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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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5,569 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,569
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 200
Gots: 391 | FT: 9
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 unclejimbay


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying on tap at Papago Brew Co here in Scottsdale AZ.

Appearance is a honey orange color with decent head and retention.
Aromas of bold citrus hops.
Tastes as it smells on a nice dry but supportable malt backbone.
Nice hop flavors with medium body and medium+ carbo.

Very enjoyable indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 02:15:36 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010. Coming in a short 355ml brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded stemmed tulip-shaped glass.

A: lightly murky, blood-orangey dark amber in colour, plus constant streams of tiny carbonation in action, topped with a thick and tight off-white frothy head to last nicely throughout the drink.
S: resinous notes float on top of mixed flowery+fruity hoppiness, showing juicy grapefruits, pear-ish esters, lychee shells, nectar, semi-sweet lemon-cream, med-bodied juicy pale malts plus a sweet touch of caramel. Not aggressive, very pleasant, and even balanced for an AIPA.
T: an effervescent swallow of bold & assertive aromatic bitter-sweet tannic hops as of lychee-shells and crushed grapefruit seeds is balanced by lesser-flavoured, rounded and oily maltiness; in no time at all, the foretaste gives way to a wave of lightly spicy bitterness submerging all my taste-buds... The tannic, bitter and citric-hoppy finish lingers too well (feeling like forever!), showing mainly fruity and tea-ish tannic undertones, as well as radiating a mild stream of warming alc. deep down the throat.
M&D: though it's bold and bitter, the overall malt-hop balance stays intact and not at all overly sweet as some of its counterparts sometimes demonstrate. The mouthfeel is soothing, refreshing, against a firm but never heavy body. All in all, this is such a delicious, quaffable and yet potent AIPA that I wouldn't mind revisit time and again~~

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:16:36 | More by wl0307
Photo of rossmctostadas


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a imperial pint glass

Appearance- A beautiful copper color with a significant white head that lasts all the way to end. Clinging lace lingers after the beer is finished. A little bit on the hazy side with some identifiable chunks floating around but all in all a good looking beer.

Smell- Huge hop aromas. Pine, grapefruit, apricots from the hops with a nice caramel malt aroma. Really quite amazing.

Taste- At first all the aroma takes over and the taste is amazing. A little less of the malt flavor than I expected but the hops spread out and coat my tongue with oily goodness. However the bitterness just seems to be a little bit too much. I love it at first, but it just lingers on my tongue and overwhelms my senses to the point that each sip seems less and less interesting until the bitterness just takes over. That first sip is heavenly though.

Mouthfeel- I like the dryness of it, but the body seems a little too big for the lack of sweetness. Again the bitterness just clings to my mouth.

Drinkability-Could I drink this all night? Yes. Would I want to? Well, maybe. If the finish was a little bit cleaner I would go back for more a little bit quicker.

Conclusion- A superb beer but definitely not my favorite IPA. I think the 94 IBUs are a little to much for a ~7% ABV beer. If they could use the same amount of hops but push more of them to the aroma side and bring it down to maybe 80 IBUs I think just enough of the malt could push through to balance this beer while still keeping it dry and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 08:33:47 | More by rossmctostadas
Photo of detlefchef

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange with pale green edges and very light foam that does reform with a swirl.

Very aggressive piney and tropical fruit aromas.

Nice biscuit malt and candied orange peel flavors and a bracing, bitter finish. Despite the edgy qualities, I could drink a lot of this beer.

What appears to be a classic West Coast style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:01:18 | More by detlefchef
Photo of Chico1985


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer to me is one of those classic old IPA's that seems to go forgotten nowadays.

Hazy dark orange with a very nice creamy, rocky off-white head. Settles at about half a finger and leaves excellent lacing. Sediment floating about.

Smells of hoppy grapefruit, resin, caramel malt. Usual IPA scents but nice.

Taste knocks the smell out of the park. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, tropical notes (pineapple?) all balanced out nicely with biscuity caramel malt. Quite hoppy but the malt smooths things out. A little bit of booze in the taste, but this is really excellent stuff. The flavors are usual suspects for the style but the way they are all integrated in the beer makes this one special and complex.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, well-carbonated, excellent balance.

I had this on-tap a few months ago and liked the bottle version MUCH better...I feel similarly about many IPA's. The malt seems to come out much more in the bottle bringing a better balance. Nevertheless, this is one of my new favorite single IPA's. I do wish it was a bit cheaper though.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 06:58:33 | More by Chico1985
Photo of pigdog


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into pint glass

a-golden/amber, thick foamy head

s-spicy citrus and hops, very nice smell, definitely what I was expecting from a west coast ipa

t-grapefruit bitterness front and center, very tasty hoppy finish that makes me want more

m-medium body, creamy and smooth

d-well balanced, definitely hoppy but doesn't beat you over the head. Goes down nice and is very drinkable.

overall-excellent IPA and makes me feel privileged to live on the west coast and have this readily available. I'd definitely pick this one up on a fairly regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:58:43 | More by pigdog
Photo of drummstikk


3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The West Coast IPA is a pretty standard West Coast IPA. Hops are blended nicely without too much harsh astringency, but in the end, it's the same grapefruit and resin aromas we all know by heart.

