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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

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5,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 5163
Reviews: 1630
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of Dope


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can see. Uh oh.

A: Pours a clear medium red. Very tall and frothy tan head. Head doesn't go anywhere for a long time, great head retention. Substantial lacing everywhere too.

S: Pungent grapefruit and lots of caramel sweetness.

T: I was thinking this was old due to the relatively mild smell. Taste is better with lots of pungent and bitter grapefruit. Some pine in there too. Some mild bread crusts for malt, but mostly demolished under the hops. Big wave of bitterness in the finish. BIG wave. Primarily resinous pine in the aftertaste finish and aftertaste I would say.

M: Medium bodied. Spicy and bitter.

O: Nice staple west coast style IPA (aptly named for sure). Lots of grapefruit, lots of resinous/spicy pine and just a little malt. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 05:04:28 | More by Dope
Photo of tmm313


3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy. Really dark amber color. 1 finger, creamy head. Good Lacing.

Smell: Tart citrus and heavy pine. There's also some floral, grapefruit and tangerine with a touch of caramel lingering far in the background.

Taste: A ton of bitter hops. Mostly bitter resinous pine and bitter citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, light creaminess, long lasting bitter, dry, oily/resinous finish.

Overall: If the point of this IPA is balanced layers of bitterness then its definitely a winner. I've never used the term "dank" for a beer before, but I'm assuming it can be used here. Based on the good reviews, this is a quality many people go for, but I seriously doubt I'll ever buy this again - just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:28:07 | More by tmm313
Photo of superspak


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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with minimal cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! All around awesome complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:18:37 | More by superspak
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken summer 2013.

12 oz brown bottle with in usual Green Flash bottle style and labeling as well. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.

A - darker shade of orange with some haze to it. Frothy off whit head masses on top and sticks around leaving thick stickiness the entire way. Great looking brew.

S - you'll notice right away why this has the name west coast. It's loaded with hop aromas. Semi floral hops paired with citrus, fruit, and candy notes. Awesome!

T - massive hop flavors all over. Orange notes are quite juicy and followed quickly by more light fruit notes. Almost like orange candy. Citrus hops barely out perform the floral hop character and both blend well together here. A hop heads dream in a glass. Just loaded down with hop flavors with a dry bitterness to the finish.

M - thicker than I expected going in, but what I was thinking? Green Flash brews always have a good texture to them. This is no different. If you are scared of hops, beware.. This isn't a walk in the park and the palate load is a hop bill straight from the middle of a hop field. It's gushing with hop character and uses the different varieties to balance itself instead of leaning on malt. Some may say its unbalanced, but its hop notes are balanced perfectly together. Crisp mouthfeel and a dry finish but still gushing with hop brilliance. What an ale!

O - west coast at its finest! Green Flash takes the lead and carries the flag as holder of the best standard West Coast ipa I've ever had. It takes the ipa style to a completely different level and just struts its liquid self around in utter arrogance. Really a true piece of Californian brewing brilliance with Green Flash's take on this storied style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:28:50 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of JohnBuck


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Even though we are talking about a beer claiming to be extravagantly hopped, this beer is all about balance. It packs a punch at 7.3. I think it is the most drinkable beer of all the 'dank' beer I love.

WC IPA is only available in a four pack ($12) now so when I see it on tap for $6 a pint I feel like it will be a great deal for IPA lovers looking for a balanced beer that is easy on the gut but still provides a palatable punch any day of the week. Although the only place I have had it on tap was this summer at Citizen Burger in Charlottesville.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:21:46 | More by JohnBuck
Photo of MistahBeah


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange - lighter yellow tints at the edges. Good amount of carbonation. Big chunks of lace. Head is beige and frothy with decent retention

The aroma is huge with citrus rind hops. Juicy grapefruit and dank pine needles. Somewhere behind all those hops is a sweet breadiness with a hint of caramel

Taste is like the nose. Big notes of grapefruit juice and citrus rind. Sticky resinous pine. This almost gets to a salty level of bitterness. Sweet bready malt for some balance and a touch of peppery spice finishes it off. Aftertaste is mostly of pine and citrus and lingers for a long time

Feels full bodied. Astringent. Lots of bitterness. Dry

Overall a must try for hopheads. Bold and bitter. Huge hops throw this out of balance but that is to be expected. Not terribly complex but still really good. Would get again but I do prefer my IPAs a little more balanced

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:24:44 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of andrewjraab


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper orange with good clarity and a big creamy head. Nice stick.

