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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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1,820 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,820
Hads: 7,568
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 401
Gots: 1,672 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,820 | Hads: 7,568
Photo of dmatsui
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on tap. Hazy orange, light head and little retention.

Copper citrus grapefruit hops in the nose, biscuity malts, dank and some hope spice. Very nice, aromatic IPA.

Good bittering and aromatic hop selection. Nice dry bitterness and a good hop/malt ratio. Touch of minerality. Not very citrusy although there is a nice dank hop presence. Booze is pretty persistent throughout.

Oily dry mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Zestier than a lot of other Socal Ipas. Very well balanced, but the aromatics are not represented as well in the flavor.

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Photo of babayaga
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a *gasp* shaker pint glass.

Appearance- Large rocky/creamy off-white head. Lasting. Body is clear amber, a huge sediment left in the bottle.

Aroma- Big pine, grapefruit, citrus.

Flavor- More of the same, sweet & smooth. Big bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, healthy carbonation.

I was actually reviewing this last week & then discovered that the database was down...not the best review, I know. Just going from my notes here, but I've had this several times bottle & draft. Really almost a benchmark for the west coast style.

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Photo of ABHatter
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle from the 6 pack so I had to review this beer. I've heard so much positive feedback about this super hoped up beast. I had to try it. (Traveled across the border to Mass just to get it.)

Poured a 12oz. bottle in 16oz.Sierra Nevada glass leaves a beautiful 3/4 inch head.

A-Tremendous color, Nice floaties, Great lacing on the glass.

S-Unbelievable- Super hopey, Great citrus/floral notes.

T- Fantabulous! Tasty malt backbone that is tremendously balanced with it's extreme citrusy piney hopiness.

M- Outstanding! Bitterness lasts slightly longer than other IPA's i've had, which is clearly a good thing.

D- I find this beer to be very drinkable. (That's if you really like hops like I do.)Definitely not a pounder but I could drink this all night.

This is a perfect example of why the
WEST COAST ROCKS! Hopefully this will be available in RI real soon.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Deep Ellum, served in a pint glass

A - Copper, tawny. Good head laceing is nice head forms a creamy stays the way down.

S - grapefruit, piney, hoppy goodness.

T -malty, first comes the piney taste then the grapefruit backend is all hoppy and hop bitter bite.

M - good body . average carbonation.clean crisp refreshing IPA

D - Don't usually like IPA's but the bitternress is wearing on me and I;m beginning to see the glory of hops. West Coast is a Good IPA. Makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of aknight
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a head that sticks around a while to chat. Leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. Before even the first sniff this is an IPA that looks the part. First sniff reveals that this is indeed a west coast IPA, huge hops on the nose. Big pine and citrus aromas. Oh what a wonderful smell. Can I get this as an air freshener for my car? First sip gives a big hop bite, some definite maltiness and some surprisingly tea like flavors. Mouthfeel is pleasant, the appropriate amount of carbonation for this beer. Does not taste too syrupy, does not taste too carbonated. It's the Goldilocks of carbonation, just right.

Overall this is a very solid IPA. Always a pleasure to have it in my tulip.

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep amber with a good finger of off white head. Nice smelling IPA some sweet malty under notes but this brew is dominated by delicious hops. I’m picking up on heavy pine notes as well as some citrus in the aroma. A nice hoppy flavor and a bit of hop bitterness as is to be expected in a beer like this. The flavor to me is primarily grapefruit with some pine resin more in the aftertaste. These hoppy characteristics are balanced out quite nicely by the solid caramel malt backbone to this brew. This is definitely a hop forward beer though, just the way I like ‘em. A damn solid west coast IPA that goes down surprisingly easy and is quite refreshing considering it is a 7.3% brew.

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Photo of kj8525
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich amber color with little head.

Smells definitely like a west coast IPA: pine and dankness

The one stand out on this beer was the malt character kind of biscuity and sweet. Good piney/resiny taste with slightly dry finish. Well done green flash!

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Photo of J30wang
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aftertaste is pleasant like brie cheese. Creamy and real bitter. Super hoppy--reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum beer.

Nice foamy chug. Mild spices and creamy body. Bit too hoppy for me but I like it.

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Photo of kencarman
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent quaff. I have read reviews that claim this is not quite a "west coast ipa," but I feel they may have become too blinded by over hopped versions of that style which border on Imperial. This does not. The multi-hop mix polished the tongue and sides of the mouth on the way down with both bitter and grapefruit sense. The nose is pure hop, except a hint of caramel malt in the back ground which is delivered in the taste... could be just a tad more complex. The taste is all the hop necessary for the style, but a medium body w/caramel malt sense that SEEMS heavier due to probably a caramel 60 or more sense. It lingers. It seduces. Delightful.

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Photo of evantwomey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Good head, moderate retention. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Pale amber color, good clarity. Aroma is very hoppy: piney, dank. Very nice. A little biscuity malt hidden in the background. Taste is a blast of piney hops up front, followed by a faint malt character and a long, resinous finish. The beer finishes very dry and crisp, not cloyingly bitter at all. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, about as good as any IPA I've had. Due to the sheer amount of hops I'd say the drinkability is slightly lower than some other IPAs.

A fantastic IPA! Every time I see this in my neck of the woods I grab a few bottles.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of GregHarold
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a nuclear hops delivery system that leaves its crisp citrus flavor on the palate after swallowing. Really lovely aromas, too. IPA lovers will definitely enjoy this one. It seems to be tougher on my gut than other beers like it, for some reason, but that's probably just my constitution...and I enjoy it anyway.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.