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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6,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,650
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 268
Gots: 866 | 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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 4/22/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is the standard coppery orange, and it starts with a full 1 and 1/2 off-white head that becomes pockmarked and a little rocky as it slowly fades to a full and uneven cap with a couple of huge foamy patches that look thick and chewy; body is a little hazy, but it still shows pretty solid carbonation bubbling up throughout; the head leaves a spotty web of dry, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Loaded with hops, this beer smells strongly of orange and possibly pineapple citrus; there is a bit of a spicy bite to the scent as well; smell is quite robust.

Taste: Yep, it's a west coast IPA... Tons of hops, and they really match the nose with the aspects of citrus, although I have to admit that it comes across a little more astringently bitter than I thought it may (I kind of expected a slightly sweeter and juicy hop presence, but this sucker is all bitter and is more like orange peel); slight presence of alcohol in the aftertaste blends with a faint presence of a sweet malt bill that makes a feeble attempt at balancing out the 95 IBUs.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is potent, but still smooth in the mouth; a thick and semi-dry coating covers the entire palate; the coating becomes cottony dry by the end, and it really holds the strong bitterness; belly is left a little warm from the acidity and ABV.

Overall: The crazy Californians have done it again with this offering. It's a super good IPA and definitely exhibits what the region does, and does well; ultimately, I prefer something with a little bit more of a malt balance and sweeter/juicier hop-like flavors, but this one is solid no matter how you look at it. This would be a great summer beer that would be refreshing with its bitterness.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With one of the best sustaining heads that I have ever seen on a bottled IPA, I have to give this a 5 for appearance. The 1 finger head lasts the entire drink. Excellent lacing too.

Smells of pacific pine hops along with some skunky herb are the primary scents. Some citrus creeps in to really balance the smell.

Wow, plenty of grass and pine sap bitterness. Some lemon and grapefruit combine with the pine-ness. The malt backbone is not very strong but it is the way I like it in an IPA. Overall it is a very bitter ale.

A solid feel in the mouth with a good deal of drying.

I would agree with the hype of this beer, it is really good. Solid marks from me.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at my bro's house who has WC frequently on tap in his kegerator...and for good reason.

A: Pours a darker pale color. A burnt caramel color if you will. Almost orange-ish even. Very clear, bubbling away. Mine had little to almost no head - just some choppy bubbles. Go figure. Lingering lace.

S: Intense lemon zest and citrus aromas all the way. Like Spring time in the orchards. Faint hints of caramel malt once the brew settles out a bit.

T: Sweet candied citrus fruits, sticky greens and pine resin. Outstanding hop zing on the palate that puckers out leaving you dry and thirsty for another sip. Slight caramel and malt components that hold the brew together. ABV is a creeper on this one.

M: I would say moderate overall. A good balance of creamy deliciousness that is slightly sticky on the tongue but finishes dry and crisp.

D: So good. Big hop profile but well balanced As I mentioned before the ABV is a creeper here. I probably should try to practice better restraint when at my brothers house.

I must say some super fresh West Coast is pretty unparralleled. A quintessential hop forward West Coast style IPA. Pretty much put GreenFlash on the map. One of my top 5 IPA's for sure.

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color of this one is a very bright orange color with a nice inch and a half of foam that receded pretty fast and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell of this one is a grassy grapefruit smell with a dash of pine.

The taste of this one is pretty hop forward with a great hop bitterness followed by the citrus and grass that was present in the nose. It was perfectly bitter in my opinion and a perfect hop fix for me.

The mouthfeel of this one was pretty carbonated and bubbly with a dryish feel.

Overall this IPA was a good one and to me it falls in the category of nice and bitter versus the crisp and refreshing less bitter IPA selections.

Photo of mdr4669
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: A very clear, clean and crisp looking with orange hue poured initially to approx. 2 fingers of foamy white head which receeded quickly leaving some individual spots of lace.

Smell: Very noticeable citrus and hops, with a little cinnamon.

Taste: The hops punch you in the throat like a karate black belt, and the taste of grapefruit stays on the pallet for a while.

MF: Very crisp, very smooth.

OA: Very, very nice brew.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky orange with a nice-looking white head that slowly sinks into great lacings. Lots of sediments in the bottle.

S: Rich floral hops, pine and pineapple/grapefruit. The caramell malt is a bit in the background.

T: Floral hops like in the smell, but completed with a healthy dose of bitter hops in the taste. The caramell malt is mildly sweet.

M: Body is medium and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste stays for a long time and holds such nice bitterness.

D: This one I'll probably enjoy again.

Photo of salvo
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich copper color beer under tight etching head that lasts. Nose is tropical fruits under citrus; grapefruit, lemon-peel, tangerine, pine is subordinated.

Taste is bitter when cold, warms to release some sweet malt, but the predominant taste is tropical and grapefruit hops. Just enough malt to balance the bracing bite.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and could stand to be fuller-bodied, but I quibble. Thanks to Binny's in Skokie: I got the last four pack in the store--there were three cases of the hop head red. So nice to have fresh West Coast for direct comparison.

