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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 bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle from Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a sticky off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it drops to a heavy film. I don't need to put my nose too close to this beer to tell that its bringing a huge dose of hops - grapefruit, tangerine, pepper and pine mix in with brown sugar to produce a great bouquet.

Huge pine and grapefruit zest flavours dominate this tasty and top notch west coast style IPA. A fine bitterness is moderated and balanced by a strong caramel body, which also provides depth and structure. Slightly oily mouthfeel seems to be full of hops, and the medium carbonation helps to accentuate the bitterness.

Really nicely done, and I can't find much to fault this beer on. Its the kind of brew that would be a welcome addition to my fridge at any time of the year.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 20:00:34 | More by bobsy
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with 2 finger head. Nice retention and great lacing. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the smell. It smells like a really hoppy double IPA, though it is apparently just a single. Taste is just a hop bomb. Lots of bitterness, with sticky pine hops and citrus. Some caramel malt in there for a touch of balance. Awesomely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 23:37:34 | More by kwjd
Photo of muttyd


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber pour with a huge fluffy white head. Sticks all over the glass as I swirl it around.

S - This one is a hop bomb. Loads of pine/grapefruit/spiciness bombard the nose. Some malty sweetness, but it is absolutely dwarfed by the massive hop aroma. West coast indeed.

T - Sweet caramel/toffee malts up front followed by a spicy/citrusy hop bite. Slight astringency in the finish, leaves the a sticky/chewy residue on the palate. This is one big IPA.

M - Moderate carbonation with a chewy body.

D - Man, am I glad this one comes in a six-pack! Incredible drinkability and thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:07:40 | More by muttyd
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

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

12 US fl. oz. bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada tumbler glass...

A - Cloudy amber-orange body, with tiny chunks of sediment floating around. A pretty nice beige head. Decent head retention.

S - Hops, hops, hops. Loads of zesty grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and a touch of pine. A pretty solid toffee-like maltiness to it as well. Very faint mango notes.

T - Very robust, hoppy, and malty! The bitterness kicks in right away, then fades away, leaving room for the nice sweet toffee maltiness, and then finally comes back in the after-taste. As the beer warms up, you might get some hints of tropical fruits (mango and papaya). Quite piny, but the grapefruit notes still dominate. Very powerful and balanced. Definitely not one-dimensional.

M - Medium-to-full body to it. Sticky and a bit syrupy, with a nice resinous texture to it. The alcohol is quite well-masked, despite the warming sensation I'm getting. Very mild carbonation.

D - Good. The one bottle I had took me no time to drink, but I would probably be cautious about making this my session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 19:59:16 | More by NightINgale
Photo of metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured copper in color with a finger-sized head. There is good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate and complex aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Smells of grapefruit really stand out to the nostrils.
T: The taste is mainly bitter and has lots of grapefruit flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely try this beer again. It packs in a lot of different hop flavors but isn't overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 15:23:24 | More by metter98
Photo of aristeros


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. I'm fond of hoppy IPAs with a complex nose and have high hopes. Pours an orange-amber with a fluffy, two finger white head. Big lacing on the glass. Nose has some citrus and floral hop notes over moderate pine resins and a drop of honey. Fairly subtle nose.

Sweet malt and grapefruit rind quickly give way to bitter hop resins. Hop character is quite sharp, and the balance is good, but it's basically the hop bomb I was looking for. Moderate body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

The ABV will creep up on you about halfway through the six pack. Otherwise, good drinkability if you feel like killing a sixer with a crapload of IBUs.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:46:12 | More by aristeros
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a dense, 1" head that slowly dissipated. Citrus and pine aromas. It has a heavy, creamy mouthfeel that reveals a combination of citrus and mouth-drying hops. It strikes a nearly perfect balance between the over-the-top hop experience that these beers are supposed to provide with subtle layers of flavor, good body and drinkability that could get you into trouble at 7.3% abv. I experiment with just about any "West Coast" style IPA that can be found on the shelf (regardless of provenance), and this is consistently one of my favorites of this type.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:15:11 | More by malloyca
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-amber colour, with a good, if not prominent head of foamy yellow-white. Lacing is good, however, leaving some intricate patterning behind. A nice looking IPA, and (oh yes, let's say it) a good exemplar of the West Coast style.

Nose is muted but fruity, with twinges of light citrus, red apple and even an odd banana lilt. Even a light sweet caramel character coming through. Tropical is what you expect, banana not so much, but it's pleasant enough.

Pretty smooth palate, and very nicely balanced. It's not a hop rocking tongue-slicing affair, and much of that has to do with the comforting toffee sweetness imparted throughout the length of the palate. This is just overlaid with a somewhat sharp, somewhat spicy hop character, which dances around on your insulated palate. Very balanced, and very pleasant.

