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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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6,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,128
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 244
Gots: 629 | 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 kpantz
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: My first from Green Flash. An assertive IPA, indeed. Gobs of hops are apparent, from the first whiff all the way to the bitterness left on the tastebuds after the last sip has been drained. What I like about this one is the clarity in hop flavor. You can really pick them out, and that's a tricky thing to achieve.

Appearance: Pour a hazy amber/copper into my snifter. Cream-colored head persists at about a 1/2 finger thick. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Wow! Pine and citrus, plain and simple. Some floral essence as well. Clearly some Centennial in here and I think I may even sense Simcoe. Aroma as art.

Taste: Not much of anything but hops here. I'm not going to complain, being the hophead I am, and since this is technically a straight IPA, I'm not expecting too much malt presence. Good thing, too! Very striking hop flavor - I know Columbus hops are quite strong flavor producers...perhaps that's in the mix. Whatever is in there is in appreciable quantity. Lots of bitterness in the finish, but in my opinion, that's actually the most balanced part here.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much dead-on for an IPA. Light body with a slight stickiness to it, but even that is minimal. This is a hop elixer, so don't expect much in the way of a malt backbone.

Drinkability: You know, as I slog through this one, I'm finding myself won over. This would be a great brew to have on a late spring or summer evening - it's snappy, so it's refreshing, but not one of those hot weather thirst quenchers. I wouldn't make this my lawnmower beer, but I would bring a few for friends at a barbecue to show them what the world of craft beer can produce.

kpantz, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the best west coast IPA I have ever had hands down. This blows away most DIPA's I've had. The color is a nice clear orange with a beautiful white head. The smell is citrus and pine needles. The taste is so amazing! Loaded with hops, I can definitely taste Simcoe (the only hop I can really distinguish except for Columbus) and there is such a wonderful piney, citrus flavor. One bottle I had tasted exactly like biting into an orange. I wanted to give this one all 5's but it is a little unbalanced so I had to ding the drinkability. Still, at 7% ABv and $7 per sixer, this stuff is amazing. Delicious.

ArrogantB, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash- West Coast IPA

Appearance- Hazy orange with a thick creamy white head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Big strong Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.
Taste- Huge grapefruit rind and pine sap flavors.
Mouthfeel- Huge bitter grapefruit becomes sweet and dry through the body only to finish off bitter and oily.

Overall- A delicious IPA. Huge big bold flavor, typical West Coast IPA. Highly recommended.

NJpadreFan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of biglickbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This line of beers has just come into our market in SW Virginia. It is available at one of the large retail grocery chains.

This is an American IPA all the way. Coppery-orange in color with a firm, rocky head of off-white. Citrus & piney hops bombard the nose in the aroma along with some sweet caramel malt. Carbonation is very good.

This beer is loaded with citrussy and aromatic hops and they hold up throughout the glass. I was a little disappointed that the malt backbone did not stay abreast of the hops. After a few sips, I found the malt flavor and presence had totally given way to the hops. For this reason, I think this beer's balance is a little lacking. It is a very good American IPA, but I'd have to pass after a couple of bottles.

biglickbrewer, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one! Sampled & reveiwed on 1/13/07:

Ap: Medium pour raises full finger of creamy head with rocky surface. Copper color, good carbonation. Sparkling & clean.

Ar: Wonderfully hoppy! Deep fruit aromas of grapes & citrus, as well as pine needles & evergreens. Slight alcohol notes in the background.

Ta: Hops dominate from start to finish. Nice sweet malty middle which is quickly turned with another blast of hops in the finish. Stong citrusy, piney, apricot flavor.

Mo: Medium bodied. Mouth puckering from hop bitterness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste - slightly cloying. Very good carbonation for the style.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to heightened bitterness, its a slow sipper for me. Could only have one or taste buds would be shattered!

Comments: The aroma is the real winner here. Dominated by the trademark citrusy NW hops, it truly radiates hoppiness. The flavor is pleasant, but could cut down on the bittering hop addition.

JMD71, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass

A: A delicious looking honeyed-orange copper color with a one-finger off-white foamy head. It goes away quickly yet leaves some nice thick lacing.

S: A superb-smelling beer, with lots of varied, complex hop aromas coupled with nice warm toasted caramel maltiness.

