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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,135 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,135
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 243
Gots: 632 | 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 imagese
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy golden orange with a one finger head and moderate lacing.

S- SUPER FUNK! Grapefruit, pine, and a gym sock that was buried in dirt under a bed a daisies... but in a GOOD way!

T- Super bitter grapefruit rind followed by some floral/funky bitterness. I don't really notice much in the way of malts.

M- Thick, tingly, and bitterness that doesn't want to go away... YUM

D- even as big of a hophead as I am, one, and I'm done. I could easily drink more, but this beer is just all over the place. I prefer their Imperial or Palate Wrecker. Much more controlled beers

Always pass this up on tap, but I may need to give it a whirl. With no bottling dates, I may be getting old bottles, or worse, mishandled bottles.

imagese, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale cloudy amber in color. Nice thick, rocky off-white head with excellent retention. Plenty of lacing to go around. There is floating debris. I Don't know if that's normal for this beer.

S - In the nose you immediately get fresh piney hops and lots of it. Although the hops are very aromatic the malt comes through nicely in the background sweetening it up a bit and leaving a pleasant grassy character.

T - Tons of piney hops up front that devastate the palate with bitterness. In a good way. The malts also seem to be playing their part well to balance it all out.

M - A tad light bodied. Sort of thin. Carbonation is good though.

D/N - Pretty drinkable stuff here. Could easily relax and drink this beer through the night. Although Im not sure the price is right for this one.

depechemode1983, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden orange color with a 1 ½" frothy off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves rings, patches, lets and speckles of lacing. Though out most of the beer the head persists and leaves sheets of lacing, some of which turn into closely scattered small speckles.

Smell: The aroma is filled with grapefruit and fresh pine with some pineapple and flowery and even some catty notes. There is a bit of caramel in the background.

Taste: The flavors are mostly all hops with just enough caramel from the malt backbone to carry them along to the finish without letting them create a tongue rasping bite. As expected from the nose, the grapefruit and citrus zest dominate the hops but the pine and resin get to eventually join in the show.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full to medium bodied and crisp with adequate carbonation. The pine and resin finish is long and dry and leaves one wanting another sip.

Drinkability: This was a nicely drinkable beer which I enjoyed sipping. I'll certainly be putting this one on my list to have again in the future.

drtth, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA going. Poured 12 oz bottle into my 13 oz tulip glass. A very hazey, bright orange, with a 2 inch white head, that is sticky as any IPA I have had. Lacing hangs out for the beers duration. The smell is piney, grapefruit, with a hint of a toffee. This is a very powerful, hops forward beer. The 95 IBU's were used to perfection. Even being two months old, the hops have held up very well. The mouthfeel is big for a IPA, with plenty of life. I know people say there are better IPA's around, but I have yet to have one!

SawDog505, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Very gentle pour forms a 2 finger bubbly head that slowly dissipates, light orange, hazy with some little chunks in suspension. Leaves great lacing.

S: A lot of citrus; grapefruit, orange, lemon, maybe apricot. Behind it is pine/wood. Sweet caramel malt and some earthy and floral aromas.

T: Has a very bitter pine/earthy hop bite followed by citrus and a little floral hops. There's a little sweetness there but not a lot (overpowering sweetness can be a huge turnoff for me), just enough to help balance out the bitterness and add depth. Citrus flavors don't seem as bold as the nose suggested. Finish is bitter, mostly pine (a little citrus), and a tiny bit of sweetness. Puckering (not quite on the Ruination IPA level though). Has a bit of a peppery finish and a little warming.

M: Medium to high crisp carbonation, just about full body, unfiltered with little bits in suspension (though not really noticeable on the palate). Very chewy, sticky, and bitter. Fantastic.

D: The bitterness and peppery finish don't help this beer in the drinkability part, but as long as it isn't obtrusive, I won't care all that much. This is tasty, simply as that.

Satchboogie, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, yellowish tan with a monster 4 inch creamy head. Lots of lacing and head would not die!

