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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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1,801 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,801
Hads: 7,479
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,583 | FT: 12
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,801 | Hads: 7,479
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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Photo of isthisme2
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy Orange with a very thin... almost creamy head.

Smell - Sweet, citrus... nothing really jumps out and takes control. Balanced

Taste - hops, big time.

Mouthfeel - Very characteristic if not dead on with... with what you would expect from the style. Light almost watery then a big ol' punch.

Drinkablity - Great. Obviously not a session beer, but very enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-ish color with a off white head. Aromas of grapefruity hops and a malty sweetness fill the air. The taste is all hops, hops, and more grapefruity hops. Leaving that bitter atertaste as well. Very nice lacing on the glass. A bit sweet, and a nice bitter hop end. A very nice IPA, very tasty!

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Photo of mentor
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger yellow-tan head over a particulated apricot color liquid. Smells pith and some light esters. Woodsy oranges and tangerine. Tastes oranges and pith. Sharp clean hop bitter, grassy is low. Potent bitter is above all, but hop flavor is nearly comperable. Peach fuzzy. Pith is drying in the end, but allows a fruity sweet to rise a touch in the aftertaste. Md body and md-heavy carbonation.

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

Poured a lovely copper with a thick off-white head. Smell...wow! Stinky nuggets topped with a citrus glaze. I knew I would enjoy this beer. Very, very sharp nose that coated the palate with rich hops and pink grapefruit. So hoppy in that I couldn't tell how balanced she was...the hops dominate that much. Nice lacing left in the glass. For me, this is a once-in-a-while type of IPA.

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

Great beer. So happy I could actually smell this one...

This West Coast IPA has a nice even cloudy golden orange color. I generally cant really smell all that well, so it was nice to find this beer with a pleasant hoppy, floral aroma. There is something in the taste that I cant quite put my finger on, but there is a very strong hop flavor (bitter), nice floral favor. The aftertaste is a bit too strong for me (taste I can't figure out), its pretty bitter. Solid carbonation. Drinkable beer, but dont know if I could throw back a bunch due to the aftertaste.


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

Got this one from IntriqKen. Thanks!!! A hophead's delight...Up there with Avery Maharajah, Bigfoot and Celebration Ale in the hophead pantheon!!! Pours a hazy copper color. Can get a nice size white head with a hard pour down the middle of the glass. Decent lacing. Smell is great. Lets you know right away that you will be in hops heaven shortly. Tastes very good. Nice and simple. Very strong hops bitterness and citrus (grapefruit). The hops is by far and away the dominant taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Coats the tastebuds....wouldn't appreciate a Pilsner after this one!!! Very little alcohol taste. As sessionable as 7% can get. I would enjoy 2-3 of these over a long session. Will look for this one at Total Wine or my next foray to Half Time in Poughkeepsie NY. A very nice beer.

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Photo of ReDave
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man what a beer!

This is going to be a regular, and thanks to our BevMo, keeping it in stock! Nice.

Just a titch darker than my ideal India Pale Ale.

But... What an Aroma! Excellent! Very nice. What an IPA should be. All the great IPA hops I expect from a great one.

Very Nice lacing all the way down. Head at least covers the top at all times.

Tastes almost a good as the aroma. Great aftertaste, some malt, maybe a smidgens shy on the mouth-feel, but then again, maybe not.

After scoring a partial six-pack in the Tustin area, I was so pleased to see in Fresno. Yeah

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

Appearance – This poured a big and thick orange in color with a beautiful orangish-white head that came up just right, showed great retention, and left some awesome lacing on the inside of my pint glass. This was the kind of beer that makes you want to fetch your camera.

Smell – The West Coast hops and sweetish malts are balanced just right at the nose. The sharp tangerine rind smell and the lightly-toasted malts work well together. You can just tell that this is going to taste great.

Taste – The flavors work together just as well as the smells did. There's a big rush of pine that I failed to pick up at the nose. The malts have a lot of caramel sweetness to them. This is a sharp, powerful ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a big big IPA. It's shy of full-bodied but bigger than medium. It's not overly dry but has enough dryness to shock the average drinker.

