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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,085 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,085
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 240
Gots: 608 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to Weibull for sending this extra in trade!

Pours a hazy copper, foggy with tiny sediment. Rapid streams of carbonation, feeding a dense, creamy head of foam. Arcs of lacing form too, adding to it's visual appeal.

Aroma takes awhile to surface, even at a cool temperature, there's just the barest hint of earthy hops. edit: subsequent bottles have delivered a cannabis hop blast!

Deep earthy herbal hop notes, leafy. Very vivid flavor, hop vegetation set against a blanket of malty toffee, striking a nice balance. A resiny bitterness lingers long into the finish. Body is more substantial than your average IPA. Fairly low carbonation with a creamy feel.

Mmm, great stuff! I could see this as a fridge staple in the summer.

emerge077, Mar 14, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a raw, hoppy IPA. Unfiltered, the body is extremely hazy but the head retention is great. Lots of citrus in the nose, with a hint of sweetness that isn't nearly as present in the taste. Oily hops with a huge grapefruit flavor nearly overwhelm the malt, giving it a slightly one-dimensional quality, though an enjoyable one. The hops really stick to the palate, leaving a long-lasting bitterness. This is a good, solid IPA, maybe even a great one. I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

largadeer, Oct 02, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, pillowy, head of ivory foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some bubblegum. A light caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of of spicy hops with grapefruit flavors. It has a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a great IPA. It really holds up to Pliny the Elder (which I love).

zeff80, Jul 30, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle. I picked this up in Austin, Texas about a month ago, as I've been coming to appreciate the efforts of San Diego-area brewers' take on the West Coast IPA style.

This beer pours a hazy, dark medium rusty orange-amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and yet still creamy ecru head, which recedes after a few minutes, leaving some decent roiling storm cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of pungent, if a tad overripe grapefruit and orange rind, lemon zest, a touch of musty dank, and a prominent sweet caramel and toffee malt. The flavour starts out pretty much the same, with a heavy dose of bittersweet citrus hops - grapefruit, orange pith, a sort of isolated squishy lemon essence, a hint of murky mint, and heady bready caramel malt, the toffee sweetness quietly having bled off. A further leafy and pine hop develops as it warms, as does evidence of the north of 7 points of alcohol.

The carbonation is quite light, manifesting in just a wee prickly frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth as the hops seem to shine through on their own here. It finishes barely off-dry, the hops still wanting everyone to know who's in charge in this particular set of zip codes.

I find I'm drinking this rather quickly, it's so tasty, and alas, I've got only the single bottle. Overall, this is definitely a winner for the hopheads who like at least a modicum of balance in their IPAs, myself included.

biboergosum, Jan 03, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

JAHMUR, Jun 21, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Beautiful appearance. Great head retention and lacing. Massive assault of pungent, resinous, grassy, and floral hops in the nose. Medium-full bodied with a perfectly crisp carbonation. Firm, toasty/bready malt base. Layer upon layer of resinous hop flavor. Bracing bitterness. Finishes a bit too resinous, and that tends to hold what bitterness is there for just a little bit too long. West Coast IPA? No doubt!!! Be forwarned then, if you're NOT a hophead, this one will slap you senseless! :)

NeroFiddled, Mar 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jason, Sep 28, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 23, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

RblWthACoz, Feb 25, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas with notes of grapefruit and lemon. A nice caramel malt backbone with a little bit of toast.

T - Strong toasted malt with a hint of caramel and big pine hops. Pine floor cleaner notes in the middle with a hint of grapefruit and more toasted malt. Finishes dry with fairly strong, slightly soapy, bitterness and more strong, burnt toast flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a little bit of astringency.

D - Quite drinkable despite the somewhat harsh character of the hops and malt, but I am just slightly disappointed in this one. The burnt toast and soapy hops get a bit cloying after a while, but the hop aroma is excellent. This beer is like the really smart kid who never does his homework; it gets by but it has the potential to be so much more than it is. Just a bit more sweetness would help the drinkability and balance and could make this a world class IPA.

nickfl, Nov 20, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 01, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a several fingers of poofy off-white head. Settles down into a creamy 1/2 finger or so of retention that just leaves MASSIVE sheets of sticky lacing that coats the glass. The aroma is extremely West Coast, with tons of floral hops, pine cones, juicy smelling grapefruit, and just a slight tingle of warmth.

