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

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.
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5,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 5180
Reviews: 1631
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 lackenhauser


4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, amber color with a few floaters in there. Nice lacing going down though no real head. Huge hop aroma. I liken it to shoving your face right into a bag of hops-bright, grassy, grapefruit aroma. It is very pronounced but well defined-I wish I could pull this off in a homebrew. Hop flavor dominates-almost overwhelming depending on your liking. Wants to strip my tongue of taste buds-AND I LOVE IT! Malty base behind it all. Great mouthfeel-very well balanced overall. The astringency of the hopiness is great against the malty body. Very, very drinkable. The solvent like qualities of the hopiness might drag it down some but a killer, killer example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 05:51:41 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of treehugger02010


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an awsome brew. I happened upon it, getting a 12 ounze bottle from a friend. I poured it into a pint glass (from another friend). If you can't tell this was a group effort. There was a beautiful head, 2-3 fingers. The retention was pretty solid too. There wasn't an awful lot of sticky lace, some, but most was just kind of there. The color was a gorgeous light amber. The smell was a sweet hoppy smell. The taste was more hoppy than sweet, but super none the less. The was a highly drinkable brew. Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 04:56:55 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a pure hops explosion - bursting with citrus, pine, and a slight grassiness.

Big hop flavor upfront, dominated by citrusy hop flavors with pine and some grassiness. It actually gives way to a bit of caramel malt, and a rather strict bitterness before being swept out the door with more hops.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

West coast IPA indeed, no mistake in the name of this beer. A very good example of this style done in true west coast fashion - the hops are balls to the wall. Hopheads should seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 03:30:08 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


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

Thanks again from IntriqKen for this. Pours a orange/amber color, smells a bit sweet but some hops. Taste? Wow, what beers need, true hop flavor, citrusy, piney, awesome flavor, very exceptional. Overall I wish this was a beer that could be found locally, but in the meantime I can get it by trade. Smuttynose take note of what these guys are doing.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 01:26:34 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of Bones54


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fellow BA kolch for this one!

Pours a beautiful burnt orange color. Carefull though, even after I was warned, I was too excited to pour this brew and had a bunch of yeast sediment floating around. Hardly a problem though, and just of of the slight drawbacks to bottle conditioned brews.

Smell: If I were standing in a field of Hops, I would imagine it would smell like this brew. Amazing. Almost made me think the beer itself was a hop cone and I just wanted to take a bite!

Taste: In the words of Borat, "Wowawow-wee-wow!" Say goodbye to your tastebuds after tilting one of these back. It's really unfair to any other brew you might try after this- the hop taste is amazing and powerfull.

Mouthfeel: This might offend some people, but a way I judge the mouthfeel of a good IPA is the burp that follows it. And even the burp with this beer tastes good!

Drinkability: Oh hell yes. This one is easily drinkable. Hands down one of my favorite IPA's I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 18:15:10 | More by Bones54
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque caramel color, with one of the nicest heads I've ever seen; thick, creamy just off white. Tremendous lacing. Forget the nose, the room instantly lit up with hops. I'm two feet away and I get fruity hops and esters. I go in close for pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, it's like a carribean fruit salad in there. I even get a touch of sweetness, strawberry like, and faint. The taste hits me with pineapple and grapefruit again, right int he front, developing some peach and other stone fruit flavors. The whole time the grapefruit and pineapple stay with you though, and it finishes bitter, reminding you each time you swallow that it's a big IPA. I'm not the biggest IPA fan, and this is too hopped up for me, but I can recognize that it's an exceelent interpretation of the style, with lots of fun stuff to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 03:59:00 | More by dherling
Photo of IntriqKen


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange amber that is topped with a massive, craggy, sticky off white head that melts slowly to stick to the side of the glass very heavily.
Aroma is hops, hops, and nothing but hops. Fresh green, piney and citrus hops. Mmmmm....
First sip...second...large swallow...smell again...stare at the beautiful glass. I LIVE in So Calif...why haven't I tried this beer before?
This beer has everything a great WEST COAST IPA should have.
Sweet amber malt gets it's butt kicked quickly by bitter citrus peel hops that evolve to grapefruit peel, then the malts try to come back only to be overwelmed again. Aftertaste is clean and smooth and drying.
Ready for another drink...and another...and another...
What? 7% ABV?
Yeah....good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 01:51:38 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Phocion


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

Pours an appetizing copper/gold color with a colossal bubbly white head. Excellent retention and thick lacing all the way down the wall of my pint glass.

Aroma is a huge bouquet of hops. Citrus, floral, and piney.

Taste is a bit more mellow in the hops department. The flavors from the nose are still there, but they've just toned down a bit. Light roasted malts thrown in but nowhere up to the challenge of meeting the hops. Still, this is a hophead's left coast IPA so balanced malts aren't a priority on this thing.

