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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,170 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,170
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 240
Gots: 645 | FT: 7
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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of estlinska
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip at Big Orange on 4/20/13. Poured a dark blend or pure red and dense orange-copper, creating a nice color similar to a ruby red grapefruit. It was very dense and allowed little to no light penetration. On top there was voluminous head the color and apparent look of crushed limestone. Looked great in the glass. The smell up front was lots of dark resin and very dank. There was a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. As the beer opened up, there was good grassy smells and some citrus: mainly grapefruit and lemon oils. The taste very much like the nose. There was a good sweet caramel malt, but it was definitely a big, bitter hop bomb. There was lots of big citrus fruit like oranges and limes, but also some big pine and mint flavor as well. It did get a tad astringent, but only ever so slightly. The beer had great body overall with a dry and bitter finish. No ethanol burn to it at all. Overall, this is an excellent and big IPA. They almost went too far, but kept it overall in check. Very tasty brew..

estlinska, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of klythjohan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

klythjohan, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of BeerSnobery
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BeerSnobery, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Pac-N-West_SNOB
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Pac-N-West_SNOB, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Asics, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
3.25/5  rDev -23%

alex_hart, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Kevin79
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Kevin79, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of jreindl
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of biscuitroller
3/5  rDev -28.9%

biscuitroller, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of dailyminefield
4/5  rDev -5.2%

dailyminefield, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Fubar1453
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Fubar1453, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

YamagamiTravis, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a nice clear light copper with a two-finger eggshell colored head. Leaves ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Well not exactly a shocker here, lots of grassy hop alpha acids. But wait! Also getting some nice malt sweetness. Inviting.

T - Obviously hop forward, with hops leaning toward the grassy/sprucy side of the spectrum. Heavy grapefruit citrus bite. Very "juicy". But no mere grass bomb, this one's got backbone. A nice buttery Ritz cracker malt underbelly holds the whole thing together. Really well presented.

M - Full bodied chewiness+ prickly carbonation to make it gulpable = excellence.

O - Really surprised by this one, and another solid offering from Green Flash. Right up there with SN Torpedo as far as "Big IPA with malt" style. Highly recommended.

TempeBeerMan, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of h4ger
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

h4ger, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Iamstryker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Iamstryker, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of NinetyNineBottles
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

NinetyNineBottles, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of watsonmd
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

watsonmd, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of SirVessa
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

SirVessa, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Ak555667
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Ak555667, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of IcemanCometh
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

IcemanCometh, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of ZJPierce
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ZJPierce, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of BRANDY818
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was available at a hotel lobby bar in New York City and I was dying for some hops.

Overall, not that impressed with how it traveled. At home it's typically a solid choice. Seems like the strong bitterness and a round maltiness took over from what is normally a range of hoppy flavors.

Can't wait to get home and drink the real deal.

BRANDY818, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of abuss2
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

abuss2, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Jparker37
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Bottled on 1/21/13.

S - Citrus, tangerine. Resiny/catty fresh aroma. Malts have a little bit of sweetness, honey-like.

A - Towering, rocky light tan head. Little bit of haziness to the deep amber colored beer. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Right away there is a glimpse of toasty malt, it hangs on for nearly the entirety of the taste but early on is overcast with hops. Piney/minty hops are there early and often lending good flavor with a wallop of bitterness. Little bit of sweetness midway but dried up nice in the finish. Hop bitterness was a little clingy and a little unpleasant well into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, dry, medium carbonation.

O - Good meld of hop aroma with underlying malts. Taste is great again from malt striking a stylistic balance. Hops lent a unique flavor profile also drying the beer up well. Bitterness was a little on the sharp side for my preference and a little over carbonation contributing to that sensation. All in all I am happy to have tried this beer and will look to seek out more from this brewery as I have heard great things.

Jparker37, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

comfortablynirm, Apr 16, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,170 ratings.