Photo of aval89
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: rich copper color with tight white 1 finger head.. leaves nice lacing. Little bit of hop haze..

S: sweet grapefruits dipped in sugar! Also some tangerines & tropical fruits mingle to create a wonderful aroma.. hard to detect th malts cuz hops steal the show..

T: sweet oranges upfront.. then more of those sugar dipped grapefruits.. finish is strong grapefruit/orange peel bitterness with a bit of warmth.. finish also gives way to just a bit of caramel malt.. but this is pretty hop dominant.

Mf: just enough crispness to go with the medium body..

O: very nice West coast IPA! Prime example.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a nice copper colour with a two fingered off white head that laces and reduces to a film.

S - Big hop flavours present with grapefruit and citrus.

T - Piney flaours up front followed by big citrus flavours, finishes with a bit of malt.

M - Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O - A very good IPA and worth a try.

Photo of Kvlterbm
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to Becker.

A: Pours a great copper color with two fingers of eggshell colored head that left some nice lacing as it faded. Pretty hazy overall.

S: This is definitely a hop bomb. Big aromas of citrus/grapefruit with some tinges of pine mixed in. Huge aromatic hops jumping right out of the glass.

T: Pine up front, followed by some vibrant, ripe citrus flavors. At 95 IBUs, you'll taste every bit of the bitterness. Once that fades, you're left with caramel malt.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall, a very solid IPA. Easy to drink, the hop flavors are fantastic, and the malt works in nicely. Highly recommended.

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at Lucha Libre Taco Shop, San Diego

Cheating as I drank this from the bottle. Drinking in its native environment...San Diego has such an awesome craft brew scene. Fresh citrus and floral hoppy aromas complemented by calimex food prefectly. The aggressive bitterness is not overwhelming, just full of socal flavor. Great stuff!

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

a - vibrant golden copper color with a very nice amount of carbonation. nice fluffy creamy head with a decent pour.

s - sweet, fruity and crisp on the nose.

t - grapefruit, hoppy as all hell (and i mean that in a great way), and very bold finish. a good punch of maltiness as well. very nice balance, but the bitterness from the hops takes is what takes over the aftertaste. kinda planty. almost like i was just eating some weed or something (which makes perfect sense considering its a hoppy ass beer).

m - med - high carbonation in the mouthfeel but the malty aspect kinda calms it down and evens it out.

o - a great decent priced go-to IPA.

Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tasting glass

Pours a soft, burnt umber color. A moderate amount of opacity, I suppose. One finger or so of creme head sticks around for a while. It looks fine, but there's not much to say about an IPA that looks like most IPAs.

This beer has an explosive, dank nose. Pineapple-mango juice (I think Dole sells this specific flavor) scream up out the glass. Some Pine-Sol character. Even some red fruit hiding in a corner somewhere. The crystal malts are there, but they aren't very assertive (which is how I like 'em). Nothing particularly original, but I'm a sucker for tropical fruit bouquets.

Huh. This beer is decidedly less intense on the palate. In fact, this tastes like a bottle that's four months old or so (but the aroma sure didn't come across that way, so I don't know). It's piney and pineappley, but the malts are providing a good bit of sweet balance. Some of the alpha acid bitterness has turned medicinally-bitter; aspirin tasting. It's still a good IPA, but it doesn't live up to the promise of its aroma.

My biggest personal beef with Green Flash West Coast IPA is its mouthfeel. It's perfectly medium-bodied, which to me (for my preferences) means that it is too thick and heavy. Most people, especially East Coast and Southern drinkers, won't have a problem. Overall, this is a very fine IPA. It reminds me a lot of Schlafly's AIPA, only slightly less good (even though my score for this beer is higher than what I rated Schlafly AIPA).

Photo of beesy
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review specifically addresses a pour from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams nucleation glass.

A - Pours a brilliant orange with a two finger off white head that sticks around a while. Lots of hop particles floating around from the bottles I can get here in Ohio. Sans the hop particulates, I would raise the appearance a half a point.

S - Huge aromas of citrus and sweet hops

T - Fantastic. I love the harsher, more edgy hop flavor that comes from the Columbus and Simcoe. It adds way more depth than Cascade and Centennial heavy IPA's. A touch of biscuity flavor is slightly noticeable. Very crisp with a low fg. Leaves you wanting to take that next sip. For a stated 95 IBU's, I feel it comes off seeming lower, but leaves a very pleasant lingering bitterness on the back of my palate. This is a fantastic example of an American IPA.

M - Light-medium. This shows off a well attenuated beer that is not cloyingly sweet.

D - Deceivingly easy to drink. The lower attenuation and crispness make it easy to glug down three or four before realizing it. Careful - 4 packs disappear before your eyes!!