Malt is 2-row and caramel.

Medium body

~ 2.5 V carbonation

A great beer, and I've heard it won some awards, but you could probably make something similar at home with your eyes closed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 06:43:53 | More by drummstikk
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark golden/light amber color with dark orange hues with 1 finger head that left light lacing.

S- Citrusy hops dominate the smell, huge hops in this IPA and loads of piney resin with little amounts of caramel malt backbone.

T- Huge citrus/pine hops with a slightly caramel malt backbone and a big resiny pine hop finish that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, after swallowing I noticed a slight metallic finish.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation which attacks the tounge, slight warming finish.

D- Fairly easy to drink, although the metallic finish and the high levels of carbonation mixed with the huge hops used drag this drinkability down, I actually found the Imperial IPA easier to drink due to it's over the top balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:02:42 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of trevorjn06


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

Pours and orange/amber color with a thin, creamy looking white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is just as the label says, with notes of pine, grapefruit, floral and pungent earthiness. There are hints of pineapple, grapefruit, tropical flowers and citrus. The malt comes through as a balancing sweetness with some light caramel. A very nice nose.

Flavor is very hop-forward (in a very good way) with bitterness showing the whole way through, though it increases towards the finish and lingers long after the beer is gone. Flavors of orange marmalade, grain, light caramel/bready sweetness and earthiness dance across the tongue. The bitterness in the finish is balanced by some bright hop flavors and balancing grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very nice, not thick but coats the mouth well and has moderate carbonation.

Overall this a fairly big IPA, it nudges it's way towards and Imperial IPA bit still manages to be very drinkable. It has great complexity and a nice balance between bitter and sweet/malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:00:34 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy citrusy fruits (grapefruit, limes, oranges), piney resin, grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, rubbery traces, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light caramel sweetness underneath the hops, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, quite perfumed, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 08:01:51 | More by mdagnew
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

T minus two days til the New Pornographers...nice.

12 oz bottle into a tulip produces a hazy orange pour with heaps of gelatinous sentiment when held to the fading sunlight outside the window. Ah summer, please don't go.

Straight pineapple juice on the sniffer with a touch of malt

Aforementioned pineapple, albeit slightly muted, provides the greeting at the front door. Once inside, the mellow pineapple man introduces me to a smooth hit off his bong of grass clippings and pot. With the economy these days, you've got to conserve by the occasional use of additives. I appreciated the gesture. Chalky bitterness on the back end may be attributable to my sudden and unexpected cotton mouth.

The result is a happy walk home and a renewed appreciation of all things summer. Atta boy pineapple man.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:14:54 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 31, 2010. The pour is a dark amber with a veil of cloudiness in the view. A thin off-white head. Earthy and floral aromas overtake the senses with a slight caramel sweetness on the backside. The taste has a very potent bitter hoppiness. A nicely done brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 19:03:38 | More by puboflyons
Photo of kramerboy


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two bottles of these from someone that "didn't like 'em"...

Wow. What an excellent gift for me. This beer was amazing. The name says it all. This is West Coast style all the way.

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Big fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

The smell blew me away. Tons of citrus and hops.

Taste was excellent with a great dry hoppy finish.

Excellent beer overall. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Sux to be them I guess....

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:49:22 | More by kramerboy
Photo of jackscrow


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. But at $15/6-pack, is it as good a buy as Lagonitus Dogtown, which is very similar in taste? In a word, no.

Very good beer, but as I try to limit my session beer (and this is a great session beer) to under $10/6-pack, this is not a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 18:29:31 | More by jackscrow
Photo of Genuine


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that my buddy has been telling me about for a while. When on a trip to NJ a couple weekend's ago, we were able to find some available, and just had to give this one a try.

the nose on this is absolutely incredible. Lots of citrus, grapefruit yet a bit of pine. Upon first sip, the hops that I smelled earlier, just came to the forefront and really made the buds go wild. Very well done. Super tasty IPA. Medium body that is a bit sticky. alc content is a bit higher for this one so, even after one I could feel a buzz coming on. 2 of them and i'd be buzzing pretty hard. Drinkability based on taste - I could definitely have more.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 05:39:17 | More by Genuine
Photo of btorsdog


