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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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6,170 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason never reviewed this beer, just escaped through the cracks. This one was an extra thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar.

Pours a decent looking fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over a semi hazy ruby red grapefruit orange color.

Nose brings plenty of hops, floral and citrusy with some spiciness, a light citrus tangerine effect but not a big juicy pungent kick or rind bitterness, light pine spicy hop aromas, with a touch of a grassy floral effect as well. Touch of grapefruit as well, and a very faint malty sweetness with slightest touch of reddish amber malts. It does bring a touch of fruity candy hops, like a little candied orange peel and tangerine the more I nose it.

Taste starts with a nice big hoppy bite, quite bitter right off the bat like 70IBUs bitter almost immediately, but doesn't get astringent. Hops come in with pine and spicy flavors first, not really a chewy spicy hop, but a piney spicy not overbearing like hop. Then citrus, a bit of tangerine and faint grapefruit pith, touch of that candied fruit hop character again. That's followed with a mild malty sweetness, a bit of a caramel toasty reddish copper malt flavor, but all pretty light, just enough to balance the big bitterness and keep it from getting astringent. It brings a little citrus rind as I let it sit on my tongue for a while, a bitter rind flavor. Finish is fairly dry, still very bitter but doesn't really ramp, more plateaus almost right off the bat and stays at a quite bitter but not overly taste. Finish also brings more citrus rind bitterness, a little spicy hop and a very long bitter grapefruit pith taste, and a faint touch of a booze flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, it feels a bit fluffy and airy thanks to a good amount of carbonation, and a very light warming booze.

Overall a nice IPA, not quite what I expect for a "West Coast" IPA, but those terms are a bit out of date now. A nice big hoppy beer, quite bitter that plateaus right away, nice hop characters with a little spicy (but not chewy), a bit of citrus but more like rind and pith bitter citrus, and just enough malty sweetness to give it a base so it doesn't get astringent. Nice IPA.

jlindros, Apr 11, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first legit tasting of a West Coast designated IPA. It poured beautifully with a picture perfect head. Slightly murky amber orange that tells me we are packing natural flavor here. Smells like hoppy bread dough. Wonderful hop flavor follows which takes me to a new place with every mouthful. Grass, dandelion, grapefruit, resin, mineral- a ubiquitous profusion of hop flavors continue to evolve. The label says "Extravagantly Hopped". Well, that about says it all. This beer is so well crafted it is wasted on a neophyte so save this for your well versed IPA connoisseurs. Overall it is a magnificent beer that is sure to impress any IPA fan.

FinerThings, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

drrone, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ESeab, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Djsaturn1, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SeaOfShells, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

weezarc, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BuckTuckian, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mre0683, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 07, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Total Bevarage in Murfreesboro, TN, into a Duvel glass...Paired with Dutch Gouda Cheese and Jimmy John's (#12)

Appearance: LIght Amber/Copper color, Huge creamy head, and beautiful lacing as well. Looks like an amazing IPA.

Aroma: Grapefruit, strong pine, and citrus. A lot of hops, it smells amazing.

Tastes: This is a flavor packed beer. What a solid IPA should taste like, really nails the West Coast Style well. There are a lot of hops in this beer, but it is so well balanced that the bitterness is almost sweet. I would definitely classify this as a bitter IPA, but a very drinkable one.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, good amount of carbonation. A little on the dry side.

Overall: If you're a fan of West Coast IPA's, you will enjoy this beer. Plenty of hops, will satisfy most hopheads.

Roman5150, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

AL89BR, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mantooth, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

CATVDK, Apr 06, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash West Coast IPA pours a clear dark golden color, with a long lasting, and lacing head. There is a nice dry floral, hoppy aroma. The taste has a nice subtle hoppy flavor, nice and dry. Easy to drink, flavors are full, but the floral flavors are not overwhelming. Overall a very nice good flavored and enjoyable IPA.

vette2006c5r, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

mendvicdog, Apr 06, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber in color and VERY murky/hazey. Can't see through it at all. Very little carbonation and a solid 1 finger of fluffy off white head.

S: Wow, what a blend of pine and citrus. Hops, hops, hops! This has a fantastic aroma, very complex and inviting.

T: Good flavor. Heavy on the grapefruit and bitterness with a dry finish. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the beginning but it quickly dissipates. Did I mention the bitterness??

M: Smooth finish. Not to heavy but not light either. Well balanced and feels "right".

O: Real bitter. A true hop bomb for sure and may turn some people off because of its intensity. Nice beer but certainly not as sessionable as others.

Edit: I'm having this again and rereading my review. I think I was hard on this beer and am bumping some ratings up because this is a world class beer. Green Flash has become one of my favorite breweries.

JaredM, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mmulleavey, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mjw1200, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

polopaul20, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

smccann, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

LambicKing, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Hallertau, Apr 05, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,170 ratings.