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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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5,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,752
Reviews: 1,659
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 215
Gots: 470 | 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 ILikeGoodCider


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 10.10.10 (make a wish) at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Copper color w/ unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hops but not as strong as the flavor would suggest.

T: Very good! Strong, upfront citrusy flavor with a good caramel malt taste in the middle. Great balance. Slight hop bitterness in the end, but not overpowering.

M: Nice on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is one of my favorites of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: I would (& have) order a sessions-worth of GF WC IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 22:20:44 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of emmasdad


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Nic for bringing this for me the other night. I've had this one many times, and always enjoyed it, but it has been a while. Pours a dark orange-amber color, with a little ecru head that remains after a few minutes. Nice hoppy nose here, piney and a touch citrusy. On the palate, this one is a little oily and resiny, with good grapefruit flavors. Surprisingly balanced, and extremely drinkable, with a lingering bitter finish. One of the better IPAs, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:48:33 | More by emmasdad
Photo of zachariaIPA

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle with a funny bright, unassuming green label. Unassuming for such an incredible beer, blasted with hops to the outer reaches of the Hopgalaxy.

Beautiful opaque copper color, streaming lines of small carbonated entities spread throughout the side of glass. Extremely thick white lacing with each sip. Wide bands charting each journey into my mouth.

Strong aroma of hops, fruity, floral, letting you know what's about to come.

The taste..oh, the taste. You are immediately pounded with hops, lots and lots of hops. It's extremely flavourful, and "Extravagantly Hopped" as the bottle says. Some malt at the finish, but it's pleasantly unbalanced in favor of Team Hops.

Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, very nice bite of that hoppy bitterness that comes with a top-shelf American IPA. 95 IBUs!

A fantastically disguised 7.3%, I could drink a few of these regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:33:10 | More by zachariaIPA
Photo of gregshead


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangish Amber color. Some head but not a lot of it. Foam looks good though.

S: Pine and grapefruit

T: Lots of bitter hops. A little too bitter for my taste buds. Pine and grapefruit, some floral taste as well. Nice dry finish.

M: Lots of carbonation. Works for this beer.

D: A nice strong IPA. If you like the pine and grapefruit combo with some floral tones, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 03:56:42 | More by gregshead
Photo of briwood


4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has the perfect bite for an IPA. The burst of grapefruit taste in your mouth keeps you wanting more. As with most of the IPA's that I drink, I like to savor this one over an hour to get the full range of flavors. I know it may be hard to do your first time, because it taste so darn good, but maybe slow it down on your second. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 23:00:42 | More by briwood
Photo of JMad


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a goblet...
Look is orange amber colored with an off white head, lots of sediment.
Smells of floral hops, sweet malt and citrus.
Taste consists of pine, grapefruit, and resin, good solid bitterness lingers.
Feels medium bodied and leaves the mouth dry.
This is a delicious beer with a variety of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 20:44:55 | More by JMad
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a frothy, 1.5 inch cream-colored head. Head settles into a solid half inch cap with thick clumps of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass. Nose reveals a combination of sweet grapefruit and medicinal hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, a mild malty backbone reveals itself and a slightly caustic lingering bitterness comes out and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. A decent IPA, but the bitterness is a little too much for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:38:10 | More by Jwale73
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally brought this beer to a barn dinner in a mixed six pack, it stood out from the rest so I picked up a six-pack about a week later for some further research.

This IPA is West Coast through and through, it probably hangs out with Ice Cube, surfs, dips its pizza in ranch and would shoot 90 Minute IPA in the face if given the chance.

Pours a shiny orange with billowing sticky white head.

The nose is a lush with pine, grapefruit, floral and other fruit from Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade and Columbus all coming in at 95IBUs.

Wonderful medium body, upfront hop assault and slight sweet grain on the tail end.