T: While the bready malted backbone of this beer is not to be ignored, this beer derives nearly all its flavor from the multitudes of hops, hops, and more hops! Zesty citrus hops blast your tongue to start, and fruity, juicy grapefruit & pine notes take over from there. The maltiness finishes everything up and keeps the beer from being overly bitter.

M: Oily, fizzy carbonation makes up the majority of this beer's feel.

D: Could easily drink these all day, this might be a new summer brew for me.

markgugs, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degress.

A - Pours an orangish amber with a large, foamy head. Left behind some pretty sticky lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma, with grassy notes...little sweetness or fruit was detected.

T - Keeping with the super-hopped aroma, the flavor does not disappoint. Hops galore, on a grassy/piney backbone. Extremely straighforward...no complexities here...just pure hoppiness.

M - Medium body with a very bitter finish.

D - I had one yesterday and decided to wait until the second sample to write my review...once you know what to expect, it makes the beer much better. Very good - a top shelf IPA.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently when I was out of state, even though I have seen this in local liquor stores. I haven't had a hoppy beer in a while, and this looked like it would be good - on the level of Sierra Nevada or Stone. Thankfully, my suspicions were correct, as I enjoyed this very much, and am glad I took a chance on this during the winter months!

The pour was pretty unique - a nice, warm apricot hue could be seen, but this beer had the appearance of a lava lamp or a bottle of Orbitz (anyone remember that?). It was VERY cloudy with quite a bit of sediment floating in it, and it just this very unique and silently engaging look to it. The head was a good half-inch thick took, with a nice aroma to boot. The taste was what I expected and bit more - bitter, citrusy, hoppy, slighty metallic, and even a dry-hopped undercurrent to this. It's not a brash as Sierra Nevada, and not as floral and citrus dominated as Three Floyd's, but this silently sneaks up and settles in on the tongue and the aftertaste...well, it's addicting!

I've listened to enough of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lately to want to jump in my Mustang and get back to California. After enjoying a brew like this, it's even more of a reason to make the trek. Another reason why the Golden State is great for microbrews - this beer is worth the effort to find and sample!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to zrrbrrt for including this in my BA anniv. package.

A: Pours a slightly hazy peachish amber color with a big bubble frothy one finger white head. Retention on the sides of the glass and nice lacing.
S: Nice soft citrus fruit hop notes--mostly grapefruit, peaches, and orange rind. Very excellent.
T/M: Nice pine hop notes coupled with an excellent dose of citrus fruit. Biscuit and bready malt notes are definitely noticeable towards the finish. Grapefruit and orange peel notes in the finish. Slightly buttery on the palate. Bitterness is sharp at first and follows into the aftertaste nicely. Smooth on the palate with a medium body.
D: Big abv isn't noticeable at all. A nicely hopped IPA with a good finish and bitterness that's also smooth. Nice one from the west coast here.

bjohnson, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cisco for this one. Pours a hazy bronze/copper color. Clumpy head that leaves nice lacing. Nice citrus hoppy smell with a pine note. Taste the same as smell. I also notice some bready malt backbone. Finishes with some grapefruit flavor. Overall a nice beer that impressed me.

beermanbrian, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper with a huge head that left patchy lacing down the side in big clumps.

S - Pleasant pine (blue spruce) and orange pith citrus mesh with a faint peppery alcohol to create a truly delightful aroma.

T - A bit of faint light malt with a sharp pine flavor. The aftertaste is a medium strength (as far as IPA's go) pine bitterness. A nice flavor.

M - Thin, but frothy, smooth, gums up int he throat a bit. Not refreshing,

D - Tasty and sessionable. I wouldn't mind having this again. A nice offering from Green Flash.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the West Coast IPA from Green Flash. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it when first poured. There were so many suspended particles, I thought the beer might be past its prime. But, it smelled great, and tasted just as good.

The WC IPA has an orange copper color with a decent head that fizzles out moderately quick.

There is a big resinous hop burst with the initial pour that combines the aromas of pine mixed with grapefruit .

It is a medium full bodied beer whose 7% abv is well masked.

The taste is refreshing, crisp and a little citrusy. Bitterness is definitely there but, it's not nearly as bitter as the strong hop aroma would suggest. A hop head's beer for sure (one that most casual beer drinkers would cringe at), but it still maintains a high level of drinkability throughout.

