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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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5,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,714
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 215
Gots: 452 | 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 zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, pillowy, head of ivory foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some bubblegum. A light caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of of spicy hops with grapefruit flavors. It has a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a great IPA. It really holds up to Pliny the Elder (which I love).

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 15:09:41 | More by zeff80
Photo of jacobseyb


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=pours a gentle golden/copper color with a white head.

S=very strong pine notes initially then some more floral notes that follow

T=very bold hop flavors, pine followed by floral notes

M=nice light tight carbonation with ample all the way through even on a slow drink

D=good, the only thing keeping this from being an all night beer is the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:29:54 | More by jacobseyb
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Good head, moderate retention. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Pale amber color, good clarity. Aroma is very hoppy: piney, dank. Very nice. A little biscuity malt hidden in the background. Taste is a blast of piney hops up front, followed by a faint malt character and a long, resinous finish. The beer finishes very dry and crisp, not cloyingly bitter at all. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, about as good as any IPA I've had. Due to the sheer amount of hops I'd say the drinkability is slightly lower than some other IPAs.

A fantastic IPA! Every time I see this in my neck of the woods I grab a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 00:11:28 | More by evantwomey


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a beautiful bone white 2 finger head that leaves a gorgeous frosty lacing.

Intense hop explosion. Big notes of grapefruit and tangerine, followed by pine and floral aromas. Slight toasted cracker... but this one is all about the hops.

Drinks as it smells. Small toasty cracker/caramel with a bombardment of hops. Big and juicy grapefruit and tangerine up front. Sharp piney in the finish. As the oils build, there is a great spicy resinous piney floral taste that lingers on the palette. Big and bitter, this one is loaded with hops. Great combination of Simcoe, Colombus, Cascade, and Centennial.

Towards the end of the glass, mouth is coated with a film of luscious bitter hop oils. mmmm... Sticky, sharp and dry. Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

Awesomely hoppy West Coast IPA. For hopheads only. Big bitter, sticky, oily, juicy, pungent, resinous brew. Love it!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 19:59:29 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, portia99!

Pours an orange-amber color. One finger of head retains well. Pretty good looking lacing.

Big-time West Coast hop aroma is present as soon as the cap comes off the bottle. Loads of juicy grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple, with an equal pine representation. Really nice aroma.

Intense bitterness. There's a sweetness up front that comes from the malt background and the citrus fruits, but it gives way to huge pine. Very hoppy, resinous, borderline astringent finish. What a transition. This thing is bitter!

Medium body. Smooth, lightly creamy. It's got that nice oily hop texture that leaves a very nice coating of the mouth. Very pleasant, and the carbonation is adequate. Wow, the finish is an all-out hop assault.

This beer is much easier to drink than it should be, considering the bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 04:06:17 | More by Gyle41386
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a standard pint glass

a: orange amber color, slight head with pretty good retention. White lacing rings the glass

s: floral, piney, and citrus hops, slight hint of light caramel

t: citrus hop flavor followed by a light pineyness. Caramel malt provide a nice backbone to display the hops.

m&d: light to medium bodied, slight carbonation. Slightly slick and oily mouth, finishes slightly dry. A drinkable IPA


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 11:31:57 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Docer


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle to finally try... I just know this is going to be an IPA I like... especially after reading the label... no freshness date though :(

- Wonderful dark cloudy copper with minimal to no head.. little bits of lacing.... looks like my favorite IPA, Workhorse from Laurelwood. Same Alc. content as well... looks to be almost a clone!

- Sweet caramel malt profile... doesn't smell the same as my beloved Workhorse.. but with a similar hop smell... zest, grapefruit, pine, and floral all in one, and a huge use of it! Seems very well balanced though in scent! Is this another godly nectar?

- Why yes it is! Not too sweet, which I really love in an IPA.. great hop flavor all around.. grapefruit, pine.. sticky pungent hops! Moar! Sweet caramel malt sits perfectly aside and lets the hops have the show. Little bit of bread as well, subtle, and present.

- Little chewy and oily, sticky... yummy!

