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
93
outstanding

1,776 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,776
Hads: 7,305
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,430 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,776 | Hads: 7,305
Photo of ckeegan04
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the chance to try this one.

A - Coppery orange color with a thick frothy tan head. Excellent retention and completely coats the glass with lacing.

S - Sweet biscuity malt and strong citrusy hops. Unique aroma in that the malt and hops both stand out and are not overshadowed by the other.

T - Biscuity pale malt taste up front quickly overcome by a sturdy, but not overwhelming, citrusy hop taste. The malt presence is a touch on the high side for me but still a damn tasty beer.

M/D - Medium bodied and very slick in the mouth. The hop resin seems to coat my tongue and linger long after the drink is gone. A very drinkable IPA. (658 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy amber with 1 finger of tan-white head that goes away kind of quick

S - Woody hops (heavy) with grapefruit (faint)

T - Bitter hops with some grapefruit. A little bit of pine.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Nothing special in the way of IPAs several others I enjoy (288 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
95 IBUs
7% ABV

A- Pours a nice dark amber color with an off-white head that produces solid lace.

S- The aroma is awesome, pungent piney and citrusy hops dominate the aroma with some malt in the background.

T- The taste is unsurprisingly hoppy, with a long lingering bitterness lasting well after the sip. This is a West Coast IPA all the way, as the name suggests. Very good.

M- The mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Very good IPA, the 95 IBUs are definitely felt and will cure any hop craving.

Overall, Green Flash West Coast IPA is an awesome IPA that packs the hop flavor. Recommended. (649 characters)

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

A mess of hop dusties float around to make a murk of dark yellowed, almost cardboard brown color. Jello-like glow to its body. Small, thick, and retaining whitish head of foam seeps up from the pour. Strings of lace are strewn out over the glass.

Aroma is sweet and appley with a clean and crisp peachy tinted citrus hop tone. Some slight pine oil ascents.

Nice taste with a good amount of balance to its crsip and crunchy aspects of citrusy things. A juicy peachy skin covers up a high pitched citrusy lemon and very ripe white grapefruit pithyness and potent tongue lashing of firm piney bitterness that wraps around the finish with a decent balance of toasted malt and breadyness.

Feel is super firm and medium in body. Makes a fast home on the palate with an immense hopitude tone and flavor complexity and creamy, lush, crisp, juicy, pithyness. The balance is very nicely done between a sweet bready toasted edge and it hoppy citrus side.

Quite yummy and very drinkable. Will need more please. (1,002 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, this is a great example of how the advent of private stores in BC has changed the level of what is available. No way 5 years ago could this Cali brewery show up in BC. Now all sorts of things are happening.

This is a first class IPA with All the right moves like an old Tom Cruise movie. Big Head, Dark gold colour and an amazing grapefruit hop nose that really opens up. The beer is hoppy all right but the balance is what makes this great. Big bloomy hops are anchored by a solid backline.
The finish is almost dry but the hops do not linger like some IPAs. Way too drinkable :) (585 characters)

Photo of cbak999
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is an example of a west coast IPA, as depicted by the name. As soon as you pop the top, you get a very pungent smell of hops, definitely the most distinctive characteristic of this brew. One of the most bitter IPA's I have had, but at the same time not over the top. It's still very drinkable. I love it, and will seek it out anytime it's available to me. (364 characters)

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

Finally tried some West Coast IPA that I've been holding onto for a week or two. Appearance was nice. Head does go away a bit quickly though.

Smell is outstanding. Excellent blend of all these hops - but you can't smell much else. Although that's probably the point of an American IPA. At 7% ABV, I'm not sure if it's still an IPA and probably is in the gray area between an IPA and DIPA.

Taste was excellent. Very nice blend of hoppiness and the flavors that each imparts to this brew. It makes for a pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel was outstanding for something as bitter as this should be. Went down smooth and clean even though it was very bitter and left a hoppy/bitter aftertaste. It wasn't a bad aftertaste though... but you sure feel that wallop from the hops but that doesn't detract from how smooth it goes down.

Drinkability is excellent. I would definitely stock up on this brew if it ran less than $15 a 6 pack. For now though, I'll enjoy the rest of the sixer that I've got and maybe buy some more in a few months. It might be sessionable but definitely don't plan on driving after that session. (1,107 characters)

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

Poured a glass bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, amber body with a white head with poor retention, but with some decent lacing.

S: A nice, hoppy smell with some sweet, citrus undertones.

T: A nice, dry hoppy taste with a earthy, sweet citrus aftertaste that did well to compliment the hop taste. After a few drinks, the alcohol in the beer was quite warming. Nice, well-balanced taste overall.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that is very pleasant on the palette.

