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: 1,776
Hads: 7,299
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,426 | 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
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Reviews: 1,776 | Hads: 7,299
Photo of BradBLR
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very neutral amber color with a white head that lasted most of the beer with a good amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a very floral hop smell that was fairly strong, accompanied by a sweetich malt smell.

The taste of this beer was a very hoppy floral taste that slightly over powered the malt. The malt had a slight sweetness to it. The aftertaste was very bitter and slightly dry. The mouthfeel was ok, with the CO2 being just about right and the thickness being just slightly thicker from what I would expect from an IPA.

Another great beer from Green Flash. If you like hops and IPAs, this is the company to try. (651 characters)

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

hmm, is that yeast sediment or hop particles floating in my beer? its bottle conditioned so probably yeast. does look like they dry hopped the bottle though. anyway, tasted their imperial ipa at hollingshead so picked up this bottle to try.

glowing amber/tan color with a thin creamy light tan head. very low carbonation. looks like a serious beer

juicy hop aroma. fresh citrusy sweet.

taste also has that fresh juicy hop presence. mmm good. a little bit of sugary cinamon to sweeten things up. good balancing bitterness. really good all round.

*had this just after lagunitas ipa (592 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had a bunch of bottles of GFWCIPA but this bottle I just had right now was a revelation. I'm bumping my score up from 4.8 to a 5.0, because this beer is amazing. I'm getting a tropical fruit explosion like I've never seen in this beer. Wow. One of the best bottles of beer I've ever had.

Had on tap at Hamilton's for the first time since having a bottle 2 1/2 years ago. This was as good of a beer as I remember, and it was even better than I thought. Bumping up the scores because this is a top notch IPA by far. The spiciness from the hops is crazy in this beer. A very peppery sharp character coming from the hops is a lot different than other IPA's in the area, yet it is in many ways similar to them as well.

From a 12oz bottle, pours a very clear copper tinted with some redness, and an abundant off-white head that keeps a 3-4mm cap the entire drink. Lacing is also very good. Smell is strong with pine and citrus.

Taste is of lots of pine and citrus, with an aggressive bitterness that takes on a leafy hop taste. One of the more bitter IPA's I've come across, reminding me of Port's Wipeout IPA.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, a full bodied IPA for sure. The alcohol being at 7% makes this a strong one. Drinkability is not too bad. I like hops, though I wouldn't say I'm a full on hophead, so a strong hop bitterness like this can wear me out after a bit.
5-4-4-4-4 (1,404 characters)

Photo of Duster72
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head; good lacing. Aroma is big hops with subtle malts. I have never sucked on fresh hops before, but this beer approximates how I imagine that would taste. Just big pure green hops. Huge hop flavor that is amazingly not bitter. Unbeleivable balance of hops wihout horrible bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I think the bottle lasted me less than 5 minutes. Very nice. (418 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of people I've talked to have recommended the Green Flash West Coast IPA. I'd tried the Extra Pale Ale before and wasn't really impressed, but the West Coast has a lot more going for it than the EPA.

Poured into my DFH tulip pint, this beer is a nice copper/amber color. Gives a big, off-white two-finger head which leaves lots of sticky lace. I can see bits of yeast sediment floating around in my glass, which I didn't expect from this beer. Oh, well. The aroma here is all pine, all the time. There may be a trace hint of grapefruit in there somewhere, but it's drowned out by all the trees. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. And the taste is the same way. Hoppy, piney, and even a tad bit sweet. Tart and tangy pine up front, a bit of evening out sweetness in the middle, and a crazy hop finish with lots of lingering bitterness. Certainly not for the faint of hops. Mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, although it also has a syrupy feel to it which is ultimately overcome by the strong hop finish. I wouldn't necessarily call this a highly drinkable IPA. It's more of a hop-head's dream come true, but I don't think it's really all that accessible for non hop fans. Still, I like it, and I'll revisit this beer in the future. Best when fresh. (1,234 characters)

Photo of kush6875
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a hazy copper orange color with head that dissipates quickly.

smell: fresh citrusy hops. very floral. this beer has a solid inviting nose

taste: crisp stiff hops, not much malt at all. not much balance but i love it. very good clean hop bite.

mouthfeel is a little thick and chewy with a great hops bitterness

drinkabilty: very drinkable for a hop-head!! (376 characters)

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

Pours a nice dark orange light carbonation and with a head that leaves quickly. Yeast is suspended from the bottom of the bottle. Has a Citrus hop aroma and has a pine resin chewy mouthfeel. I like this beer and drinkability is high. I would love to do a side by side tasting of GF Imperial India Pale Ale. (306 characters)

Photo of jamdugan
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange/amber. Aroma is intensely hoppy with hints pine and grapefruit. Taste was hops from start finish with zesty orange, grapefruit, and pine. This is a classic hopped up West Coast IPA. It's on par with Racer 5 and Stone IPA. I'm really impressed with this one, it's becoming my favorite Cali. IPA. (310 characters)

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

Poured from bottle with no drink by date. Come out a shiny copper color that is fairly cloudy. It is topped by a 21/2 finger off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is heavily hopped, grapefruit and citrus oil smelling.