S - Huge citrus hop notes, floral, perfume, piney, resinous, with some malts.

T - Big piney, citrusy hops up front, balanced by some malts and bready flavor. Finishes with a sharp but clean bitter snap.

O - Easy drinking IPA with a robust hop profile. Nice IPA. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:59:33 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Northbridge Pig... I guess the last one I'll get from the Northbridge Beer Garden. Served in a shaker pint.

A: light copper; creamy, 2-finger head; nice, patchy lace.

S: citrusy hops; light resin aroma; nice and hoppy.

T: a freshly bitter IPA; citrus rind; spicy hops.

M: moderate feel and high carbonation; nice.

O: a classic "west coast" IPA; drinkable and delicious; nice to close out the Northbridge Pig on a good one!

Serving type: growler

10-12-2013 22:00:35 | More by jpro
Photo of MattyG85


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottled on 08/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About tree fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus, earthy, and piney hops. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, and melon. Earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of grass and dank pine resin. Nicely sharp and bitter smelling. Background presence of bready malt with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A very good West Coast aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and nicely bitter and juicy hop driven taste with citrus, earthy, and herbal notes. Upfront taste of juicy citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Good mix of earthy, floral, grassy, and herbal hop notes. Spicy taste of pine resin. Background presence of malt with a taste of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop forward. A very good West Coast IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily. Bitter but nicely smooth.

Overall: Another great West Coast IPA. Good citrus flavors with a good combination of earthy hop notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 07:38:58 | More by MattyG85
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Piney hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine resin, sweet malts.

Taste - Strong bitter hops, pine and grapefruit rind. Tropical fruit and caramel-like malts sweeten it up a little.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky on the tongue.

Overall - Pretty damn tasty American IPA by Green Flash. I like how the hops are kicked up to extreme bitterness levels (maybe one of the most bitter IPAs that I've tried to date).

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:27:49 | More by leaddog
Photo of itlnstallion11


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my ultimate go to IPA

a- darker copper beauty

s- tons of fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, citrus heaven alongside noble hops

t- amazing bitter hop flavor, however not too bitter and well balanced by the evident citrus flavor.

o- favorite IPA. It is extremely well balanced with hops and citrus. Perfect for a hot summer day, or a cold winter evening. No matter the environment, if you are in the mood for an IPA this is the one for you!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:25:28 | More by itlnstallion11
Photo of joeworrall


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this brew, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass, has a clear dark amber color and delightful piney bouquet.

drinking this immediately after a new belgium rampant imperial ipa, one of my favorites, and by comparison this is more bitter and less easy to drink.... Having said that, it is still a very well crafted IPA, and one that I would happily drink again.

in my search for the perfect IPA this one is probably in the top 20, but not in the top 10

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 05:22:02 | More by joeworrall
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange body, chunky sustaining off-white head.

S: Hoppy marmalade smell.

T: Very bitter and a bit sweet. Tons of seville orange marmalade. A bit of fudge. No burned toast, thank goodness. Nice but not complex at all.

M: The chunky head makes for a chewy brew and I'm not sure I like this.

O: No surprises here, just another marmalade tasting hop bomb, the likes of which I've grown weary.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:37:05 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of AndrewPugliese


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon taking my second sip all I could think was- This may be the best IPA I have ever had. Only to be second to Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (Drink it warm!!), but I guess that's technically an imperial IPA.

The smell of this beer is amazing, very floral, smells like medical bud.

The taste comes on very crisp, nicely carbonated for a fun bubbly time in your mouth. Very crisp, with the perfect amount of bitterness with some undertones of grapefruit. This beer is a must for any IPA fan.

