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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,772 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,772
Reviews: 1,754
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 290
Gots: 970 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a a frothy head. Very thick and lustrous. one and half finger and hangs around. A burnt orange color that is cloudy.

S- grapefruit and pine hops. slight malt and alcohol.

T- bitter hops with a taint of citrus. a yeasty/bready malt and alcohol is not prevalent at all. Very hoppy!

M- dry and and like biting into a biscuity hop. Too much hop for me but if you like hops you will like this bad boy.

D- not hard yet not easy for me. Like i said if you like hoppy beers you would like this. It is too dry and bitter for me. I have grown to like IPA's and this one reminds me of why i used to dislike them. a decent beer overall.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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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%

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Note this was used in a blind taste test with 4 other regular IPAs, so some of my comments reflect on this beer compared to the others.

A: A nice light copper color with beautiful head and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Here is where comparison to other beers really makes this one stand out. Hops, almost all hops on the nose with a huge grapefruit citrus smell. Almost overwhelming.

T: Hops on the front again with that grapefruit citrus flavor with tons of bitterness. Some malt is underlying to hold it together, but the taste is predominantly citrus hops mixed with some faint pine/grass hops. Very light for a 7% ABV beer.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with no traces of alcohol. Not overly carbonated or oily or resiny. Nice mouth bitterness from the hops.

D: High. Very good beer that can be sessioned IMO. They go down very smoothly.

Overall another great west coast IPA that wants to show off it hops muscle. Compared to other IPAs we tasted this beer far and away had the most citrus hop charactaristics to it, and it was being compared to some stud IPAs too like Racer 5 and Two Hearted. I'll seek this one out again, it would be great on a hot summer day.

Update 11/15/10. I felt the need to update my review of a fresh bottle I just enjoyed. This beer is so damn good it should be outlawed. If you like hops and you like bitter clean drinkable IPAs, this one is for you. The massive fruit flavors just pop as the hops dance on your tongue. Bitterness is crazy at the finish, but it's so good. WCIPA and Smutty Finest Kind are maybe two of the hoppiest and bitter IPAs I've had. Wonderful.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of rodlavers
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into perfect pint glass. Huge fluffy off-white head, at least 4 fingers at first. Lots of cling and retention. Amber/copper/burnt orange coloring. Smell consists of pine, floral and citrus hops, similar to taste, as advertised. Smell and taste is great. Mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly bitter but resinous/piney aftertaste. Very good beer. Have not had this for some time and was clearly missing out. A must try.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DaveHS
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear chestnut amber with a 1/2 inch of fluffy off white head. Leaves complex webs if sticky lacing.

S-Dry and citrusy. Tangerine skins, grapefruit, peach juice.

T/M-Dry, sharp hoppiness with a lovely, bready malt character. Really well balanced. Bracing hop bitterness with peripheral citrus sweetness.

O-A classic West Coast IPA.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AmitC
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,772 ratings.