This really is a very good IPA. It's very smooth and drinkable and it does indeed have those classic fruity characters that should be expected of a West Coast example.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 03:20:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
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New York

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

Just finishing this one, not gonna do a clinical breakdown of attributes for this one. It's a beer that gets to the point, and so will this review. It's called West Coast IPA and the name fits, all the hop craft of Cal. brewing is in this one, it is the full range of hop goodness, presented in extreme for an IPA, and it has a mouth rocking fine flavor profile, everything you might figure its name implies is in here. Get it, try it, you'll love this one. Best? No. In the same league? Definitely

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:28:01 | More by cavedave
Photo of berpwillie


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy copper color with large fluffy white head, good lacing and soft carbonation. strong piney citrus smell with hints of just about everything you can think of. This is an amazing beer that packs a plethora of flavors, piney, citrus, grapefruit, floral, and just about any other hop flavor you can imagine. medium body with a thin creamy texture that finishes very bitter. one of the best beers i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 13:30:53 | More by berpwillie
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Bottle says 7.3% ABV

Pours a light amber color with hues of orange, good sized head that fades slowly, bit frothy looking, leaves some patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell has a good amount of hops and grapefruit, paired with a heavy dosing of caramel malt, didn't really expect that for a "West Coast" IPA.

Taste majority is of bitter hops, quite piney, caramel malt comes through to balance things in the aftertaste, but a lingering bitterness persists regardless, carbonation is spot on with a slight creaminess to it.

A very solid IPA, could be quite sessionable if not for the lingering bitterness and 7.3% strength (which isn't noticeable, but still moves it out of sessioning).

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:32:59 | More by deltatauhobbit
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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

Had on draught at Deep Ellum. Lots of sweet malts are balanced out by the classic assault of juicy, piney hops. The color is medium, hazy, looks packed full of HOPPY GOODNESS. A nice thick head didn't want to go anywhere. So I drank it. Circles of lovely lace ringed the glass. This is one of my absolute favorite go to beers. When I lived in CA I got hooked. Glad I can get it here, and fresh on draught at that!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 20:18:08 | More by BeerMusketeer
Photo of alcurtsinger


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Copper colored with a one fingered head.

Smell- Citrus, pine, and hops.

Taste- Bitter and hoppy, not quite as bitter as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Drinkability- Very drinkable, I could have multiple of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 19:47:42 | More by alcurtsinger
Photo of klikger


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

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Cloudy auburn, good head

S - Sweet malts, lots of caramel, oak, and faintly hoppy. My nose may be screwed up a bit on this last part based on the taste...

T - ...because this is a massively bitter hop beast! This tastes like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a dash of powdered sugar and a drop of vanilla, but it's not sweet. The hops are overpoweringly tart and the finish is epically bitter.

M - Not syrupy or cloying, this is actually pretty smooth for battery acid.

D - You absolutely must be a hophead to enjoy this. If so, this is absolutely brilliant and a must try. I only had a single bomber, but I can't wait for my next! Sessionable? Probably not.

Wow, I haven't been this impressed by a West Coast IPA since my first Pliny. This was brutal hop warfare; I'm in love.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:11:00 | More by klikger
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The name perfectly captures the taste, and the taste perfectly captures the essence of an american (west-coast) IPA.

A lovely copper color, both the smell and the taste are completely dominated by citrusy/piney american hops (not much else is evident). The hop taste lingers as a strong and pleasant bitterness. Together with a reasonably strong amount of carbonation, this makes for a very refreshing ale.

The taste doesn't seem very complex, but if you like american IPAs, this is a delicious and satisfying example of such.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 18:37:02 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of LtCracker20


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

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A- Pours a very nice copper color with a little funk in it. Have only seen a few IPAs with this much floating around in it... Has a two finger fluffy white head that is extremely sticky. Very nice retention.

S- A whole lot of pine here, a lot of citrus, and some slight floral notes. This is what a hoppy beer should smell like. The piney and citrusy smell of the West coast, and the floral aroma of the East coast. Best aroma of an IPA that I've ever had the pleasure to smell.

T- Just like the smell. It's hard to pick out what comes in what order, but it's definatly a West coast style IPA in the taste. Almost all pine and citrus flavors here.

MF/D- Medium to full bodied IPA. The flavors bounce around on your toungue and linger for quite a while. A very tasty and drinkable IPA. I could easily have another. Too bad we don't get it in CT.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:12:17 | More by LtCracker20
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a rich copper color to a dogfish head signature glass - full finger off white head lasting a couple minutes or so leaving nice lacing on the glass.

hops are in your face, smelling of citrus with a strong pine following up. fairly strong hoppy bite upon the first sip, and this remained throughout - however, the malt was more evident after about 10 minutes or so.

i'm not a big fan of IPA and strong hops beers, but this one, i'd drink again.

thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 23:13:02 | More by robwestcott
Photo of JamisonM


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

Poured into Stone IPA glass great one for ipas

A: copper color bright white head that left fairly quick or else it would be 4.5 on appearance

S: smell is bonkers nearly a 5.0 tropical fruits and citrus and the malts blend right into the smell its so good.

T: Grapefruit Tropical fruit bit of pine bit of malt with more citrus like orange and pineapple not very much malt backing up the hops its hops and hops tad bit of malt but slight.

