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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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6,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,480
Reviews: 1,713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 254
Gots: 778 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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

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

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

fishburn, Nov 12, 2012
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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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NeverSettle, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

c_patton, Nov 08, 2012
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theGlasstronaut, Nov 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

NeutronMan, Nov 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.3%

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, Nov 07, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper body, off white head has great retention and sheets of sticky lacing.

S/T - Strong, assertive, abrasive hops. Huge resinous pine, some grapefruit and pineapple too. No sweetness on the nose, but caramel sweetness provides some contrast. Finishes very bitter, with lasting pine flavors well after the drink is finished.

M - Medium/full body, hop oils coat the mouth, palate wrecking bitterness.

O - Nice and bitter with a good range of hop flavors. Sweetness kept to a minimum which I like, even when this bottle is 2 months old.

garuda, Nov 07, 2012
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xacidx, Nov 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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wertschy, Nov 04, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,480 ratings.