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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,327 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,327
Reviews: 1,698
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 247
Gots: 719 | 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 CliffBrake
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright medium amber color with lasting head and good lacing.

Big citrus nose hints at a juicy citrus hop flavor. Piney and spicy hop notes seem to dance around the edges of the citrus. Long bitter finish that is slightly harsh.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and well balanced carbonation. A really nice example of an American IPA.

CliffBrake, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

filled a growler at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. poured into a standard pint a little above fridge temp.

pours out a fairly clear deep golden orange color with 3 fingers of big slightly off white, fluffy, foamy cap that settles to a nice retentive layer. lots of sticky lace.

lots of dank resinous pine in the forefront. grapefruit citrus and a bit floral. no sense of balance.

follows the aroma with lots of resinous pine and grapefruit citrus. also some floral, raw pellet hop qualities. hardly any malt detectable. super hoppy, super bitter.

super resinous, wrecks the palate completely with such an aggressive lingering bitterness. truly a west coast IPA! medium bodied and good carbonation.

drinks so easily, this is definatly one of my favorite ipa's, i always get it when its around. its one of the more bitter ipas available IMHO.

dogfishandi, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes (no freshness info)

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: dark amber golden color, 1/2" of off white head, lots of haze

N: not as good as others, grapefruit-orange-pine, but not in your face....thinking this may not be the freshest bottle

T: grapefruit and pine, not too complicated, plenty of bitterness- I believe the 95 IBUs...still questioning the freshness, but this held up fairly well

M: good, not overbearing

D: high, but IMO there are better IPAs on the market, if I can assure a fresher bottle or on tap, I would def. give this one another whirl

thanks to cduckett for the extra

modernartblues, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a thick, foamy head and great lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with a slight malted sweetness and a little booze

Big citrus hops, malts try to balance, but the hops rein supreme.

A nice hop bomb in the true vein of the west coast IPA. Screw balance, all hail the hops!

dbmernin83, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of tdawgydog
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this at Whole Foods in NJ. It's hard to find a good West Coast IPA on the East coast.

A: Pours a nice cloudy copper color with plenty of unfiltered goodness in the bottom of the bottle for you to enjoy if you wish.

S: Super Piney, refreshing. It just smells like a good beer.

T: A little bitter, maybe more than I would expect. Could be dated bottles, but I'm not sure. This is otherwise an excellent beer.

D: Nice and smooth, really couldn't ask for much more. Could drink this much more if it was more readily available to me.

M: Well done, carbonated well, retains head throughout the drink. Will definately drink again!

tdawgydog, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!

A- Hazy golden body, creamy off-white head

S- Fruity hops, malt underneath

T- Big hops up front hit you with citrus right off. Then some more hops, but floral and the finish is something I can only describe as bergamot (Earl Grey) bitterness. Certainly not off-putting, I was just not expecting that.

M- Full bodied and on the higher end of the carbonation for the style.

D- Good American IPA. I really enjoyed the interesting finish.

aepb1, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at ThrashZone in Yokohama, Japan - http://www.beerdrinkinginternational.com/
This review is written on a post tasting basis but will be revisited/edited when the chance comes by

A - Tapped to the brim of the pint glass, which was what they call, the signature ThrashZone pour with just a paper thin layer of a head. Usually the head would contribute to the appearance rating but I shall give credit for this signature pour (4)

S - Fresh hops and Citrus (4)

T - Hop forward and fresh grapefruit flavors upfront. Predominantly citrus, fruity and slightly sweet; moderately bitter in the finish (4)

M - Medium bodied but with a slightly syrupy texture; mild hop bite at the back as it goes down (4)

D - Very fresh and thus this was not just flavorful but refreshing as well. The mild hop bite is a slight detracting factor that I recall, otherwise this is a very decent IPA (4.5)

I was told that that ThrashZone just brought in the Green Flash IPA fresh on the keg but pity I was unable to properly review this properly as I was hanging out with a group of fine beer folks.

basica, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a thin white head. Decent lacing.

