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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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Reviews: 1,787
Hads: 7,364
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: 1,787 | Hads: 7,364
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)

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the stuff hop dreams are made of! Had at the Stone Anniversary Release.

A- Dark Golden/Light Amber -- right on the money!
S- A slightly danky IPA, but not overly so. That said, many IPA's are going the total citrus route, so some dank is kinda nice! Pine and citrus are also present-- Nicely done!
T- Slight nutty taste but the danky-ness continues. The bitterness walks the line (between harsh and smooth) and lingers into the finish like a laser- I would say this is pretty balanced, if not a little flamboyant for the style!
M- Nice, firm malt backbone and hop presence
O- If choosing an IPA you would be hard pressed to find any better. Its West Coast, which if you are on this site, means hops across the board. Its a nice beer. Personally, I like something a tad more "toned down" like Port's Wipeout IPA. With that said, I can totally appreciate this effort.

Grade: Solid A (891 characters)

Photo of alex11ibanez
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got off work. I wanted something new, but instead got this with the intention of reviewing something…

Appearance: I got a bomber that proudly establishes its freshness date above its Green Flash label, popped it open and instantly saw the carbonation and hazy fog pour from the bottle. Then I poured the amber danky haze into my own thick dollar-tree mug. From the pour, a light orange colored head laced my glass.

Smell: tart apple-like, cold apple-pie... Oh wait that’s hops.

Taste: Wow, I remembered why I liked this. At first herby, maybe more of a sweet pineapple resin, followed by bright notes of zest that paint the tongue with beautiful bitterness. More complex flavors… Even ring bells of bread and pastry sweet. I do feel the alcohol at the top of my mouth, but definitely not noticeable till halfway through.

Feel: dry and full, more then half way through and gets slightly soapy. I can drink this forever.

Overall: This beer has so much going on. Definitely a must have to sit and sip with, or whatever you like to do for a good time. I love the wave of nuances this west coast IPA brings about. Grab a glass and, Cheers! (1,154 characters)

Photo of BSK_ONE
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, rust, cloudy with hardly any carbonation. Almost no head at all.
S: Hops, Citris fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Textbook IPA
T: Bitterness up front with a lingering grapefruit flavor. Again Textbook IPA
M: Classic IPA mouthfeel with overall crisp bitterness on the tongue.
O: If you were to create a model IPA and serve it to someone who has never had one, this would be a good one to start with. Very good, with nothing off putting about it. But at the same time, there is nothing that puts it on the next level that makes it truly unique. (554 characters)

Photo of Imperialjake
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer is perfect when I think of a dipa. A nice balance between the malts and hops. This brew is definitely in my top 10. (161 characters)

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. (318 characters)

Photo of imperialstout27
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Voluminous cream colored head. Well carbonated with a nice layer of foam persisting the whole time and good lacing.

S: Whoa hops!! Yes, big ass piney hops. Dank and cannabinoid. Great aromatics. This screams west coast IPA.

T: Hop flavors hit immediately with a full frontal attack. The profile is big pine resin on the palate with herbal and spicy notes. Citric flavors well up from underneath on the midpalate and culminate in an orange and grapefruit juice-like aftertaste. Great bitterness all the way across the palate, lingering with a slightly astringent tingle throughout the long finish. Good malt backbone on this one, with a nice underlying sweetness buried under big ass hops.

M: Nice medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. Decent slickness.

D: Very good. This is a great IPA and easy to drink more than one.

Overall, a superb effort by Green Flash. Quintessential west coast IPA - very appropriately named. Everything clicks with this brew. Very impressed. (1,050 characters)

Photo of paulieatworld
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a rush of cascading bubbles. thin head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.

nose is straight up hops. a little pine, alot of citrus (a hint of orange).

this one is hit you over the head on the hops. the thing i like about this one so much though is that it's not one dimensional. so many of the west coast ipa's just thrive on being super hop aggressive. dont get me wrong. this one is that but it has this lovely toasted malt backbone that lends it so much structure. this one certainly isnt as sharp and refreshing as say stone's ipa but it has a complexity and lends itself as sort of one of those juicy chewy ipa's (see: two hearted).

overall, this one has gotta be right up there for me. it's pricey, especially over here on the east coast but i'd pay it. time and again. (818 characters)

Photo of BeerRefugee
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium orange-amber color. Medium white head with good retention and lacing. Huge aroma of citrus, floral and piney hops and a mild dose of yeast. Flavor has just enough malt backbone to balance the big hops. Lots of grapefruit and floral with a hint of pine. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. The glass I had was very good and it was past its prime. This stuff must be phenomenal when it's fresh. (413 characters)

Photo of AdamHart22
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The new recipe for this beer is at 8.1% alcohol, not 7.3.
22oz bomber into a regular glass without a trendy brewers logo on it.
A-nothing too special here. Fairly clear dark orange / burnt sienna color.

