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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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6,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,640
Reviews: 1,730
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 266
Gots: 863 | FT: 10
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 Rast
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle as Butler falls to Marquette off a wacky last second three point hook shot heave.

Pours a beautiful light amber with a massive head. On my second pour into the glass, I took as aggressive a pour as possible, and for a brief moment, there was literally ALL head in the glass. Woah. The nose has more going on than I can properly parse apart, but the bottle text hits me in the lane with an assist: pine, florals, grapefruit (rind!). Having been properly educated, I can detect these widely varying smells. The taste is equally complex: strong hop bitterness with the individual flavors rotating on a wonderful beer merry-go-round. The ride doesn't stop with the swallow, and really keeps going for quite a bit. Impressive. Not as sessionable with all the intensity of the bitterness, but certainly an important IPA experience. Keep this one spinning.

Photo of HeyJim
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Canandaigua, NY.

Pours a mostly clear, slightly hazy orange. 1 inch head, with sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells include strong, ripe grapefruit and resinous pine.

Strong grapefruit flavors as well- juicy, succulent, and sweet, along with dank resinous pine and some earthy grassy hop flavors as well. Astringent bitterness lingers long after the beer is finished.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, relatively dry finish. Pretty drinkable, except for the abrasive bitterness.

A great IPA, and one of the more bitter examples you can find.

Photo of Samuel906
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ultra hop bomb. Looks amazing... The thickest heaviest head i have ever seen. It clings in clumps on the side of the glass. This is one of the hoppiest beers i have had. Sticky, resenous, chewy. Super dry. Not much citrus. True to form ipa; less "drinkable" than pliny, dryer than 90 minute, but still great.

Photo of mnphish
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled on 2/4/13 and served into a pint glass. It pours clear light amber with a massive head.The nose is dominated by sticky resinous hops and pine. There is a subtle aroma of caramel malt, citrus, and other tropical fruit in there as well. The taste is of bitter pine and light notes of citrus and grapefruit. It is followed by a balanced caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is light to medium with perfect carbonation. This is exactly what i'm looking for in a West Coast IPA. Very bittersweet, not overly fruity, nicely balanced, and very smooth.

Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 12, 2013

Beer is copper coloured with a moderately-sized white head.

Smell is hoppy, with pine and citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit are present, but the pine is strongest for me.

Like the nose, the taste is hop focused, with a strong pine presence, as well as a bunch of grapefruit. There is a toasted flavour, not quite sure whether it is from the hops or the malt. A bit of sweetness from the malt, and a hint of caramel, but quite a bitter beer. Good.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very good IPA. Glad that the LCBO brought in a fresh batch and hope it continues to do so!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ScottO
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of pointone
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

On tap in a pint glass.

A- A true amber color, 1- plus finger head with staying power that leaves super-sticky lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, a bit of caramel and tropical sweetness.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, lemon rind. There are herbal notes and pine.

M-Good body and carbonation, oily, sharp hops, dry finish.

O- Another big time IPA that hits all the right buttons for me.

Photo of KevinMc
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of trippyime
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Trish
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

A- pours a golden amber color with some ruby hue, slightly hazy with a two finger white creamy head that seems to remain forever with some good lacing

S- citrus and pine hops, some tropical fruit, a bit herbal and earthy with some caramel sweet malt

T- oily and pungent hops with notes of citrus zest, pine, grapefruit and floral. The finish is herbal and dry with some grain and and just a touch if sweet malt. Long linger.

M- nearly full bodied with lively carbonation, creates a bubbly and foamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish, just a bit of warmth at the end

O- hops dominate this one, and quite complex and easy drinking.

Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of fiver29
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Spigs
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of chaint
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear and bubbly orange-golden appearance, and a lot of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, citrusy, piney, hop oil and malt. Taste is of sweet bread, strong, piney hops, grape fruit, sugars, and general fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Green Flash West Coast IPA finishes mostly dry, mellow, and rather drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent India Pale Ale, among so many other wonderful ones out there, and I think every beer fan should try it.


Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,640 ratings.