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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,496 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,496
Reviews: 1,715
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 257
Gots: 788 | FT: 8
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 Jacobob10
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash has been available in my area for quite some time now but it took until a few days ago for me to buy any of their beers. I won't be making that mistake again.

Pours a hazy orange color with a reddish hue to it. Big, fluffy, two-finger white head. Excellent retention throughout the duration of the beer with medium-sized bubbles scattered along the surface. The aroma hits you like a ton of bricks, if bricks were made of hops. Citrusy, piney, and floral, to say the aroma is pungent would be an understatement. The bottle reads "extravagantly hopped" and it does not lie. The flavor is West Coast Pale Ale all the way. Think Sierra Nevada on steroids. Very bitter with a noticable dose of hop resin on the tongue. Chewy, bready malts keep the balance somewhat in check. Assertive yet drinkable, a worthy IPA for sure.

This is an aggressive IPA and I would say it rides the line between a regular and imperial IPA. Stays true to its roots and really does have that "west coast" flavor profile to it. Hopheads rejoice!

Jacobob10, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Sunn
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sunn, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of HoppyPeteSkolnik31
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PJ's Bethlehem

A: Rich orange color, almost amber. Inch thick head when delivered. Delicious lacing throughout the sips.

S: Deep, dank hoppy goodness. Citrus, mild pine, slight metallic twinge.

M: Full in the mouth, you can definitely feel that you are drinking plenty of hops from the syrupy consistency.

T: A beautiful mirror of the smell. Citrus, pine, juicy hops, with slight malt flavor in an attempt to keep some balance.

O: So glad to taste this beer. Near perfect example of the style; employing that delicious hop resin hopheads like me can't resist. Definitely find this beer if you are a fan of West Coast IPAs, this one is no joke.

HoppyPeteSkolnik31, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Brandtmo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Brandtmo, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Really beautiful, hazy orange sunset, not quite clear. Big thick off white head, sticky lacing down the glass after each sip.

S: Smells just like the name. Big tropical fruit notes, mango, orange, and maybe even a slight banana note. I also get some pine and some slight alcohol notes.

T: Boom! Huge hop bitterness up front, followed by big citrus notes, almost like orange juice. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste from the hoppiness.

M: Mouthfeel is perfect. Falls on the heavy side of medium bodied. Nice bubbly carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue.

O: This is one of my go to IPA's, and a classic example of the west coast style. Definitely satisfies a hop-heads craving for big citrus hops. This beer is a consistent presence in my beer fridge.

bifrost17, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of WheelsRule
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

WheelsRule, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of JoeyDante
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JoeyDante, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy deep orange color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing. Ideal!

S: Tons of fragrant citrus, pine, and floral hops along with a nice malt presence. After further review, I'm also getting some hints of vanilla.

T: Just like the smell, there are tons of various hop flavors balanced with some sweet caramel flavored malts. Hides the alcohol well. Mild metallic flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

O: This is a very well balanced and flavorful IPA. Easy to drink and quite refreshing. Maybe the best lacing I've seen on an IPA. The name says it all...this is a true West Coast IPA.

nUgZ, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of NaemlssBEB
5/5  rDev +18.5%

NaemlssBEB, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerGuild
5/5  rDev +18.5%

CraftBeerGuild, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -5.2%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of DontBurnGarlic
4/5  rDev -5.2%

DontBurnGarlic, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of JeffLarsen
4/5  rDev -5.2%

JeffLarsen, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

gshak, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ScaryEd, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of BigRedEye
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BigRedEye, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of robmoak
4/5  rDev -5.2%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of CB_Crowe
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CB_Crowe, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of fishburn
4/5  rDev -5.2%

fishburn, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served on draft at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a generic pint glass glowing a deep golden honey coloring. It held a two finger head of tight, yet creamy, tan bubbles. This showed great retention, leaving a single, thick sheet of lacing all around the glass. There was moderate haze, no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma was wrought with steely grain, pale toasty malts, additional metallic bite of yeast, light caramel malt sweetness, bright citric hops, and orange and lemon flesh sweetness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was robust, and very characteristic of something out of the west coast. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with honey sweetness, raw citric hop cones, buttery toasted bread, with pale and light metallics. The middle moved to peak with full on bitterness of pine resin and lemon rind. This was met with a cooling metallic twang, and surprisingly sweet plastic phenols. The finished showed more of that piney resin, with herbal bitterness, black pepper spice of booze, cutting smoothness of pale malts, and a muddy, metallic mix of coin and mineral. The aftertaste breathed of sweet orange and grapefruit, those same pale malts, mud, black pepper, and grassy dryness. The body was medium to thicker, while the carbonation was medium. There was thick slurp, glug, cream, froth, and smack, with an oily slickness running the length of the tongue. After an initial heavy, creamy coat, a fine astringency dried the mouth effectively. The abv was appropriate, and the drinking was easy.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. Despite the characteristic bitterness of the hops, they maintained a great freshness and cleanliness, with robustness to the end. At no point were any of the bittering elements overwhelming, which is easy with such a strongly flavored beverage. We found the nose to be a bit subdued, but this did improve in depth with some warmth. This beer is excellent for the style, and surprisingly balanced for its geographical origin. This, my friends, is the definition of “West Coast IPA”, and the standard to be compared against.

TheBrewo, Nov 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

tgreenwood4, Nov 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

javahead71, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RobertColianni, Nov 11, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,496 ratings.