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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,170 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,170
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 240
Gots: 645 | 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 ckaufman
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A: Hazy/cloudy orange amber in color with minimal head. Nice lacing and great retention down the inside of the glass.

S: Massive amount of hop aroma in the nose. Complex hop smell that includes a huge blast of pine and grass followed by the typical (for a west coast ale) floral, and citrus notes. Not much of the malts can be detected in the smell.

T: Just like the nose... the taste follows suit with a massive wave of bitter hops. Floral fades to pine fades to citrus rind... very complex blend of hops. You can taste just enough of the malts to give this beer a nice balance and to hold the ABV at 7.0%. Superior level of bitter hang on the finish. You can taste this one the following morning!!!

M: Full bodied, sticky, and viscous... almost perfect for an American IPA. Moderate level of carbonation with a bunch of slow rising bubbles in the glass.

D: I am a huge fan of IPAs, so I would classify this beer as a "session" beer, however, the bitterness may overwhelm you after three or four! Very highly recomended.

ckaufman, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very nice light amber color fading toward yellow around the edges. Small off white head that laces the glass all the way down.

S - Has a good citrusy smell that is accented with notes of pine and floral hops.

T - This one has got a little bit of everything. Simcoe for a grapefruit flavor, Centennial for the pine and citrus notes, Cascade for floral aroma and Columbus to round out the hop profile (pretty much straight off the label). There is just enough of a malt backbone to hold everything together. Ends with a lip puckering bitterness that would be expected from a west coast IPA.

M - Very smooth and with a good body. The viscosity is about perfect for an IPA.

D - I could drink a lot of this stuff. It goes down smooth and leaves a nice after taste in your mouth. Very refreshing and complex. Excellent!

Overall I enjoy IPAs that are a little off balance in favor of floral and pine hops over citrus and malt. This one balanced everything quite nicely.

bifrostguard, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz no freshness date. Thank you Ken for this sweet sampling.

A - hazy copper with a creamy off white head, head goes nowhere, beautiful.

S - Citrus, Grassy notes, floral herbal aromas, this is what a californian (or any) IPA should smell like. Cant wait to dive in.

T - Good slightly sweet citrus, great hop flavor and bitterness, finishes with the puckering bitter that hopheads kill for. Malt backbone just to keep things interesting, delicious.

M - very smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is balanced and the dry finish really caps it all off. very good.

D - Any amount you can throw at me in one night would be a welcome gesture. Ken, thanks for the chance to try this beer.

rsyberg01, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of JoeCeez
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: pours a very hazy orange with a killer foamy three fingered head.

S: from the moment I pop the top: hops, hops, and more hops, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, all the citrusy tropical fruits that those glorius "C hops" have to offer. Not much malt in the aroma

T: Oh sweet magnanimous hops how I love you so. This beer doesn't quite smack you up with hops on the tounge the way it does with your nose but goddamn its fuckin delicious. It's got all the fruits from the smell but slightly toned down and a slight caramel sweetness from the malts.

M: medium bodied, syrupy, creamy and not overally carbonated, fairly bitter but not as savagely bitter as some other west coast IPAs

D: Good drinkability, the 7% is barely noticeable. This is probably one of my favorite west coast IPA's that is readily available here in MA.

JoeCeez, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Bar Blues in State College, PA

A: Murky, murky orange copper with a huge fluffly white head that lasts a good five minutes. This is definitely opaque with all the haze.

S: Nice citrus smell but that is all that comes through in the nose for this one.

T: Hops galore! One of the hoppiest beers I have ever had the opportunity to try. Tons and tons of citrus hops that are present from start to finish. The hops balance out well with the malt, but the hops really take over. The finish is rather dry.

Overall, a spectacular IPA from Green Flash. Try this if you are in the the mood for tons of hops!

treyrab, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of jraycee
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. Huge foamy head that lingers leaving a loose lacing. Beautiful clear amber beer.
Smell is deep in hops, piney, citrusy, floral notes.
Taste is a great example of hops usage. Too many Pales and IPAs are one dimensional in hops taste. This bad boy really jumps around. I get grapefruit and lemon zest. I get some dry finish with a little biscuit and all hops after bite. Not a one trick pony as even a little malt hides up front giving some balance other than hops variety. I bet fresh from the tap this is even more fruity.
Mouthfeel is a little slick and a little heavy, but not horrible considering the 7% and low carbonation visible in my glass.
Drinkabliity is good. I could have another, especially on a cooler day.

jraycee, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice cloudy amber color with an intense white head that retains nicely, great lacing. smell is seriously hopy. citrus. and more hops. tastes great. nice bite. bitter into a sweet subtle finish. just enough carbonation. this is a very refreshing beer. a great ipa. mouth feel is awesome. i could drink this on a regular basis.

