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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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6,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,514
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 257
Gots: 800 | 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 Gambrinus1184
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby-ish 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Very cloudy, orange amber color with bright, golden highlights and a two-finger head of rocky, tan foam which settles nicely, leaving some sticky webs of lace.

S: Pungent hop aroma, fruity and floral with hints of pine and citrus fruits. Lingering, zesty herbal smells hangs in the air after a deep whiff.

T: Smooth, creamy toasted caramel malts up front with a buttery cracker flavor quickly followed by complex, tropical and citrus fruits flavors. A floral and grainy bitterness builds towards a hop crescendo leading with grapefruit zesty, orange rind and a lush, piny herbal bitterness which lingers deep into the resinous finish.

M: Full bodied IPA with a good deal of creamy malt balance to the slick, oily hop complex that coats the palate. A little hot and sticky, but still good.

D: Certainly a multi-dimensional hop attack, coming strong in the aroma, bitter feel, fruity and floral taste and lingering finish. I like the balance achieved while not stepping in the way of the hop onslaught too much, which West Coast IPA certainly has. The 7.3% ABV and powerful, palate-killing hop profile makes this a great choice for a solo brew hop fix.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a golden brown appearance with a skinny white head to it. The smell of this is very hoppy with cameos of malt and some citius fruits. The taste is paired nicely with the smell. It starts citrusy smooth followed by a drop kick hop finish and aftertaste. This is the official beer or the west coast Ipa style. Very drinkable and very good. Enjoy.

badboyrsl84, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange bordering on copper with an inch of slightly off white head that slowly falls away leaving a decent amount of lace.
S - Did someone say West Coast? Pungent, piney, grapefruit pith, citrusy hop goodness. Light, clean caramel & toasty maltiness balances it.
T - OMFG. This is what I love about a good American IPA. Much like the smell; piney, grapefruit like citrus hop flavour balanced (slightly) by clean light caramel, toasted bread malt flavours.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A pretty assertive, lingering bitterness.
D - Such a wonderful American IPA. 7.30% is enough to knock you around yet I'd take that if I ever got the chance to drink a lot of this. Ticks every box for what I look for in a great American IPA.

brendan13, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of SDtastentune
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark golden with good head, great lacing & fizz rising.. slightly unfiltered looking.

S - Hops, grapefruit, light malts, slight citrus.

T - Taste is great! Bitter & hoppy, great after taste that lingers on your tongue. Grapfruit, hops, high end malts, citrus, True IPA taste.

M - Higher carbonation that flows well, but not over the top. Medium to heavy body but not over the top.

D - Drinkability is great but you must be a hop head to truly enjoy, has a definite aftertaste that does linger and gives you a true IPA taste. Thumbs up, this is a good IPA that can hang with the best.

SDtastentune, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of misinformed
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No date, but I'm sure it's pretty fresh because it came in one of those newfangled 4 packs.

A- 2 1/2 finger off white head. Beer was clear dark orange/copper. Nice thick lacing as I was drinking it and a good bit left behind after the beer was gone.

S- Great smell. Citrus mostly with some really nice sweet tropical fruit notes.

T- Nice strong citrusy hops. Pine as well, but it's not as strong as the sweet citrus flavors. The hops mellow out rather quickly which gives the malt backbone a chance to be tasted. Long lingering mild bitter finish with citrusy burps.

M- Medium bodied, but not oily or mouth coating to any real degree.

D- Gooood, goood. This is a superb IPA that begs to be drunk. Great hop flavor with just a hint of the malt backbone to add balance. Strong flavor that tastes almost like a double, but not overly bitter or palette wrecking. I would definitely pick this up again when I know it's fresh.

misinformed, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled about three months ago, I think.

Pours a very cloudy copper. No floating sediment, just verrry hazy. Carbonation evident, head lasts quite awhile. Lacing also consistent.

Smells like citrus and pine, very much so. Probably more pine-y than anything. Very hoppy smelling, and in a good way. Doesn't smell sweet, which I like. By scent alone, I'd probably peg this as a DIPA.

