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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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5,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,930
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 226
Gots: 557 | 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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Photo of CONOR8832


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Amber and caramel in color, looks great when you hold it up to the light and let the light shine through the glass. Nice good cloud like light brown head with excellant lacing on the glass.

S - Very aromatic smell of pine mixed with some citrus (greatfruit) excellant hoppy aroma, quite pleasent to the nose.

T - Mild hint of greatfruit zest with some woodsy, piney flavors, then after that subsides it is like someone shoved a hand full of fresh hops in you mouth, very delicious and tasty.

M - Good amount of carbination, medium bodies, taste buds/palate is singed from the hop explosion that just occured in my mouth, but this is a good thing for people who love hoppy beers.

D - Hop heads dream, if you love hops you got to get your hands on one or two of these, true in style like the name says "West Coast IPA". Excellent hoppy beer.

08-29-2010 14:36:43 | More by CONOR8832
Photo of theghost3


3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

I had this on-tap at Kansas City BBQ in San Diego.

Appearance is hazy, light copper with a 1-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is piney and grapefruity hops. The taste is very bitter from the grapefruit hops; astringent. There are resinous pine, medicinal and herbal hop flavors as well. Mouthfeel is carbonated, acidic, light to medium-bodied.

This is quite a hoppy IPA. Stings the palate with the carbonation. This would go well with a spicy Thai or Indian food.

08-28-2010 01:50:35 | More by theghost3
Photo of crossovert


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

650 ml bomber.

It pours an amberish orange with lots of sediment (shit that usually isn't a sign of freshness). The head is frothy and off-white and leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes.

Smell is rather subdued, I'm beginning to think this bottle is old (I wish there was a bottled on date). It is just malt.

The flavor is better. It is definitely pretty bitter which I like. It isn't a tounge-blistering bitterness but enoug to make me forget abotu how malty it smelled. There is a lot of pine in play here and it is backed by caramally malts. There is some citrus in the end that goes with the grapefruit rind bitterness. It is an enjoyable one to drink. It isn't the hoppiest beer (and may be past it's prime) but it works for the most part.

After tasting it i am utterly confused, did i get an old bottle because it smelled like malts, or is it still pretty fresh because it tasted fine? At any rate if you don't value smell this one is a good one.

08-24-2010 02:54:58 | More by crossovert
Photo of oglmcdgl


4/5  rDev -5.2%

A pint on tap at capones.

A- hops and cut grass. Citrusy and fruity with lemons and grapefruits. Toasty malts and a bit of honey.

T- bitter and fruity. Lots of grapefruit rind and juice. Cut grass and herbal hits here and there. Malts are semi sweet and remind me of honey and light brown sugar. Toasted bread and a bit of mint in the finish.

M- medium body and about the same in carb. Long dry finish.

D- another tasty west coast ipa not the best but a good one. Very enjoyable and not too much of any one thing.

08-23-2010 22:57:54 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Dalem


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark copper color and a light orange color tinged creamy head that melts a bit but still hangs tough and leaves a snowdrift effect like lacing all the way though the sipping. The label tells you that this is extravagantly hopped and if you didn't believe them the aromas that come out just from simply pouring it and letting it breathe in the glass for a few are enough to tell you they aren't lying. Big citrus scents, grapefruit along with some lime, stick out most but there are some underlying sweet caramel and bready malts that seem to set a foundation.
The flavor is one of those examples of what a stellar American IPA (be it west coast, east coast, Michigan or what ever other sub genres the style claim) is all about. Bright and bold floral hops packed with a grapefruit bite and a slight pineapple sweetness upfront that tingle and tantalize, a malt backbone taming a bit of the hop sting and nuances of almonds and fresh biscuits. The brew itself is of creamy medium body that's not too fizzy or too thick.

08-23-2010 03:14:05 | More by Dalem
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 95 IBUs, 7.3% ABV, no date.

Thanks to emerge077 for this bottle!

A - Relatively clear save for the shit-ton of tiny floating particles that inhabit the whole glass. The tall pour unleashed a cream head of three-finger stature and left thick, clumpy webbing on the glass.

S - Straight up cascade floral and chinook-like bitter American ho goodness comes from this IPA. Big citrus aroma of grapefruit and pineapple with a hefty helping of resins as well. Smells pretty damn fresh if I do say so myself. Mild aroma of malts falls behind the hops.

