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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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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

A - Thick peach colored beer with a creamy two finger head that leaves tons of sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Citrus and pine...this nails the perfect notion of an IPA nose IMO. Almost a pristine example of the style. This one is definitely west coast in nature... like a fresh pine forest.

T - A surprisingly thick malt backbone is overlaid with primarily pine flavored hops. Some mild citrus fruit is there, along with a dirty sandy well water notes that I really like.

M - Medium, almost full, bodied with a dry pine sap finish and moderate carbonation.

D - Kick ass IPA! I'd definitely buy this again. It's one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had in a while.

10-18-2008 13:41:30 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of maximum12


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to largedeer & moose3285 for my first taste of any kind of Green Flash. Always up to try a West Coast IPA to see if they match up to what we have here in the Midwest!

This is a classic. The right color, the right taste profile, crazy hops doing all sorts of things to my taste buds. Nobody's trying to fool anyone here, there's just IPA, straight up, no ice, no b.s.

The only weirdness about the beer is the nose, which is faintly medicinal, almost soapy. I am happy to say this does not translate at all into the mouth.

Other than that, excellent. If this were a local beer it's one that I'd have in the fridge most of the time, right next to my Furious. Just rec'd a Green Flash Imperial IPA in the mail today - I'm not sure how much better that could be. Hats off to Green Flash.

10-16-2008 01:39:39 | More by maximum12
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Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. Its got the great pine-y, citrusy aroma that you are looking for, with a matching flavor. The hop profile is perfect-loads of grapefruit with a great kind of resin thing going on with the mouthfeel. I thought that 60/90min were awesome, but once I had this, how could I go back?

This is incredibly drinkable, and having loved this so much, I decided to try their DIPA, but I found this to be much better. The DIPA didnt have quite the hops that my palate has come to require for the style.

10-14-2008 00:48:49 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of itcomesnpints

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Gorgeously clean and crisp amber pour with tall bubbly foam, nice lacing. Strong wonderful hop oils weigh the nose down with sappy pine and orange bitterness. Unmistakable cannabis aroma when the beer warms. The 95 IBUs hit with a bang. There's no way around it. Medium, oily mouthfeel with tame carbonation. Certainly for hop lovers. No malt nonsense. All hops. My kind of IPA and very close to DIPA territory.

10-13-2008 23:36:38 | More by itcomesnpints
Photo of dbONE


4.22/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle decanted in a standard pint glass as a Guest beer at Newport Beach Brewing Co.

A tough almost white head sits on top of a wonderful slightly hazy hue of auburn/orange. With aroma flowing of hops.
Flavor is dominated by a grassy, earthy hop resign. Perching itself on the palette with a sharp meaningfull bite. Fresh grass and hay make it's way in through nose when sipping.
Finishes with a slight malt coat but finishes wonderful, sip after sip.
Would say to all... try it. It has it's own character but nearly the same as the other IPAs out theie.

10-09-2008 23:02:50 | More by dbONE
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Received this from either BeerTruth or 0110x011 as an extra in a trade. Forgot to write that down. This is my first brew from Green Flash. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed orange yellow with a nice one finger dirty cream head that has some serious staying power. Light creamy head that is seriously frothy and nice. Cap and collar stay the entire time along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- Beautiful bouquet of lilac and sappy pine with oodles and oodles of citrus goodness. Orange and pineapple are just dripping from the nose of this wonder. Maybe a touch of alcohol is present but the hops rule the day.
Taste- Loads of grapefruit and orange pith lend a super volatile bitterness that seems to explode in my mouth. Some citrusy pine sap and grassy goodness I really can't come up with many more ways to explain the hoppy awesomeness. A light caramel tinge does sneak in toward the end but it's mostly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Great body that isn't too heavy or too light with nice crisp carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- This thing is absolutely terrific and I'm taken totally by surprise. It's highly drinkable and somehow remains to be a hop bomb. It's paradox in a bottle! Ridiculously tasty brew that should be sought out. Big thanks to Matt or Adam!

10-09-2008 22:44:27 | More by younger35
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Sixer from Hollingshead's in Orange.

Caramel haze with an orange hue. Nice almost white head.

Great hop scent. Mouth watering in fact.

Taste like fresh hay. And I mean that as a compliment. Great hoppy flavor, clears the sinuses.

This is my kinda drink. Each sip turns into gulp. Why oh why did I only put one of these in the fridge? Because I'm an idiot that's why. I could go for drinking these the rest of the night.

Overall: sent one out as a trade extra, wish I had kept it!

