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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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6,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,645
Reviews: 1,731
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 266
Gots: 864 | 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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of themind
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!

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I keep getting wowed by this brewery. This outstanding ipa pours a cloudy deep amber color with a two finger white head that dissolves to a mere film on the beer decent legs and lacing. The aroma is pure California hops. Pine, citrus, tropical and stone fruits, and a decent aroma of weed. It sips clean and pure and very refreshing. There is just enough body to coat the mouth with gorgeous hoppy resin. The flavor is simple and to the point...hops. a little malt on the aftertaste but mostly just glorious hoppy bitterness. This is an outstanding ipa and should be viewed (along with stone and lagunitas) as the benchmarks of west coast ipas.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no visible date

Pours orange with a steady off white head.

Smell is piney primarily with some orange and biscuit. Might be more citrus if it were slightly fresher.

Taste is pretty much enamel damaging. Bitter, and very hop forward. Exactly as advertised.

Good creamy mouthfeel that ends very dry.

Overall this is a very ipa, and probably even better closer to the source.

Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (actually I am working on my second) that I got from hopsleeroy in our last trade. Served up in a tulip flared pint glass.

A: HEY!!! This poured a dark orange, almost brow color with a ton of red highlights and hues. FRANK!, its a red tinted IPA! Lots of carbonation activity in here with bubbles continously moving up in the glass. The head is a pretty thick, one finger of white head. The head has really good retention, not really fading at all over time. The lace is stupid sticky on the glass and clearly notches the glass all the way down. The stick is spot on, only slightly dripping after it sets on the glass.

S: Smell is . . . how do I describe this . . . hops?! Tons of hops. Nice citrus, grapefruit hops come out first with a bitter sweetness. Then you get some really nice pine hops coming out as well. A floral boquet rounds out the aroma nicely. Slight herbal/medicinal quality hides in the background, making you somehow feel this will be good for you.

T: Taste is much like the nose but better in translation. The grapefruit really comes out with a bitterness, slightly puckering goodness. There is also so good amount of grapefruit peel coming out as well. The pine is bitter as well, with that resiny flavor coming in beautifully. The floral presence and herbal presence is light but there. The pale, bready malt is subtle and nice light counter to all this hoppy craziness.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a pretty medium carbonation. The carbonation is pretty crisp and this is actually pretty refreshing if you get past all this hoppy bitterness. ABV is light and masked easily by all this HOPS. This beer is pretty damned sticky and really coats the mouth with a full rush of all the hop flavors described and the grapefruit and pine resting in the aftertaste.

D: This beer is pretty good. Frankly, I had to let it warm a bit because the flavor is pretty damned bitter. Warm, it is easy drinking and almost poundable. Cold, not so much. Its a bit too much at times. The hops are very well showcased in the aroma and flavor profile. If you don't like hops, this is not your beer. A few years ago, I would have hated this beer. My girlfriend was disgusted after she sampled it. It takes a slightly more developed palate to enjoy this, or someone who just plain likes bitterness. good stuff though!

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of carmike813
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BucBasil
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a light amber color with an offwhite head that is 1.5 fingers with ok retention.

S: All hops and not much balance. Fuity/grapefruit dominates with hints of pine. Subtle bready malt somewhere in the background.

T: Again, all hops. Mostly piney this time. Not much else in there. Very sticky sort of sensation like dinking the sap of a pine tree in liquid form. Very bitter. Later there is a more sweet note of citrus rind. Not much balance in there, but somewhat refreshing.

Notes: This is an all out hop attack on the taste buds but oddly the lack of balance doesn't take away as much as I would normally think. Pretty good for a straight up hop bomb.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Brewing Co. - Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - 12fl oz bottle

This one here was another one of my "bucket list brews".

Look - Pours copper with a full, foamy head that dissipated within five minutes or so. Phenomenal lacing. Negligible carbonation but some.

Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, and piney, resin hops.

Taste - Biting carbonated pop with malt followed by a wave of "oh my" smooth hops. More hops creep in after, bitter grapefruit on the second round.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops and grapefruit take over here and sit. Over time it gets better and better and the complexity really shines through. Smooth in terms of booziness, undetectable. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is a good IPA, would definitely recommend to fans of bitter, citrus hops.

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of slim2043
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Mack
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So tonight's first beer during the introduction of GF @ hop devil in NYC was this one. by no means extraordinary but by the name itself- and in my willingness to just chillax tonite- this suited well my mood.

Pour is quite orange-toned although not too cloudy, with a decent tannish head atop, rather compact although not too large, but lasting doubtless. carbonation visible within, check.

smell is....well follows suit in this hoppy world. pine coned smell all over. very very green...i dunno how accurate that sounds, but it's how it felt. like diggin in a pinetree forest.

Taste is very strong indeed. barely perceivable malty sweetness at first with a hoppy rush just behind, strongly behind, not overwhelming but definetly dominant. wth a lasting aftertaste. not bad, just a bit strong and too dominant.

The beer in itself is good but i wouldn't drink more than a couple.

Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy orange with a nice 1+ finger white head qith great head retention. Nice lacing is left after the head goes away.

S- heavy on the pine scent with nose citrus notes to support.

T- big bitterness up front that carries all the way to the end. Bitterness is much like the nose, mainly piney and some citrus in there too. Piney bitterness lingers long after the sip is gone. Unbalanced the way i like it

M- light to medium feel with similar carbonation. Finish leaves my mouth somewhat wet. Nice

O- well made IPA. Everything is good in this one.

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,645 ratings.