Drinkability – I wasn't expecting this from a sub-$2 beer but this heavy hitter is incredibly well done.

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Photo of gamblor21
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Orange, Small head, great aroma of hops. Mostly taste only the hops used. Pick up an orange or citrus flavor as well. I assume from one of the hops they are using. Bottled in a short bottle. Not a very strong smell. Leaves a nice flavor in your mouth and is very easy to drink more than one of.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat hazy yellow-orange; I wonder if it's bottle conditioned?; small white head.

S- Oh yeah, this is the stuff; great hop aroma with pine and citrus; classic IPA profile. There's no malt, but who cares about that with a hop profile this good?

T- Nice hop character with a delicious orange peel taste. There's lots of bitterness right of the bat. It's not balanced in the least, but it's still good.

M- Medium-thin, decent carbonation.

D- I'd certainly have another, although the ABV is kind of high (7%).

Definitely a good IPA. It's almost like a DIPA in its bitterness and hop character and is certainly much better than this brewery's DIPA. Get this instead of the DIPA. Recommended.

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

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle, it's a nice golden-orange with a sticky off-white head. The smell is assertively hoppy but backed by a fair noseful of biscuity malt smell. The hops assault the tongue but, again, the malt sweetness rounds things out fairly well. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. The hops overtake the tongue quickly and this doesn't strike me as an all-nighter in the drinkability department. Overall, a fairly good effort but outmatched by many other IPAs, including a laundry-list from the same county.

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Photo of sweethome
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber color. Huge nose of pine and citrus. Full mouthfeel - plenty of malts here - abit of english style IPA - tea - then a bitter assault. Huge slam of bittering hops. Citrus and pine dance in and out - but the bittering is always there. One of the bitterest beers I have had - and boy does it work.

A wonderful CA hop bomb. Full mouthfeel, full flavor - all the hops you could imagine. Wow - this just showed up back east - who are these guys?

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Photo of budgood1
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the stubby 12 oz. pop off top bottle a very cloudy rust colour, with a fair tannish head that has staying power. thick chunks of lace. musty, resinous and thick hop aroma...some ripe fruit and toffee maltin the nose. smells delicious. well...the taste is all hops, and multidimensional, too. starts off pine and spruce...followed by a hefty malt sweetness; kind of candy like with a hard to pin down sweetness. almost oily in nature...warming alcohol in the belly...ends wonderfully bitter...more piney resin notes with a hint of lemon citric hop accent. the body is fuller than i was expecting, which helps the mouthfeel seem sublimely smooth and ample. finishes bitter with a long and lingering layered hop blast. holy shit.

ok, this is a hop bomb of a beer. it's like i am licking hop cones. and it seems way bigger than a 7% IPA. west coast indeed.

a big thanks to Intiqken for sending this my way!

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Photo of bosco7
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper color with a mousse like white head.

Loads of grapefruit, pine needle, orange, peach, and canabis. Explosion of westcoast hops.

Nice big malt backbone which takes me by surprise. I was expecting minimal malt presence that is blown away with hop flavor ( their DIPA seems to have less malty flavors). Caramel, walnut, and toffee flavors upfront quickly followed by an exponentially increasing hop flavors which include grapefruit rind, pine resin, juicy orange pulp, and some pepper. Finish is quite bitter and it lasts until you take another sip. Very tasty beverage.

Oily/slick mouthfeel from the obscene amount of hops used. Perfect carbonation.

This is a great IPA, so damn hoppy...mmm. Another great IPA from San Diego.

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

Poured a cloudy amber orange with an intensely fluffy very big head. The smell is lightly grainy and with beefy, citrusy hops. This is a huge hop bomb with intense grapefruit pith and a big meatiness in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy, which makes it hard to drink much of. Had out of the bottle at City Beer Store in San Francisco. This is one nice IPA, but not as balanced as some.

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Photo of Mark
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer that I tried at a ale house in Oakland. Medium amber color that had a thin head with wispy lace. Strong aroma of citrusy hop, same on the taste buds though malt balancing was evident. Nice mouth feel and drinkable. Never heard of this brewery until today, if their other beers are like this they should be fine.

