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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,112 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,112
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 240
Gots: 616 | 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 fields336
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in SN snifter
12 oz

A; Clear amber, orange with a thick 3 finger eggnog colored head on top. Foamy as hell, the carbonation is amazing, streaming off of the bottom of the glass. tons of floaties

S: pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple hops come at the front, there is a sweet bready/biscuity malt character as well.

T: Pine and grapefruit, and bitter citrus hit the front of the tongue, while a mellow malt background smooths the back of the tongue

M: Light-medium bodied, tons of carb, really really nice and dry, finish is great, not too drinkable but its a really really tasty beer,

O: For the IPA addict in you. Such a great beer, i wish i could get this in FL

fields336, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Hazy, dark amber color with a full three fingers of rocky off white head. Foam recedes reluctantly leaving very nice lacing.

S- Citrusy hops and pale malt.

T- Follows the nose with notes of orange rind, grapefruit and a bit of pine. The malt bill strives valiantly to keep things in check, but the hops clearly win out here. There is a nicely elevated level of bitterness from start to finish with a dry, lingering bitter aftertaste. Excellent!

M- The beer is medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation livening things up. No trace of ABV.

O- A great example of the style. Straight forward hoppy bitterness backed up by a subdued pale malt backbone. Insanely drinkable. I enjoy this every time I have it. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice yellow to almost orange color with a big white head and some lacing around the glass. the head is fluffy. the smell is citrussy and floral. the flavor is juicy with the floral citrus notes and ends with a nice bitterness. the mouthfeel is fairly light and mouth watering. overall a very good ipa.

rowingbrewer, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew in bottle. New to Kansas and Missouri. A great new brewery to come along. Pours a light amber color. The hops take immediate effect on the nose. Floral and resinous. A nice dry sticky ale when drank and all the hop presence intensifies as the ale warms. A bit of a heavy brew as for the drinkability. An overall gret brew.

HOPPYKC, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of hampden served chilled in a PizzaBoy Brewing tulip pint. The taplist mentioned the freshness of this keg but I don't remember the exact date it was kegged.

The color is deep amber/copper with good clarity and thick 1 inch of ecru cream capping it with a fine bead and lace clings in a sheet. The smell is fragrant with lots of aroma hops which have a piney grassy scent and slight citrusy accent of grapefruit rind. The feel is green tinged with bitter, juicy and mildly sweet feel. It is pretty highly carbonated which is expected but after my meal it seems gassy to me. The bitterness is assertive and body is semi-dry with a spicy finish.

The taste of West Coast IPA is very good with some nice zesty flavors -the hops have a sort of orange tase which is also herbal and mildly acidic grapefruit accent which brings to mind a tangelo as the combination of tangy sweet and bitter reverberate. I like the way the malt sweetness is subtle and it is a generally dry bitter combo with a nice acidity to bring you back for more. The spice accent is slightly peppery and adds dimension to the mildly dry finish. Overall I think this is a great beer, I think it pushes the alcohol and verges on an Imperial IPA with the bitterness level but it isn't too sweet so I would say it fits the style very well.

Slatetank, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange/amber with a fluffy, 3-finger, white head that has good retention and leaves nice areas of lace.

The smell is strong citrus (grapefruit) and some pine aroma with a minor background of sweet malt.

The taste is the same citrus and pine as the aroma with a strong dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate to good carbonation (even at the end of the glass there was a steady stream of carbonation from the nucleation point in my glass).

Overall: The bitterness seemed a bit much and without much in the way of malt sweetness it just seemed to be a bit much. I've had this on tap a number of times and recall it being less bitter. Next time on tap, I'll have to finally review it. This is stll a nice WC beer

meatyard, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass. If there was a bottled-on date, it was well-hidden.

Aroma: Pine resin, brown sugar, and chocolate chip cookie tantalize.

Appearance: Thick three-finger off-white head sticks around for a while, and leaves decent lacing. Amber body has a deep haze. I kept getting hung-up, though, on the floaties (clumps of proteins?) ranging in size from a mustard seed to a popcorn kernal. I couldn't perceive them when I drank them, and they didn't do me any harm. They were a bit unappealing, though.