D: A nice, drinkable IPA with a good combination of mouthfeel and taste. A smooth and easy going beer that I could drink for a while. A very nice brew. (630 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Am reviewing the tap version because I think it's so much better than the bottle. It's worth seeking out.

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and some nice lacing.

S-Strong citrus hops dominate the nose with lots of grapefruit goodness. Also some piney hops and a little hint of malt behind.

T-Lots of hops all the way through. Like the nose, the citrus hops dominate but there is a some pine also. A bit of malt balances out the bitter finish very nicely.

M-Really nice carbonation and a rather light mouthfeel given the hop bitterness. A bit resiny but only a bit.

D-A great IPA that I could drink all night.

When I read earlier this year that this beer won a blind IPA taste test, I was quite surprised. At that point, I had only tried the bottled version which is just ok for me. Once I tried the tap version I understood. A terrific beer.

HV (862 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured in the glass, the color was a hazy amber with an orange hue. The smell of hops was not overpowering. But, hops was all I could smell on this IPA. The flavor was weak for me. I picked up a weak flavor of hops and that was it. The finish was bitter, dry, but again, not much of a flavor, just hops. (308 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass thanks mike at brawley

appearance: medium amber with some rustyn orange. thin head that is very foamy and white with lots of bubbles

aroma: juicyfruit, pine and just sweet delicious hops, im getting centennial big time

taste: this beer hits your palate strongly and stings the whole tounge. rampant bitterness, however controlled with a flavorful malt that exhibits some characteristics of apricot and citrus. the hops clearly, clearly dominate finishing bitter, but hoppy pleasurable bitter and makes you want that next sip.

overall: awesome IPA, one of my favorites and ive had as many as I have been able to get my hands on. If it wasnt for the abv id say its an awesome session beer since its so tasty and pleasurable to drink. If you like IPA's, this one is an absoulte must try. (827 characters)

Photo of bubbaoyster
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The ultimate hop experience!

Had it first at a beer festival and couldn't taste any of the other beers after having it. Very strong citrus flavor and exceptional aroma make this a hophead's holy grail! Really an imperial IPA without the extra malt.

Extreme, over the top, unique! Great as a finish beer to a session of IPA's! (327 characters)

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

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear amber, very thick and chunky white head, big bubbled ring forms around the glass along with a solid layer, drops a ton of lace. Smell is awesome, big pine and grapefruit, caramel, orange rings, some floral, very hoppy. Taste is pine and grapefruit, more rind, tangerine, jasmine and green tea, grain, caramel, and a thick bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Very nice IPA, I'd drink this all day if I could. Thanks Russ! (545 characters)

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a really nice orangish amber, and the smell was distinctly piney. As expected, the citrusey flavors followed very strongly (and tastily!), but this was not as bitter as I was expecting. I don't mean that as a negative, because my surprise was probably what caused my beer to be gone in a flash.

This was an exceptionally tasty, drinkable brew. I am probably a hophead, but a friend who isn't tried mine and agreed with me. Green Flash really has a great malt presence to back this beer up, and it comes through in every taste. The result really took me by surprise, but it was an IPA that brought all of the citrusey, piney taste of an IPA but with an almost sweet profile in the background.

I applaud Green Flash for this slightly different IPA. I will definitely be picking up a quantity of this to continue to enjoy. This is the kind of beer that I could envision sipping on all evening. (912 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden, almost amber color with a thick rocky head. Boatloads of hop aroma, with grapefruit and citrus notes. A true San Diego IPA. The flavor is well-balanced even with the massive amounts of hops used. Lots of lace, good CO2. Extremly drinkable. (260 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It's a hazy orange color with a surprising amount of yeasty floaties despite a slow careful pour. Good head but it's gone in a flash. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasant fresh piney hops.

Taste is especially strong but I guess that's what they mean by "west coast" IPA. I suppose someone on the east coast might call this imperial?! Nice and bitter, some sweetness, and even a little yeasty bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice but a little high in both carbonation and alcohol.

Drinkability would be higher if it wasn't so bitter.

A good IPA but a bit too bitter for my taste.

It should be noted that I had this several months ago at the Falling Rock and really enjoyed it. Seems likely that this would be better on tap. (798 characters)

Photo of TonyT
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As far as Calli IPAs go...this rocks...I use Stone IPA as my benchmark Calli IPA...This is a definite contender...you can smell the hops from the glass, when it is put infront of you...The dry hoppiness contributes to the crisp character....If you are a hop head...this should be on your list. (293 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours 1 1/2 fingers off off-white head that settles fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing. It has a hazy copper amber color. Hard to see through, looks very thick.