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Green Flash-Stellar Name ,Green Flash-Stellar Beer!
15$ a sixer, not cheap but well worth it.
Kinda murky,deep golden amber-Beauty
I think a truck of grapefruit just got in a wreck outside-nevermind just me opening a brew!
Nectar of the Gods- Great Taste
Outstanding Mouthfeel-hard to beat this!
Poundability is an 11 on a 1 to 10 scale,Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 23:10:27 | More by btorsdog
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just another delicious IPA from Cali that settles a clear and brilliant dark amber color. Moderate pine and citrus hop fill the nose. Take a bite of the generous bitter hop taste that gives a rough but friendly bite back and leaves a sweet grapefruit bitter aftertaste. Wonderful with a fully loaded cheddar cheeseburger and fries.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 15:55:00 | More by albertjr21
Photo of jrnyc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very unique taste and smell. I can't quite pin down it's taste and smell, but I like it. I actually crave this beer because of its uniqueness. It looks awesome in a glass also. I highly recommend this one, not sure if everyone would love this one because it is pretty sharp, but this beer is at the top of my list for IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:21:50 | More by jrnyc
Photo of MysticRuler

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful mouthfeel to this ale. It has a just pulled tap-fresh taste, even coming from a bottle. Almost like a warm pull, although it is phenomenal cold as well. Hoppy bitterness, but not overwhelming; instead complex with a fresh, fruity-bitter edge to it. My IPA of the summer.

Second tasting 2 days later. Resinous astringency, but not overwhelming. You can really taste the different hops used which give the bitterness several layers.. Some people have protested the cloudy color. I guess its an aesthetic thing...I love the cloudiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:50:50 | More by MysticRuler
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Nice light caramel color with a good two finger head that becomes a solid eighth inch lacing. Smells like sweet candy with a hint of melon and slight bit of orange. Taste is a decent balance of slightly sweet malt and slight pine flavor. The bitterness and malt sweetness balance pretty nicely. This is a medium bodied brew that tastes great. I know I couldn't find a date code on these bottles, and I've had this fresher on tap and it was amazing. The fact that I can still enjoy it a couple months later is quite a relief, but it's not ideal. Bottom line: delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:50:00 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of jmerloni


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel golden color with beautiful white head. Looks like a beer to be enjoyed at a feast of kings. Glorious looking.

S - One of the finest things I've ever put my nose to. Floral, grassy, pine, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, spice, malt.

T - As good as it smells. Oh my. It's like you can taste each hop individually and each carries a huge array of flavor. Great West Coast IPA. Floral, grassy, pine, citrus flavors with a quite a healthy and pure tasting malt backbone that tastes like it could be raw sugar.

M - Fantastically balanced between hop bitterness and malt. Carbonation is moderate and not too much. Body is medium. Finish is very dry.

D - A beer for the gods. I don't know if I am worthy of it.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:10:53 | More by jmerloni
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown orange in color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded relatively quickly; decent lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells great with big hops out front and a mix of floral hops, citrus hops, pine cones, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, sweet malt, faint wheat bread, flowers and some hop spices like pepper. Very nice nose overall with plenty of citrus and floral hops in the aroma; the malt and citrus sweetness comes through as well.

Tastes as good as it smells with a mix of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, sweet malt, wet bread, flowers, grass, some hop spices like potpourri and or pepper, coriander, faint brown sugar, and some light alcohol. Very complex and sweet, with a nice mix of hops and malts which is pretty well balanced and hides the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and bordering on oily with a medium body, very little carbonation and an overall smooth feel. It goes down easy.

Highly drinkable and very enjoyable, this is a very good IPA and a definite recommendation which I will seek out again. I've had this many times over the past few years and have always enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 16:48:15 | More by CHickman
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to fellow ba ahareberger for this
lovin it for sure!
pours a hazy copper with a small head(easy pour) and noticable lacing displayed, ringing down the glass.
Citrus rinds. Grapefruit and hammering malts are the dominating aroma.
Taste is off the charts. Great balance of hops vs. malt. Huge evidence of citrusy hops backed up powerfully by a punch of malts.
There is a flavor in here I love. Like a "grainy malt" or something. Must explore more.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 10:58:37 | More by dmamiano
Photo of jeffjeff1


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my work yesterday.

Appearance- golden amber color, thin foamy head

Smell- floral,, piney hops, very nice

Taste- nice piney hop flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I could have quite a few of these. It's a really good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 19:22:25 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of IronLover


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper hazy color. Big off-white thick head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a nice cap. Lazy wet lacings that hang around for a while. Big floral aroma with grapefruit and pine. A big wallop of hop flavor up front that smooths into and a brief toasted malty flavor and exits with a long lingering piney aftertaste. It's amazing the malt character is able to poke throught with all of the hops. Very smooth almost buttery feel. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:13:07 | More by IronLover
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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