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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,277 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,277
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 246
Gots: 700 | 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 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
Photo of YankChef
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass thanks mike at brawley

appearance: medium amber with some rustyn orange. thin head that is very foamy and white with lots of bubbles

aroma: juicyfruit, pine and just sweet delicious hops, im getting centennial big time

taste: this beer hits your palate strongly and stings the whole tounge. rampant bitterness, however controlled with a flavorful malt that exhibits some characteristics of apricot and citrus. the hops clearly, clearly dominate finishing bitter, but hoppy pleasurable bitter and makes you want that next sip.

overall: awesome IPA, one of my favorites and ive had as many as I have been able to get my hands on. If it wasnt for the abv id say its an awesome session beer since its so tasty and pleasurable to drink. If you like IPA's, this one is an absoulte must try.

YankChef, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of bubbaoyster
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The ultimate hop experience!

Had it first at a beer festival and couldn't taste any of the other beers after having it. Very strong citrus flavor and exceptional aroma make this a hophead's holy grail! Really an imperial IPA without the extra malt.

Extreme, over the top, unique! Great as a finish beer to a session of IPA's!

bubbaoyster, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear amber, very thick and chunky white head, big bubbled ring forms around the glass along with a solid layer, drops a ton of lace. Smell is awesome, big pine and grapefruit, caramel, orange rings, some floral, very hoppy. Taste is pine and grapefruit, more rind, tangerine, jasmine and green tea, grain, caramel, and a thick bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Very nice IPA, I'd drink this all day if I could. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of johannasclimacus
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a really nice orangish amber, and the smell was distinctly piney. As expected, the citrusey flavors followed very strongly (and tastily!), but this was not as bitter as I was expecting. I don't mean that as a negative, because my surprise was probably what caused my beer to be gone in a flash.

This was an exceptionally tasty, drinkable brew. I am probably a hophead, but a friend who isn't tried mine and agreed with me. Green Flash really has a great malt presence to back this beer up, and it comes through in every taste. The result really took me by surprise, but it was an IPA that brought all of the citrusey, piney taste of an IPA but with an almost sweet profile in the background.

I applaud Green Flash for this slightly different IPA. I will definitely be picking up a quantity of this to continue to enjoy. This is the kind of beer that I could envision sipping on all evening.

johannasclimacus, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of bigbelcher
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden, almost amber color with a thick rocky head. Boatloads of hop aroma, with grapefruit and citrus notes. A true San Diego IPA. The flavor is well-balanced even with the massive amounts of hops used. Lots of lace, good CO2. Extremly drinkable.

bigbelcher, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It's a hazy orange color with a surprising amount of yeasty floaties despite a slow careful pour. Good head but it's gone in a flash. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasant fresh piney hops.

Taste is especially strong but I guess that's what they mean by "west coast" IPA. I suppose someone on the east coast might call this imperial?! Nice and bitter, some sweetness, and even a little yeasty bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice but a little high in both carbonation and alcohol.

Drinkability would be higher if it wasn't so bitter.

A good IPA but a bit too bitter for my taste.

It should be noted that I had this several months ago at the Falling Rock and really enjoyed it. Seems likely that this would be better on tap.

GilGarp, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of TonyT
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As far as Calli IPAs go...this rocks...I use Stone IPA as my benchmark Calli IPA...This is a definite contender...you can smell the hops from the glass, when it is put infront of you...The dry hoppiness contributes to the crisp character....If you are a hop head...this should be on your list.

TonyT, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of boralyl
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours 1 1/2 fingers off off-white head that settles fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing. It has a hazy copper amber color. Hard to see through, looks very thick.

S - Sweet caramelized malts at the front then lots of floral/citrus hops on the nose.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Feels slightly heavier and smooth.

T - The malts definitely take a back seat to the hops which are prevalent from the beginning to the end. The hops flavor is more intense than the aroma gives away. Finishes dry and leaves a nice hops bitterness.

A great beer. Hops heads like myself will love it. It's also pretty drinkable, the bitterness doesn't last long enough to destroy it's drink-ability. Highly recommended.

boralyl, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous ruby amber color with a dense two finger beige head. Stunning

S- Scents of citrus hops, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Light bready malts and yeasts.

