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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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5,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,714
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 453 | 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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Photo of MVassar


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange/copper color, beautiful amber-tinted head, with long-lasting lacing.

Grapefruit peel is dominant in the nose, along with hints of pine, hops, and maybe a touch of orange zest.

Plenty of crisp citrus, loads of bitter hops, with a balance of malt and spice. Long, bitter citrus peel finish. Very sturdy beer.

Surprisingly creamy, and almost full-bodied. Yet not heavy; great balance. Carbonation is just right.

Beautiful balance of bitter and sweet keeps you coming back for sip after sip. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 22:50:38 | More by MVassar
Photo of goschool


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single for Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey, CA.

Appearance: The pour is bright orange to amber with a creamy white head.

Smell: The hops in the nose attack the sense of smell with an onslaught of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and pine.

Taste: The flavor profile is bursting with hops, probably centennial and cascade, possibly columbus and if there's chinook in here, there can't be very much. This reminds me a lot of Stoudt's Double IPA. Plenty of grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, and resin in front of sweet, toasted malts. It's a definitely rough around the edges, but I still enjoy the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to just not quite full-bodied with a dry, oily texture and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinking this beer is a great way to flood your palate with alpha acids. It's a bit too gritty to keep around all the time.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 09:26:11 | More by goschool
Photo of sloejams


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

"This West Coast IPA..." is how the label reads. Exactly.

This is absolutely a West Coast IPA. It's loaded with big hops - lots of citrus, lots of pine. It pours an amber color with a frothy cappucino head. Some sediment lurks toward the bottom of the glass. It's aroma is very grapefruit. The bitter tastes hits first but rounds out with the slight sweetness in the malt character. Very drinkable and quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 23:37:03 | More by sloejams
Photo of rayjay


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ideal, lots of lace, perfect IPA.

S: Nose is potent hops, but it's relatively faint.

T: Tangy hops with a skunky weed kick, fading to bitter hop tea. Hops are the main focus but it's kept approachably tame. Enjoyable flavor but not quite rounded.

M: Nice refreshing ale, pretty light in the malt department. Slight hint of honey.

D: Soft as water. Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 06:16:48 | More by rayjay
Photo of hoppymeal


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, chunky, with a soft looking cream head that slowly laces the glass. Aroma is sweet oranges and grass with some tropical aromas of pineapple and mangos. Tropical citrus flavors also in the taste but the sweetness is cut quickly by a large peppery bitterness that grows deep into the aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol is evident in the bitter finish as well. Somewhat creamy medium body up front finishes crisp, light and bitter. Very nice ipa with a great aroma and a pleasing large bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 02:34:13 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with half an inch of thin off-white head that leaves a light lacing with every sip. Smells of hops! Piney, woodsy, lemon...then comes the sweet scent of malt. This tastes delicious. Just what I was looking for in an IPA. All of the lemon, and orange reminds me of a fruity breakfast cereal in a good way since the malt comes in just when it should. Finishes with a pronounced spiciness that stays even as the bitterness comes through and lingers for a few seconds. Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. A wonderful IPA that I feel is very sessionable on it's own or paired with a nice assorted cheese platter.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 04:20:19 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of blitz134


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orangish color. Nicely formed head, over an inch of loose white foam that reduced slowly while leaving a tight netting of lace on the glass. Really not much else to ask for.

Intense hop aroma for an IPA. Lots of citrus, pine and some floral overtones. I could smell this forever...big hop aroma, not really much malt comes through though...no prob though.

Big hops again, lots of pine and resin but there is a lack of malts to balance this out. Nice bitterness in the end though that isn't overpowering...good but a bit unbalanced. No alcohol flavors either...

Mouthfeel falls a bit short, its a touch thin in my opinion...a bit more body and this would come up quite a bit. Carbonation levels are kinda low but don't cause any detriment anywhere.

Good drinkability. This is a nice bitter beer with a ton of hops...pretty easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 00:45:48 | More by blitz134
Photo of grego


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a good frothy one finger head that lasts a little while. A very thin head remains throughout with some lacing. The smell is wonderfully hoppy with some pineapple, citrus, and a little pine. The taste is excellent, hops, then citrusy sweetness, then hops. Very nice. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. I could drink plenty of these no problem. Great job Green Flash. I will have to try some of their other stuff for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 22:49:02 | More by grego
Photo of lackenhauser


4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, amber color with a few floaters in there. Nice lacing going down though no real head. Huge hop aroma. I liken it to shoving your face right into a bag of hops-bright, grassy, grapefruit aroma. It is very pronounced but well defined-I wish I could pull this off in a homebrew. Hop flavor dominates-almost overwhelming depending on your liking. Wants to strip my tongue of taste buds-AND I LOVE IT! Malty base behind it all. Great mouthfeel-very well balanced overall. The astringency of the hopiness is great against the malty body. Very, very drinkable. The solvent like qualities of the hopiness might drag it down some but a killer, killer example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 05:51:41 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of treehugger02010


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an awsome brew. I happened upon it, getting a 12 ounze bottle from a friend. I poured it into a pint glass (from another friend). If you can't tell this was a group effort. There was a beautiful head, 2-3 fingers. The retention was pretty solid too. There wasn't an awful lot of sticky lace, some, but most was just kind of there. The color was a gorgeous light amber. The smell was a sweet hoppy smell. The taste was more hoppy than sweet, but super none the less. The was a highly drinkable brew. Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 04:56:55 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a pure hops explosion - bursting with citrus, pine, and a slight grassiness.

