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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 243
Gots: 622 | 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 whoneeds8
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out opaque golden amber with nice white head, very good lacing. Smell is not very strong for an AIPA. However, what is there has hints of floral notes. That goes on to the taste, which hits you with floral bitterness up front and mellows rather quickly. The mouthfeel is just right for a good everyday AIPA.

whoneeds8, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of oddfire
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in 6 pack form a month or so ago on a recommendation. Poured it into a small pilsner glass. The appearance is slightly hazy and orange. The aroma is very hoppy and has a very strong citrus smell. The taste is very surprising and kind of refreshing. You are hit with hops right away and then you get a grapefruit flavor in the finish. I think they should rename this west coast grapefruit IPA. The drinkability is very good I could drink more than one or two of these. The mouth feel is good but is like most other IPA's. I will drink this beer again.

oddfire, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a bubbly 1 finger white head, some lacing, but no big rings here.

Big pine hop scent. That's all I can find.

Big bitter pine hops taste, maybe leaning toward the grapefruit rind edge. Looked for other flavors, but it is 100% hop dominant. Sweet? Fruit? malt? Good luck. Hops and bitterness, but a good bitter. One trick pony here, but it is a good trick.

Fair carbonation keeps this one from being too much of a bitter pill to swallow. Decent aftertaste. Overall, not bad, But lacking in depth. I did notice the alcohol though, so there was that palate cleansing element, but that's it. Try it and move on.

OtherShoe2, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Hokies
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know if this is unfiltered or not but this is definitely a hazy orange color with some sediment floating around in this one. Their is a slight white head with some lacing left on the glass.

Their is a lot of pine aroma and with a faint malt aroma buried in between the hops.

This one is dominated by the piney hops that at some points tend to get quite grassy. The hops are traditional to the west coast style of a slick feel that coats the tongue with an oily feeling and leaves quite a bitter aftertaste. I like my IPA's to have more of a fruity taste which is missing in this one. Probably will pass on this one next time.

Hokies, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: apricot/amber..clear, medium head

Smell: grapefruit and pine

Taste: grapefruit, pine, with a honey finish

Mouthfeel: smooth and bitter

Drinkability: To me this is a strong hop bomb. If you love hops, you will love this beer. I find this one very one dimensional and will be passing for more interesting IPAs.

tigg924, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy apricot colored, with streams of fine bubbles rising up.

Aroma of citrus and pine, some understated malt and honey.

Even flavor of citrus and pine, plus pithy grapefruit rind. A malty backbone rides beneath. Pretty well balanced.

Moderate carbonationeven mouthfeel. Finishes dry and crisp.

Very tasty IPA, very drinkable. Thanks to Sparky27 for sending this one on.

far333, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber in color. Has a nice quarter inch head on the pour, and maintains a nice froth on top of the beer.
Smell is wonderful floral and citrus hops. Very nice. Taste is the same, but there's a nice bite to it. This is an incredible IPA that would stand up to some DIPA's. Good and refreshing on the mouthfeel. Well done.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head but practically immobile, once it sets it's there, densely packed small bubbles, moderate lacing. Super cloudy orange to bronze color, for all of its murkiness amplifies light well. The nose plays it straight up, loading up on the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine resin, warm tar and cut green grass, no malt presence, just sprints forward with that narrow band of hoppy scents. Medium-bodied, just about the same story in the mouth but the tactile dimension gives it more range. The grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus remains at the head of the class, pine, orange pekoe tea, violets, bitters follow on. Small sized portion of apricot, peach, nectarine fruit. Carbonation does not interfere with its overall sinewy mouth feel, snakes through the mouth through to an elongated finish. Not particularly complex but does pick the right parts to emphasize.

farrago, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of SpruceFish
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice hazy copper color

S- citrus some pine and defiantly hoppy

T- claims 95 IBUs but i dont fully taste it but great hoppy taste again some citrus and pine

M- light carbonation goes down smooth

D- eal drinkable i could sit down and drink a few of these

SpruceFish, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Feb 2009.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Very large tight foamy head. Almost flat. Clear deep golden color, some sediment remains in the bottle. Aroma is soapy, perfumy, pineapple. Starts slightly astringent, orange pithy and nutty. Quickly becomes bitter, mellowing to a bittersweet finish. Aftertaste is long and lingering, slightly bitter with caramel and honey. Full body, somewhat tingly on the tongue.

Would definitely get this again.

htomsirveaux, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a very small head that dissipates quickly to a haze of bubbles. The bubbles leave sheets of lacing as the beer is consumed, but only the ring where each swallow started sticks.

S: The smell seems to be dominated by piney hop aromas that are very potent. There is a hint of citrus hop aroma mixed in. No malt aroma to be found. There is no mistaking the aroma for another style.