It's pretty simple to review a beer like this because it hits the mark on everything I look for in an IPA: pungent yet distinctive hop qualities, little to no alcohol heat, support from the malt and spot on carbonation. My hat is off to you Green Flash, prepare to receive more of my money soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:10:35 | More by CascadeConan
Photo of dspoonrt


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After reading some of the other reviews, maybe I poured this one too quickly and that was the cause of some of the off-flavors and astringency I experienced. Anyways, here are my thoughts:

Appearance: Beer pours a dusty orange-brown color with some haze and some head. Noticeable sediment and bubbles add to the look and differentiate this IPA from others I've had.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops come through in the nose. Pine, flowers, citrus, and other scents blend together and delight the senses. The combination is intoxicating.

Taste: A letdown after the nose, the beer was overwhelming bitter with very little balance. Less fruity and floral elements, the primary flavors coming through were pine and grass.

Mouthfeel: Rather full-bodied and thick for an IPA, West Coast IPA drinks smooth, if maybe a little dry.

Drinkability: Overall, it has some great elements, but it's not my favorite IPA. I consider myself a hophead. The assortment of hops blended nicely in the nose, but I felt they really clashed in the taste department. Something was missing. I don't think I'd want to drink more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 14:31:17 | More by dspoonrt
Photo of cardtosser


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For hop heads only. Color is orange pale with slight chill haze. My latest pour 9/19/20 shows a one finger head. Smells like a hop locker in a Cali brewery. Strong pine almost marijuana bud floral. Taste presents fresh hop taste, with a noble hop baseline. Malt is not a strong part of the taste profile, but I have had hoppy beers that lacked the malt back and this isn't one of them. Medium carbonation in the mouth with (what else) hop aftertaste. Really wakes up the old tastebuds.

I would say that it has good drinkability, but if you don't like the California IPA style, you won't like to drink more than one glass.

Truly one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 18:55:25 | More by cardtosser
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was really quite nice. Poured a 2" head which took a long time to dissipate. A clear sienna and orangey color. Quite the strong hop aroma. Taste matches the bouquet although maybe a little less strong. You get good fresh hops which make this a solid IPA-lovers beer. Holds it's own against most any of the hopped up competition.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 09:07:27 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of mjurney


4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep rusty orange color, very hazy, I can see lots of small sediment. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks nice and rocky, leaves an awesome lacing on the glass.

Piney hops, grapefruity, sweet malts.

Piney hops up front, grapefruity, some orange zest, touch of herbal. Nice malts background, sweet honey, biscuity, a little caramel. Very crisp finish with slight sweet tangerine aftertaste. Body is light to medium, carbonation feels nice on my palate.

It's good. Another great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:44:19 | More by mjurney
Photo of champ103


3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops. Very fragrant. Light citrus, with big pine and grapefruit. There is a substantial sweetness that balances the really big hop character.
T: The balance that was in the nose, and a balance I really enjoyed, is gone here. Big resiny pine and bitter grapefruit dominates. Oily and soapy hops. Almost no balance.
M/D: A medium body. Lighter carbonation that I was expecting. Almost under carbonated. Even a bit thin and watery. I finished my pint without a problem. Though not something I will revisit soon.

This started out like a good IPA should. Though, as far as I am concerned, the big and unbalanced flavor profile work at odds with the balanced nose. While I am not a hop head, and think this is a decent beer. I also think there are much better IPA's around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 03:24:18 | More by champ103
Photo of msmezher


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hell Yeah! West Coast IPA is what I think of when I want a strong, full hopped, delicious IPA. West Coast IPA is bitter, hoppy, with strong floral notes and a slight sweetness to the malt. Definitely a well rounded out beer, this is one you could have again and again, and it wouldn't get old. Comes out a cloudy golden color, with a half finger of frothy head. Good in a bottle, great on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 08:32:19 | More by msmezher
Photo of silentjay


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a plain orange copper that produces a huge eggshell colored head that retains and laces well.

ahhh. pine. hoppy aroma of pine needles, and some citrus rind. not terribly complex, but oh so appetizing.

flavor is a bit of a letdown from the aroma, but not terribly. the pine fades to the background while the citrus rind and bitter hops come out front. malt is barely detectable and quite lackluster, but its not the main attraction here. there is a little white bread and a touch of toast.

light medium bodied with a syrupy feel after the swallow and a touch of heat with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

drinks ok. a bit harsh from the hop profile and slight alcohol burn. would like a bit more pleasant hop flavor to work alongside the hop bitterness. good, but not great. definitely not a gateway beer. you have to love hops and bitterness to enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 05:11:48 | More by silentjay
Photo of Soonami