Big hop flavor upfront, dominated by citrusy hop flavors with pine and some grassiness. It actually gives way to a bit of caramel malt, and a rather strict bitterness before being swept out the door with more hops.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

West coast IPA indeed, no mistake in the name of this beer. A very good example of this style done in true west coast fashion - the hops are balls to the wall. Hopheads should seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 03:30:08 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again from IntriqKen for this. Pours a orange/amber color, smells a bit sweet but some hops. Taste? Wow, what beers need, true hop flavor, citrusy, piney, awesome flavor, very exceptional. Overall I wish this was a beer that could be found locally, but in the meantime I can get it by trade. Smuttynose take note of what these guys are doing.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 01:26:34 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of Bones54


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fellow BA kolch for this one!

Pours a beautiful burnt orange color. Carefull though, even after I was warned, I was too excited to pour this brew and had a bunch of yeast sediment floating around. Hardly a problem though, and just of of the slight drawbacks to bottle conditioned brews.

Smell: If I were standing in a field of Hops, I would imagine it would smell like this brew. Amazing. Almost made me think the beer itself was a hop cone and I just wanted to take a bite!

Taste: In the words of Borat, "Wowawow-wee-wow!" Say goodbye to your tastebuds after tilting one of these back. It's really unfair to any other brew you might try after this- the hop taste is amazing and powerfull.

Mouthfeel: This might offend some people, but a way I judge the mouthfeel of a good IPA is the burp that follows it. And even the burp with this beer tastes good!

Drinkability: Oh hell yes. This one is easily drinkable. Hands down one of my favorite IPA's I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 18:15:10 | More by Bones54
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque caramel color, with one of the nicest heads I've ever seen; thick, creamy just off white. Tremendous lacing. Forget the nose, the room instantly lit up with hops. I'm two feet away and I get fruity hops and esters. I go in close for pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, it's like a carribean fruit salad in there. I even get a touch of sweetness, strawberry like, and faint. The taste hits me with pineapple and grapefruit again, right int he front, developing some peach and other stone fruit flavors. The whole time the grapefruit and pineapple stay with you though, and it finishes bitter, reminding you each time you swallow that it's a big IPA. I'm not the biggest IPA fan, and this is too hopped up for me, but I can recognize that it's an exceelent interpretation of the style, with lots of fun stuff to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 03:59:00 | More by dherling
Photo of IntriqKen


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange amber that is topped with a massive, craggy, sticky off white head that melts slowly to stick to the side of the glass very heavily.
Aroma is hops, hops, and nothing but hops. Fresh green, piney and citrus hops. Mmmmm....
First sip...second...large swallow...smell again...stare at the beautiful glass. I LIVE in So Calif...why haven't I tried this beer before?
This beer has everything a great WEST COAST IPA should have.
Sweet amber malt gets it's butt kicked quickly by bitter citrus peel hops that evolve to grapefruit peel, then the malts try to come back only to be overwelmed again. Aftertaste is clean and smooth and drying.
Ready for another drink...and another...and another...
What? 7% ABV?
Yeah....good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 01:51:38 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Phocion


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing copper/gold color with a colossal bubbly white head. Excellent retention and thick lacing all the way down the wall of my pint glass.

Aroma is a huge bouquet of hops. Citrus, floral, and piney.

Taste is a bit more mellow in the hops department. The flavors from the nose are still there, but they've just toned down a bit. Light roasted malts thrown in but nowhere up to the challenge of meeting the hops. Still, this is a hophead's left coast IPA so balanced malts aren't a priority on this thing.

Medium-bodied with little carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel but it leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Stay away from this thing if you're not a hophead, otherwise I'd completely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 20:13:46 | More by Phocion
Photo of Matthew


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper type orange color with a medium sized head that slowly settles to leave a decent sized covering. There is a lot of sediment in my glass also. Pretty cloudy.
Big pungent fresh hop aroma, mainly characterized by earthy, slightly floral and pine tones. There are hints of a hop fruitiness present also....I may even get hints of apple?
Big bitter hoppiness hits me first, lush fresh hops is the biggest characteristic following along with its aroma, piney, slightly spicy, and hints of citrus characteristics. Pretty damn well balanced considering this is a 7% beer. Alcohol is not easily precieved for the most part. Malt sweetness is present in the dry finish.
Fairly drinkable, tasty enough that you want another if you really like big hop profiles but a pretty big beer that can catch up with you quickly. I'll be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:54:17 | More by Matthew
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: crystal clear orange in color with a 3" fluffy merangue like head. The head lingers quite a while.

