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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
94
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6,517 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 6,517
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 258
Gots: 802 | FT: 9
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 Bodart
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished a bottle of Green Flash West Coast IPA that I purchased earlier today from Total Wine and More in Richmond. Not much of an IPA selection here in Tappahannock Virginia so I have to make an occasional beer run into "civilization". I consider Bell's Two Hearted ale my favorite IPA, but...Green Flash is running a very close second. Bells better not stumble or Green Flash will take the lead. Upon smelling it the citrus grapefruiit aroma is excellent and the taste lives up to the smell. Very impressive IPA! Very pricey IPA too...but you get what you pay for. Won't let the cost keep me from picking up this excellent ale on my next trip.

Bodart, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of abrand
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no bottling date poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange almost copper color with a huge foamy off white head and lots of carbonation. Aromas are dominated with floral hops and grapefruits. Sweet and piney at the same time. Quaff isn't as hoppy as some of the west coast IPA's but still very delicious. Plenty of sweet fruits with a subtle yet enjoyable bitter finish. A very smooth, easy-drinking IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky. Drinkability is great although the 7+ abv can sneak up on you. Great brew.

abrand, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Kansas City Barbecue in San Diego, where the piano scene from Top Gun was filmed! Show me the way home, honey!

Pours a beautiful, perfectly clear copper with a 1.5 finger off-white head that's foamy, dense, and recedes slowly, leaving a thick filmy top layer and sticky sheets of lace.

Citrus and sweetness in the nose. Lots of lime, orange, mango, pine. Not much malt, but who needs it?

In the flavor, bitter grapefruit peel mixes with orange juice, nice light tropical fruits, lemon, lime, a subtle dank character and mint. Light pale backbone, maybe some honey.

Prickly medium carbonation and a smooth medium body. Nice fullness. Heavily bitter, but not too bad.

An aptly-named effort from Green Flash, for the flavors of this beer epitomize to me the West Coast IPA. Lovely.

Phelps, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade from HeadyHops81, poured into a pint glass.

A: Colored between dark golden and light amber, with two finger fluffy white head that faded quickly but gave excellent lacing.

S: Smells like a total pine tree, with hints of citrus.

T: Sadly, this is the kind of IPA that I don't like - the pine flavored one instead of the citrus flavored one. Pine is really all I taste, with a very dry finish.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with an extremely dry finish.

D: For a beer that's over 7% ABV, this hides it's alcohol very well. However, for me, due to it's pine taste I probably won't have another of these and will instead trade them away. And considering it's about the same price per 12oz bottle as Hopslam, I'd have Hopslam all day and twice on Sundays over this. Oh well, you never know which IPAs you like until you try them, right?

duffcalifornia, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow you can smell strong grapefruit, pine from the variety of hops they use and that fruitiness from the cascade hop. Pure hop juice smell with some slight sweetness in the back. As soon as you take a sip you get hit with the fruity hops flavor and then the middle and back of the taste is just this strong grapefruit pine kick leaving a long long bitter finish. It has that amazing resinous very wet thick hop flavor and finish. This has to be one of the most bitter beers I've had. The hop flavor and the hop bitterness come together and are very pungent.

If you feel like no IPA's are doing it for you and you want more bitterness or flavor drink this beer it will blow you away. It reminds me of the Stone ruination but with other strains of hops in there to create different dimensions of hop flavor. This beer in a nutshell is the perfect balance of hop strains you could ever have. The most popular descriptions of an IPA (grapefruit, pine, citrus, flowery, resinous, fruity) this beer has all of that in a unique balance with an amazing long bitter finish and not to mention some slight malty sweetness when it warms more.

thebrood1987, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice eighteen karat gold out of the bottle leaving a giant white sticky head. Head is very tight in appearance, leaves some decent lace. Body is a nice burnt orange, clear, but with cloudy specks and an almost suspended animation state with "flecks" hanging. Some carbonation from the bottom but not much.

