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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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6,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,640
Reviews: 1,730
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 266
Gots: 863 | 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 Mistofminn
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to kmurray8621 for sending me this long long time want as an extra! Awesome!

Pours a murky amber brown color, with a nice off-white head sitting on top. Retention is pretty good, but lacing is sort of lacking.

I was a bit concerned this bottle wasn't the freshest because I couldn't find a freshness date, but as soon as I cracked the cap my fears where put to rest. Huge citrus and grapefruit notes dominate at first, and finally a sweet malt backbone comes through as it warms just enough to detect. Definitely all about the hops in this one.

Holy moly, this is one bitter IPA! This has the hop presence of a DIPA, but the alcohol content of an IPA. Piney and resiny hops, with a light floral and citrus character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and light in body with an intense bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great.

Overall, it's pretty much exacty what I thought it would be. The hops of a DIPA all crammed into an IPA. Intense and a great brew to have, wish I had more access to it!

Photo of glaze0101
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash is brewed in my home town, North San Diego County, just a stones throw from Stone Brewery. My parents think I like to visit them. I really go home for the beer and Mexican food. Why all of these hoppy IPA's in San Diego? That's just it, beer and Mexican food are great together (well beer is good with almost anything). IPA's and all of their wonderful hops are an amazing pairing for Mexican food.

Last night, my firend told me that the pot-roast had a little kick. The Green Flash IPA is very hoppy but also very smooth with little to no aftertaste. It was PERFECT for the pot-roast! Lew Bryson over at "Seen through a glass" has one of the best descriptions on this ale, "clean as fresh snow". Lew you are right on brother.

This beer is clean. It is also grassy and sweet. Hints of pine and flowers. Weed and honey. Not too sweet, just enough sweetness to make it smooth. AMAZING!! If you can get your paws on this brew, do so.

Photo of Brez07
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Pours dark amber with a 1 finger cream head. Lots of lined lacing on the glass

S: Due to lack of a better description: dank weed when first opened. This eventually fades a little and is more of a piney/earthy/flower scent. No sweet fruit like a regular IPA

T: Just a nice bitter/piney awesomeness. Some breaded malt when it warms up

M: Medium bodied and the right amount of carbonation. Prickly finish on the tongue

D: Super tasting, fresh IPA. Upon this beer being recommended to me, I picked up a 6 pack and have zero regrets about it. Had this after a Two Hearted and it was hands down better

Photo of WOTO97
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep amber with meringue head with very nominal lacing

S: generous hop notes with pine character and very faint floral notes, noticeable alcohol

T: nice clean hop bite on front with noticeable red grapefruit that lingers on the palate, very faint fig and spice on the back of the palate

M: pretty standard "west coast" IPA

D: great IPA in SD vein, nothing mind-blowing but great kick-back brew

Photo of hopsbreath
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mitul at Beverage World for giving this one to me. Green Flash is unavailable in this area so this was quite a surprise and treat.
I was really looking forward to popping the top on this one and was a little caught up in the hype. I had to look at this in my fridge for 4 days before I could crack it due to work reasons.
This beer poured with a typical 2 inch white foam cap floating on a less than typical murky dark tan colored liquid.
The smell was probably the best part of this experience with the dank hoppiness that is normally associated with simcoe, a little pineapple and some piney notes as well.
Most I.P.A.s have a characteristic smell. I can't say that about West Coast. The flavors were dead on what you would think a hop would taste like. Not to bitter, not to citrus, and not to piney. This was very balanced but unremarkable in flavor.
Mouthfeel and drinkability were very good on this beer. easy to drink and good medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall I think of this a a standard west coast I.P.A. It is good to compare others to but non-rememberable in its own right. I'm not going to find myself craving another one on my next trip to the west coast.

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

Appearance: Nice bronze color with bubbles dancing into a robust head.
Smell: Amazing full hop flavor with some fruity notes.
Taste: Nice estery notes with some undertones of mango and pineapple.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a great floral feel to it. It's an IPA so you have to choose wisely because the hops stay on your palate. Very nice beer.

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

Re-review...now in Georgia, fresh batch. Picking up a lot of oniony notes in the aroma in flavor now, along with the notes in my previous review. Lot of pine and resin, too. Good...but not great. I'd rather be sippin' on a Smutty...


12oz bottle no date to be found. Real surprise to end up with this as it is not available here, a gift from my boss, big thanks!