T - Lots of pine needle and hop resin which overshadows the grapefruit and pineapple citrus quite a bit. Again, malts provide good back-up but are little more than that. Moderate caramel in there.

M - Medium-bodied and bitter, no 95 IUBs bitter though. Despite the claimed number, this won't be stripping paint from the walls. Slightly dry with a mild carbonation tickle to the finish.

D - A pretty good AIPA but nothing to get all worked up about, West Coast is a hops-slap in the face reached across the country from Cali that doesn't pack a whole lot of drinkability for the style but still goes down well regardless.

08-22-2010 16:11:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a deep orange color, pretty cloudy with a fluffy head that dissipates into tons of lacing.

Grapey twang on the nose with nice oily hops, definitely some cascades in here! A bit bready on the nose as well.

Taste is a total hop bomb. I usually love a good IPA but it seems lacking. It seems a little one sided, ts just BITTER without much hoppy taste. I'm a bit disappointed as I was expecting a nice smooth bready finish as well. The finish of this beer just tapers off kind of dry without much to be had. Gets a little better as it warms. More of the earthy hoppy notes come out and seem a little more well rounded. Not too bad at all!
Mouthfeel is spot on. Nice and smooth medium body.

Not too bad but like I said, I felt like it was a bit one sided. Just seemed like it should have more depth.

08-21-2010 03:07:28 | More by jhammel01
Photo of Gobzilla


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

A: poured a amber brown with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: there was some nice floral piney hop aromas with a caramel malt presence and I also got a hints of citrus grapefruit and earthy grass notes.

T: it had a pretty good piney hop punch with grapefruit notes that help propel the bitterness and was pretty well balance with the caramel malt backbone. There was also some grassy accents like the nose.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a citrus, piney hop bitter crisp finish.

D: this IPA drank pretty good but was really good on the aroma and on the taste as far as IPA goes. I really like my IPA's and this one is no execption.

08-20-2010 20:32:32 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

12oz into SA Perfect Pint. No Bottling Date.
Special Thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Hazy orange/copper hued pour. Half inch off-white head. Great lacing.

S- Fresh bright floral hop ravage my nose. Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, pineapple.

T- Huge bitter wallop on the tongue, pine, very little citrus comes through on the taste,

M- Crisp, clean, bitter, very dry finish.

Overall fantastic beer! I'm definitely going to have to stock up next time I head south.

08-19-2010 21:01:37 | More by korguy123
Photo of Brno

New York

2.98/5  rDev -29.4%

Murky orange color with a cream colored head. Smelled to me sort of like paste, (of course it is allergy season so my sniffer might be off...) and a richness. Good hoppiness jumped right out at me, but has a nice bitter flavor. Thin body that washes down easily leaving a strong aftertaste of hops and almost a latent smokiness, like with scotch. A bit too much for all day, but an enjoyable flavor explosion to relax with.

08-19-2010 02:39:04 | More by Brno
Photo of Pdiddey3d

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Pours a very hazy orangish/golden with about one finger of fluffy off white head. Nice lacing as I drink this one.

Aroma is KILLER! Big citrus hops, bright and bold. Grapefruit, spices, fresh cut grass, pine, so much going on here. Super fresh aroma, one of the best aromas on a beer that I have ever encountered.

Taste is much like the aroma. Big citrus hopps make an impression on the palate at first, smoothed out with a bit of maltiness but back to the bitterness from the hops in the finish. Lots of different hop varieties make the taste a cornucopia of pine, grass, citrus, just amazing.

Very good mouthfeel, just a bit too much carbonation for my tastes but it doesn't take away from it much. Bitter finish is totally expected from such hoppy goodness. I could drink this all day but I fear I would be on the floor after a couple due to the ABV. Just a plain outstanding IPA.

08-18-2010 02:27:17 | More by Pdiddey3d
Photo of unclejimbay


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Enjoying on tap at Papago Brew Co here in Scottsdale AZ.

Appearance is a honey orange color with decent head and retention.
Aromas of bold citrus hops.
Tastes as it smells on a nice dry but supportable malt backbone.
Nice hop flavors with medium body and medium+ carbo.

Very enjoyable indeed.

08-18-2010 02:15:36 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010. Coming in a short 355ml brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded stemmed tulip-shaped glass.

