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

The beer has a clouded orange amber color with an off-white head. Curtains are there.

The smell is insanely american hoppy; grape-fruit, lime, pine needles and freshly cut grass. A note of bread and herbs.

The taste is upfront caramel and coffee, then bitter oranges and dark and brown bread.

Medium carbonation, a nice body and a dry finish.

A nice combination of fruits and dryness, well balanced.

rarbring, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate copper-orange color with a nice white head. The nose is really nice with a strong citrus hop component. Hefty notes of orange and grapefruit. Really hoppy. A bit of pine in there as well. The taste is all hops with some citrus rind and light pine and spruce components. Nice bitter mouthfeel and a nice drinkability. Glad we get this West Coast gem here in Virginia.

Thorpe429, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of light tan head. This beer is orangish amber in color with yeast suspended throughout. The smell is citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with some pine in there as well. The taste focuses more on the bitter aspect. The citrus is well hidden amongst the barrage of piny hops. I knew going into this beer that it would numb my palate. I prefer my mid-western ipa's. I am finally embracing this style but my palate is not ready for the west coast hop bombs. I like my ipa's nice and citrusy. I love the smell but I prefer to taste more than just bitterness.

buschbeer, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of dutchlq7
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance- poured a dark amber with a nice creamy, offwhite head

Smell-wow! Hoppy as hell, and I love it. Big piney hops.

Taste-big piney and resiny hops jump out at you and almost overwhelm you but it finishes nice and not too bitter.

Mouthfeel-medium bodied with a mild carbonation, bitterness lingers on the palate

Drinkability- if you love hops and bitterness this is for you.
I loved it but it could be too overwhelming for some.

dutchlq7, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into tulip glass. thanks to Wiid for sharing

Pours a nice copper orange with a foamy white head. Fades into a decent film with a few rings of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of floral, sweet juicy hops in the nose with citrus tones.

Bitter, piny hops right up front with some juicy, fruit qualities including orange and apricot. Further bitterness continues, eventually making way for a mid-level malt backbone with caramel and some toasted breadyness. Finishes with a hint of warmth and more sticky hops.

Medium body, lighter carbonation, some sticky and dry feel. Such a tasty and easy drinking IPA, as long as it's fresh. The alcohol is barely detectable, and the scents are super inviting. If there was any way to tell if the bottles were fresh, I'd probably buy it all the time.

xnicknj, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant. This is the IPA I've been looking for. Doesn't just tick all the boxes, it scribbles them out witha big black magic marker. Richly intense nose of every aroma I've ever encountered in an IPA. Nice medium carbonation enhances the grippy bitterness and leaves an oh so tasty aftertaste. Balance, style, balls. Love it.

juju7, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown with perhaps just a little tint of red. Nice off white head on top. Crystal clear. Very nice looking.

S: Sweet and piney with a load of citrus and tropical fruit. And perhaps a little bit of mary jane in the aroma as well. Very hoppy and fresh.

T: Bitter! Right up front there is some pine, and possibly a hint of onion. Tasted like there was a bit of simcoe in here.. A little bit of caramel, and a bitterness that just lasts and lasts. As it warms a little more hop flavor comes out- which I like. But a little more of the simcoe flavor comes out as well-which I don't like.

M: Medium in body. Good carbonation. There is a bit of an oily characteristic to this, which really lingers with the hop bitterness.

D: For an IPA lover, I woud highly recommend this beer, bitter with plenty of hop flavor. Personally I like a bit more balance in my IPA's, but still solid.

Beejay, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High fresh, fruity hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, stonefruit and pine. Lots going on here with some nice malts as well. Really tasty aroma.

Mildly hazy amber colour. Probably hazy due to excessive dry-hopping so it is acceptable.

Mmmmm. For a beer at 93IBU this is remarkably well balanced. The powerful hop flavours and resins dominate the palate providing lots of flavour. The malt backs it up with just enough strength to make the bitterness seem inconsequential and make this a really good beer. If anything I want just a bit more of that fruity, floral "hop juice" character to make it even better.

Medium body and moderate carbonation help support the flavour. The carbonation is on the low end of moderate and I would just a little more.