Overall, a very good example of a hoppy SoCal IPA.

86sportster883, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey coloured body with immense foaming head. Grapefruit hoppy aroma. Taste is medium to full mouthfeel of initially grapefruit and malt, quite drinkable. Had it and liked it very much again 1.5 years later. Good creamy drinking.
On tap 4.75 years later and still very good IPA, very hoppy.

Sammy, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with a fluffy, off-white head. Lots of lacing as the foam slowly fell, with rings forming down the glass. Piney aroma with a little hop spice and fairly fruity. Mild caramel malt comes through. Malt sweetness hits up front, followed closely by resinous hops and significant bittering in the finish. Caramel flavours melded nicely with the fruity, slightly powdery, hops. Solid malt provides a good balance here, while still letting the hops do their thing. Finishes dry, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Resin and bitterness really linger, but the malt presence makes this highly drinkable for an IPA. Recommended.

DrJay, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber/brown color with a slightly off-white head that persists.

S: Hops with a bit of sweetness. Nice.

T: Excellent mix of hops and malt. There is some nice bready/caramel malt back there that is always in the back of the tastebuds. Also, just a bit of grassiness. And, most importantly, you've got a good bit of pretty fresh tasting hops at the forefront. There is also a decent level of bitterness back there too.

M: Good, solid medium mouthfeel with some resiny quality.

D: Very drinkable. Part of that is due to the great taste of this, but also everything is nicely balanced - with maybe a bit of an emphasis on the hops - so you could stick to this for an evening and not be disappointed.

Very well done IPA. I'm proud to have this labeled as "West Coast IPA." I'd say it's a fitting IPA. This is one San Diego brewer with the potential to go places.

rallison, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange cloudy color with a lively head of tan colored foam. Medium high carbonation, and lotsa lace.

S: Strong pine and wood aromas mix with hoppy oils and grapefruit smells. Nice.

T: Deep and intrusive flavors of bitter citrus and hops attack the palate with no mercy. Medium maltiness maintains itself yet remains reserved. Quite nice. Could've been more complex, but for a straigh-ahead IPA, it's good.

M: Noted density and oily qualities. Mild carbonation adds a refreshing note, and gives the brew a zesty appeal.

D: Pretty darn good, i've ripped right through this one. Glass is half empty, but I must remember, it is also half full.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample and awesome trade. Cheers!

Frozensoul327, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky looking orange colored body. Inch high foamy white head shrank slowly. Lots of carbonation barely visible in the murkiness. Thin sheet of lacing down side.

A very strong grapefruit aroma is able to be picked up before bringing the glass to the nose. Very light malt scent can be picked up on the edges of the overall smell.

Very strong bitter taste. A blend of light citrus is overpowered my a more spiced taste. Oregano earthinesss and a litte pine taste coats an underlying grapefruit sense.

Almost chewy thickness. Decent burst of carbonation but not overpowering tingle.

A very decent IPA. Great compliment for a spicy Chinese dinner. A surprise gem from Secret Santa 2006. Thanks again to Zrrbrrt, and a thumbs up to the brewers at Green Flash.

RedChrome, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting IPA- pours a light amber with decent carbonation, citrusy hop aromas and slight caramel malt sweetness on the nose. Hardcore stinging sweet malt flows alongside an aggressive hop profile. Somewhat thick for the style, but easy on the mouth and not too hoppy if thats your kind of brew.

kernalklink, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, orange toned amber with a 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades out. Nice amounts of sticky foam cling to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of roasty, caramel malt, biscuits, brown sugar, citrusy orange & grapefruit, along with pine sap.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas perhaps a bit more tame than anticipated from the ballsy West Coast hoppy aromatic profile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, malty, bitterly piney, with a decent amount of CO2 running along the palate.

weeare138, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking hazy copper colour with a sticky, foamy (and somewhat creamy) off-white head.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with a bit of caramel sweetness and some citrus notes to it, along with a some bread notes running throughout.

The flavour is more of the same with a sharp hop bite at the start and finish that is a bit smoother in the middle as it leans more toward a juicier citrus flavour mixed with a bit if the caramel that is less noticeable here than it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is lively and biting, medium bodied all around.

