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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

6,898 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,898
Reviews: 1,778
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 309
Gots: 1,073 | 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 billab914
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a nice looking, frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent lacing all over the glass as I drank it too.

The aroma has a bright and fresh, citrus flavor to it. Grapefruit, pine and orange all come out in it. I get a bit of some sweeter malts with a hint of caramel, but the hops are the real show here.

The taste is not surprisingly hoppy as well. It's a little sweeter up front with some of the sweeter malts complimenting the bright and juicy hoppiness. Towards the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come out in the bitterness. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I love this beer. One of my favorite IPA's and one I don't drink often enough. I love the hoppy flavors and it's tastes so fresh and juicy. One of the best IPA's around in my opinion.

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review transcribed from January 2009 notes. 12oz bottle from BevMo.

Deep clear copper in color with a nice lasting white head and good lacing.

Big-time west coast piney and citrusy hop aroma with just a touch of sweet malts in there.

Really citrusy bitter flavor with a sweet malt backbone. While Nugget is great, in both hops and the reefer, the C's are pretty legit too.

Pretty standard mouthfeel for the style, medium bodied and crisp with good hop resins.

Awesome IPA, similar to Green Flash Imperial IPA except for the hop variety (C-hops rather than Amarillo/Nugget I believe).

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

A- a nice deep amber/red ish tone
S- I didn't get much from the smell...wondering if my nose if off???
T- the bitter is a bit overwhelming even though I am a hop whore, self proclaimed....again, questioning my palate
M- goood solid mouthfeel not too thin, not tooo thick.
D- mediocre simply due to the bitter bite I am perceiving...

I should check the hop schedule and choices just to be sure there isn't a "litmus test" effect.

Photo of infi
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Rustic, dark-orange color. Lots of floating white, particulate matter and carbonation thoughout. White, cloud-like head with webby lacing and good retention time. Smell is of faint hoppiness, which in turn carries a small amount of pine. Small amount of malt/yeast aromas as well. Very minimal.

Taste is just sweet, with a small amount of hop bitterness. Considerable amount of drying on the palate finish. Bitterness doesn't last too long. Slim citrus character to be noted.

Fairly medium-bodied with not much of a carbonated feel. Clean and easy to drink. 7.3% becomes evident after a completed bottle. Decent WC IPA.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy Iceberg effect on the head as it sat for a little bit. Golden on the edge of the glass, in the center it was a reddish orange. Very nice looking beer.

Pine and citrus hops mixed with a sweet maltiness of caramel. If it tastes like it smells I'm in for a wonderful beer.

The taste is good. Everything I mentioned about the smell but a weaker version of it. It tastes watered down a bit. I am a little disappointed, the way it smelled I thought I was going to have another mind blowing experience with an IPA. Sweetness in the beginning neutralizing the bitterness; it still is bitter but not as bitter as I wanted it to be. It seems the taste process is too fast. Sweet malt upfront to a bland watery taste, then immediately turning into a lingering tangy bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel is good. Medium body. Slight carbonation. Feels good in the mouth and nice going down.

I could have another since it's easy drinking. It's not a bad IPA. Taste was a let down so I had to knock some points off. Overall, a good IPA.

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

Just finished a bottle of Green Flash West Coast IPA that I purchased earlier today from Total Wine and More in Richmond. Not much of an IPA selection here in Tappahannock Virginia so I have to make an occasional beer run into "civilization". I consider Bell's Two Hearted ale my favorite IPA, but...Green Flash is running a very close second. Bells better not stumble or Green Flash will take the lead. Upon smelling it the citrus grapefruiit aroma is excellent and the taste lives up to the smell. Very impressive IPA! Very pricey IPA too...but you get what you pay for. Won't let the cost keep me from picking up this excellent ale on my next trip.

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

12 ounce bottle with no bottling date poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange almost copper color with a huge foamy off white head and lots of carbonation. Aromas are dominated with floral hops and grapefruits. Sweet and piney at the same time. Quaff isn't as hoppy as some of the west coast IPA's but still very delicious. Plenty of sweet fruits with a subtle yet enjoyable bitter finish. A very smooth, easy-drinking IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky. Drinkability is great although the 7+ abv can sneak up on you. Great brew.

Photo of Phelps
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Kansas City Barbecue in San Diego, where the piano scene from Top Gun was filmed! Show me the way home, honey!

