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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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6,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,254
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 686 | FT: 7
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 jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium orange with big white head, lots of retention and good lacing. This beer is pretty clear and has lots of carbonation.

The aroma is very strong, equal smells or strong orange peel and hops.

The tastse is much bitter than it smells and almost comes as shock. The taste lasts several seconds and bitterness makes it hard to drink a ton of it.

jrallen34, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Ginger Man in Fort Worth...

Arrived looking a murky dull golden color with a thick rich creamy head...

Huge pungent aromas of big time hops... Citrusy and piney and very inviting this one was...

Not quite as hoppy as the aromas would lead one to believe but still a nice solid IPA that is a good representative of the style...

Nice little brew that I enjoyed quite a bit...

Tilley4, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one based on all the WC hype surrounding its bitterness as a standard IPA. Tiny floating sediment and a lack of head and lacing reduce the appearance score. All kinds of hop complexities rule here. Citrus and juicy, piney and astringent. I'm glad I found a local shop here in rural Texas that carries this regularly. The aftertaste is killer. Very dry and bitter. I love that. Drinkable, too.

joshuadlight, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BravoTwo
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good copper orange coloration, with a nice white head and good clinging lacing down the pint.

S - Beautiful intense hops aroma is a smack to the nose, with aromas galore. Piny, citrusy, just overall goodness.

T - Lovely hops. Profile of a great IPA here. Many differing flavors shine, w/ pine, citrus, earthiness, and nice malt backbone. Crisp and delicious.

M - Good mouthfeel, w/appropriate carbonation.

D - Based on its style, I could easily drin several of these. Keep in mind it is 7% with a load of IBUs, but if you are looking for a great hop-forward, smack in the nose IPA then this beer is a perfect match.

BravoTwo, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has all the visuals I look for in a solid IPA... nice orange-copper color and transparent, a nice foamy white head, and great lacing.

It gets better from there. At the risk of sounding cliche, this smells like a hop-bomb. Grapefruit and resinous pine are pungent and can be smelled from a good 6 inches away. There's a delicate sweetness to it, but it's submissive to the hops.

This is an outstanding example of a top notch west coast syle IPA. The nose is all citrus hops- grapefruit and orange peel. The pine is there but overwhelmed by the citrus, and in a good way. The light sweetness adds just the right touch to keep this from being out of whack.

Mouthfeel is clean and fresh with a dry, bitter finish. Well done.

I could drink these all day and night. The abv allows this to be a somewhat sessionable IPA and it doesn't get much more tastey than this.

Tonight I sat down with a bomber and some aged gouda and it made for an enjoyable evening. I'm stoked this beer is now distributed in Il and I'll definitely be adding it to the regular rotation.

Vonerichs, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of astout
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice coppery orange hue with very little head which quickly dissipates.

Absolutely slams you in the face with a ton of grapefruit and resiny pine notes, this thing is an absolute hop bomb. The resiny smell has a bit of sappy sweetness too it as well and all told it just gets your mouth watering.

More of the same on the palate although any hint of sweetness pretty much disappears as it is dominated by grapefruit pith and really drying hops on the finish. There is absolutely nothing not to like about this beer except perhaps that it would be difficult to have more than a couple. There is perhaps a hint of toffee like notes at the front followed by grapefruit pith and slowly more drying pine hop flavours with a super dry finish.

Little carbonation with a very smooth drying mouthfeel from start to finish that leaves your tongue tingling, very similar to the feeling i get from biting in to citrus skin (grapefruit), a feeling I don't entirely dislike.

astout, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Signature Glass.

A: A slightly hazy orange/copper color - I suspect it might be clearer if I had gotten a better pour (I got some sediment in there). White head dissipates quickly, leaving very sparse head on top - surprisingly, there is some nice lacing despite the amount of residual head after pouring.

S: Glorious. The hope aroma is the closest to the smell of raw (dried) hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's like you're smelling a handful of hops before you throw them into the brew pot. Hop notes are very earthy and floral.

T: Slight malt sweetness for a split second at the very beginning. This is replaced by an avalanche of different hop profiles. You get the raw/earthy quality also found in the smell, along with grapefruit, pine, and other cirus. Then the substantial bitterness sets in...in a very good way. The bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while - if you are not a hop head this may not be a good thing. Also, I would enjoy this one by itself - pairing it only with something spicy - it will overwhelm anything else.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean at first. The lingering bitterness leaves a bit of dryness on the plate for a while after a sip.

D: At 95 IBUs and 7+% ABV, I would hard pressed to have more than 2 - we are talking intense hops here. But those 1 or 2 bottles will be heaven if you can appreciate them!

Tromba, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden brown color with lighter hues. Adequate head with off white color head leaving heavy amounts of lace. Tons of aroma--rough citrus rind, spring flowers and much more. Tangy powerful hops. Some malt balance and its a sweet Oktoberfest like malt presence. Citrus hops dominate the taste and its beautiful.

allboutbierge, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Bartrob6
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly dark orange color. very nice head. good lookin beer!

smells incredible! pine and citrus bomb.

tastes like it smells. exceptional! this might be a new favorite for me.

great mouthfeel.

this is what i would want on my deserted island.

this is just a great ipa hands down.

