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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

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5,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 5158
Reviews: 1630
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of mnj21655


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear copper color with about a half finger of off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, and resiny hops. Taste is dominated by piney and resiny hops. Malts make a fleeting appearance but really can't hope to shine through the overwhelming hop flavor. In the finish there is a pleasant and lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good as well. The 7% ABV is barely noticable. The hops are dominant on the palate but not overwhelming. Overall a pretty darn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 23:42:13 | More by mnj21655
Photo of ski271


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy, medium amber with a small, off-white creamy head. Good lacing.
S: Wonderful citrus hops over a light bready malt backbone. Orange is the dominant aroma.
T: More of the same with some pine and a resiny bitter finish.
M: A bit of an astringency I didn’t care for… thinned it out too much
D: LOVED the nose but the mouthfeel ruined it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 19:05:26 | More by ski271
Photo of Floydster


3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 ounce mug from Naja's Place

Nice head and golden brown color

Pretty strong for an American IPA with a long aftertaste, which was a good thing

Not as good as everyone says it is, but still not too bad

Another San Diego brewer to look out for in the future

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 21:00:21 | More by Floydster
Photo of number1bum


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6, and before that BeerTruth gave me one as well.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a dense inch and a half of off-white foamy head. Head has amazing staying power and it's almost chunky. A solid lace stays to the bottom of the glass and it leaves a mess all over the sides.

Smell is primarily pine hops with a touch of citrus and some caramel malt sweetness thrown in for good measure. Lots of hop resin aromas.

Taste throws a nice smack of hop bitterness at you right off the bat, which then mingles with some pine, bready and slightly toasted malt and a little caramel malt sweetness through the finish. It keeps a solid hop bitterness all the way through. This is a pretty straightforward IPA; no frills, no surprises, but it's well crafted and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, almost chewy. Nice and smooth, lots of thick hop resins.

Really tasty, solid IPA that I could drink a ton of. This is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:23:09 | More by number1bum
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass-

A- Thick tan head- lots of hills and bumps- great lacing all throughout. Poured a dark orange color that seemed to glow in the light.

S- Smelled of pure hops- those wonderful west coast citrus hops that we have all grown to love.

T- The taste was hops, hops, and then some more hops (this is not a bad thing). Those grapefruit/citrus/fruity hops- done just right- once this beer hits your lips, you know you are drinking a true west coast IPA.

M- Mouthfeel was creamy and bold- decent carbonation- some warming. Very nice overall.

D- Because of the 7% abv, sessionability is quite low. The problem is, this IPA is so tasty, you can't help yourself but drink a few in a sitting!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 23:31:25 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of BretSikkink


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark side of orange, great head, and reasonably good lacing. Candied citrics all over the nose, in big quantities

The flavor actually surprised me a hair, it's a little more mid-range and peppery than the vibrant nose suggests. Still, it's very very good, plenty of quality ingredients, and at 7% nothing to scoff at.

More friendly and drinkable than their Double IPA, this is a great pick for a hop fix, and an exemplary SoCal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 22:06:53 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of franksnbeans


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy burned orange with a thick marshmellow cream head that stays the whole time and has nice lacing. Lively carbonation is visable. Smells awesome. Huge hops with citrus rind that holds it own and a hint of malt. Tastes of HOPS and also tastes of HOPS. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit and HOPS. Feels thin but full in the mouth. Good carbonation and a finish with a bite. If your a hop fan, this brew will put a pucker then a smile on your face. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 23:44:19 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Halcyondays


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Dark amber-brown, with a thick white head which lasts for the whole glass, excellent lacing.

S: Great smell, with fragrant whole-leaf hops, with abundant pine and citrus.

T: Hop dominated, done well, with mostly grapefruit, there is some bit of malt in the aftertaste, very robust and powerful for an IPA.

M: Smooth, creamy, and quite resiny.

D: A great West Coast IPA, very hoppy and tasty, a stellar production, will definitely buy again. Great job by Green Flash!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 22:18:26 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of isthisme2


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy Orange with a very thin... almost creamy head.

Smell - Sweet, citrus... nothing really jumps out and takes control. Balanced

Taste - hops, big time.

Mouthfeel - Very characteristic if not dead on with... with what you would expect from the style. Light almost watery then a big ol' punch.

