1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Flash West Coast IPA
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,134 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,134
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 632 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Green Flash West Coast IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,134 | Reviews: 1,689 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

agreenman19, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of J10Jordan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

J10Jordan, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of CMui
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CMui, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Badger72
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: It is a very dark amber with a minimal amount of head

S: The smell is fantastic with the right blend of hops, citrus, and pine

T: Love the taste as it tastes exactly like it smells.

M: Very crisp beer with a little carbonation.

O: I love this beer and it is one of my favorite IPA's. To me it is that beer that if a place has it, I get it.

Badger72, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

kylemckinnis, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. into Chimay Goblet/Chalice (bottled on 01/21/13)

A: It is a very dark amber, almost the color of a nicely stained wood. Also, it is very cloudy with no head even on the pour.

S: The smell is sublime and it is that perfect combination of pine and citrus. It is a great smell but not overly powerful.

T: I'm not a big fan of the taste, but that might be because it isn't super fresh (A little over 2 months old). It is all pines and no real complexity. The aftertaste just really sits in the back of the throat and it is not a good one.

M: It has a nice mouthfeel that is not too strong. Not very crisp, it almost goes unnoticed until the end.

O: Well, I did not like this IPA at all and it is supposed to be top notch. I enjoyed Palate Wrecker a lot more. I will have to revisit this one, but I will not be getting it again for a while. Not even sure if I will finish it.

gillagorilla, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Smoke
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HAd this one on Tap in Denver. I'd only had it in bottles, so it was nice to get it on tap. As you'd expect, the light colored beer had a big citrusy and piney hop aroma. The first sip backed up the aroma with lots of hop and not much malt (but hey, that's the way it is supposed to be). Definitely a great beer. Nice to have it on tap.

Smoke, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of WizzardOfHops
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

WizzardOfHops, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of beercanman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

beercanman, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Sudsday
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sudsday, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

timontheroad, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Skeeze
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Skeeze, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of LCB_Hostage
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured frome a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Rich redish orange with a sturdy, dense 3 finger head. Retains a small head for the life of the beer with considerable lacing

S: Hops! A touch of malt and alcohol, but an invigorating blend of citrus and piney hops pervades

T: Glorious! Bitter grapefruit and piney hops burst on the tongue with a smooth malty finish. This is balance I can love.

M: Works every part of the mouth. A smooth glide across the tongue that leaves a considerable tingle behind.

O: A fabulous exemplar of the WC IPA style that earns it's name and then some. If not for the 7.2% ABV, I could sit and drink these all day.

LCB_Hostage, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of VsTheWorld1121
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

VsTheWorld1121, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Localdrinklax, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of danoeltico
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

danoeltico, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of clubarsky91
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

clubarsky91, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

roostor07, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of griffeyb
4/5  rDev -5.2%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

UNCCTDawg, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of CADMixes
4/5  rDev -5.2%

CADMixes, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of beergod1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beergod1, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Steve212
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Steve212, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- This pours up a good amount of head. This is pretty typical looking IPA. The foam is white with hints of yellow and the body is a light amber/honey color with a little bit of haziness. A good amount of lacing is being left behind as it recedes at a moderate pace. On the second pour, this is clumping against the sides of the glass.

Nose- Pretty much what you would expect from this beer style. Citrus, pine, grass, and soap. Not overwhelming but fairly inviting. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus aroma. Some melon is starting to make itself known as well. If the aroma is any indication, this seems like it's going to be a fruit hop kind of IPA.

Taste- Bitter woodiness is the first thing comes through. Earwax as well. It's a very spicy bitterness with lots of pine but not much of the citrus on the nose. One reviewer noted that the main hops on this was Simcoe. I must say that I expected much more out of this beer because of its high BA rating. The 4-pack holder indicates that the hops are Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, and Cascade- all very West Coast, typical IPA hops. This starts to mellow out a bit and give more floral and fruity flavors. The aroma profile is starting to come out more in the flavor profile though the piney bitterness still dominates.

Mouthfeel- This has a medium body with a good amount of creamy smoothness. Another IPA that I've had that has a different kind of mouthfeel and I like it.

Drinkability- As the bitterness fades, this becomes a much more easygoing beer. This isn't exactly sessionable but I won't mind finishing this four pack at all.

Overall- Pretty good, maybe not as good as its rating on BA but still very solid. I give it an A-.

artoolemomo, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Zuidman, Mar 31, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,134 ratings.