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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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Reviews: 1,797
Hads: 7,411
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 376
Gots: 1,517 | FT: 11
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
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Reviews: 1,797 | Hads: 7,411
Photo of malty
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby brown 12 oz. bottle-no freshness date/code.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange with a loose and fluffy (almost) white head. Peculiar visible carbonation in that it very sparse, but the bubble sizes vary from tiny to somewhat large. Fine particles suspended in this ale. Nice sheets of lace throughout.

The smell that rolls off the top of this ale is bready sweet and floral hoppy. It smells very creamy. A beautiful mixture of sweet butter cream, vanilla, citrus, tropical fruit and a bitey hop presence.

Man, this ale is all about a wide range of FRESH hop goodness. The front is still sweet & creamy, but soon after this handshake fades the hops come roaring in. Chalky, bitter, tart, prickly and acidic - it's all there folks. The hop barrage is overwhelming, but in an oh-so-good way. My tongue is experiencing a subtle numbness just after half a glass. The malt balance still maintains and carries the symphony until the last act. Balanced, yes. Turbo charged hop assault, heck yes.

Mouthfeel is super good. Despite the queer looking carbonation, the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, silky and creamy. It's surely medium bodied with a chalky bitter long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is awesome. My bottle is practically gone and I'm bummed I don't have another. This offering was courtesy of fellow BA eyebrews.

Overall a fantastic IPA. I was told this won the GABF ('07) for its category. A rightful winner with a lot to be proud of. From the land of assertive and well-crafted IPAs, this one most definitely stands out. I will be on the lookout for this baby for sure

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Photo of jspruit
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traded with seaoflament for this 12oz bottle in Florida while on vacation this past November-drank back in Ireland.
Pours a nice copper color with a large white foamy head that slowly settled to a 1/2 finger foam that stayed with the entire drink as it went down.
Initial smells are largely piney and hoppy.
Taste is strongly of hops and citrus with pine hints, just like the smells indicates. It is a bit too much for me, borderline bitter.
Not a full beer, but definitely has some body to it and a decent mouthfeel.
I don't think that I could drink more than one of these in a sitting as it really isn't my favorite style, but I am glad that I tried it and would recommend to those looking for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle..case dated Nov 17, 07

Eyes: Deep amber/orange minimal haze at odd angles..more than likely hop oils :) Fantastic lacing head

Nose: Piney....which is followed by some more pine

Taste: Piney hops w/ a bed of slightly caramel malt that let the hops dominate as a figure head only.

Texture: Big enough body that under correct conditions, this would age better over other IPA's

Overall experience: I'm happy to have access to fresh Green Flash beer. I'll buy it anytime...and do.

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Photo of stephendr
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of clear honey, with a off white head - nose of resin, spruce, fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and malt – taste of fresh hops , lemon citrus , resin , cannabis , and malts- body is great better than their IIPA, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of resin, citrus zest, slight malts, and very nice balance all the way around

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Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. I got this as an extra but unfortunately can't remember from whom. Sorry ^^;;; No dating.

A: Pours an IPA golden orange with good visibility and plenty of carbonation. 1 1/2 fingers of rocky white head form and hold on pretty good. Some lacing down the sides.

S: Nice west coast pine hop resin and citrus oils. Nice spicy hop bite. Hop dominance.

T/M: Nice citrus and earthy pine hops all around. Big on peppery spice that lasts throughout and even gets a bit stronger in the finish. Malts add a nice sweetness to the juicy hops. Body is pleasantly light in the beginning with the hops and never quite reaches that nice medium creamy at the middle and end. Alcohol is nicely hidden until a nice, dry finish.

D: Pretty damn good and another good west coast IPA.

2nd Review: 2/17/08
StomptownHophead sent me this extra so I'll review it again!

Apperance in this bottle is much more appealling. A nice hazy body that glows in the light. Head was the same but much much better lacing.

Smell is still there.

Such a great spicy, peppery, piny bite. Body also seems a bit fuller, maybe creamier near the end.

I bumped up the stats a bit. I liked it even better than the first time around.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the extra in a trade.
Pours a murky dark orange with a soapy white head that sticks and runs down the glass.
Smells massively of hops, grassy and herbal.
Taste is nicely bitter up front, grassy hops and some vegetal notes as well. The finish is a lingering bitterness with some roasty malt burn in the throat. Feels super thick on the tongue, mildly carbonated and bready.
Goes really well with some sharp cheddar.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden yellow orange color with an average sized head. Noticeable lacing left behind as the contents disappear.

S: Nice hop aromas come off of this one. Citrus right up front with hints of pine, and even a touch of vanilla.

T: Pine right up front with a nice mildly sweet malt backbone. The finish is citrus... yum grapefruit.

M: Nice and crisp beer finishes somewhat dry.

D: Nice drinkable IPA.

Overall: I had recently had Green Flash's DIPA and was not overly impressed. It had a strange taste in the middle that just kind of put me off. This one being its little brother I was a bit concerned. Well fear not this one is quite the opposite. It is an easy drinking great tasting beer that is satisfying and very sessionable.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: An orangish copper color. There is a ton of yeast in the bottle in this one so a careful pour leaves most of it behind.

S: Lots of citrus and pine, just what you're looking for in an IPA.

