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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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6,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,174
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 241
Gots: 646 | 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 RoamingGnome
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dr. K for giving me a couple of really tasty IPAs to try out.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style pint glass.

A) Darker orange, slightly hazy. There was easily 2 fingers of somewhat rocky looking white head. This had really nice retention and lacing all the way down the glass.

S) Piney, pineapple, other tropical fruit. There is strong citrus presence, particularly grapefruit.

T) Follows the nose. Good malt base, but definitely the hop explosion I was hoping for. Pine/Citrus. A little sweetness on the backend, caramel or raw sugar.

M) Medium body, not overly carbonated. A real smooth feeling, with a bitter finish that lingers for a bit. It's kind of like you just had grapefruit for breakfast.

O) Nice... Paired this with some Thai takeout, and it went really well. I would gladly drink this on a regular basis if it were available in these parts.

RoamingGnome, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into stemmed tulip

A: brand new penny copper bright. bustling head. good retention and lacing. bright and clear.

S: smells like the rainforest. or at least what i think it should smell like. undertones of vanilla. maybe a touch of sulfur? a breadyness is also present. rich sourdough.

T: a deep toasted oat flavor. the hop flavor is delightful. reminiscent of a tropical berry sorbet. not at all cloying or over-the-top. finish actually brings the malt back into play before moving to a lingering tropical bitterness.

M: a mild fizz on a medium body.

D: man this thing is tasty. a bright floral, tropical hop aroma and flavor that are very well balanced by a tasty bready/oat flavor. glad we get this stuff in VA, even if it is sparingly.

Jimmys, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was (even) better from the bottle compared to on-tap.)

Glowing auburn. Big off-white head. Incredible sheets of lacing down the glass. Really spectacular. Love this look.

Huge citrus bill in the nose. Oranges, lemon, mango, grapefruit, it's all here. Pungent! Nearly perfect. In the moment, it seems unbeatable, but there are (just slightly) better noses.

More of the same. Delicious! Plenty of bitterness and tons of citrus; spectacular. Nearly invisible malt bill (I hate to say it, but this is a good thing!). This beer floors me every time.

Perfect mouthfeel. Medium body, plenty of carbonation, a bit creamy. Very nice. Incredibly drinkable.

This beer is the quintessential West Coast IPA; the name says it all. It's perfect.

ehammond1, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in San Diego.

Arrived in a pint glass a nice clear amber color with a one finger head. Leaves a nice thin film of lacing that coats the enitre glass. Smells of sweet pineapple, mango, and bitter hop resin with a subtle maltiness - very pleasing. The taste was unexpected as the citrusy fruitiness doesn't play through as much as expected but is balanced and almost masked by the malty aftertaste - it is sweet up front but not as much as I expected. The mouthfeet is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation and the alcohol shows through towards the end. I'm not sure if this beer was served from a fresh keg or not but it didn't really live up to all the talk for me - it was very good and a nice beer to drink with my meal as it was easy drinking and crisp but not world class or top notch IMO.


antlerwrestler19, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of kdmcguire10
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. One-finger head, that sticks like glue to the glass.

Mild pineapple, citrus aromas with a touch of pine. Some sweet maltiness comes through and just a tad bit of alcohol.

The taste was a bit underwhelming as compared to the aroma. Citrus upfront gives way to a strong hop-bitterness. That happiness is balanced slightly by the maltiness. You also get a touch of the alcohol but not as much as you'd think for a 7.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation level.

Truthfully, I was expecting more from this beer. It could be a less-than-fresh bottle perhaps, but I can think of at least 10 other IPA's that I enjoy more. Still, I wouldn't turn this away by any means.

kdmcguire10, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear chestnut amber with a 1/2 inch of fluffy off white head. Leaves complex webs if sticky lacing.

S-Dry and citrusy. Tangerine skins, grapefruit, peach juice.

T/M-Dry, sharp hoppiness with a lovely, bready malt character. Really well balanced. Bracing hop bitterness with peripheral citrus sweetness.