S-nice. Lots of character. Getting orange rind, lemongrass, and something like grapefruit but not as acidic.

T-this is no joke. A really aggressive IPA with malt and toffee up front and some seriously citrus hops out back. You could almost wish it was aged a bit longer to mellow out. I really dig this style but I can see where it could be a bit off putting for those not used to strong IPAs.

M-again really good. It's a substantial beer without any unpleasant chewy feeling, which is hard to do with this much hops.

O-this is a great beer for hopheads. I would pick this up again without any reservations. (814 characters)

Photo of HoppyPeteSkolnik31
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PJ's Bethlehem

A: Rich orange color, almost amber. Inch thick head when delivered. Delicious lacing throughout the sips.

S: Deep, dank hoppy goodness. Citrus, mild pine, slight metallic twinge.

M: Full in the mouth, you can definitely feel that you are drinking plenty of hops from the syrupy consistency.

T: A beautiful mirror of the smell. Citrus, pine, juicy hops, with slight malt flavor in an attempt to keep some balance.

O: So glad to taste this beer. Near perfect example of the style; employing that delicious hop resin hopheads like me can't resist. Definitely find this beer if you are a fan of West Coast IPAs, this one is no joke. (658 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a staple in my beer fridge, and with the recent release of their delicious new Hop Head Red, I thought it high time for me to plug some words down that properly express why I like to drink this beer. West Coast is a darker IPA in the glass, bordering on a medium-dark caramel tone that eerily reminds me of the locals' leathered skin when I lived in America's Wang, Florida. The smell is a smack of resin, intermitten with a catty note. Not unpleasant, but it does have an intensity that speaks of its west coast roots. After a couple sips you can really get a handle on the hops. They rampage around the tongue and assault it with hits of pine, citrus, grapefruit zest, cut grass and once again that racy twang of hemp. Mmmm. Malt is not forgotten though, and lends a weight to the body, resulting in a full mouth-feel. The finish goes on all week and makes this a beer to savor, even if you are sessioning it. Thanks again Green Flash for providing me with yet another reason for my roomies to think I am a functioning alcoholic. (1,043 characters)

Photo of thehand
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy murky orange color with a half inch of head, leaves some nice sticky lacing. Smell is of pine and citrus, a little sweetness comes through, but this is a very dry tasting beer. Taste is lots of pine and citrus, slick medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The bitterness is very pronounced on the back of tongue and roof of mouth. Long piney earthy resinous bitter finish. A very dry IPA, showcases the hops. Very drinkable if you like the style. (461 characters)

Photo of astout
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice coppery orange hue with very little head which quickly dissipates.

Absolutely slams you in the face with a ton of grapefruit and resiny pine notes, this thing is an absolute hop bomb. The resiny smell has a bit of sappy sweetness too it as well and all told it just gets your mouth watering.

More of the same on the palate although any hint of sweetness pretty much disappears as it is dominated by grapefruit pith and really drying hops on the finish. There is absolutely nothing not to like about this beer except perhaps that it would be difficult to have more than a couple. There is perhaps a hint of toffee like notes at the front followed by grapefruit pith and slowly more drying pine hop flavours with a super dry finish.

Little carbonation with a very smooth drying mouthfeel from start to finish that leaves your tongue tingling, very similar to the feeling i get from biting in to citrus skin (grapefruit), a feeling I don't entirely dislike. (975 characters)

Photo of dlmccabe1
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Green Flash beer (I know, I know) and I really enjoyed it. It just screams West coast, with lots of piney hops on the nose and immediately upon the first taste. But it's balanced and has enough of a malt backbone to survive the hop onslaught. Such a difference between these West Coast versions and East Coasters like DFH 60 min. (347 characters)

Photo of DrFayhee
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best American I.P.A.s.
Beautiful amber-golden appearance.
Rich, fruity, hoppy smell. Strong honey and floral characteristics.
Amazing melon and orange flavors up front tapering off into perfect hoppy bitterness.
A delicious and satisfying brew. (266 characters)

Photo of Prince_Casual
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 oz "howler" poured into a Chimay tulip....

Orange'ish brown pour with a half inch head that settles quickly with moderate lacing.

As a kid, I used to peel grapefruits, discard the rind, and eat the flesh wedge by wedge. Everything about the aroma brings me back to that. Bitter bitter grapefruit rind. Sweetness in the air, but very subdued, this is all complimented by a bit of maltiness as well.