Pours a beautiful, perfectly clear copper with a 1.5 finger off-white head that's foamy, dense, and recedes slowly, leaving a thick filmy top layer and sticky sheets of lace.

Citrus and sweetness in the nose. Lots of lime, orange, mango, pine. Not much malt, but who needs it?

In the flavor, bitter grapefruit peel mixes with orange juice, nice light tropical fruits, lemon, lime, a subtle dank character and mint. Light pale backbone, maybe some honey.

Prickly medium carbonation and a smooth medium body. Nice fullness. Heavily bitter, but not too bad.

An aptly-named effort from Green Flash, for the flavors of this beer epitomize to me the West Coast IPA. Lovely.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade from HeadyHops81, poured into a pint glass.

A: Colored between dark golden and light amber, with two finger fluffy white head that faded quickly but gave excellent lacing.

S: Smells like a total pine tree, with hints of citrus.

T: Sadly, this is the kind of IPA that I don't like - the pine flavored one instead of the citrus flavored one. Pine is really all I taste, with a very dry finish.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with an extremely dry finish.

D: For a beer that's over 7% ABV, this hides it's alcohol very well. However, for me, due to it's pine taste I probably won't have another of these and will instead trade them away. And considering it's about the same price per 12oz bottle as Hopslam, I'd have Hopslam all day and twice on Sundays over this. Oh well, you never know which IPAs you like until you try them, right?

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow you can smell strong grapefruit, pine from the variety of hops they use and that fruitiness from the cascade hop. Pure hop juice smell with some slight sweetness in the back. As soon as you take a sip you get hit with the fruity hops flavor and then the middle and back of the taste is just this strong grapefruit pine kick leaving a long long bitter finish. It has that amazing resinous very wet thick hop flavor and finish. This has to be one of the most bitter beers I've had. The hop flavor and the hop bitterness come together and are very pungent.

If you feel like no IPA's are doing it for you and you want more bitterness or flavor drink this beer it will blow you away. It reminds me of the Stone ruination but with other strains of hops in there to create different dimensions of hop flavor. This beer in a nutshell is the perfect balance of hop strains you could ever have. The most popular descriptions of an IPA (grapefruit, pine, citrus, flowery, resinous, fruity) this beer has all of that in a unique balance with an amazing long bitter finish and not to mention some slight malty sweetness when it warms more.

Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice eighteen karat gold out of the bottle leaving a giant white sticky head. Head is very tight in appearance, leaves some decent lace. Body is a nice burnt orange, clear, but with cloudy specks and an almost suspended animation state with "flecks" hanging. Some carbonation from the bottom but not much.

Dry pine, arid grass is an over dominating bouquet on this beer at first. Small citrus fruit is hardly noticeable in the back with some nice toast grain in the back, but small to detect. Kind of musty also. Definitely unique for an American IPA I would say.

Taste is incredibly bitter at first giving to an overpowering dried grapefruit rind sensation that doesn't feel pleasant. Wet moutfeel with a very dissipating taste and body. Sharp and too bitter I would say of hop and excessive grapefruit oil sensation. I'd hate to say it but this needs some sweetness (not a lot) to round it out a bit. Excessively bitter and missing grain and some sweetness and some body I would say.

I think there's better IPAs out there than this that I would have instead.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - amber with a moderate head that revolves after a few minutes with a fair amount of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S - very heavy pine and juniper and not much else. It's solid!

T - as expected it's got a powerful bitterness that leads primarily with pine, but has a hint of citrus. The initial attack resolves, leaving and enduring seductive hint of bitterness that you just want to keep feeding.

M - moderate carbonation balances out a buttery essence that coats your mouth.

D - even with the supreme IBUs and fairly high alcohol content this is goes down relatively easy.

This is probably my favorite IPA (plus Stone IPA and DFH 90) and is a truly superb beer. I can get it on tap fairly frequently, making it a true joy!

Photo of SteelerNation
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful two finger head that takes a while to foam down. Lacing that never quits and great retention overall. Slightly hazy light brown color. You can see the hops suspended in the brew, which is a small negative.

S: Not to be confused with pure hops. Cascade and Centennial, oh my! Smelling the bottle is like smelling a hop cone.