Flavor: Strong, prominent pine-resin-like hop bitterness. Very moderate brown sugar sweetness doesn't come close to providing balance. The bitterness is bordering on harsh, and hangs on for dear life for a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Tannins are a little drying.

Overall: This was definitely made with the hop head in mind. I kept thinking about how good this one would taste if I were really Jonesin' for a bitter brew. While I gave lower marks for appearance, I would drink this one again (No real flaws with the taste.), and would recommend that you give it a shot.

mdvatab, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of deepchills
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The West Coast IPA pours a copper color with a 1/2 inch of head. You will note in the bottle, the pour, and finally in your glass sediment/hops, from dry hopping I think. It distracts a little from the beers appearance I feel. Not much lacing, but I find myself swirling this beer alot, so no lacing would be left.

Pine on the nose with a little citrus and maybe some other fruits, and a very light malty sweetness.

This beer is delicious. Bitter hops and fruits are perfect in this beer along with a nice touch of malt without going over the top. I like the lack of balance as sometime the fruit is less present, sometimes very fruity. The sediment isn't noticed at all when drinking this fantastic IPA.

This beer will be in my fridge often. Mozol tov!

deepchills, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of hiku7
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I will start by saying I am generally a Green Flash fan, but this one did not quite live up to expectations, though it was overall a decent brew. Maybe it was a bad bottle. I'll review again if I change my mind.

The problem was certainly not with the appearance or smell. It poured a cloudy amber with a huge tan head. Low carbonation though. More on this later.

Smell is great, with a woody, piney hop smell and caramel malt. The taste is wonderful hops but without the overwhelming hop bite that finish many overdone IPAs. The taste was more fruity than the smell, which had only a hint of fruitiness coming through the hops.

The mouthfeel is where this beer lost me. It was so low carbonation that it was almost flat. It was way too watery.

Overall, the flat wateriness got to me, though I loved the hop assault smell. Good beer, but I can't give it the high marks that others have. I'll revise if I have a different experience with another try. Unfortunately, I only bought a single, so that will have to wait.

hiku7, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip -No best by date visible .

A: Poured a cloudy amber/orange with three finger head that decended into a thin frothy lacing, decent webbing ,lots of floaties.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, hops, pine notes.

T: Red Grapfruit with a good citrus kick , slight malts with a slight pine bite.

Overall, Not sure how old this was or if floaties are common in this , I still enjoyed it and would love to try a fresher bottle.

InebriatedJoker, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz into 22oz pint glass, no freshness date.

A- pale pale body and a big white head that takes a while to settle. A nice lace ring and some streaks down the glass.

S- Pretty inviting sweet flowers and fruit, and a bit of fusel alcohol.

T-Grapefruit and dish soap. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind, the soapiness is not welcome. I've come across this a few times before, not sure if it's a combination of pale malt and a certain hop variety or what. Not my cup o' tea. Not a whole lot of depth to this one either.

M- Very bitter and a bit astringent. Not really winning any points here. Not bad, but I'm not impressed.

O- Aggressively bitter but ultimately lacking the focus I expect from a west coast IPA. Something I doubt I'll revisit in this cutthroat IPA market. Much better coming out of California.

ShogoKawada, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fluffy, soapy white head with nice lacing. Amber color, somewhat cloudy appearance. Great spicy aroma with lots of citrusy notes and, to a lesser extent, pine.

Taste is huge, bitter, and very fresh. This one was bottled very recently, obviously. Bitterness is first and foremost but nicely detailed hop flavors come through as well underneath. This one would definitely qualify as a hop bomb for sure!

Aftertaste is medium-long; pleasant..the bitterness fades while the subtler hop flavors linger. Good carbonation. Delicious!

At 7.3 ABV can't really have too many at a time...unfortunately. One of the best IPA's I've had this year. Highly recommended.

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of HoosierInOhio
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy Amber, Opaque, looks like a DIPA. Huge foamy head that lingers

S - Huge Citrus burst, Apricots, Tart smell. Just explodes out of the glass. Nice

T - Different than the nose, was not expecting the balance this one brings. Hop/Malty/Caramel followed by bitter citrus

M - This one feels nice on the palette,

O - Excellent IPA that borders on a DIPA. Will be having this again for sure

HoosierInOhio, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of sjverla
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Super piney. Gently fades slightly to biscuity yeast and sweet, crisp malt.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Fluffy, but short-lived head. A deeper shade than many IPAs.

