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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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1,801 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,801
Hads: 7,469
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,577 | FT: 12
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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,801 | Hads: 7,469
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. It ought to be said that IPAs are usually me least favourite style. I'm hoping this is an exception.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice soft cream lacing, good thickness, and very good retention (especially for the 7.3% ABV). Dark caramel-copper colour.

Sm: Citra hops - and that's it. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Very hoppy without being overly bitter. Some caramelized malt intrudes, a feature I don't find welcome. Foundation is bland barley. Build is simple and largely imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also artificial. It's very strange and doesn't at all suit the taste. Bleh!

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, but comprised of low quality flavours that turn me away. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been wanting to try this beer forever, finally got a chance to try this one at a new, local bar in Baltimore as part of their 2 for $6 happy hour.. can't beat that.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've had, if not one of the best beers I've ever tried. A hop heavy IPA for sure, but also one of the most well balanced with a great malt backbone, making for a great mouthfeel, body, and texture. Extremely tasty and drinkable, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Phoicon, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is pleasantly intense with your typical IPA blend of hops and citrus.

T: Big hops burst up front as you would expect followed by the citrus sweetness and malt backbone. Finish is filled with hops bitterness.

M: Very crisp, but a little too bitter to be smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Tasty, not very filling, goes down ok, it’s a good representation of style, but not my favorite.

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Photo of drewone
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

still no bottle date. poured into tulip.

Deep amber orange color, big head. Slowly disappears, leaving a fine layer on top that sticks around. Piney, grass - very nice.

Hoppy - great smell complex, warm, little caramel, little citrus and melon too.

Nice well balanced taste - many hop flavors -really come through especially considering it's a single IPA. Some biscuity flavor - malt balances with hops, flash of alcohol but fades into a pleasant bitter after taste.

Less carbonation, rounded, some sweetness, my least favorite aspect of the beer.

Solid beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of hampden served chilled in a PizzaBoy Brewing tulip pint. The taplist mentioned the freshness of this keg but I don't remember the exact date it was kegged.

The color is deep amber/copper with good clarity and thick 1 inch of ecru cream capping it with a fine bead and lace clings in a sheet. The smell is fragrant with lots of aroma hops which have a piney grassy scent and slight citrusy accent of grapefruit rind. The feel is green tinged with bitter, juicy and mildly sweet feel. It is pretty highly carbonated which is expected but after my meal it seems gassy to me. The bitterness is assertive and body is semi-dry with a spicy finish.

The taste of West Coast IPA is very good with some nice zesty flavors -the hops have a sort of orange tase which is also herbal and mildly acidic grapefruit accent which brings to mind a tangelo as the combination of tangy sweet and bitter reverberate. I like the way the malt sweetness is subtle and it is a generally dry bitter combo with a nice acidity to bring you back for more. The spice accent is slightly peppery and adds dimension to the mildly dry finish. Overall I think this is a great beer, I think it pushes the alcohol and verges on an Imperial IPA with the bitterness level but it isn't too sweet so I would say it fits the style very well.

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

I love a good Green Flash IPA. They're always full of big hops, and when I'm in the mood for a great IPA, I know to reach for a Green Flash. I prefer the regular to the imperial, as far as drinkability goes, and because this beer has a slightly less alcohol bite.

Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with burnt brown around the edges, and a nice foamy white head that retained fairly well. Big smell of pine and hops, some lemon and grapefruit. The aroma follows through in the taste, with big, big hops, citrus, pine, some light grassiness and earth, and surprisingly, a bit of smooth malts make an appearance in the finish. Light-medium body, and very drinkable if you're in the mood for a hoppy beer.

Definitely one of my favorite IPAs, and very exemplary of the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at falling rock tap house in denver.

Pours amber to brown with a 1.5" white head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Loads of piney hops & not much else gets through

Taste: Big piney hops up front that evetually let a little malt sneak in. Finishes with a flourish of grapefruitty hops & dryness

MF:Medium with good carbonation. A little too overhopped to for perfect balance IMO

Drinks easier than its 7.0 abv, hopheads will love this. A very good IPA

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. No head at all. Nose is saturated pine and peaches. Extremely intense. Flavor is areal zingy concoction. Thick resin edges. Earthy citrus tones. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is low. Feels nice though. Drinkable, but there is a lot of edge to this though that I'm not sure I remember experiencing on the bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with minimal cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! All around awesome complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears copper orange whitish cream head lacing streaks evenly in specks. Aroma contains deep citrus and pine heavy hop dose here mild biscuit malt sweetness comes through with a touch of the seven percent alcohol. Taste is more pine cone and citrus fruit hop bursts mixed with a nice sugary coating of malts aggressive yet mixes well together nice West Coast IPA here with a tinge of alcohol thrown into it. Mouthfeel: Slight oily texture to it medium bodied nice natural carbonation nothing is to harsh here glides on the palate. Drinkability is refreshingly west coast in nature a true gem from the SoCal San Diego County city of Vista nice find in Pittsburgh, PA.

