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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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6,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,789
Reviews: 1,757
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 293
Gots: 984 | FT: 11
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
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Photo of match1112
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light copper/ amber color with a three finger off white head. head was thick and sudsy and after a couple minutes recedes to a small cap with loads of chunky lacing stuck to the glass. smells of pine and juniper with a little sweet citrus in the background. the taste is opposite of smell, i pick up on the citrus first with the pine lingering around. mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish. overall this is a good ipa if you like pine. it also has a very wet/juicy body before the dry sets in.

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

I picked this up in the tickers BIF, nice orange pour with a beutiful, sticky white head. Nice aroma full of pine and sweet citrus. A very juicy IPA, the grapefruit really shines, hints of pine and tropical fruit. The carbonation is good, sticky mouthfeel, smooth. A damn fine IPA, great example.

Photo of orangesol
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brewhouse and again at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh cut pine, grapefruit, lightly toasted caramel malt, and some light alcohol burn. A touch sweet with plenty of hops. The definition of a west coast IPA.

T - Starts off with lots of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to a mix of light caramel malt sweetness, pine resin, grapefruit, and some light alcohol burn. The finish is pretty dry with lots of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy, feel with a touch of sweetness creeping in at the very end of each sip. A slight alcohol burn creeps in on every sip as it warms to room temperature.

O - Still one of my favorite west coast IPA's but not one I could drink daily. It is just too big of a beer for that but when I am looking for an intense hop bomb this is the first beer I look for.

Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-copper with an off white head about a centimeter thick that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Pungent piney hops, with traces of citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste: Despite the nose there is still a nice caramel malt back bone to compliment the citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a dry and lingering finish.

Overall: Great IPA and one of my favorites, hard to pass up a fresh keg of bottle.

Photo of begforme4484
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt amber and orange in color. Tons of off white billowy head. Great lacing too.

Mmmm. Citrus. Mainly a sharp citrus hop smell, with some flowery bits in there as well.

Nice grapefruit right up front, with a nice bitter hop bite. Very light bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied with a slight resinous feel.

Overall it's a pretty darn good beer. Exactly what you'd expect from a west coast IPA.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

growler picked up about a half hour ago.

a - poured a transparent chestnut amber with a thin head that didn't hang around.

s - subtle hops with good malt balance. not as "west coast" as I had expected although the beverage shop said very fresh

t - much more sticky and pine cone than the nose suggests, but still very balanced by the malt back bone

m - little watery and thin but easy drinker.

o - overall a decent ipa. I wouldn't go nuts for this one and with so many ipa choices this one falls a bot short, but enjoyable none-the-less.

Photo of vrushing88
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint, pronounced color with a thick creamy head.

Potent but not overpowering hop smell.

Distinct clean hoppy taste. As clean as a double I.P.A. but with the taste of a single.

Calm and relaxing feel. No volatile offense.

Overall, everything you could ask for in a single I.P.A.

Photo of RnRManifesto
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. A half inch head subsided quickly to a quarter inch. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down. Color is copper/orange. Looks beautiful.

It also smells beautiful. It's like the liquid equivalent of the green sticky-icky. Lots of resiny hops in the nose, almost like smelling a bag of green.

The flavor is that of resiny and piney hops up front, tastes a bit like it smells, then you are hit with the citrus notes in the middle, and some bitterness on the finish. Excellent balance to a great tasting and great smelling IPA. Wow. This is my favorite IPA so far.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Coast IPA

Pours a translucent golden amber that looks great. Frothy, white head stacks a clings all over the glass.

The nose is pretty well balanced between sweet malt and some floral hoppiness.

The taste is pretty spot on. Some sweet caramel malt opens up to some pine and floral bitterness that is very enjoyable and crisp.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some stickiness and has good carbonation that sticks around.

Overall, a great ipa that is well rounded and quite balanced. Tasty as well!

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Coast IPA pours our a clear tangerine in color with a fluffy white head on top. The aroma really highlights the West coast American IPA style with waves of grassy, piney, and citrus hop notes. The taste of the beer is deeply hoppy, especially on the swallow. During the drink, there's nice malt profile to keep the heavy hopping in check. The swallow leaves your tongue heavily covered in resinous hop oils, so I wouldn't recommend starting with this beer at the beginning of a drinking session. Overall, this is a nicely hopped beer that hop-heads in St Louis are excited to finally have access too. Given the higher ABV (7.3%), this would be a dangerous beer to have a few of unless you have a ride home.