Taste is basically all grapefruit and pine. Very bitter, but the hops have a fresh taste also. I love the pine hops (simcoe, I'm guessing), and I like that there's very little sweetness here. Finishes dry, crisp and bitter. I don't know of another non-imperial IPA that has this much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, but less than a lot of IPAs. For as hoppy as this is, it does not taste like hop syrup at all. Completely lacks that sweet/syrupy vibe some IPAs have. It's crisp. To me, that's a good thing.

Drinkability is about as good as can be for a beer this strong in flavor. I could drink several of these, but at the price they go for her in upstate NY, this is just a sixer I get every now and then. One of my favorite IPAs, though, for sure.

musicforairports, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Bottling date of 10/27/2010

I stopped by the brewery today to pick up a case of Silva Stout for a friend and they were bottling the new 4 packs of West Coast IPA, so I decided to pick one up for $7 (not a bad price IMO). I suppose this is as fresh as it gets.

A: Poured into a Bruery snifter. The beer is deep orange with perfect clarity and a one inch frothy off white head that takes near 5 minutes to recede, leaving thick sheets of lacing everywhere in the aftermath.

S: Huge aromatics of pine resin, grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Citrus has a very faint candied quality to it, but on the whole the aroma is quite dry. Malt is diffident, lending a crackery notes and a little caramel character. A beautiful, bright, and vibrant hop aroma.

T: I think the advertisement of 95 IBUs on the label is probably pretty accurate. This is a very bitter beer, a veritable palate wrecker. The beer is dry, with a dash of sweetness midpalate, or maybe that was my imagination. It's gone almost instantaneously and the bruising assault of aridity and bitterness has wiped it from my memory. The hops are mostly pine resin and grapefruit pith with some orange rind. With the pine dominance, the beer gives the overall impression of being green, if color can be tasted. The dry finish showcases a final hop flourish and a high level of bitterness, with pine and grapefruit rind lingering. Any malt flavor that might exist is masked completely by hops.

M: Absolute desiccation coupled with a trailing stickiness. Carbonation is at an upper moderate level, perfect. Medium bodied.

Overall: A top notch example of a San Diego style IPA. The bitterness, dry moutfeel, and overall hop vibrancy are sure to please any hophead. A must try if you have access to fresh bottles.

HopHead84, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The info on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, its ABV% (7.3) and its IBUs. There is no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance: From the slow pour I got a thick creamy off white head of foam. It is long lasting, dense and makes thick sticky lace rings on the glass. This head sits on top of a very cloudy orange amber body with thick super fine yeast sediment.

Smell: I get a firm fruity, citrusy and pine like hop presence in the nose. The hop aromatics dominate over a sweet malty base.

Taste/Palate: This one has a tasty deep dank hop explosion on the tongue. The hop flavor notes goes from an intense citrus pith/rind to a heavy leafy herbal to an intense piney/spruce like character and back again. The malt adds some supporting sweetness in the beginning with some bready and yeast like notes. I am also picking up some peach like stone fruit notes with maybe even a slight hint of maraschino cherry in the middle. At the finish hop flavor takes over and coats the plate with heavy citrus and piney bitterness.

Note: At 95 IBUs this beer drinks like and hits you with hops like a Double/Imperial IPA.

generallee, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a 20oz glass at MacGregors Penfield. Came to me with barely any head, what remaining was off-white. Body is orange and murky.

Aroma smacks you in the face with super fresh pine, grapefuit, floral and citric hoppage. Alcohol is faintly detected.

Taste is similar. Lots of floral goodness. The hops are fresh and delicious. While its fairly bitter, its the good FRESH kind of bittering. Not just background bite. Good malty backbone.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Lots of tingling, a good mouth experience.

This is certainly drinkable. Not a chugger due to the abv, but this is an awesome west coast style ipa.

kbnooshay, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On an iPhone so I'll be brief.

Looks incredible. Fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves a great lacing. Bit cloudy golden orange.

Smell is amazing. Rich simcoe sherbert fruit aromas. Tons of citrus and preserved fruits. Unreal.

So good. If this isn't a 5 what is? Everything that the nose promised is here in spades. Verrry slight sweetness apparent before hardcore lasting bitter finish.

