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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

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5,160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5160
Reviews: 1630
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%


Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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BierJager89

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque amber red with a creamy light tan head.

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit, mango and fresh orange.

T: Once again lots of grapefruit and pine, especially up front, followed by lemon, fresh orange and citrus peel. Finish is dry and resiny.

M: Medium body with average or slightly smooth carbonation for an IPA.

O: Really good. I'm not the biggest fan of grapefruit and thus west coast IPAs in general. This one has a nice mango flavor in addition to the orange flavor which I really like. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:28:56 | More by BierJager89
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a one pint six ounce bottle into a tall mug and served cool.

Brilliant clear brown body and an off white head

Pine and candy

Pine and woody with some sweet grain aftertaste

Watery and very still

Flavors are nice but the mouthfeel is a bit thin

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:01:06 | More by jneiswender
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting a while for a beer to come along and truly blow me away, create a paradigm shift if you will, or at the very least, leave me awestruck. A guy can get a bit jaded with this sort of mentality, as many very good beers can still leave one wanting just a little more. On this occasion, I felt this awe and really did get a jolt of beer-hunter enhancing excitement. Admittedly, I didn't think this would be the beer. Then again, Green Flash is pretty well-regarded in terms of flavor if not price. This brew is a dark russet amber color with a decent dose of beige head that threatened to billow over the sides of my American pint glass. Aroma included all the features you'd expect in a top-shelf IPA, quite tropical, certainly citric: Grapefruit rind galore, fresh pine resin, sweet caramel malts, a solid dose of flower shop and spice cabinet. Hits all the marks. Wait until you taste it, however. This one has layers that peel back as you go. Starts with grapefruit and tangerine flesh and rinds, cantaloupe melon, a little red berry (good old Simcoe), tart bright lemongrass, and then BOOM, massive pine sap and pot resin launch a Blitzkrieg. Very aggressive and spicy menthol bitterness that builds and builds, begins like a cough drop and evolves into mouth numbing spruce needles and mustard greens ... There's almost a heat present, and the floral and citrus elements never quite disappear. I get fresh lime juice, perfumed black tea, white pepper ... Just when you think its done, some fruity grape and gummy candy pop in and you wonder how you can still taste something so subtle amidst all the oily resins and sour fruit wash. The malt backbone manages to protrude into one's awareness despite the hop attack, some light toffee and toast. Medium body, its a tad chewy but not enough to escape the impression that this is a hop bomb as opposed to something sweet. One of the most pine-laden and bitter IPAs I've tried to date, yet redolent with all kinds of fresh juicy fruit flavors. If this is such a world beater, what must Pliny taste like? Someday I shall find out. For now, Green Flash has a wide distribution network and thank God.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:52:10 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ssteakley

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had to drink two bottles of this one to try and determine the unique Hop flavor happening, their web site says"Columbus for strong hop pungency". So I guess that describes it...Pungency. This one will grow on you for sure definitely a characteristic of the PNW brews I have been enjoying but definitely an excellant IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:30:14 | More by ssteakley
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FLima

Brazil

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious aroma of pine, grapefruits, fresh oranges, slightly toasted malts, flowers and caramels. Lasts through the whole degustation.
Hops, hops, hops! Bold and bitter flavor of spices, citric hops, American yeast, pine resin, lemon, tobacco, caramel and toasted malts, saffron and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness that won’t go away.
Medium body with carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.3% abv is hardly noticeable.
World class IPA, perfectly executed. Bold with an insistent bitterness. This one is hard to improve. Still so balanced, that my wife who does not like beers, found it nice, despite of its 95 IBUs and 7.3% abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:32:07 | More by FLima
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theteleman

California

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Orangeish apperance with a nice white head that takes it time to disapate. Smells…Pine, Hops, lots of hops some citrus notes are prevalent as well. Taste is what I've come to expect from these West Coast styles, the first thing that my tounge noticed was the hoppy, piney taste that I love. Real nice mouthfeel, bitter but also some malts in there to balance it out. Awesome. The ABV is disguised well here so tread carefully but Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:45:13 | More by theteleman
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GrumpyBeer

