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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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1,787 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,787
Hads: 7,364
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,472 | 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: 1,787 | Hads: 7,364
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. (533 characters)

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? (464 characters)

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! (921 characters)

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. (753 characters)

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. (406 characters)

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. (321 characters)

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 (270 characters)

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! (2,020 characters)

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. (679 characters)

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. (911 characters)

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. (1,207 characters)

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)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,787 ratings.