Smell - Piney strong hops, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, some malts and spices. Yeast and some minor alcohol is present

Taste - Well now, this was a nice surprize. Nice piney hoppy beer with some nice malt balance. Really hoppy and almost enough to be a imperial ipa. Hops are strong, malts are sweet, and the spices add some bitterness making it a kick in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Its bitter and coats mouth with wonderful hop goodness. Its not a palette crusher and the alcohol is masked very well. You will need a glass of water or some pungent strong cheese after this beer if you want to drink something weaker like a wheat beer.

Drinkabilty - I would say this is really high since its just over 7% and so tasty. I could handle 3-4 of these over a period of time and be satisfied (and a little buzzed). This just became a top 10 ipa for me, hopheads check this one out.

wvsabbath, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Lothore
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy tangerine color with a nice, fluffy, white head.

S- Light scent of piney hops.

T- Light wheaty malt, moves into a wave of pine and a bit of an aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- For the price the four pack goes for there are better IPAs out there.

Lothore, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of dubinsky
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how this one has missed being reviewed by me, cause its one of my go to IPA's. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruges glass.

Poured from a 12 oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Pours a nice orange amber with a one finger foamy off-white head, sticking to the glass in a lacy pattern.

S - This is one of the piniest IPA's I've smelled, but its extremely well balanced with lots of citrusy hop notes, mostly grapefruit, with some sweet maltiness present.

T - The taste is exactly like the smell. Pine trees, resin, citrus balanced by a great malt flavor. Super delicious, and if i am in the mood for the piney flavor profile, this is the best in its class.

M - Thin to medium bodied with great carbonation. Very typical to the style

D - This is an incredibly drinkable IPA that is a hop heads dream come true.

This is easily one of my favorite IPA's but in the off chance that GF is reading this review, please go back to the old format of the six pack. I hate the thought of paying more money for less beer. Its a great beer, but there are others just as good. I will buy it again, but it will not be as regular as it once was.

dubinsky, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Anaz
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've passed this one by far too long. Huge fluffy white head when poured into a Duvel tulip, slightly hazy burnt orange color really looks inviting. The sharp piney aromas are really nice, with grapefruit zest and spicy overtones but hardly any malt aromas, just a bare breadiness.

This is one hell of a hop bomb for single IPA. Floral, citrus hops come forward strong and clear with a toasted bread maltiness making a brief appearance before spicier hops shove it out of the way. Long finish, with a very complex hop character.

Ever so slightly syrupy, almost delicate carbonation, and sharp bitterness make for a very enjoyable sip that. I don't find this very quaffable, there is too much going on with too much intensity, but this is still a joy to drink.

Anaz, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a light amber color with an offwhite head that is 1.5 fingers with ok retention.

S: All hops and not much balance. Fuity/grapefruit dominates with hints of pine. Subtle bready malt somewhere in the background.

T: Again, all hops. Mostly piney this time. Not much else in there. Very sticky sort of sensation like dinking the sap of a pine tree in liquid form. Very bitter. Later there is a more sweet note of citrus rind. Not much balance in there, but somewhat refreshing.

Notes: This is an all out hop attack on the taste buds but oddly the lack of balance doesn't take away as much as I would normally think. Pretty good for a straight up hop bomb.

BucBasil, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Hat on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC last night.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bitter, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, light pine, and floral hops. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, and fruity malts. Big bitterness up front.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, it has a big bitter kick up front, followed by a smooth body.

d - A pretty nice IPA. I enjoyed the citrus smell a lot, would certainly drink again.

mdfb79, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark straw in color. Thin layer of off-white head sticks around.
S: Peachy hops. Maybe a hint of malt.
T: Huge peach flavor. Finished bitter with a dry pine flavor. Finish does not leave a bad taste in the mouth.
M: Soft mouthfeel with only the slightest prick of carbonation.

Like it's name suggests, there is no mistaking that this is a West Coast IPA. A solid beer with nice flavors and smell.

goalie33, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of tmcelvain
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pure gold - hints of red in a fairly hazy body. Fluffy head with good retention.