Medium-bodied with little carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel but it leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Stay away from this thing if you're not a hophead, otherwise I'd completely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 20:13:46 | More by Phocion
Photo of Matthew


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper type orange color with a medium sized head that slowly settles to leave a decent sized covering. There is a lot of sediment in my glass also. Pretty cloudy.
Big pungent fresh hop aroma, mainly characterized by earthy, slightly floral and pine tones. There are hints of a hop fruitiness present also....I may even get hints of apple?
Big bitter hoppiness hits me first, lush fresh hops is the biggest characteristic following along with its aroma, piney, slightly spicy, and hints of citrus characteristics. Pretty damn well balanced considering this is a 7% beer. Alcohol is not easily precieved for the most part. Malt sweetness is present in the dry finish.
Fairly drinkable, tasty enough that you want another if you really like big hop profiles but a pretty big beer that can catch up with you quickly. I'll be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:54:17 | More by Matthew
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: crystal clear orange in color with a 3" fluffy merangue like head. The head lingers quite a while.

Smell: loads of hop bitterness leap out of the glass. Citrus tones are more laid back.

Taste: a pleasant sharp pine bitterness nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Lighter orange and grapefruit tones rounds it out. Overall a very hoppy IPA.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Long aftertaste of pine bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a wonderful IPA that applies a pleasant assault on the tastebuds. Some may consider this approaching a DIPA, but the lighter malt levels makes this a super easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 12:32:02 | More by Gavage
Photo of bkett01


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

Thank you germaniac for this one!
Pours a hazy copper/amber hue covered with a thin white head. Good looking beer and even better smelling. This beer has been in my fridge for at least a half a year by now and it smells incredibly fresh right out of the bottle. Floral hops jump out at you over a lightly present sweet malt.
Taste is of raw oily hops, full of fresh "green" hop flavor. This is well carbonated and lively on the tongue as the hops impart their punch.
Great IPA, once again I'm jealous I don't have access to this one more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 01:27:11 | More by bkett01
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange/copper color with a nice foamy white head.

Smells are typical of west coast IPA's but still very pleasant. Cirtusy, grassy, piney hops.

Taste is quite hoppy and bitter. A little too bitter. I would have enjoyed a little more maltiness to balance this one out. It is crisp and tangy.

Drinkable for the abv but the bitterness takes away from the drinkability a bit.

If you're in the mood for a big hoppy ipa this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 16:15:39 | More by BillyB
Photo of tgbljb


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate white puffy head, Very attractive lacing. Smell is loaded with piney, grassy citrusy hops. Taste follows through with a strong hop taste, somewhat balanced by the malt. Finishes a bit too long and bitter, and any maltiness seems to have vanished. Nice drinkability, but I would have enjoyed a bit more malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 23:22:47 | More by tgbljb
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

I literally walked into a column of cases of this beer when walking around a dislplay in the store. Glad I went around that corner.

Body is a Octoberish chill-haze orange amber. Loads of carbonation. Three fingers plus of level, bubbly bone-china colored froth. Very good lacing.

Big come-on-in inviting aroma full of pine, grapefruit, and some other assorted citrus.

Sweet caramel/toffee sets up a foundation before the resiny piney grapefruity citrusy hops come flooding in like SoCal during mud slide season. Nice hop "burn" lingers on long after swallow. Balanced and hoppy is always a good thing.

Good solid mediumish mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

As advertised, a solid example of West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 21:22:26 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Pooba001


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep orange color, definitely unfiltered with yeast and some small bits of hop. Good head dissipates to nice lace. Pretty. Smell is big grassy, juicy, citrus hops, floral, piney. Wow, obviously a combination of hops here, there's so much going on.

Taste is very bitter even for an IPA, this is creeping towards double IPA territory, there's a little grain and malt to back up the hops, but this is a lupulin showcase, and all the flavors I smelled are on the palate as well.

Mouthfell is good, slightly dry. Drinkability is quite good considering its bitterness. This is a pretty awesome IPA, I'm glad we're getting Green Flash in Arizona.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 09:29:36 | More by Pooba001
Photo of StoutofHeart

New Jersey

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

A golden orange color with a nice thick head. In the nose there is plenty of citrus notes that carry over into the taste such as: grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc. It has a very crisp and pleasant hoppiness to it that lingers long after the taste. A real pleasure to drink.

Over all, and exceptional brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 22:04:41 | More by StoutofHeart
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of yellow-tan head ebbs to a bubbly quilt. Hills of lacing range the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a citrusy swirl of grapefruit with an undercurrent of mandarin orange and lemon. A taunt of malty caramel flits softly along with an unexpected but soothing touch of tea leaves.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and boasts caramel and blueberry, but it's promptly trounced by dry, pulpy grapefruit and a lesser needle of pine. Biscuit malt peeks out toward the close, and more crisp dry grapefruit pairs with a lingering bitterness in the finish. It's not extreme, but it lives up to its name in the best way.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat so much as spice and tingle the entire palate.

