the hops. the thing i like about this one so much though is that it's not one dimensional. so many of the west coast ipa's just thrive on being super hop aggressive. dont get me wrong. this one is that but it has this lovely toasted malt backbone that lends it so much structure. this one certainly isnt as sharp and refreshing as say stone's ipa but it has a complexity and lends itself as sort of one of those juicy chewy ipa's (see: two hearted).

overall, this one has gotta be right up there for me. it's pricey, especially over here on the east coast but i'd pay it. time and again. (818 characters)

Photo of BeerRefugee
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium orange-amber color. Medium white head with good retention and lacing. Huge aroma of citrus, floral and piney hops and a mild dose of yeast. Flavor has just enough malt backbone to balance the big hops. Lots of grapefruit and floral with a hint of pine. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. The glass I had was very good and it was past its prime. This stuff must be phenomenal when it's fresh. (413 characters)

Photo of AdamHart22
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The new recipe for this beer is at 8.1% alcohol, not 7.3.
22oz bomber into a regular glass without a trendy brewers logo on it.
A-nothing too special here. Fairly clear dark orange / burnt sienna color.

S-nice. Lots of character. Getting orange rind, lemongrass, and something like grapefruit but not as acidic.

T-this is no joke. A really aggressive IPA with malt and toffee up front and some seriously citrus hops out back. You could almost wish it was aged a bit longer to mellow out. I really dig this style but I can see where it could be a bit off putting for those not used to strong IPAs.

M-again really good. It's a substantial beer without any unpleasant chewy feeling, which is hard to do with this much hops.

O-this is a great beer for hopheads. I would pick this up again without any reservations. (814 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.