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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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5,926 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,926
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 556 | 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 rudylaw


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

22oz bottle pours an amber color with ruby highlights. 1.5 inches of a beautiful, fluffy white head.

Lots of pinel, citrus and hops in the nose. Smells like summer!

Fresh fresh hops right off the bat. I get light malt mixed in but the sharp citrus takes command.

Very, very drinkable. The mouthfeel is light and creamy and finishes dry. Another fantastic CA IPA.

06-12-2009 23:09:40 | More by rudylaw
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Hop-tastic! On-tap at the YardHouse in Newport Beach, this beer leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it's consumed. Right when I got this beer, I could smell the hoppiness, hinting citrus and mango flavors. Equally hoppy in flavor as well. Oily in the mouth, and plenty of resin lingering in the finish. A great experience on draft.

06-11-2009 18:08:05 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of sls0210


4.22/5  rDev 0%

On draft in a pint glass. Hazy gold with fluffy white head that dissolved fairly quickly to a thin layer. Good lacing. Strong floral nose, with citrus and pine following. Very floral taste (almost too much), definitely getting the citrus (grapefruit especially), and the pine. Not bitter at all, good balance. For a west coast IPA I was expecting more bitter notes and a harsher hop presence. Nice carbonation and body, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing.

06-08-2009 17:51:24 | More by sls0210
Photo of indiapaleale


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a nice dark amber color with some orange and ruby hues. A nice half inch of fluffy stable white head adorns this pretty looking pour.

Oh the smell...oh man...talk about sharp piney notes and lots of excellent grapefruity goodness. Wow, this stuff really, really reminds me of the smell of fresh, skunky weed. I am not a big pothead but that is really what comes to mind most. Its a great smell don't get me wrong, I love it!

Taste is nice and tart, fresh hops that numb the tongue and kick you in the back of the throat...love it. Some poweder sugary malt in the background but mainly I am getting fresh sour citrusy flavors and that piney/kind bud-y goodness.

Easy drinking and oh so drinkable. I will be re-visiting this beer in 6-pack form soon.

06-07-2009 02:14:57 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of supercolter


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Thanks to Nickd717 for the chance to try this one. Appearance is good, nice oily look to it with a minimal head and some lacing. Smell is very good, grapefruity with some hops and slight spice to the backbone of it (peppery). Taste is even better, first couple of swallow are just straight one dimensional hops- which is fine but I appreciate the different levels of them as I sip further. Grapefruit and floral hops really come through and its delicious. There is a bit of alcohol that comes through as well Mouthfeel is oily and medium in body. Drinkability is wow, one of the most drinkable IPA's I have ever had. The hops don't linger, which is good and bad but, overall it means you can session or pound this one.

06-07-2009 00:30:30 | More by supercolter
Photo of portia99


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. No indication of date, but everything is leading me to believe this is a really fresh bottle.

A - Poured a slightly hazy but bright orange with a dense, off white head that lingers for a couple of minutes. Eventually settles to a heavy ring around the edge of the glass with nice lacing. Beautiful looking IPA.

S - Overpowering (in the best way possible), fresh grapefruit aroma - sweet and citrusy...just awesome. Not much malt balance here in the aroma, but I'm not complaining.

T - Huge grapefruity goodness in this one. Sharply bitter. Flavor lingers well after the swallow, giving the impression of drinking fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Getting a little bit of piney flavors as well. Great tasting beer. Really enjoying this one!

M - Solid carbonation, full mouthfeel. If anything, maybe a touch on the thin side. This beer coats the entire mouth and lingers long after the swallow.

D - For me, really drinkable IPA. Alcohol is 7%, but I don't really get any indication of this. Really bitter and citrusy, but very smooth at the same time.

This might be my current favorite IPA at the moment.

06-06-2009 18:02:39 | More by portia99
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer looks like an awesome IPA, the bright orange body is thick and glowing, not thin-looking IPA like some others. There is a minimal head with a little oily lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and citrus with a little floral hop in the background. Awesome citrus hop smell with little alcohol and malt, exactly what you want from the "West Coast" IPA.

The taste is more grapefruit and hop, exactly as the nose suggested, but the taste is a little bit of a let down compared to the smell.

The beer is very drinkable and quite delicious. The body isn't syrupy or boozy and I personally like all the hops and bitterness that can be crammed into a beer. The beer could be a little more bitter and dry, but is still great.