Hops dominate the nose. Smells like a good mix between fruity and piney (which in my case means more fruit than pine). The fruit aroma is mostly grapefruit.

Taste is very floral hops. A little bit of both the fruitiness and the pine come through, but centerstage is bitter (very bitter), floral hops. Pine comes more in the finish. Slight maltiness, but not enough to really stand out among the hops at first. As it warms up, however, the balance is better and there's some nice spice up front from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, though a bit sticky. The bitterness from the hops is a bit dry but it is not overwhelming. There's a good amount of carbonation, but again it is not overwhelming.

Drinkability is decent. The hoppiness could be a little better balanced with some more maltiness, but for a hop bomb it's definitely enjoyable. Could drink another, but I won't seek it out again.

VMWhelan, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle, into tulip. Pours cloudy (indicating dry-hopping) orangeish body with thick, stable off-white head that sticks to the walls. Aroma is clean malty sweetness with spicy, earthy, floral, citrusy hops and fruitiness that might be ester or hop-derived. The flavor is spicy, earthy and grapefruity hops with some pungency, supported by solid backbone of clean malty sweetness. Dry finish with resinous bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste with a presence of oaken flavor which is inappropriate. Medium-light bodied with moderate yet still soft carbonation. The West Coast IPA, well, the brewer might not be a Master of his profession but he certainly knows the Geography well.

crnipeter, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy light copper, cream colored head, nice lacing.

S- Freshly picked juicy sweet grapefruits, sitting on a bed of pine needles.

T- Nothing like a fresh IPA exhibiting all whats its supposed to. Fresh spicy hops some sweet malt balance. Nothing I havent tasted before, but not a brew I would ever turn down.

M- Runs over the tongue smoothly with vigor.

D- Yes! The famed West Coast IPA will never tire out your palette. Paired with dried spicy salami.

foogerd, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark orange copper color, much darker than I expected. It has a 2-finger cream colored head. The head had good retention, and left nice spiderweb lacing on the glass. There is also some sediment floating around that is visible.

S - The smell is of pine and citrus hops. There are also notes of grapefruit and citrus.

T - There is a ton of hop presence in the taste. It is piney, citrusy, bitter, and there is a good amount of citrus as well. There is quite a bit of hop bitterness in the taste, but there is also some bready malts that balance it out pretty well. The finish is hoppy, bitter, and there is a good amount of citrus.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It has a slightly sticky quality to it, and there is a bitter tingling sensation from the hops.

D - This has good drinkability, at a moderate pace. I like this beer a lot. It has a great hop presence, and it goes down easy. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I like it, and I would recommend trying it.

JizackFH, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of uustal
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good looking hazy orange with a three finger off-white head. Excellent lacing and retention all the way through. Aroma solid as well. Hints of tropical fruits, grapefruit and pine mix well together. A slight hint of the grapefruit hops to start, but quickly overpowered by a big pine hop rush. May be a freshness issue as the citrus hops were pretty well hidden. A little bit of a bready/caramel malt at the end, before a short lived pine bitterness to end the beer. Definitely a hop lovers IPA.

uustal, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into DFH snifter. No bottle date was listed, but the bottle is different looking than listing picture. No upper label, and different shape.

A: Darker than expected. Deep orange, amber color. Slightly hazy with particles floating around. Off white 1 finger head. Fades slowly. Good lacing and good carbonation.

S: Great smells! Lots of citrus and pine hop aroma. Lots of fruit. Bready malts.

T: Actually not as "hoppy" kick as planned from the nose. Definitely there though. Slight malt backbone, and bitter hop finish.

M: Medium bodied probably from being unfiltered. Coats the mouth fairly well, but not overpowering. Not as mouth puckering as expected from 95 IBUs

D: I could drink this all night! Very tasty brew with hidden 7+ ABV, so it could sneak up on you eventually.