10-05-2008 04:58:08 | More by PatronWizard
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Tulip. Pours a beautiful clear honey-orange-amber with a 1" frothy cap of pale orange tinged foam that shows very little sign of fading; gotta love all those hop oils and resins! This badboy is leaving sheets of solid lace as the glass empties. Overall a fantastic look.

The nose is terrific, leaping right out of the glass with citrus deliciousness. Grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin, and floral notes abound. There's a faint whiff of caramel sweetness, but this is about hops, hops, and more hops. A humulus lupulus assault that is first rate.

Grapefruit, bitter orange and lemon with a bit of caramel and toffee drizzled on them, topped by a pine sap frosting greets the palate. West coast hopitude defined. It finishes very bitter (duh), not quite harsh but just barely detracting and preventing it from getting that perfect 5. Still awesome, and after a few sips I was way more used to it (read: palate destroyed, but who cares?).

Great mouthfeel going on here, medium bodied, just shy of creamy, with good carbonation that is present but not in the way.

I've heard alot about this beer, and the experience lived up to the hype. Hops are my second love (malt first, baby), and this brew helps reaffirm it, and maybe even makes the maltsters a little jealous of my affinity for it. Great drink, right at the line of being too high in the abv department to drink more than 2 or so, but I'd certainly like another and am disappointed I only had one bottle. Recommended.

10-05-2008 02:17:24 | More by SiriusAth
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours a nice deep orange/amber color with a fluffy off white head that leaves good lacing. Retention is not the best, but will certainly do.

Nose is all West coast hoppage with pine and grapefruit. Some slight perfume and a bit of malty sweetness, smells like a hop 15 if it were a single IPA. (Wierd, but i smell it)

Taste follows. A great blend of West coast hops here, with plenty of Citrus grapefruit, pine, resiny hop flavor and a good solid malt backbone that provides sturdy sweetness, maybe a tiny bit too much actually. A little bit of perfume in here, and a very slight graininess. A nice dry finish with lingering bitterness on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side here, but the carbonation is just about perfect. Dry, but still quite quenching. Good.

Drinkability is very nice. The maltiness is a bit strong, making it a bit sugary (relatively speaking of course) for my taste, which slightly hampers the drinkability IMO

Overall a shining example of the style. Certainlay aptly named. If someone asked me what does a West Coast IPA taste like, this would certainly be a go to to introduce them to the style, as well as being a good go to for the beer geek's session as well. A good solid IPA, and one i would most defenitely reccomend for all you hopheads out there. Very nice beer.

10-02-2008 03:17:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a. Pours a hazy copper-orange color, turning bright lemon when held to the light. It was accompanied by a solid one-finger billowy head of a buttery lemon color that seemed content to sit on top of the pint for eternity. The lacing was clean and beautiful, staying with the ale to the bottom of the glass.

s. Aroma is unbelievably hoppy, but a very clean and pleasant hop with no chemical hoppiness. Pine and citrus prevail, with floral aromas pulling through nicely. Rose hips, hibiscus, and spicy lilly balances out the citrus and pine aromas. The blend of hops creates a very diverse and dynamic aroma, balancing out beautifully.

t. Taste is truly hoppy. I'm not fond of the moniker "hop bomb" but it seems fairly appropriate for this one. The blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus hops create a harmonious hop profile that is beautifully unique. Citrus and pine balance - or more accurately battle for dominance - throughout the palette. There's subtle malt to keep the hops in balance, but the hops are truly the dominant flavor. The hop bitterness is clean and citrusy, finishing with a taste of keifer lime leaves and grapefruit pith instead of the usual hop bitterness.

m. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with just the right level of viscosity for a 7% abv. It's not syrupy but isn't thin. the carbonation plays well into the grapefruit and pine oils and stands up perfectly to the slight oiliness and overall viscosity.

d. Drinkability is spot on. I wish I had a few more to drink. One 12oz. just wasn't enough. Crisp and refreshing for a strong IPA. The fruitiness and floral aspects keep the hop bitterness at bay and make it smooth and pleasant for a hop-heavy IPA.

09-29-2008 18:24:19 | More by djeucalyptus
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A: Hazy/cloudy orange amber in color with minimal head. Nice lacing and great retention down the inside of the glass.

S: Massive amount of hop aroma in the nose. Complex hop smell that includes a huge blast of pine and grass followed by the typical (for a west coast ale) floral, and citrus notes. Not much of the malts can be detected in the smell.

