1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

6,510 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,510
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 257
Gots: 799 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Green Flash West Coast IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,510 | Reviews: 1,717 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JPWestCoastIPA
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JPWestCoastIPA, May 24, 2012
Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

milkbone_underwear, May 24, 2012
Photo of dorf
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

dorf, May 24, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

meanmutt, May 23, 2012
Photo of SlickestWilly
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SlickestWilly, May 23, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly cloudy and colored deep red, creamy white head that has sticky lacing, served in a small snifter, beautiful

S- Moderate floral hop, slight pine, a little bit of sweetness, complex

T- Woody bitterness that builds throughout, amber malt sweetness that balances, floral and zesty citrus hop flavor in the middle, slightly dry finish with lingering bitterness and light hop flavor

M- Light carbonation, moderate body, nice warming and slightly dry

O- An awesome IPA, even before I tasted it I was quite taken by both the appearance and the aroma. Taste did not disappoint, very assertively flavored, but with good complexity and a degree of balance. Definitely one to seek out.

stampfler07, May 23, 2012
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

RKing44, May 22, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

wdarcy77, May 22, 2012
Photo of DocHalladay
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DocHalladay, May 22, 2012
Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -28.9%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It's a hazy copper, almost reddish/brown in color. Good off white 2 finger head that dissipated into a nice layer above the beer.

S - Hops galore from the smell. Complimented nicely by sweet, citrus scents of orange and grapefruit.

T - Bitter that lasts from beginning to end. Orange peel and malts peek through.

M - Prickly on the mouth, not sticky. Medium bodied.

O - Hoppy and no finesse. But, it's a good thing sometimes.

cvm4, May 22, 2012
Photo of jeremy13586
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't find any bottle date. Poured in to a nonic.

A fairly hazy copper color with a two-finger fluffy, light tan, head. Left some decent lacing and the head settled in to a nice thin layer of bubble on the top of the beer,

Dank, resiny, dank bitter hops. Some sweet toasted malts. The hops obviously steal the show in the smell department.

Bitter and earthy hops start out strong, mellow out in to some sweet maltiness. Sweet rolls and light caramel. Nice, bitter finishes lingers on, but just long enough.

Smooth, almost creamy, carbonation. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

This has always been a favorite IPA of mine, but I never have the chance to drink it all that often. It's incredibly well balanced and leaves the drinker satisfied.

jeremy13586, May 21, 2012
Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of happy5930
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

happy5930, May 20, 2012
Photo of gbrill
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

gbrill, May 20, 2012
Photo of jhb138
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

jhb138, May 20, 2012
Photo of mbula163
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mbula163, May 20, 2012
Photo of bmbarth44
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bmbarth44, May 19, 2012
Photo of Pat316
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pat316, May 19, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to check out the West coast rave since most West coasters complain that the East coast IPA's aren't good enough. Here goes:

In a pint glass:

A: deep yet hazy orange/brown colored body, one finger white head, body too hazy for carbonation to be seen rising, foamy lacing in rings

S: centered around the pine with some hops coming in quite strong yet still second place. Some grapefruit, orange, and lemon came out as the beer warmed.

T: bitter through the hops and then the pine taking second place on this one, some caramel came out as the beer warmed.

M: medium, dry aftertaste with a slight creamy feel. A decent amount of carbonation was felt. It was mostly a drinkable beer yet feel content with just this one

O: well, ok west coast, this was a very good beer. Even though I'll end up giving this good ratings, next time I want this next to a really good East coast IPA and we'll see what happens. However, I will say I'm more impressed than I thought I would be.

BeerKangaroo, May 19, 2012
Photo of fubofnic
5/5  rDev +18.5%

fubofnic, May 19, 2012
Photo of larybrew
5/5  rDev +18.5%

larybrew, May 19, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a big bottle of this from Bevmo in Ontario, California. Poured into a Baird pint glass. A romantic white thick head sat on top of this mossy green/brown ale for the length of its life. Very murky beer with signs of alligator bubbles brewing up from the bottom, feeding the slight carbonation of the drink. The scent is amaaaazing... full of hops and flowers, and not much else. No fruity side to this... just straight hoppy beer. The taste is heaven served both cold and when warmed in the room. Overall, this is probably the greatest IPA i've ever had, and I see why Green Flash has earned its reputation. I will come back to this beer whenever I have a chance, and if you haven't checked out this San Diego legend, do yourself a favor.

shigg85, May 19, 2012
Photo of erha2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

erha2, May 19, 2012
Photo of Casterbridge
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Casterbridge, May 18, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,510 ratings.