- One I could sit and drink all day... and then later realize that I would be too wasted to do anything but sleep! A great IPA and one of the best to date that I have had!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 21:28:27 | More by Docer
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Custom Home Pubs in Charlotte. Appearance was a glowing orange. Aroma: Huge citrus, grassy hops. Taste is big and beautifully bitter. Citrus and pine hops really make this a treat for IPA lovers like me. No let-up in the hops in the finish. A delicious IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 21:40:25 | More by HoosBrews
Photo of GPHarris


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer at nick's cove in marshall, ca while on my honeymoon.

i didn't take notes but this was an amazing beer. smelled amazing, incredibly hoppy yet balanced and tasted great. great mouthfeel and i would love to have this one again.

everything i look for in an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:42:08 | More by GPHarris
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Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, total hop bomb. This beer pours a deep golden yellow. The smell is fruity. The taste is hops, slapping me in the face with some citrus notes that help to ease the initial blast to the face. The mouth feel is bitter hop, but that's what this beer is all about. I guess they don't mess around when it comes to IPA on the West Coast.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 18:35:41 | More by greg202stewart
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4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a microbeaded head that grabs and slips from the glass in scaly tufts. Its thin scalp is vigorously maintained with each tilt of the lifted glass as little torrents of bubbles rise from the deeps. The brew boasts a fierce orange-red-gold like the last of the sun thrown up (could it be... the green flash?). Unfiltered & hazy: a swirling effect.

Smell: Roaring pine bitters grab those Cascade florals like debris in a choked river and rip right up the nasal narrows. Lovely.

Taste: This one's a hop showcase, but what distinguishes its depth is the flush fullness presented across its range of hopping process: bittering, flavor and aroma all forward and brimming to capacity. A distinctly 'wet' character that brandishes the raw qualities of its constituents in strong balance. Bright and bitter tracks linger long across the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Slow-release carbonation complements its bitterness like salt to a tomato. Perception of stickiness.

Drinkability: This is not a muzzled session beer, nor is it a boozy boot to the head: the Flash earnestly deserves that each long draw be appreciated with relish. One could savor a few at leisure over an evening and be glad.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:06:14 | More by CountLupulus
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear orange with hues of amber. minimal head with minimal lacing.

S: Floral and piney hops, hints of citrus

T: Piney and floral hops with hints of citrus. Nice bready flavor throughout.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with a little bite

D: Adds just a little (or takes away some of the bite if you view it that way) to the standard West Coast IPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 14:11:55 | More by rfgetz
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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium orange with a thick, two-finger light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Lots of floaties in the glass, as it has been with just about every single bottle from the case. It's really fantastic looking, as I love good lacing, but the floaties knock off a point considering that I don't think they're really supposed to be there.

S - Tons of spicy hops really dominate. Citrus-y hops are abundant as well. The citrus notes give a bit of an impression that it might have a sweeter taste, but you can see otherwise below. To top it off, there's a hint of paler malt in the background, but the hops are the main players here.

T - This is where it's at. This is one of the few IPAs that has really just blown me away. Such an awesome hop presence. There are citrus-y grapefruit notes that fade to floral and pine, then finish with a mouth-drying bitterness that lasts. Some pale malts are noticeable in the finish as well, and it's a nice way to round things out just a touch before the next sip. This has to be one of, if not the only times I've given out a 5 for taste. It's just a complex, fantastic-tasting hop experience.

MF - Slick and oily are the words here. The carbonation really helps give it a thirst-quenching feel and keeps things in check. It finishes really dry with me continually reaching back for another sip.

D - Pretty incredible. This goes down quicker than almost any other IPA I've had, and the 7.3% ABV isn't noticeable in the taste at all. I find myself sometimes really savoring a bottle, while other times I'm hard-pressed to make it last any reasonable amount of time.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 03:45:54 | More by HitokiriNate85
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might just be the best IPA I've ever had. I got it at the Burger Shoppe in NYC, and it was so good, I've gone back three times to have the beer, since it's only there for a limited time.
A-Medium brown, good foamy head. Slightly opaque. Bubbly.
S-Excellent nut scent.
T-Brilliantly spicy, bitter taste that shoots to the back of the throat. Weird has it leaves the tongue so quickly. Very bubbly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 19:54:32 | More by Amalak
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trade today with 14 other IPA's - hallelujah! This is my first green flash brew and it's looking good.

Pours a clear copper color, two finger offwhite head that settles to half a finger and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Carbonation is soft.

The smell is quite nice. Lots of floral pine with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is pretty textbook.. some caramel like sweetness, a touch of fruit and then it gets progressively more bitter. Plenty of pine hops towards the end. It's good.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth but for my tastes it's a bit strong to be sessionable. Overall a good beer though!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:41:15 | More by Ralphus
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

Slightly hazy golden amber body with a finger of cream-colored head. Retention and lacing are OK.

Big bold smack of resiny pine to the nose, accompanied by an dose of grapefruit and tart orange. Nice caramelized sugar sweetness in the background.

In the mouth, the surprisingly bold malt backbone is a bit of a surprise, and does a great job at balancing out the pungent pine and earthy bitterness. Juicy citrus sweetens things up for a moment before the sticky pine takes over again in the finish.

Seems medium-bodied at first, but it somehow picks up steam and 'fluffs up' into a very robust-feeling beer. Generous carbonation. Pine resin lingers through the swallow.

