Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Review taken summer 2013.
12 oz brown bottle with in usual Green Flash bottle style and labeling as well. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.
A - darker shade of orange with some haze to it. Frothy off whit head masses on top and sticks around leaving thick stickiness the entire way. Great looking brew.
S - you'll notice right away why this has the name west coast. It's loaded with hop aromas. Semi floral hops paired with citrus, fruit, and candy notes. Awesome!
T - massive hop flavors all over. Orange notes are quite juicy and followed quickly by more light fruit notes. Almost like orange candy. Citrus hops barely out perform the floral hop character and both blend well together here. A hop heads dream in a glass. Just loaded down with hop flavors with a dry bitterness to the finish.
M - thicker than I expected going in, but what I was thinking? Green Flash brews always have a good texture to them. This is no different. If you are scared of hops, beware.. This isn't a walk in the park and the palate load is a hop bill straight from the middle of a hop field. It's gushing with hop character and uses the different varieties to balance itself instead of leaning on malt. Some may say its unbalanced, but its hop notes are balanced perfectly together. Crisp mouthfeel and a dry finish but still gushing with hop brilliance. What an ale!
O - west coast at its finest! Green Flash takes the lead and carries the flag as holder of the best standard West Coast ipa I've ever had. It takes the ipa style to a completely different level and just struts its liquid self around in utter arrogance. Really a true piece of Californian brewing brilliance with Green Flash's take on this storied style.
10-18-2013 16:28:50 | More by BradtheGreat7
3.8/5 rDev -10%
I really like this beer. Even though we are talking about a beer claiming to be extravagantly hopped, this beer is all about balance. It packs a punch at 7.3. I think it is the most drinkable beer of all the 'dank' beer I love.
WC IPA is only available in a four pack ($12) now so when I see it on tap for $6 a pint I feel like it will be a great deal for IPA lovers looking for a balanced beer that is easy on the gut but still provides a palatable punch any day of the week. Although the only place I have had it on tap was this summer at Citizen Burger in Charlottesville.
10-17-2013 03:21:46 | More by JohnBuck
4.14/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a hazy burnt orange - lighter yellow tints at the edges. Good amount of carbonation. Big chunks of lace. Head is beige and frothy with decent retention
The aroma is huge with citrus rind hops. Juicy grapefruit and dank pine needles. Somewhere behind all those hops is a sweet breadiness with a hint of caramel
Taste is like the nose. Big notes of grapefruit juice and citrus rind. Sticky resinous pine. This almost gets to a salty level of bitterness. Sweet bready malt for some balance and a touch of peppery spice finishes it off. Aftertaste is mostly of pine and citrus and lingers for a long time
Feels full bodied. Astringent. Lots of bitterness. Dry
Overall a must try for hopheads. Bold and bitter. Huge hops throw this out of balance but that is to be expected. Not terribly complex but still really good. Would get again but I do prefer my IPAs a little more balanced
10-15-2013 22:24:44 | More by MistahBeah
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
A - Pours a copper orange with good clarity and a big creamy head. Nice stick.
S - Huge citrus hop notes, floral, perfume, piney, resinous, with some malts.
T - Big piney, citrusy hops up front, balanced by some malts and bready flavor. Finishes with a sharp but clean bitter snap.
O - Easy drinking IPA with a robust hop profile. Nice IPA. I'd have it again.
10-14-2013 01:59:33 | More by andrewjraab
4.36/5 rDev +3.3%
Growler from Northbridge Pig... I guess the last one I'll get from the Northbridge Beer Garden. Served in a shaker pint.
A: light copper; creamy, 2-finger head; nice, patchy lace.
S: citrusy hops; light resin aroma; nice and hoppy.
T: a freshly bitter IPA; citrus rind; spicy hops.
M: moderate feel and high carbonation; nice.
O: a classic "west coast" IPA; drinkable and delicious; nice to close out the Northbridge Pig on a good one!
10-12-2013 22:00:35 | More by jpro
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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