Update: 12/16/11
I'm shocked that this beer is only getting a B rating. One of the widely distributed West Coast IPAs that is always consistently awesome. The bad part about this beer is that it went from being served in a 12 ounce six pack to a four pack and costs more now than I ever remember it being. Pours a bright copper color with light khaki cream colored head, forms even speckled lacing evenly coating my chalice. Aroma is great packs in Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascades probably a couple more hops...but it packs the aromatics in with pine, earthy, floral, citrus grapefruit peels, even a touch of pungent marijuana like smell, very green. Rolling aggressive hop bitterness with ample caramel malts to balance out the heavy handed hops. A really nice aggressive West Coast IPA with balancing hop bitterness to dance with. It's a shame that the beer is running around 14 dollars a four pack or I would gravitate this IPA much more often than I can currently afford to. Flavor offers an earthy herbaceous, grapefruit peel ridden hop bitterness/flavor with a lingering hop bitterness that makes you feel like you brushed your teeth with hops. Ample sweetness from the malts makes this more palatable than your average unbalanced hop bomb. Mouthfeel is coated with hop oils and is medium bodied with a flowing carbonation level. Overall very drinkable beer that brings joy to hopheads across the country, although I prefer Port Brewing hoppy offerings to this I can't seem to get any of their beers locally.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Hat on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC last night.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bitter, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, light pine, and floral hops. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, and fruity malts. Big bitterness up front.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, it has a big bitter kick up front, followed by a smooth body.

d - A pretty nice IPA. I enjoyed the citrus smell a lot, would certainly drink again.

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

Hazy orange-amber color; impressive four-finger head with a long settling time. Spotty lace as the head recedes.

Fresh pine cone smelling hop aroma. The malt takes the backseat, but the bitterness does not overwhelm. Very inviting.

Strongly bitter right from the initial sip. Definitely a hop head beer, perhaps could be placed in the extreme category of bitterness. The body is very rich with a minimal amount of carbonation. This seems to enhance an already strong hop presence.

While flavorful, this may be a little too much of a good thing. It is not balanced for an IPA, but it is still tasty and worthwhile to seek out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber hue, big, pudding-y, lace-leaver of a head, 1/2" and long-lasting.

Aroma: wide-open hoppitude, big, bold and brassy, loads of citric tones, piney resins, lemon rinds, pineapple, bristling bitterness...ni-i-ice.

Big, bad, full mouthfeel. Large occupation of palate. Dominant bitterness, but utterly delicious. Extremeness to the extreme. A blast of flavor, sizzling the tongue, and delivering unremittently, absolutely, astonishingly fantastically...wait, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, ...tastes great!
More please!

(I could go for a few of these, yessirree...)

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Photo of orangesol
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brewhouse and again at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh cut pine, grapefruit, lightly toasted caramel malt, and some light alcohol burn. A touch sweet with plenty of hops. The definition of a west coast IPA.

T - Starts off with lots of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to a mix of light caramel malt sweetness, pine resin, grapefruit, and some light alcohol burn. The finish is pretty dry with lots of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy, feel with a touch of sweetness creeping in at the very end of each sip. A slight alcohol burn creeps in on every sip as it warms to room temperature.

O - Still one of my favorite west coast IPA's but not one I could drink daily. It is just too big of a beer for that but when I am looking for an intense hop bomb this is the first beer I look for.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MacDomer for tossing one of this into a trade. No best before date on the bottle that I can find. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Murky amber color, with one finger off-white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. No visible bubbles. I was looking for a little more head and better retention.

S - Bitter smell on this one - you can sense those 95 IBUs in there. Pine & lemon, with only a faint malt backbone. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass on this one.

T - Very strong bitterness, only a hint of sweetness at the beginning and in the aftertaste. There's a lot of lemon and grapefruit in this one. It's unbalanced, but that's what I expect from something called West Coast IPA.

M - Kind of dry, but otherwise very smooth. Doesn't leave a lot of resinous character behind. A little bit watery as well.

D - The reasonable amount of carbonation and the sweet aftertaste combine to make this eminently drinkable, even if it isn't among the greatest IPAs I've ever had.

A nice teaser - I'm definitely interested in checking out some of Green Flashes more exotic offerings.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in a trade -

Pours clouded copper with a one-finger head that descends to half the original size and stays.

The smell is of West Coast hops for sure - piney and citric.

The taste is of juicy hops - piney and citric - with enough support from a caramelish and pale malt to tie them together. Smooth. Alcohol well-covered with just a touch in the bitterish finish.

It has a firm medium body.