T: Starts out with a nice caramel malt flavor. The malt is washed away quickly with a shot of piney hop flavor. A nice overall taste profile for an IPA, but I admit the piney hop flavors are not my favorite.

M: Medium thickness and nice in mouth carbonation makes it feel creamy.

D: For the style it is pretty drinkable.

GatorBeerNerd, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of gibby
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer so many times I have lost count. I discovered this brew a few years ago on a whim at Gulliftys in Bryn Mawr, luckily they had it on special. I have loved it ever since and i probably buy this beer more consistently than any other right now, $45 a case.

12 oz bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a 1 finger pillowy head that goes away quickly. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, floral smell. This beer is assault on your pallate with the hops. I love the bitterness. Carbonation is just right and the beer goes down very smooth. I love the hops so i find this beer to be very enjoyable and drinkable. There is a malt backbone in there but the hops definitely dominate this brew. Well done green flash.

gibby, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Buggies
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IPA I've had to date. I've tried many other beers in the style, and I'm always left asking, "where is the dam hops?"

The hops aroma hit my nose before I even finished pouring my 12oz bottle into my glass. The smell was amazing... hops, pine and grapefruit. Taste was the same. Slightly sweet initially, then you're hit with an amazing hop bomb. Not too bitter (95 IBU's as the label reads), but enough to let you know it means business.

This bear was ALL about the hops. A proper introduction to an American IPA.

Buggies, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Hautacam
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great IPA. From the moment the glass landed in my hand I could smell the pine grove-pineapple plantation...no need to even raise it to my nose... huge aroma of hops, and a good looking deep amber foamy, lacey head.
Taste is initailly sweet and malty, the hops hit fast and hard and dominate with oily floral , herbal and piney goodness until the dry bitter finish. Damn , this is good. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is just right.

Hautacam, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns.

Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Heavy bitter flavor with a heavy smooth bitter finish of long duration.

A very good beer.

tmoneyba, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A very deep orange auburnish color with a fluffy white head that diminishes to a thin ring around the edge and leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A very big piney citrusy oily hop bomb for your nose! Just a hint of maltiness hiding in the background.

T: Just like it smells. Big hop bomb in your mouth. Very oily and bitter.

M: Nice medium body that leaves your mouth with this oily thickness that lets you savor the beer even more.

D: I know 7% isn't very drinkable for a lot of people, but its around my average so I find this to be very drinkable. I will definitely buy more of this!

drgonzo3705, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a head that doesn't stick around for very long.

The smell is outrageous in a good way: Loads of different hops going on. Notes of pine and grapefruit, along with floral hints.

The taste was kind of a let down. There wasn't much to it except for a bitter/acrid aftertaste. It definitely doesn't live up to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is pretty good.

gameface23, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of cpn920
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was very excited to try this after having the Hop Head Red the other night. Pours a orangeish golden color with a decent creamy head. Smells of boldly of hops as would be expected. Taste was disappointing with a very underwhelming flavor with a tinny aftertaste. Under carbonated in my opinion for this medium bodied IPA. I wouldn't have had another of these if I had one. I will try it again to see if my taste buds were off but based on this review very average in the taste department.

cpn920, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

7.3% ABV

A: Straw in color with noticeable chill haze. There is a nice spongy white head on this brew. Great retention!

S: This has one of the strongest aromas I have ever come across. Chinook hops bite into your nose, while piney centennial, and fruity cascade hops entice it.

T: Similar to biting into wet raw hops. The chinook give a great puckering bitterness, with the flavor and aroma hops lending the more delicate pine, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and flowery flavors. Excellent.

M: Light body with a very slight oiliness. Low carbonation.

D: A hophead's dream. Extremely hoppy and quite enjoyable.

Avagadro, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of hophead247
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle..Perfectly clear deep amber/copper coloured body with strong ruby highlights and a thinnish white head. Aroma of very fresh grassy hops along with citrus notes, perfumy notes and even more hops! Medium-bodied; Strong hop bitterness up front fading to a good malt backbone then back to some citrusy type hops. The aftertaste shows a lot of the hops with a bit of the grassyness from above and a good bit of malt. Overall, a good IPA.

hophead247, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this beer I must have gotten a bad bottle, because now that I've tried it again I wanted to overhaul the original review I wrote.

It pours a darker copper color with one finger of slightly off white head that dissipates to a thinner layer.

Smells of very piney and earthy hops. Slight nuances of grapefruit. No noticeable malt smell up front.

Taste is similar. Strong piney and floral hops up front. A little bit of malt in the undertone that I couldn't detect in the smell. Bitter.

Medium bodied, a little bit carbonated, slightly dry.