A: lightly murky, blood-orangey dark amber in colour, plus constant streams of tiny carbonation in action, topped with a thick and tight off-white frothy head to last nicely throughout the drink.
S: resinous notes float on top of mixed flowery+fruity hoppiness, showing juicy grapefruits, pear-ish esters, lychee shells, nectar, semi-sweet lemon-cream, med-bodied juicy pale malts plus a sweet touch of caramel. Not aggressive, very pleasant, and even balanced for an AIPA.
T: an effervescent swallow of bold & assertive aromatic bitter-sweet tannic hops as of lychee-shells and crushed grapefruit seeds is balanced by lesser-flavoured, rounded and oily maltiness; in no time at all, the foretaste gives way to a wave of lightly spicy bitterness submerging all my taste-buds... The tannic, bitter and citric-hoppy finish lingers too well (feeling like forever!), showing mainly fruity and tea-ish tannic undertones, as well as radiating a mild stream of warming alc. deep down the throat.
M&D: though it's bold and bitter, the overall malt-hop balance stays intact and not at all overly sweet as some of its counterparts sometimes demonstrate. The mouthfeel is soothing, refreshing, against a firm but never heavy body. All in all, this is such a delicious, quaffable and yet potent AIPA that I wouldn't mind revisit time and again~~

08-15-2010 18:16:36 | More by wl0307
Photo of rossmctostadas


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a imperial pint glass

Appearance- A beautiful copper color with a significant white head that lasts all the way to end. Clinging lace lingers after the beer is finished. A little bit on the hazy side with some identifiable chunks floating around but all in all a good looking beer.

Smell- Huge hop aromas. Pine, grapefruit, apricots from the hops with a nice caramel malt aroma. Really quite amazing.

Taste- At first all the aroma takes over and the taste is amazing. A little less of the malt flavor than I expected but the hops spread out and coat my tongue with oily goodness. However the bitterness just seems to be a little bit too much. I love it at first, but it just lingers on my tongue and overwhelms my senses to the point that each sip seems less and less interesting until the bitterness just takes over. That first sip is heavenly though.

Mouthfeel- I like the dryness of it, but the body seems a little too big for the lack of sweetness. Again the bitterness just clings to my mouth.

Drinkability-Could I drink this all night? Yes. Would I want to? Well, maybe. If the finish was a little bit cleaner I would go back for more a little bit quicker.

Conclusion- A superb beer but definitely not my favorite IPA. I think the 94 IBUs are a little to much for a ~7% ABV beer. If they could use the same amount of hops but push more of them to the aroma side and bring it down to maybe 80 IBUs I think just enough of the malt could push through to balance this beer while still keeping it dry and refreshing.

08-14-2010 08:33:47 | More by rossmctostadas
Photo of detlefchef

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Golden orange with pale green edges and very light foam that does reform with a swirl.

Very aggressive piney and tropical fruit aromas.

Nice biscuit malt and candied orange peel flavors and a bracing, bitter finish. Despite the edgy qualities, I could drink a lot of this beer.

What appears to be a classic West Coast style IPA.

08-13-2010 01:01:18 | More by detlefchef
Photo of Chico1985


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

This beer to me is one of those classic old IPA's that seems to go forgotten nowadays.

Hazy dark orange with a very nice creamy, rocky off-white head. Settles at about half a finger and leaves excellent lacing. Sediment floating about.

Smells of hoppy grapefruit, resin, caramel malt. Usual IPA scents but nice.

Taste knocks the smell out of the park. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, tropical notes (pineapple?) all balanced out nicely with biscuity caramel malt. Quite hoppy but the malt smooths things out. A little bit of booze in the taste, but this is really excellent stuff. The flavors are usual suspects for the style but the way they are all integrated in the beer makes this one special and complex.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, well-carbonated, excellent balance.

I had this on-tap a few months ago and liked the bottle version MUCH better...I feel similarly about many IPA's. The malt seems to come out much more in the bottle bringing a better balance. Nevertheless, this is one of my new favorite single IPA's. I do wish it was a bit cheaper though.

08-11-2010 06:58:33 | More by Chico1985
Photo of pigdog


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

bomber poured into pint glass

a-golden/amber, thick foamy head

s-spicy citrus and hops, very nice smell, definitely what I was expecting from a west coast ipa

t-grapefruit bitterness front and center, very tasty hoppy finish that makes me want more

m-medium body, creamy and smooth

d-well balanced, definitely hoppy but doesn't beat you over the head. Goes down nice and is very drinkable.

overall-excellent IPA and makes me feel privileged to live on the west coast and have this readily available. I'd definitely pick this one up on a fairly regular basis.

