1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Flash West Coast IPAGreen Flash West Coast IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,767 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,767
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 290
Gots: 966 | FT: 11
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Green Flash West Coast IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,767 | Reviews: 1,753 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of berpwillie
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy copper color with large fluffy white head, good lacing and soft carbonation. strong piney citrus smell with hints of just about everything you can think of. This is an amazing beer that packs a plethora of flavors, piney, citrus, grapefruit, floral, and just about any other hop flavor you can imagine. medium body with a thin creamy texture that finishes very bitter. one of the best beers i've ever had.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says 7.3% ABV

Pours a light amber color with hues of orange, good sized head that fades slowly, bit frothy looking, leaves some patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell has a good amount of hops and grapefruit, paired with a heavy dosing of caramel malt, didn't really expect that for a "West Coast" IPA.

Taste majority is of bitter hops, quite piney, caramel malt comes through to balance things in the aftertaste, but a lingering bitterness persists regardless, carbonation is spot on with a slight creaminess to it.

A very solid IPA, could be quite sessionable if not for the lingering bitterness and 7.3% strength (which isn't noticeable, but still moves it out of sessioning).

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

Had on draught at Deep Ellum. Lots of sweet malts are balanced out by the classic assault of juicy, piney hops. The color is medium, hazy, looks packed full of HOPPY GOODNESS. A nice thick head didn't want to go anywhere. So I drank it. Circles of lovely lace ringed the glass. This is one of my absolute favorite go to beers. When I lived in CA I got hooked. Glad I can get it here, and fresh on draught at that!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Copper colored with a one fingered head.

Smell- Citrus, pine, and hops.

Taste- Bitter and hoppy, not quite as bitter as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Drinkability- Very drinkable, I could have multiple of these in a sitting.

Photo of klikger
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Cloudy auburn, good head

S - Sweet malts, lots of caramel, oak, and faintly hoppy. My nose may be screwed up a bit on this last part based on the taste...

T - ...because this is a massively bitter hop beast! This tastes like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a dash of powdered sugar and a drop of vanilla, but it's not sweet. The hops are overpoweringly tart and the finish is epically bitter.

M - Not syrupy or cloying, this is actually pretty smooth for battery acid.

D - You absolutely must be a hophead to enjoy this. If so, this is absolutely brilliant and a must try. I only had a single bomber, but I can't wait for my next! Sessionable? Probably not.

Wow, I haven't been this impressed by a West Coast IPA since my first Pliny. This was brutal hop warfare; I'm in love.

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The name perfectly captures the taste, and the taste perfectly captures the essence of an american (west-coast) IPA.

A lovely copper color, both the smell and the taste are completely dominated by citrusy/piney american hops (not much else is evident). The hop taste lingers as a strong and pleasant bitterness. Together with a reasonably strong amount of carbonation, this makes for a very refreshing ale.

The taste doesn't seem very complex, but if you like american IPAs, this is a delicious and satisfying example of such.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A- Pours a very nice copper color with a little funk in it. Have only seen a few IPAs with this much floating around in it... Has a two finger fluffy white head that is extremely sticky. Very nice retention.

S- A whole lot of pine here, a lot of citrus, and some slight floral notes. This is what a hoppy beer should smell like. The piney and citrusy smell of the West coast, and the floral aroma of the East coast. Best aroma of an IPA that I've ever had the pleasure to smell.

T- Just like the smell. It's hard to pick out what comes in what order, but it's definatly a West coast style IPA in the taste. Almost all pine and citrus flavors here.

MF/D- Medium to full bodied IPA. The flavors bounce around on your toungue and linger for quite a while. A very tasty and drinkable IPA. I could easily have another. Too bad we don't get it in CT.

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

poured a rich copper color to a dogfish head signature glass - full finger off white head lasting a couple minutes or so leaving nice lacing on the glass.

hops are in your face, smelling of citrus with a strong pine following up. fairly strong hoppy bite upon the first sip, and this remained throughout - however, the malt was more evident after about 10 minutes or so.

i'm not a big fan of IPA and strong hops beers, but this one, i'd drink again.

thumbs up

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

Poured into Stone IPA glass great one for ipas

A: copper color bright white head that left fairly quick or else it would be 4.5 on appearance

S: smell is bonkers nearly a 5.0 tropical fruits and citrus and the malts blend right into the smell its so good.

T: Grapefruit Tropical fruit bit of pine bit of malt with more citrus like orange and pineapple not very much malt backing up the hops its hops and hops tad bit of malt but slight.

M: medium light mouthfeel with good carbonation here for the style spot on

D: drinking 2 is easy maybe 3 but its pushing it cuz its so damn hoppy 95 ibu and you can taste it

overall: a ballsy hopped up brew that could be from stone it takes no prisoners and makes no apologizes.

Photo of pvsob
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown/amber color with a two-finger head that has insane staying power. Big-time, sticky lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, and floral hops. Hints of tropical fruit and just a hint of malt and alcohol.

T- Same as the aroma. Bitter from start to finish.

