Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,774 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,774
Hads: 7,293
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,421 | 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
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Green Flash West Coast IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,774 | Hads: 7,293
Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a nice, light copper color. It's very clear and has an immaculate, off-white colored head that stands three fingers tall. It's very slow to recede and leaves a ton of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: The nose is exceptional. Truly a model for west coast IPAs. Loads of citrus grapefruit and pineapple give it a very sweet and enticing smell. Hops are very piney and citric in character. There's some malt in there, but it's mostly drowned by the strong citrus and hop aromas. There's a little yeastiness. It's not really complex. Rather, it's straight forward and a damn fine smelling IPA.

Taste: The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's not far behind. It's citrusy sweet. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are present. Hops are strong, piney, and bitter. It really hits on all cylinders in the hop department. Extremely flavorful. There's little in the malt department. Perhaps some faint pale malt notes. But, they do little to balance the bitter hop flavor, which is fine by me. It finishes dry and bitter with a touch of residual yeastiness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, leaning medium. Very smooth and drinkable. Not quite creamy. It goes down a little too easy. Carbonation is right on target. Drinkability is very high. Personally, I could session this beer all night. With abv at 7%, it's not so high that drinkability is really limited in any material way.

What's not to love about this beer? Nothing. Green Flash has brewed what may well be the standard for west coast IPAs. It's a very refreshing and drinkable beer that commands a lot of respect. Highly recommended. (1,641 characters)

Photo of TeddyBG
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: burnt copper color with unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hop smell but not as strong as the flavor suggests.

T: Very good! Strong upfront citrusy flavor with a good caramel malt taste in the middle. Great balance. Slight hop bitterness in the end, but not overpowering.

M: Dances on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is probably one of the best of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: Certainly will enjoy another one tonight, but with this ABV that will be all. Really the only detractor to this one.

Side note: Totally agree with the previous poster's comments about West Coast IPA's having their own sub-category. I think I may be turning into a West Coast IPA snob, which could be a problem on the banking account. Had this on tap (Moe's tavern) as well, and I was worried that the bottle serving type would be a let down. Fortunately, I was wrong, which in my opinion makes this even a better beer. As of right now, this one is my favorite. (1,124 characters)

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

This is one of my favorite IPAs. Maybe this West Coast tag should become a formal sub-style. I've had IPA's that overwhelm with hops with little malt taste before and they didn't work. This one performs majestically. I'm assuming these are Cascade hops in this aromatic flavor blaster? I wish they had two versions of this, one with low alcohol so I could drink several of these at a session. Piney citrusy heaven this one is, at least to me.

Open me up,
Breathe me in.
Drink me once
Drink me again (499 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA; there were many solid BA reviews so I decided to try it.

A - very nice burnt copper sort of look; one-inch head settles down with superb rings of lacing. Lots of floaties and the head comes back nicely with a swirl.

S - Fresh cut wet grass, citrus and hops.

T - Bitter hops. . . and more hops with grapefruit and white pepper. Nothing subtle here - this is a hop assault. The hop finish lasts for minutes, which is what I suppose this style is all about. I sometimes think brewmasters hide flaws in their ales with dominating hops, akin to the way some winemakers over-oak their reds and whites.

M - Decent creaminess and weight. The carbonation is perfect; as this warms it seems to improve.

D - I'd buy it again but admit my palate is simply either not ready for this or it's not my preferred style. Don't get me wrong, I love hops but one should be able to detect something more. (930 characters)

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

a - pours a hazy darker golden color, one-inch white head with good retention and awesome lacing

s - very intense citrus aromas, lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon, some mango and other tropical fruits as well, lighter hints of piney hops as well, not much malt to be found in this nose, West Coast IPA indeed

t - big grapefruit flavors up front, midpalate is orange and other citrus mixed with a mild malty backbone, finish has a strong piney hop presence with some lemon squeezed on top, very bitter and dry on the finish, light lingering malt as well along with the lemon and bitterness, not much alcohol evident, this is a true hopbomb

m - medium-to-full-bodied, good amount of carbonation, pretty dry on the finish

d - for a hophead like myself, this is pretty drinkable, but it's definitely hard on the palate with its intense bitterness

I've had this many times before but I'm only now getting around to reviewing it. True to its name, this is a great west coast style IPA. It was a staple in my fridge in California last summer, and has become the same now that Green Flash is now available in NC. It's great to see Green Flash getting a wider distribution. (1,172 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, natural honey color...almost copper. Bready, dulce de leche-colored head with ample lacing.

