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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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6,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,504
Reviews: 1,716
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 257
Gots: 793 | FT: 8
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 greg202stewart
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, total hop bomb. This beer pours a deep golden yellow. The smell is fruity. The taste is hops, slapping me in the face with some citrus notes that help to ease the initial blast to the face. The mouth feel is bitter hop, but that's what this beer is all about. I guess they don't mess around when it comes to IPA on the West Coast.

greg202stewart, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of CountLupulus
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a microbeaded head that grabs and slips from the glass in scaly tufts. Its thin scalp is vigorously maintained with each tilt of the lifted glass as little torrents of bubbles rise from the deeps. The brew boasts a fierce orange-red-gold like the last of the sun thrown up (could it be... the green flash?). Unfiltered & hazy: a swirling effect.

Smell: Roaring pine bitters grab those Cascade florals like debris in a choked river and rip right up the nasal narrows. Lovely.

Taste: This one's a hop showcase, but what distinguishes its depth is the flush fullness presented across its range of hopping process: bittering, flavor and aroma all forward and brimming to capacity. A distinctly 'wet' character that brandishes the raw qualities of its constituents in strong balance. Bright and bitter tracks linger long across the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Slow-release carbonation complements its bitterness like salt to a tomato. Perception of stickiness.

Drinkability: This is not a muzzled session beer, nor is it a boozy boot to the head: the Flash earnestly deserves that each long draw be appreciated with relish. One could savor a few at leisure over an evening and be glad.

CountLupulus, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear orange with hues of amber. minimal head with minimal lacing.

S: Floral and piney hops, hints of citrus

T: Piney and floral hops with hints of citrus. Nice bready flavor throughout.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with a little bite

D: Adds just a little (or takes away some of the bite if you view it that way) to the standard West Coast IPA

rfgetz, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium orange with a thick, two-finger light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Lots of floaties in the glass, as it has been with just about every single bottle from the case. It's really fantastic looking, as I love good lacing, but the floaties knock off a point considering that I don't think they're really supposed to be there.

S - Tons of spicy hops really dominate. Citrus-y hops are abundant as well. The citrus notes give a bit of an impression that it might have a sweeter taste, but you can see otherwise below. To top it off, there's a hint of paler malt in the background, but the hops are the main players here.

T - This is where it's at. This is one of the few IPAs that has really just blown me away. Such an awesome hop presence. There are citrus-y grapefruit notes that fade to floral and pine, then finish with a mouth-drying bitterness that lasts. Some pale malts are noticeable in the finish as well, and it's a nice way to round things out just a touch before the next sip. This has to be one of, if not the only times I've given out a 5 for taste. It's just a complex, fantastic-tasting hop experience.

MF - Slick and oily are the words here. The carbonation really helps give it a thirst-quenching feel and keeps things in check. It finishes really dry with me continually reaching back for another sip.

D - Pretty incredible. This goes down quicker than almost any other IPA I've had, and the 7.3% ABV isn't noticeable in the taste at all. I find myself sometimes really savoring a bottle, while other times I'm hard-pressed to make it last any reasonable amount of time.

HitokiriNate85, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might just be the best IPA I've ever had. I got it at the Burger Shoppe in NYC, and it was so good, I've gone back three times to have the beer, since it's only there for a limited time.
A-Medium brown, good foamy head. Slightly opaque. Bubbly.
S-Excellent nut scent.
T-Brilliantly spicy, bitter taste that shoots to the back of the throat. Weird has it leaves the tongue so quickly. Very bubbly.

Amalak, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trade today with 14 other IPA's - hallelujah! This is my first green flash brew and it's looking good.

Pours a clear copper color, two finger offwhite head that settles to half a finger and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Carbonation is soft.

The smell is quite nice. Lots of floral pine with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is pretty textbook.. some caramel like sweetness, a touch of fruit and then it gets progressively more bitter. Plenty of pine hops towards the end. It's good.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth but for my tastes it's a bit strong to be sessionable. Overall a good beer though!

Ralphus, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

Slightly hazy golden amber body with a finger of cream-colored head. Retention and lacing are OK.