A tasty IPA with lots going on. It builds up in intensity throughout the glass. Thoroughly enjoyed.

dgilks, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby-ish 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Very cloudy, orange amber color with bright, golden highlights and a two-finger head of rocky, tan foam which settles nicely, leaving some sticky webs of lace.

S: Pungent hop aroma, fruity and floral with hints of pine and citrus fruits. Lingering, zesty herbal smells hangs in the air after a deep whiff.

T: Smooth, creamy toasted caramel malts up front with a buttery cracker flavor quickly followed by complex, tropical and citrus fruits flavors. A floral and grainy bitterness builds towards a hop crescendo leading with grapefruit zesty, orange rind and a lush, piny herbal bitterness which lingers deep into the resinous finish.

M: Full bodied IPA with a good deal of creamy malt balance to the slick, oily hop complex that coats the palate. A little hot and sticky, but still good.

D: Certainly a multi-dimensional hop attack, coming strong in the aroma, bitter feel, fruity and floral taste and lingering finish. I like the balance achieved while not stepping in the way of the hop onslaught too much, which West Coast IPA certainly has. The 7.3% ABV and powerful, palate-killing hop profile makes this a great choice for a solo brew hop fix.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a golden brown appearance with a skinny white head to it. The smell of this is very hoppy with cameos of malt and some citius fruits. The taste is paired nicely with the smell. It starts citrusy smooth followed by a drop kick hop finish and aftertaste. This is the official beer or the west coast Ipa style. Very drinkable and very good. Enjoy.

badboyrsl84, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange bordering on copper with an inch of slightly off white head that slowly falls away leaving a decent amount of lace.
S - Did someone say West Coast? Pungent, piney, grapefruit pith, citrusy hop goodness. Light, clean caramel & toasty maltiness balances it.
T - OMFG. This is what I love about a good American IPA. Much like the smell; piney, grapefruit like citrus hop flavour balanced (slightly) by clean light caramel, toasted bread malt flavours.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A pretty assertive, lingering bitterness.
D - Such a wonderful American IPA. 7.30% is enough to knock you around yet I'd take that if I ever got the chance to drink a lot of this. Ticks every box for what I look for in a great American IPA.

brendan13, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of SDtastentune
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark golden with good head, great lacing & fizz rising.. slightly unfiltered looking.

S - Hops, grapefruit, light malts, slight citrus.

T - Taste is great! Bitter & hoppy, great after taste that lingers on your tongue. Grapfruit, hops, high end malts, citrus, True IPA taste.

M - Higher carbonation that flows well, but not over the top. Medium to heavy body but not over the top.

D - Drinkability is great but you must be a hop head to truly enjoy, has a definite aftertaste that does linger and gives you a true IPA taste. Thumbs up, this is a good IPA that can hang with the best.

SDtastentune, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of misinformed
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No date, but I'm sure it's pretty fresh because it came in one of those newfangled 4 packs.

A- 2 1/2 finger off white head. Beer was clear dark orange/copper. Nice thick lacing as I was drinking it and a good bit left behind after the beer was gone.

S- Great smell. Citrus mostly with some really nice sweet tropical fruit notes.

T- Nice strong citrusy hops. Pine as well, but it's not as strong as the sweet citrus flavors. The hops mellow out rather quickly which gives the malt backbone a chance to be tasted. Long lingering mild bitter finish with citrusy burps.

M- Medium bodied, but not oily or mouth coating to any real degree.

D- Gooood, goood. This is a superb IPA that begs to be drunk. Great hop flavor with just a hint of the malt backbone to add balance. Strong flavor that tastes almost like a double, but not overly bitter or palette wrecking. I would definitely pick this up again when I know it's fresh.

misinformed, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled about three months ago, I think.

Pours a very cloudy copper. No floating sediment, just verrry hazy. Carbonation evident, head lasts quite awhile. Lacing also consistent.

Smells like citrus and pine, very much so. Probably more pine-y than anything. Very hoppy smelling, and in a good way. Doesn't smell sweet, which I like. By scent alone, I'd probably peg this as a DIPA.

