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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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1,786 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,786
Hads: 7,363
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,472 | 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: 1,786 | Hads: 7,363
Photo of jamesm7485
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow holy crap this is one fine I.P.A

The pour is a nice golden light amber color with a nice thick frothy head that never dies. Good deal of lacing

Smell is awesome hops,hops, and more hops, a very subtle citrus element as well

Taste is just like the smell very upfront on the hops but the taste has a tad more citrus than the smell

mouthfeel is just super smooth and not offensive

drinkability is awesome, its very smooth and not very harsh and hides the 7 abv very well, i coud drink a six pack of this if given the chance!

Alll in all if you find this and like hops pick this up! (588 characters)

Photo of bensbeers
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green flash's ipa is very representative of the west coast IPA. Hazy, copper color. Citrusy, hop aroma with notes of roasty malts - mostly pineapple and grapefruit with hints of caramel. Taste followed the smell...huge hop flavor. Grassy, lemony, and piney. I personally would prefer a sweeter finish, as this one was bitter all the way through, but it's still enjoyable. nothing spectacular happening in the mouth - nice amount of bubbles and oily on the way down. Would have liked the bubbles to last a bit longer on the tongue, but again, still enjoyable.

Overall a nice, refreshing beer. Really enjoyed this beer's appearance and aroma. The hops were nice and very noticeable but I enjoy a beer that is a bit more balanced with regards to sweetness. Would definitely try this one again later down the line. Cheers! (820 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 kwc017
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets if you are a hophead. Nothing gets in the way of the floral, citrus and pine smell and taste. Hoppy resin lingers long after the swallow. Hop bitterness stays on your tongue as well. Just a perfect example of a west coast IPA. Damn near perfect beer. (283 characters)

Photo of jboucher
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass

95 IBU's

Appearance: Hazy copper, burnt orange color. Unfiltered. Visible sediment floating around. Chunky off-white one finger head once it settles down. The head retention is strong and leaves thick lacing coating the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: The nose at first is a little closed. It opens up with time. Scents include pine, citrus, pineapple/grapefruit blend, rose petal, honey, brown sugar, and caramel. Doesn't smell too bitter.

Taste: Now this is an IPA! Very bitter with Columbus hops made most obvious due to the harsh bitterness. On the earthy side. The malt backbone there, but it is overwhelmed by the hops. Dry bitter finish. Amazing hop profile, which is comprised of Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops. The alcohol is masked nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad oily and pretty thick.

Ending notes: This is the pinnacle of west coast IPAs. Very nice indeed. Very bitter, but not excessive (Does too bitter even exist?). I can't wait to get this again. Makes for a great hop blast. Not for the faint-hearted. Quite enjoyable. (1,135 characters)

Photo of rringler
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Extremely clear, dark copper color. Pours with about one half to one fingers worth of white head, made up of small bubbles. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a partial layer of micro bubbles.

S: Healthy malts, but even from the beginning you get some floral/herby hops.

T: As it smells; big thick malt start that transitions to herbal hops. The malt start is not overly sweet like some IPAs, nor is the hop finish as assaulting. Pretty medium of the road here in terms of IPAs. Does an excellent job of covering the 7.3% abv without tasting boozy.

M: Medium to medium+ body; a little chewier and slower than other IPAs. Carbonation is medium to medium-; I'd prefer a little more.

O: A very good IPA. I had this on tap during a happy hour earlier in the week and it was excellent. I thus bought a 4-pack to more critically taste and review, and I'm a little disappointed with the bottle. It's still a very good IPA, but the tap pour was outstanding. (965 characters)

Photo of chargerfanjess
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lasting white film covers the hazy orange hue. Delicious honeyed malts envelop lively bright citric hops, evolving into leafy and floral territories in mouth. Agressively dry and mineral in mouth, it is fully citric, but not overly bitter. Medium bodied, woody dryness, peppery. Pleasant small-bubbled carbonation. A very aromatic example that I can see people appreciating a lot. A most excellent IPA (401 characters)

Photo of BeerStine
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Took out of the fridge and allowed the beer to warm slightly.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin brownish white head that retains throughout drinking. Champagne-like carbonation bubbles throughout.

S - First smell was that of sweet, caramelly malts. After a deeper whiff the leafy and dank hops smell comes through.

T - Mild malty hops taste. Medium bitter, acidic hops aftertaste. Acidic taste retains on back of tongue/throat for extended period after drinking.

M - Thin feel. Heavily carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced. Would be able to drink several of these. (618 characters)

Photo of HoosBrews
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Custom Home Pubs in Charlotte. Appearance was a glowing orange. Aroma: Huge citrus, grassy hops. Taste is big and beautifully bitter. Citrus and pine hops really make this a treat for IPA lovers like me. No let-up in the hops in the finish. A delicious IPA. (277 characters)

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 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 ScrewBud
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bumped into an old friend I hadn't seen in a decade doing PR for this beer at the store last night, so I grabbed a sixer. Couldn't tell a lot from the sample at the store so I got worried that I would end up giving it a bad review, nope.

L - slightly darker golden
S - Hops, Piney resin
T - Hops, well balanced. GREAT aftertaste
F - Not too watery, not too thick
O - Only complaints are that it doesn't come in a can, and it ain't local (guess I could move...) A true IPA. (476 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 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 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)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,786 ratings.