T: Just like the nose... the taste follows suit with a massive wave of bitter hops. Floral fades to pine fades to citrus rind... very complex blend of hops. You can taste just enough of the malts to give this beer a nice balance and to hold the ABV at 7.0%. Superior level of bitter hang on the finish. You can taste this one the following morning!!!

M: Full bodied, sticky, and viscous... almost perfect for an American IPA. Moderate level of carbonation with a bunch of slow rising bubbles in the glass.

D: I am a huge fan of IPAs, so I would classify this beer as a "session" beer, however, the bitterness may overwhelm you after three or four! Very highly recomended.

09-24-2008 14:19:32 | More by ckaufman
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A - A very nice light amber color fading toward yellow around the edges. Small off white head that laces the glass all the way down.

S - Has a good citrusy smell that is accented with notes of pine and floral hops.

T - This one has got a little bit of everything. Simcoe for a grapefruit flavor, Centennial for the pine and citrus notes, Cascade for floral aroma and Columbus to round out the hop profile (pretty much straight off the label). There is just enough of a malt backbone to hold everything together. Ends with a lip puckering bitterness that would be expected from a west coast IPA.

M - Very smooth and with a good body. The viscosity is about perfect for an IPA.

D - I could drink a lot of this stuff. It goes down smooth and leaves a nice after taste in your mouth. Very refreshing and complex. Excellent!

Overall I enjoy IPAs that are a little off balance in favor of floral and pine hops over citrus and malt. This one balanced everything quite nicely.

09-24-2008 03:40:35 | More by bifrostguard
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

S - 12 oz no freshness date. Thank you Ken for this sweet sampling.

A - hazy copper with a creamy off white head, head goes nowhere, beautiful.

S - Citrus, Grassy notes, floral herbal aromas, this is what a californian (or any) IPA should smell like. Cant wait to dive in.

T - Good slightly sweet citrus, great hop flavor and bitterness, finishes with the puckering bitter that hopheads kill for. Malt backbone just to keep things interesting, delicious.

M - very smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is balanced and the dry finish really caps it all off. very good.

D - Any amount you can throw at me in one night would be a welcome gesture. Ken, thanks for the chance to try this beer.

09-22-2008 04:31:31 | More by rsyberg01
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

App: pours a very hazy orange with a killer foamy three fingered head.

S: from the moment I pop the top: hops, hops, and more hops, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, all the citrusy tropical fruits that those glorius "C hops" have to offer. Not much malt in the aroma

T: Oh sweet magnanimous hops how I love you so. This beer doesn't quite smack you up with hops on the tounge the way it does with your nose but goddamn its fuckin delicious. It's got all the fruits from the smell but slightly toned down and a slight caramel sweetness from the malts.

M: medium bodied, syrupy, creamy and not overally carbonated, fairly bitter but not as savagely bitter as some other west coast IPAs

D: Good drinkability, the 7% is barely noticeable. This is probably one of my favorite west coast IPA's that is readily available here in MA.

09-20-2008 23:40:07 | More by JoeCeez
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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Had on tap tonight at Bar Blues in State College, PA

A: Murky, murky orange copper with a huge fluffly white head that lasts a good five minutes. This is definitely opaque with all the haze.

S: Nice citrus smell but that is all that comes through in the nose for this one.

T: Hops galore! One of the hoppiest beers I have ever had the opportunity to try. Tons and tons of citrus hops that are present from start to finish. The hops balance out well with the malt, but the hops really take over. The finish is rather dry.

Overall, a spectacular IPA from Green Flash. Try this if you are in the the mood for tons of hops!

09-20-2008 03:17:14 | More by treyrab
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. Huge foamy head that lingers leaving a loose lacing. Beautiful clear amber beer.
Smell is deep in hops, piney, citrusy, floral notes.
Taste is a great example of hops usage. Too many Pales and IPAs are one dimensional in hops taste. This bad boy really jumps around. I get grapefruit and lemon zest. I get some dry finish with a little biscuit and all hops after bite. Not a one trick pony as even a little malt hides up front giving some balance other than hops variety. I bet fresh from the tap this is even more fruity.
Mouthfeel is a little slick and a little heavy, but not horrible considering the 7% and low carbonation visible in my glass.
Drinkabliity is good. I could have another, especially on a cooler day.

09-13-2008 18:00:26 | More by jraycee
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

pours a nice cloudy amber color with an intense white head that retains nicely, great lacing. smell is seriously hopy. citrus. and more hops. tastes great. nice bite. bitter into a sweet subtle finish. just enough carbonation. this is a very refreshing beer. a great ipa. mouth feel is awesome. i could drink this on a regular basis.

