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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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6,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,909
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 315
Gots: 1,080 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV
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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a orangey yellow color with a strong looking white head that sticks to the glass very nicely. The smell of the beer is a fruity, floral and piney. Very inviting aroma on this one. The taste is very good also, its loaded with the pine like grapefruit flavors that make these west coast IPA's so special. The mouthfeel of the brew is decent in my opinion. It is fairly light bodied, it goes down nice and easy, it leaves a great dry cotton mouth feeling after each sip. Overall it's a damn good brew, worth trying if you haven't already.

Photo of warbird07
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Belgium Globe....I cannot find a bottle date but I grabbed a four pack right when they were coming off the truck...

pours sort of a burnt orange, clear, with a one finger cream head that fades reletively quickly..decent lacing..nice looking...

it seems to be fresh fromt he termendous hop aroma I get..fruity,pine, a tiny bit of grass, very nice

taste is solid. upfront hoppiness.Grapefruit and pine, bitterness almost the while way with a signifgant linger..this kind is what I love about ipas..

mouthfeel is again, solid, subtantial and a bit creamy..

overall I loved this beer..probably could only drink no more than two in a sitting...but a good brew....

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

revisited 02Nov2011. Appearance bumped 1/2 point. Once again, I like this brew. It's a great American IPA and it's reasonably priced too.

Copper to tan in color and clear. Head and lacing were pretty good.

Smelled of lovely hops, and plenty of them. Good piney and grapefruit qualities, a great smelling IPA.

There is a bit of bready malt that accents the hops and piney citrus flavor. There's a nice fruity accent and just a touch of earthiness to finish it off. Very tasty.

Relatively easy to drink, despite having a slightly oily hops presence and a moderately bitter aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation is brisk but ample.

Overall it's damn tasty and I will be revisiting this IPA again and again.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pub glass. Very amberish color, almoste red. Very surprising on the color, was expecting more orange and yellow and received more red. Solid 1 inch head, with lacing the whole glass.
The smell is of straight gangha, very pleasant aroma. The taste fell just a bit short of the aroma, but good on its own. Very citrusy, with a solid after taste of hops. Good characteristic of malt sweetness with the tinge of citrus pop.
I enjoyed this beer, not one I would actively trade for, but would appreciate it as an extra.

Photo of StLThrash
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Burnt orange hue, with thick, foamy white 2-finger head. Excellent head retention that eventually diminished into a nice cap. Significant lacing.

S - I believe they use 4 types of hops... a hopheads dream. Classic aromas of grapefruit, grass, pine, citrus, floral. Very pleasant smell.

T & M - Hop bitterness up front, but surprisingly had a strong sweet malt character as well. Full-bodied with excellent carbonation. Very nicely balanced beer. Alcohol is well hidden until it warms up a bit.

Overall - Classic west-coast IPA. Nicely balanced with hops and malt characters... no disappointment here. Will definitely buy again and glad it's now distributed here in the Lou.

Photo of harrymel
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle date: Unk, but I've been assured this is fresh.

A: pours golden ale with excellent clarity and a single finger of peanut head. This falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Ring lacing. Not a bad looker.

S: Dank. As. Fuck. Wow. this was named appropriately; 100% west coast sentiment. Pine, weed, citrus, weed and pine. When I'm brewing, I always smell the hops prior to adding them. This stinks like simcoe, cascade, and centennial - if I recall. Good shit.

T: I have been caught off guard! Malty, superior and balanced. Bitter, caramel, piny, resiny, citric rinds.... Just a hare more bitter than I typically go for.

M: medium bodied with hi carb. Dry finish. Like a hint of weness on the finish.

O: Nice brew - would likely turn me drunk very quickly. I dig it.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.04/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a goldenish deep orange color with almost no head to it.

S: Pine and citrus notes

T: Caramel malt, pine, citrus and Dawn dish detergent. Grassy

M: Heavy for a single West Coast IPA and soapy, bittering on end with pronounced booze

O: Average is generous

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with about a 1/2 finger cream colored head. Some spotty lacing down the glass and really great head retention.

S: I get some really nice floral hop notes right away with a little bit of caramel sweetness in the back.

T: Pretty strong hop bite upfront with some pine and resin. A lot of sweetness behind it with caramel and honey. A slight bready/biscuity malt flavor as well. The finish is full of hop resin and leaves a lasting bitter taste.

Photo of mocktm
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Lagunitas jar, my new favorite glass for IPA consumption. It really allows the hop aromas to escape and showcase their stuff. I'd highly recommend tracking one down if you can. I tend to like to throw them in as extras in trades.

Luminous honey orange hue, topped by a rather persistent, jaggedly foamy, beige colored head. Average lacing as it dyes down. I didn't yield the brothers' advice and ended up with a sizable amount of unfiltered floating yeast chunks in my glass. Doesn't ruin the appearance, but a bit off-setting for an IPA. They should really post notice on the bottle.

Nose is ripe and pungent from the manifold of hop varieties. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, herbs, and some floral elements. A west coast IPA that certainly isn't shy.