T: For 95 IBU I didn't think I would taste a lot of malt, but it really shines through. You can taste the biscuity caramel malt from the start. The hop aftertaste is strong with a strong assertive bitterness. The bitterness is borderline over-hopped. The IBUs build up, getting stronger on your palate from sip to sip. The hops have a citrus grapefruit taste that lingers long after you are done drinking. Good balance of bitterness with hop flavor.

M: Heavy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Not too dry.

D: Due to the high bitterness, I couldn't down more than 2-3 of these. Bitterness is very similar to a dark chocolate... you have to try it in small quantities.

An IPA with no remorse. A near lupulin overdose. If it were maybe 70-80 IBU, the drinkability and balance of the beer would be slightly improved.

Photo of yourchoice
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bronze/Amber with a full head. Prevelant lacing.
S - Pine, grapefruit, very fresh smell.
T - Lots of hops, grapefruit citrus prevelant. Some spice which is nice!
M - A bit too sharp, even for an IPA.
O - Although sharp on the palate, still a very good IPA!

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Partly cloudy orange/rust color. Good frothy head.

S - Hints of pine and lime. Some very nice hints of sugar cane as well.

T - Good hops that aren't overpowering. Good citrus pine with a bitter taste.

M - Bubbly and dancing on your tongue.

D - Easy to drink. Aftertaste is a little bitter with a refreshing taste. Could easily drink more than one.

Photo of gopens44
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy brown in color with a thick frothy "hang around" head.

S - First thing that pops out here is a fairly sharp grapefruit/ citrus aroma with hints of earthiness.

T -Lots of grapefruit and pretty well balanced. Malt bill is fairly low, but again, balanced well within the hop goodness.

M - A tad thin and well carbonated. Not too much after taste.

Great beer! Soory it took so long for me to find it!

Photo of ms11781
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/10/2010. 16oz poured into a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Pours a very hazy deep orange color with a fluffy 1 finger, white head. Great lacing left down the entire glass from top to bottom.

Hugely hoppy nose. A bit of citrus but piny resiny hops dominate here. Hop presence is so strong that the beer smells almost bitter at times. Not much in the way of malt as the hops are so strong.

Huge hop flavor as well. As with the nose there is a bit of grapefruit and citrus flavor up front but it's secondary to a strong, piny, resiny flavor. Little to no malt detected, perhaps a bit of caramel malt, but not much. Intensely bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and resiny with the aforementioned intense bitter finsh.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer with such a strong hop flavor. Normally a beer with such bitter characteristics and this little balance is tougher to drink but this is an exception that is very enjoyable.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick head on top of a hazy golden brew. I actually prefer pouring the whole contents of the beer when decanting, so the haziness of the brew is entirely my fault.

Smell: Sharp citrus hops and a little of the skunked sulfer smell most likely due to the distance this beer had to travel to arrive at my local liquor store.

Taste: The range of bitterness and hoppopoluza is stunning. Flavors include all of the typical citrus, grapefruit and pine descriptions; the real magic of the beer is in the harmony of the hops which combine to create a symphony appropriate of the name IPA.

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

UPDATED TASTING:
Tasted a fresh bottle on May 22, 2011 in a tulip glass at the Elite Brands GIBF tasting at Falling Rock. I'm bumping up my Appearance score, which was previously a 2.0 because the fresh bottle was much better looking, and fresher smelling and tasting (go figure, right?). Thanks to Jim Kenny of GFB for walking me through the lineup. I came to find out that the old distributor was sitting on old beer. Elite Brands now has a fresh supply in-stock and it sounds like that will continue, with them taking smaller deliveries on a more regular basis.

(Original note on appearance of my first 4-pack of old product)
I originally rated the appearance on the low side as there was a ton of sediment at the bottom of each bottle. I purchased the 6-pack from a larger store here in Denver, but that is no guarantee of anything, other than that they have a large selection of beer. And without any sort of date on the bottle, who knows?

Getting past my initial moment of pause in regards to the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, all the other points of the beer are quite good. When pouring, there was minimal head, sort of a skim coat of foam, but that was the way I poured it, going very slowly to keep the sediment at bay, leaving behind less than 1-ounce of beer.

Aromas and flavors were bright and fresh, with lots of citrus and bitter citrus pith, loads of pine and notes of apricot as well, plus welcome background dough and malt notes.