09-09-2008 07:23:24 | More by Mauerhan
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a nice reddish-amber color with a modest head and decent lacing. The nose is quite full of resinous/piney hop aroma... excellent hoppy aroma, worthy of being swirled around and sniffed for a good long time. The taste, likewise, is all hops: close to overwhelming resin flavor, very high bitterness, nothing but hops... even the ultra hoppy DFH provide some malt balance compared to this. It's a close call, but it's a bit too one-dimensional for my taste.

09-07-2008 00:08:13 | More by allengarvin
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

I'm tying on an iMac keyboard, so please excuse the fact that I am used to a Macbook.

Appearance: Great orange-amber colour. Medium-pale head on the pour. Looks beautiful.

Smell: Like it says on the label... There are a lot of hops in this brew. It smells like a strong EIPA, with definite US IPA notes(citrus, grass).

Taste: This beer is so bitter it's great! :) The grainy maltiness is definitely there, though. Citrusy and EIAP grassiness notes are blended perfectly. Great beer. I'm enjoying it for sure.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of bitterness. The The aftertaste lingers for a few moments. Not oppressive or offensive in the least.

Drinkability: Well 5/6 in a 6-pack have been drunk. The alcohol makes this a significant beer-one that cannot be easily session-ed. However, the intense hop flavours, accentuated by the sweet maltiness make this an easy beer to drink a lot of.

Overall: I will buy again...I'm just amazed that this exceptional beer is available in Vancouver!

08-31-2008 23:36:45 | More by Hornet2003
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a a frothy head. Very thick and lustrous. one and half finger and hangs around. A burnt orange color that is cloudy.

S- grapefruit and pine hops. slight malt and alcohol.

T- bitter hops with a taint of citrus. a yeasty/bready malt and alcohol is not prevalent at all. Very hoppy!

M- dry and and like biting into a biscuity hop. Too much hop for me but if you like hops you will like this bad boy.

D- not hard yet not easy for me. Like i said if you like hoppy beers you would like this. It is too dry and bitter for me. I have grown to like IPA's and this one reminds me of why i used to dislike them. a decent beer overall.

08-30-2008 21:36:50 | More by Dodo2step
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a SweetWater pint glass. Pours a deep orange. Not much of a head on this one. Decent amount of lacing on the glass. Very hoppy aroma with some pine and citrus in there as well. Taste starts off as sweet, citrusy, and some pine and finishes pretty bitterly. Moderate amount of carbonation. A very drinkable brew.

08-27-2008 01:11:44 | More by jdubjacket
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

pours a very peachy color with a fair white head and good lacing. The aroma is great! grapefruit, floral hops, subtle spicy hops, subtle lemon, hints of sweet malts. the taste is good but different. starts out as a typical IPA (grapefruit, lemon, hops) but finishes very oddly. strange bitterness, like a fusion of bitter hops and dry malts. medium bodied, medium carbo, dry finish

08-24-2008 21:47:39 | More by stumac
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a nice old copper with a thick white head, lots of sediment in the brew make it even cloudier, good carbonation keeps the head from going anywhere. Aroma is thick with fresh hops off the vine, piney with a touch of maple syrup. Taste is pure IPA, although the chalky aspirin-like bitterness reminds me of an East Coast IPA more than a West Coast, citrusy bitter goodness hides right behind that while a mild sweetness persist to balance the brew. Aspirin aftertaste finishes off bitter and coasts the tongue in hop oils.

Not the greatest West Coast IPA of all time, but certainly a great example of one. A must try and a welcome addition to my fridge.

08-22-2008 03:59:53 | More by saintwarrick
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass beer mug. Brown with an off white head and some lace.

S. Piney west coast hops. Cascade and Simcoe?

T. Bready, biscuity malt balances the initial blast of bitter hops. A decent battle, with the hops winning out.

M. Slightly viscious and medium bodied.

D. Pretty good for an IPA. Not quite as good as a Stone IPA IMO, but still a worthy offering and one I will be having again.

08-20-2008 03:00:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

A copper color...

Pungent weedy smell almost as if I have ran into a patch of dog fennel that used to grow beside my childhood trailer in Florida.

Overwhelming hops. More than expected. Each variety of hops has her unique bite. One citrus. One Herbal.

Goes down like lemonade on a hot summer day.

This gal is bitter...

08-19-2008 04:26:50 | More by CamuMahubah
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