I think West Coast and I think juicy, oily, sappy hops, and this doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't overwhelm despite little pretense to balance. It does have enough malt to maintain a presence, though. The ABV is sneaky, as it declines to overtly show itself, but it is there, do not doubt. And so simply, if hops are your bag, baby, you'll likely find this as drinkable as I do. Southern California is one fun, prolific place for beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 17:23:31 | More by Foxman
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours a hazy amber copper color with a thick and foamy light tan colored head. Nose is fresh pine and citrusy hops along with a bit of spice. There is some noticeable sugary sweetness in the taste, but this is easily dominated by the bitter and piney hop oils and resins that remain in a lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice IPA here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2006 20:51:25 | More by Morris729
Photo of kcirtap


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One fine IPA. I had this on tap a couple of times, and it quickly became a favorite. Aside from losing a little of the aromatic qualities, and having some floating sediment, the bottled ale is still quite good. Plenty of hops right out front. A nice combo of pine and citrus that hits you in the back of the jaws, but is not overly bitter. Aftertaste leaves a hint of alcohol, and a bit of piney oil. Overall, this is one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 20:34:11 | More by kcirtap
Photo of scottoale


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the cask at the Liar's, too the pint glass in my hand was a beautiful orange-amber ale, with a cloudy hop residual beneath a 1/4" of clarity, topped by a just off-white frothy, tight head everlasting. A very bright IPA with a glow.

Very piney and grapefruit upfront blitz...much hoppier than I remember this from the bottled version. Sweet malt loaded with citrus and pine, a definite hop-bomb of an IPA.

Pungent grapefruit intro that blazes into a pine forest for a wollop of bitterness and tang. For sure, a crowd pleaser of this style and beyond. Wow, very impressive from the cask...and a good mouth puckering.

Tons of sticky lace coat the whole inside of the glass. Halfway through, the grapefruit turns to a tangerine/orange with a bit more sweetness only to return to the grapefruit dominance, ending in a spikey hop bittering finish. Well done Green Flash!

Healthy medium plus body with a healthy dose of very well-hidden 7% ABV, an all-too-easy to drink, Western-style IPA of hop distinction.

Gotta love it!

Serving type: cask

09-09-2006 08:39:14 | More by scottoale
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a white creamy head doesn't last a long time. Light coppery color sightly cloudy apperance. Sweet malty aroma slight hint of pine. Nice malty taste piney slight citrus hop taste. Good balance not as hoppy as I would like it to be.Medium bodied good clean taste.not a great beer but not a bad one either. I could drink another.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 04:09:47 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a towering thick and sticky oatmeal colored head. Body is almost an orange copper color, somewhat hazy.

S: Strong tangerine and grapefruit aromas. Hop presence is staggering, the bitterness is very apparent

T: Lovely grapefruit syrup with pungent grapefruit rind bitterness. Fruity malt consisting of apricot, strawberry and melon. Finishes with a ton of earthy, bittering hops. Aftertaste of hop butter.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

D: That, my friends, is a west coast IPA. Recommended to all hop heads.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2006 20:35:39 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of ghostwalker


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle generously provided in a trade with bennetj17. Thanks!

Orange-amber body with a solid finger of sticky yellowish-white head.

Smell is a huge sweet citrus blast. Clears the sinuses and makes my mouth water.

Flavor is all West Coast. "C" hops abound with a bite like a sugar coated grapefruit rind. There is a sweet caramel malt backbone present, but it does not impose or intrude in any way. This is all about the love of hops. Somewhat similar to Masala Mama, but more so. I think I may like this even better.

Mouthfeel is tart and toothstripping. Yow!

Drinkability is outstanding! A great brew, wish it were available out here.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 22:04:23 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with bennetj17. He's a great trader.

This orange-coppery amber beer poured with an impressive two finger off white head. The lacings were also quite impressive on this brew. It was decently carbonated as well.

Piney hops with a hint of citrus. Buttery caramel and bread also present to a lesser degree.

Resinous pine overtop of caramel and buttered toast. Finished again with hops, with more of a grapefruit taste and feel. Guess im a hophead because I could have used a touch more hoppiness.

This is a decent bodied and well balanced IPA. The astringent and piney hops nicely balanced the sweet and buttery creaminess of the malts.

This is a very refreshing and drinkable medium bodied IPA. Could tip a few of these back.

This beer had awesome head and lacing, much more so than other great IPAs. It also had very nice malty flavours and contributions, without being overdone in that department. Just a touch more hops would put this over the top as an American IPA in my opinion. Thanks again to Bennetj17 for throwing this one in.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 03:25:26 | More by demcorhip
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a clear dark copper color with about an inch of eggshell colored head. Nice lacing rings the glass after each sip.

The hops dominate the aroma with pine beating the citrus to the front. Malts are present but you have to search for them at the end. It's hard to keep my nose out of the glass.

Taste is almost identical to the smell. Pine is the big player here with a lighter grapefruit flavor peeking out in the end. Little sweetness is noticed, but it has to be there somewhere since the hop bitterness doesn't overpower my tastebuds. Yup...there it is... right in the middle and easy to miss.

Medium body with a very slick and creamy mouthfeel to it. Some dryness on swallowing but little of the normal prickly feeling I get from some hoppy beers. Almost like warm velvet in the mouth, if you can imagine that.

I will have to get more of these, since I only picked one up on a trip through VA. Next time it will be a sixer at the least. Very enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 23:53:24 | More by Imstillthegman
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,180 ratings.