Big bold smack of resiny pine to the nose, accompanied by an dose of grapefruit and tart orange. Nice caramelized sugar sweetness in the background.

In the mouth, the surprisingly bold malt backbone is a bit of a surprise, and does a great job at balancing out the pungent pine and earthy bitterness. Juicy citrus sweetens things up for a moment before the sticky pine takes over again in the finish.

Seems medium-bodied at first, but it somehow picks up steam and 'fluffs up' into a very robust-feeling beer. Generous carbonation. Pine resin lingers through the swallow.

Overall impression: Excellent IPA.

PDXHops, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear copper color with a giant clumpy off-white head and big rings of lacing. The aroma is sweet floral and citrus hops and yeasty vanilla. The flavor is full of more bitter hops and most everything but the kitchen sink! As the floral and citrus and herbal hops all collide I get a decided herbal outcome in the final blend with some vanilla malt, and it's superb. Very easy drinking with a mid to light body feel. This is wonderful and an unique managerie of flavors.

Durge, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of charlzm
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 07/01/09 at 38 Degrees, Alhambra.

Beer is a clear, dark honey colored affair with a smooth off-white head of creamy, dense bubbles. In fact, every beer I have had at 38 Degrees has had awesome heads! Props!

Anyway, piney and citrusy hops greet the nose.

Flavor starts and ends with hops, including a massively bitter finish. Mostly pine flavor, but a slight floral component as well. Citrus nose does not carry over to palate. Malt is utterly masked.

Beer is moderately parching on the tongue.

I like balanced beer; I like to taste hops, malt and yeast. This beer is not balanced. I didn't enjoy drinking it and doubt I will order this again. That said, if you're a hophead, this ought to set you right up.

charlzm, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Some fine particulate matter is suspended in the beer.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Large doses of citrus and pine aromas with each vying for dominance. No malt is detected.

Extremely bitter. No balance with malt totally absence. It almost seems like pine resin sticks in the the mouth. Some grapefruit and citrus adds to the flavor. Even for a west coast IPA this seems extreme. Almost venturing into DIPA territory.

Medium body and gentle carbonation. Nice texture despite the extreme bitterness.

This is a palate killer. Just too bitter to enjoy more than one in a session. Almost a day of rest is needed after drinking one.

morimech, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of niz
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the best IPA on the planet, hands down, the look, the smell, the colour, the taste... mmm.... droool...
i live in canada and there are only a few places that you can get this. and at 18 bucks a six pack i buy most of the stock as it is received.
there is so much hops and oils and deliciousness in this beer it gives me a boner.
its like biting into a fresh grapefruit and flavour exploding all over your tongue.
and one gives me that nice hazy buzz, have one of these and smoke a fatty and you will feel just as nice as i do.


niz, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this against the BR Racer 5.

Pours a strong red with no head and minimal lacing. Disappointing.

Faint citrus nose, but not enough going on here to get excited about.

Taste is all citrus with a weak initial hit but nicer finish. Something about the beer tastes slightly unfinished to me though. Kind of green.

Very nice mouthfeel, appropriate to style.

Easy to drink and worth a try. Just not sure I'd try more than one.

beer2day, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Moylan's pint glass.

A: amber/orange color. small head. decent lacing.

S: Great smell. Very west coast hoppy smell.

T: Flowery hops on the tongue with a bit of a spicy kick on the back of the throat.

M: Good carbonation, medium bodied. Not to light but not heavy at all.

D: Very drinkable!! A perfect session beer even at 7%. Alcohol is not present at all so you could easily get carried away on this beer.