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

pours a hazy copper orange with a nice white head and leaves a nice lace... had this on bottled as well and was also impressed... nose is grapefruit, citrusy and floral with a little pine... tastes totally grafruity and bitter, but not overboard... a hophead extrvaganza

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


A rich, hazy copper/straw with a frothy, textured head with excellent lacing... fine if not exceptionally eye-catching.

The aroma... dear lord the aroma. This is what an IPA should smell like. Nigh on perfect... grapefruit and citrus sweetness with a floral, rose-y twang. A female in a Green Flash West Coast IPA perfume would be enough to make me infidelitous immediately. And I'm not even sure infeliditous is a word, but I would also go through the effort of making it a word in order that I be it. Also, I like the aroma of this beer.

Taste is solid, if not quite as nuanced and delightful as my favorites in this particular genre of beer. A tongue-bashing bitterness whaps you right up front, although not as astringent as some... it reeeaaally sticks around, and eventually leaves a medicinal residue on the tongue (which isn't so great if drinking on its lonesome, but if pairing this with food... I did so with a Thai Peanut Linguine recipe which was nicely spiced... it'll never stick around). As it warms alcohol becomes perceptible, though it never overwhelms. Malt sweetness is present just enough from tipping this over the deep end. Once the medicine drifts away this i incredibly clean on the palate.

Crisply carbonated but rich and full enough to stand up to the impressive hop display. Fantastic.

I'm a little torn on drinkability... after purchasing the six pack and drinking a couple on the first night I was drawn, strongly, for more, and cracking each bottle I found myself saying talking myself more into its appearance, and throwing myself wildly upon the aroma... but being mildly disappointed with the first taste... then coming around on it, and then thinking this just was a bit shy of perfection towards the end of the glass.

A great IPA, well worth enjoying and seeking out, and I'll be revisiting aplenty... but it won't be replacing Stone or Alesmith for me, yet, although it and Racer 5 are going to have to have a few discussions. Bring on the Alpine 6'ers to LA!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

West Coast I.P.A. pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head that takes a while to die down a nice layer. Stickiness is all over the place, this IPA won't let go. I also notice some sediment floating, maybe yeast? Clean piney aroma with a nice sweet sugary grapefruit kick. Some yeast in the nose as well. Taste is a nice earthy hop flavor with a hint of bitterness. Ends very sweet on the tongue, I really enjoy this aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. I really enjoy this IPA, wish it was more available on the east coast. West siiide.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with suspended floaties, topped by three fingers of dense, creamy head. Pretty impressive when held to light. Great retention and lacing.

S: A nice bouquet of floral hops, grapefruit and other citrus, with a slightly piney undertone. Somewhat bready scent also.

T: Starts off with a smooth intro, leading right into a bitter hop spike that is as tart as it is flavorful. Very interesting hoppy notes at work here, pushing all the way through the finish, sliding past the palate and down the throat. Leaves a semisweet and bitter trail in its wake, but solid.

M: Very appropriately carbonated, lending a creamy texture. Hop presence increases the viscosity a bit, somewhat sticky and oily residuals.

D: Kind of a jolt to the palate at first, but after a while becomes a bit more well-rounded as it warms. A fairly well-heeled IPA that would be good for a round or two.

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Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$1.50 single
Liquid Solutions

As soon as the top pops on West Coast I.P.A I can tell I'm in for a treat. Nothing but hops after opening. Poured a crystal clear polished copper that got a little hazy after I dumped the yeasties in there without even thinking. A two finger white billowy head formed on the pour that just stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass.

The solid head on this beer is holding some of the aroma at bay. The aroma is still solid and nothing but sugared grapefruit. Mild caramel in the background. Simple but yummy.

Flavor isn't near as good as I was expecting. As a matter of fact it's just ok. Caramel malt starts things off and is bigger than expected. The hops aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be when the bottle was cracked. Sweetened grapefruit comes through mid palate. Good but nothing really stands out.

Medium bodied and velvety smooth with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish.

I can drink these pretty easily. Balanced flavors keep this beer an easy drinker.

Maybe this bottle is a little past it's prime. I have a couple more so if things change this review will be updated. Solid IPA but nothing to set it apart.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.