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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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6,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,253
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 686 | 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 Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy peach colour with a good 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing. Also, some sediment.

The hops spring to my nose immediately. Lots of citrus and tropical fruity goodness with a backbone of bready malt.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. It is sincerely bitter with citrus, less of the tropical fruit, and an aspirin kind of bitterness. It's good and all but I find that it is overly bitter.

Good smooth mouthfeel, I have to say, 1 bottle is enough for me.

Bitterbill, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of osusullins
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice representation of an American IPA. Everything that you would expect from the style.

Pours a deep gold with nice white head.

Smell is of aggressive hops. Citrus is the dominant aroma. Hops, hops and more hops.

Taste is exactly what you would think you would get from the nose. Very aggressive citrus. Bitterness is immediate. Lots of citrus with subtle pine. Nice IPA. Hoppiness lingers.

osusullins, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice light amber color that is crystal clear, small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a full finger of fluffy gently off white head that lingers nicely, leaves a solid amount of lacing on the glass
S: typical ipa scent with nice citrus notes, nothing that stands out but still nice
T: Nice taste, nice grapefruit notes initially then moves into a bit of depth with some funk to it and leaves a bit of dryness and leaves an aftertaste of funk which is nice
M: medium carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves into a great sweetness, nice
O: a nice brew pretty much what i expect and what i like from ipas, not the best but its still a solid brew

BigPlay1824, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Centennial
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Hazy, but vibrant glowing copper yellow with foamy head.

S. Grassy hops, citrus, pine and lemon.

T. Fresh hops take center stage in this brew, very floral, but bitter and not sweet. piney and hoppy resin flavor with grassy, but clean finish.

M. Munchy but clean and crisp, each sip has you reaching for more and more.

O. Solid stand by IPA of mine for the last 10 years. It is sad to see the price keeps climbing on this brew. Also the bottles, although nice, seem a bit excessive. An empty bottle weighs 4x more then an average empty bottle, which to me seems like a waste of natural resources and an unnecessary expense being passed on to the consumer in the end.

Centennial, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of mastodonj
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a large cream-colored head with large bubbles, not creamy-looking, but read on...

S - malty but just a hint of sweet and spicey

T - malt balanced with bitterness and citrus

M - mouthfeel is truly excellent and very creamy; not sure I've had many like this one.

Overall, ranks way up there with some of the small batch stuff.
Nothing unusual but maybe near the top of west coast IPAs?

mastodonj, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber orange color, with a lot of floating corpuscles.
Egg shell colored foam, creamy, right.
Piney, resiny at the smell, with citrus fruit notes.
In the taste again piney and resiny, even more intense. Malt and caramel support all.
A good long bitterness in the aftertaste, with sharp grassynotes, root, rhubarb.
Maybe in the long run it will be a bit boring, but it is clean and balanced.

stcules, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of nickfromsacto
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was in LA at this Brazilian bistro last weekend, the waiter was really friendly and funny. They had a dish that was called "chicken on fire" i asked him if that meant that it was spicy or just really well cooked. After he explained that it was spicy he made me a recommendation for a dish that was awesome. I also ordered a beer, the green Flash west coast IPA. The waiter said, "I do not recommend that beer, it is fucking terrible." He continued on to tell me that I could return it if I didn't like it. After about ten minutes I ordered a second.

This beer had a nice yellow pilsner color with a descent size head. Good filtration. This beer has a really strong inviting aroma for the hop loving beer drinkers. A citrus smell probably from simcoe or citra hops, definitely some dry hoping going on. The beer however is not well balanced in the taste department. There is no trace or warmth from the alcohol and there is little sign of malt when you compare the punch from the hop character. This also plays a roll in the way the beer felt going down.

Overall this is a great beer if IPA is your thing. For the sake of variety I would Drink this beer again, that is if simcoe is still affordable enough over the next few years.

nickfromsacto, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having already had this on tap a few times (and having reviewed the tap version review - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2743/22505/?ba=CaptDavyJones), I finally got my hands on a bottle.
Surprisingly, the beer was not much different from the tap. The only place where the bottled version of this beer was better than the tap, was in the aroma. Fresher, tempting floral hop goodness.
This IPA is just a sheer delight, and like I said in the tap review, one of the best IPA's around.
Highly recommended for all hop-heads; a must-try.