S - Sweet caramelized malts at the front then lots of floral/citrus hops on the nose.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Feels slightly heavier and smooth.

T - The malts definitely take a back seat to the hops which are prevalent from the beginning to the end. The hops flavor is more intense than the aroma gives away. Finishes dry and leaves a nice hops bitterness.

A great beer. Hops heads like myself will love it. It's also pretty drinkable, the bitterness doesn't last long enough to destroy it's drink-ability. Highly recommended. (713 characters)

Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous ruby amber color with a dense two finger beige head. Stunning

S- Scents of citrus hops, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Light bready malts and yeasts.

T- Rolls in with citrus hops and light tropical floral notes moves to slightly sweet malt character and finishes with heavily bitter hop flavor. Could balance a bit better but this seems to be the character Green Flash goes for.

M- Moderately heavy mouth with super high carbonation

D- A decent offering from green flash it offers some tropical notes but mainly focuses on big resinous hops. If you love straight hops this is a beer for you. Green Flash doesn't seem to greatly concentrate on balancing its brew with malts. both the ipas I've had were just hops hops hops. (752 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. Very dark, murky orange-gold color with great lacing. Very, very rich hop and citrus aromas. Taste was awesome except for the lingering bitterness that became annoying after awhile. Still, this drink was an awesome flavored IPA. Mouthfeel had a decent texture to it, making it seem a little thick due to the tons of ingredients in it. However, it was not like some IPA's I have had where I needed a spoon to drink them. Overall, a great IPA. (474 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was pretty excited to see this one in my local's fridge; didn't think we got Green Flash stuff out here, and I'd been hearing a fair bit about it on the boards. Looks excellent. Huge, frothy head that takes its time dissolving, over a nice amber beer. Excellent lacing. Looks exactly how an IPA should. Nose is great as well. Extremely spicy hops, both piney and fruity. Light toffee malt, but this is unquestionably a malty brew. Aromas are maybe a touch mild. Flavor's a hop bomb, and it's a total surprise given the fairly smooth nose. Huge drying hops up front, and this one is just hoppy as hell throughout. Drying, piney, hoppy bitterness all over the place. Light breadiness. Maybe a hint of malt in the background. Honestly, it might be a touch unbalanced for me, with the hops overwhelming just a bit too much to make it a masterpiece. Feel is excellent, with great body and good carbonation. The drinkability takes a slight hit because of the huge hopiness, but it's still one I would definitely enjoy again. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour produced an almost non existent head on this beer. Strange. Cloudy, copper colored. Smells extremely floral, citrusy, and tropical. Flavor is more citrus hops, very balanced, fruity, pineapples, strong grapefruit presence, strong bitter finish that lingers on the pallette. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel has a good body but my beer is pretty flat. I think I got a dud bottle. Going to have to grab another one. Extremely tasty IPA though and would be excellent with some carbonation and a head atop the brew. Extremely drinkable IPA. (545 characters)

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

On tap at Papago's in Scottsdale, AZ. Color is a deep yellow with a minimal head. Smells strongly of citrus, but the taste is a bit two-dimensional. Strongly bitter, with a narrow range of citrus flavor, but it just doesn't quite achieve the level of multiple citrus flavor that the best San Diego IPS get. Still a very good beer, and quite drinkable. (351 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tally Ho in Bethlehem, PA, served in a pint glass

A: Hazed dark amber/copper color with a thick, retentive white head that leaves thick sticky clumps of lacing.
S: Strong, sweet hoppy smell, very citrusy and grapefruit.
T: Body has strong slightly sweet malt background and then tons of citrus and grapefruit hop bite. Very smooth, creamy body with perfect carbonation. However, the sweetness and citrus cover leave the finish lacking in bittnerness which makes this very drinkable, but not quite what expected for the style. (537 characters)

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

Was extremely excited when I saw this in the beer cooler at Bauer Wine and Spirits.

A- This b-e-a-u-tiful looking brew! Pours a delightful orange amber color, with a cloudiness, as bits float around in there. Absolutely gorgeous.

S- A full fledged olfactory assault, as you are hit with the wonderful aroma of those citrusy west coast hops, balanced nicely with the malt.

T- After looking at and smelling this one, I couldn't wait to dive in. Trust me there is no subtlety to the hop taste here, you immediately feel them, as the wooded, piney, hops dance around your palate. Not much going on here but the hops, that's for sure,as they pack a punch!

M- Coats the tongue with that dry, sort of sticky film, and leaves a bitter atste in your mouth.

This is definitely in the upper echelon of IPAs, but may be a bit too bitter and hoppy for some, but for a hophead like me, it's like liquid heaven. (902 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.