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

On hand now in my beer fridge, and currently being quaffed. Tried this ale a few months ago, based upon recomendation from BA users. Excellent everything regarding apperance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and so on. I keep Great Divide Hercules, Titan, Bells Two Hearted, Hopslam, Torpedo, Hop Wallop, Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, Lenny's RIPA, Moylan's Hopsickle, Maharaja, and assorted others (guaranteed to be the best assortment in East Central Mississippi). This quality ale ranks right up there with the best.

If you are a hop lover, this is the go-to ale for you! Cheers!

Photo of MVotter
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The Green Flash West Coast IPA pours into a chalice a clear amber/orange, with an ample cream colored head.

S - Classic blend of hoppy citrus and pine aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Actually, a bit more piney/floral than the nose, at first. Then, the grapefruit notes kick in. In the end, more sweet-side hoppiness than bitter.

M - Medium. Semi-dry, slightly slick hop oils.

O - Delicious and thirst-quenching. Hop lovers will bask in the multiple "shades" of hops in this brew.

Photo of alexipa
2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer is an orange-ish hue with a decent head for an IPA. It smells great with a bit of sweetness and fruit of which I can't put my finger on. The taste is hoppy, as you'd expect from an IPA, and starts off with a fruity note equating to the smell. The aftertaste is what strikes me as very 'off' with this one. It keeps its hops all the way through, which is great; however towards the end of the sip I'm hit by an intense metallic and soapy flavor that ruined the experience for me. I've noticed several bad IPAs having this aftertase, just not quite this prevalent. It seemed to have the makings of a great IPA before this point.

I'm thinking perhaps I got a bad barrel, but I will likely never know as I won't be giving this another try from the tap.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange color with plenty of frothy head. The aroma is fantastic, lots of floral notes along with citrus and pine. The taste hits you up front with the pine and grapefruit, and then finishes out with the malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a great IPA and one of my go-to readily available IPAs.

Photo of GregBlatz
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden orange in color. White sticky head that is pillow-like. Somewhat hazy as it is probably unfiltered and dry-hopped.

S - Strong floral notes up front indicating tons of late hop additions. Citrus fruit-like esters are balanced with pine notes.

T - Strong grapefruit followed by resinous pine. Malt and ester sweetness balances it out as best it can. Grapefruit is the most dominant flavor I can find.

M - The mouthfeel is medium in body with almost a grittiness to it. Alcohol warmth is present after the finish.

O - Beautiful AIPA! I love how they clearly went both for hop flavor as well as hop bitterness. Too many AIPA skimp on the early hops and focus on the late hops. The bitterness adds a bite that really helps to elevate this beer to something better than a typical AIPA.

Photo of jsulko
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Slightly hazy dark orange color with a slightly off white head that lingers.

Aroma is of citrus with a piney presence as well.

Taste is very piney with a hint of the citrus. Quite a bit of bite to it but in a good way.

An excellent IPA, one I would love to try even fresher.

Photo of schultzi22
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Azurescens for this one.

A:A hazy gold color with a half finger of head and nice lacing already beginning to develop on the glass.
N:The hops are there, but the nose is surprisingly absent.
T: Maybe it's the age or the fact that I had pliny the previous night, but I do NOT get a typical hop overload on this beer. The finish brings out some bitterness, but very little of the citrus and grapefruit flavors that I enjoy in an IPA. As it is warming, I am beginning to appreciate the hops a bit more.
M: A nice mouthfeel, but I would prefer a bit more crispness.
O: A decent enough beer. I would like to try it a little fresher, but I wouldn't turn it down in the future.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straight forward ipa here. Perfectly transparent and orange/amber, tight puffy carb and lots and lots of lacing. The aroma just doesn't pop enough for me but what is there is resinous and piney. My taste buds tingle with a clear pine flavor, resin like hops, backed up by some malty full bodied chew. This is a rather chewy ipa. Bitter on the back end and finish I suspect this is not the freshest speciman, but its pretty good.

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

Plain honey orange body with a huge buoyant beige head that delivers rich lacing and wide bubbles.

The bouquet is rich and floral. Piquant hop flavor wallop of pine, grapefruit, and fresh cute grass. Spicy hop notes erupt and blend with a big backing balance of caramel malts. Hints of nuts and raisin add some extra quality to the background.