At first I could only find this beer on tap, but I have been buying it ALOT in 4 packs!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 00:38:39 | More by AndrewPugliese
Photo of Celtics17


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

This is a good IPA, and most love everything about this IPA. I love the pine feeling once you taste it. This IPA didn't have the right amount of grapefruit that I was looking for. Strong malt backbone of caramel, toffee, and this is a character with most West Coast IPA's. I tend to like less of that these days. This is good, or great by many standards, but I wanted more. Still very good.

A: Deep red-orange color. Creamy off-white head retains well at a half inch.

S: Sugary ruby red grapefruit, pine, blood orange. Hop spiciness. Smells like bitterness will be ample. Underlying malt scents of caramel ans toffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 06:39:50 | More by Celtics17
Photo of JamesMN


3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/4/14, so probably about 22 days old.

Appearance: A surprisingly dark caramel/amber and hazy body with a frothy off-white head. Pretty dark for a beer named "West Coast IPA" but I'll play along.

Aroma: A beautiful bouquet of west coast hops at their finest. Dankness and sweet grapefruit.

Taste: Starts with crisp bitterness right out of the gate. Real mellow caramel and amber malt keeping things from getting out of hand in the hops department, although there is some serious bitterness that keeps the word 'balanced' from being necessary in describing the flavor. The hop profile is earthy with some great floral notes near the finish and pure bitterness in the aftertaste. Not quite juicy but getting there in some respects.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with somewhat lively carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: It's nice to review an IPA that's a) fresh and b) good. While probably not cracking my top 5, Green Flash West Coast IPA is a very good beer. I've gradually become harsher on grading beer (especially IPAs, as they make up one of my favorite styles) and it is obviously reflected in the final score. However, let it be known that this beer is heads and shoulders above any other run-of-the-mill American IPA swill that so many pop-up breweries are releasing. But I digress. Would I drink it again? For as long as Green Flash distributes to MN.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:15:25 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Victor


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA is the brew that turned me onto IPA's.
It pours into a glass a deep copper, and it's head foams nicely.
This IPA has a crisp and clean smell with hints of pine.
The taste is strong, and refreshing. The ABV is on point!
Overall, this is one of the best American IPA's brewed in the west Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 03:03:43 | More by Victor
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into DFH IPA glass. Golden orange, translucent, with a thick fluffy off-white head that sticks around leaving tons of thick, intricate lacing.
Smell is pine, leafy and herbal hops, sweet grapefruit and citrus notes, hint of tropical fruits and flowers.
Taste is clean, sweet crackery malt immediately obliterated by hops. Opening salvos of pine and herbal bitterness are underscored by lighter notes of citrus and even lighter tropical/floral qualities, and it all comes crashing down into a hellishly bitter finish that leaves no taste bud standing.
Mouthfeel is clean and a bit wet, but the hops destroy that and leave a dry finish.
Overall, definitely lives up to its name. Piney bitterness abounds; maybe my palate has been wrecked (Green Flash pun intended), but even this beer, which is often cited as incredibly bitter, doesn't seem unbalanced to me. I'd usually prefer a tropical/floral IPA to a piney/bitter one, but it's still an amazing IPA. Extremely well-done.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 03:33:44 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of goldendenizen


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden straw. the color is quite beautiful. decent lacing.

S: summer peach hoppiness. smells like it tastes.

T: when i first sampled this brew i was head over heels. not too bitter but a piney, floral confluence. it finishes quite well and has you begging for more.

M: strong carbobation and not oily at all. def taste/feel the alcohol but not in a bad way.

O: a def go to. im glad they,ve expanded their offerings at a reasonable price! love this brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 00:58:00 | More by goldendenizen
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a "Bottle On" date of 9/13; into a tulip.
Appearance - slightly darker than most IPA's, orange tinted brew, with a thick foamy head. A curtain of lacing!
Smell - this one is on point, ranking right along with other top notch IPA's! Nice blend of citrus and floral hops!
Taste - leaves a bit to be desired, after an impressive nose. This is easy drinking though, at 7.3 ABV, I like it!
Feel - hop grenade! My mouth is awake now!
Overall - really like this beer, it's a touch pricey though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:42:26 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe. This bottle is about a month from going out of code.