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was good/great IPA with great west coast hop head aromas and a bitter pine forward taste. The pour was dark amber orange clear with carbonation heavy bubble throughout. The smell was very good. Pine resin and that fantastic hoppy citrus I expected. The taste was very bitter forward, piney and malt and caramel were there. The citrus I expected just wasn't quite there but for those loving the hoppy bitter IPA with more malt note this would hit the spot. Mouthfeel was dry and slightly sour after drinking. Almost a hoppy farmhouse ale feel.
This was overall a good beer, not quite as fruit and citrus as others but still a good IPA for the bitter lovers

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:15:56 | More by GrumpyBeer
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jbwimer

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one of my favorite IPAs when I first got into craft beer a couple years ago. Since then, I've strayed away. Stopped in Whole Foods today and decided catch up with an old friend. Bottle says to enjoy by 6/17/14. I see no need to wait that long.

A- Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. A finger-and-a-half of off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves it's mark on the glass. This is a beautiful beer, in my opinion. A deep amber that seems to glow. Carbonation rises throughout the whole drinking experience.

S- This beer is decently malt-forward, especially for a West Coast IPA. But this is balanced well by grapefruit, lemon zest, grassiness and some faint notes of pine. As it warms, more of the juicy fruit scents come to the fore. Good balance.

T- Great hop bitterness, balanced very well with the caramel from the malt. I really enjoy the faint sweetness that complements the bitterness. However, the waves of hop flavor are what I love about this beer. Thumbs up.

O- I've been reminded of what kept me coming to this beer in the first place. Great balance, and a great value for such a damn good beer. I've enjoyed getting reacquainted with my old friend. Good news? I have 3 more left.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 21:13:10 | More by jbwimer
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a big ass mason jar with a pewter handle securely attached.

A: deep golden ruddy color with a huge rocky 4 finger head that dissipates to a 3 mm disk. carbonation is lightly active. Hazy.

S: WOW. Dank Centennial. This is nuts. So intense. This is what people think of when they talk of C hops. Delicious. There is middling malts, ala crystal or some other two--row hiding. Bitter pine yields to citrus, e.g. grapefruit. white pepper. there is a LOT going on, and it is perfect, Some strange dankness.

T: perfectly follows nose. smooth hops are yielding to bitter hopsplosion. it is a very intense citrus experience, and malt at swallow is minor.

M: Creamy. Bitter citrus. spritely side of tongue. Does not linger nearly long enough, goes a little stale bread at ultimate finish.

O: Expensive. But worth it as an occasional quaff. My gosh this is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:34:57 | More by Scrapss
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kwc017

Arizona

4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets if you are a hophead. Nothing gets in the way of the floral, citrus and pine smell and taste. Hoppy resin lingers long after the swallow. Hop bitterness stays on your tongue as well. Just a perfect example of a west coast IPA. Damn near perfect beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 03:07:03 | More by kwc017
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass over 25 minutes.

The pour is a murky brick orange with non settling large particles suspended in the soup. The eggshell head is fairly small. Frothy/bubbly lacing sticks to the glass only a little, both high and deep.
The bouquet is big and complex, simultaneously full of bitterness, sweetness, and fresh breaths of forest. The sugar-bitter front is a nice change from the majority of IPAs whose noses squirt citrus first. Those fruits come second--grapefruit, blood orange, and the cleanliness of lime that flows into the pine freshness without a noticeable seam. There's pepper and other herbs hanging on, as well with a sugary caramel depth that insists a malty foundation will support all the wild hops.
In the mouth red grapefruit ushers in the tart-sweet-bitter stew with a forceful but smooth entry. It gets leafy and chewy next, with mint in the latter third that makes the transition from wild to cultivated starches. Toasted caramel and hop oil sweetness pick it from there and slide into a long delicate finish where lime juice and clove-stabbed oranges drift into woody notes that end by crawling up the nose from deep in the throat.
The dry center hold taut all of these wild elements that swell a fat body floating on hop oils. It's so beautifully done that the experience remains bright and crisp, even with all the rich botanicals and toffee that somehow suggest vanilla…even white chocolate...as it stretches out on the tongue. What a marvelous, long experience in the mouth and over the teeth. It has just enough carbonation to keep it moving forward; if I could complain, I'd ask for just a few more bubbles.
This craft is remarkable. I'm so glad I had it without a bit of food--as a result, even the 7.3 went to my head. None of that booze, though, never mucks up the nose or taste. And I'm excited, now, to pair its beautiful use of lime with Mexican food, especially with proteins from the ocean. The only thing not stunning about this IPA is the splash it makes in the glass, but what a performer the rest of the way!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:25:34 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a 16 ounce pour on tap at Pacific Standard.