Taste: So hoppy. Delicately balanced by mild maltiness, but mostly hoppy. Big, substantial feel.

Overall: A great IPA. I don't think it's been over-hyped. Super bitter, lightly balanced. Satisfying.

sjverla, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Note: while this is a good review for them, its likely from an older bottle and I'll update it when they get their bottling dates.

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottled date, but still has the green label. I realize this is older, but I'm been craving the stuff.

This pours a nice golden amber color with a large off white head with good lacing, there are also lots of large yeast dregs floating around. The smells are of hops and lots of them grapefruit, pine, and underneath I get some caramel malts. Body is medium. For an older IPA, this is still pretty hoppy not the super hoppy experience I had on tap but there are plenty of piney and grapefruit tastes in there, there is also a slightly sweeter / caramel flavor which I didn't notice with the overpowering hops while this was fresh. Overall the older bottle isn't up to the 2 week old on tap I had, but its still pretty tasty, even older this is better than many IPAs out there.

DavidST, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice new label, fresh and probably the last time I get it until bottle dates appear.

A- A nice orange hue to the body when poured into a pint glass. It is slightly hazy and forms a massive, creamy (ice cream style) white head. Great size and retention. Huge rings of lace start to form immediately. A cm of the foam stays throughout the process.

S- Pretty much all hops here. Reminds me of the bags of hops for homebrew when I was making a West Coast hopped beer. Nice citrus, pine, tropical fruit and floral notes.

T- Like the nose but with a bit more balance, a sweet maltiness comes into play, I really didn't expect it but it works nicely. Hops then the malt then more hops as far as order. The hops in the flavor are a bit more pine heavy but still have great citrus (lemon zest, orange), herbal, floral and earthy notes. Great peach juicy fruit flavor as it warms a bit.

MF- Silky, creamy body with a moderate overall feel. Carbonation seems a bit lacking. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

It brings the hops, as you would expect with anything named West Coast IPAs. The actual hop profile reminds me of many Cali-based brewery IPAs. Good beer, wish it would have a bottled on date.

cbutova, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of ajaxivan
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time i have had this in awhile

A: Great looking beer, nice copper color and 2 finger cream colored head.

S: Citrus and pine, not as strong as i would like but good. I know GF puts the bottled on date on the cartons but i couldn't find it. My guess is this isn't past it's prime FWIW.

T:It has the perfect amount of bitterness for me, finishes dry, grapefruit is prodominant

M: Medium, carbonation is about right

O: Overall this is a good/very good IPA. Bottom line, it's too pricey. This is the first time i have seen it in my area and i wanted to revisit it after all the backlash on GF going to 4pks etc. and uping their pricing. If you like good IPA's i would recommend this for sure, i just think its way overpriced.

ajaxivan, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a good two fingers of frothy tan foam. A nice looking beer.

Smell: nice combination of citrus and earthy hops here. There's also a hint of resinous, piney hops which makes for a nice complex aroma. Not much at all in the way of malt can get through the hop barrage, however.

Taste: big, earthy hops with a little bit of funky hop flavor mixed in. Malt is relatively dry but with a touch of sweetness at the end complemented by a floral hop character which develops. Bitterness is big and possibly a little rough, but this is offset by the nice complexity of the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK carbonation. It's decent enough, but not fantastic.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty beer, although it emphasizes hop flavors which are lesser among my preferences. I would like to try this on tap to see if it is any different.

flagmantho, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap Blind Tiger NYC

A: Dark orange, nice fresh head, looks inviting..

S: Super funky spicy hop aroma. Some funky vegetable scents and an evident strong malt backing. This beer really smells fantastic, I love the funky vegetable / cat urine scents in this! Sounds disgusting but smells wonderful!

T: This IPA really masters the balance between super hoppiness and strong maltiness! Taste follows smell notes, but tastes more of a salty ocean meets freshly dug onions and a splash of spicy fruit at the end. The melange of flavors in this is truly wonderful and dare I say a touch mystical. This is the sort of beer that touches on so many nuances of flavors from sweet to sour to fruity to funky all in one. I forgot how funky this beer is when fresh on tap!

