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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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6,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,976
Reviews: 1,796
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 318
Gots: 1,135 | 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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Ratings: 6,976 | Reviews: 1,796
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of peabody
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really clear amber with lots of bubbles and three fingers of creamy off-white suds. Lacing for sure.
Aroma is hops and more hops. Citrusy and malty with lots of burning hops for the nose. Just fantastic.
Taste is hop. Some sweetness here but this is a bitter hop brew. I would like to taste more mango and orange but this is pretty good.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part with some oily resin staying around. The alcohol is very well hidden all through this Hopbomb.
Overall this rates pretty high. While it's not Vinnies Pliny it is still a very nice IPA from San Diego. Good job Green Flash.

Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite hoppy...loads of grapefruit piled on top of a pine resin hoppiness that's also noticeable. Hops and more hops!

Pours a rust color in my glass. Head is pretty impressive, though it does fizzle out in not much time.

This beer is 95 IBU's and those IBU's show. As bitter as any IPA I have ever had, and almost every DIPA I've had, this one comes roaring out of the gate. It has that citric hoppiness with a note of pine underneath that was found on the nose in absolute abundance. It's brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Cascades, and it shows....more citric than pine, however. Balance is but a pipe dream...doesn't really exist. I do get a little bit of grain that shows up briefly but that's about the extent of that. Resiny, medicinal bitterness lingers after the swallow.

Whew! I need to be in the mood for a beer like this. IPA's certainly vary a lot from one to the other, and this is probably the most bitter standard IPA I can think of.

Photo of Number3red
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with two fingers of just off-white head.

S: I can tell this is a west coast IPA right from the start. Huge waves of tropical fruits jump out of the glass. Grapefruit, mango and orange with a pine background.

T: Again a huge hop bomb. All the same tropical fruit flavors are here. The sip starts of sweet but quickly the bitterness from all those hops shines through. Pine is prominent, along with grass cuttings which rise in bitterness as I savor. The finish is dry, floral and bitter with a mild alcohol heat.

M: Thin, oily and almost foamy with carbonation.

O: West Coast IPA all the way. Fruity and floral hops are the name of the game here.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/4/11

Appearance: Golden orange, a fluffy off-white head, excellent, sticky lacing

Smell: Super aggressively hopped - orange and grapefruit flesh - citrus and dank weed - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Great - orange, tangerine, fruit juice, grapefruit, pine - oily, resiny - nicely juicy, and slightly tropical - becomes more tropical at room temperature - malts are totally blown away by the hops, as this is clearly a hop bomb , but there is an adequate malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, I think this could actually pass for a DIPA - very smooth, crisp

Overall: Simply impressive

This is a hop assault best experienced fresh. I've had DIPAs that were less hoppy than this bomb. It's definitely worth a try, but it's arguably a little too intense for daily consumption.

Photo of ceraphin
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light amber hue with a finger and a half of tan foam.

S: Aroma is gratuitously hoppy with citrus, earthy, and faint pine tones; hops overpower anything else.

T/M: Flavor is also very hoppy, much like an imperial IPA. Super potent earthy and citrus hoppiness mingle with lingering pale maltiness. It's dry and reasonably light with a bitter aftertaste that could be alcohol or could just be more hops.

If you haven't tried this, you're missing out.


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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of shand
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This pours a nice copper-red color with a huge, chunky head. The aroma is huge with massive amounts of hops and grapefruit. Delicious. And the taste is just about exactly how I like my IPAs. Huge, dank, resiny hop presence with a citrus backbone. A slight bready malt presence leads to a great, coating hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is solid, nothing stunning but doesn't hamper the brew, and the drinkability is excellent. I'm so glad that I can get Green Flash in Tampa now, this is an absolutely top-tier IPA, and very affordable compared to 8 dollar Sculpin bombers.

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of mikemoeller112
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Dave128
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pitcher into a green flash pint glass.

A - moderate pour yields a 2 finger head that lasts a while. Like a long while. It never goes away. Lacing is phenominal. Rings around the glass from every sip. Dark amber in color with ruby highlights. Beautiful beer.

S - Highly floral from the hops. Light citrus but not too intense. Can slightly smell the alcohol.

T - Bitterness. This one is a real hop bomb. Starts with hops and finishes dry. The taste is floral and piney. Finishes with intense bitterness. I could taste the alcohol every now and then.

M - medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth.

O - A hop lover's dream. This one takes no prisoners and definitely delivers on its "west coast IPA" promise.

Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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