06-05-2009 22:30:34 | More by rpstevens
Photo of jsh420


4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

notes from 5/26 blind ipa tasting

pours hazy amber orange 1/2 finger head with lacing all over

smell was big pine and grapfruit

taste - oh yes on intial sip you know this has made in cali all over it and properly named "west coast ipa" - pine fruity grapefruit hops with a good creamy malt backbone

mouthfeel - medium body with both a crisp and creamy feel - i dont know how they do it

drinkability - i am all over this one - a big west coast ipa with solid malts - i found my winner

over this beer finished 1st in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye=Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min=AlphaKing-Hdevil

06-05-2009 19:13:44 | More by jsh420
Photo of Norfawkers


2.93/5  rDev -30.6%

Has a nice smokey smell to it, which does not translate into taste as the IBUs are out of this world. This beer pretty much ruins your tastebuds for any additional tastings.

Overall it's not a bad beer for a bitter but I wouldn't consider it a good IPA.

06-05-2009 00:59:29 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of DiabolikDUB


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Its pours a deeper glowing orange with a finger of dense white head that dissolves into a fine film around the glass. Aroma is fantastic, its filled with a bouquet of hops. From pine to floral to citrus this beer has it. It also has a touch a malt hidden behind those hop scents. Flavor is similar to the aroma, typical west coast IPA (cut the shit and give me the hops.) This beer is sticky in aroma and in the body. I really enjoyed this beer and could make it my regular go to IPA of choice. Delish.

06-04-2009 05:40:42 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of Casey10


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

This was a really nice beer that I got while in the Boston, MA area at Gordon's liquors in Waltham

A - really nice golden color

S - piney floral citrus all similar to runiation but different.

T - again good that nice piney ipa taste

M - nice carbination nice feel

D - Could and did drink a bunch of these so yea

06-04-2009 01:05:22 | More by Casey10
Photo of JoeMayo


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

A- Pours a clear, golden color with a rocky 2-finger head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

S- Very clean and crisp-smelling. Pine hits the nose first with a sweet resin aroma. Hints of bitter grapefruit rind come through as well.

T- Not as well-balanced as I would have immagined. It's very bitter with pine dominating the flavor. There's a subtle grapefruit flavor, but grapefruit rind, not flesh, which I've never seen in an IPA before. There's almost no sweetness.

M- Very clean and crisp, but it's missing a "juiciness" that I like in IPAs.

D- Definately not a session beer, but pretty enjoyable to sip on.

05-31-2009 13:06:37 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of paco1029384756


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours an amber orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of hops, pine, grapefruit, honey, and faint malts. Very hoppy scent, and balanced well to boot.

Taste of piny hops, earth, grass, and some malts. Not quite as hoppy as the scent, but there is a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

05-31-2009 03:11:19 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of dancinwillie


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Thank you to JoeMayo for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours clear, amber leaning towards red. Dense cratered almost white head. A finger high, and slow to recede.

Aroma is strong, sweet and bitter citrus, pine, pineapple, a little floral hopping. Better than my poor words suggest, this has an outstanding bouquet.

Stronger in floral flavor than I had expected. Good floral flavor however, and that seems to be an overlooked direction in some IPA's. Don't fret though, because the citrusy hops shine here as well. Grapefruit and orange abound. A bit of pineapple. Malt is mild, but strong enough to even the scales a little. Caramel, and scant bread flavors are detected. No alcohol taste that I can pick up.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Good low carbonation let's the flavor do the talking. Finish is a bit short, not bad though. Would have enjoyed a slow fade, but no biggie.

This reminds me of an English style IPA, done in that California style. A nice break from all the citrus/pine clones. (That's not to say I don't enjoy them as well, but diversity is valued also.)

A very tasty beer, and it makes me happy to have received it as an extra. I would drink this often, if it was readily available to me.

05-30-2009 05:03:45 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Both this one in New York, NY. Tasted on March 1st, 2009.

Beer pours as a amber color. Some hazyness. Not much head?!... Would have thought to see a bigger head. oh well.

Smell: Hops, Hops and Hops. Floral hops mainly. The smell hit you hard. Very intense and very good.

Taste: Intense taste of hops. More of a citrus hop taste than a pine hop (my favorite). Overall not bad. In the taste, you feel the alcool.

Drinkability: The medium bodied beer. Well at 7%, not a go to everyday beer for me. One in a session is enough too. After one, your palate is all ruined anyway :)

Excellent American IPA. It has a taste similar to the Imperial IPA for La Duchesse here in Quebec. Good beer

05-28-2009 00:29:41 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of cadizkyguy


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

At 7.3% ABV and 95 IBUs, this is one Major League beer. Poured into Samuel Smith Pint Glass, this brew looks tantalizing with a two-to-three inch frothy head that fills the glass. Smell, Taste and Mouthful are all good, but the high ABV drops the drinkability to a still very respectable 3.5. I picked up a six pack of this brew at Friar Tuck in Savoy (Champaign) IL on April 10 so this beer could have been fresher when reviewed, so maybe I will have to pick up another 6 pack and re-do this review at a later date. Still a very good beer and it definitely lives up to its hype.