Hop bitterness hits you right away: grassy, herbal and absolutely delicious. Slight bready sweetness to accompany and balance the hop dankness and juicy tropical fruit citrus. Alcohol presence is very well masked, even at 7%.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick; I'd probably consider this more heavy bodied. Well carbonated, greatly balanced, sticky, lip smacking goodness.

Overall, one of the best examples of a west coast IPA out there, hence the name. A little pricey at $12 a four pack, but that's my only real complaint, Cheers!

Photo of coldriver
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me say upfront that this is hands-down my favorite beer - out of the 800+ I've tried. If ever there was a great example of a west coast hop bomb it's this one. Served on tap at Flying Saucer Ft Worth with the requisite persistent head and lacing. Hop heavy aroma literally puts me in a daze. I wouldn't say it's balanced (damn hop-heavy) although the malt carries the amazing hop blend quite nicely. The resinous mix hangs in the mouth for an eternity while at the same time begs for the next sip. I've had plenty of IPA's including Pliny, etc - this one's the best as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass form a 12oz bottle.

So glad GF made it to MO. For this brew and fro Hop Head Red.

A - Pours a very nice strong copper color with some slight golden hints as well as slight orange edges. There is a nice 1.5 inch head that is quite dense and sticky and chunky. It recedes slowly and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Dank grassy notes. Strong resiny and almost cannabis like aromas. There is some nice pine and also a very flowery and citrusy fresh aroma. Clean and herbal. there is some slight grapefruit juice notes and also some bready and toasty malty-grain notes.

T & M - Starts off with a nice grassy and herbal hop notes. I was able to get a fairly fresh batch. Only 2 weeks old. Herbs, cannabis, flowers and some nice citrus dryness. Hints of tangerine and grapefruit juice. Some slight sweetness notes are present. But this is definitely a West Coast IPA. Hoppy and delicious with some great malt and bread notes that are there to support the awesome power of the hops. This is one very dank IPA and quite a hop bomb. Nice medium body with some good carbonation to it and a sticky resiny finish that is quite bitter as well.

O - Quite delicious IPA. Very hoppy and very flowery and resiny. OVerall a great beer to have an a great addition to the St. Louis beer scene.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm hops...

My new favorite beer* pours a glowing, hazy orange with frantic carbonation bubbles and a small amount of meandering particulate matter. The head is dense and enormous, lasting the entire glass and absolutely draping it in foam. I smelled the hops immediately when I popped the cap. Massive amounts of hops fill my nostrils, only a slight malt note provides any semblance of balance. Thick piney, grapefruity, resinous hops invade my palate on first sip. The hop assault never relents, with pine tar like bitterness toying with its the toasty malt counterpart. The mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated. The imense hop bitterness numbs my whole mouth for ages. The finish is extremely bitter and long lasting, I mean hours.

This is a fantastic American IPA. It covers all the bases and leaves me puckered and wanting more. Seek this out if you like hops, its as close to perfect as Ive tried.

* OK this is a tie with Ruination, Guiness FES among others

Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with good cover of bright white head fading to a ring around the glass, leaving a bit of lacing.

Nice grapefruit on the nose, along with lots of pine, some alcohol and lightly roasted caramel. Not the hugest nose to be honest. Good though.

A lot of intense, bitter pine and grapefruit pith in the mouth reminiscent of Stone's IPA, though it's well-balanced here in the way that Stone is not. High bitterness but not so much it totally kicks your ass. Lots of resiny pine with a big pithy bitterness on the finish.

The feel is fine but nothing special necessarily. Decent medium body with medium carbonation.

I found this to be a little too bitter for my taste. I don't think I'd pick it up again among a decent selection of IPA but it's great stuff anyway, especially if you're a fan of intense, darkly bitter IPAs like Stone.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with a white creamy head and lacing down the glass.

Smells of piney/citrusy hops with very little malt character.

The taste is very piney overpowering the citrus hops. Again very little if any maltiness. Finishes with an overwhelming piney bitterness.

Light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

Kind of disappointed with this one. Not awful, but the hop balance leans way too much toward pine and I'd have to imagine drinking several of these would be difficult.

Photo of BeerBeatnik
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice hazy deep copper-orange pour. Smallish but tenacious creamy/frothy off-whitehead. A little yeast floating around... a very active beer. Lots of grapefruit on the nose; floral. A little yeasty. Reminds me of Skull Coast Maelstrom. More grapefruit zest than Maelstrom. More malt/resiny backbone. Hope we keep getting more west coast brews over here. Yum.

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting friends in Brooklyn! I got to try this beer at a pizza shop called Roberta's. A really cool place!

My beer came inside a mason jar with a handle on it. It was a deep copper color and had a one inch head on it. It smelled fantastic! It smelled like grapefruit and pine needles. Tasted great too! Tasted real strong for an IPA. I could even taste the alcohol in it.

Mouthfeel was nice, maybe not enough bubbles for me. But lots of great body there. Overall a great hoppy beer and made for a great day with friends!