Oily hops - very viscous on nose balanced with natural sweetness of malt. Tangy citrus is surprisingly overpowered with earthiness.

Very tangy hop presence is more grassy and earthy than floral. Backbone of malt provides depth. Not as much citrus as expected.

Mouthfeel not necessarily unbalanced but fairly straightforward - it's a hop bomb. Long, earthy finish.

This drinks well; would drink even better with a little more grapefruit in the hop profile - its absence was a bit of a surprise. All in all, good stuff! (619 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice foamy head that had great retention and then formed a layer of bubbles atop the brew. The head also left a great amount of lacing.

S- Very nice. Tons and tons of hops. From citrus hops, floral hops and piney hops. Smells really great.

T- Starts out nice and sweet with a grapefruit taste, then here comes the piney hops and bitterness.

M- Medium in body, smooth, creamy and a little sticky.

D- Excellent brew, very crisp and easy to drink. (495 characters)

Photo of grub
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

seaoflament hooked me up with this as a bonus in a recent trade. can't say enough about a guy who basically doubled what he was supposed to send me. big thanks carlos!

12oz bottle. sampled june 7/08.

pours orangey copper colour with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

wow, aroma is excellent. bit of alcohol. powdery hops. pine, grapefruit, orange. bit of tangerine. caramel. white bread and crackers.

taste is great. medium bitterness level. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. pine. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. light caramel.

mouthfeel is great. medium well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great hop depth. really liked this one. (736 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown ipa with a nice frothy head and sticky crusty lacing that grabs onto the glass.

Aroma is of huge piney dry bitter ipa. Grapefruit and even more pine punch through. Bitter citrus pith.

Big medium dry mouthfeel. It would be the perfect candidate to IIPA-cize. If just enough malt could be added to boost up the alcohol, without compromising the big hop flavor this would be an A+ IIPA.

One of the hoppiest ipa's I've had. Big west coast hops and did I say pine? Resiny and oily. Yummers.

It's not a session or pounding beer, definitly a slow drinker as it has a a really strong personality. (606 characters)

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

A-Poured into my SA glass. Slightly cloudy amber to copper color. 1 inch off-white head with very good retention and fantastic lacing.

S-Citrus and pine hops galore. Very resinous pine back by freshly peeled grapefruit. There is a slight biscuit malt aroma that shows up late.

T-This baby is all about the hops. Citrus, pine, green, oily hops throughout. Long lasting bitterness. very good.

M-oily, mouthcoating medium body. Intense tingle throughout the mouth from the hops.

D-the 1st one deadens the taste buds so more can easily be had. Don't move on to something less hoppy or it will taste like malt water due to yout destroyed taste buds. (648 characters)

Photo of iceball585
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden brown color, cloudy, thin white head that faded to a thin ring

S- Lemons, oranges, light floral hops, pale malts, hint of pine auroma

T- Strong citrus flavor, grassy, earthy hops, pine, grapefruit, light malts

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, strong bitterness, dry finish

D- Over all great IPA

I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a true IPA lover. Great auroma and flavors. (405 characters)

Photo of tdrshayden
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with moderate head.
Aromas of hops, with grapefruit and citrus notes with Just a hint of malt to hang in there.
The flavor is well-balanced with the aggressive hops shining through. the finish is pretty long and dry. A nice West coast IPA that I am quite fond of. (298 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After reading about this one in the Brewing News National IPA Competition, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it residing on the shelves near me. After snarfing a six-pack, the first bottle flowed into a humble pint glass, and a firm, off-white head rose above the orange-toned amber ale, leaving a sticky lace calling card.

The usual suspects of citrus and pine are loiter among a sweet and floral bunch of hooligans.

The bitterness of this beer flashes across the tongue, but is not over the top as is often found with this style. The refreshing and complex interplay of citrus and pine oils upsurge and climax with the sweet perfume of tropical flowers. This IPA truly showcases the complexity celebrated by this style.

A palate-cleansing elixir certainly betrays some alcohol and carbonation.

Occasionally, as with this beer, reality supports the hype. Take this six-pack, with a few close friends and watch the sun settle down below the horizon in hopes of spotting that elusive green flash. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 7% ABV. Slightly hazy copper color. Nice size off-white fluffy head. Very nice retention.

Nose full of hops, grapefruit and orange zest, with a bit of pine resin. A hint of the malt in the nose as well. Very nice aroma.