08-10-2010 01:58:43 | More by pigdog
Photo of drummstikk


3/5  rDev -28.9%

The West Coast IPA is a pretty standard West Coast IPA. Hops are blended nicely without too much harsh astringency, but in the end, it's the same grapefruit and resin aromas we all know by heart.

Malt is 2-row and caramel.

Medium body

~ 2.5 V carbonation

A great beer, and I've heard it won some awards, but you could probably make something similar at home with your eyes closed.

08-09-2010 06:43:53 | More by drummstikk
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.05/5  rDev -4%

A- Poured a dark golden/light amber color with dark orange hues with 1 finger head that left light lacing.

S- Citrusy hops dominate the smell, huge hops in this IPA and loads of piney resin with little amounts of caramel malt backbone.

T- Huge citrus/pine hops with a slightly caramel malt backbone and a big resiny pine hop finish that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, after swallowing I noticed a slight metallic finish.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation which attacks the tounge, slight warming finish.

D- Fairly easy to drink, although the metallic finish and the high levels of carbonation mixed with the huge hops used drag this drinkability down, I actually found the Imperial IPA easier to drink due to it's over the top balance.

08-09-2010 04:02:42 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of trevorjn06


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours and orange/amber color with a thin, creamy looking white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is just as the label says, with notes of pine, grapefruit, floral and pungent earthiness. There are hints of pineapple, grapefruit, tropical flowers and citrus. The malt comes through as a balancing sweetness with some light caramel. A very nice nose.

Flavor is very hop-forward (in a very good way) with bitterness showing the whole way through, though it increases towards the finish and lingers long after the beer is gone. Flavors of orange marmalade, grain, light caramel/bready sweetness and earthiness dance across the tongue. The bitterness in the finish is balanced by some bright hop flavors and balancing grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very nice, not thick but coats the mouth well and has moderate carbonation.

Overall this a fairly big IPA, it nudges it's way towards and Imperial IPA bit still manages to be very drinkable. It has great complexity and a nice balance between bitter and sweet/malt.

08-08-2010 03:00:34 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy citrusy fruits (grapefruit, limes, oranges), piney resin, grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, rubbery traces, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light caramel sweetness underneath the hops, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, quite perfumed, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA... highly recommended...

08-03-2010 08:01:51 | More by mdagnew
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.05/5  rDev -4%

T minus two days til the New Pornographers...nice.

12 oz bottle into a tulip produces a hazy orange pour with heaps of gelatinous sentiment when held to the fading sunlight outside the window. Ah summer, please don't go.

Straight pineapple juice on the sniffer with a touch of malt

Aforementioned pineapple, albeit slightly muted, provides the greeting at the front door. Once inside, the mellow pineapple man introduces me to a smooth hit off his bong of grass clippings and pot. With the economy these days, you've got to conserve by the occasional use of additives. I appreciated the gesture. Chalky bitterness on the back end may be attributable to my sudden and unexpected cotton mouth.

The result is a happy walk home and a renewed appreciation of all things summer. Atta boy pineapple man.

08-03-2010 00:14:54 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

From the 355 ml. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 31, 2010. The pour is a dark amber with a veil of cloudiness in the view. A thin off-white head. Earthy and floral aromas overtake the senses with a slight caramel sweetness on the backside. The taste has a very potent bitter hoppiness. A nicely done brew.

07-31-2010 19:03:38 | More by puboflyons
Photo of kramerboy


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Got two bottles of these from someone that "didn't like 'em"...

Wow. What an excellent gift for me. This beer was amazing. The name says it all. This is West Coast style all the way.

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Big fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

The smell blew me away. Tons of citrus and hops.

Taste was excellent with a great dry hoppy finish.

Excellent beer overall. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Sux to be them I guess....

07-31-2010 02:49:22 | More by kramerboy
Photo of jackscrow


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Great beer. But at $15/6-pack, is it as good a buy as Lagonitus Dogtown, which is very similar in taste? In a word, no.

Very good beer, but as I try to limit my session beer (and this is a great session beer) to under $10/6-pack, this is not a good buy.

07-29-2010 18:29:31 | More by jackscrow
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