The taste is fairly strong hop bitterness with medium malt flavors. The taste is both leafy and fruity with a medium bodied mouthfeel. A pretty decent IPA. (399 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a very nice look with a golden brown color and an offwhite head that has good lacing.

S: hops, not much more or less really.

T: hops for sure with a tang of bitternessvery tasty

M: a good medium bodied beer that is very enjoyable i good solid ipa worth trying (277 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head which lasted awhile, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is slightly sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is hoppy, and plenty of grapefruit/caramel going on. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, I heard many good things about this IPA for about a year now, well it is a mighty fine IPA at that, will definitely buy more of this in the future. (500 characters)

Photo of shertz
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 12oz bottle poured into Pint glass.

A- Hazy amber color with lots of small bubbles running to the top. One finger head disipates quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S- Pines, fruit, and hint of alcohol.

T- Citrusy, hoppy. Oh, very hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice, especially on a hot day.

M- Rather thick and carbonated. Nice.

D- Exceptional. Could drink this one all day. Come to think of it, I will.
Scott (441 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. A near perfect IPA, the aroma especially rocked (pine, grapefruit, all the hops aromas I like). The flavor had enough malt to give a small counter-balance, leaving the hops to define the overall quality. Thicker than it is thin, but still not too strong or overbearing. Nice nice IPA. (323 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

update 7/7/08: apparently columbus hops are now used in place of nugget, which I think makes the beer tastes better than ever.

This lovely ale I first had on tap at Grey Lodge Pub, but I am writing this review after just drinking a bottle of it.

The appearance is a fresh amber, sticky head, nice lacing. The smell is bloody hops! If you aren't into hops, don't drink this beer.

The hop profile is comprised of centennial, cascade, simcoe and nugget hops, its a brilliant combination. This IPA at first is all brisk and bitter flavors of grapefruit rind, pine/resin and grassy hops rolling over your tongue. Very bitter piney/citrus taste, and it gets better as the beer warms a bit. Then you have a dry, bitter, prolonged finish. Not much balancing going on here.

Great hoppy west coast ale, possibly the best one yet. (826 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Very cloudy, amber color, thin off-white head.

S- Hoppy, flowery, slight yeasty scent.

T- Very hoppy, yeasty, but a very bitter, grapefruity finish.

M- Not too fizzy, medium on the tongue.

D- Not the best of the style, strange aftertaste. (300 characters)

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

Thanks to Markgugs for providing this one! Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The body was a slightly hazy golden amber. Three fingers of bone white head left speckles of lace on the glass. This one was close to 50F when I poured it.

Smell was citrus hops with an underlying sweetness. Very aromatic. Bread crust. Later alcohol appeared (not overwhelming). Quintessential West Coast IPA presentation.

Taste was of bright, grassy bittering hops. Juicy malts. I know that "green flash" refers to a sunset phenomonen, but there is a real green flash of hops in this one. Drying, long finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and medium/mild in carbonation. (693 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich copper color with a smaller cream colored head that does leave some decent lace behind.

Aroma is west coast punchy grapefruit, pine is big also. Some light floral noted as well. Hops are big covering the malt, though some light sweetness does come thru.

Taste is hops fresh pine needles, sprinkled grass laying on large citrus hops that leave a lingering bitterness, that lasts and lasts. Bitterness is not extreme but seems to take center stage in this beer, thru out.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with a good medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good a big West Coast IPA. I love hops but hints of malt would make it a touch better. I guess it should be all good just in a different mood today. Thanks to merlin48 for the treat as always. (775 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange in color with golden hues. Craggy off white head pours two fingers thick. Decent retention. Nice thin lacing.

S: Grapefruit. Pine resin. Sweet malts. Earth. Bread.

T: Big citrus fruit juice is parted by a nice pine hop bitterness on the tongue. Sweet caramel malts balance things out and are followed by the taste of fresh baked bread. Soft, earth like aftertaste.

M: Smooth and refreshing. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A nice summer brew in my opinion. Big on the citrus and pine flavors. West Coast IPA all the way! Recommend. (598 characters)

Photo of addmorehops
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Step off for this hopdream. Dusted 2 after a Ruination. Wow. Bang.

I was cruising for hops at the newly opened Mad Mex in Cranberry, PA (near Pitts). Bingo would sum up this conquest. Tasted so fresh and dry with range of hop floral that I started to think about cab service.

I saw this at the local case shop for $36.99. I've seen some mediocre posts for the bottle. The draft rocked, so I'm not sure why the bottle get's lower nods than I'd expect.