M- Thin to medium feel with mid-level carbonation.

D/O- A tasty little hop forward beer from Green Flash. Even though this is a good beer, I really don't see myself reaching for this beer again anytime soon. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it just isn't my cup of tea. Cheers.

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

A fresh growler poured into a pint glass

An aggressive pour delivers two fingers of white fluffy head resting proudly atop an amber colored ale. Lacing galore as the head falls to a thin cap that maintains for the remainder. A tint of gold is revealed when held to the light. Truly a beauty of an IPA and strangely dark for an ale boasting West Coast in the name. Sweet candy hops come through in the nose highlighted with light floral aromas. The hops become stronger as the ale draws closer to room temperature. Orange and grapefruit become more and more prevalent. The tip of the tongue gets a nice treat of sweet grain and hop resins. The pallet becomes coated boldly with hop oils of bitterness. Sticky hops lasting in the after taste proving worthy of the west coast name. The very slight evidence of caramel remain dry but pay homage to the style. West Coast IPA is quite a quaffer, but heed the 7% ABV dong your best not to kill the entire growler to you can still respect beer. Tonight is a week night and I shared this one with a very grateful fellow BA brother.

Photo of RevereBeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of hazy copper with a thick frothy head, really nice retention and some lacing.
Smell is all hops, super citrusy and piney. A lot of different hop aromas going on at once. Not too powerful, but really delicious smelling.
Taste is very bitter with a malt base. Grapefruit is most noticeable to me, but there are plenty of piney and floral hops to be found as well. Drying on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation. This is well balanced, but very hoppy and bitter, so don't expect to be able to put more than a couple away unless you're a hophead.
Great beer! Really loved this one.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Voluminous cream colored head. Well carbonated with a nice layer of foam persisting the whole time and good lacing.

S: Whoa hops!! Yes, big ass piney hops. Dank and cannabinoid. Great aromatics. This screams west coast IPA.

T: Hop flavors hit immediately with a full frontal attack. The profile is big pine resin on the palate with herbal and spicy notes. Citric flavors well up from underneath on the midpalate and culminate in an orange and grapefruit juice-like aftertaste. Great bitterness all the way across the palate, lingering with a slightly astringent tingle throughout the long finish. Good malt backbone on this one, with a nice underlying sweetness buried under big ass hops.

M: Nice medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. Decent slickness.

D: Very good. This is a great IPA and easy to drink more than one.

Overall, a superb effort by Green Flash. Quintessential west coast IPA - very appropriately named. Everything clicks with this brew. Very impressed.

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

Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A - A nice medium coloured amber with a bit of cloudiness. Half a finger of white bubbly head from the pour quickly disappeared.

S - The nose is citrus and piney hops.

T - The taste is a bitter hops. Citrus (orange peel and some grapefruit) up front with some pine in the aftertaste. A very slight caramel malt palate in the background.

M - Light to medium body with a little chew. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

D - As I continued to drink this beer the pine became more prevalent than the citrus and the malt backbone also became more predominant. A good balanced IPA but not exactly what I expected from a "west coast" IPA.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Kaya in Pittsburgh

Pours clear deep gold with a small head that dissipates quickly into a fine ring. Small amount of lacing.

Strong aromas of piney hops and citrus peel.

Flavors of malt followed by deep bitter hops and grapefruit. Tongue numbing hop level.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp.

This is very drinkable and tasting fresh on draft.

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

pours orangey-apricot bright and semi-opaque. already looks good with its pancake batter head and alien lacing...i can see future glyphs that represent the past...

nose:pure unadulterated grapefruit floral smackdown. what you want and expect. maybe a bit beyond. oh and grass.

taste is bitter, lemony, there's some sort of dimensional echo/warp...too much info...ok, hop-heaven, but for all it's weight, this is in zero-gravity, so there's a top-heavy bliss going on. all the malts drowned, but their souls remain, genuflecting the power of hops...if anything, SN Torpedo is more 'balanced'...but this is for the freaks. love it.

the mouthfeel is actually light, crisp, rich. i think it is an inadvertent part of the mix...but dangerously drinkable...too much so

up there with smuttynose and nugget nectar. no so much a question of style, but of pure hopheadiness!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 4/19/10.

A - Pours a deep rusty brown with a 1/2 inch of foam that slowly disappeared. Some lacing was left on the glass

S - lots and lots of citrusy hop goodness with a nice malt backbone

T - Moderate amount of malt with big citrus hops ending with a big bitter bite

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth mouthfeel with the sharp bitterness

D - very nice tasting IPA, could have alot of these, maybe not the best choice for someone new to a hoppier ipa, but I am very happy with this one.

Photo of SteveS1
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local bar, had to grab a bottle for a proper review:

Look - Light amber, big frothy white head, mild retention

Smell - Heav-hitting hoppy citrus, grapefruit

Taste - Sweet on the tongue, clean malty caramel flavor on the palate, and a rush of citrus hops going down. Aftertaste is strong bitter hops.