Fair amount of malt up front with just a bit of sweetness. Good blast of floral, citrusy hops. Very juicy, but then fades into a long, lingering resiny finish. Dreis as it finishes.

Good body and carbonation. This is pretty much what I expected. Very good. (494 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a copper color with a nice frothy inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is mainly citrusy (grapefruit) and piney hops, with a bit of caramel malt too. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly grapefruit and pine hops along with some bready and caramel malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy and oily with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and enjoyable. Overall I think this is a pretty decent IPA, I'd pick it up again. (624 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An warm orange beer with yellow highlights and a delicate tan head that thins but never disappears. A very nice display of bubbles can be seen as the brew is quite clear, almost to the point of being to thin.

The scent suggests otherwise. Very bold hoppy notes with citrus and pine battling over subtle malts.

The taste starts sweet but moves to a lemony grapefruit sour and a hop spice bitter bite. There is a nice astringency that leaves your tongue puckered but also with a warm malt flavor that coats the top of your licker and carries on down your throat.

Wonderful medium bodied American IPA. It has all the flavors and smells of an imperial but not so much that it hammers you over the head with hops. Easy to drink and hard not to enjoy. (748 characters)

Photo of dill
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA. The bitterness reaches a high peak but mellows out to reveal a nice oakiness. Tastes great cold and is quite easy to drink. Goes well with some spicy Mexican food. Not my favorite IPA, but a very nice beer that has some unique characteristics. (270 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominating with a nice malt base also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some citrus and bitter pacific hops with a neutral but still perceptible malt base. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this is a very enjoyable IPA, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the presence of floral and grapefruit hops would have been more discernable. (535 characters)

Photo of joekfsu
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange, low clarity, with 3 cm of off white foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is mostly citrus with floral notes. Initial flavor is piney and citrusy hops, not much else though. More citrus in the finish, dry aftertaste. Light carbonation, light to medium body, lots of lacing, and a hint of alcohol appreciated. Drinkable but you better love nothing but hops, solid IPA. (411 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O.K., I've now had the great pleasure of drinking 3 of these beers and happy to report that I have more in the fridge.

Everytime I have one I think one thing...

Cascade Hop Bomb!! And this is a compliment.

I love this beer and if you are a hop head, specifically a Cascade Hop head, you will love it as well. Get it whatever it takes.

Wonderful thick head greets you and announces you are about to have a special beer. Then you are smacked with the huge fresh hop aroma. Pine/Citrus earthy.. Just awesome.

The flavor lives up to the great aroma and follows through with the Cascade Bomb.

Mouthfeel is wonderful and this is a "chewy" beer that sticks with you between sips.

Nice lacing to further remind you of the great beer you are drinking.

Right now this is my favorite IPA...

If I'm stranded on an island, this is the one I want a case of....

Do yourself a favor and try it soon. (893 characters)

Photo of genog
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice copper color with off white head that billows up and out of my glass. Aroma is a wonderful display of earthy, citrus hops with plenty of smack your nostrils punch. Caramel malt is also present in this delightful aroma. Taste is very strong packed with the intense earthy hops from the west coast. Moutfeel is a sticky and not very carbonated. This was a great beer, and I wish I had more. (407 characters)

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. (629 characters)

Photo of jamesm7485
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow holy crap this is one fine I.P.A

The pour is a nice golden light amber color with a nice thick frothy head that never dies. Good deal of lacing

Smell is awesome hops,hops, and more hops, a very subtle citrus element as well

Taste is just like the smell very upfront on the hops but the taste has a tad more citrus than the smell

mouthfeel is just super smooth and not offensive

drinkability is awesome, its very smooth and not very harsh and hides the 7 abv very well, i coud drink a six pack of this if given the chance!

Alll in all if you find this and like hops pick this up! (588 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. Pours a almost clear orange color with a white fluffy head and sticky lacing.

The nose has an intense dank and citrus/orange notes too it.

The bitterness is balanced and lingering with strong notes of citrus/grapefruit and pine.

Really well made and drinkable beer. (286 characters)

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

Growler filled at the Finger Lakes Beverage center in Ithaca. Enjoyed several pints. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with frothy white head and lots of lacing. Heavy citrus hop aroma and taste to match with hints of grapefruit. Sweet in the middle with a nice dry finish. Very typical west coast example of this style. Medium body with great drinkability. (358 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.