Taste is basically all grapefruit and pine. Very bitter, but the hops have a fresh taste also. I love the pine hops (simcoe, I'm guessing), and I like that there's very little sweetness here. Finishes dry, crisp and bitter. I don't know of another non-imperial IPA that has this much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, but less than a lot of IPAs. For as hoppy as this is, it does not taste like hop syrup at all. Completely lacks that sweet/syrupy vibe some IPAs have. It's crisp. To me, that's a good thing.

Drinkability is about as good as can be for a beer this strong in flavor. I could drink several of these, but at the price they go for her in upstate NY, this is just a sixer I get every now and then. One of my favorite IPAs, though, for sure.

musicforairports, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Bottling date of 10/27/2010

I stopped by the brewery today to pick up a case of Silva Stout for a friend and they were bottling the new 4 packs of West Coast IPA, so I decided to pick one up for $7 (not a bad price IMO). I suppose this is as fresh as it gets.

A: Poured into a Bruery snifter. The beer is deep orange with perfect clarity and a one inch frothy off white head that takes near 5 minutes to recede, leaving thick sheets of lacing everywhere in the aftermath.

S: Huge aromatics of pine resin, grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Citrus has a very faint candied quality to it, but on the whole the aroma is quite dry. Malt is diffident, lending a crackery notes and a little caramel character. A beautiful, bright, and vibrant hop aroma.

T: I think the advertisement of 95 IBUs on the label is probably pretty accurate. This is a very bitter beer, a veritable palate wrecker. The beer is dry, with a dash of sweetness midpalate, or maybe that was my imagination. It's gone almost instantaneously and the bruising assault of aridity and bitterness has wiped it from my memory. The hops are mostly pine resin and grapefruit pith with some orange rind. With the pine dominance, the beer gives the overall impression of being green, if color can be tasted. The dry finish showcases a final hop flourish and a high level of bitterness, with pine and grapefruit rind lingering. Any malt flavor that might exist is masked completely by hops.

M: Absolute desiccation coupled with a trailing stickiness. Carbonation is at an upper moderate level, perfect. Medium bodied.

Overall: A top notch example of a San Diego style IPA. The bitterness, dry moutfeel, and overall hop vibrancy are sure to please any hophead. A must try if you have access to fresh bottles.

HopHead84, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The info on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, its ABV% (7.3) and its IBUs. There is no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance: From the slow pour I got a thick creamy off white head of foam. It is long lasting, dense and makes thick sticky lace rings on the glass. This head sits on top of a very cloudy orange amber body with thick super fine yeast sediment.

Smell: I get a firm fruity, citrusy and pine like hop presence in the nose. The hop aromatics dominate over a sweet malty base.

Taste/Palate: This one has a tasty deep dank hop explosion on the tongue. The hop flavor notes goes from an intense citrus pith/rind to a heavy leafy herbal to an intense piney/spruce like character and back again. The malt adds some supporting sweetness in the beginning with some bready and yeast like notes. I am also picking up some peach like stone fruit notes with maybe even a slight hint of maraschino cherry in the middle. At the finish hop flavor takes over and coats the plate with heavy citrus and piney bitterness.

Note: At 95 IBUs this beer drinks like and hits you with hops like a Double/Imperial IPA.

generallee, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a 20oz glass at MacGregors Penfield. Came to me with barely any head, what remaining was off-white. Body is orange and murky.

Aroma smacks you in the face with super fresh pine, grapefuit, floral and citric hoppage. Alcohol is faintly detected.

Taste is similar. Lots of floral goodness. The hops are fresh and delicious. While its fairly bitter, its the good FRESH kind of bittering. Not just background bite. Good malty backbone.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Lots of tingling, a good mouth experience.

This is certainly drinkable. Not a chugger due to the abv, but this is an awesome west coast style ipa.

kbnooshay, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On an iPhone so I'll be brief.

Looks incredible. Fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves a great lacing. Bit cloudy golden orange.

Smell is amazing. Rich simcoe sherbert fruit aromas. Tons of citrus and preserved fruits. Unreal.

So good. If this isn't a 5 what is? Everything that the nose promised is here in spades. Verrry slight sweetness apparent before hardcore lasting bitter finish.