Mauerhan, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a nice reddish-amber color with a modest head and decent lacing. The nose is quite full of resinous/piney hop aroma... excellent hoppy aroma, worthy of being swirled around and sniffed for a good long time. The taste, likewise, is all hops: close to overwhelming resin flavor, very high bitterness, nothing but hops... even the ultra hoppy DFH provide some malt balance compared to this. It's a close call, but it's a bit too one-dimensional for my taste.

allengarvin, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm tying on an iMac keyboard, so please excuse the fact that I am used to a Macbook.

Appearance: Great orange-amber colour. Medium-pale head on the pour. Looks beautiful.

Smell: Like it says on the label... There are a lot of hops in this brew. It smells like a strong EIPA, with definite US IPA notes(citrus, grass).

Taste: This beer is so bitter it's great! :) The grainy maltiness is definitely there, though. Citrusy and EIAP grassiness notes are blended perfectly. Great beer. I'm enjoying it for sure.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of bitterness. The The aftertaste lingers for a few moments. Not oppressive or offensive in the least.

Drinkability: Well 5/6 in a 6-pack have been drunk. The alcohol makes this a significant beer-one that cannot be easily session-ed. However, the intense hop flavours, accentuated by the sweet maltiness make this an easy beer to drink a lot of.

Overall: I will buy again...I'm just amazed that this exceptional beer is available in Vancouver!

Hornet2003, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a a frothy head. Very thick and lustrous. one and half finger and hangs around. A burnt orange color that is cloudy.

S- grapefruit and pine hops. slight malt and alcohol.

T- bitter hops with a taint of citrus. a yeasty/bready malt and alcohol is not prevalent at all. Very hoppy!

M- dry and and like biting into a biscuity hop. Too much hop for me but if you like hops you will like this bad boy.

D- not hard yet not easy for me. Like i said if you like hoppy beers you would like this. It is too dry and bitter for me. I have grown to like IPA's and this one reminds me of why i used to dislike them. a decent beer overall.

Dodo2step, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a SweetWater pint glass. Pours a deep orange. Not much of a head on this one. Decent amount of lacing on the glass. Very hoppy aroma with some pine and citrus in there as well. Taste starts off as sweet, citrusy, and some pine and finishes pretty bitterly. Moderate amount of carbonation. A very drinkable brew.

jdubjacket, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very peachy color with a fair white head and good lacing. The aroma is great! grapefruit, floral hops, subtle spicy hops, subtle lemon, hints of sweet malts. the taste is good but different. starts out as a typical IPA (grapefruit, lemon, hops) but finishes very oddly. strange bitterness, like a fusion of bitter hops and dry malts. medium bodied, medium carbo, dry finish

stumac, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice old copper with a thick white head, lots of sediment in the brew make it even cloudier, good carbonation keeps the head from going anywhere. Aroma is thick with fresh hops off the vine, piney with a touch of maple syrup. Taste is pure IPA, although the chalky aspirin-like bitterness reminds me of an East Coast IPA more than a West Coast, citrusy bitter goodness hides right behind that while a mild sweetness persist to balance the brew. Aspirin aftertaste finishes off bitter and coasts the tongue in hop oils.

Not the greatest West Coast IPA of all time, but certainly a great example of one. A must try and a welcome addition to my fridge.

saintwarrick, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass beer mug. Brown with an off white head and some lace.

S. Piney west coast hops. Cascade and Simcoe?

T. Bready, biscuity malt balances the initial blast of bitter hops. A decent battle, with the hops winning out.

M. Slightly viscious and medium bodied.

D. Pretty good for an IPA. Not quite as good as a Stone IPA IMO, but still a worthy offering and one I will be having again.

Stinkypuss, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A copper color...

Pungent weedy smell almost as if I have ran into a patch of dog fennel that used to grow beside my childhood trailer in Florida.

Overwhelming hops. More than expected. Each variety of hops has her unique bite. One citrus. One Herbal.

Goes down like lemonade on a hot summer day.

This gal is bitter...

CamuMahubah, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the chance to try this one.

A - Coppery orange color with a thick frothy tan head. Excellent retention and completely coats the glass with lacing.

S - Sweet biscuity malt and strong citrusy hops. Unique aroma in that the malt and hops both stand out and are not overshadowed by the other.

T - Biscuity pale malt taste up front quickly overcome by a sturdy, but not overwhelming, citrusy hop taste. The malt presence is a touch on the high side for me but still a damn tasty beer.

M/D - Medium bodied and very slick in the mouth. The hop resin seems to coat my tongue and linger long after the drink is gone. A very drinkable IPA.

ckeegan04, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy amber with 1 finger of tan-white head that goes away kind of quick

S - Woody hops (heavy) with grapefruit (faint)

T - Bitter hops with some grapefruit. A little bit of pine.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Nothing special in the way of IPAs several others I enjoy

midaszero, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
95 IBUs
7% ABV

A- Pours a nice dark amber color with an off-white head that produces solid lace.