O-A classic West Coast IPA.

DaveHS, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was not as aromatic as I thought it would be. I poured this beer into a snifter glass to help me smell better. The color was just right for an American IPA.

It packs a punch in flavors. It's very hoppy, but it's not overly bitter like some of other IPAs. The alcohol doesn't seem to come through too strongly, even though it's packing strong at 7.3%.

I think it's one of the good examples of what you can expect out of an IPA. It wasn't overly bitter nor underwhelming with the hops. It really masks the alcohol pretty well, and it has everything else going for it.

2xHops, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. It ought to be said that IPAs are usually me least favourite style. I'm hoping this is an exception.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice soft cream lacing, good thickness, and very good retention (especially for the 7.3% ABV). Dark caramel-copper colour.

Sm: Citra hops - and that's it. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Very hoppy without being overly bitter. Some caramelized malt intrudes, a feature I don't find welcome. Foundation is bland barley. Build is simple and largely imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also artificial. It's very strange and doesn't at all suit the taste. Bleh!

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, but comprised of low quality flavours that turn me away. I won't be having this again.

kojevergas, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a glass that I can't really describe (tall glass that is slightly wider right in the middle and narrower on the ends). Haven't had this one in a while, but saw it on tap at a restaurant so thought I'd have it prior to eating.

Beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper, bordering on amber with some hints of red in the dark orange hues, with half a finger of off white soapy and foamy head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing. Well carbonated with a good number of small bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is as I remember it, intense bitter citrus peel, both grapefruit and oranges play a big part, some fresh pine needles, with a good amount of sweeter orange fruit and caramel malt to help balance it.

Surprisingly, the taste was slightly disappointing. There was a huge citrus pith bitterness upfront, but not as nuanced and complex as the nose. Just like eating the white pith of citrus without the citrus oils of the skin to give it different flavor. Still a decent caramel malt character coming middle of the tongue to balance the flavor a bit, finishing with more bitter pith.

Light to medium body with a nice refreshing amount of small active and lightly prickly carbonation help prevent the tongue from being overwhelmed with bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol warmth in the throat, but not enough to make it hard to drink. A solid beer, though not as flavorful as some of the other west coast IPA's.

nataku00, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler glass. Color is a dark and cloudy orange. Head is barley one finger and just a hint off of bright white. Lace looks as if it's going to stick a bit.

Smell is bright citrus. Yellow grapefruit mixed with pineapple. There is some pine notes and also some earthy notes from the Columbus. Just a bit of yeast is there too. Quite a nice nose on this one.

Taste is a lot brighter than the nose. The bitter hops have won this one outright. The main taste initially is grapefruit rind. There is just a hint of sweet orange trying to stop the abuse my tongue is taking. As this warms it mellows some and the pine resin flavors are coming through. There is a bit of pineapple in the taste also.

Mouth is just as bright and wonderful as the taste and nose. Very refreshing and light in bodied.

Overall I think this is named perfectly. The West Coast is where you are going to find most of the IPA's that ruin the palate this way. Quite enjoyable and a must seek out for any IPA fan!!

azdback, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cream coloured head that left a large amount of lacing over deep amber with very good clarity.

S: Floral and pine hops.

T: Pine hops up front which transitions to floral hops and leaves an bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a high level of carbonation.

O: An IPA that is almost reminiscent of some American Strong Ales due to the malt, bitterness, and lack of sweetness.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color, with an off-white creamy head leaving coating lacing.

Aroma is lightly citrus, sweet and juicy, but has a more nutty, caramel malt aroma.

Nice initial bitterness, good bits of citrus and pine, but with an equally pronounce caramel malt background.

Creamy and light bodied mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. I have a feeling it's not super, super fresh though. Lack of bottle dating strikes...minimally. I'd drink this again gladly. Regardless of age here, I know this is a stellar IPA.

EgadBananas, Sep 15, 2011
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 09, 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 07, 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
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,174 ratings.