A - hazy copper color with a solid head that didn't lace the glass at all. I found that last part odd.

S - Big orange notes with a touch of a sweet, candy aroma. Pleasant.

T - Bitter hops but not in a bad way (a dry hop bitterness). The overwhelming taste here is the orange citrus. It almost tasted like dry orange candy. If you're a hophead, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

M - A bit thicker than a typical West Coast IPA but also crisper. The hops dry out your mouth. Also, not as filling as I would have thought. It drank smoothly and before I knew it, my glass was empty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 14:49:31 | More by WheelsPSU
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beer I've been wanting to review for quite some time as I love IPA's and this is something I havent had a whole lot of.

Pours a deep orange with a white head that falls fast, murky and full of sediment, just how i like my IPA's

Smells like the dankiest hops around, big citrus and weedy, grassy hops in abundance in the nose, with a wiff of caramel as this is 7.3% alc.

Tastes like a malt bomb of an IPA with a punch of bitter hops as one might expect from a double IPA. Very malt, bread, and hop driven, with citrus zest, pine, a tad of oak from I don't know where, just a grassy citrusy IPA, very well done.

mouthfeel is above average, its well carbed and has plenty of taste per sip balance.

I like it, havent had too much, but I should revisit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 06:51:02 | More by BastardKing24
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Green Flash West Coast IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a finger and half of off white head.

S - Getting smooth tropical notes on first sniff. Grapefruit, citrus, hop resin, a touch of coconut.

T - The hop bomb explodes on first taste. Pine needles, grapefruit, hop resin. The brew has a little citrus mid palate with more hops on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

O - Hop heads unite, yep this one's for you. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:04:56 | More by fitrock2112
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brurevu

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is hops, hops, and more hops! Definitely a West Coast IPA with a very clean hop bite and a lingering resinous hop aftertaste. This one leans more towards the piney hops rather than a strong citrus flavor with a very in your face hoppiness. While the bartendress warned me that it was really aggressive I really enjoyed it. Another fantastic brew from Green Flash which continues to impress.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 22:27:20 | More by brurevu
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is a cloudy amber color with some floaties bobbing around and settling at the bottom. The head is thick and foamy, fairly dense, about a full finger tall. Lacing sticks to the glass by way of a good amount of patching.
This beer's aroma is pungent, a strong and varied hops bouquet not lacking complexity. It starts off with lots of grapefruit, juice, zest, peel, the whole thing, with a floral and herbal element to back it up before some pure, resinous pine comes through. Malts are enough to genuinely add balance to this very strongly-hopped brew, adding enough caramel sweetness to curb any abrasiveness the bitterness provides.
On the tongue, the hop onslaught is immediate, and it's very much the same: the tart, sour very lightly sweet and bitter combination of ruby red grapefruit, pine resin, flora, pure leaf and herb, rounded out by a little mint. Caramel comes in with it to keep it balanced from the beginning, adding a little bread with a touch of dryness, almost toasty.
This one's pretty dry the whole way, though the body is semi-dry until the finish, where I would definitely consider it dry. The juiciness makes the mouth water and helps with the dryness. Otherwise it's nicely crisp and has a bit of smoothness running through the medium body as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 19:57:46 | More by Brenden
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CA_brewster