05-27-2009 04:11:01 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of Martin2D

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

A - Dark amber with a huge white head that retains and laces

S - Huge citrus hops

T - Perfect mix of bittering hops with fading hints of citrus and floral notes. Some malt backbone, but mainly hops.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Very drinkable, one of my favorite IPA's. This one is starting to fade with some age, but it's still a beast.

05-26-2009 22:51:52 | More by Martin2D
Photo of gciccarelli


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours an orange/copper with a thick fluffy white head. Excellent head retention. Very hazy.

S - A hoppy blast - grapefruit, pine, floral notes, caramel.

T - Citrus notes lead to hop bitterness and a dry finish. Carmel and spice noticeable. A big malt backbone but very, very bitter overall - a definite hop-bomb. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste with a slightly unpleasant flavor that I can't put my finger on...perhaps soapy?

M - Medium body, low carbonation.

D - Good flavor, but aftertaste and thickness knock it down a bit.

A very solid hopped-up West Coast IPA...worth a shot if you're in the hop mood.

05-25-2009 02:21:57 | More by gciccarelli
Photo of LittleDon


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

The beer poured cloudy amber with a tinge of red. There was little carbonation, but noticeable particulates present. Dense head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer. There were noticeable grapefruit-like hops plus caramel hints in the aroma. The beer starts with a nice bitterness with grapefruit in the middle and finish and a tad of alcohol. It has a medium mouth feel. I'll be coming back for more.

05-24-2009 23:22:26 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Murchmac


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

My buddy Mark thinks this is the second best IPA in the country behind Smuttynose IPA. I"ve had it before, but decided it needed more inspecting.

GoGo Gadget color! This pours like a deep golden with copper highlights DIPA. Looks promising...

Smells of caramel and grapefruit hops pop out of the top of the hat of inspector gadget like the helicopter blades with handles.

Tastes very piney, different from the smell which I liked. Kinda like when Inspector gadget wants his rocket shoes to come on but the gadget 3 foot glass bong comes out instead. Dr. Claw likes when that happens.

Overall, a great! IPA, I get why my buddy orders this... classic west coast IPA. Love the malt aspect in this hop heavy IPA. Go Go Gadget buzz!

05-24-2009 05:19:03 | More by Murchmac
Photo of noknife83


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

A great beer! I was a little disappoint when there was no Stone IPA at the store. I got this instead, because it is virtually the same thing, except the Green Flash is just a tad more hoppier. Any who this is a great beer... It's got a lot of bite to it.

05-24-2009 03:22:16 | More by noknife83
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

12oz bottle:

Poured a deep orange that you could not see through when held up to light. Produced a decent off white-ish head that had decent retention, and left a small thin cap throughout the beer.

Aroma was big and hoppy, maybe floral and pine with a hint of citrus.

The taste is big and hoppy, almost IIPA, but not quite.

Medium body, dry, extra bitter after taste, smooth with a good level of carbonation and with slightly above average drinkability, the bitterness really got to me. Overall, a solid IPA.

05-21-2009 18:03:04 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of BigMike


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

"A multi-dimensional hop experience"

Orange copper with some yellow highlights. Nice frothy 2 finger head.

Hoppy piney and citrusy hop smell.
Taste is the same with a great bitterness on the finish.
Good mouthfeel with a decent amout of carbonation.
This is a solid IPA. Good amount of hops and easy to drink.

05-21-2009 01:43:09 | More by BigMike
Photo of eljefe21


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Orange copper in color. Billowy two-finger head with thick lacing throughout.

S: Strong piney, citrusy hop smell.

T: All of the smell with a nice malt balance.

M: Slight carbonation up front, thick over the tongue and a dry finish that leaves you wanting for more.

D: Love this style and this beer is an excellent representation. A dry warming brew that's great for any time of the day or year.

Served in an Imperial Pint glass.

05-18-2009 01:59:44 | More by eljefe21
Photo of KeefD


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks to washburnkid for this one! Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that fell to lasting cap and left some very nice lacing. Aroma is a nice mixture of juicy and herbal hops, lightly peppery, a hint of crisp cracker like malt. Smells much like their DIPA, but a little lighter. Flavor is bitter and dry. Plenty of grapefruit rind, a hint of orange and a noticeable spiciness. Finish is dry and lingering. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp carbonation. This is a good West Coast style IPA, but it's really missing what I like the most: fruity, citrusy, and piney hops. This is a bitter beer, and that's pretty much what it has going for it. Other than that, it's a solid IPA.

05-16-2009 21:59:57 | More by KeefD
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