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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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6,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,909
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 316
Gots: 1,081 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV
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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz. glass On-tap at Parish Cafe & Bar in Boston

A- Brownish golden, average carbonation, about a finger and half of white froathy head. Decent lacing.

S- A little bit hoppier then your average IPA. Not too sweet, but definitely a distinctive pine smell.

T- Definitely hoppy, slightly sweet piney taste, a little bit bitter.

M- Medium boddied, easily drinkable especially at 7.3%, nice froathy head gives a nice mouthfeel at beginning of beer. About average carbonation.

O- This beer was definitely good for an IPA. It definitely had a generous amount of hops and had a nice piney taste. The alcohol was definitely well hidden and the beer was easily drinkable. It definitely had a distinctive west coast piney taste. The only thing I didn't like about this beer was that it wasn't sweet enough. I usually like a sweet grapefruit citrus taste with my IPAs to go along with the piney taste however I know this probably wasn't intended in this style of beer.

Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

12oz from Porters Northwood, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Deep orange colour, nice glow when held up to the light. Large head of off-white, creamy foam that laces well and recedes slowly.

Smells of fresh grapefruit and grapefruit skin and resin. Lots of grapefruit oriented citrus that is consistent and fresh. Long lasting smell which is always good.

Tastes big, plenty of grapefruit coming through, a little bit of pine resin plays a bit part and evens it out a touch. Consistent, flavoursome and good, everything you expect in a hop-bomb west coast ipa.

Consistent extreme bitterness throughout, good body still there, despite the big hop presence. The big hop presence doesn't turn you off either, keen to go back for more of a hit.

Benchmark IPA from the west coast when it comes to bitterness, tonnes of it. Flavoursome, intense and does what it says. Plenty of fun if you are keen on a super-hopped IPA.

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a white head and good lacing

S-citrus and malt aromas with some hints of pine

T-citrus and pine with some yeasty bread and a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-an excellent IPA with nice flavor and balance

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

The beer pours a rich amber with no head. Modest hop aroma with sweet malt and almost no alcohol. The taste is booming hops with a little sweetness from the malt to follow. Relatively smooth and balanced towards the end, quite enjoyable. This is really an IPA you can drink 20oz of, I would recommend it to west coast IPA lovers.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting sample pours a bright golden-orange with a big, fluffy white head. Retention and lace are superb.

The nose is pretty classic 'west coast'- big ruby red grapefruit and pine aromas with some lightly toasted bread and florally, Muscat-like tones of ripe mango, peach and citrus blossoms. A very vague touch of that hoppy cheese sits almost hidden in the background too.

Palate is medium bodied with a little more malty toast than I expected, with some unripe tropical fruit tones and a vague hop slickness that serves more to gently smooth out the mouthfeel. The bitterness hits right off the bat, but then pauses before swelling to massive proportions on the finish, picking up a bit of breadiness and pineyness before leaving some lingering grapefruit pith- dry and juicy- with an everlasting bitterness.

Carries the 'west coast' label for a reason. A very solid IPA. Personally, I prefer a little more tropical fruit in my IPA, but I can't knock this for any reason.

Photo of doho95fu
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of brandonasplundh
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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

Pours a red-gold colour. Good head and lacing. Lots of floaties, which isn't ideal.

Strong hop aroma here. Smells like straight hop flowers with only the thinnest of malt backing. The hop aromas are floral and basically just smell like pungent fresh hops rather than any alternative flavour. Reminds me of Hopsickle.

In the mouth there is a little malt sweetness but overall the residual sugar is quite tame, far less present than in Hopsickle.

Mouthfeel is medium with highish carb.

Overall this is a quintessential West Coast IPA as one would hope. Think I prefer Hopsickle though, more integration and I prefer its slightly higher malt sweetness.

Photo of datphoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A super hoppy aroma, with some malt and citrus as well.

T: Tasted of heavy hops, malt, citrus (grapefruit, lemon), pine, resin, and maybe a little caramel thrown in. Complex, powerful, focused and tasty. Basically what an IPA from California should taste like.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Sometimes beers don't live up to their hypes, but this one actually manages to meet and exceed expectations.

Photo of durrrr
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Chopman50
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Merkur
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice amber color with about a fingers worth of white foamy head.

Beer smells very strongly of citrus and floral hops.

Taste follows the nose. Very sweet on the initial sip, followed by a great bitter finish. Strongly of pine at the end.

Mouthfeel is a tad on the thick side, but not too bad.

Photo of Aschap
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AndyTaylor
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: on tap

A: Pours vibrant amber, somewhat hazy, with a half inch off-white head. Significant lacing on glass.

S: Very strong citrus and floral notes. Noticeable grapefruit aroma. Maybe a hint of pine.

T/M: Sweeter taste than I expected from the hoppy aroma. Very citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon flavors dominate. Crisp, clean hoppy finish that leaves a slight puckering sensation.

O: A very well-balanced IPA with strong notes of grapefruit. Excellent crisp floral finish that does not leave the palate completely dominated by hops. I would definitely get this one again and I am very happy that it is showing up on draft at more and more locations in North Carolina. Paired very well with the spicy Cajun chicken wings I ordered.

Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great ipa. It is a bit pricey for us working stiffs in middle America but is worth it as a nice treat. The taste is similar to their Imperial, which I would recommend over this.

It is funky in the glass. The right color, but with lots of suspended stuff. Nice lace.

The smell and taste are just right - very floral. A great brew.

Photo of gjarvis
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of HxC90
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of OTB
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Like catching up with an old best friend, that's how I feel about GFWCIPA, with so much world class brew here in So Cal. I often overlook this classic. Poured into my Boulevard tulip this brew is amazing to look at, bright orange with darker amber edges. The head is a beautiful thick creamy two inch cap that stays on the sides throughout the drink. The nose is biting grapefruit rind, hops, and fresh pine, very nice. The flavor follows with bitter citrus and explosive hops that refresh and entice another quaff. The mouth is brilliant, great carbonation, bone dry and clean, the finish is quite impressive as well. Glad I grabbed a four pack and re-acquainted myself with a long time fave.

Photo of Buttstorm
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of lsfrontman
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,909 ratings.