Full but still super clean and crisp in the mouth.

I never want to not be drinking this.

jbowers56, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Single purchased for $1.99 from John's Market.

A-Poured a beautiful golden amber hue with a two finger bone white head with nice retention and ample lacing.

S-Extravagantly hopped per the label. The Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops combine wonderfully for a pungent bouquet of grapefruit zest, pine, and floral notes. Very nice.

T-Very extravagantly hopped at 95 IBUs. This is a hop assault. Not too much for my palate, but I do prefer a malt sweetness as a backbone for balance. If this had just a bit more malt sweetness, West Coast IPA would be outstanding. Hop lovers should enjoy this.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms. In my opinion, Green Flash's Imperial IPA is much more balanced.

velosuds, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich orange-amber into a pint glass with a thin film of white head. Intense aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel, slightly thick and semi-syrupy. Malty bread and caramel sweetness up front are quickly overtaken by pine and tart lemon citrus. Long finish with lingering grapefruit notes.

Very flavorful and refreshing (alcohol is well-concealed)...this brew seems to favor bold hoppy punch over finesse and balance, but the results are still extremely satisfying.

grittybrews, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing. Huge hop aroma with pine and grapefruit. The taste has massive bitterness with piney hops; it's a bit one-dimensional with the over-the-top bitterness. The finish is very dry and bitter. There is some astringency here as well. The drinkability isn't bad, but I prefer a little more balance in my IPAs.

chickenm, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange with a monstrous frothy head that absolutely plasters the glass with lacing. It looks like the beer got a pie in the face. There is a steady stream of ascending bubbles amid pockets of other bubbles clinging to the barrier of the pint glass like a sucker fish in a 16 oz. aquarium of beer. Ya, it's like that.

S: Big blast of hops with citrus and alcohol - very inviting. I was on the fence about the aroma score, but the alcohol scent bumped it down a notch. At 7.3%, I would prefer the alcohol aromas to be disguised more gracefully.

T: Hooray delicious west coast IPA. This delicious beverage is aptly named. It's considerably bitterer than many other examples of the style. This is where personal preference may seep in. Bring on the hops and the bitterness that comes with the territory (provided it's done properly, of course). In this case, we have a winner. This is one of the best IPAs around that I can purchase locally.

M: Great lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is detectable, but certainly not off-putting or offensive.

D: A great IPA. If you haven't had it, it's pretty easy to come by and definitely worth trying.

Huhzubendah, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 10.10.10 (make a wish) at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Copper color w/ unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hops but not as strong as the flavor would suggest.

T: Very good! Strong, upfront citrusy flavor with a good caramel malt taste in the middle. Great balance. Slight hop bitterness in the end, but not overpowering.

M: Nice on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is one of my favorites of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: I would (& have) order a sessions-worth of GF WC IPA.

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Nic for bringing this for me the other night. I've had this one many times, and always enjoyed it, but it has been a while. Pours a dark orange-amber color, with a little ecru head that remains after a few minutes. Nice hoppy nose here, piney and a touch citrusy. On the palate, this one is a little oily and resiny, with good grapefruit flavors. Surprisingly balanced, and extremely drinkable, with a lingering bitter finish. One of the better IPAs, IMO.

emmasdad, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of zachariaIPA
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle with a funny bright, unassuming green label. Unassuming for such an incredible beer, blasted with hops to the outer reaches of the Hopgalaxy.

Beautiful opaque copper color, streaming lines of small carbonated entities spread throughout the side of glass. Extremely thick white lacing with each sip. Wide bands charting each journey into my mouth.

Strong aroma of hops, fruity, floral, letting you know what's about to come.

The taste..oh, the taste. You are immediately pounded with hops, lots and lots of hops. It's extremely flavourful, and "Extravagantly Hopped" as the bottle says. Some malt at the finish, but it's pleasantly unbalanced in favor of Team Hops.

Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, very nice bite of that hoppy bitterness that comes with a top-shelf American IPA. 95 IBUs!

A fantastically disguised 7.3%, I could drink a few of these regularly.

zachariaIPA, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of gregshead
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangish Amber color. Some head but not a lot of it. Foam looks good though.