Dry pine, arid grass is an over dominating bouquet on this beer at first. Small citrus fruit is hardly noticeable in the back with some nice toast grain in the back, but small to detect. Kind of musty also. Definitely unique for an American IPA I would say.

Taste is incredibly bitter at first giving to an overpowering dried grapefruit rind sensation that doesn't feel pleasant. Wet moutfeel with a very dissipating taste and body. Sharp and too bitter I would say of hop and excessive grapefruit oil sensation. I'd hate to say it but this needs some sweetness (not a lot) to round it out a bit. Excessively bitter and missing grain and some sweetness and some body I would say.

I think there's better IPAs out there than this that I would have instead.

smakawhat, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - amber with a moderate head that revolves after a few minutes with a fair amount of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S - very heavy pine and juniper and not much else. It's solid!

T - as expected it's got a powerful bitterness that leads primarily with pine, but has a hint of citrus. The initial attack resolves, leaving and enduring seductive hint of bitterness that you just want to keep feeding.

M - moderate carbonation balances out a buttery essence that coats your mouth.

D - even with the supreme IBUs and fairly high alcohol content this is goes down relatively easy.

This is probably my favorite IPA (plus Stone IPA and DFH 90) and is a truly superb beer. I can get it on tap fairly frequently, making it a true joy!

DoktorZee, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of SteelerNation
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful two finger head that takes a while to foam down. Lacing that never quits and great retention overall. Slightly hazy light brown color. You can see the hops suspended in the brew, which is a small negative.

S: Not to be confused with pure hops. Cascade and Centennial, oh my! Smelling the bottle is like smelling a hop cone.

T: For 95 IBU I didn't think I would taste a lot of malt, but it really shines through. You can taste the biscuity caramel malt from the start. The hop aftertaste is strong with a strong assertive bitterness. The bitterness is borderline over-hopped. The IBUs build up, getting stronger on your palate from sip to sip. The hops have a citrus grapefruit taste that lingers long after you are done drinking. Good balance of bitterness with hop flavor.

M: Heavy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Not too dry.

D: Due to the high bitterness, I couldn't down more than 2-3 of these. Bitterness is very similar to a dark chocolate... you have to try it in small quantities.

An IPA with no remorse. A near lupulin overdose. If it were maybe 70-80 IBU, the drinkability and balance of the beer would be slightly improved.

SteelerNation, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of yourchoice
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bronze/Amber with a full head. Prevelant lacing.
S - Pine, grapefruit, very fresh smell.
T - Lots of hops, grapefruit citrus prevelant. Some spice which is nice!
M - A bit too sharp, even for an IPA.
O - Although sharp on the palate, still a very good IPA!

yourchoice, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Partly cloudy orange/rust color. Good frothy head.

S - Hints of pine and lime. Some very nice hints of sugar cane as well.

T - Good hops that aren't overpowering. Good citrus pine with a bitter taste.

M - Bubbly and dancing on your tongue.

D - Easy to drink. Aftertaste is a little bitter with a refreshing taste. Could easily drink more than one.

brstls4drmrs, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy brown in color with a thick frothy "hang around" head.

S - First thing that pops out here is a fairly sharp grapefruit/ citrus aroma with hints of earthiness.

T -Lots of grapefruit and pretty well balanced. Malt bill is fairly low, but again, balanced well within the hop goodness.

M - A tad thin and well carbonated. Not too much after taste.

Great beer! Soory it took so long for me to find it!

gopens44, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/10/2010. 16oz poured into a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Pours a very hazy deep orange color with a fluffy 1 finger, white head. Great lacing left down the entire glass from top to bottom.

Hugely hoppy nose. A bit of citrus but piny resiny hops dominate here. Hop presence is so strong that the beer smells almost bitter at times. Not much in the way of malt as the hops are so strong.

