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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,505 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,505
Reviews: 1,716
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 257
Gots: 794 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColonolForbin, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Theitos
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Theitos, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

heelsn02, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of jrenn
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn good.

I feel like I've had better, stands out from the rest nonetheless.

The aromatics are very pleasing. Smells of caramel and dried yellow fruit.

The taste is pungent, yet smooth and sweet. Caramel fruit yet again. Perhaps melon, with apricot and caramel in the forefront. Apples maybe, definitely a little bit of mango (... like all good IPAs.)

The mouthfeel is fluffy, light, but velvety.

Wish I would of had one with the Chinese I ate for lunch earlier.

jrenn, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at DC Sarnies in a pint glass.

Appearance: My pour has a mostly transparent, filtered burnt golden orange color with a fluffy off-white cap.

Smell: This is pretty much what I think of when I think of a West Coast IPA - candied grapefruit hoppiness, with pine and a bit of other citrus fruit, with the malt falling to the background.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a soft and gentle malt presence that has just a touch of honey sweetness with a bit more of an emphasis on caramel. Grapefruit hops are the most dominant flavor, but even these do not explode out of the glass. Spicy pine provides some further depth and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum and creamy enough to mostly stay out of the way. A bit of hop residue builds up over the course of a glass, and it has a mostly smooth, if just a little bit grainy, feel to it.

Overall: This truly epitomizes West Coast IPA's, even if the flavors are not quite as explosive as I prefer. Well-made and very drinkable.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Brown120, Jan 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.3%

ahbaggins, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

xdefeatsy, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

spamages, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

keenan41, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kevgod, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the new brewery, but this review is mostly based on a bottle I purchased from a local bottle shop. For the record, fresh - this might be the mightiest tasting IPA out there. It's simply a hop lover's dream.

A: pours a clear copper with huge fluffy head and good carbonation. The foam never really settles and clings to the glass the whole way down.

S: awesome showcase of American citrus & piney hops. Smells like mango, citrus, pine needles, pineapple, melon etc. Also has a nice sweet malt aroma in the background.

T: sticky sweet hop nectar. Lots of piney resin with a pineapple/mango twang.

M: a little lighter than imagined although the high hop character provides some fullness. Tastes bitter but it does even out with the malts.

O: overall, a finely crafted IPA. Among my favs all-time and easily my top 3 from out west.

jwhancher, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev -5.2%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mattyrubes
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of jakesingleton
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jakesingleton, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Hop-hazed warm toasted orange tone. Fluffy off-white cap. Lacing like curtains. Looks superb.

A nice toasty malt is wafting in from the bountiful floral hop aromas. Juicy orange, honeysuckle, and freshly picked flowers in the bouquet.

Very bitter and biting hop attack. Big finish with a shining-through of the bread crust malts. Herbal and leafy cones with an outstanding spice component and mild acidity. Nice prominent alcohol. Top-notch flavor.

A little thinner than 'milky', but great feel. Great effervescence.

The classic West Coast example.

thecheapies, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of DustinSmall
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a reddish burnt orange color, it a beautiful beer, rocky white foam head, 2 fingers worth of head slow to turn

Floral nose, alot of citrus right at the initial smell tropical fruits, then turns to a pine needle crisp nose

Taste was awesome, alot of citrus and heavy hop presence, at the back of the mouth more of the pine needle taste present, very refreshing crisp beer

Easy on the mouth nice feel decent body there, good ammount of carbonation

Overall a great beer, floral, crisp, and very refreshing

DustinSmall, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

christopheraknox, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, golden orange with a foamy, craggy, off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of tropical and citric fruit. Some pine as well. Reminds me a bit of Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale.

The taste is very hop forward as was the nose, but it is a blend of citric fruit notes upfront with a strong, resiny pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a good bit of carbonation.

A well done IPA, fairly bitter and resiny in the finish.

vkv822, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Shilt, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BRLockwood, Jan 02, 2012
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,505 ratings.