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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

6,986 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,986
Reviews: 1,798
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 319
Gots: 1,142 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,986 | Reviews: 1,798
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3/17/09
I've had a bunch of bottles of GFWCIPA but this bottle I just had right now was a revelation. I'm bumping my score up from 4.8 to a 5.0, because this beer is amazing. I'm getting a tropical fruit explosion like I've never seen in this beer. Wow. One of the best bottles of beer I've ever had.

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1/10/09
Had on tap at Hamilton's for the first time since having a bottle 2 1/2 years ago. This was as good of a beer as I remember, and it was even better than I thought. Bumping up the scores because this is a top notch IPA by far. The spiciness from the hops is crazy in this beer. A very peppery sharp character coming from the hops is a lot different than other IPA's in the area, yet it is in many ways similar to them as well.

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From a 12oz bottle, pours a very clear copper tinted with some redness, and an abundant off-white head that keeps a 3-4mm cap the entire drink. Lacing is also very good. Smell is strong with pine and citrus.

Taste is of lots of pine and citrus, with an aggressive bitterness that takes on a leafy hop taste. One of the more bitter IPA's I've come across, reminding me of Port's Wipeout IPA.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, a full bodied IPA for sure. The alcohol being at 7% makes this a strong one. Drinkability is not too bad. I like hops, though I wouldn't say I'm a full on hophead, so a strong hop bitterness like this can wear me out after a bit.
5-4-4-4-4

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness indication. Awesome bottle.

A - holy cow theres a lot of junk in this! Cloudy reddish/amber body, medium yellow-white head.

S - Lots of grapefruit and pine, resiny.

T - Damn, its bitter. Good carryover from the nose - pine and grapefruit. Good hop complexity, very mild malt backbone. This is the right idea.

M - Smooth, medium body, fairly creamy. Actually a very good mouthfeel, for this style.

D - i think this is too bitter to be exceptionally drinkable. It's got a lot of good stuff, but it's just very bitter.

Overall, this is a great IPA. It's not quite my cup of tea, but I think it's a very good example of the style.

Photo of RyanAU
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Hogtownharry for providing me with this Gem! Thanks man! Bottle pours a deep and transparent coper with a duvel style rocky white cap that does not want to go away. Nice sticky lace left behind as well. The nose is assaulted with pine and grapefruit, cookie dough and lemon, grass and floral notes. These all come together and blend well to create a fantastic aroma. The taste is big bitter piney hops with lemon and grapefruit, toffee and caramel malts, alongside a blast of floral goodness. Dry, chewy, lots of resin, and tasty as heck. Dangerously drinkable at 7%. Wow, thanks for this one Harry!

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mwilbur
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.
A: Pours a golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly white head. Good retention as the carbonation jets continue to fuel the head. Nice lacing too.
S: Sharp and fresh citrus (grapefruit and passionfruit) with toasted cracker malt. Straight forward but good.
T: The citrus and malt notes are the same in quality as in the aroma, but the balance is spot on (aroma was much more hop dominated...as it should be).
M: A highlight of the brew--excellent balance of fresh and bitter hops with lightly toasted malt. Nice lingering on the palate.
D: An excellent example of style. Not complex, but the perfect balance makes up for it. Nicely refreshing.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -23%

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

12 oz bottle. No freshness info I could see on the bottle. I like the raised company name on the bottle.

Pours a citrus juice-looking orange, with tons of stick on the head. Smell is glorious, just sweet and floral hops. Tastes excellent, big hop profile, grapefruit and pine resin predominate, which is non-destructive enough to enjoy the beer in its entirety. Easy to drink, and the 7.3% is about perfect.

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mcdsports
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

West coast IPA's for the win once again. First time enjoying this beauty. Having it on tap at Capone's. Pours a beautiful hazy orange/copper color. A very unique look for an IPA. Finger's width head sticks around for a good while. Nose is citrusy and hop laden. First sip is just...all hops with a nice citrus finish. Minimal pine in this. The mouthfeel is a lingering bitterness. The citrus has staying power too. Awesome IPA. Welcome addition to our east coast lineup.

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of mythaeus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of dcguitar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Enjoyed on tap at Kaya in Pittsburgh

Pours clear deep gold with a small head that dissipates quickly into a fine ring. Small amount of lacing.

Strong aromas of piney hops and citrus peel.

Flavors of malt followed by deep bitter hops and grapefruit. Tongue numbing hop level.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp.

This is very drinkable and tasting fresh on draft.

Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a "Bottle On" date of 9/13; into a tulip.
Appearance - slightly darker than most IPA's, orange tinted brew, with a thick foamy head. A curtain of lacing!
Smell - this one is on point, ranking right along with other top notch IPA's! Nice blend of citrus and floral hops!
Taste - leaves a bit to be desired, after an impressive nose. This is easy drinking though, at 7.3 ABV, I like it!
Feel - hop grenade! My mouth is awake now!
Overall - really like this beer, it's a touch pricey though.

Photo of LukeGude
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,986 ratings.