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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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6,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,989
Reviews: 1,799
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,142 | 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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Ratings: 6,989 | Reviews: 1,799
Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a amber orange coloration. The head of the beer is a rich biege coloration. The head was about a finger and a half high. Very nice rings of foam mark this beers all too rapid disappearance from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of pine resinous hops combines very well with citrus zest, a whiff of grapefruit, and perhaps some mango.

Taste: The beer leads with the expected pine flavors. The pine is a bit resinous and lingers on the palate. A bit of grapefruit sweetness cuts across and then right back to bittering dry finish. Pretty straight forward but well done.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is slick and just shy of medium bodied. Nice oily texture to the hops making them linger and drying the beer out. The beer left my glass in a very rapid fashion. I could drink several of these in an evening and not get bored.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. This is an extremely hoppy IPA, one of the hoppiest ever I think. This beer has so much hops it actually makes me sleepy. Quite a bite to it. One thing I can't figure out: this beer used to be $7.99 a 6 pack in regular bottles and now it's $8.99 per 4 pack in a very unique but still 12 oz bottle. Great beer, but that's quite a difference in value and will definitely affect my frequency of purchase.

Photo of dcook11
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick white head with ample se fom lacing. Lots of sediment. Lots. The beer itself is a light pumpkin with slight carbonation
S- Grapefruit, hops, pine, malt...Odd but as it really warms up some mineral odors. Wierd. Your as clueless as i am.
T- Grapefruit, citrus, hops, malt, pine.
M- Medium bodied.
D- High

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy,burnished amber with a dense,creamy,one finger,off-white cap that left sticky sheets of lacing.

S-Tart grapefruit and sweet notes of nectarine and dried tropical fruit with some astringent pine notes as well.

T-Big,bitter,slightly tinny hop flavors followed by softer citric notes and finished with perfumey,piney hoppiness.Good baked sugar malt presence to round out the body.

M-Medium to full bodied with standard hop traits of moderate bitterness and slick resinous mouthfeel.Nice use of moderate carbonation as well.

D-Great example of a West Coast IPA,as the name would indicate.Well balanced and highly drinkable.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No freshness info I could see on the bottle. I like the raised company name on the bottle.

Pours a citrus juice-looking orange, with tons of stick on the head. Smell is glorious, just sweet and floral hops. Tastes excellent, big hop profile, grapefruit and pine resin predominate, which is non-destructive enough to enjoy the beer in its entirety. Easy to drink, and the 7.3% is about perfect.

Photo of Bonis
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange in color and lots of sediment hangs. A huge pillowy head with great retention, leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - All hops, mostly pine with a touch of grapefruit and lemon.

T - Very much similar to other west coast IPAs i've tried. Big piney and floral hops. A nice malt backbone is there, but this one is definitely big and hoppy like an IPA should be. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. A little unpleasant bitterness sits on the tongue but that's really my only complaint.

M - Bitterness tingles in the mouth from the intensity of hops. Slightly more warming than I would expect. Fairly full bodied and high carbonation.

D - A fairly easy drink at 7.3%. This one is crisp and pretty refreshing and is recommended to fans of IPAs.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA, growler filled at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Pours full and carbonated, with a very white one-finger head that dies right away leaving exceptional lacing (for an IPA) and a faint mantle of bubbles on top. Color is a fairly transparent rusty bronze.

Smell: Hops, hops, HOPS!!! Did I say hops? This is like drinking hop juice. Smells like marijuana and pine resin sapped straight from the tree. Seriously, this is the closest you'll get to the hop plantations of the great Pacific Northwest.

Taste: Oily resin first, then bitterness and hops all over. A puckering touch at the end, along with a bit of a malt tone and a boozy, warm finish. A tad of orange zest and sweetness at the end too. Not very balanced, not very varied, but oh, my, so incredibly delicious!

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, full body, medium-to-low carbonation. As I said, unbalanced and yet perfectly rounded.

Drinkability: This goes down like water, but then you feel it. Watch!

I love this beer so very much. It is no doubt my favorite IPA. Lately I've grown a little tired of hoppy pale ales, but West Coast always rules. When fresh, and on tap or growler, this beer is just outrageously amazing.

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

Appearance - hazy oat colored beer with tons of sediment and a think two finger head. Great retention and an abundance of lace.

