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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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6,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,492
Reviews: 1,714
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 256
Gots: 787 | FT: 8
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 AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

TheMarkE, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

carmike813, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dig the West Coast stubby bottles. This beer is seriously chill-hazed amber color with a nice light tan head. Lacing is rock solid. I might have pulled this from about a 40 degree beer fridge, surprised at the haze...

Aroma is big and citrusy hops. Not a lot of malt backing up this floral display. I'm ok with that today. Yeah the taste comes in big on the hop citrus, mixed fairly nicely with some caramel sweet malt. The whole thing quickly turns bitter, almost drawing a shudder from me on my first big sip. This is good bitter. It eases back quickly but leaves remnants of it self on the palate for many seconds to follow.

Good body, nice smooth feel with maybe a little less carbonation than I would prefer. Still a nice effort and really the epitomy of what I expect from the west coast in general. Another reason to love San Diego!

ZimZamZoom, Jun 07, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy orange with a nice 1+ finger white head qith great head retention. Nice lacing is left after the head goes away.

S- heavy on the pine scent with nose citrus notes to support.

T- big bitterness up front that carries all the way to the end. Bitterness is much like the nose, mainly piney and some citrus in there too. Piney bitterness lingers long after the sip is gone. Unbalanced the way i like it

M- light to medium feel with similar carbonation. Finish leaves my mouth somewhat wet. Nice

O- well made IPA. Everything is good in this one.

Gushue3, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of slimntubbs
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

assman79, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Roger85, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

NJB145, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bsm80x, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of FickleBeast
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at George St Alehouse in New Brunswick.

Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of off white sticky foam. Amber in color. Aroma is hoppy, citrus grapefruit and piney. Nice aroma.

Quite bitter with a huge hop flavor... quite nice. Long lingering bitterness, with a passing attmpt to balance with a touch of malty sweetness. A true west coast IPA. I've had this in bottles, but fresh from a keg seems to accentuate the potent hop flavors. Excellent.

FickleBeast, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Brewing Co. - Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - 12fl oz bottle

This one here was another one of my "bucket list brews".

Look - Pours copper with a full, foamy head that dissipated within five minutes or so. Phenomenal lacing. Negligible carbonation but some.

Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, and piney, resin hops.

Taste - Biting carbonated pop with malt followed by a wave of "oh my" smooth hops. More hops creep in after, bitter grapefruit on the second round.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops and grapefruit take over here and sit. Over time it gets better and better and the complexity really shines through. Smooth in terms of booziness, undetectable. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is a good IPA, would definitely recommend to fans of bitter, citrus hops.

JMScowcroft, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of swierczt
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

swierczt, Jul 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Travisnin, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

RayUF07, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BigJim5021, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An warm orange beer with yellow highlights and a delicate tan head that thins but never disappears. A very nice display of bubbles can be seen as the brew is quite clear, almost to the point of being to thin.

The scent suggests otherwise. Very bold hoppy notes with citrus and pine battling over subtle malts.

The taste starts sweet but moves to a lemony grapefruit sour and a hop spice bitter bite. There is a nice astringency that leaves your tongue puckered but also with a warm malt flavor that coats the top of your licker and carries on down your throat.

Wonderful medium bodied American IPA. It has all the flavors and smells of an imperial but not so much that it hammers you over the head with hops. Easy to drink and hard not to enjoy.

jbphoto88, Jun 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finishing this one, not gonna do a clinical breakdown of attributes for this one. It's a beer that gets to the point, and so will this review. It's called West Coast IPA and the name fits, all the hop craft of Cal. brewing is in this one, it is the full range of hop goodness, presented in extreme for an IPA, and it has a mouth rocking fine flavor profile, everything you might figure its name implies is in here. Get it, try it, you'll love this one. Best? No. In the same league? Definitely

cavedave, May 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

crob3888, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Caudalie, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jaminjohnson, Jul 04, 2012
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 vacax
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Pours light amber, with a thick-thick white head. Yes, double thick. I could scoop up the head with an ice cream scoop and eat it from a cone. Smells like ruby red grapefruit juice, hints of floral tea, floral in the form of rose and geranium. Mostly tastes of grapefruit and pine, intense yes, though somehow not as intense as the bottled version seemed to me, which was surprising. Nice medium, sticky body, and prickly carbonation. For me, the tap version is more quaffable than the fresh bottles. Tasty.

vacax, Oct 14, 2009
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,492 ratings.