California

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep amber with a good finger of off white head. Nice smelling IPA some sweet malty under notes but this brew is dominated by delicious hops. I’m picking up on heavy pine notes as well as some citrus in the aroma. A nice hoppy flavor and a bit of hop bitterness as is to be expected in a beer like this. The flavor to me is primarily grapefruit with some pine resin more in the aftertaste. These hoppy characteristics are balanced out quite nicely by the solid caramel malt backbone to this brew. This is definitely a hop forward beer though, just the way I like ‘em. A damn solid west coast IPA that goes down surprisingly easy and is quite refreshing considering it is a 7.3% brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 07:40:46 | More by CA_brewster
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Ruination pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Brewed on either 03/21/13 or 08/21/13. It's a bit smudged.

A: Fairly hazy, honey-colored body with a nice effervescence. 1 solid finger of off-white head with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrus-forward hops, but not as overtly grapefruit as some others. Subdued piney notes. Light pepper. Light biscuit as it warms.

T: Juicy, but assertive bitterness, immediately and throughout. Light malt kicks in later, but certainly comes no where near overtaking the hops. Pretty dry, bitter finish. Great stuff. Grapefruit zest and dry pine feature most predominantly. Some hints of vanilla. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to lower carbonation with moderate body. Nice and appropriately full in the mouth. Slight creaminess.

O: The combination of hops really shines in this one. Nicely amalgamated into a well-integrated, and damn delicious, hop presence. Great balance with regards to the malt. Certainly bitter, but drinks superbly. This is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:44:53 | More by fourstringer
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k3ve

Switzerland

4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tryed that beer first in a bottel in canada and i totaly felt in love with it. Now i was lucky enough to find a bar, in the middel of tokio, with had it on tab. with no doubt my fav. beer. Very nice and fruity/hoppy smell, colour just like a perfect ipa and wow that hoppy mouthfeeling.. what an experience! IPA lovers gona love that one :)
cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 21:39:11 | More by k3ve
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served - Bottle poured into a Speiglau IPA glass, enjoy by March 2014.

Appearance - A deep amber. A little too dark for an IPA. One finger head with low carbonation.

Smell - Earthy hops, somewhat floral. Not a very strong smell at all.

Taste - Slightly bitter hops in the front with a malt presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full on the tongue with a little carbonation dancing. Malt lingers.

Overall - It was a very solid and drinkable representation of the style. For something calling itself a west coast IPA, I was expecting much more citrus notes and less malt. It's a good beer but not a great beer. I felt the smell was very lacking.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:40:33 | More by PSU_Mike
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange in color with a bit of cloudiness. A millimeter thin layer of foam rests on top. I've had this before but it's been awhile. Fantastic intense grapefruit like hop aroma. Best smelling IPA I know of. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a bit of hop stickiness. Intense hop flavor is well balanced with a light malt backbone. Love this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:11:41 | More by Franziskaner
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magictacosinus

California

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally well enough to crack open one of these. The top of the bottle neck states that this is best by "03/13/14," although I do remember their beers having bottling dates not too long ago. Still, what's a better way to clear my sinuses than with what's purportedly considered to be the dankest IPA of its kind? Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

With an aggressive pour, this yields a cloudy, copper tinged amber color complete with about 3 fingers of sticky, frothy foam that dissipates rather quickly (although not without leaving plenty of sticky lacing in its wake and a half finger of head at the finish). For a 7.3% ABV IPA, carbonation is relatively high, despite a major lack of bubbles floating upwards. Looks thick and sticky, and really reckons itself as the black sheep of West Coast IPAs even here.

I've had this several times in my life, and really nothing comes close to this IPA in terms of maintaining an extreme, dank, herbal hoppy profile of this nature. Pine and clove (to the point of becoming medicinal), grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel. Contains a funky pear aroma underneath, with a bit of earthiness and spices. Very prickly, even here - reminds me of a big bowl of sage and fennel at times. Contains a slight sweetness from the malts, even producing a bit of toffee or caramel, but this will raise the hair on the chest of even some of the most experienced of hopheads.