Overall, another well displayed West Coast IPA....hence the name. Really solid stuff from a brewery I wasn't that aware of. Need to look at other brews from their house.

inlimbo77, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of titusgroan
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

last summer this was all i wanted - was like summer in a bottle... beautiful IPA... full of fragrance... hops hit you in the face but my god they go down so smooth but the taste lingers... sip this and swirl the glass to get keep that beautiful smell in the air... it is awesome. i usually only get one or two at a time - this is like a really good wine - two - or three will do ya. being in TX i can only get this during certain times of the year for some reason - when it came back this year it had new fancy bottles... whatever... i was glad to see it back...

titusgroan, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go-to beer during my bachelor party in Vegas. Usually drunk straight out of the bottle. When poured from 12 oz bottle, it is a pint glass. Bottle Pours a cloudy amber with a good off white head. The head is froathy and lasting. Produces some spotty lacing. Has a good hoppy aroma. I get citrus, oranges, some malts, and some pine. Has a decent carbonation. The mouthfeel is good. A good bitter hoppy flavor. The alcohol is hidden well. Has a clean crisp taste. The texture is very middle of the road. Has a medium body. Has a good finish with a good hoppy aftertaste.

CuriousMonk, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dull copper color. Lots of floating sediment. Slightly off-white head with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma of citrus and a bit of pine.

Taste: Has a somewhat astringent hoppy flavor throughout. Close to citrus, but not quite. And not pine either. The aftertaste is the same, and lingers. The more I drink, the more bitter it gets too.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and a bit grainy, yet oily in a way. Moderate but light carbonation.

Drinkability: See my flavor notes - wouldn't want more than one pint of this. ABV is on the stronger side, but not noticeable.

Had this before on tap - it was alright, but I wasn't too impressed. And, I'm still not impressed (and maybe less impressed). Something is just "off" with the taste, and the excessive sediment is just a bit... unsettling. Other excellent beers have similar flavors, but here it just goes a bit too astringent and misses the other flavors, and falls down.

mithrascruor, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful sap orange/red that was very warm and inviting. Had a 2 finger white foamy head that retained well and caked the glass, really good looking.

Smell was strongly floral, with some orange and grapefruit citrus noticeable, and pine in the background.

First sip is awesomely smooth, yet strongly hoppy, with tons of that citrus and a decent amount of pine. Bitterness is near-perfect, with the malt coming in to fade it away gradually.

Mouthfeel is superb, with just enough carbonation to keep it lively, but a smooth crisp texture that goes very well with the style. I don't really have any complaints with any part of this beer, as the drinkability is fantastic as well.

madvermin, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Chizoad
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong IPA. Darker than expected, clear amber. Frothy head.

Massive hop nose. Little bits of every kind of hop aroma, from citrus to pine. Very similar flavor but the hops form a hugely complex mix. At first it's mellow grapefruit, later resinous and finally a strong bitterness reminiscent of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Thankfully the bitterness fades with time, setting you up for another excellent sip. Not balanced by much malt.

Very good carbonation, medium body. Good drinkability but I probably wouldn't be pounding these back in a session.

Chizoad, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than expected-- a deep orange-amber with a fair bit of sediment in suspension. Dense off-white head laces well enough.
Nose is wonderful-- big citrusy hop flavours with some pine and a hint of caramel/bready malt.
Hops dominate the palate with substantial piney bitterness that coats the tongue and the long bitter finish is reminiscent of citrus rind.
Decent medium-body, feels a tad heavy as it warms a bit, creamy mouthfeel.
Wonderful IPA-- delivers on the big hop flavours and bitterness. Would love to be able to acquire this regularly.

MattyV, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of beeragent
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a creamy 1 inch off-white head. Medium spots of lace stick to the glass. Lots of sediment.

S - Strong aroma of citrusy hops!!