T- Rolls in with citrus hops and light tropical floral notes moves to slightly sweet malt character and finishes with heavily bitter hop flavor. Could balance a bit better but this seems to be the character Green Flash goes for.

M- Moderately heavy mouth with super high carbonation

D- A decent offering from green flash it offers some tropical notes but mainly focuses on big resinous hops. If you love straight hops this is a beer for you. Green Flash doesn't seem to greatly concentrate on balancing its brew with malts. both the ipas I've had were just hops hops hops.

UA8, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. Very dark, murky orange-gold color with great lacing. Very, very rich hop and citrus aromas. Taste was awesome except for the lingering bitterness that became annoying after awhile. Still, this drink was an awesome flavored IPA. Mouthfeel had a decent texture to it, making it seem a little thick due to the tons of ingredients in it. However, it was not like some IPA's I have had where I needed a spoon to drink them. Overall, a great IPA.

fitzy84, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was pretty excited to see this one in my local's fridge; didn't think we got Green Flash stuff out here, and I'd been hearing a fair bit about it on the boards. Looks excellent. Huge, frothy head that takes its time dissolving, over a nice amber beer. Excellent lacing. Looks exactly how an IPA should. Nose is great as well. Extremely spicy hops, both piney and fruity. Light toffee malt, but this is unquestionably a malty brew. Aromas are maybe a touch mild. Flavor's a hop bomb, and it's a total surprise given the fairly smooth nose. Huge drying hops up front, and this one is just hoppy as hell throughout. Drying, piney, hoppy bitterness all over the place. Light breadiness. Maybe a hint of malt in the background. Honestly, it might be a touch unbalanced for me, with the hops overwhelming just a bit too much to make it a masterpiece. Feel is excellent, with great body and good carbonation. The drinkability takes a slight hit because of the huge hopiness, but it's still one I would definitely enjoy again.

soupyman10, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour produced an almost non existent head on this beer. Strange. Cloudy, copper colored. Smells extremely floral, citrusy, and tropical. Flavor is more citrus hops, very balanced, fruity, pineapples, strong grapefruit presence, strong bitter finish that lingers on the pallette. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel has a good body but my beer is pretty flat. I think I got a dud bottle. Going to have to grab another one. Extremely tasty IPA though and would be excellent with some carbonation and a head atop the brew. Extremely drinkable IPA.

Doomcifer, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago's in Scottsdale, AZ. Color is a deep yellow with a minimal head. Smells strongly of citrus, but the taste is a bit two-dimensional. Strongly bitter, with a narrow range of citrus flavor, but it just doesn't quite achieve the level of multiple citrus flavor that the best San Diego IPS get. Still a very good beer, and quite drinkable.

PhxHorn, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tally Ho in Bethlehem, PA, served in a pint glass

A: Hazed dark amber/copper color with a thick, retentive white head that leaves thick sticky clumps of lacing.
S: Strong, sweet hoppy smell, very citrusy and grapefruit.
T: Body has strong slightly sweet malt background and then tons of citrus and grapefruit hop bite. Very smooth, creamy body with perfect carbonation. However, the sweetness and citrus cover leave the finish lacking in bittnerness which makes this very drinkable, but not quite what expected for the style.

yourefragile, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was extremely excited when I saw this in the beer cooler at Bauer Wine and Spirits.

A- This b-e-a-u-tiful looking brew! Pours a delightful orange amber color, with a cloudiness, as bits float around in there. Absolutely gorgeous.

S- A full fledged olfactory assault, as you are hit with the wonderful aroma of those citrusy west coast hops, balanced nicely with the malt.

T- After looking at and smelling this one, I couldn't wait to dive in. Trust me there is no subtlety to the hop taste here, you immediately feel them, as the wooded, piney, hops dance around your palate. Not much going on here but the hops, that's for sure,as they pack a punch!

M- Coats the tongue with that dry, sort of sticky film, and leaves a bitter atste in your mouth.

