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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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6,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,261
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 689 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Furley80, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A rich, hazy copper/straw with a frothy, textured head with excellent lacing... fine if not exceptionally eye-catching.

The aroma... dear lord the aroma. This is what an IPA should smell like. Nigh on perfect... grapefruit and citrus sweetness with a floral, rose-y twang. A female in a Green Flash West Coast IPA perfume would be enough to make me infidelitous immediately. And I'm not even sure infeliditous is a word, but I would also go through the effort of making it a word in order that I be it. Also, I like the aroma of this beer.

Taste is solid, if not quite as nuanced and delightful as my favorites in this particular genre of beer. A tongue-bashing bitterness whaps you right up front, although not as astringent as some... it reeeaaally sticks around, and eventually leaves a medicinal residue on the tongue (which isn't so great if drinking on its lonesome, but if pairing this with food... I did so with a Thai Peanut Linguine recipe which was nicely spiced... it'll never stick around). As it warms alcohol becomes perceptible, though it never overwhelms. Malt sweetness is present just enough from tipping this over the deep end. Once the medicine drifts away this i incredibly clean on the palate.

Crisply carbonated but rich and full enough to stand up to the impressive hop display. Fantastic.

I'm a little torn on drinkability... after purchasing the six pack and drinking a couple on the first night I was drawn, strongly, for more, and cracking each bottle I found myself saying talking myself more into its appearance, and throwing myself wildly upon the aroma... but being mildly disappointed with the first taste... then coming around on it, and then thinking this just was a bit shy of perfection towards the end of the glass.

A great IPA, well worth enjoying and seeking out, and I'll be revisiting aplenty... but it won't be replacing Stone or Alesmith for me, yet, although it and Racer 5 are going to have to have a few discussions. Bring on the Alpine 6'ers to LA!

errantnight, Jun 12, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a pretty hazy golden honey color, with 3/4" of white head, which has below average retention and lacing. Not the most beautiful beer out there.

Smell: Some malts peek out initially and are followed by scents of citrus rind, grapefruit, and pine. Smells pretty bitter, but with some nice fruitiness as well.

Taste: A hint of caramel malt is present up front, but is quickly overshadowed by citrus, bitter grapefruit and orange rind, a far amount of florals, and pine. Definitely a hop bomb, but not a well integrated as some I've tried.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. A bit prickly and not particularly smooth drinking. Not bad all in all, but definitely not what I would call a world class IPA.

zhanson88, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Caudalie, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Shilt, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into DFH IPA glass. Golden orange, translucent, with a thick fluffy off-white head that sticks around leaving tons of thick, intricate lacing.
Smell is pine, leafy and herbal hops, sweet grapefruit and citrus notes, hint of tropical fruits and flowers.
Taste is clean, sweet crackery malt immediately obliterated by hops. Opening salvos of pine and herbal bitterness are underscored by lighter notes of citrus and even lighter tropical/floral qualities, and it all comes crashing down into a hellishly bitter finish that leaves no taste bud standing.
Mouthfeel is clean and a bit wet, but the hops destroy that and leave a dry finish.
Overall, definitely lives up to its name. Piney bitterness abounds; maybe my palate has been wrecked (Green Flash pun intended), but even this beer, which is often cited as incredibly bitter, doesn't seem unbalanced to me. I'd usually prefer a tropical/floral IPA to a piney/bitter one, but it's still an amazing IPA. Extremely well-done.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Can_has_beer, Feb 17, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark orange with a fine bubbled eggshell colored head. A complex, mainly pine and grapefruit aroma with just a hint of floral hops. It has a deep earthy hop flavor with all those hops combined. It's smooth and balanced at first with a great lingering hop finish. The hops bitterness gets stronger as you continue to drink it. Nicely though, the citrus and alcohol sweetness begins to come through ever so slightly.

This is a fine, complex IPA. It has a little bit of everything for everyone in the west coast hop family. A very enjoyable beer

Bfarr, Mar 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

srw, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

maxcoinage, Oct 02, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer that I tried at a ale house in Oakland. Medium amber color that had a thin head with wispy lace. Strong aroma of citrusy hop, same on the taste buds though malt balancing was evident. Nice mouth feel and drinkable. Never heard of this brewery until today, if their other beers are like this they should be fine.

Mark, Jun 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

EasyReader, Dec 11, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Stone IPA glass.
Pours a hazy dark copper, much darker then I have become used to in a IPA, has a nice off white sticky head that hangs around. The nose is citrus, pine and grass with a nice malty background. The taste follows suite to the nose with the citrus and pine as well as the balanced maltiness and a bit of spiciness. Medium bodied with a good cling in the mouth, well carbed. It's a good IPA and definitly fits the West Coast description.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Nov 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the World of IPA's it's an uphill battle for any brewery. Beers like Pliny, Hopslam and Heady Topper dominate an already crowded backfield. That said Green Flash can brew some beer and this IPA is good. I feel that there double Chocolate Stout is there best brew to date but this is a good offering for any IPA lover.

Bottom Line: Drink up! it's good!

themind, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HeadyTheElder, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Roze, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Kevin_Young, Yesterday at 03:45 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dpgoblejr, Apr 27, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, chunky, with a soft looking cream head that slowly laces the glass. Aroma is sweet oranges and grass with some tropical aromas of pineapple and mangos. Tropical citrus flavors also in the taste but the sweetness is cut quickly by a large peppery bitterness that grows deep into the aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol is evident in the bitter finish as well. Somewhat creamy medium body up front finishes crisp, light and bitter. Very nice ipa with a great aroma and a pleasing large bitterness.

hoppymeal, Nov 22, 2006
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Good retention. Small amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma of grapefruite and hops. Quite pleasant.

Taste is of grapefruit and a nice malty backbone. Piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Dry. Cleansing.

Overall, a good beer. Nicely drinkable, even with the ABV.

atigerlife, Jun 08, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a pillowy cream coloured head that lasts and lasts, imbuing aroma and lacing as I drink. This is what an IPA should look like.

The nose is a little more mellow than I expected, mostly piney and almost spicy floral hops.

The tongue follows suit, dominated by the west coast hops. The pine leads, with an almost sweet undercurrent to it. Well constructed brew.

Goes down smoothe, and while the oily hops can linger a bit on the tongue it doesn't get overwhelming or onerous. A fine example of a great beer. Definitely worth getting ahold of if it's available.

kemoarps, Jun 13, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a goblet...
Look is orange amber colored with an off white head, lots of sediment.
Smells of floral hops, sweet malt and citrus.
Taste consists of pine, grapefruit, and resin, good solid bitterness lingers.
Feels medium bodied and leaves the mouth dry.
This is a delicious beer with a variety of flavors.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

CB2maltygoodness, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 17, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,261 ratings.