Bartrob6, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark amber/copper color with a fluffy white head. Piny citrus smell, although I did feel the citrus was more in the background. Bold hops starts off tasting of pine, then follows with the grapefruit. For me it was a very clean and dry finish. I really liked this and will be having it again.

alkemy, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of dwilson01
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me just say right off the bat that I am a "hop head," I definitely love American IPA and specifically west coast style IPA which fits because thats exactly what this beer is called! needless to say by the grade I gave it, it lives up to its name.

I drank this one straight out of the bottle so I couldn't tell exactly what it looks like but I like the label, simple and definitive which is always a good thing. The smell of this beer is exactly what I would expect out of a west coast style IPA, the floral aroma comes through very solidly along with the bite from the piney scent. Just very fresh in general and entices you to indulge after a long deep smell. The taste does not dissapoint after the strong smell. It has an intense spicy flavor, they used a ton of hops but instead of trying to balance the hop bitterness with some maltiness they used a few different kinds of hops in the beer, citrus flavor hits me pretty well along with the pine I smelled initially. The flower aroma didn't manifest itself as much as in the smell but that is definitely no detriment to the flavor at all. This beer every feels good in my mouth, its not super smooth or anything but that spiciness in the taste has a distinct feel when its in your mouth, almost a tingly feeling before you swallow it which I think is pretty standard with any decent IPA. I found this beer very drinkable, but I also want to reiterate that I love IPA in general and I can drink dIPA all night. This beer was exactly what I expected and wanted it to be, it does not dissapoint as an IPA and I recommend it to anyone who is looking to find a perfect beer for some spicy curry!

dwilson01, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Remilamy for this bottle from your trip to the "West Coast".

A - Darker than expected but not too dark for style. 2 finger head with good scattered lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
S - Grassy hops, lots of aroma hops.
T - Piney up front. Thin malt bill, but good. Some follow up skunkiness with some alcohol.
M - Good heavy carbonation, but good be a bit thicker with malting.
D - Thinner than Maharaja so you could get down a little more.

I'd almost call this a double IPA. Over 7% with almost 100 IBU's. But I guess "West Coast" IPA implies the 'double'.

KCHopHead, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tumbler from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a dark copper color with a dense two inch white head. Good head retention that leaves soapy lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell is that of pine needles, floral aromas, some citrus notes of grapefruit, orange zest.

Upfront slightly bitter taste that mellows out and blends nicely into a sweet citrus flavor. Slight caramel malts can be noted in the end.

Medium Bodied with average carbonation.

Nice IPA and definitely one to seek out.

tr4nc3d, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of ipazilla
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle
Very tasty high quality beer, rather expensive six pack but worth the money. Big hop flavors matched with a big malt finish. Good beer for those not in love with pine notes or big floral notes. It has rich body that makes it quite smooth and has a good level of bitterness. Not my favorite style of Ipa but a good one to try anyway.

ipazilla, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of ndillon45
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me why my favorite style of beer is IPA. Whatever the hops they use, I love. The aroma absolutely guarantees a great session by my standards. Pours a medium brown with a thick head that laces from the top to the bottom. The taste matches the aroma, but a little more carbonated than I'd prefer. I could drink this all day a great pace. Highly recommend for the hop head.

ndillon45, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of bfields4
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light amber body. Large frothy head trails the beer all the way down.

Resin, pine, grassy hopiness bursts out of this beer. A little lighter on the citrus than I had expected, but its there.

Lemon hits right away resin and pine follow. Toasty biscuity malt presence keeps the bitterness at bay.

Nice amount of carbonation to lift the bitterness. A nice IPA, but I have been more impressed by some of their other offerings.

bfields4, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poooofy. great lacing and great staying power...such resiliance! orangeamber with a slight haze from the yeasties

the aroma is, of course, dominated by hops though plenty of buttery, cane-ey sweetness shows through (the hops in most cali IPAs dominate like saddam dominated election results but this one demonstrates significantly more tact). grassy, grassy hop aromas with plenty of citrus. simcoe, how i have grown to love thee

simcoe! good backbone from the liquid for hops to grasp. the malt profile could be a little more dynamic; i encounter the same thoughts that are inspired by many of stone's malt bills (sweet and a little sticky but with only enough depth for hops to shine). "an attempt at balance" would be inaccurate. this is ultimately not a problem though something that presented itself. the hop experience is sufficiently dynamic, however--if a hop schedule can be rich

i bet this is legit out of a draught line

bruachan, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear and pale copper with an inch worth of tightly packed sandy white head. Retention is low but leaves behind a thick cap as well as a wispy curtain of white lace.

S: Pure, unadulterated hoppiness. Hop cones up the wazoo. Sweet heavy, honey glazed apricots backed with a heavy dose of doughy caramel maltiness. Sort of reminds me of a mix between Two Hearted and Hopslam.

