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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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6,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,253
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 SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Tyler's Tap Room (Apex, NC)

Slightly cloudy amber in the glass with just barely a finger's worth of white foam. Head dissipates quickly but leaves a pretty stable film of bubbles and a heavier ring around the glass. Lacing was good and lasted all the way down the glass.

Aromas are all hops with the citrus grapefruit smell coming on the strongest. Very pungent!

The flavors are intense, with plenty of hop bitterness coming out strong. This brew really tastes a lot like it smells with a very biting citrus grapefruit flavor. All that bitterness rests on a very solid malt backbone that is really just along for the ride. The finish is long on hoppy bitterness and the linger just brings on more of that citrus grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice with a modest carbonation that doesn't fight with or limit the hops while at the same time helping to create a good weight.

Overall drinkability is good if you like IPAs. Personally, I'm a fan, and I found this go be a very solid brew. Definitely worth a try if you are into hops.

SIRIUS2, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of paulieatworld
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a rush of cascading bubbles. thin head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.

nose is straight up hops. a little pine, alot of citrus (a hint of orange).

this one is hit you over the head on the hops. the thing i like about this one so much though is that it's not one dimensional. so many of the west coast ipa's just thrive on being super hop aggressive. dont get me wrong. this one is that but it has this lovely toasted malt backbone that lends it so much structure. this one certainly isnt as sharp and refreshing as say stone's ipa but it has a complexity and lends itself as sort of one of those juicy chewy ipa's (see: two hearted).

overall, this one has gotta be right up there for me. it's pricey, especially over here on the east coast but i'd pay it. time and again.

paulieatworld, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a fluffy white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a big dose of citrus and piny hops.

Tastes of the big hop flavor followed with a smaller malt background. The hops are the citrus and pine variety from the nose. The hops are big, but could be bigger. The malt flavor is a lightly toasted or caramel note. Overall, the hops are assertive, but don't feel that clean, but rather a little muddled compared to others.

The feel is a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is a little slick and leaves the hop taste lingering.

This is very drinkable.

ocelot2500, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy finger and a half of head in my 16 oz. snifter. Smell is potent floral hops, with seemingly quite a bit of caramel malt backbone underneath. I'm not sure if my senses are just fooling me, this is just so deep and earthy yet sweet smelling at the same time. Upon first sip, I see that my senses were not fooling me after all. Strong biscuit and caramel malt up front, with a deep pine resin hop profile rushing in shortly after. This is tasty, but its definitely not what comes to mind when I think West Coast IPA. Perhaps it has faded a bit? No freshness date.

Either way, like I said, I still find it to be tasty. Bitterness is a bit high and I wish there was more citrus, those are the two major flaws I find with it. Medium bodied and very oily, I don't get much of a carbonation splash at all. A solid IPA here, but definitely not one of my favorites. I would drink it again in a heartbeat, but probably won't purchase it again unless I knew it was fresh.

alcstradamus, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of 2Cruzy
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally had a chance to sample this beer! Excellent! Loved it!

Will need to seek out this brew whenever I can find this one.
Found this at Whole Foods Market for $9.99 6-pk. A little pricey, but well worth the $$ and effort to find it.

A new favorite! Can I have another one?!?

2Cruzy, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle got in a trade with jyounger30..thanks again Jay!

A- Pours a hazy darker amber color with orange highlights when held up to the light. Nice 1 finger white head that goes down after a couple seconds. Soapy lacing on the sides that slide down the glass.

S- Aroma is of citrus (pineapple, orange, mango) hops at first followed by some slight pine. A slight sweet malty background is coming through here and there. Slight hint of alcohol in the very back drop of this beer. Nice smelling IPA!

T- Nice big crisp bitter hop blast right off the get go. Turns into a sweet malt middle then ends with a citrus hop blast again with the tail end being a little more bitter. The alcohol makes itself a little more known in the taste than in the aroma. Very good tasting beer.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel to this. Good carbonation levels on this beer makes it a real treat in the mouth. The palate gets a nice oil hop resin sitting on top of it. Little bit of a alcohol and hops aftertaste which is somewhat flavorful and makes you yearn for more to drink.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA that makes even people who don't like IPA's which I know and shared this beer with like them for just at least one beer. I would love to get my hands on some more of this when I could.

alleykatking, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of k3punk
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip type glass.
A - This is how an IPA should look. Caramel color with a slight head. The head disapates into medium lacing. Beautiful.
S - At first pour the smell was very mild. As the head started to fade I got some good wiffs of pine and flora. Slight citrus.
T - Initial taste is typical of IPA's hoppy and earthy. A bitter bite in the back of the throat. Some flowery tastes mixed with an orange undertone. I love the hops in this beer.

Another beer that makes me grateful I live in San Diego. Although I don't believe this is as good as the Hop Head Red that Green Flash puts out, this is an exceptional IPA.

k3punk, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of chicagoish
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a batch # 76 on the label.