S: Pine and grapefruit

T: Lots of bitter hops. A little too bitter for my taste buds. Pine and grapefruit, some floral taste as well. Nice dry finish.

M: Lots of carbonation. Works for this beer.

D: A nice strong IPA. If you like the pine and grapefruit combo with some floral tones, this one is for you.

gregshead, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of briwood
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has the perfect bite for an IPA. The burst of grapefruit taste in your mouth keeps you wanting more. As with most of the IPA's that I drink, I like to savor this one over an hour to get the full range of flavors. I know it may be hard to do your first time, because it taste so darn good, but maybe slow it down on your second. You won't be disappointed.

briwood, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a goblet...
Look is orange amber colored with an off white head, lots of sediment.
Smells of floral hops, sweet malt and citrus.
Taste consists of pine, grapefruit, and resin, good solid bitterness lingers.
Feels medium bodied and leaves the mouth dry.
This is a delicious beer with a variety of flavors.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a frothy, 1.5 inch cream-colored head. Head settles into a solid half inch cap with thick clumps of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass. Nose reveals a combination of sweet grapefruit and medicinal hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, a mild malty backbone reveals itself and a slightly caustic lingering bitterness comes out and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. A decent IPA, but the bitterness is a little too much for my taste.

Jwale73, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of CascadeConan
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally brought this beer to a barn dinner in a mixed six pack, it stood out from the rest so I picked up a six-pack about a week later for some further research.

This IPA is West Coast through and through, it probably hangs out with Ice Cube, surfs, dips its pizza in ranch and would shoot 90 Minute IPA in the face if given the chance.

Pours a shiny orange with billowing sticky white head.

The nose is a lush with pine, grapefruit, floral and other fruit from Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade and Columbus all coming in at 95IBUs.

Wonderful medium body, upfront hop assault and slight sweet grain on the tail end.

It's pretty simple to review a beer like this because it hits the mark on everything I look for in an IPA: pungent yet distinctive hop qualities, little to no alcohol heat, support from the malt and spot on carbonation. My hat is off to you Green Flash, prepare to receive more of my money soon.

CascadeConan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of dspoonrt
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After reading some of the other reviews, maybe I poured this one too quickly and that was the cause of some of the off-flavors and astringency I experienced. Anyways, here are my thoughts:

Appearance: Beer pours a dusty orange-brown color with some haze and some head. Noticeable sediment and bubbles add to the look and differentiate this IPA from others I've had.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops come through in the nose. Pine, flowers, citrus, and other scents blend together and delight the senses. The combination is intoxicating.

Taste: A letdown after the nose, the beer was overwhelming bitter with very little balance. Less fruity and floral elements, the primary flavors coming through were pine and grass.

Mouthfeel: Rather full-bodied and thick for an IPA, West Coast IPA drinks smooth, if maybe a little dry.

Drinkability: Overall, it has some great elements, but it's not my favorite IPA. I consider myself a hophead. The assortment of hops blended nicely in the nose, but I felt they really clashed in the taste department. Something was missing. I don't think I'd want to drink more than one of these.

dspoonrt, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of cardtosser
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For hop heads only. Color is orange pale with slight chill haze. My latest pour 9/19/20 shows a one finger head. Smells like a hop locker in a Cali brewery. Strong pine almost marijuana bud floral. Taste presents fresh hop taste, with a noble hop baseline. Malt is not a strong part of the taste profile, but I have had hoppy beers that lacked the malt back and this isn't one of them. Medium carbonation in the mouth with (what else) hop aftertaste. Really wakes up the old tastebuds.

I would say that it has good drinkability, but if you don't like the California IPA style, you won't like to drink more than one glass.

Truly one of my favorites.

cardtosser, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was really quite nice. Poured a 2" head which took a long time to dissipate. A clear sienna and orangey color. Quite the strong hop aroma. Taste matches the bouquet although maybe a little less strong. You get good fresh hops which make this a solid IPA-lovers beer. Holds it's own against most any of the hopped up competition.

MoreThanWine, Sep 20, 2010
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,514 ratings.