S- The aroma is awesome, pungent piney and citrusy hops dominate the aroma with some malt in the background.

T- The taste is unsurprisingly hoppy, with a long lingering bitterness lasting well after the sip. This is a West Coast IPA all the way, as the name suggests. Very good.

M- The mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Very good IPA, the 95 IBUs are definitely felt and will cure any hop craving.

Overall, Green Flash West Coast IPA is an awesome IPA that packs the hop flavor. Recommended.

cjgator3, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mess of hop dusties float around to make a murk of dark yellowed, almost cardboard brown color. Jello-like glow to its body. Small, thick, and retaining whitish head of foam seeps up from the pour. Strings of lace are strewn out over the glass.

Aroma is sweet and appley with a clean and crisp peachy tinted citrus hop tone. Some slight pine oil ascents.

Nice taste with a good amount of balance to its crsip and crunchy aspects of citrusy things. A juicy peachy skin covers up a high pitched citrusy lemon and very ripe white grapefruit pithyness and potent tongue lashing of firm piney bitterness that wraps around the finish with a decent balance of toasted malt and breadyness.

Feel is super firm and medium in body. Makes a fast home on the palate with an immense hopitude tone and flavor complexity and creamy, lush, crisp, juicy, pithyness. The balance is very nicely done between a sweet bready toasted edge and it hoppy citrus side.

Quite yummy and very drinkable. Will need more please.

tavernjef, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, this is a great example of how the advent of private stores in BC has changed the level of what is available. No way 5 years ago could this Cali brewery show up in BC. Now all sorts of things are happening.

This is a first class IPA with All the right moves like an old Tom Cruise movie. Big Head, Dark gold colour and an amazing grapefruit hop nose that really opens up. The beer is hoppy all right but the balance is what makes this great. Big bloomy hops are anchored by a solid backline.
The finish is almost dry but the hops do not linger like some IPAs. Way too drinkable :)

canucklehead, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of cbak999
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is an example of a west coast IPA, as depicted by the name. As soon as you pop the top, you get a very pungent smell of hops, definitely the most distinctive characteristic of this brew. One of the most bitter IPA's I have had, but at the same time not over the top. It's still very drinkable. I love it, and will seek it out anytime it's available to me.

cbak999, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of xare
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried some West Coast IPA that I've been holding onto for a week or two. Appearance was nice. Head does go away a bit quickly though.

Smell is outstanding. Excellent blend of all these hops - but you can't smell much else. Although that's probably the point of an American IPA. At 7% ABV, I'm not sure if it's still an IPA and probably is in the gray area between an IPA and DIPA.

Taste was excellent. Very nice blend of hoppiness and the flavors that each imparts to this brew. It makes for a pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel was outstanding for something as bitter as this should be. Went down smooth and clean even though it was very bitter and left a hoppy/bitter aftertaste. It wasn't a bad aftertaste though... but you sure feel that wallop from the hops but that doesn't detract from how smooth it goes down.

Drinkability is excellent. I would definitely stock up on this brew if it ran less than $15 a 6 pack. For now though, I'll enjoy the rest of the sixer that I've got and maybe buy some more in a few months. It might be sessionable but definitely don't plan on driving after that session.

xare, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a glass bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, amber body with a white head with poor retention, but with some decent lacing.

S: A nice, hoppy smell with some sweet, citrus undertones.

T: A nice, dry hoppy taste with a earthy, sweet citrus aftertaste that did well to compliment the hop taste. After a few drinks, the alcohol in the beer was quite warming. Nice, well-balanced taste overall.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that is very pleasant on the palette.

D: A nice, drinkable IPA with a good combination of mouthfeel and taste. A smooth and easy going beer that I could drink for a while. A very nice brew.

maddogruss, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Am reviewing the tap version because I think it's so much better than the bottle. It's worth seeking out.

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and some nice lacing.

S-Strong citrus hops dominate the nose with lots of grapefruit goodness. Also some piney hops and a little hint of malt behind.

T-Lots of hops all the way through. Like the nose, the citrus hops dominate but there is a some pine also. A bit of malt balances out the bitter finish very nicely.

M-Really nice carbonation and a rather light mouthfeel given the hop bitterness. A bit resiny but only a bit.

D-A great IPA that I could drink all night.

When I read earlier this year that this beer won a blind IPA taste test, I was quite surprised. At that point, I had only tried the bottled version which is just ok for me. Once I tried the tap version I understood. A terrific beer.

HV

sholland119, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured in the glass, the color was a hazy amber with an orange hue. The smell of hops was not overpowering. But, hops was all I could smell on this IPA. The flavor was weak for me. I picked up a weak flavor of hops and that was it. The finish was bitter, dry, but again, not much of a flavor, just hops.

BeerManDan, Aug 02, 2008
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,170 ratings.