M: medium light mouthfeel with good carbonation here for the style spot on

D: drinking 2 is easy maybe 3 but its pushing it cuz its so damn hoppy 95 ibu and you can taste it

overall: a ballsy hopped up brew that could be from stone it takes no prisoners and makes no apologizes.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:04:26 | More by JamisonM
Photo of pvsob


3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown/amber color with a two-finger head that has insane staying power. Big-time, sticky lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, and floral hops. Hints of tropical fruit and just a hint of malt and alcohol.

T- Same as the aroma. Bitter from start to finish.

M- Thin to medium feel with mid-level carbonation.

D/O- A tasty little hop forward beer from Green Flash. Even though this is a good beer, I really don't see myself reaching for this beer again anytime soon. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it just isn't my cup of tea. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 19:14:55 | More by pvsob
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh growler poured into a pint glass

An aggressive pour delivers two fingers of white fluffy head resting proudly atop an amber colored ale. Lacing galore as the head falls to a thin cap that maintains for the remainder. A tint of gold is revealed when held to the light. Truly a beauty of an IPA and strangely dark for an ale boasting West Coast in the name. Sweet candy hops come through in the nose highlighted with light floral aromas. The hops become stronger as the ale draws closer to room temperature. Orange and grapefruit become more and more prevalent. The tip of the tongue gets a nice treat of sweet grain and hop resins. The pallet becomes coated boldly with hop oils of bitterness. Sticky hops lasting in the after taste proving worthy of the west coast name. The very slight evidence of caramel remain dry but pay homage to the style. West Coast IPA is quite a quaffer, but heed the 7% ABV dong your best not to kill the entire growler to you can still respect beer. Tonight is a week night and I shared this one with a very grateful fellow BA brother.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2010 00:28:49 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
Photo of RevereBeer

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of hazy copper with a thick frothy head, really nice retention and some lacing.
Smell is all hops, super citrusy and piney. A lot of different hop aromas going on at once. Not too powerful, but really delicious smelling.
Taste is very bitter with a malt base. Grapefruit is most noticeable to me, but there are plenty of piney and floral hops to be found as well. Drying on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation. This is well balanced, but very hoppy and bitter, so don't expect to be able to put more than a couple away unless you're a hophead.
Great beer! Really loved this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 21:45:43 | More by RevereBeer
Photo of imperialstout27


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Voluminous cream colored head. Well carbonated with a nice layer of foam persisting the whole time and good lacing.

S: Whoa hops!! Yes, big ass piney hops. Dank and cannabinoid. Great aromatics. This screams west coast IPA.

T: Hop flavors hit immediately with a full frontal attack. The profile is big pine resin on the palate with herbal and spicy notes. Citric flavors well up from underneath on the midpalate and culminate in an orange and grapefruit juice-like aftertaste. Great bitterness all the way across the palate, lingering with a slightly astringent tingle throughout the long finish. Good malt backbone on this one, with a nice underlying sweetness buried under big ass hops.

M: Nice medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. Decent slickness.

D: Very good. This is a great IPA and easy to drink more than one.

Overall, a superb effort by Green Flash. Quintessential west coast IPA - very appropriately named. Everything clicks with this brew. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:48:03 | More by imperialstout27
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A - A nice medium coloured amber with a bit of cloudiness. Half a finger of white bubbly head from the pour quickly disappeared.

S - The nose is citrus and piney hops.

T - The taste is a bitter hops. Citrus (orange peel and some grapefruit) up front with some pine in the aftertaste. A very slight caramel malt palate in the background.

M - Light to medium body with a little chew. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

D - As I continued to drink this beer the pine became more prevalent than the citrus and the malt backbone also became more predominant. A good balanced IPA but not exactly what I expected from a "west coast" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:27:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Kaya in Pittsburgh

Pours clear deep gold with a small head that dissipates quickly into a fine ring. Small amount of lacing.

Strong aromas of piney hops and citrus peel.

Flavors of malt followed by deep bitter hops and grapefruit. Tongue numbing hop level.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp.

This is very drinkable and tasting fresh on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 01:57:07 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of mempath


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

pours orangey-apricot bright and semi-opaque. already looks good with its pancake batter head and alien lacing...i can see future glyphs that represent the past...

nose:pure unadulterated grapefruit floral smackdown. what you want and expect. maybe a bit beyond. oh and grass.

taste is bitter, lemony, there's some sort of dimensional echo/warp...too much info...ok, hop-heaven, but for all it's weight, this is in zero-gravity, so there's a top-heavy bliss going on. all the malts drowned, but their souls remain, genuflecting the power of hops...if anything, SN Torpedo is more 'balanced'...but this is for the freaks. love it.

the mouthfeel is actually light, crisp, rich. i think it is an inadvertent part of the mix...but dangerously drinkable...too much so

up there with smuttynose and nugget nectar. no so much a question of style, but of pure hopheadiness!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:18:23 | More by mempath
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,752 ratings.