Overall impression: Excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:57:12 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Durge


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

A nice clear copper color with a giant clumpy off-white head and big rings of lacing. The aroma is sweet floral and citrus hops and yeasty vanilla. The flavor is full of more bitter hops and most everything but the kitchen sink! As the floral and citrus and herbal hops all collide I get a decided herbal outcome in the final blend with some vanilla malt, and it's superb. Very easy drinking with a mid to light body feel. This is wonderful and an unique managerie of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 19:04:21 | More by Durge
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3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 07/01/09 at 38 Degrees, Alhambra.

Beer is a clear, dark honey colored affair with a smooth off-white head of creamy, dense bubbles. In fact, every beer I have had at 38 Degrees has had awesome heads! Props!

Anyway, piney and citrusy hops greet the nose.

Flavor starts and ends with hops, including a massively bitter finish. Mostly pine flavor, but a slight floral component as well. Citrus nose does not carry over to palate. Malt is utterly masked.

Beer is moderately parching on the tongue.

I like balanced beer; I like to taste hops, malt and yeast. This beer is not balanced. I didn't enjoy drinking it and doubt I will order this again. That said, if you're a hophead, this ought to set you right up.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2009 02:01:49 | More by charlzm
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Some fine particulate matter is suspended in the beer.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Large doses of citrus and pine aromas with each vying for dominance. No malt is detected.

Extremely bitter. No balance with malt totally absence. It almost seems like pine resin sticks in the the mouth. Some grapefruit and citrus adds to the flavor. Even for a west coast IPA this seems extreme. Almost venturing into DIPA territory.

Medium body and gentle carbonation. Nice texture despite the extreme bitterness.

This is a palate killer. Just too bitter to enjoy more than one in a session. Almost a day of rest is needed after drinking one.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 21:31:07 | More by morimech
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

this is the best IPA on the planet, hands down, the look, the smell, the colour, the taste... mmm.... droool...
i live in canada and there are only a few places that you can get this. and at 18 bucks a six pack i buy most of the stock as it is received.
there is so much hops and oils and deliciousness in this beer it gives me a boner.
its like biting into a fresh grapefruit and flavour exploding all over your tongue.
and one gives me that nice hazy buzz, have one of these and smoke a fatty and you will feel just as nice as i do.


Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:52:55 | More by niz
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this against the BR Racer 5.

Pours a strong red with no head and minimal lacing. Disappointing.

Faint citrus nose, but not enough going on here to get excited about.

Taste is all citrus with a weak initial hit but nicer finish. Something about the beer tastes slightly unfinished to me though. Kind of green.

Very nice mouthfeel, appropriate to style.

Easy to drink and worth a try. Just not sure I'd try more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 16:47:14 | More by beer2day
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Moylan's pint glass.

A: amber/orange color. small head. decent lacing.

S: Great smell. Very west coast hoppy smell.

T: Flowery hops on the tongue with a bit of a spicy kick on the back of the throat.

M: Good carbonation, medium bodied. Not to light but not heavy at all.

D: Very drinkable!! A perfect session beer even at 7%. Alcohol is not present at all so you could easily get carried away on this beer.

Would for sure recommend to anyone who like a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:05:04 | More by CosmoHopHead
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date. tasted in late april 2009.

orangey amber. starts clear, but needs more careful decanting, which i wasn't prepared for. thus i ended up with lots of sediment. moderately sized, off-white head, fades to thin, wispy but constant layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: pine and citrus zest, with grapefruit. relatively fresh. caramel malt and apple esters underneath. some floral and honey notes too.

taste: resinous and boldly bitter, but decently fresh pine and citrus help balance that slightly. malt is caramelized and there are more fruity esters, but they take the backseat. maybe just a little more would have helped... honey notes peek through the very resinous, bitter finish.

medium body. quite smooth despite the heavy resins and bitterness. moderate, tingly carbonation can be vaguely fluffy at times.

it's okay. but i've had better. maybe needs to be even fresher?

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 17:08:27 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, amber color with about an inch worth of head that fades quickly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Hops...a nice mix of grapefruit and piney smells.

Taste: Taste is that of citrusy grapefruit with a nice bit of sweetness mixed in. Finishes off clean.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Slightly lacking in carbonation, but not enough to detract from the overall experience.

Drinkability: A very tasty brew, and I feel this beer is a classic IPA. Hoppy with a nice bit of malty sweetness at the end to round it off. Very good, I can see myself drinking a few of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 04:15:18 | More by krisandajt
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3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. is an IPA done right. No frills here.

Many try to get the IPA right, and Green Flash has gotten it. It's nothing overly spectacular, simply a well made, solid, refreshing IPA.

If you know IPAs, you will be treading in familiar territory here.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 22:43:09 | More by runesead
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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