M: Wonderful slightly chewy but ultimately refreshing and easy drinking. A semi medium thick maltiness to it, with the zesty hops cleaning the mouth all the way home.

O: I was really down on this beer after an old 4 pack, but boy have I been swayed by having this from a super fresh keg. This beer is really an IPA masterpiece. To me this is an IPA that borders between hoppy and malty, single and imperial , and sweet and sour, all in one.

Avantyawn, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, amber in color with very little head even when poured aggressively. The head that is there, though, sticks around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing along the edges of the glass. Some particulates can be found floating around. Carbonation levels seem a bit low, but ample. The hue is nice, but the head is a bit weak.

S: Smells heavily of citrus hops, pine resin and a bit of roasted malt in the background. There is also an earthy, grass note in the aroma. Seems quite hopped, though I wouldn't call the aroma "inviting." The malt aromas seem to become more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Taste follows the aroma well. Lots of hops up front with a great amount of grapefruit citrus. Some pine resin comes through as well. There is a subtle bready malt presence in the background, but it never really gains prominence. Finishes with a lingering tart, grapefruit flavor on the tongue. Manages to pack a lot of citrus and hops without being overly bitter.

M: A solid, medium bodied brew with lower than average carbonation and a good amount of chewiness. Very smooth.

O: I found this quite enjoyable, overall, and it is sure to please those seeking the classic West coast IPA flavor. I found this one to be slightly one-dimensional, but it is definitely a quality craft brew. Pretty drinkable for the style, especially considering the strong hop presence and higher ABV. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again myself, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Cheers!

kflorence, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Orangish/copper color. Nice and clear. One finger white head, composed of larger bubbles. Good retention and

S: Big earthy and citrus hops. Dirty and grassy notes, with grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple notes. A very light caramel background, which hopefully gives it more hoppiness.

T: A hoppy sweetness upfront, with the earthy notes muting the caramel a bit. Then the light citrus comes through a bit with some floral notes. Decent bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not the hugest earthy hop fan but this one has a decent bitterness to it.

doughanson78, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

West coast IPA's for the win once again. First time enjoying this beauty. Having it on tap at Capone's. Pours a beautiful hazy orange/copper color. A very unique look for an IPA. Finger's width head sticks around for a good while. Nose is citrusy and hop laden. First sip is just...all hops with a nice citrus finish. Minimal pine in this. The mouthfeel is a lingering bitterness. The citrus has staying power too. Awesome IPA. Welcome addition to our east coast lineup.

Retail1LO, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a burnt red orange color with foamy fluffy off white head.

Smells like tropical fruits, grapefruit and florals.

Grapefruit citrus is big in the flavor with other fruity notes that combine with an intense bitter that builds into the finish. A bit floral as well, with pine. There's an undercurrent of some malty sweetness that peaks through every now and again. Some mintiness emerges at times, not often.

Smooth mouthfeel, light body.

Overall really good hopped up ipa, nice bitter.

Sensaray, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorites from the bottle, let's see how it compares on tap.

A: Beaming golden orange, sheep's wool head, nice lacing coating half the glass.

S: Zesty, spicy, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine cones, mainly hop forward with a spike of alcohol.

T: It's like squeezing a lemon on top of a christmas tree, but with the awesomeness of Festivus, and taking a shot of honey a minute after, the hops stick around that long. As it warms up, the booze comes out a bit, and it drinks like grapefruit nectar.

M: Medium body, for sure; nice crispness, smooth.

O/D: It's an enamel scrapper. Great in a bottle, fantastic on tap. I was lucky to experience it.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a orangey yellow color with a strong looking white head that sticks to the glass very nicely. The smell of the beer is a fruity, floral and piney. Very inviting aroma on this one. The taste is very good also, its loaded with the pine like grapefruit flavors that make these west coast IPA's so special. The mouthfeel of the brew is decent in my opinion. It is fairly light bodied, it goes down nice and easy, it leaves a great dry cotton mouth feeling after each sip. Overall it's a damn good brew, worth trying if you haven't already.

Knapp85, Aug 21, 2011
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,112 ratings.