The taste is a well balanced mix of sticky, resinous hop bitterness and a lip smacking blend of caramel and citric grapefruit character. I'm loving the bitterness in this, as it combines with the tanginess to just stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and oily feel. Damn, this goes down extremely well!

I hadn't had a bottle of this in a while and I DON"T KNOW WHY! Just a great representation of the West Coast style IPA and probably thee best example that actually gets decent distribution. I really need to keep more of this around.

Kegatron, Dec 04, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

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

russpowell, Jul 04, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

MasterSki, Jan 10, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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...)

feloniousmonk, Apr 09, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

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.

Slatetank, Sep 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

drabmuh, Aug 26, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

this is a huge ipa, totally saturated with rich oily hops. its got a wonderful nose of essential hop oils, resins, and other sticky goodness. there is some fruity notes to it beyond just the usual citrus. im picking up sweeter fruit, plums or apples even. it also has that pine pitch sappy nose to it that puts me somewhere in a pacific northwest old growth forest. its lovely really. the flavor is equally exciting. lots of bitter up front, lots of sweet at the end, with a surprising malt balance evening out the middle. the citrus fruit really comes out here, orange peel and grapefruit are the most prevalent. the finish is sweeter, very fresh. feel works well, with a bit more body than is standard, and a thick hop peanut butter taffy-like texture. this is a hophead's dream. affordable and strong and fantastic. one of the better green flash brews out.

StonedTrippin, Sep 28, 2012
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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%

For some reason never reviewed this beer, just escaped through the cracks. This one was an extra thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar.

Pours a decent looking fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over a semi hazy ruby red grapefruit orange color.

Nose brings plenty of hops, floral and citrusy with some spiciness, a light citrus tangerine effect but not a big juicy pungent kick or rind bitterness, light pine spicy hop aromas, with a touch of a grassy floral effect as well. Touch of grapefruit as well, and a very faint malty sweetness with slightest touch of reddish amber malts. It does bring a touch of fruity candy hops, like a little candied orange peel and tangerine the more I nose it.

Taste starts with a nice big hoppy bite, quite bitter right off the bat like 70IBUs bitter almost immediately, but doesn't get astringent. Hops come in with pine and spicy flavors first, not really a chewy spicy hop, but a piney spicy not overbearing like hop. Then citrus, a bit of tangerine and faint grapefruit pith, touch of that candied fruit hop character again. That's followed with a mild malty sweetness, a bit of a caramel toasty reddish copper malt flavor, but all pretty light, just enough to balance the big bitterness and keep it from getting astringent. It brings a little citrus rind as I let it sit on my tongue for a while, a bitter rind flavor. Finish is fairly dry, still very bitter but doesn't really ramp, more plateaus almost right off the bat and stays at a quite bitter but not overly taste. Finish also brings more citrus rind bitterness, a little spicy hop and a very long bitter grapefruit pith taste, and a faint touch of a booze flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, it feels a bit fluffy and airy thanks to a good amount of carbonation, and a very light warming booze.

Overall a nice IPA, not quite what I expect for a "West Coast" IPA, but those terms are a bit out of date now. A nice big hoppy beer, quite bitter that plateaus right away, nice hop characters with a little spicy (but not chewy), a bit of citrus but more like rind and pith bitter citrus, and just enough malty sweetness to give it a base so it doesn't get astringent. Nice IPA.

jlindros, Apr 11, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

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.

Rifugium, May 09, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish light amber color with just a layer of off white head that dissipates and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really nice. Citrus hops combine with the sweet malt and it smells like tangerine and pineapple.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue hard right off the bat. There is some malt sweetness that balances things out a bit, but the hops are the star here. Hints of grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation with a super dry finish.

Overall: This beer was exactly what I wanted it to be. A good IPA with a very nice hop profile. Definitely would have another.

oline73, Jun 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

WesWes, Mar 25, 2006
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2.63/5  rDev -37.7%

Tremendously bitter. You get a brief flash of rich malt followed by a blast of hops. Great, if that's why you drink beer. The malt leaves a slight sweetness on the lips. And that's it. The hops leave a dank, harsh, bitterness on the tongue.

Clear orange amber in the pint glass. Decent foam and carbonation. Nose of hops, resins, and more hops. Water chaser is indicated with this one. At Trio restaurant in Palm Springs (tasted 02/25/2012).

mactrail, Mar 17, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,085 ratings.