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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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6,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,659
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 269
Gots: 878 | FT: 10
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mjurney
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep rusty orange color, very hazy, I can see lots of small sediment. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks nice and rocky, leaves an awesome lacing on the glass.

Piney hops, grapefruity, sweet malts.

Piney hops up front, grapefruity, some orange zest, touch of herbal. Nice malts background, sweet honey, biscuity, a little caramel. Very crisp finish with slight sweet tangerine aftertaste. Body is light to medium, carbonation feels nice on my palate.

It's good. Another great IPA.

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops. Very fragrant. Light citrus, with big pine and grapefruit. There is a substantial sweetness that balances the really big hop character.
T: The balance that was in the nose, and a balance I really enjoyed, is gone here. Big resiny pine and bitter grapefruit dominates. Oily and soapy hops. Almost no balance.
M/D: A medium body. Lighter carbonation that I was expecting. Almost under carbonated. Even a bit thin and watery. I finished my pint without a problem. Though not something I will revisit soon.

This started out like a good IPA should. Though, as far as I am concerned, the big and unbalanced flavor profile work at odds with the balanced nose. While I am not a hop head, and think this is a decent beer. I also think there are much better IPA's around.

Photo of msmezher
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hell Yeah! West Coast IPA is what I think of when I want a strong, full hopped, delicious IPA. West Coast IPA is bitter, hoppy, with strong floral notes and a slight sweetness to the malt. Definitely a well rounded out beer, this is one you could have again and again, and it wouldn't get old. Comes out a cloudy golden color, with a half finger of frothy head. Good in a bottle, great on tap.

Photo of silentjay
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a plain orange copper that produces a huge eggshell colored head that retains and laces well.

ahhh. pine. hoppy aroma of pine needles, and some citrus rind. not terribly complex, but oh so appetizing.

flavor is a bit of a letdown from the aroma, but not terribly. the pine fades to the background while the citrus rind and bitter hops come out front. malt is barely detectable and quite lackluster, but its not the main attraction here. there is a little white bread and a touch of toast.

light medium bodied with a syrupy feel after the swallow and a touch of heat with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

drinks ok. a bit harsh from the hop profile and slight alcohol burn. would like a bit more pleasant hop flavor to work alongside the hop bitterness. good, but not great. definitely not a gateway beer. you have to love hops and bitterness to enjoy this one.

Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash West Coast IPA is the prototypical California IPA that skirts the line between single and double IPA. I think for people that seek this kind of beer out, it's all about the taste and aroma. This beer is very bitter with an aggressive pine and grapefruit flavors with an underlying malt sweetness. The rosy and citric hop flavors subside quickly leaving just the bracing bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and very sneaky. The beer smells like a pine grove in early morning next to a orange grove in which the flowers are in full bloom.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.28/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Trying to catch up on my notes from the past 6 weeks or so... Reviewed from notes.
Poured from bottle into a Tulip pint.

No bottling date.

In pouring, I see some yeast/sediments which leads me to believe that this beer might not be newest batch... Unfortunately, I searched all over the bottle for a date and was unsuccessful. Maybe it is on there... maybe not. Either way, this review will stand until I have a bottle that causes me to edit and change this.

Looked a nice orangey golden copper and a 2.5 creamy head that cascading into a frothy cap. Solid retention and rings of lace. Don't like the yeast... but otherwise, not bad looking.

Smell is malty. So is taste. Very little hop presence. This again makes me think this isn't the freshest example... but, until bottle dates are put on (or made obviously readable) this review will stand.
Beer is sweet. Malts. The malts seem like stale bread-- like croutons. A slight citrusy and floral note is much weaker than the malts.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Feels slick and oily-- I'd prefer bright and prickly.

Overall-- not really impressed. I'm pouring the rest of this out. I won't buy it again unless I KNOW it is fresh.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,659 ratings.