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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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6,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,263
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 245
Gots: 690 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Qwest_35, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BeerBucks, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

brheuer, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 6/23/12. Consumed on 7/28/12.

Beautiful dark golden orange. Two fingers of thick, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing and retention. Big hop nose. Very resinous, dank, and piny. Also some pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Whiff of sugary cotton candy malt underneath all the hoppy goodness.

Toasted malt quickly turns to herbal hop bitterness. Dank, resinous, and herbal hop flavors soar. Fruity malt with hints of caramel, cookie, and candy sweetness. Still, this beer is dominated by the hops and they steal the finish. Dry, with lots of lingering dankiness. Yum. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. This is a great one.

alexgash, Mar 17, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber on a recent trip across the border. I didn't see 6-packs available.
Anyway, smells like a classic west coast IPA. Fresh Am. hops with citrus and light fruits. Pleasant and pleasing.
Mmmm, not that's some smooth bitterness. Hops flavors pushed, but not too excess (for many). No resin quality. Super long finish of bitterness and hop flavor. Hops flavors are more grassy with only hints of the citrus noted in the aroma. and holding more pine here.
Tons of lacing from the nice head. Pretty clear and golden in color. Hints of sweetness from the malt show in time (mmm that's nice).
Really well carbonation. Big enough to to lend a nice softness without any sharpness.
Definitely a worthy beer for the top 250. The finish just lays on the tongue forever with a more grapefruit quality showing in time. No unpleasant notes in this one. Lots of complexity and the flavors grow and change throughout the drink.

garymuchow, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

TheMultiYeast, Mar 17, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy iced tea colored body, with a slim white head. Leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Catty scent predominates the overall character, along with a little bit of almond.

T: It has some resinous (tree sap) qualities, along with a woody bark and mossy note to the flavor. There's a bit of tannin quality to the beer as well, like you'd get from certain roasts of coffee or a good tea. It is very tea-like.

M: The mouthfeel is relatively smooth compared to other AIPAs. It's not completely dried out either, and seems to coat the mouth a bit.

O: Overall I thought the beer was nice, but it wasn't spectacular. The flavor was partially there, the scent was partially there, but it just didn't feel complete. It felt fairly mellow and I would have liked a bit more flavor and character to the beer.

teromous, Mar 17, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint, huge fluffy sticky bright whiye head that hung sheets of lace down glass.Fairly clear honey hued orange brew, nice.

The sticky icky kind of grapefruit rind and pine that make for an awesome ipa.

As the elixer washes over the tongue it floods the grapefruity goodness abound. Gobs of resiny pine with grapefruit rind please the palate. With hints of delicate malts for good show. The abv on this is SO well hidden, maybe a hint on the back end.

Purt darn near full bodied beer that drinks like a session brew.

So glad to be getting this stuff here now.

welldigger888, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Wrigfen, Mar 17, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Ginger Man, South Norwalk CT. Served in a tasting glass, but enough to get a feel for the beer.

Pours dark amber, almost bronze. Heavy foamer, creamy looking. Lots to lace. Deep resin nose. Firm bitter taste, but oddly light hearted about it. Holds and resides on the tongue. Subtle sweetness contrasts. Smooth all around. A very efficient IPA. Never notice the 7% register.

KTCamm, Mar 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Hattie, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

EigenBeer, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

duobob, Mar 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber. Orange gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, sweet and citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, citrusy and floral. Medium bitter IPA. Nice balanced. Nice sweet malts. Good west coast IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Really good IPA.

flydudehsv, Mar 14, 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

This is a good quality IPA, but not one that really stands out in the crowded premium price $11 four pack arena.I was recommended PALATE WRECKER from Green Flash but the store I was shopping at didn't stock it.

Sort of a copper color that leaves a lasting two finger head, the nose is pleasant but not exploding with the citrus tones I was expecting, and the flavor followed the somewhat muted hop aroma. Not overly malty, and a bitter dry aftertaste that is very good but not outstanding either. Decent lacing in the glass and overall a darn good IPA, but lacks the tropical fruit blast that I have come to crave.

For the sheckles, I think Ballast Point Sculpin IPA delivers a superior IPA if you are into the hoppier citrus nose and aftertaste more than the even balance of hop & malts. Based on the overall quality of the West Coast IPA, and the experienced palate of my hop mentor, I will give Green Flash Palate Wrecker a try and see if that one suits my taste more than their West Coast IPA.

Hendry, Mar 14, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding amber pour with hops coming right out of the bottle. This was my second Green Flash beer and this one was almost at exciting as the previous one.
The hoppy nose was intense but so very agreeable.. The citrus also was coming right out of the glass.
The first taste was overbooked with Hop and Grapefruit but oh so very very good.
The body was full and round along with a good amount of crispness that balanced the entire beer.
The end stay with true hoppy taste and feel.
love it!

Another re tasting. I always love tasting new beers when they become available to our store.
I think this is one of the better ways to really digest the beer and come up with its strong points as well as its weak points I am happy to say, that I loved this beer today as much as I did the first time I had it..

rdilauro, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Tiernan, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

cbord459, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

psuwakko, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DiscLizard, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jeg518, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

timiskin, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Abnrml, Mar 12, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,263 ratings.