Overall - A fantastic beer and one of my favorite IPAs. IBU's might technically make it better fit into BJCP's definition of a IIPA, but it's session-ability makes it an IPA in my book (plus they make a fantastic "official" IIPA) . Very crisp, tons of hop aroma and flavor with an kick up in the face bitterness backbone. I was lucky enough to have this in San Diego a few years ago on tap. If I were rating the draft version from San Diego, I would almost score it a perfect 5 on every aspect.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark amber with minimal head.

S: Big pine coming off this. Herbal and spicy notes. Resin, caramel and multi grain bread. As she sits the citrus and grapefruit come out.

T: Huge piney hops upfront then massive bitterness. Middle has lots of grapefruit and citrus. Finishes up with a chalkiness and lingering bitterness before a long alcohol burn.

M: As expected, medium with the right amount of carbonation.

O: Slamming bitter and piney, grapefruity IPA done right. Very enjoyable and sessionable.

Photo of chilly460
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/caramel in color and lots of sediment. A two finger pillowy head with good retention, decent lacing.

S - Bigtime hops, mostly light citrus, dry grapefruit smell. Some biscuit malts in the background.

T - Typical of a quality West Coast style IMO. Big piney and floral hops, not citrus as I'd expected in the aroma. A nice malt backbone is there, but this one is definitely big and hoppy like an IPA should be. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpoweringwell masked, but you know it's there. This baby is a big bitter hop bombo, but it doesn't kill the palate.

M - Really nice "chewiness" for the style, solid carbonation, nice.

O - This one is crisp and refreshing and is a great representation of an American IPA. Definitely one I'll pick up next time I want a very hop forward beer.

Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Cloudy deep amber gold with a finger of sticky off white head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Pine sap and a little grapefruit. Hint of caramel.

Taste. Bitter piney, grassy hops. Little light malt, lasting bitter yellow grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good hoppy beer with enough ballance to enjoy more than one.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Solid balanced copper/orange with a 1/4" thin foamy head. Fairly small amount of bubbles for an IPA


Very herbal aroma with some softening floral notes


Grapefruit hops and a little sweetness from the malts are the most prevalent.


This beer seems to "slide" across the palate. Smooth and fairly dense. It leaves a good bitterness on the tongue


Very easy to drink. Opened with a very pleasant aroma and finished with an equally appealing taste. I thought all ingredients were balanced very well. A more than solid IPA

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this IPA out of a nice 22 oz bomber.

The beer seemed to be a little hazy and I could just not figure out if it has been bottle conditioned or just not filtered all the way.

The aroma is very hoppy with some malt playing in the mix. You get about every hop aroma from piney to fruity as you pour the bottle.

The body is medium with a malty hop complexity and some carmel sweetness up front.

The aftertase is mostly hops as it continues to play on your toungue.

This was an amazing beer that hid the 7% ABV very nicely.

Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at Whole Foods - Bowery in NYC.

Appearance is a hazy orange with good sized off white head. Its` smell has quite a bit of hops, some grapefruit, and a candy sweetness. Taste has more of those hops, with some resin, bitterness and dryness in the end. MF is nearly full bodied, and a little sticky. Overall, this is a very good IPA. It was way too long since I tried it last.

Photo of ineva
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip/flute glass.

A: Bright amber, some carbonation action going on inside. Very cloudy 3 finger head with a bone white color that leaves a sticky lacing

S:Lots of fresh pine like wet floral grassy hops.

T:Amazingly balanced hop bitterness, also a tangy like citrus with grape fruit peel and a tangerine sweet finish. A dolly like malt balance carrying the ale nicely throughout.

M:Great session like crisp IPA till the last drop.

O:Representing the West Coast one pint at a time.

Photo of ramseye4
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

A=Pours a very cloudy and completely opaque orangeish amber with a fluffy 2 finger head with outstanding retention and lacing.
S=Citrus hops, floral undertones, and a grainy malt backbone
T=Bitter hops, grapefruit, lively citrus notes, overall a good tasting beer. Good hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.
M=Medium bodied, a bit watery in the aftertaste which brings it down a little bit.
O=Lived up to expectations, good IPA.

Photo of wingman14
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a frothy off white head. The smell is fruit and sweet, with a nice citrus hop aroma. Taste starts hoppy with a slighter bitterness going on. It moves to a heavy hop presence, then moves to a strong grapefruit aftertaste. A medium mouthfeel on a smooth and well balanced beer. This IPA had a unique and delicious flavor, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for awhile and was lucky to find bottles of it while recently in Chicago. This beer pours an apricot orange with a nice one finger, soapy creme colored head. It smells instantly of sharp pine, orange, and grapefruit. It tastes of sweet orange and bitter and sour grapefruit. It's really, really flavorful and tasty. It drinks very well and the alcohol isn't present at all. I really liked this one and would definitely recommend it.

Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ The T:

A: Hazy golden orange with a nice honeysuckle foam

S: In your face fresh hops, pine, resin, mary jane, and biscuit malt

T: Fresh hops, bread, and biscuits

M: Sharp and inviting

O: A west coast classic. A piney and superbly drinkable IPA.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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