Drinkablity - Great. Obviously not a session beer, but very enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 23:10:39 | More by isthisme2
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-ish color with a off white head. Aromas of grapefruity hops and a malty sweetness fill the air. The taste is all hops, hops, and more grapefruity hops. Leaving that bitter atertaste as well. Very nice lacing on the glass. A bit sweet, and a nice bitter hop end. A very nice IPA, very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 20:22:05 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of mentor


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger yellow-tan head over a particulated apricot color liquid. Smells pith and some light esters. Woodsy oranges and tangerine. Tastes oranges and pith. Sharp clean hop bitter, grassy is low. Potent bitter is above all, but hop flavor is nearly comperable. Peach fuzzy. Pith is drying in the end, but allows a fruity sweet to rise a touch in the aftertaste. Md body and md-heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 02:11:55 | More by mentor
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lovely copper with a thick off-white head. Smell...wow! Stinky nuggets topped with a citrus glaze. I knew I would enjoy this beer. Very, very sharp nose that coated the palate with rich hops and pink grapefruit. So hoppy in that I couldn't tell how balanced she was...the hops dominate that much. Nice lacing left in the glass. For me, this is a once-in-a-while type of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 12:43:25 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of pieper


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. So happy I could actually smell this one...

This West Coast IPA has a nice even cloudy golden orange color. I generally cant really smell all that well, so it was nice to find this beer with a pleasant hoppy, floral aroma. There is something in the taste that I cant quite put my finger on, but there is a very strong hop flavor (bitter), nice floral favor. The aftertaste is a bit too strong for me (taste I can't figure out), its pretty bitter. Solid carbonation. Drinkable beer, but dont know if I could throw back a bunch due to the aftertaste.


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:42:58 | More by pieper
Photo of JayQue


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from IntriqKen. Thanks!!! A hophead's delight...Up there with Avery Maharajah, Bigfoot and Celebration Ale in the hophead pantheon!!! Pours a hazy copper color. Can get a nice size white head with a hard pour down the middle of the glass. Decent lacing. Smell is great. Lets you know right away that you will be in hops heaven shortly. Tastes very good. Nice and simple. Very strong hops bitterness and citrus (grapefruit). The hops is by far and away the dominant taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Coats the tastebuds....wouldn't appreciate a Pilsner after this one!!! Very little alcohol taste. As sessionable as 7% can get. I would enjoy 2-3 of these over a long session. Will look for this one at Total Wine or my next foray to Half Time in Poughkeepsie NY. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 18:26:00 | More by JayQue
Photo of ReDave


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man what a beer!

This is going to be a regular, and thanks to our BevMo, keeping it in stock! Nice.

Just a titch darker than my ideal India Pale Ale.

But... What an Aroma! Excellent! Very nice. What an IPA should be. All the great IPA hops I expect from a great one.

Very Nice lacing all the way down. Head at least covers the top at all times.

Tastes almost a good as the aroma. Great aftertaste, some malt, maybe a smidgens shy on the mouth-feel, but then again, maybe not.

After scoring a partial six-pack in the Tustin area, I was so pleased to see in Fresno. Yeah

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 03:16:18 | More by ReDave
Photo of RoyalT


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured a big and thick orange in color with a beautiful orangish-white head that came up just right, showed great retention, and left some awesome lacing on the inside of my pint glass. This was the kind of beer that makes you want to fetch your camera.

Smell – The West Coast hops and sweetish malts are balanced just right at the nose. The sharp tangerine rind smell and the lightly-toasted malts work well together. You can just tell that this is going to taste great.

Taste – The flavors work together just as well as the smells did. There's a big rush of pine that I failed to pick up at the nose. The malts have a lot of caramel sweetness to them. This is a sharp, powerful ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a big big IPA. It's shy of full-bodied but bigger than medium. It's not overly dry but has enough dryness to shock the average drinker.

Drinkability – I wasn't expecting this from a sub-$2 beer but this heavy hitter is incredibly well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:11:08 | More by RoyalT
Photo of gamblor21

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Orange, Small head, great aroma of hops. Mostly taste only the hops used. Pick up an orange or citrus flavor as well. I assume from one of the hops they are using. Bottled in a short bottle. Not a very strong smell. Leaves a nice flavor in your mouth and is very easy to drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 21:42:09 | More by gamblor21
Photo of vtfan77


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat hazy yellow-orange; I wonder if it's bottle conditioned?; small white head.