A: Deep red-orange color. Chill hazed. Creamy off-white head retains well at a half inch. Lacing coats the glass in small dots.

S: Sugary ruby red grapefruit, pine, blood orange. Hop spiciness. Smells like bitterness will be ample. Underlying malt scents of caramel ans toffee.

T: Clamping bitterness from the beginning. Hops are very spicy and peppery. Ruby red grapefruit and pine abound. Lighter tropical notes of blood orange and star fruit beneath. Strong malt backbone of caramel, toffee, and even a touch of crust comes through, though the bitterness is firmly dominant. Spicy alcohol on the back end. Hops start to go earthy at the end with tastes of wet leaves and peppery spice. Finishes with a long, clamping grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Strong malt backbone gives it a firm, slightly weighted, and creamy texture. Ample prickling carbonation.

O: Extremely bitter, so its reputation is certainly deserved in that regard. Like many, this beer still benefits from extreme freshness, and even though it was still in code, it felt as though it lost an edge. When within three months of bottling, this is one of the best readily available west coast style IPAs in my market.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:14:14 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange, light amber. Nice hop haze, half a finger of white head.

Smell is sweet grapefruit, orange, nice dankness, spice in the hops, little pine, dankness in there to. light pale malts, not much though. Really complex smelling stuff

Taste is grapefruit heavy, lemon, pine, spice is heavy, bittering orange rind, light pale malts, did I mention a spice hop npte? Amazing.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated, finishes as dry as dirt. Really nice.

Wow, I would buy this more if it was not for the four pack format.... I Prefer Two Hearted as it is a better beer and available for around the same price and I get two more beers. But damn this is the exact thing I think of when I think of West Coast IPA... It lives up to its name. I grab a four pack once a month or so. I just crave that WC IPA taste!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:30:37 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of ISmith87


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

First time reviewing this beer even though I've had it many times. Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a stout/porter glass.

A - 4.75 - Beer is a nice copper/amber color with about 2 fingers of off white thick head that thins down to a thick film of bubbles on top of the beer. Great lacing. Bottle is standard Green Flash Style.

S - 4.75 - A punch in the face of hops, perfect for a west coast IPA. Lots of grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, STRONG pine. The smell has a nice spiciness to it that reminds me of Pliny.

T - 4.75 - Strong piney hop bitterness, grapefruit, citrus zest. Nice spicy taste in there too, again kind of like Pliny the Elder.

M - 4.75 - light mouthfeel, bitter hop aftertaste sticks in your mouth. Alc completely hidden.

O - 4.75 - Great beer, definitely one of my favorite IPAs. it's just so hoppy and awesome.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:10:23 | More by ISmith87
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New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice dark hazy orange, non see through. Finger width head dies down quick leaving almost none at all.

S - A lot of Citrus right off the bat...smelling notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach. Not really getting any malty notes at all.

T - Getting a lot of peach and orange and tads of lemon in the middle that are poking through. Has a clean and smooth finish and just a tad bitter, leaving the back of the tongue tingling.

M - very crisp feeling IPA. good carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall this is a great " west coast" style IPA. Tons of citrus and even a little bit of pine on the finish. For big hop heads who enjoy the citrusy, juicy IPA. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:42:20 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 9th. Consumed on Sept 2nd. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A - Burnt orange in color with no cloudiness. Poured very little head. Distinct lines of carbonation. Very faint irregular lacing as the beer recedes.

S - Hints of lemon, pine, grapefruit. Can almost smell the hoppy bitterness.

T - Intense flavor. Lemon and tropical fruit followed by a bitter grapefruit rind. Completely hides ABV. No malt notes.

M - Dry with a high level carbonation. Complements taste of beer very well.

O - Wow. Highly recommended. Refreshing hoppy citrus mouth orgy.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:19:12 | More by Duane_Opfer
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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