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash West Coast IPA is the prototypical California IPA that skirts the line between single and double IPA. I think for people that seek this kind of beer out, it's all about the taste and aroma. This beer is very bitter with an aggressive pine and grapefruit flavors with an underlying malt sweetness. The rosy and citric hop flavors subside quickly leaving just the bracing bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and very sneaky. The beer smells like a pine grove in early morning next to a orange grove in which the flowers are in full bloom.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 05:00:37 | More by Soonami
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2.28/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Trying to catch up on my notes from the past 6 weeks or so... Reviewed from notes.
Poured from bottle into a Tulip pint.

No bottling date.

In pouring, I see some yeast/sediments which leads me to believe that this beer might not be newest batch... Unfortunately, I searched all over the bottle for a date and was unsuccessful. Maybe it is on there... maybe not. Either way, this review will stand until I have a bottle that causes me to edit and change this.

Looked a nice orangey golden copper and a 2.5 creamy head that cascading into a frothy cap. Solid retention and rings of lace. Don't like the yeast... but otherwise, not bad looking.

Smell is malty. So is taste. Very little hop presence. This again makes me think this isn't the freshest example... but, until bottle dates are put on (or made obviously readable) this review will stand.
Beer is sweet. Malts. The malts seem like stale bread-- like croutons. A slight citrusy and floral note is much weaker than the malts.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Feels slick and oily-- I'd prefer bright and prickly.

Overall-- not really impressed. I'm pouring the rest of this out. I won't buy it again unless I KNOW it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 04:15:34 | More by AleWatcher
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

From the website: "Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and Cascade for floral aroma." That's insane, but a hophead's dream.

Pour this one carefully. We didn't the first time and wound up with the unfiltered, chunky dregs floating around in our pint glasses. Granted, they won't kill you and are actually good for you, but they could be off-putting for some. Less that, this IPA pours bright amber with burnt orange hues and a massive creamy foam head (like a big dollop of cream) that's sticky and retains very well--remember head on a beer is good as it releases volatiles for aroma and taste. Aroma is strong with grapefruit and herbs--gets the glands going--with soft grain and floral notes beneath. Nearly full-bodied, with a smooth, even consistency. Immediate smacking of grapefruit, herbal, resin, touch of mint, raw leaf and ash with a piney, grassy and oily bitter linger. So damn juicy and citric. Sweet, bready and a bit toasty beneath the hop carnage, providing just enough balance. Alcohol is very well hidden, with a slight burnt character toward the finish with ashy resin.
Few come close to the sublimely intense hoppiness that's Green Flash West Coast IPA. We love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:14:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from tap into imperial pint glass with large 1" head and pale honey color. head recedes leaving lace and small head as bubbles continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.

N: Heaps of hops punch the olfactory glands. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose.

T/M: Oily, resinous hoppy flavor coats the tongue, front and back. the hops' piny citrus nose is the main flavor component but a malt backbone props up the beer to it slightly closer to "center". (Although it remains far from actually being balanced.) No alcohol present, but it is strongly carbonated, which compliments and helps to offset the oily mouth-feel.

This beer is, in my oh so humble opinion, one of the best examples of a west coast IPA. It is very drinkable (thus why I had a full 15.5-gal keg of it) despite its high alcohol content--which, actually allows me to believe it could fall within the DIPA category!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 23:21:24 | More by peacebone116
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/15/10 - 4, 5, 4.5, 4, 3.5

I am so conflicted right now... On the one hand this is one of the greatest IPA's I've ever tasted. On the other, I've already had this about 6 times and wrote it off each time. I'm tempted to drop an entire letter grade for omission of a freshness date, mainly because it has prevented me from tasting the extreme glory that is this beer.

Smell is very deep into the bitterness of hops used. Definitely as piney as Pliny, perhaps veering away from the grassiness into a perfectly mild grapefruit undertone. I'm chewing needles, dog.

Look is the amberest of ambers, which decorates a peppery, sprucey taste uncompromising in its hop brutality. So bitter but so flavorful!