Pours amber/copper with a one finger off-white head that maintains a good cap and leaves a lot of sticky spotty lacing.

Aroma is, in order, grapefruit/citrus, resinous hops, pine, some caramel malt to balance. A little quiet overall.

Flavor is quite bitter up front, resinous hops, not much citrus on the tongue, a healthy dose of caramel sweetness in the middle with a strong lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, medium carbonation, medium body.

An excellent IPA, more caramel sweetness than many for the style, but has heaps of hop bitterness to balance it out. This was a treat.

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

Pours a dark gold almost amber colorwith a small amount of head. The nose has bright citrus fruits and so light toasted grains showing through, a hint of fruity yeast is also present.The taste is bitter up front and rounded out on the back with nice flavoring hops, almost a "fruity pebble" cereal taste, sweet malts are also present on the finish. Dry mouthfeel with lingering flavors and a bit grainy on the finish. Overall a good IPA.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Created a bright white 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a slight covers. Color is brunt orange. It's not very transparent as in filtered, but this could be caused by chill haze. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as you drink it down.

S - The aroma is of grapefruit and other citrus notes. I get a bit of malt in there as well.

T - West Coast IPA to the T. This is a hop explosion that only has a slight malt appearance that goes away very quickly to more hop bitterness. Huge grapefruit taste with some pine flavor. The bitterness doesn't go away for a long time.

M - Medium body and bubbly with carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for a west coast IPA. Probably wouldn't have a whole 6 pack in one sitting this is one to enjoy and savor.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A reddish orange amber color, with a clingy sticky head on it.

S- Great hoppy smelly, very fruity and floral, dry, and juicy as far as a smelly.

T- Clean yet meaty and the bitterness really attacks the back of the tongue. Something sweet with a hit of caramel and kiss of vanilla with this huge hop taste. The hops are meaty and aggressive, but this is an IPA and one should expect something that is hop forward, screw this 'balance' crap. This beer is sexy tasty.

M- Great mouthfeel, a juicy lush feel, yet the hops are kicking some tongue butt. Not sure if this will kill off my palate, but I don't think a complex beer will be next on the line up.

D- Easy to drink for sure, wish I had a 6 pack instead.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours an orange golden yellow hue, very clear with a nice three finger head that is quite creamy and off white. Hangs on for a long time...very nice.

S: Huge citrus grapefruit with hints of tangerine and faint fresh pine, caramel malt backs it up with just the right amount of sweetness. Very nice example of west coast ipa...very balanced.

T: Very aggressively bitter citrus hops, again the grapefruit shines through along with just a hint of orange peel and the caramel malt is present but dominated by the hops as would be expected from this style. Not incredibly complex, but very straightforward and smoothly delicious!

M: 7% abv is never even noticed as the hops and malt completely envelop the palate. Body is medium light with very nice carbonation and a very nice bitterness that finishes dry and clean.

D: Again for the abv this goes down scary smooth, the aggressive hops are the only thing that make this a little less quaffable which is very much desired from this style!

Photo of jwillcourt
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a standard pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy, golden, copper color. Steady stream of carbonation up the side of the glass. Only a slight skim of white foam on top, but it leaves a lot of very fine white lace in its path.

S/T - Strong floral and citrus hops aroma. The flavor follows suit, and presents a complex combination of grapefruit, pine, and peppery hops. The hops fade to leave a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers. The malt flavor is unremarkable; this is all about the hops.

M/D - Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Hops provide a slightly sticky feel. I would never guess 7% ABV. This is very crisp and dry, highly drinkable assuming you enjoy hops.

Photo of TonyReaves
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another famous IPA. It's been fun trying all these hop monsters.

Nice two-finger head. A somewhat clear IPA, with some cloudiness now that I hold it up to the light.

A very piney smell to this. Maybe the piniest I've had.

I was a little disappointed by this one. Instead of a lot of hop complexity, I get a huge wallop of bitterness up front, a dry finish with some more pine at the end, and that's it. I mean, it's a solid, drinkable IPA, I guess I was just expecting more complexity given this beer's reputation.

Nice, dry mouthfeel. I like it a lot. Easy to drink. I'd never turn this beer down, I just feel like the bitterness is too dominant.