T - The palate is coating with the hige hop profile. Very sharp citrusy hop taste up front and in the finish, with the malt backbone showing through in between.

M - Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation at first, then smoothing out.

D - This is exactly what I expect an IPA to taste like in the West Coast style! Very nice hoppy citrus/pine taste without having too much of a malt presence in the taste. Very attractive aroma and appearance round out this beer. Overall, a great easy-go-to IPA.

beeragent, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 24 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, 1-finger head, reduces to nothing, lacing is a little runny, color is an amber orange with lots of sediment. Aroma is a wonderful fight between pine and citrusy hops, pine winning by a hair. Taste of hops is wonderful....fairly bitter, sticking to the palate and drying out my mouth. I heard a lot of hype about this beer, I'm just hoping this is as fresh as possible. Definitely a beer I'd love to stock in my fridge.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an old fashioned 8oz beer tasting glass

A - Orange/red medium color reminded of honey spiked with a blood orange color- with nice white head that leaves lacing.

S - Citrus and pine notes, nice hop smell

T - Citrus and clean with pine finish, smooth, not overly bitter, mixed well with the hops and light maltiness. Light bitterness linger leave a light crisp feel due to the citrus.

M - Light and decent carbonation, maltiness helps balance the hops and citrus leaves a clean feeling at the end with a bit of desired bitterness from the hop profile. Little residual feel and taste leftover on each drink - just right...

D - Very nice West Coast IPA. Local brewery and bought fresh on re-stock day. Hard to tell freshness as I don't notice any dating on the bottles. Think this was $8.99/4-pack. Definitely a nice IPA that will be a go-to as long as it is fresh and available and doesn't get any higher in price. Pairs well with food.

MrHirschybar, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of mjsheehan08
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, fluffy off-white head head lays on top of a dark, almost opaque ruby orange. Pieces of lace hold on to the glass as the two finger head becomes a one finger head.

Aroma is citrus all the way. Grapefruit and lemon zest dominate, with some piney earth notes coming through gently.

Taste follows the nose in the beginning. Really really fruity. The end is super hop centered, and the aftertaste feels like I'm sucking on a pinecone.

A mild to light mouthfeel, really crisp with mild carbonation. Despite the strong aftertaste, the beer doesn't stay with you that long. Hides the ABV really well, and I could definitely see myself getting in trouble with this beer at a BBQ.

mjsheehan08, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: Poured into my sturdy mug. Lots of nice particulate at the bottom of the bottle. Poured with care.

Appearance: Nice looking honey orange appearance. Yields a white, creamy, 2 finger head that just breaks down into nice clumps and hangs around for quite some time. Nice artistic lacing that hung to the glass and dried in place!

Smell: Wow!!! No doubt what this once is. Grapefruit and pine predominate. You smell the hops as soon as the cap clears the bottle.

Taste: Grapefruit & citrus at the outset. Finishes with some lingering sweetness from the malt. Nice balance while drinking. The bitterness lingers for quite some time after finishing. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky with a bit of oily feel on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a delicious IPA that goes down easy, is well balanced, and hides the alcohol. Drinker beware at this ABV.

Overall: Excellent offering. This is a perfect rendition of a West Coast IPA with "in your face" hop presence. The drinkability is off the chart and there is a pleasant lingering flavor. This one is near the top of my list for tasted American IPA's.

Brunite, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky amber/golden color with a nice foam head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of floaties...

S- Dank wet hop aroma with a bit of pine and citrus. Maybe a touch of malt in there as well.

T- Musty hop flavor with a good deal of bitterness in the finish. A caramel malt sweetness helps to balance. I don't see a best buy date so I'm not sure if this is as fresh as it could be...the hops seem a bit muted.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- This was a pretty decent brew but I would like to try one that I know is fresh and adjust my rating if needed.

projectflam86, Jan 23, 2011
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 6,327 ratings.