Photo of aknight
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a head that sticks around a while to chat. Leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. Before even the first sniff this is an IPA that looks the part. First sniff reveals that this is indeed a west coast IPA, huge hops on the nose. Big pine and citrus aromas. Oh what a wonderful smell. Can I get this as an air freshener for my car? First sip gives a big hop bite, some definite maltiness and some surprisingly tea like flavors. Mouthfeel is pleasant, the appropriate amount of carbonation for this beer. Does not taste too syrupy, does not taste too carbonated. It's the Goldilocks of carbonation, just right.

Overall this is a very solid IPA. Always a pleasure to have it in my tulip.

Photo of dancingnancie
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Nice copper color. It looks promising

S: I'm not getting much more than hops out of the nose.

T: This is a nice IPA. The alcohol is not noticeable, there is a nice hop forward taste, that is balanced nicely on the back end. Very nice lingering bitterness. Not bad at all.

M: This is a pretty thick IPA. It's not very thin at all, it's pretty heavy like a 90 minute, or a commodore perry. A nice change.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it was recommended from a guy at Binny's, I don't know if I would rank this in the top 5 american IPA's I've had, but it's a nice change. Would be very nice on a very hot summer day.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very hoppy, pine and citrus loaded brew. This beer pours and orangy/amber hue. The taste are of grapefruit, pine and citra. There is no best before or brew date. This brew was given to me from a friend that came down from PA and this beer was stil fresh. Very good brew and would easily grab a six pack anytime.


Photo of mikul93
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice amber/orange with a healthy head. Lots of lacing and lots of sediment

S Pine, citrus, hops and some caramel

T Grapefruit, hops, nice touch of sweetness. Hop bitterness at the end that lingers.

M Medium carbonation. Medium viscosity.

O Good but not great. I enjoyed it though. Would definitely pick up another 4 pack.

Photo of Spikester
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber, cream color 1" head, plentiful lacing. Aroma is very piney, resinous, powerful. Taste is big piney sweet pink grapefruit hop flavor with hard to find malts. If you enjoy lots of hops this is for you. I would have enjoyed some more malt presence. Unknown date but plenty of flavor indicates fairly fresh.

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, reviewed & enjoyed 7/13. Thanks to Sean for this one!

West Coast IPA

New Belgium snifter

A: Pours a hazy orange with amber highlights. The rocky off-white/yellowish head has tight bubbles, good retention and lacing.

S: Pine, resinous tropical fruit, grassy/earthy tones, and some floral characters. Caramel malt backbone.

T: Sharp pine notes, pungent hop oil, bitter hop dryness.

MF: Has a lighter wet mouthfeel, with low carbonation and a dry finish.

O: In all respects except for mouthfeel this IPA seems much closer to a DIPA. I like it, but I find that I'm getting bored with the style and the traditional West Coast/dry/pine IPA.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden in color, with huge thick head with a lot of lacing and retention.

S- Caramel malts, some citrus, but predominately pine, grass, weedy aroma from the hops.

T- Do not pick up hardly any citrus, but a lot of grassy/ weedy pine hop bitterness.

M- Thin bodied, but fits the style.

O- Not a huge fan of this IPA. Seems to be bitter just to be bitter. Would like a more citrus forward style IPA like a lot of the "West Coast" IPA's.

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are begin with straight west coast C-hop goodness. Waves of candied grapefruit, pineapple and fresh pine to my nose. A fantastic nose if you're a C-hop fan; personally I may be burnt out on these hops.

The flavors aren't as explosive as expected given the aroma, but this is still a lip smackingly resiny hop bomb. Tastes begin with light sweet malty/breadiness but is intially matched with copious amounts of citrus zest and pine. The flavor profile is more mid-range, bold, brassy hops with caramel and lightly toasted pale malt accents. That's not to say that West Coast IPA is anything other than a hop-dominant beer, but it doesn't quite have that pure, clean hop flavor for the style. Freshness many be an issue here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with proper avergage carbonation. THe bitterness lingers too much for my preference and the sweet, sticky maltiness doesn't stand up enough to balance out the stank. For me this definitely falls into the hop bomb category, but others may find it more balanced. The finish is long and is slightly oily, ensuring that a thin sheen of hop scum adheres to the tongue and builds upon itself with each successive sip.

Green Flash West Coast IPA is, without question, a good version of the style. For me it's too one-sided, maybe it's my East Coast flavor preference.

Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra generously sent to me by dmsohyea, big thanks to him for the opportunity. No freshness info on the bottle. Enjoyed on 07/13/11.

A - Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy dark orange/amber/red color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Thin head remains throughout and leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Wow this is clearly going to be a hop bomb. Grapefruit, citrus, mango, orange zest, some pine, it's all here in this one. Also in the back is a nice nutty, caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol. Smells like an imperial IPA.

T - Balanced up front with a big rich caramel sweetness and good fruity bitterness. Toward the back, you get slammed with hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, oranges, this is good. A good bit of alcohol is present in the finish and the hops continue their onslaught. This is up there with Ruination on the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with high carbonation.

O - Overall, I really like this beer. Classic west coast IPA, very very bitter and dry but quite enjoyable. Good stuff.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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