Photo of eporter66
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - pours a cloudy orange with a foamy one finger head. Lacing runs all the way to the bottom of the glass - good to the last drop

S - This is where it hits you as grapefruit and citrus dominate, one of the best aroma's from a beer I have experienced to this point

T - Definitely down a notch from the aroma. Very hoppy and bitter (in a good way) piney, with a bit of malt sweetness and fruit flavor to help balance the hops.

D - As I have come to enjoy the hop bitterness, I find this would be a fine session beer although I have not had more than two at a sitting.

M - Good carbonation, and solid body

Considering the raised expectations from everything I have read this turned out to be a very tasty IPA, that I will certainly have in regular rotation. Glad it lived up to the hype!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed orange rust color with a creamy head that leaves a massive splash of lace in its wake.

The aroma on this beer hits you like a ton of bricks...very much like a double IPA, in both its piney/citrusy aromatics and exceptional malt backup. Hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. An exemplar of a powerful hop-forward beer aroma.

Bitter, grassy, pungent hops dominate the flavor, but there's just enough sweetness coming in from the malt to avoid being a tongue-ripper of an IPA (those are fun too, of course). Grapefruit rind; pineapple; earthy/resiny pine; tart fruit; toffee; more resiny hop goodness in the finish.

At once creamy and carbonated, this sits nicely on the tongue, asserting itself well but also laying back enough to deliver the flavor without being overly sticky or heavy. Perfect for what's being processed by the taste buds.

Not the most complex beer maybe, but it gives what it advertises, showcasing the "multi-dimensional hop experience" mentioned on the label (four different hops used for four different reasons) and bottom line: it's freaking delicious. Will most definitely satisfy any hophead's hop jones.

Photo of blackc5
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.

Straight 4.0s on this for me. It is a good, perhaps almost great west coast IPA, yet didn't stand out as much as I was expecting based on all the raves. Well-balanced overall, but not amongst the best in class in any particular category. Not as citrusy I was expecting, but not to say I wouldn't drink this again.

Photo of RothBrews
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A personal beer review.

Color/Look - Pours a gorgeous golden with a slight red haze. The Head seems to be very thick and heavy. Poured with 2 fingers of head, Good to ok head retention.

Aroma - A pleasant hop bouquet, sweet and inviting.

Taste - A well rounded west coast IPA. The hop flavors are strong and confident, but artfully designed. The initial taste is very sweet and morphs into a spicy bitterness and a slightly tart but bearable aftertaste. Well rounded and balanced with its malt bill, a great example of an American IPA.

Mouth Feel - this is an easy drinking beer, lasting carbonation with accompaniment from the hop profile gives this beer a prickly feel at first, then smoothing out.

I love this beer, reasonably priced at the saucer here in Raleigh.

-Eric Roth, Roth Brewing Company

Photo of boogyman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Color is a deep copper. Head is a good one finger and and frothy and sticky looking. Lacing is very sticky.

S- Absolutely wonderful smell. Very fresh with pineapple and grapefruit. This is one of my favorite aspects of the style, such a good citric smell.

T- My oh my. This is one of those beers where the nose tells almost the whole story. There are some IPAs where it may smell citrusy but then you get to the taste and it can be just pure hoppy bitterness, but this beer keeps its citrus flavors even when tasting and its amazing. It has a strong bitter finish which is great but having it start with the citrus bite is a different experience. Defintely one of the best tasting IPAs.

M- Goes down just like I would like any IPA. Has a good bite and leaves me wanting more. Is there alcohol in the beer? I don't get any boozyness, just wonderful citric bitterness.

D- Yes please. Could drink this over and over and wouldn't complain. Love the fact you can buy this in 6 packs. Go get some!

Photo of tapman
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional pineapple aroma with fragrant fresh-cut grass tang. Hops are first and foremost and definitely American. Amarillo? The malt gets sweeter in the nose as it warms.

In order (elapsed time):

Sweet hops and caramel malt (1 sec.), pungent earthy hop flavor, chinook? (5 sec.), piney hop bitterness (20 sec.) ending in a fresh and dry, finish. The bitterness is a bit much at the end (5 min.), but a necessary flaw for the flavor.

Great texture; a soft body thinner than most yet thick enough to provide good quaffing.

