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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

6,252 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,252
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 686 | 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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Photo of rmcnealy
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber gold that was not translucent and appeared to be unfiltered. There is definite sediment floating about which more times than not is an indicator of a great IPA to follow. The smells are not very robust and are less on the citrus side of the hop scale but on the darker, pinier end. The tastes reflect the aromas and that dark hop leaves a very nice bittness. No discernable malt tastes on this one. Very surprised by the 7.3% abv. I definitely thought this one would be up there. It is totally less boozy, but on par in the taste department with DF 120s. Very good beer.

Enjoy!

rmcnealy, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of nicholas527
2/5  rDev -52.6%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of xHoPtImUsPrImEx
5/5  rDev +18.5%

xHoPtImUsPrImEx, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of HaizmansBrain
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

HaizmansBrain, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bpowers315
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bpowers315, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of DrFayhee
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best American I.P.A.s.
Beautiful amber-golden appearance.
Rich, fruity, hoppy smell. Strong honey and floral characteristics.
Amazing melon and orange flavors up front tapering off into perfect hoppy bitterness.
A delicious and satisfying brew.

DrFayhee, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Reed
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Reed, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to drink this all of the time when I lived in San Diego. Green Flash is one of the greats from San Diego that have been their a long time. When I saw this IPA at the store, I was really excited to pick up a six pack.

I got a ton of foam right off of a pretty conservative pour. This foam held on for quite awhile, and the result of this head was some very good lacing. I like looking at the stratifications on the glass.

The flavor and smell compliment each other very well. I like the pulpy grapefruit presence. The flavor is very up front, but it is not overwhelming. I like the balance in this IPA. There isn't even a bitter impact on this beer. Even as it warmed, the West Coast IPA is still very drinkable.

I really like this beer. It falls in my top 5 (and I lean toward this style). I recommend this beer highly.

ummswimmin, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Tim27
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Tim27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of brn9000
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brn9000, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
4/5  rDev -5.2%

disemgrowler, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz. glass On-tap at Parish Cafe & Bar in Boston

A- Brownish golden, average carbonation, about a finger and half of white froathy head. Decent lacing.

S- A little bit hoppier then your average IPA. Not too sweet, but definitely a distinctive pine smell.

T- Definitely hoppy, slightly sweet piney taste, a little bit bitter.

M- Medium boddied, easily drinkable especially at 7.3%, nice froathy head gives a nice mouthfeel at beginning of beer. About average carbonation.

O- This beer was definitely good for an IPA. It definitely had a generous amount of hops and had a nice piney taste. The alcohol was definitely well hidden and the beer was easily drinkable. It definitely had a distinctive west coast piney taste. The only thing I didn't like about this beer was that it wasn't sweet enough. I usually like a sweet grapefruit citrus taste with my IPAs to go along with the piney taste however I know this probably wasn't intended in this style of beer.

jaasen64, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Porters Northwood, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Deep orange colour, nice glow when held up to the light. Large head of off-white, creamy foam that laces well and recedes slowly.

Smells of fresh grapefruit and grapefruit skin and resin. Lots of grapefruit oriented citrus that is consistent and fresh. Long lasting smell which is always good.

Tastes big, plenty of grapefruit coming through, a little bit of pine resin plays a bit part and evens it out a touch. Consistent, flavoursome and good, everything you expect in a hop-bomb west coast ipa.

Consistent extreme bitterness throughout, good body still there, despite the big hop presence. The big hop presence doesn't turn you off either, keen to go back for more of a hit.

Benchmark IPA from the west coast when it comes to bitterness, tonnes of it. Flavoursome, intense and does what it says. Plenty of fun if you are keen on a super-hopped IPA.

MrKennedy, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DiscGolfRobot, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a white head and good lacing

S-citrus and malt aromas with some hints of pine

T-citrus and pine with some yeasty bread and a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-an excellent IPA with nice flavor and balance

MDDMD, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich amber with no head. Modest hop aroma with sweet malt and almost no alcohol. The taste is booming hops with a little sweetness from the malt to follow. Relatively smooth and balanced towards the end, quite enjoyable. This is really an IPA you can drink 20oz of, I would recommend it to west coast IPA lovers.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting sample pours a bright golden-orange with a big, fluffy white head. Retention and lace are superb.

The nose is pretty classic 'west coast'- big ruby red grapefruit and pine aromas with some lightly toasted bread and florally, Muscat-like tones of ripe mango, peach and citrus blossoms. A very vague touch of that hoppy cheese sits almost hidden in the background too.

Palate is medium bodied with a little more malty toast than I expected, with some unripe tropical fruit tones and a vague hop slickness that serves more to gently smooth out the mouthfeel. The bitterness hits right off the bat, but then pauses before swelling to massive proportions on the finish, picking up a bit of breadiness and pineyness before leaving some lingering grapefruit pith- dry and juicy- with an everlasting bitterness.

Carries the 'west coast' label for a reason. A very solid IPA. Personally, I prefer a little more tropical fruit in my IPA, but I can't knock this for any reason.

TheWhiskerReview, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

doho95fu, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

brandonasplundh, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red-gold colour. Good head and lacing. Lots of floaties, which isn't ideal.

Strong hop aroma here. Smells like straight hop flowers with only the thinnest of malt backing. The hop aromas are floral and basically just smell like pungent fresh hops rather than any alternative flavour. Reminds me of Hopsickle.

In the mouth there is a little malt sweetness but overall the residual sugar is quite tame, far less present than in Hopsickle.

Mouthfeel is medium with highish carb.

Overall this is a quintessential West Coast IPA as one would hope. Think I prefer Hopsickle though, more integration and I prefer its slightly higher malt sweetness.

danieelol, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of datphoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

datphoo, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A super hoppy aroma, with some malt and citrus as well.

T: Tasted of heavy hops, malt, citrus (grapefruit, lemon), pine, resin, and maybe a little caramel thrown in. Complex, powerful, focused and tasty. Basically what an IPA from California should taste like.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Sometimes beers don't live up to their hypes, but this one actually manages to meet and exceed expectations.

avalon07, Feb 28, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,252 ratings.