CaptDavyJones, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of timtwoface
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently IPAs are my general favourite style of beer, so I made sure to check this out at a local taphouse in Richmond, BC.

With 95 IBUs, this beer really blew me away. I have had it once before, but I forgot how potent it was; that said, I enjoy a solid but slow-drinking beer, and this fit the bill nicely for me. The initial punch it packs, as I said, is quite strong - stronger than most IPAs I have - but I still really enjoyed it, all the subtle flavours. I would definitely have it again. Gotta love all the hoppy things that come from the West Coast; it's a good thing I'm such an IPA fan.

timtwoface, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light copper/ amber color with a three finger off white head. head was thick and sudsy and after a couple minutes recedes to a small cap with loads of chunky lacing stuck to the glass. smells of pine and juniper with a little sweet citrus in the background. the taste is opposite of smell, i pick up on the citrus first with the pine lingering around. mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish. overall this is a good ipa if you like pine. it also has a very wet/juicy body before the dry sets in.

match1112, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in the tickers BIF, nice orange pour with a beutiful, sticky white head. Nice aroma full of pine and sweet citrus. A very juicy IPA, the grapefruit really shines, hints of pine and tropical fruit. The carbonation is good, sticky mouthfeel, smooth. A damn fine IPA, great example.

bonkers, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brewhouse and again at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh cut pine, grapefruit, lightly toasted caramel malt, and some light alcohol burn. A touch sweet with plenty of hops. The definition of a west coast IPA.

T - Starts off with lots of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to a mix of light caramel malt sweetness, pine resin, grapefruit, and some light alcohol burn. The finish is pretty dry with lots of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy, feel with a touch of sweetness creeping in at the very end of each sip. A slight alcohol burn creeps in on every sip as it warms to room temperature.

O - Still one of my favorite west coast IPA's but not one I could drink daily. It is just too big of a beer for that but when I am looking for an intense hop bomb this is the first beer I look for.

orangesol, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-copper with an off white head about a centimeter thick that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Pungent piney hops, with traces of citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste: Despite the nose there is still a nice caramel malt back bone to compliment the citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a dry and lingering finish.

Overall: Great IPA and one of my favorites, hard to pass up a fresh keg of bottle.

jamescain, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of begforme4484
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt amber and orange in color. Tons of off white billowy head. Great lacing too.

Mmmm. Citrus. Mainly a sharp citrus hop smell, with some flowery bits in there as well.

Nice grapefruit right up front, with a nice bitter hop bite. Very light bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied with a slight resinous feel.

Overall it's a pretty darn good beer. Exactly what you'd expect from a west coast IPA.

begforme4484, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

growler picked up about a half hour ago.

a - poured a transparent chestnut amber with a thin head that didn't hang around.

s - subtle hops with good malt balance. not as "west coast" as I had expected although the beverage shop said very fresh

t - much more sticky and pine cone than the nose suggests, but still very balanced by the malt back bone

m - little watery and thin but easy drinker.

o - overall a decent ipa. I wouldn't go nuts for this one and with so many ipa choices this one falls a bot short, but enjoyable none-the-less.

cosmicevan, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of vrushing88
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint, pronounced color with a thick creamy head.

Potent but not overpowering hop smell.

Distinct clean hoppy taste. As clean as a double I.P.A. but with the taste of a single.

Calm and relaxing feel. No volatile offense.

Overall, everything you could ask for in a single I.P.A.

vrushing88, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of RnRManifesto
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. A half inch head subsided quickly to a quarter inch. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down. Color is copper/orange. Looks beautiful.

It also smells beautiful. It's like the liquid equivalent of the green sticky-icky. Lots of resiny hops in the nose, almost like smelling a bag of green.

The flavor is that of resiny and piney hops up front, tastes a bit like it smells, then you are hit with the citrus notes in the middle, and some bitterness on the finish. Excellent balance to a great tasting and great smelling IPA. Wow. This is my favorite IPA so far.