Would for sure recommend to anyone who like a great IPA.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date. tasted in late april 2009.

orangey amber. starts clear, but needs more careful decanting, which i wasn't prepared for. thus i ended up with lots of sediment. moderately sized, off-white head, fades to thin, wispy but constant layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: pine and citrus zest, with grapefruit. relatively fresh. caramel malt and apple esters underneath. some floral and honey notes too.

taste: resinous and boldly bitter, but decently fresh pine and citrus help balance that slightly. malt is caramelized and there are more fruity esters, but they take the backseat. maybe just a little more would have helped... honey notes peek through the very resinous, bitter finish.

medium body. quite smooth despite the heavy resins and bitterness. moderate, tingly carbonation can be vaguely fluffy at times.

it's okay. but i've had better. maybe needs to be even fresher?

tai4ji2x, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, amber color with about an inch worth of head that fades quickly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Hops...a nice mix of grapefruit and piney smells.

Taste: Taste is that of citrusy grapefruit with a nice bit of sweetness mixed in. Finishes off clean.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Slightly lacking in carbonation, but not enough to detract from the overall experience.

Drinkability: A very tasty brew, and I feel this beer is a classic IPA. Hoppy with a nice bit of malty sweetness at the end to round it off. Very good, I can see myself drinking a few of these in an evening.

krisandajt, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of runesead
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. is an IPA done right. No frills here.

Many try to get the IPA right, and Green Flash has gotten it. It's nothing overly spectacular, simply a well made, solid, refreshing IPA.

If you know IPAs, you will be treading in familiar territory here.

runesead, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- good hop/malt balance...sweet and sour notes, grapefruit and onion

color- orange/amber

clarity- hazy

smell- grapefruit, bittering hops, a little sulphur/skunk at the end

body- a lot of hop bite at the front and side of the tongue, medium body, delayed understated bitter finish

appearance- slightly off-white creamy head with decent retention and lace. appearance says west coast ipa...very recognizable

overall impression- bottle is not as fresh as i remember but i do like this beer from the tap.

notes and comments- this is a great goto ipa...having consumed many draught pints, i can always rely on this beer to be an enjoyable pint

NorCalYeti, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin tan head. the head fades quickly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a pleasent grapefruit citrus hop aroma. It has a slight piney aroma as well. Some floral hops are present. It has a very subtle malty sweet backbone to it also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grapefruit and pine. A slight grassy flavor is present too. I can taste an ever so slight caramel malty flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grapefruit aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high.

This beer would be a pretty good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Maybe just a little. The flavor isnt too aggressive either.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer from a pretty good brewery. Not my all time favorite IPA, but definately a solid drink.

OStrungT, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of sustainabrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The IPA poured from a cask is a hazy golden straw color. A thin off white head resides at the top with a bit of lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: A complex hoppy nose. A strong floral bouquet is followed up with just a hint of sweetness and a nice citrusy back end with pronounced grapefruit notes.

Taste: The flavor is like the nose but intensified. The hops just hit in the same complex interplay of floral and citrusy notes, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue a while after the sip is done. A slight sweet maltiness is just perceptible in the background, balancing this amazingly hoppy IPA just enough.

Notes: Great cask IPA. Green Flash has made a monstrously hoppy IPA but it is far from a single note beer. The hop flavors come in layers and add an interesting complexity in its own right. The cask brings down the carbonation just enough to let the flavors blend and show off with still just enough bubbles to be crisp and cleanse the palette. Overall one of the better IPA's I have had in a long time.

sustainabrew, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and stays true with a massive creamy head which stays consistent throughout the consumption process. Looks like cream on top.

The aroma consists of floral, pine, citrus and grapefruit smells. Very enticing.

A bitter taste which lingers on the tastebuds. There is a noticable malty presence as well. I was expecting a harshness by the look and smell, but it never came. If you're looking for sweetness, no admittance.

Very easy to put back a few of these at a sitting.

A job well done from the Brew Flash crew. This may become a staple in the man fridge for years to come.

kaseydad, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EDIT: scores lowered a bit to reflect the price increase. This isn't a beer I'd pay $10 a four-pack for.

Chilled bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber body that leans toward orange when held against the light. Head is a satisfactory half-inch of off-white foam, and it leaves a few streaks of lacing down the glass.

S: Huge floral hops, with a lesser bouquet of juicy grapefruit and pine. Caramel and toffee in the background.