The taste is a fruit filled citrus explosion with a well balanced finish of chewy caramel malts and bright sticky, resinous bittering hops.

The mouthfeel is chewy and juicy with a quick delivery and a balance of sweetness and medium bitterness in the finish.

The drinkability is great. The recipe is nice and balanced. It isn't anything new in terms of flavor but everything hits the right note. A great example of the style.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dr. K for giving me a couple of really tasty IPAs to try out.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style pint glass.

A) Darker orange, slightly hazy. There was easily 2 fingers of somewhat rocky looking white head. This had really nice retention and lacing all the way down the glass.

S) Piney, pineapple, other tropical fruit. There is strong citrus presence, particularly grapefruit.

T) Follows the nose. Good malt base, but definitely the hop explosion I was hoping for. Pine/Citrus. A little sweetness on the backend, caramel or raw sugar.

M) Medium body, not overly carbonated. A real smooth feeling, with a bitter finish that lingers for a bit. It's kind of like you just had grapefruit for breakfast.

O) Nice... Paired this with some Thai takeout, and it went really well. I would gladly drink this on a regular basis if it were available in these parts.

Photo of Jimmys
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into stemmed tulip

A: brand new penny copper bright. bustling head. good retention and lacing. bright and clear.

S: smells like the rainforest. or at least what i think it should smell like. undertones of vanilla. maybe a touch of sulfur? a breadyness is also present. rich sourdough.

T: a deep toasted oat flavor. the hop flavor is delightful. reminiscent of a tropical berry sorbet. not at all cloying or over-the-top. finish actually brings the malt back into play before moving to a lingering tropical bitterness.

M: a mild fizz on a medium body.

D: man this thing is tasty. a bright floral, tropical hop aroma and flavor that are very well balanced by a tasty bready/oat flavor. glad we get this stuff in VA, even if it is sparingly.

Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was (even) better from the bottle compared to on-tap.)

Glowing auburn. Big off-white head. Incredible sheets of lacing down the glass. Really spectacular. Love this look.

Huge citrus bill in the nose. Oranges, lemon, mango, grapefruit, it's all here. Pungent! Nearly perfect. In the moment, it seems unbeatable, but there are (just slightly) better noses.

More of the same. Delicious! Plenty of bitterness and tons of citrus; spectacular. Nearly invisible malt bill (I hate to say it, but this is a good thing!). This beer floors me every time.

Perfect mouthfeel. Medium body, plenty of carbonation, a bit creamy. Very nice. Incredibly drinkable.

This beer is the quintessential West Coast IPA; the name says it all. It's perfect.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in San Diego.

Arrived in a pint glass a nice clear amber color with a one finger head. Leaves a nice thin film of lacing that coats the enitre glass. Smells of sweet pineapple, mango, and bitter hop resin with a subtle maltiness - very pleasing. The taste was unexpected as the citrusy fruitiness doesn't play through as much as expected but is balanced and almost masked by the malty aftertaste - it is sweet up front but not as much as I expected. The mouthfeet is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation and the alcohol shows through towards the end. I'm not sure if this beer was served from a fresh keg or not but it didn't really live up to all the talk for me - it was very good and a nice beer to drink with my meal as it was easy drinking and crisp but not world class or top notch IMO.


Photo of kdmcguire10
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. One-finger head, that sticks like glue to the glass.

Mild pineapple, citrus aromas with a touch of pine. Some sweet maltiness comes through and just a tad bit of alcohol.

The taste was a bit underwhelming as compared to the aroma. Citrus upfront gives way to a strong hop-bitterness. That happiness is balanced slightly by the maltiness. You also get a touch of the alcohol but not as much as you'd think for a 7.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation level.

Truthfully, I was expecting more from this beer. It could be a less-than-fresh bottle perhaps, but I can think of at least 10 other IPA's that I enjoy more. Still, I wouldn't turn this away by any means.

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

A-Pours clear chestnut amber with a 1/2 inch of fluffy off white head. Leaves complex webs if sticky lacing.

S-Dry and citrusy. Tangerine skins, grapefruit, peach juice.

T/M-Dry, sharp hoppiness with a lovely, bready malt character. Really well balanced. Bracing hop bitterness with peripheral citrus sweetness.

O-A classic West Coast IPA.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,789 ratings.