RnRManifesto, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Coast IPA

Pours a translucent golden amber that looks great. Frothy, white head stacks a clings all over the glass.

The nose is pretty well balanced between sweet malt and some floral hoppiness.

The taste is pretty spot on. Some sweet caramel malt opens up to some pine and floral bitterness that is very enjoyable and crisp.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some stickiness and has good carbonation that sticks around.

Overall, a great ipa that is well rounded and quite balanced. Tasty as well!

ChugginOil, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Coast IPA pours our a clear tangerine in color with a fluffy white head on top. The aroma really highlights the West coast American IPA style with waves of grassy, piney, and citrus hop notes. The taste of the beer is deeply hoppy, especially on the swallow. During the drink, there's nice malt profile to keep the heavy hopping in check. The swallow leaves your tongue heavily covered in resinous hop oils, so I wouldn't recommend starting with this beer at the beginning of a drinking session. Overall, this is a nicely hopped beer that hop-heads in St Louis are excited to finally have access too. Given the higher ABV (7.3%), this would be a dangerous beer to have a few of unless you have a ride home.

jmvecchio1, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of GoblueMS
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On hand now in my beer fridge, and currently being quaffed. Tried this ale a few months ago, based upon recomendation from BA users. Excellent everything regarding apperance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and so on. I keep Great Divide Hercules, Titan, Bells Two Hearted, Hopslam, Torpedo, Hop Wallop, Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, Lenny's RIPA, Moylan's Hopsickle, Maharaja, and assorted others (guaranteed to be the best assortment in East Central Mississippi). This quality ale ranks right up there with the best.

If you are a hop lover, this is the go-to ale for you! Cheers!

GoblueMS, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of MVotter
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The Green Flash West Coast IPA pours into a chalice a clear amber/orange, with an ample cream colored head.

S - Classic blend of hoppy citrus and pine aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Actually, a bit more piney/floral than the nose, at first. Then, the grapefruit notes kick in. In the end, more sweet-side hoppiness than bitter.

M - Medium. Semi-dry, slightly slick hop oils.

O - Delicious and thirst-quenching. Hop lovers will bask in the multiple "shades" of hops in this brew.

MVotter, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of alexipa
2.6/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer is an orange-ish hue with a decent head for an IPA. It smells great with a bit of sweetness and fruit of which I can't put my finger on. The taste is hoppy, as you'd expect from an IPA, and starts off with a fruity note equating to the smell. The aftertaste is what strikes me as very 'off' with this one. It keeps its hops all the way through, which is great; however towards the end of the sip I'm hit by an intense metallic and soapy flavor that ruined the experience for me. I've noticed several bad IPAs having this aftertase, just not quite this prevalent. It seemed to have the makings of a great IPA before this point.

I'm thinking perhaps I got a bad barrel, but I will likely never know as I won't be giving this another try from the tap.

alexipa, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange color with plenty of frothy head. The aroma is fantastic, lots of floral notes along with citrus and pine. The taste hits you up front with the pine and grapefruit, and then finishes out with the malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a great IPA and one of my go-to readily available IPAs.

mkotsayfan, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of GregBlatz
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden orange in color. White sticky head that is pillow-like. Somewhat hazy as it is probably unfiltered and dry-hopped.

S - Strong floral notes up front indicating tons of late hop additions. Citrus fruit-like esters are balanced with pine notes.

T - Strong grapefruit followed by resinous pine. Malt and ester sweetness balances it out as best it can. Grapefruit is the most dominant flavor I can find.

M - The mouthfeel is medium in body with almost a grittiness to it. Alcohol warmth is present after the finish.

O - Beautiful AIPA! I love how they clearly went both for hop flavor as well as hop bitterness. Too many AIPA skimp on the early hops and focus on the late hops. The bitterness adds a bite that really helps to elevate this beer to something better than a typical AIPA.

GregBlatz, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Slightly hazy dark orange color with a slightly off white head that lingers.

Aroma is of citrus with a piney presence as well.

Taste is very piney with a hint of the citrus. Quite a bit of bite to it but in a good way.

An excellent IPA, one I would love to try even fresher.

jsulko, Oct 06, 2011
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,253 ratings.