I wasn't a big fan of the first Green Flash offering I tried, so I was a tad hesitant to sample this one, although it does seem to be the favourite amongst their brews. I can say that they did redeem themselves with this one as it is solidly tasty all around.

SixpointJMH, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at 2006 Oregon Brewers Festival (it was one of my favorites at the festival), but did not review then. This past weekend, I found a single 12 oz. in the clearance bin at New Seasons (75 cents!) and cracked it open last night. Poured to a standard pint.

A: Whoa! - though not a very vigorous pour, this had a huge sandy-colored head that just kept rising and rising til it overflowed the glass. Frothy and rocky in consistency, the head was over 3 fingers high when it crested. The beer is a hazy copper color, warm and inviting, with only a few traces of bubbling carbonation. Gorgeous sticky lace all the way down the glass.

S: Big, big hop nose, full of citrus rinds (oranges and grapefruit) and fresh grass with a sugary malt backbone. This one pulls no punches and serves its "west coast IPA" moniker well.

T: Though this has probably been on the grocers shelf a number of months, the taste was as fresh, green and full as I remember from trying it in July. Abundantly hoppy & bitter (95 IBUs), this is full of juicy grapefruit and citrus zest. Finishes medicinally bitter, but each sip is interspersed with some nice malty sweet moments of graham crackers and even a spiced gingerbread. Flavors bounce around from malty to hoppy, but hops are the heavy hitter here.

M: A medium-full mouthfeel with an almost numbingly bitter finish on the back of the tongue & cheeks. Despite a moderate 7.0% abv, this one was hot with fusels - producing a fiery tingle on the cheeks that I liken to when the dentist injects a shot of novacaine. Some sticky sweet residue left on the lips and a long-lingering bitter/grassy aftertaste that I could still taste at least 30 minutes after the glass was empty.

D: It's good every now and then to have a slamming, flavor-forward IPA like this. This isn't one I'd have all the time, but it's great to be reminded what big hop flavor is all about. Harsh on the tastebuds, but definitely a tasty one and worth seeking out.

msubulldog25, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden amber with a small off-white head that pretty much remained during the entire sipping.

The aroma was wonderfully citrusy, herbal, resiny, and earthy. Some caramel notes were there in the background.

The flavor of the beer was bursting with powerful resiny citrus hops. Flavors of sage and other herbs blended in with the hops. The malt backbone was dialed in with just the right amount of bread and caramel. All the flavors were very clean and distinct.

The mouthfeel was light and creamy. The carbonation was just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp, making this brew extremely drinkable.

This is easily one of the best American IPAs that I've had. I'd have to sample it side by side with some other contenders, like Alesmith, but I could see this one winning a blind taste test.

West Coast in a bottle beeotch!

SacoDeToro, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of MissKristin
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to have this beer to relax with after work tonight. The pour filled my glass with a red/orange color. There was a covering of about 1/2 an inch of white head. The lacing is great-sticky, long lasting with the appearance of a honeycomb that stays as I drink. I love the smell. It is of strong, grapefruit as well as a sweet, floral hop. There is the same refreshing citrus in the taste. There is a bitter hop bite in the end, but my tongue is left with a candy finish. It is a full tasting, well-carbonated beer. This has an excellent drinkability, I could easily have this at any time.

MissKristin, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantasticly well balanced single IPA. The availability for me has been scarce lately so I had this one bottle in the back of the frig for awhile. Drinking this right after a Stone IPA and this seems a bit smoother and perhaps a slightly creamier feel on the palate. I really love many of the San Diego breweries and Green Flash is yet another exceptional example. I vividly recall my first taste of this beer which was on tap at Najas and me and my brother were blown away and couldn't stop talking about how good it was. Later I found it in bottles and still love it. There Imperial IPA is something worth writing home about as well!

ChazMania, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this example for free from a beer rep, so I liked it from the beginning. Nice dark amber color with a bright white head. Sediment suspended in beer. Piney and citrusy hop smell. Sweeter blueberry-like taste upfront and then a bitter hop twist. Bitterness fades quick and begs to be tipped up again. Medium bodied and full of sharp, tingly carbonation. Very sessionable for me and an excellent year-round replacement for my favorite HopSlam.

vwcraig, Jan 04, 2007
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,128 ratings.