Dear God! Could a beer get more astringent than this in flavor? It probably could, but I'm not sticking around to think twice about it. This is by far the dankest herbal IPA I've probably had to date. At first, there's an immediate pungent force of dried grapefruit rinds, orange and lemon peel, and lots of under ripe pineapple. Then, it becomes progressively vegetal and herbal, with notes of green pepper, sage, saffron, lemongrass, light anise, and lots of toasted tobacco at the finish. As a former pipe tobacco smoker, this contains the same astringency and toasted herbal notes that better quality tobacco holds, and the cornucopia of herbs and intense citrus and tropical notes makes this an intense IPA to be reckoned with. Some heat is noticeable, but the sweetened caramel malt profile does its best to hide it. And, despite the beer's near palate-wrecking astringency, it's creamy enough to make it a an easy sipper.

Green Flash makes its big beers, but this is one I'm always hesitant about trying due to its obvious intensity. Make no mistake, this is an impressive West Coast take on the style, but it's so different from the usual offering in so many ways. Due to its extreme bitter profile, it's far from balanced or applicable for everyday drinking in my routine. Nevertheless, it's a perfect example of Green Flash doing what they do best - getting the hop profile, turning it up to 11, and somehow make it drinkable throughout. Recommended for those wanting more intense hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:17:55 | More by magictacosinus
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A slightly hazy, dark honey brown colour. One inch of beige head. Not much lacing. There was a definite brown sediment at the bottom.

The aroma is strong citrus and pine.

A strong tart pine taste. Very earthy. Starts with grapefruit and ends with a tart bitter aftertaste. I had the mystical experience of smelling citrus and tasting pine at the same moment.

Medium feel with little carbonation.

The malty backbone was missing from the taste. This is extreme hops and an excellent example of a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:31:03 | More by ssmack
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$2.79 single (or something like that) poured into a shaker pint (insert frowny face).

Appearance: A deep orange color, almost caramel brown. A finger of an off-white, creamy head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, grass, a bit of pine... a lot of that tropical sort of aroma though. Also some caramel or crystal malts in the aroma as well. No indicated freshness date on this bottle, but this one doesn't seem to be very old.

Taste/feel: The most impressive thing about this beer, without a doubt, is its depth of flavor. It changes quite a lot as it makes its way across your tongue and down your throat. Initially, fairly sweet with the tropical hops and malts. Across your tongue, a slightly spicy hop character comes through to give it a little "kick." At the back and down the throat, it's just an incredible balance. This beer is apparently 90 (?) IBUs, but it's really not very bitter to my tongue. I mean, it's definitely there, but the balance is so great on this beer, that the IBUs mean nothing. The feel is weird to me -- at first it seems really thin and like there's no carbonation, but then it almost morphs into a medium body with a slight bit of tongue prickling carbonation.

My first few sips, I was incredibly underwhelmed with this beer. As I went along, I enjoyed it a little bit more each sip. I'm not too sure I'd consider it a "World Class" sort of IPA, but I will say that the depth of flavors and how much this beer changes as you drink it is a huge feat.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 15:16:30 | More by Alextricity
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GreenJetta912

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - good head an retention. A bit hazy.

Smell - amazing!!!! Orange and grapefruit notes. I definitely smell Citra hops. Big, aggressive dry hop. Doesn't smell much better than this in the IPA world.

Taste - also exemplary! barely-there malt backbone that has a little caramel note but is mostly american Pale ale malt or 2 row. The hoppiness is definitely the main event but is least prominent in the middle. Still very hoppy and once again, It doesn't get much better than this.

Finish - Almost as good as aromas and better than the middle. Dank and sticky but still citrusy.

Overall - this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had and, as far as I'm concerned, it is a benchmark for it's style. IPA is my everyday style and the only one I consider myself knowledgeable in and this is world-class, without question.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2013 04:41:01 | More by GreenJetta912
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