T/MF: Chalky bitterness, pine that moves into a mildy sweet but nonetheless heavy syrupy fruitiness and finishes with a lasting piney/medicinal dryness. Grapefruit rind and earthy pine with a mildly alcoholic closing. The finish on this one is incredibly long, it is almost like drinking an entirely different beer after each sip. Full bodied for an IPA, very chewy with a prickly carbonation not too big, not too small but otherwise inoffensive and unremarkable.

D: A heavy IPA, close to a DIPA, a sort of tweener beer. If you are a big west coast IPA fan this beer is for you, if you are looking for some depth and breadth I would look elsewhere, but it is really hard to ignore the glorious hoppiness this beer throws in your face.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of srroos
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy orange with a small, off white head. Particles suspended in the beer. (hops?) Lots of lacing left in the glass. Aroma is mild and floral, some pineyness with some maltiness. Big hop punch with a fruity sweetness, finishing long and bitter. Medium bodied and very, very drinkable. A tasty standby SoCal local.

srroos, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of bwd110
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
no freshness dating to be found anywhere on bottle or packaging. Drives me nuts...

A: Light amber/orange tinge to this brew - somewhat hazy with a standard half inch head, which is bright white and extra soapy. Tight little bubbles in the lace, nice streaking down the glass.

S: Pungent. Sticky, wet grassy pine notes and floral hops dominate. Some citrus hops present. Surprisingly nice undercurrent of caramel malt sweetness. Also you can smell the bitterness this ipa is waiting to smack you with.

T: Not the hop bomb I expected, however a nicely appointed ipa. Floral and pine hops stick out, and a nice malty sweetness helps alleviate some of the lashing the hefty bitterness of this beer provided. Overall, a very sturdy brew.

M: Medium full, a bit oily and resinous.

D: Went down fast, interesting beer. Glad I grabbed a sixer.

bwd110, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy amber/copper color with about two fingers of white foam.

S: Great piney aroma along with plenty of grapefruit. Good malt sweetness to round things out.

T: Better than the smell. Great bitterness interacts well with all the grapefruit. Very refreshing for such a bitter beer. The malt keeps a good balance, but doesn't make it self too well known.

M: Great carbonation and a nice bitter aftertaste.

D: Such a great IPA, one of my new favorites.

womencantsail, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a light burnt orange with a nice big white head. The head slowly goes down until it's a llittle smaller than one finger with ok retention and leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass. The smell is pretty strong, mainly pine right up front followed by grapefruit and some citrus. Pretty hoppy. The smell is similar to the taste. Pine and citrus mainly. This one is also pretty bitter compared to other IPAs I've had. Mouthfeel is good no complaints there. This is also very drinkable, not a low or high ABV and good taste. Pretty good stuff, a nice west coast IPA though there would be others I'd take over this one though this one is up there with those.

dismal, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I'm talking about. I think the west coast produces the best IPAs in the country, which sucks for me since I"m on the east coast. This beer was served from a bottle into a pint glass in a local bar in the D.C. area. Immediately, I noticed the hop aroma. It was clear and present. The head was there but thin and disappeared as I drank. It was light copper and relatively clear. As I drank the beer, the bitterness grew in my mouth. There wasn't an aftertaste in the classic sense of it, it was just building on me. Even with the increased hoppiness, the beer was still drinkable. A good example of an American IPA.

drabmuh, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a solid two fingers of beige head. The color of the beer is a slightly hazy darker copper/amber. Just a beautiful looking beer, with a head that last and lasts. There is even a touch a of lacing.

Smell: When I poured this the smell just consumed the room. I mean there is just a blast of crisp hop aroma. There is a ton of pine followed by some tropical fruit and specifically grapefruit aroma. There is definitely a certain sweetness to it all. Just a beautiful floral smell here.

Taste: It initally smacks you in the face with a bit of bitterness, which quickly turns into the fruity and floral hop characters form the nose. There is also a bit of spicyness to it. This beer is definitely a west coast style IPA, because I get almost no malt. There is a hint of malt sweetness, but you have to look for it and there is a little caramel malt battling with the bitter pine flavor for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: WOW this is one smooth drinker. The carbonation is perfect, and this beer has that perfect piney hop aftertaste to it. This a medium body beer.

Drinkability: Really enjoyed this beer and if it wasn't so expensive on the east coast I would have it quite often. The mouthfeel of it alone makes it great after a day in this hot sun. Great ipa flavor, with a great nose. I prefer a little more balance in ipas, but this is a solid beer.

OnThenIn, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a hazed dull copper. Pours 1/2 finger of dark beige creamy head. The etching keeps the head to a thin layer. Nice lace walls as well.

Aroma: Big floral hop profile, but the malt backbone sticks out well with a big caramel aroma. Has the typical grapefruit citrus as well.

Taste: Big floral earthy hop profile. The caramel kicks in more at the end here. Big grapefruit citrus blend as well.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little crisp on the tongue from the nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste which is always nice for an ipa.

Overall, a really nice representation of a west coast ipa. However, it had more caramel that I was expecting. Not to bad. Very drinkable at 7% abv. Well done.

mothman, Aug 20, 2009
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,254 ratings.