Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.96/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Best by 3/4/14, so probably about 22 days old.
Appearance: A surprisingly dark caramel/amber and hazy body with a frothy off-white head. Pretty dark for a beer named "West Coast IPA" but I'll play along.
Aroma: A beautiful bouquet of west coast hops at their finest. Dankness and sweet grapefruit.
Taste: Starts with crisp bitterness right out of the gate. Real mellow caramel and amber malt keeping things from getting out of hand in the hops department, although there is some serious bitterness that keeps the word 'balanced' from being necessary in describing the flavor. The hop profile is earthy with some great floral notes near the finish and pure bitterness in the aftertaste. Not quite juicy but getting there in some respects.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with somewhat lively carbonation. Average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: It's nice to review an IPA that's a) fresh and b) good. While probably not cracking my top 5, Green Flash West Coast IPA is a very good beer. I've gradually become harsher on grading beer (especially IPAs, as they make up one of my favorite styles) and it is obviously reflected in the final score. However, let it be known that this beer is heads and shoulders above any other run-of-the-mill American IPA swill that so many pop-up breweries are releasing. But I digress. Would I drink it again? For as long as Green Flash distributes to MN.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 23:15:25 | More by JamesMN
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,743 ratings.