T: Not much to say about this one. An excellent, well balanced, and tasty as hell west coast IPA. A wonderful medley of citrus and pine from the hops balanced with a nice malt presence.

M: Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable due to the great taste and balance. Pick up a six pack of this one if you love west coast IPA's.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: clear orange color, steady carbonated stream in the middel, huge foamy head settles to two fingers thickness
s: piny hops aroma overpower anything else going on
t: piny hops form the backbone here with citrus fruits appearing near the finish, subtle hoppy bitter finish
m: medium body that finishes crisply with plenty of carbonation
d: not a bad ipa, not the best but worth a try

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this pours a pretty glowing, cloudy orangey amber with some particulates. nice lingering creamy white head as well. pine and citrus in the nose along with sweet honeyed malts. the moderate malt sweetness is quickly bitch-slapped by the hop bitterness in this. the bitterness lingers in this medium-bodied brew. nice frothy carbonation as well. drinkability is good considering the abv.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

BAside: a shout out to BA zutmin for the rare opp to try a left coast IPA!

Poured strong, straight, a little bit thick. Wow...great sweet, hoppy nose, strong grapefruit up front, pine in the background. Malts are in there & sweet but its a losing battle to those hops. A fat finger's worth of tight, mixed blanched almond foam, sticky with edge lacing, slowly settles to a nice blanketing of the same. Minute sediment ever so slowly ebbs & flows in the hazy, almost cloudy apricot hued body. It just looks thick, like honey. Some isolated bubbles slowly work their way thru all this to the surface. Thus far it smells & looks the part - now lets see if it can act.

Creamy on the tongue, yet also a bit rough, like velour - smooth yet abrasive. Hops are bittersweet with a solid grapefruit rind/pith taste as well as some pine, yet not overly bitter. Its walking that line very well. I'm not keen on uber-bitter IPAs, but this one pushes me just a little out of my comfort zone while remaining nice & enjoyable with enough sweetness to keep it in all in check.

Semi-dry with a slight edge to the wet part of that equation, it has a soft, damp, back of the palate crunch which helps to lighten & further balance the otherwise thick, full taste & feel. There is a very mild spiciness on the back of the mouth from the malts, which is nice.

Its going down nice & easy, not too quick but not a sipper. It finishes, given how round & full it was, surprisingly dry as well as clean & non-puckerish. I can't stand bitter, might as well have sucked lemons aftertastes, but this one is nicely bittersweet, somewhat sticky & chewy, just a tiny bit stony on the tongue as well as mildly coating.

A very nice IPA. I'm no hophead but I enjoyed this very much. Its a great example that beers can be hopped without being overly bitter and still leave some room for sweetness. This would be great with anything zesty & sweet (Pacific Rim, Thai, Szechwan) as well as good pub fare that is, again, lively or spicy. While I'm not surrendering my malt-head card yet, IPAs like this are enough to convince me to continue to explore the genre for gems like this. Definitely recommended, a damn nice beer.

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Photo of mdm4584
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle at AJ's in Scottsdale. The nut brown ale for this brand was weak. I was worried about their IPA.

This brew was surprisingly top notch.

It poured a great head, white, about an inch, lacy decay.

Taste and smell were pungent, hop heavy!, pine- and citrus-y. Pac NW hops-like.

A great tasting brew.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel burnt-orange color that appears cloudy due to all the floaties; great sticky fluffy head.

A bit of sweet malty caramel with lots of herbal and citrus rind hop smell; some alcohol.

Slight sweet caramel malt in the beginning then herbal woodsy hops that ends with bitter orange. Pretty much all hops.

Nice substantial mediumish mouthfeel. Good stuff all around, maybe a bit too bitter and slightly alcoholy are my only complaints- very nice hop-bomb IPA.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy dark burnt orange color, with beautiful white lacing. The aroma is fairly light, but I can pull out some pine from it. The taste comes out with pine and grapefruit, but you can taste the alcohol which throws this one off for me a little. The taste isn't bad but the alcohol robs some of the flavor.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out a golden orange amber with a tan colored one finger deep head. The beer is clouded by what I assume to be bits and pieces of hops. Reminiscent of the look of Smuttynose's IPA.

Wonderful citrus and grapefruit bouquet. Balanced well with a malt and caramel sweetness. Amazing.

Tastes of citrus and pine like hops. Malts are there for a caramel prescence, but this is all hops. Nice dry bittering finish. Superbly done.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is enjoyable prickly. Drinkability is dangerously high for this 7.0% abv. This may be the best IPA I've had to date. Very similar to Smuttynose's IPA if you're looking for a comparison. Pairs great with monterey jack cheese.

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

I LOVE this beer! Perfect session suds for me.

Poured into tulip glass, thick caramel color. Good fizz, bright but murky. The smell is HOPS HOPS HOPS. The taste pretty much matches the smell - you get what you expect. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and hoppy, but I like this style. Very drinkable. Did I mention I LOVE this beer?

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Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a raw, hoppy IPA. Unfiltered, the body is extremely hazy but the head retention is great. Lots of citrus in the nose, with a hint of sweetness that isn't nearly as present in the taste. Oily hops with a huge grapefruit flavor nearly overwhelm the malt, giving it a slightly one-dimensional quality, though an enjoyable one. The hops really stick to the palate, leaving a long-lasting bitterness. This is a good, solid IPA, maybe even a great one. I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ski271
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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

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Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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