Great stuff regardless! (483 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this "throw-in." One hell of an extra. Thanks buddy.

Rather crummy looking beer surprisingly. Like filtered clay mud. Frothy white head that dissolves to a thinner film. Nose is aromatic and full of piney hops in ture West Coast IPA style.

Nice balance for an over-hopped IPA. Hops it the front of the tongue like nails being driven into each taste bud. But then there is a nice malt base that follows quickly to keep it all in control. Heavy on the grapefruit citrus. Medium body that seems both thicker at the sip and lighter at the finish thanks to the hops. Just a tad dry with the finish too. Really enjoying my way through the glass. (671 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at cellar temp and pouring into an imperial pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a large fluffy eggshell white head of 3 cm foaming up easily.
Aroma is big sappy pine needles and a bit of fresh cut grass as well. Just a hint of caramel comes through, but hops dominate for sure.
First sip reveals an average body with mild spacious carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinkin.
Flavor is a brief hit of caramel and then tangy resiny hops that make my mouth pucker a little with each sip. there is a lingering astringent bitterness that just sticks to my tongue forever.
No hint of ABV anywhere and the beer is very drinkable even for its bitterness.
Quite a tasty treat that makes me want to try other beers from the brewery. (785 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really dont know where to begin with this one. This was awesome. Poured a great bright orange, full of haze with a thick white head. This did fade rather quickly and left behind a good lace, looks yummy. Smell was a hop bomb, no other way to put it. Huge strong flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, with a slight touch of alcohol, but not too strong, just a refreshing clean crisp smell that really made me want to dive in. The taste, OHH YEAH!! One word PERFECT. Strong classic west coast hop bomb. Enormous citrus hops, pine resiney goodness, huge flavors, nothing subtle here, Sooo smoothe, crisp, perfect fullness and feel. Big dry bitter finish capped it perfectly. Easily one of my favorite IPA ever. I really cannot say enough good things about this one, its a classic! (778 characters)

Photo of Luchman
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy orange, slightly copper color with a tinge of yellow at the bottom. A very thin, clumpy head appear with nice laceing on the sides.

S: Hops.. who knew? Strong pine, grapefruit and orange are found. Sniffin around for some malt and juuuussst get a little hint of some breadiness… I hope… Nevertheless, I think it smells awesome.

T: Rush of hops. Pine and grapefruit dominate this one. Damn.. They’re strong. If the alcohol showed up a little bit more, I’d consider this a DIPA. Malts are uhh… Well, they like to hide. Of course, it has a bitterness at the end that is pretty strong, but nothing way over the top. Lack of balance, however, bring this score down a smudge.

M: Awesome. Medium/full body with a medium level of carbonation that is pretty oily and sticky.

D: While the hops are good, I do believe it lacks some balance. I like my IPA’s to have at least SOME malts to speak of. With an intense hop flavor and lack of malty balance, the drinkability for this beer goes down.

Update: Tried this again some four years later. Not sure if my bottle is old or what, but I get much more malt and much less hop. The smell is still delicious, but the taste is lacking in balance still with the malts not clashing well with the hops. (1,259 characters)

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

This one was recommended by the bartender at Denver's Falling Rock. Served in a standard pint glass. Copper-orange colored liquid topped by a thin head. Foam lasted a long time and left some nice lacing streams the inside the glass. Lots of hop aroma, grassy and pine, citrus grapefruit. Taste is very solid. The flavor mirrors the smell with a blend of pine and citrus. Oily bitter finish. Enough malt to keep it from being a total hop bomb. Carbonation is limited, keeping it smooth. For being so hoppy, it is still easy to drink. Overall, one of the better IPAs I have had the pleasure of trying. I see why it is a favorite. (627 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a million to akorsak for hookin me up with this. I had it once before but cracked it at a tasting to far in to get an honest review. This masterpiece deserves my full attention.

Appearance: pours a hazed oranges with a big thick creamy head measuring over two fingers. after it drops to one the retention is amazing. the sticky lacing is gorgeous as well.

Smell: Sweet floral perfume hops, flamboyant aroma of resinous pine and grapefruit hops, that cross over to sweet fruit like apricots with a drop of honey. Delightful.

Taste: Millions of tiny little hop bombs explode faster than machine gun fire, with every carbonation bubble busting through the fuzziness is rich sweetness and beautiful resinous hops. This is not a double IPA (not quite) but it is a big IPA. it is really just about perfect because it is a beer you can handle a lot of, and yet it is loaded with bitterness and sweet balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a very tingly creamy feel, a medium body and a slick thick center.

Drinkability: Sensational. I really enjoy drinking this beer as much as I do contemplating it. It is one that can be enjoyed form both direction as a be worthy of thinking about and yet a beer easy enough to put down one after another.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,279 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.