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: 1,776
Hads: 7,294
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 4.53%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,423 | 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: 1,776 | Hads: 7,294
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)

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 niz
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the best IPA on the planet, hands down, the look, the smell, the colour, the taste... mmm.... droool...
i live in canada and there are only a few places that you can get this. and at 18 bucks a six pack i buy most of the stock as it is received.
there is so much hops and oils and deliciousness in this beer it gives me a boner.
its like biting into a fresh grapefruit and flavour exploding all over your tongue.
and one gives me that nice hazy buzz, have one of these and smoke a fatty and you will feel just as nice as i do.

LOVE IT FOREVER!!! (595 characters)

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

Tulip. Pours a beautiful clear honey-orange-amber with a 1" frothy cap of pale orange tinged foam that shows very little sign of fading; gotta love all those hop oils and resins! This badboy is leaving sheets of solid lace as the glass empties. Overall a fantastic look.

The nose is terrific, leaping right out of the glass with citrus deliciousness. Grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin, and floral notes abound. There's a faint whiff of caramel sweetness, but this is about hops, hops, and more hops. A humulus lupulus assault that is first rate.

Grapefruit, bitter orange and lemon with a bit of caramel and toffee drizzled on them, topped by a pine sap frosting greets the palate. West coast hopitude defined. It finishes very bitter (duh), not quite harsh but just barely detracting and preventing it from getting that perfect 5. Still awesome, and after a few sips I was way more used to it (read: palate destroyed, but who cares?).

Great mouthfeel going on here, medium bodied, just shy of creamy, with good carbonation that is present but not in the way.

I've heard alot about this beer, and the experience lived up to the hype. Hops are my second love (malt first, baby), and this brew helps reaffirm it, and maybe even makes the maltsters a little jealous of my affinity for it. Great drink, right at the line of being too high in the abv department to drink more than 2 or so, but I'd certainly like another and am disappointed I only had one bottle. Recommended. (1,472 characters)

Photo of oddfire
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in 6 pack form a month or so ago on a recommendation. Poured it into a small pilsner glass. The appearance is slightly hazy and orange. The aroma is very hoppy and has a very strong citrus smell. The taste is very surprising and kind of refreshing. You are hit with hops right away and then you get a grapefruit flavor in the finish. I think they should rename this west coast grapefruit IPA. The drinkability is very good I could drink more than one or two of these. The mouth feel is good but is like most other IPA's. I will drink this beer again. (561 characters)

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

This was my first sampling of a Green Flash beer, and I have to say it has set a good precedent, as I will happily try this again! The four pack I bought lasted me all of three hours, something which tends to speak highly of a beer! Great job, and I'll certainly be trying this again! (284 characters)

Photo of hoptrip619
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In every man's refrigerator there are two kinds of beer; personal beers and guest beers. West Coast IPA, though easy to come by in San Diego, does not deserve to be relegated to the guest beer category.

A- West Coast pours a rusty orange color with a sticky 1" head.

S- A sinus clearing burst of resinous and zesty citrus hop aromas converge on your sense of smell.

T- This is the IPA for the most devout hop head. This is the quintessential definition of an acquired tasted. A potentially palate wrecking barrage of pine, grapefruit zest, and tangerine consume your palate with near puckering intensity. This beer definitely has something to prove and does so with the quickness.

M/D - Once your palate adjusts to the bitterness, West Coast becomes a rather sessionable IPA. It's medium body and agreeable carbonation make it a refreshing addition to any activity...especially beer Friday's at the office! (914 characters)

Photo of dontpanic5
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a gigantic white head, some lacings on the glass as the head dissipates. The body is a very cloudy amber. In the nose it's citrusy hops with a malt backbone. Very floral. The mouthfeel is the first thing that catches my attention as I drink this, it's medium-light bodied and feels nice. There's a hoppy bite in the aftertaste that lingers for a while. It has a very 'clear' taste, hard to describe, maybe I'll taste more as the beer warms up. A solid offering from Green Flash, this is a brewery to watch! (520 characters)

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

One of my favorites. Excellent example of an investment grade ipa. Plain old piney hoppy goodness. I keep coming back to this one. No bs, straight forward pallet slamming first string all-star. Plus the wife hates it. Top 3 of my favorite brews. If I was ever stranded on an island, I would want a black angus cow, a lawn chair and a keg of this. (346 characters)

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

A - Cloudy orange, lots of carbonation, creamy colored bubbly head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thicker ring of head around the top

S - Strong hop presence, sweet and citrusy, a little malt; Overall, a really awesome aroma came outta this bottle!

T - Wow! Tastes like it smells! Definitely a hoppy beer, but so much more. It's citrusy, it's flowery, it's piney, it's just the right amount of bitter and there's even a creamy malty taste to it. Great balance.

M - Right amount of carbonation; light, clean, and smooth.

O - I'm impressed... This is a beer to savor. May have to revisit it sometime in the near future to see if it holds up, but as of now, one of my favorites. (685 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My new favorite DIPA.. where to start this beer really rolled out the red carpet for hops! The pour was smooth with a minimal effort head with great retention and sticky lacing the color is almost tinted ruby red the head also slightly tinted ruby red the smell was a citrusy and highly floral thanks to those cascade hops the taste was smooth citrus with layered pine into a comfortable bitter peace the alcohol is so well hidden when cold but dont let the smooth taste fool you! The alcohol will punch you in the mouth when warm but it's refreshing.. Pretty amazed by this beer don't let that simple label fool you this modest beast will take your taste buds for a ride... West Coast IPA (689 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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