S: The floral smell hits you right away. Second take is more earthy with a musty finish.

T: This is a pure hop bomb with a very dry finish. Not much balance here, though I do detect just a hint of malts in the aftertaste. The hop flavor is a slight grapefruit citrus, with a little floral flavor filling it out.

M: Well carbonated and true to the style on the mouth.

D: I personally do not desire much more of this one. I consider myself as much a hophead as your average BA, but this beer just seems one-dimensional to me. This is a good example of a hoppy American IPA, and the alcohol is very well hidden, but is not a favorite for me.

tmcelvain, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of NefariousR
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep orange amber with a foamy off-white head, sticking to the glass in a lacy pattern. There's a good deal of sediment suspended in the brew, making it quite hazy.

S - Lots of citrusy hop notes, particularly grapefruit, perhaps some mandarin orange. Sweet maltiness present in the peripherals.

T - Hops, balanced with a great malty palate. Amazingly tasty. The citrus notes from the nose are here in spades.

M - On the thin side of medium-bodied, with just a bit of carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - One of my favorite IPAs, this is incredibly drinkable given its hop content. If you're a hop-head, this makes a great session beer.

NefariousR, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of CAcreeks
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pliny is a great IPA, but I like this one better, so I am surprised how low down it is in the rankings. Maybe the maltiness makes it too dark and heavy for some people? Anyway, I like it. The complexity of aroma is matched by only a few brews, including Pliny, Ballast Point, and ones not generally available such as 50-50 Imperial IPA (Truckee) or Chama IPA (New Mexico).

CAcreeks, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of ejeffer11
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the new four pack delivery. have had this many times on tap, first time in a bottle. smell of hops from the get go and then some. two finger very white head. smell is citrus and pine. initial taste is very bitter, but pleasing nonetheless. balanced, but the harshness of the hops show up. very enjoyable, but noticeably better on tap. at over 7%, getting into double ipa territory, but the alcohol is not overbearing. always enjoy this beer and grateful it can be found in upstate ny.

ejeffer11, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of dlmccabe1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Green Flash beer (I know, I know) and I really enjoyed it. It just screams West coast, with lots of piney hops on the nose and immediately upon the first taste. But it's balanced and has enough of a malt backbone to survive the hop onslaught. Such a difference between these West Coast versions and East Coasters like DFH 60 min.

dlmccabe1, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished copper colour with an off-white head, thick and good with a nice reverse cascade bouncing around. Retains quite thinly, resembling a saliva cloud, with whispy webs of lace. Good IPA. Good boy.

Smells extremely floral hoppy, huge passionfruit and citrus aromas; lemon zest with some pine touches and aroma of leather. Almost funky but with massive hop notes, nice and complex, tangy and bitter. Pretty great.

Taste is very IPA-esque. Slight caramel malt at the front before hops just start biting and snapping early on in the piece. Lots of lemon zest, citric acidity. Plenty of floral notes as well adding a sweetness, with a fresh bitter flavour and some resiny notes coming through on the back. A good IPA palate, strong hoppiness emerging early and plenty of long, complex bitterness. A treat.

Fairly good body, verges on thin with a slight bite from the carbonation midway, but it never quite gets harsh, as there's just enough body to sustain.

A slight bitter bite but that's what you can expect. It's a good tasty hop fest in here and we're all invited.

laituegonflable, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of TangTKE402
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cute little snub-nosed bottle into a standard-issue pint glass. A three-finger head came forth that lingered and left lacing as I drank. Hazy, unfiltered, straw-colored, and effervescent.

A lot going on in this smell. Citrus-y notes, mostly grapefruit and some lime, are strong, with a hint of floral-piney aromas in the back. Also a touch of yeast.

This is a bitter beer right off the bat. It has hops character you can chew on, with a lot of dry tannins out front and some nice mellow pine tar and bread flavors in the middle. The swallow wrings your mouth of and leaves it dry and bitter as a bone. This beer is for wet days.