Every sip reminds me why I love this beer so much. For one, it's a hoppy beer but in comparison to the x2/imperials out there, it has a great balance. The fruit notes outweigh the pine 10::1, at least for me . The bitterness is there, but it's pleasing on the palate, rather than challenging to enjoy.

The feel of this one is really it's beauty. It's surprisingly light on the palate, with no recognition of any alcohol content, or monstrous/creamy body. The carbonation is just right, and as one sip fades, there's more and more to look forward to as it gradually takes over one's taste buds.

I don't think I'm alone saying this is in my top 3 favorite beers, it's truly magical on tap or in a fresh 4x12 or 22. It's got subtlety to sip and ponder, or one can take it to a party and enjoy the hell out of. There's a select number of IPA's that can take me to "that place" and this is easily one of the most easily obtained of them. (1,339 characters)

Photo of demon
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Enjoyed at the Green Flash Brewery in San Diego on 10/25/14.

This beer has a lot of really interesting characteristics to it. Depending on what you are looking for, you can pick out many profound enjoyable notes. (213 characters)

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In your face Hops, I love it! Tried it on recommendation at a tap house and it met my expectations for hoppy awesomeness that is so characteristic of our beers on this side of the nation.
O.B.D91 (202 characters)

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 24oz bottle 1/22/13 into a Lagunitas glass.

A - Reddish amber color, good clarity, one of the most appetizing colors you will find in an IPA. 2 finger head with medium retention, the bubbles seem to come up from the most perfect spots in the glass when you pour a West Coast IPA.

S - Deep hop profile, resin and grapefruit give way to a hop-flower sweetness that screams west coast hops. Smell gives a certain bite of it's own.

T - I have had bottles of West Coast IPA six months old that still taste like fresh hops. This one was almost 3 months old and still tastes fresh and potent. Almost any hop taste that comes from west of the Mississippi can be detected, and this beer is really in the elite class of what a true American IPA is. The malt in this beer is just enough to balance out the hops but doesn't have any sort of English cracker taste.

M - Smooth, with a nice hop bite that reminds you that you're drinking an IPA. Has a nice amber/red ale consistency that gets better as the glass gets emptier.

O - Overall one of my favorite beers. In an elite class of IPAs and sets a standard for depth in hop flavor. The hops in this beer will stay longer than almost any IPA and the bitterness is addicting. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Hopamania
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Note: This is a review of the new Double IPA. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

This is a fantastic IIPA. While I'm somewhat disappointed Green Flash decided to reformulate the original product, I can honestly say the replacement is an improvement nevertheless. (269 characters)

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

A - Pours to a single finger amber head with a deep amber cloudy body.

S - Piney and citrus hops with some sweetness.

T - Excellent lasting taste with some bitterness and grapefruity overtones. Hop lovers should enjoy this one. Not for wimps.

M - Slightly oilly with some tingly biterness.

D - A nice IPA. Could easily have a couple of these because the alcohol is very subtle for it's ABV content. Another great ale by Green Flash as you must also try their Hop Head Red Ale. (481 characters)

Photo of MysticRuler
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful mouthfeel to this ale. It has a just pulled tap-fresh taste, even coming from a bottle. Almost like a warm pull, although it is phenomenal cold as well. Hoppy bitterness, but not overwhelming; instead complex with a fresh, fruity-bitter edge to it. My IPA of the summer.

Second tasting 2 days later. Resinous astringency, but not overwhelming. You can really taste the different hops used which give the bitterness several layers.. Some people have protested the cloudy color. I guess its an aesthetic thing...I love the cloudiness. (543 characters)

Photo of croixian1
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ice cold into a 'frozen' glass, so little head, but lacing down the inside of the glass was lovely. Aroma was absolutely intoxicating with hints of bitter-citrus and green pine.

Color was that of dark, glowing amber or dark honey.

Mouthfeel was indeed a treat! Hoppy-citrus lovelyness with a wonderful bitter finish. I actually stopped, closed my eyes and just took another sip to experience it again. They're not kidding with the claim "Extravagantly Hopped" either, this beer is hops up to your eyeballs for sure, but not overwhelmingly so.

A wonderful experience drinking this beer, I will definitely be on the lookout for more. (641 characters)

Photo of Kisejohn
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:  Aggressive citrus and pine aroma.  Grapefruit predominates.

Appearance:  Amber orange color.  Two finger head with nice lacing.

Flavor:  Aggressive in your face grapefruit and pine bitterness that lingers.  There is some malt sweetness, but each sip finishes very dry and very bitter.

Mouthfeel:   Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall:  This beer gets in your face from the first sip.  One of the more aggressive West Coast IPAs on the market.  Major hop heads will not be disappointed.  For everyone else, palette fatigue is a serious concern.  Recommended. (588 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,787 ratings.