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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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6,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,111
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 240
Gots: 616 | FT: 7
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 Dave1999
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a cloudy orange with a foamy white head.

The smell was pretty powerful citrus hops, grapefruit with a bit of pine.

This was very hoppy much like the smell bitter and citrusy.

Feels great in the mouth very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall one of the best IPA's I've had but there are a few I consider to be better.

Dave1999, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Shilt, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

meanmutt, May 23, 2012
Photo of Flabbyjandro
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Flabbyjandro, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Bought at Berkeley Bowl west, no exp.

A: Foggy sun tea orange with slow uniform rising carbonation. 1.5 finger head. cloudy floating sediment like a pond
S: Relatively weak but nice IPA smell, hoppy with a pine sweetness.
T: Bitterness turns into sourness, bitterness is pretty strong, but alcohols is well masked. almost bananay yeast. citrusy background.
M: Tad astringent, light to moderate micro carbonation.
O: good but I don't see why people think it's SO great.

sfprint, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of bigdeuce
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

Great looking off amber colored beer. Sweet and sticky smell and all piney with grapefruit scents. Medium to full bodied beer. Nice lacing on the glass is a terrific looking beer. The taste was WAAY too unbalanced for me. Very hoppy, to the point of "where is the malt". Made this one tough for me to finish. Good beer, how it can win out over Stone IPA is beyond me. They must be same "judges" that did not elect Chris Carter to the pro football HOF this last vote. This IPA is worth a try and and I would try it again, but I will not seek it out. The strength of the hops, or the lack of the malt, makes this IPA's alcohol overwhelming.

bigdeuce, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a creamy 1 inch off-white head. Medium spots of lace stick to the glass. Lots of sediment.

S - Strong aroma of citrusy hops!!

T - The palate is coating with the hige hop profile. Very sharp citrusy hop taste up front and in the finish, with the malt backbone showing through in between.

M - Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation at first, then smoothing out.

D - This is exactly what I expect an IPA to taste like in the West Coast style! Very nice hoppy citrus/pine taste without having too much of a malt presence in the taste. Very attractive aroma and appearance round out this beer. Overall, a great easy-go-to IPA.

beeragent, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of kemoarps
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a beautiful amber with a pillowy cream coloured head that lasts and lasts, imbuing aroma and lacing as I drink. This is what an IPA should look like.

The nose is a little more mellow than I expected, mostly piney and almost spicy floral hops.

The tongue follows suit, dominated by the west coast hops. The pine leads, with an almost sweet undercurrent to it. Well constructed brew.

Goes down smoothe, and while the oily hops can linger a bit on the tongue it doesn't get overwhelming or onerous. A fine example of a great beer. Definitely worth getting ahold of if it's available.

kemoarps, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of patrick802
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

patrick802, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

bh123, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Blaze5445, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Sanchezrox23
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev -5.2%

seavercm, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bsm80x, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

bigox420, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

dcbeers, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of rodlavers
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from bomber into perfect pint glass. Huge fluffy off-white head, at least 4 fingers at first. Lots of cling and retention. Amber/copper/burnt orange coloring. Smell consists of pine, floral and citrus hops, similar to taste, as advertised. Smell and taste is great. Mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly bitter but resinous/piney aftertaste. Very good beer. Have not had this for some time and was clearly missing out. A must try.

rodlavers, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Bill235
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Bill235, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of acevenom
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottled 5/25/12.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy copper with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. There are some tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. The aroma is of citrus hops and sweet malts. There's a bit of that piney hop aroma in there as well. It's such a nice, hop forward IPA despite having two months on it. Those piney and citrus hops really come through in the flavor. There's a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to this beer. It hits all the taste notes of a solid West Coast IPA. The alcohol is well hidden here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer. I have yet to be disappointed by Green Flash.

acevenom, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

TheMarkE, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. Its got the great pine-y, citrusy aroma that you are looking for, with a matching flavor. The hop profile is perfect-loads of grapefruit with a great kind of resin thing going on with the mouthfeel. I thought that 60/90min were awesome, but once I had this, how could I go back?

This is incredibly drinkable, and having loved this so much, I decided to try their DIPA, but I found this to be much better. The DIPA didnt have quite the hops that my palate has come to require for the style.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of beergod1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beergod1, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HeadyTheElder, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hopsiam14, May 05, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

DenverHopHead, Sep 22, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,111 ratings.