Mouthfeel is robust but not as to render it unapproachable. It feels full, bubbly and well-balanced.

Drinkability suffers a touch from the overwhelming tartness of the hops character, but the flavors are just right for major hop-heads.

TangTKE402, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. It's one of the top IPAs, period (with PtE and Hopworks, in my book).
On draught at the Collins Pub, West Coast IPA is clear burnt gold with an off-white head is a bit meringue like in it's creaminess, and that leaves gorgeous lace.

Smell is huge hoppiness, all the goodness of the best west coast IPAs, as advertised! Dank resins, citrus, floral, and just a hint of biscuit.

Taste is the same - bring on the hop onslaught. Wow, this is extreme hop *flavor*, not just bitterness mind you, and it's fresh and complex, very well done, as always. The pale malt lingers in the background, not a pils base, just enough to provide some contrast, a hint of toast.

Mouthfeel is dry, oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is awesome if you're a hop pig like me. If I could, I'd wring out the dry hops into this glass, but I'm sure for some it's two extreme - those that don't live and love IPA on the west coast! I do, and this is one of the quit essential reasons why. As I said, one of my top three IPAs, and PtE is technically a DIPA! Of course, like any IPA, it's best at it's freshest, which is regional, so if you're drinking a bottle on the east coast and disagree, there's an obvious difference in you're experience!

ccrida, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a big frothy off-white head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel malt and spices. Very much like Bell's Hopslam. Hops give lots of grapefruit up front with pine and some floralness lingering of the side of the tongue afterwards. Very little malt balancing out the hops in the flavor. Body is a bit lighter than what I would have liked.

punkrkr27, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New 12 ounce bottle packaging into a Sam Adams perfect pint (err perfect 12 ounce glass)

Thick dense marshmallow white head on top of a golden straw body.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple and more grapefruit. If you pick up any malt in this beer it is not fresh. It is a literally like cutting and peeling fresh citrus fruit or coring a fresh pineapple.

The taste is all about the hops, and the word again is grapefruit dominates. Pineapple flavors and citrusy spice character show up in the middle and finish. Again the malt tones are muted and really a major undercard. The beer finishes extremely dry and with a nice firm bitterness.

Personally I love this beer, the only reason I do not give it higher marks on taste and mouthfeel is because it is not entirely balanced. And yet that is not what the goal is here, they are shooting for a really high quaffing dry IPA that is showcasing the tart fruitiness of American Hops.

For its heft it is drinkable, for me it is perfectly drinkable, though I can see where some would be turned off by its lack of balance. All the more for me.

PBoegel, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - amber, huge frothy head

smell - floral and citrus hops, sweet malt

taste - floral hops backed by citrus, sweet malt body, flavorful, has some balance but the hops carry this

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium/big body, just a touch of dryness in the finish

drinkability - flavorful and robust, a great ipa

djbreezy, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of IllNate
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy medium amber color. Generous amount of off white head, with good retention.

S - Grassy, citrus hops, pineapple and pine. Could smell them as soon as I popped the bottle.

T - Bitterness is there all the way through. Loads of citrus again, pineapple, grapefruit. Pine as well. Great bitterness.

M - An almost puckering bitterness. Warming feeling from the alcohol.

O - Great IPA.

IllNate, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: good head, 1.5 finger, thick, nice lacing. Pretty cloudy, mid-range orange brown color.

S: strong hops at first, fresh, grassy, pine-y, not skunky, then sweet malt and fruity notes, especially pineapple.

T: citrus fruit hops, not overwhelmingly bitter, more pine and bitterness as it warms, clean finish, nicely balanced by sickly sweetness from the malt.

M; nice carbonation, not too sharp, not too soft, bitter in back of throat, sweet at first with dry finish.

D: great drinkability for anyone looking for a fresh, hopped American/Californian IPA.

nickhiller, Nov 20, 2010
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,135 ratings.