This is definitely in the upper echelon of IPAs, but may be a bit too bitter and hoppy for some, but for a hophead like me, it's like liquid heaven.

WillieMoe, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tumbler
Thanks to my roommate Mel for treating me to this!

Poured a slightly hazed, deep and dark copper-amber color. The dense, rocky, off-white, three-finger head left thick blankets of lacing all down the glass. Very impressive.

The aroma was simply outstanding. Hoppy to the extreme with a touch of sweetness. Uber citrusy with notes of candied oranges and tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). As the beer warmed, an odd "sea-like" aroma came out as well. Maybe it was the artwork on the bottle that got me thinking about the ocean.

Seeing as this beer is called a "West Coast IPA," I expected a completely unbalanced hop bomb. What I got instead was a smooth and incredibly flavorful hop monster with just enough malt balance to keep things in check. The flavor was quite similar to the aroma. A touch of caramel malt sweetness came through up front before the hop attack began. A generous assortment of hops created an array of flavors. Strong notes of oranges and grapefruits were apparent along with some peaches and apricots. Tropical fruits were noticeable as well. The finish was ultra piney, dry and bitter with an even bigger, resiny aftertaste. Close to palate shredding, but not quite. As the beer warmed, the bitterness in this brew really made its presence known.

The mouthfeel was simply outstanding. Medium bodied with a fine, moderate carbonation. Ultra creamy and smooth in a way that is usually found only in much "bigger" brews. Fluffy and silky on the palate. Practically cloud-like. I really loved so many aspects of this brew, but nothing could compare to this.

The beer had just enough balance to both satisfy the seasoned hophead and appease those who like a slightly more malty rich IPA. Toward the end of the glass however, the bitterness really came out in this brew. The final few sips were even a bit difficult to put down. As for the 7% ABV however, it was rather well hidden.

Overall, this is an outstanding IPA that definitely teeters on being a double IPA. If it came in a fancier bottle and was more difficult to find, I think people would make a much bigger fuss about it.

Damian, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coronado Brewery. Golden with a an average white head. The aroma is lemon, grapefruit, orange, pine and spicy hops. Almost smells like Fruit Loops. The taste is similiar to the aroma. Dry and bitter throughout with a heavy bitter finish. This is a very flavorful beer.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a nice, light copper color. It's very clear and has an immaculate, off-white colored head that stands three fingers tall. It's very slow to recede and leaves a ton of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: The nose is exceptional. Truly a model for west coast IPAs. Loads of citrus grapefruit and pineapple give it a very sweet and enticing smell. Hops are very piney and citric in character. There's some malt in there, but it's mostly drowned by the strong citrus and hop aromas. There's a little yeastiness. It's not really complex. Rather, it's straight forward and a damn fine smelling IPA.

Taste: The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's not far behind. It's citrusy sweet. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are present. Hops are strong, piney, and bitter. It really hits on all cylinders in the hop department. Extremely flavorful. There's little in the malt department. Perhaps some faint pale malt notes. But, they do little to balance the bitter hop flavor, which is fine by me. It finishes dry and bitter with a touch of residual yeastiness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, leaning medium. Very smooth and drinkable. Not quite creamy. It goes down a little too easy. Carbonation is right on target. Drinkability is very high. Personally, I could session this beer all night. With abv at 7%, it's not so high that drinkability is really limited in any material way.

What's not to love about this beer? Nothing. Green Flash has brewed what may well be the standard for west coast IPAs. It's a very refreshing and drinkable beer that commands a lot of respect. Highly recommended.

prototypic, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: burnt copper color with unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hop smell but not as strong as the flavor suggests.

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: Dances on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is probably one of the best of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: Certainly will enjoy another one tonight, but with this ABV that will be all. Really the only detractor to this one.

Side note: Totally agree with the previous poster's comments about West Coast IPA's having their own sub-category. I think I may be turning into a West Coast IPA snob, which could be a problem on the banking account. Had this on tap (Moe's tavern) as well, and I was worried that the bottle serving type would be a let down. Fortunately, I was wrong, which in my opinion makes this even a better beer. As of right now, this one is my favorite.

TeddyBG, Jun 25, 2008
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,277 ratings.