A great IPA. I heard talk of an underground style emerging, the American I PA opposed to just an IPA being hops from any region. This beer tastes like an American IPA to me. There are few like this anwhere.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA, very hoppy, aromatic and crisp.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Green radial design with a central emblem depicting a sunset. Neck label notes briefly intent and main characteristics. No visible freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (7%) Poured into a convex shaped glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with nice lasting foamy head, and great lacing.

S - Very rich and assertive hoppy aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

T - The taste tames a bit the nose with still a fruity and hoppy range, with a nice final bite, and a tad of a malty note to it.

M - Fresh, sticky, medium body, fine and subtle carbonation.

D - Very smooth and pleasing IPA. Great showing of the US version.

Notes: Great impression. I was able to do a decent round of notes but the setting was very social so this deserves another visit given this great first impression.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with a bit over a half-inch of off-white head that had some retention and very good lacing.

A big blast of pine and citrus hops hits the nose, followed a hint of sweetness. The flavor follows closely, very upfront hops, a touch of malt and a slight floral hop finish.

The body is typical for the style, nothing special. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy, I had several before palate fatigue started to set in.

Overall, a very good beer. Worth effort to obtain. I've heard a lot of hype over this brewery the last couple of years and I'll admit that GF is matching the lofty standards people are setting for them, unlike some other breweries in GF's neighbor hood.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby hue of amber, very hazy with a small head that leaves clumpy lacing.

This smells like a west coast IPA. Gobs of slightly sweet smelling citric hops. Smells fresh and green with noticeable fruity esters. Toffee marks the back end of the nose along with a tiny bit of alcohol.

Orange pith, grapefruit and a moderate dose of pine dominate here. The malt backbone struggles to stand up to the hop assault, what I do pick up are chunks of toffee and some toast. The finish is quite bitter and marked by a dose of alcohol that doesn't hide.

The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat dry, a tad syrupy for a single IPA and a little short on carbonation.

Overall this brew is good, but in the grand scale of amped up west coast IPAs I'm sorry to say that this one comes up a little short for me. I can't lie though, damn tasty.

Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from bottle, dark golden with a minimal head that clears up pretty quick. Some bubbles remain in the middle with a white ring around the edge. Despite the gentle pour there is still some sediment.
S- Hops on top of hops here. Citrus and some tropical fruit hops resembling the varieties that start with a C, and a little pale malt... Might be a little old but still has a huge hop aroma.
T- Similar to the smell, but the first thing I think of when I taste this beer is fruit loops. Simcoe tropical fruit hop flavor mixed with a rich malt backbone not common in the west coast IPAs ive had. Excellent bittering hop presence with just enough malt to provide some balance.
M- Medium body and medium carbonation, finishes pretty clean.
D- I love IPAs and this is one of my favorites. This might be an older bottle compared to the last time I had it, but its still an excellent beer. Could drink this stuff all day long.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. This particular beer is bottle fermented so depending on how you prefer your pour, the beer could range from clear amber to a cloudy amber. I prefer to keep the sediment out. Barely detectable carbonation, thin lacing. Could this bottle be too old?

Smells of pine and citrus plus some bready, carmely malt. Taste is pretty balanced between the hops and the malts which is atypical of this beer, must definitely be over the hill. Starts with sweet malty presence and then swirls between sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit hop character. I remember a really fresh one of these having a considerable amount of pine presence on the palate as well. Finishes very bitter and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and prickly and the hop bitterness lingers for a long time after the sip. My overall score is based on what I experienced with this bottle plus how I know it should taste since I've had alot of experience with this beer. I would love to go into more depth with a review but knowing it's an old bottle, what's the sense of it? It's an excellent beer. (Judging by the bottle only, maybe a "C".) In its prime, this is a very drinkable beer and remains on the list of my favorite IPA's. Skip my review and just look at the overall BA score, it's pretty accurate.

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

I've been on a hoppy beer binge while in CA for work. This is the last one for me, probably.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with a minimal off-white head. Lower carbonation, from the appearance of it.

S - Grapefruit hops, a little bit of sweetness is present as well.

T & M - Lots of grapefruit! This is a sharp contrast to all the piney hop beers I've had this week, and I like it. It still has that freshness and intensity (95 IBU's, according to the bottle). It has a fair amount of body as well. It isn't overdone, but defines the beer.

D - I couldn't find a single 12 oz of this, so I bought the 22. I'm ok with this. It will take me a while to get through it, but it's a beer I'd love to have on hand back in MN.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,640 ratings.