S- Oh yeah, this is the stuff; great hop aroma with pine and citrus; classic IPA profile. There's no malt, but who cares about that with a hop profile this good?

T- Nice hop character with a delicious orange peel taste. There's lots of bitterness right of the bat. It's not balanced in the least, but it's still good.

M- Medium-thin, decent carbonation.

D- I'd certainly have another, although the ABV is kind of high (7%).

Definitely a good IPA. It's almost like a DIPA in its bitterness and hop character and is certainly much better than this brewery's DIPA. Get this instead of the DIPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 04:34:53 | More by vtfan77
Photo of mickeymac


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle, it's a nice golden-orange with a sticky off-white head. The smell is assertively hoppy but backed by a fair noseful of biscuity malt smell. The hops assault the tongue but, again, the malt sweetness rounds things out fairly well. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. The hops overtake the tongue quickly and this doesn't strike me as an all-nighter in the drinkability department. Overall, a fairly good effort but outmatched by many other IPAs, including a laundry-list from the same county.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 03:23:59 | More by mickeymac
Photo of sweethome


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber color. Huge nose of pine and citrus. Full mouthfeel - plenty of malts here - abit of english style IPA - tea - then a bitter assault. Huge slam of bittering hops. Citrus and pine dance in and out - but the bittering is always there. One of the bitterest beers I have had - and boy does it work.

A wonderful CA hop bomb. Full mouthfeel, full flavor - all the hops you could imagine. Wow - this just showed up back east - who are these guys?

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:44:59 | More by sweethome
Photo of budgood1


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the stubby 12 oz. pop off top bottle a very cloudy rust colour, with a fair tannish head that has staying power. thick chunks of lace. musty, resinous and thick hop aroma...some ripe fruit and toffee maltin the nose. smells delicious. well...the taste is all hops, and multidimensional, too. starts off pine and spruce...followed by a hefty malt sweetness; kind of candy like with a hard to pin down sweetness. almost oily in nature...warming alcohol in the belly...ends wonderfully bitter...more piney resin notes with a hint of lemon citric hop accent. the body is fuller than i was expecting, which helps the mouthfeel seem sublimely smooth and ample. finishes bitter with a long and lingering layered hop blast. holy shit.

ok, this is a hop bomb of a beer. it's like i am licking hop cones. and it seems way bigger than a 7% IPA. west coast indeed.

a big thanks to Intiqken for sending this my way!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 23:45:53 | More by budgood1
Photo of bosco7


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper color with a mousse like white head.

Loads of grapefruit, pine needle, orange, peach, and canabis. Explosion of westcoast hops.

Nice big malt backbone which takes me by surprise. I was expecting minimal malt presence that is blown away with hop flavor ( their DIPA seems to have less malty flavors). Caramel, walnut, and toffee flavors upfront quickly followed by an exponentially increasing hop flavors which include grapefruit rind, pine resin, juicy orange pulp, and some pepper. Finish is quite bitter and it lasts until you take another sip. Very tasty beverage.

Oily/slick mouthfeel from the obscene amount of hops used. Perfect carbonation.

This is a great IPA, so damn hoppy...mmm. Another great IPA from San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 03:21:00 | More by bosco7
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber orange with an intensely fluffy very big head. The smell is lightly grainy and with beefy, citrusy hops. This is a huge hop bomb with intense grapefruit pith and a big meatiness in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy, which makes it hard to drink much of. Had out of the bottle at City Beer Store in San Francisco. This is one nice IPA, but not as balanced as some.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 18:55:19 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Mark


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer that I tried at a ale house in Oakland. Medium amber color that had a thin head with wispy lace. Strong aroma of citrusy hop, same on the taste buds though malt balancing was evident. Nice mouth feel and drinkable. Never heard of this brewery until today, if their other beers are like this they should be fine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 04:10:06 | More by Mark
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper orange with a nice white head and leaves a nice lace... had this on bottled as well and was also impressed... nose is grapefruit, citrusy and floral with a little pine... tastes totally grafruity and bitter, but not overboard... a hophead extrvaganza

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 05:00:38 | More by timtim
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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