Feel - medium body, a little chewy, crisp at colder temperatures

Drink - Say what you will about the bitterness, it's a rather tasty drink. Those who fear hops should stay away, but anyone who appreciates the style will enjoy it. I found the alcohol to be a bit strong though, so it's definitely not a session beer for me.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Toronado on Haight St.
It poured out a nice gold with a decent head. The smell was thick and balanced, nice citrus hops. The taste was as balanced as the smell, nice and hoppy with a slight, sweet background. A little heavy for an IPA with only 7%ABV. I could have had another but there was a Saison I hadn't had on tap so...

Photo of jameswaldo
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled downtown at The Finger Lakes Beverage Center, where I was looking to try the Horseheads IPA but they'd just emptied that yesterday. FLBC also had a Southern Tier IPA, so I had a hard choice which to bring home. Taste test out of nasty little paper cups gave the Green Flash a clear win, though, for its aroma, taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste all good even out of paper. Aftertaste of the two IPAs lingered half-way up East Hill bike-ride: a perfect varnish of happy hopping, not the cottonmouth hop haters complain about but rather an Egyptian mummification of well-preserved mouth feelings. Maybe I'd been swishing them all around my tongue too much, but such taste makes me want to have my ale and drink it too.

Back home out of the growler (after lunch and a nap and a few hours chores as growler chilled in fridge), this poured a rather anemic, quickly dwindling head that left very little lace. Amber a 13 on my SRM color chart is cloudy, so at least I like the turbidity if not the head. Excellent carbonation keeps a few teensy foam rafts floating.

Smells all of hops, and lots of different floral citrus pine and turpentine goodness.

Taste whacks palate from all sides with delish crisp hop bitters and blossoms. Reminds me of picking our own hops vine last summer as fresh bud beauty hits my IPA nerves. This is the well-tuned chord of various hop varieties harmonizing cosmically, maybe there's a bit of malt in mouth someplace, but who cares. Aftertaste continues in the rich vein of hops happening and not going away.

If I lived on west coast, this would be drinkable. Even given the horrible dose of diesel it takes to ship Green Flash all the way out here, I couldn't help preferring this to some way more nearby neighborhood IPAs.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.55/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ordered a Lagunitas WTF but they told me the keg tapped so I order a Southern Tier IPA and was given this first along with the Southern Tier for free so I thought I would review it.

A - Looks like a nice IPA. Hazy amber in color with laces of frothy white foam.

S - Smells mostly of hops and malts. Slight grapefruit and citrus burred under their somewhere

T - Oh god no! It tastes as bad as I remember! The true abomination of citrus pine sol, soapy flavor and all, hit the tongue but with a mild malty background that reminds you that it's a beer. I normally don't do this but I gagged drinking it.

M - Leaves the palate clear. I am not a swearing man but I swear I just washed my mouth out with soap.

D - If this is your first, heck 10th IPA please avoid! Needless to say the southern tier and stone IPA's I had that night were crisp delicious in hops flavor compared to this liquid soap.

Stay away if you can! Their are plenty of other IPA's to try!

Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served in a pint glass for 6$.

A- a golden colored body with a hint of amber under a fluffy bright white head. the head lasts for a little while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- hops hops hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. the malt is nowhere to be found.

T- the taste is just as unbalanced as the smell, but the malts do make and appearance. a little bit of caramel and biscuit followed by a blast of bitter pine and grapefruit.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. leaves the mouth nice and dry. bitter aftertaste.

D- a decent price for what you get. if you want hop taste and cottonmouth, this is the beer for you.

Photo of Mavajo
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a big fluffy white head and moderate lacing. Aroma is loaded with citrus and hops - smells fantastic. The taste is a bit of a step down though, in my opinion. The hop bitterness is extremely intense, and a bit too rough around the edges. Citrus is there with a moderate malty sweetness. In the end, though, the overload of bitterness just seems a bit unrefined to me - not enough balance. Load it with hops, sure, but give me something there with it to complement it. As it is, it just seems a bit one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is very good - creamy, good carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint:

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange, light brown color with a nice honey comb like head with tremendous lacing and retention.

Smell: Smells very creamy, almost like a creamsical. Very nice citrus, orange, grapefruit and a nice does of pinecone on the nose. Nice pineapple like citrus comming through and a good solid malty backbone. The malt is almost like a cinnabon with its sweetness.

Taste: Initially the beer starts off very full bodied and attacks the palate with intense grapefruit and pinecone flavors. Then it begins to balance out with a bit of honeycomb, pineapple and a slight vanilla wafer like sweetness. Finishes very bitter and hoppy, yet balanced. Very fruity and medium dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, and a nice soapy sweet mouthfeel. Medium dry finish and good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The abv is above my normal session IPA but its very drinkable. I wouldnt necessarily need food with this, but a nice sharp cheddar or gouda would do wonders for this beer.

Photo of brendanmoody
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

smells slightly sweet, honey and orange and hops
taste is of slight honey hops orange and grapefruit
very syrupy beer. sticks around with you for a while but very drinkable. overall this ipa is one of my favorites that i've had the pleasure of drinking so far.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,767 ratings.