What happens to this beer in a couple months is unforgivable. As punishment I shall burden the drinkability score of my review with an unfavorable grade. Feel the wrath of my .1% opinion!

Still... great brew.

9/2/10 - 4, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5
Since having a rather poor experience with this beer, I have heard great things and was eager to give it a shot.

Fills the glass nicely with burnt orange, amber highlights and silky, solid head. Smells great too, hops and malt, all kinds of hops, but a too-sweet head that will surely linger into the mouth.

The 95 IBU's are well noted, as is the delectable variety of hops appointed to represent GFBWCIPA. Unfortunately the choice of malt is just too much for me in what should be an exceptional IPA. The bitterness factor here deserves more than an apologetic sugar finish, but that is exactly what I'm getting. Reminds me of the finish on a sub-par Belgian ale, a sticky-sweet disjointed aftertaste.

The bitterness on the other hand is really something extraordinary. Aside from a problematic undertone of lint and pennies, this palate wrecker comes on like dry wood. I can almost literally feel my mouth being attacked. My thoughts are if you like seriously bitter hops, this is the place for you. Personally, I'll stick to more user-friendly offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:37:05 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange in body topped by immense fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Aroma of citrus, pine, hops, light soap, grass, and slight alcohol. Strong flavors of citrus, grass, soap, pine, alcohol towards the finish mingles with some off flavors. Medium bodied brew with some mild thickness. The pine/alcohol mixture has a bit of a burn to it which makes the beer a challenge on the palate and stomach. Enjoyable but not anything to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:56:56 | More by JRed
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On this particular occasion, poured into my Telegraph shaker glass. Nice finger and a half of meringue-like very light tan head. Dark golden, bordering on light amber. Amazing lacing and retention. Stays for days. Light on malt, heavy on floral and citrus/lemon rind and pine hops. Fills my mouth like an explosion of bitter tangy citrus hops. Very bitter finish for a straight IPA. 97 IBU on a non-imperial? Are you kidding? Finish lingers on and on and on. The class of the west coast.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 06:31:35 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of CONOR8832


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

A - Amber and caramel in color, looks great when you hold it up to the light and let the light shine through the glass. Nice good cloud like light brown head with excellant lacing on the glass.

S - Very aromatic smell of pine mixed with some citrus (greatfruit) excellant hoppy aroma, quite pleasent to the nose.

T - Mild hint of greatfruit zest with some woodsy, piney flavors, then after that subsides it is like someone shoved a hand full of fresh hops in you mouth, very delicious and tasty.

M - Good amount of carbination, medium bodies, taste buds/palate is singed from the hop explosion that just occured in my mouth, but this is a good thing for people who love hoppy beers.

D - Hop heads dream, if you love hops you got to get your hands on one or two of these, true in style like the name says "West Coast IPA". Excellent hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 14:36:43 | More by CONOR8832
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Kansas City BBQ in San Diego.

Appearance is hazy, light copper with a 1-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is piney and grapefruity hops. The taste is very bitter from the grapefruit hops; astringent. There are resinous pine, medicinal and herbal hop flavors as well. Mouthfeel is carbonated, acidic, light to medium-bodied.

This is quite a hoppy IPA. Stings the palate with the carbonation. This would go well with a spicy Thai or Indian food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 01:50:35 | More by theghost3
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3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber.

It pours an amberish orange with lots of sediment (shit that usually isn't a sign of freshness). The head is frothy and off-white and leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes.

Smell is rather subdued, I'm beginning to think this bottle is old (I wish there was a bottled on date). It is just malt.

The flavor is better. It is definitely pretty bitter which I like. It isn't a tounge-blistering bitterness but enoug to make me forget abotu how malty it smelled. There is a lot of pine in play here and it is backed by caramally malts. There is some citrus in the end that goes with the grapefruit rind bitterness. It is an enjoyable one to drink. It isn't the hoppiest beer (and may be past it's prime) but it works for the most part.

After tasting it i am utterly confused, did i get an old bottle because it smelled like malts, or is it still pretty fresh because it tasted fine? At any rate if you don't value smell this one is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:54:58 | More by crossovert
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,752 ratings.