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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

6,907 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,907
Reviews: 1,780
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 315
Gots: 1,080 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber/brown color with a slightly off-white head that persists.

S: Hops with a bit of sweetness. Nice.

T: Excellent mix of hops and malt. There is some nice bready/caramel malt back there that is always in the back of the tastebuds. Also, just a bit of grassiness. And, most importantly, you've got a good bit of pretty fresh tasting hops at the forefront. There is also a decent level of bitterness back there too.

M: Good, solid medium mouthfeel with some resiny quality.

D: Very drinkable. Part of that is due to the great taste of this, but also everything is nicely balanced - with maybe a bit of an emphasis on the hops - so you could stick to this for an evening and not be disappointed.

Very well done IPA. I'm proud to have this labeled as "West Coast IPA." I'd say it's a fitting IPA. This is one San Diego brewer with the potential to go places.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear and pale copper with an inch worth of tightly packed sandy white head. Retention is low but leaves behind a thick cap as well as a wispy curtain of white lace.

S: Pure, unadulterated hoppiness. Hop cones up the wazoo. Sweet heavy, honey glazed apricots backed with a heavy dose of doughy caramel maltiness. Sort of reminds me of a mix between Two Hearted and Hopslam.

T/MF: Chalky bitterness, pine that moves into a mildy sweet but nonetheless heavy syrupy fruitiness and finishes with a lasting piney/medicinal dryness. Grapefruit rind and earthy pine with a mildly alcoholic closing. The finish on this one is incredibly long, it is almost like drinking an entirely different beer after each sip. Full bodied for an IPA, very chewy with a prickly carbonation not too big, not too small but otherwise inoffensive and unremarkable.

D: A heavy IPA, close to a DIPA, a sort of tweener beer. If you are a big west coast IPA fan this beer is for you, if you are looking for some depth and breadth I would look elsewhere, but it is really hard to ignore the glorious hoppiness this beer throws in your face.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a a frothy head. Very thick and lustrous. one and half finger and hangs around. A burnt orange color that is cloudy.

S- grapefruit and pine hops. slight malt and alcohol.

T- bitter hops with a taint of citrus. a yeasty/bready malt and alcohol is not prevalent at all. Very hoppy!

M- dry and and like biting into a biscuity hop. Too much hop for me but if you like hops you will like this bad boy.

D- not hard yet not easy for me. Like i said if you like hoppy beers you would like this. It is too dry and bitter for me. I have grown to like IPA's and this one reminds me of why i used to dislike them. a decent beer overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Note this was used in a blind taste test with 4 other regular IPAs, so some of my comments reflect on this beer compared to the others.

A: A nice light copper color with beautiful head and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Here is where comparison to other beers really makes this one stand out. Hops, almost all hops on the nose with a huge grapefruit citrus smell. Almost overwhelming.

T: Hops on the front again with that grapefruit citrus flavor with tons of bitterness. Some malt is underlying to hold it together, but the taste is predominantly citrus hops mixed with some faint pine/grass hops. Very light for a 7% ABV beer.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with no traces of alcohol. Not overly carbonated or oily or resiny. Nice mouth bitterness from the hops.

D: High. Very good beer that can be sessioned IMO. They go down very smoothly.

Overall another great west coast IPA that wants to show off it hops muscle. Compared to other IPAs we tasted this beer far and away had the most citrus hop charactaristics to it, and it was being compared to some stud IPAs too like Racer 5 and Two Hearted. I'll seek this one out again, it would be great on a hot summer day.

Update 11/15/10. I felt the need to update my review of a fresh bottle I just enjoyed. This beer is so damn good it should be outlawed. If you like hops and you like bitter clean drinkable IPAs, this one is for you. The massive fruit flavors just pop as the hops dance on your tongue. Bitterness is crazy at the finish, but it's so good. WCIPA and Smutty Finest Kind are maybe two of the hoppiest and bitter IPAs I've had. Wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with lots of carbonation, leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell is potent hop glory, one of the best smelling IPA's I know of. Fresh citrus explosion to the nose with mostly grapefruit. Green grassy hops and funky cannabis resin. Taste is also great. It carries on with the hop assault. Again, quite green and resinous. Big citrus and some pine as well. A little biscuity malt is all there is to keep this from going way overboard, though it's already pushed the limits enough. Tiny hint of alcohol peaks through. Great bitterness, solid medium body. Had the hop power of a IIPA minus the need for tons of malt to back it up. Oily, resinous, not thick. Definitely tingles the tongue and has a dry finish. Not the most drinkable but the hop fix of all hop fixes quite possibly when it comes to an IPA. Classic stuff, here.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,907 ratings.