Huge hop flavor as well. As with the nose there is a bit of grapefruit and citrus flavor up front but it's secondary to a strong, piny, resiny flavor. Little to no malt detected, perhaps a bit of caramel malt, but not much. Intensely bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and resiny with the aforementioned intense bitter finsh.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer with such a strong hop flavor. Normally a beer with such bitter characteristics and this little balance is tougher to drink but this is an exception that is very enjoyable.

ms11781, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick head on top of a hazy golden brew. I actually prefer pouring the whole contents of the beer when decanting, so the haziness of the brew is entirely my fault.

Smell: Sharp citrus hops and a little of the skunked sulfer smell most likely due to the distance this beer had to travel to arrive at my local liquor store.

Taste: The range of bitterness and hoppopoluza is stunning. Flavors include all of the typical citrus, grapefruit and pine descriptions; the real magic of the beer is in the harmony of the hops which combine to create a symphony appropriate of the name IPA.

wmtxbb, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATED TASTING:
Tasted a fresh bottle on May 22, 2011 in a tulip glass at the Elite Brands GIBF tasting at Falling Rock. I'm bumping up my Appearance score, which was previously a 2.0 because the fresh bottle was much better looking, and fresher smelling and tasting (go figure, right?). Thanks to Jim Kenny of GFB for walking me through the lineup. I came to find out that the old distributor was sitting on old beer. Elite Brands now has a fresh supply in-stock and it sounds like that will continue, with them taking smaller deliveries on a more regular basis.

(Original note on appearance of my first 4-pack of old product)
I originally rated the appearance on the low side as there was a ton of sediment at the bottom of each bottle. I purchased the 6-pack from a larger store here in Denver, but that is no guarantee of anything, other than that they have a large selection of beer. And without any sort of date on the bottle, who knows?

Getting past my initial moment of pause in regards to the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, all the other points of the beer are quite good. When pouring, there was minimal head, sort of a skim coat of foam, but that was the way I poured it, going very slowly to keep the sediment at bay, leaving behind less than 1-ounce of beer.

Aromas and flavors were bright and fresh, with lots of citrus and bitter citrus pith, loads of pine and notes of apricot as well, plus welcome background dough and malt notes.

For the amount of emphasis placed on the hops, there is still a fairly balanced feel with the subtle malt notes. I like hops... a lot, but the addition of the subtle malt notes adds a welcome dimension of complexity here.

Medium+body, maintaining the crisp hoppy mouthfeel throughout, with a slight bit of sweetness that the dry hop profile overtakes. The hints of apricot are not sweet or syrupy by any means, lending more of an aromatic quality than any sort of weight.

This one is growing on me....

I'll have to do some digging on the sediment issue. I'd definitely give this one another shot and will probably update this review another time.

Opened a second bottle from the same 6-pack and intentionally included sediment in the pour to see how the beer faired. Not as well, leading me to believe this is from an older batch. The bready-malty notes become much more pronounced, masking the brighter aromas and flavors I noticed when decanting the first bottle. Hmm? I think I'll have to try and find a fresher specimen here.

(Please not that my ranking for this beer was based on the initial bottle that I poured into a pint glass, leaving the sediment behind in the bottle. The second bottle with the sediment included was not nearly as agreeable and I'd probably give it a 2.7 overall.)

JonathanG, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of woemad
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $2.56. Haven't seen this before, or at any other place. No freshness date on the label or the bottle, which is bad in any event, but is truly a crime when dealing with a hoppy beer style like an IPA.

Poured an opaque dark orange/amber color, with a big, cream beige head that took its sweet time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big citrusy and piney hop whiff when the nose hovered over the glass. Definitely lives up to its name, according to the workers at my Olfactory.

Big hop flavor up front. The startoff has a grapefruity vibe to it, but there's a more bitter hop thing going on in the background that lends depth. Speaking of depth, the malts provide a good, stiff backbone while keeping out of the hops's way. Nice dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is slick with hop resin but not massively so.

Very well-balanced IPA. If this was regularly available and affordably priced, this woule replace Laughing Dog IPA as my go-to for the style. As it is, I will definitely come back to this in the future.

woemad, Feb 07, 2011
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
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,517 ratings.