Appearance: Copper Bronze in the glass ... big head white head. The head retention was very long. Lacing stays on the glass.

Smell: Fruity

Taste & Mouth Feel: Hop Explosion. Spicy and Fruity. Everything you would expect from a big IPA. The pepper is there..

Drinkability & Notes: Very good IPA, I would seek out and buy again. Very good to excellent.

Serving type: bottle

chicagoish, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my opinion Green Flash makes one of the best Double Ipa's out there and they also have a lot of great other extreme and belgian beers. The IPA however is not as great as some of their others or as other ipa's for that matter. Pretty good color aroma and taste and certainly worth a try if you come across it.

david18, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, pillowy, head of ivory foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some bubblegum. A light caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of of spicy hops with grapefruit flavors. It has a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a great IPA. It really holds up to Pliny the Elder (which I love).

zeff80, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=pours a gentle golden/copper color with a white head.

S=very strong pine notes initially then some more floral notes that follow

T=very bold hop flavors, pine followed by floral notes

M=nice light tight carbonation with ample all the way through even on a slow drink

D=good, the only thing keeping this from being an all night beer is the ABV.

jacobseyb, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of evantwomey
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Good head, moderate retention. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Pale amber color, good clarity. Aroma is very hoppy: piney, dank. Very nice. A little biscuity malt hidden in the background. Taste is a blast of piney hops up front, followed by a faint malt character and a long, resinous finish. The beer finishes very dry and crisp, not cloyingly bitter at all. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, about as good as any IPA I've had. Due to the sheer amount of hops I'd say the drinkability is slightly lower than some other IPAs.

A fantastic IPA! Every time I see this in my neck of the woods I grab a few bottles.

evantwomey, Jul 29, 2009
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a beautiful bone white 2 finger head that leaves a gorgeous frosty lacing.

Intense hop explosion. Big notes of grapefruit and tangerine, followed by pine and floral aromas. Slight toasted cracker... but this one is all about the hops.

Drinks as it smells. Small toasty cracker/caramel with a bombardment of hops. Big and juicy grapefruit and tangerine up front. Sharp piney in the finish. As the oils build, there is a great spicy resinous piney floral taste that lingers on the palette. Big and bitter, this one is loaded with hops. Great combination of Simcoe, Colombus, Cascade, and Centennial.

Towards the end of the glass, mouth is coated with a film of luscious bitter hop oils. mmmm... Sticky, sharp and dry. Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

Awesomely hoppy West Coast IPA. For hopheads only. Big bitter, sticky, oily, juicy, pungent, resinous brew. Love it!

CHILLINDYLAN, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, portia99!

Pours an orange-amber color. One finger of head retains well. Pretty good looking lacing.

Big-time West Coast hop aroma is present as soon as the cap comes off the bottle. Loads of juicy grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple, with an equal pine representation. Really nice aroma.

Intense bitterness. There's a sweetness up front that comes from the malt background and the citrus fruits, but it gives way to huge pine. Very hoppy, resinous, borderline astringent finish. What a transition. This thing is bitter!

Medium body. Smooth, lightly creamy. It's got that nice oily hop texture that leaves a very nice coating of the mouth. Very pleasant, and the carbonation is adequate. Wow, the finish is an all-out hop assault.

This beer is much easier to drink than it should be, considering the bitterness. Good stuff.

Gyle41386, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a standard pint glass

a: orange amber color, slight head with pretty good retention. White lacing rings the glass

s: floral, piney, and citrus hops, slight hint of light caramel

t: citrus hop flavor followed by a light pineyness. Caramel malt provide a nice backbone to display the hops.

m&d: light to medium bodied, slight carbonation. Slightly slick and oily mouth, finishes slightly dry. A drinkable IPA


UDbeernut, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle to finally try... I just know this is going to be an IPA I like... especially after reading the label... no freshness date though :(

- Wonderful dark cloudy copper with minimal to no head.. little bits of lacing.... looks like my favorite IPA, Workhorse from Laurelwood. Same Alc. content as well... looks to be almost a clone!

- Sweet caramel malt profile... doesn't smell the same as my beloved Workhorse.. but with a similar hop smell... zest, grapefruit, pine, and floral all in one, and a huge use of it! Seems very well balanced though in scent! Is this another godly nectar?

- Why yes it is! Not too sweet, which I really love in an IPA.. great hop flavor all around.. grapefruit, pine.. sticky pungent hops! Moar! Sweet caramel malt sits perfectly aside and lets the hops have the show. Little bit of bread as well, subtle, and present.

- Little chewy and oily, sticky... yummy!

- One I could sit and drink all day... and then later realize that I would be too wasted to do anything but sleep! A great IPA and one of the best to date that I have had!

Docer, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of HoosBrews
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Custom Home Pubs in Charlotte. Appearance was a glowing orange. Aroma: Huge citrus, grassy hops. Taste is big and beautifully bitter. Citrus and pine hops really make this a treat for IPA lovers like me. No let-up in the hops in the finish. A delicious IPA.