For the amount of emphasis placed on the hops, there is still a fairly balanced feel with the subtle malt notes. I like hops... a lot, but the addition of the subtle malt notes adds a welcome dimension of complexity here.

Medium+body, maintaining the crisp hoppy mouthfeel throughout, with a slight bit of sweetness that the dry hop profile overtakes. The hints of apricot are not sweet or syrupy by any means, lending more of an aromatic quality than any sort of weight.

This one is growing on me....

I'll have to do some digging on the sediment issue. I'd definitely give this one another shot and will probably update this review another time.

Opened a second bottle from the same 6-pack and intentionally included sediment in the pour to see how the beer faired. Not as well, leading me to believe this is from an older batch. The bready-malty notes become much more pronounced, masking the brighter aromas and flavors I noticed when decanting the first bottle. Hmm? I think I'll have to try and find a fresher specimen here.

(Please not that my ranking for this beer was based on the initial bottle that I poured into a pint glass, leaving the sediment behind in the bottle. The second bottle with the sediment included was not nearly as agreeable and I'd probably give it a 2.7 overall.)

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

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $2.56. Haven't seen this before, or at any other place. No freshness date on the label or the bottle, which is bad in any event, but is truly a crime when dealing with a hoppy beer style like an IPA.

Poured an opaque dark orange/amber color, with a big, cream beige head that took its sweet time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big citrusy and piney hop whiff when the nose hovered over the glass. Definitely lives up to its name, according to the workers at my Olfactory.

Big hop flavor up front. The startoff has a grapefruity vibe to it, but there's a more bitter hop thing going on in the background that lends depth. Speaking of depth, the malts provide a good, stiff backbone while keeping out of the hops's way. Nice dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is slick with hop resin but not massively so.

Very well-balanced IPA. If this was regularly available and affordably priced, this woule replace Laughing Dog IPA as my go-to for the style. As it is, I will definitely come back to this in the future.

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

Bright medium amber color with lasting head and good lacing.

Big citrus nose hints at a juicy citrus hop flavor. Piney and spicy hop notes seem to dance around the edges of the citrus. Long bitter finish that is slightly harsh.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and well balanced carbonation. A really nice example of an American IPA.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

filled a growler at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. poured into a standard pint a little above fridge temp.

pours out a fairly clear deep golden orange color with 3 fingers of big slightly off white, fluffy, foamy cap that settles to a nice retentive layer. lots of sticky lace.

lots of dank resinous pine in the forefront. grapefruit citrus and a bit floral. no sense of balance.

follows the aroma with lots of resinous pine and grapefruit citrus. also some floral, raw pellet hop qualities. hardly any malt detectable. super hoppy, super bitter.

super resinous, wrecks the palate completely with such an aggressive lingering bitterness. truly a west coast IPA! medium bodied and good carbonation.

drinks so easily, this is definatly one of my favorite ipa's, i always get it when its around. its one of the more bitter ipas available IMHO.

Photo of modernartblues
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes (no freshness info)

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: dark amber golden color, 1/2" of off white head, lots of haze

N: not as good as others, grapefruit-orange-pine, but not in your face....thinking this may not be the freshest bottle

T: grapefruit and pine, not too complicated, plenty of bitterness- I believe the 95 IBUs...still questioning the freshness, but this held up fairly well

M: good, not overbearing

D: high, but IMO there are better IPAs on the market, if I can assure a fresher bottle or on tap, I would def. give this one another whirl

thanks to cduckett for the extra

Photo of dbmernin83
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a thick, foamy head and great lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with a slight malted sweetness and a little booze

Big citrus hops, malts try to balance, but the hops rein supreme.

A nice hop bomb in the true vein of the west coast IPA. Screw balance, all hail the hops!

Photo of tdawgydog
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this at Whole Foods in NJ. It's hard to find a good West Coast IPA on the East coast.

A: Pours a nice cloudy copper color with plenty of unfiltered goodness in the bottom of the bottle for you to enjoy if you wish.

S: Super Piney, refreshing. It just smells like a good beer.

T: A little bitter, maybe more than I would expect. Could be dated bottles, but I'm not sure. This is otherwise an excellent beer.

D: Nice and smooth, really couldn't ask for much more. Could drink this much more if it was more readily available to me.

M: Well done, carbonated well, retains head throughout the drink. Will definately drink again!

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,898 ratings.