T: Floral hops on the initial taste with a slightly spicy kick. Gives way to grapefruit hops and eventually pine, with caramel and toffee malt making their presence known in the background. Has a bittering herb-like and orange rind aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, and perfectly carbonated: delivers the aroma well, keeps the body smooth, and enhances the taste.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The hubbub is about AleSmith IPA on the Top 100, but I can't get that one easily, so this is an accessible and nearly-as-good substitute.

Arbitrator, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep red-orange-amber; the liquid is a little hazy. The two finger head is warm white and compact with a fine uneven surface. It sinks slowly leaving massive amounts of lacing.

The strong smell is very hoppy with notorious American notes of grape fruits, bitter herbs, fresh flowers, sweet caramel and toffee and a powerful yet elegant bitterness.

The taste is very bitter with lots of grapefruits, bitter oranges and limes. There are some sweet flavours of biscuits and artificial sweeteners that get a little sharp. Matured notes of oak and a touch of soy sauce. The body is medium, which is a disappointment, as the hops need a solid base to work against. The aftertaste brings a robust bitterness, citric hoppy flavours and a flowery flavour. Some simple sweet notes and a mild flavour of rye bread. The long lasting finish got notes of bitter citric fruit and butterscotch.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the light bubbles are small. The liquid is mid-smooth.

When it comes to the hops, this ale resembles more of an American double IPA than an ordinary American IPA. But the malt doesn't cope with all those hops, making this beer a bit unbalanced.

bark, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of czechsaaz
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big citrus hop aroma. Oranges and lemons and grapefruit. A little caramel melt underneath but mostly a hop bomb.

Orange colored with a decent white head that fades pretty quicly to a small layer that doesn't quite cover the top of the beer. But it does have good lacing with slow rising bubbles from the bottom. Pretty cloudy though.

Way hoppy start. Very bitter and more citrus, like a grapefruit peel. But there is some hop sweetness behind it to keep it just barely balanced. Aftertastes is lingering bitterness and a green hop flavor. A little bit fruity fermentation and halfway through a pint my luplin tolerance catches up and it has a really nice honey malt flavor under the hops.

Medium-full bodied, not heavy but a little big. Carbonation level is lighter than usual but by no means flat or lifeless.

Nice beer and lives up to the "west coast" billing in that it is among the hoppy end of the spectrum of IPAs. Enjoyable and I would have it again.

czechsaaz, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange-amber color with a creamy, albeit short, ecru colored head. Lacing is minimal, but retention is good.

S: Floral and piney hop aroma, also some tropical fruits and citrus. Fairly bold and complex--definitely a west-coast IPA.

T&M: Good bit of hop flavor here. Piney and floral, citrusy, but with a good bready malt feel to carry it through. Finish is a bit astringent and rawly hoppy. Body is a bit full, the hoppiness could be more drying and saliva-inducing if it was a bit lighter. Still a decent brew.

D: Decently drinkable, but could be a bit better. A good effort for a west-coast IPA, but it's not incredibly unique or definitive.

Thanks to mikereaser, an excellent trader, for providing me with this beer.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have this one quite a bit as my roommate lived with a brewmaster from Green Flash for a while and he has several cases. Have in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nothing particularly outstanding, but dark for an IPA with medium head and thin lacing. Foam is just off white, about 2 fingers worth.

Smell: Skunky, if that makes sense, but in a very good way. Smells very fragrant and crisp. The hops are very present in the nose, with a bit of citrus and maybe even somewhat of a Eucalyptus.

Taste: Quick hops bite followed by the warm alcohol and the aforementioned skunkiness. Taste has a few stages, all of which are solid. The initial hops is followed by the alcohol, then finishing a bit more crisply with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but nothing crazy. Feels warm and bubbly, leaving a nice residual flavor and coating on the tongue of hoppiness.

Drinkability: It's sessionable, but it's alcohol is present. This is a heavier IPA as far as alcohol flavor and availability is concerned. If you're into a very hoppy beer (which San Diego beers are known to be) with interesting taste builds, it can be consumed ad nauseam but much more than two is just filling.

nomomentwasted, Jun 17, 2009
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,504 ratings.