A hoppy delight here. Carefully balanced to give support to the hops that take center stage.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden orange, almost copper in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface with some much thicker patches and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a fairly strong hop aroma to this beer with the grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops really standing out. There is a very light earthy hop presence as well.

T: Some very light hints of caramel malt sweetness upfront but then the grapefruit and citrus hop flavors. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is quite tasty and definitely one I would like to try again. This beer has an amazing smell and looks very inviting.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I'm talking about. I think the west coast produces the best IPAs in the country, which sucks for me since I"m on the east coast. This beer was served from a bottle into a pint glass in a local bar in the D.C. area. Immediately, I noticed the hop aroma. It was clear and present. The head was there but thin and disappeared as I drank. It was light copper and relatively clear. As I drank the beer, the bitterness grew in my mouth. There wasn't an aftertaste in the classic sense of it, it was just building on me. Even with the increased hoppiness, the beer was still drinkable. A good example of an American IPA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a foamy 1.5 finger head with great retention, lasts for the majority of the time it took to drink this beer. Left behind some sticky lacing that covered the sides.

S: The aroma reminds of hop pellets that I use for homebrewing. On the piney side, very sharp, with hints of citrus mixed in. Not much in the way of malt on the aroma.

T: Resiny/herbal hops, tastes like raw hops, again reminds me of pellets. More piney than citrusy, but both present. Not much malt, but a little bit of caramel to balance it slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a nice bitterness throughout.

O: Love the raw hop flavor in this beer. A nice IPA, with minimal malt presence. Truly a west coast IPA.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a hazed dull copper. Pours 1/2 finger of dark beige creamy head. The etching keeps the head to a thin layer. Nice lace walls as well.

Aroma: Big floral hop profile, but the malt backbone sticks out well with a big caramel aroma. Has the typical grapefruit citrus as well.

Taste: Big floral earthy hop profile. The caramel kicks in more at the end here. Big grapefruit citrus blend as well.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little crisp on the tongue from the nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste which is always nice for an ipa.

Overall, a really nice representation of a west coast ipa. However, it had more caramel that I was expecting. Not to bad. Very drinkable at 7% abv. Well done.

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Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very orangish amber with a mountain of thick, foamy, soft, pure white head that has great retention

S - very floral, light bread, light citrus

T - bready, biscuity, doughy, citrusy, faint piny floral bitter finish

M - smooth, light carbonation, med bodied

Overall, this is a very enjoyable, drinkable, flavorful, smooth IPA. I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange with a monstrous frothy head that absolutely plasters the glass with lacing. It looks like the beer got a pie in the face. There is a steady stream of ascending bubbles amid pockets of other bubbles clinging to the barrier of the pint glass like a sucker fish in a 16 oz. aquarium of beer. Ya, it's like that.

S: Big blast of hops with citrus and alcohol - very inviting. I was on the fence about the aroma score, but the alcohol scent bumped it down a notch. At 7.3%, I would prefer the alcohol aromas to be disguised more gracefully.

T: Hooray delicious west coast IPA. This delicious beverage is aptly named. It's considerably bitterer than many other examples of the style. This is where personal preference may seep in. Bring on the hops and the bitterness that comes with the territory (provided it's done properly, of course). In this case, we have a winner. This is one of the best IPAs around that I can purchase locally.

M: Great lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is detectable, but certainly not off-putting or offensive.

D: A great IPA. If you haven't had it, it's pretty easy to come by and definitely worth trying.

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with loads of citrus hops. The taste is good also. It has an intensely bitter hop flavor that goes down slow and warms on the finish. THe malt bill provides a stable balance and an elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It has good malt flavor and a heavy hitting hop character.

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Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a nice looking, frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent lacing all over the glass as I drank it too.

The aroma has a bright and fresh, citrus flavor to it. Grapefruit, pine and orange all come out in it. I get a bit of some sweeter malts with a hint of caramel, but the hops are the real show here.

The taste is not surprisingly hoppy as well. It's a little sweeter up front with some of the sweeter malts complimenting the bright and juicy hoppiness. Towards the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come out in the bitterness. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I love this beer. One of my favorite IPA's and one I don't drink often enough. I love the hoppy flavors and it's tastes so fresh and juicy. One of the best IPA's around in my opinion.

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

11/03/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber colored pour. Nice full inch white head which an 1/8 of an inch hangs around the entire beer. Lacing is very nice.

Smell- Mostly pine scented hops with just a touch of fruityness. Some brown sugar hoovering around as well as a fairly darker malt base.

Taste- Nice drying bitter taste. Crisp pine hops control this beer. Maybe, just maybe a slight grapefruit taste in the aftertaste. Malt base is about average. Hops taste wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Creamy at first, which turns to a drying mouthfeel. About a perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Almost didn't grab this one. In fact, I didn't. Ed at Ledger's tossed it in my box as a freebie after I had made my purchase. Very good IPA. Going back for a sixer next week.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.