Is very drinkable and trying it a second time I liked it a lot better.

KBoudreau66, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma is hop forward. There is no mistaking that it is an IPA. Color is an amber color that is clear with a nice creamy beige head. Nice lace all the way down the glass. Flavor is hop assertive with a clean malt profile of biscuits and toast. Clean finish and easy drinking. A very nice IPA.

Brewsmith, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat CO, around $11.

A: hazy bronze/copper color with an off white head about half an inch thick that recedes to a film. a few spots of lacing around the edge of the glass but not much.

S: HOPS! wow, this could be the most aromatic IPA I've smelled. This is a hoppy beer, lots of "herbal" smells, almost like fresh mint in the back country, grapefruit peel is all over the nose in this one, hops all over the place, they really crowd out any malt characteristic. This is odd, as the other bottles I've had from the pack haven't been nearly this fragrant. I like this a lot.

T: As the nose would suggest this is a very hoppy beer, citrus rind and pine are all very present, but the malt characteristic is a little more present, not so quickly pushed aside, what is there is a faint bit of sweetness up front, almost caramel like, but it gives way to citrus and pine. The bitterness is a bit much, but I really enjoy it. This lingers on the mouth a long time.

M: For as strong as this beer is, it is quite thin. I'd like to feel a bit more thickness to go with the hops, as the IBUs are definitely in solid DIPA range. A little thickness would be nice.

D: Not exactly a sessionable IPA, really a thin DIPA, the hops tend to wreck my palate after two, and everything tastes pretty bland after that. A damn good IPA if you're into hops though. Good beer all around, just not one I'd put back all night.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (actually I am working on my second) that I got from hopsleeroy in our last trade. Served up in a tulip flared pint glass.

A: HEY!!! This poured a dark orange, almost brow color with a ton of red highlights and hues. FRANK!, its a red tinted IPA! Lots of carbonation activity in here with bubbles continously moving up in the glass. The head is a pretty thick, one finger of white head. The head has really good retention, not really fading at all over time. The lace is stupid sticky on the glass and clearly notches the glass all the way down. The stick is spot on, only slightly dripping after it sets on the glass.

S: Smell is . . . how do I describe this . . . hops?! Tons of hops. Nice citrus, grapefruit hops come out first with a bitter sweetness. Then you get some really nice pine hops coming out as well. A floral boquet rounds out the aroma nicely. Slight herbal/medicinal quality hides in the background, making you somehow feel this will be good for you.

T: Taste is much like the nose but better in translation. The grapefruit really comes out with a bitterness, slightly puckering goodness. There is also so good amount of grapefruit peel coming out as well. The pine is bitter as well, with that resiny flavor coming in beautifully. The floral presence and herbal presence is light but there. The pale, bready malt is subtle and nice light counter to all this hoppy craziness.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a pretty medium carbonation. The carbonation is pretty crisp and this is actually pretty refreshing if you get past all this hoppy bitterness. ABV is light and masked easily by all this HOPS. This beer is pretty damned sticky and really coats the mouth with a full rush of all the hop flavors described and the grapefruit and pine resting in the aftertaste.

D: This beer is pretty good. Frankly, I had to let it warm a bit because the flavor is pretty damned bitter. Warm, it is easy drinking and almost poundable. Cold, not so much. Its a bit too much at times. The hops are very well showcased in the aroma and flavor profile. If you don't like hops, this is not your beer. A few years ago, I would have hated this beer. My girlfriend was disgusted after she sampled it. It takes a slightly more developed palate to enjoy this, or someone who just plain likes bitterness. good stuff though!

everetends, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of dqderrick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orange/brown... looks good.

Amazing smell. Green Flash has figured out how to make a Pale smell good. I don't think anyone else can match their smell. The perfect hoppy-sweet mixture.

My only complaint... too much hops! I love it. Hop city. It is a great blend of hops and sweet malt... but almost too much hops. But the flavor profile is dead on what I'd expect from an IPA named "West Coast." Great job Green Flash.

It is quite rude to my mouth. Very bitter and a little acidic in mouth feel... but not bad. I'd love to side-by-side taste this against SN's Torpedo.

I used to really love the GF West Coast IPA. Actually, I still do on a one 12oz bottle matchup at a time... I can only drink one of these. I've even had a 5 gallon keg of this at my house and loved it at first but soon felt it was too hoppy. Now, give me a 5 gallon of Blind Pig or Pliny and I'd have a different story. Or, even Stone's IPA.

Green Flash's West Coast IPA is a great experience. I wouldn't buy it and drink it every week... but it is so much fun to share with friends and talk about how Green Flash makes great hoppy beers.

Cheers to Green Flash.

dqderrick, Jan 24, 2009
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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