Full but still super clean and crisp in the mouth.

I never want to not be drinking this.

jbowers56, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Single purchased for $1.99 from John's Market.

A-Poured a beautiful golden amber hue with a two finger bone white head with nice retention and ample lacing.

S-Extravagantly hopped per the label. The Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops combine wonderfully for a pungent bouquet of grapefruit zest, pine, and floral notes. Very nice.

T-Very extravagantly hopped at 95 IBUs. This is a hop assault. Not too much for my palate, but I do prefer a malt sweetness as a backbone for balance. If this had just a bit more malt sweetness, West Coast IPA would be outstanding. Hop lovers should enjoy this.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms. In my opinion, Green Flash's Imperial IPA is much more balanced.

velosuds, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich orange-amber into a pint glass with a thin film of white head. Intense aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel, slightly thick and semi-syrupy. Malty bread and caramel sweetness up front are quickly overtaken by pine and tart lemon citrus. Long finish with lingering grapefruit notes.

Very flavorful and refreshing (alcohol is well-concealed)...this brew seems to favor bold hoppy punch over finesse and balance, but the results are still extremely satisfying.

grittybrews, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing. Huge hop aroma with pine and grapefruit. The taste has massive bitterness with piney hops; it's a bit one-dimensional with the over-the-top bitterness. The finish is very dry and bitter. There is some astringency here as well. The drinkability isn't bad, but I prefer a little more balance in my IPAs.

chickenm, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange with a monstrous frothy head that absolutely plasters the glass with lacing. It looks like the beer got a pie in the face. There is a steady stream of ascending bubbles amid pockets of other bubbles clinging to the barrier of the pint glass like a sucker fish in a 16 oz. aquarium of beer. Ya, it's like that.

S: Big blast of hops with citrus and alcohol - very inviting. I was on the fence about the aroma score, but the alcohol scent bumped it down a notch. At 7.3%, I would prefer the alcohol aromas to be disguised more gracefully.

T: Hooray delicious west coast IPA. This delicious beverage is aptly named. It's considerably bitterer than many other examples of the style. This is where personal preference may seep in. Bring on the hops and the bitterness that comes with the territory (provided it's done properly, of course). In this case, we have a winner. This is one of the best IPAs around that I can purchase locally.

M: Great lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is detectable, but certainly not off-putting or offensive.

D: A great IPA. If you haven't had it, it's pretty easy to come by and definitely worth trying.

Huhzubendah, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 10.10.10 (make a wish) at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Copper color w/ unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hops but not as strong as the flavor would suggest.

T: Very good! Strong, upfront citrusy flavor with a good caramel malt taste in the middle. Great balance. Slight hop bitterness in the end, but not overpowering.

M: Nice on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is one of my favorites of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: I would (& have) order a sessions-worth of GF WC IPA.

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Nic for bringing this for me the other night. I've had this one many times, and always enjoyed it, but it has been a while. Pours a dark orange-amber color, with a little ecru head that remains after a few minutes. Nice hoppy nose here, piney and a touch citrusy. On the palate, this one is a little oily and resiny, with good grapefruit flavors. Surprisingly balanced, and extremely drinkable, with a lingering bitter finish. One of the better IPAs, IMO.

emmasdad, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of zachariaIPA
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle with a funny bright, unassuming green label. Unassuming for such an incredible beer, blasted with hops to the outer reaches of the Hopgalaxy.

Beautiful opaque copper color, streaming lines of small carbonated entities spread throughout the side of glass. Extremely thick white lacing with each sip. Wide bands charting each journey into my mouth.

Strong aroma of hops, fruity, floral, letting you know what's about to come.

The taste..oh, the taste. You are immediately pounded with hops, lots and lots of hops. It's extremely flavourful, and "Extravagantly Hopped" as the bottle says. Some malt at the finish, but it's pleasantly unbalanced in favor of Team Hops.

Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, very nice bite of that hoppy bitterness that comes with a top-shelf American IPA. 95 IBUs!

A fantastically disguised 7.3%, I could drink a few of these regularly.

zachariaIPA, Oct 06, 2010
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,253 ratings.