Smell: loads of hop bitterness leap out of the glass. Citrus tones are more laid back.

Taste: a pleasant sharp pine bitterness nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Lighter orange and grapefruit tones rounds it out. Overall a very hoppy IPA.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Long aftertaste of pine bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a wonderful IPA that applies a pleasant assault on the tastebuds. Some may consider this approaching a DIPA, but the lighter malt levels makes this a super easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 12:32:02 | More by Gavage
Photo of bkett01


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you germaniac for this one!
Pours a hazy copper/amber hue covered with a thin white head. Good looking beer and even better smelling. This beer has been in my fridge for at least a half a year by now and it smells incredibly fresh right out of the bottle. Floral hops jump out at you over a lightly present sweet malt.
Taste is of raw oily hops, full of fresh "green" hop flavor. This is well carbonated and lively on the tongue as the hops impart their punch.
Great IPA, once again I'm jealous I don't have access to this one more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 01:27:11 | More by bkett01
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange/copper color with a nice foamy white head.

Smells are typical of west coast IPA's but still very pleasant. Cirtusy, grassy, piney hops.

Taste is quite hoppy and bitter. A little too bitter. I would have enjoyed a little more maltiness to balance this one out. It is crisp and tangy.

Drinkable for the abv but the bitterness takes away from the drinkability a bit.

If you're in the mood for a big hoppy ipa this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 16:15:39 | More by BillyB
Photo of tgbljb


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

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate white puffy head, Very attractive lacing. Smell is loaded with piney, grassy citrusy hops. Taste follows through with a strong hop taste, somewhat balanced by the malt. Finishes a bit too long and bitter, and any maltiness seems to have vanished. Nice drinkability, but I would have enjoyed a bit more malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 23:22:47 | More by tgbljb
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

I literally walked into a column of cases of this beer when walking around a dislplay in the store. Glad I went around that corner.

Body is a Octoberish chill-haze orange amber. Loads of carbonation. Three fingers plus of level, bubbly bone-china colored froth. Very good lacing.

Big come-on-in inviting aroma full of pine, grapefruit, and some other assorted citrus.

Sweet caramel/toffee sets up a foundation before the resiny piney grapefruity citrusy hops come flooding in like SoCal during mud slide season. Nice hop "burn" lingers on long after swallow. Balanced and hoppy is always a good thing.

Good solid mediumish mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

As advertised, a solid example of West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 21:22:26 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Pooba001


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep orange color, definitely unfiltered with yeast and some small bits of hop. Good head dissipates to nice lace. Pretty. Smell is big grassy, juicy, citrus hops, floral, piney. Wow, obviously a combination of hops here, there's so much going on.

Taste is very bitter even for an IPA, this is creeping towards double IPA territory, there's a little grain and malt to back up the hops, but this is a lupulin showcase, and all the flavors I smelled are on the palate as well.

Mouthfell is good, slightly dry. Drinkability is quite good considering its bitterness. This is a pretty awesome IPA, I'm glad we're getting Green Flash in Arizona.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 09:29:36 | More by Pooba001
Photo of StoutofHeart

New Jersey

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

A golden orange color with a nice thick head. In the nose there is plenty of citrus notes that carry over into the taste such as: grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc. It has a very crisp and pleasant hoppiness to it that lingers long after the taste. A real pleasure to drink.

Over all, and exceptional brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 22:04:41 | More by StoutofHeart
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of yellow-tan head ebbs to a bubbly quilt. Hills of lacing range the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a citrusy swirl of grapefruit with an undercurrent of mandarin orange and lemon. A taunt of malty caramel flits softly along with an unexpected but soothing touch of tea leaves.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and boasts caramel and blueberry, but it's promptly trounced by dry, pulpy grapefruit and a lesser needle of pine. Biscuit malt peeks out toward the close, and more crisp dry grapefruit pairs with a lingering bitterness in the finish. It's not extreme, but it lives up to its name in the best way.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat so much as spice and tingle the entire palate.

I think West Coast and I think juicy, oily, sappy hops, and this doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't overwhelm despite little pretense to balance. It does have enough malt to maintain a presence, though. The ABV is sneaky, as it declines to overtly show itself, but it is there, do not doubt. And so simply, if hops are your bag, baby, you'll likely find this as drinkable as I do. Southern California is one fun, prolific place for beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 17:23:31 | More by Foxman
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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