HoosBrews, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer at nick's cove in marshall, ca while on my honeymoon.

i didn't take notes but this was an amazing beer. smelled amazing, incredibly hoppy yet balanced and tasted great. great mouthfeel and i would love to have this one again.

everything i look for in an ipa.

GPHarris, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, total hop bomb. This beer pours a deep golden yellow. The smell is fruity. The taste is hops, slapping me in the face with some citrus notes that help to ease the initial blast to the face. The mouth feel is bitter hop, but that's what this beer is all about. I guess they don't mess around when it comes to IPA on the West Coast.

greg202stewart, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of CountLupulus
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a microbeaded head that grabs and slips from the glass in scaly tufts. Its thin scalp is vigorously maintained with each tilt of the lifted glass as little torrents of bubbles rise from the deeps. The brew boasts a fierce orange-red-gold like the last of the sun thrown up (could it be... the green flash?). Unfiltered & hazy: a swirling effect.

Smell: Roaring pine bitters grab those Cascade florals like debris in a choked river and rip right up the nasal narrows. Lovely.

Taste: This one's a hop showcase, but what distinguishes its depth is the flush fullness presented across its range of hopping process: bittering, flavor and aroma all forward and brimming to capacity. A distinctly 'wet' character that brandishes the raw qualities of its constituents in strong balance. Bright and bitter tracks linger long across the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Slow-release carbonation complements its bitterness like salt to a tomato. Perception of stickiness.

Drinkability: This is not a muzzled session beer, nor is it a boozy boot to the head: the Flash earnestly deserves that each long draw be appreciated with relish. One could savor a few at leisure over an evening and be glad.

CountLupulus, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear orange with hues of amber. minimal head with minimal lacing.

S: Floral and piney hops, hints of citrus

T: Piney and floral hops with hints of citrus. Nice bready flavor throughout.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with a little bite

D: Adds just a little (or takes away some of the bite if you view it that way) to the standard West Coast IPA

rfgetz, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium orange with a thick, two-finger light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Lots of floaties in the glass, as it has been with just about every single bottle from the case. It's really fantastic looking, as I love good lacing, but the floaties knock off a point considering that I don't think they're really supposed to be there.

S - Tons of spicy hops really dominate. Citrus-y hops are abundant as well. The citrus notes give a bit of an impression that it might have a sweeter taste, but you can see otherwise below. To top it off, there's a hint of paler malt in the background, but the hops are the main players here.

T - This is where it's at. This is one of the few IPAs that has really just blown me away. Such an awesome hop presence. There are citrus-y grapefruit notes that fade to floral and pine, then finish with a mouth-drying bitterness that lasts. Some pale malts are noticeable in the finish as well, and it's a nice way to round things out just a touch before the next sip. This has to be one of, if not the only times I've given out a 5 for taste. It's just a complex, fantastic-tasting hop experience.

MF - Slick and oily are the words here. The carbonation really helps give it a thirst-quenching feel and keeps things in check. It finishes really dry with me continually reaching back for another sip.

D - Pretty incredible. This goes down quicker than almost any other IPA I've had, and the 7.3% ABV isn't noticeable in the taste at all. I find myself sometimes really savoring a bottle, while other times I'm hard-pressed to make it last any reasonable amount of time.

HitokiriNate85, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might just be the best IPA I've ever had. I got it at the Burger Shoppe in NYC, and it was so good, I've gone back three times to have the beer, since it's only there for a limited time.
A-Medium brown, good foamy head. Slightly opaque. Bubbly.
S-Excellent nut scent.
T-Brilliantly spicy, bitter taste that shoots to the back of the throat. Weird has it leaves the tongue so quickly. Very bubbly.

Amalak, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trade today with 14 other IPA's - hallelujah! This is my first green flash brew and it's looking good.

Pours a clear copper color, two finger offwhite head that settles to half a finger and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Carbonation is soft.

The smell is quite nice. Lots of floral pine with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is pretty textbook.. some caramel like sweetness, a touch of fruit and then it gets progressively more bitter. Plenty of pine hops towards the end. It's good.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth but for my tastes it's a bit strong to be sessionable. Overall a good beer though!

Ralphus, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

Slightly hazy golden amber body with a finger of cream-colored head. Retention and lacing are OK.

Big bold smack of resiny pine to the nose, accompanied by an dose of grapefruit and tart orange. Nice caramelized sugar sweetness in the background.

In the mouth, the surprisingly bold malt backbone is a bit of a surprise, and does a great job at balancing out the pungent pine and earthy bitterness. Juicy citrus sweetens things up for a moment before the sticky pine takes over again in the finish.

Seems medium-bodied at first, but it somehow picks up steam and 'fluffs up' into a very robust-feeling beer. Generous carbonation. Pine resin lingers through the swallow.

Overall impression: Excellent IPA.

PDXHops, Jul 10, 2009
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,253 ratings.