Smell - incredible hop profile. Citrusy grapefruit, lemon rind, and the smell of freshly cut pine trees.

Taste - right of the bat its unmistakable, this is a remarkably well balance beer while simultaneously being a hopheads wet dream. From the moment it touches your lips you know this is gonna be a show all about hops and it is to the dry finish. But sweet toasted malt keeps the bitterness in check and makes this IPA fantastically full bodied and round.

Mouthfeel - rich creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability - bitterness makes it thirst quenching and sweetness makes it palatable this is an awesome brew. If your idea of a great time is munching on some hop pellets you need to try this beer.

Photo of ken2cart1
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served in a flute pint glass

a- light amber, orange hints, huge inch frothy head, with hop or yeast particles floating inside,what a nice head (getting intimate) pillow soft, head lasts for ever

s- wow, just like an ipa should smell like...big wave of grapefruit, topical paradise, some hints of pine and floral, definetely smell a sweet pale malt backbne

t-holy hops!!! tropical grapefruit at the beginning then lingers to a bitter pine and then back to sitting on a beach with tropical fruits. this is what an ipa should taste like!!! all hops barely any malt..ends with a nice bitter alcohol sting to let you know it is there,
m- so smooth and delectable

d- all day, i think i downed this beer in mins

best beer in a while!! what a surprise never heard of this one.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: brown with orange hue and a 2 finger head

Smell: floral, citrus, hops,

Taste: hoppy, bitter, floral

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky hops,

Drinkability: Hops were profound and enjoyed it from beginning to end.


Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No date. Pours a nice burnt golden color with a nice big bubbly white head and very sticky lacing. There's also some sediment floating around. Smells great! Lots of fruits and pines up front. Typical west coast IPA aroma that you gotta love! The taste is very enjoyable and complex. Lots of citrus and a slight amount of pine and resin, slightly sweet. Obviously pretty bitter. Mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated; medium to full-bodied. Drinkability is good, alcohol is masked for the most part. Good flavors and aromas will have you coming back for more.

Very enjoyable IPA. Great representation of the west coast. I'd drink this anytime, recommended!

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

from 120z bottle

A-pours a slight hazed red/copper color with a creamy 1 finger khaki head very fresh looking and nice lacing

S- was pine and citrus and floral hop and grapefruit all very prominent

T- hops galore in a great way..big pine and floral citrus hops with an overload of grapefruit/citrus hops..mixed with some sweet caramel malts and a little bread

M- crisp and pure..this is a hop forward ipa ..the palate is hit with hops that are just delicious

D- easy to put down the whole 4-pak you really just want to keep drinking this one.. a solid ipa that is a must try

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely orange/red amber with a decent head. Looks to be cloudy and has a bit of unfiltered appearance to it.

Smell of a variety of hops, grapefruit through to the more piney varieties. After the initial sip, I start getting more of the maltiness in the background

Taste,Nice initial wash of maltiness, followed by the growing acidity of hops. Leaves a good tingle on the tongue, and backed by malty sweetness after the tongue is cleared.

Nice, dryish, and medium bodied

Got quite a kick of alcohol, but it drinks easily.

Photo of fastsrt
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: hazy amber, fluffy stiff head of white froth.

S: citrus hops, sweet malts,

T: bitter, bitter, hops, and alcohol the malts are lost.

M: average feel, clean, and dry,

D: enjoyable would love to have this mid summer. will buy again.

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

No freshness indication. Awesome bottle.

A - holy cow theres a lot of junk in this! Cloudy reddish/amber body, medium yellow-white head.

S - Lots of grapefruit and pine, resiny.

T - Damn, its bitter. Good carryover from the nose - pine and grapefruit. Good hop complexity, very mild malt backbone. This is the right idea.

M - Smooth, medium body, fairly creamy. Actually a very good mouthfeel, for this style.

D - i think this is too bitter to be exceptionally drinkable. It's got a lot of good stuff, but it's just very bitter.

Overall, this is a great IPA. It's not quite my cup of tea, but I think it's a very good example of the style.

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

On-tap at Annie Bailey's in Lancaster.
Holy hops, Batman! This beer is oozing hops. Grapefruit aromas and flavors flood the senses. Malt balance be damned. This is the definition of a west coast IPA. And even though I prefer a tad more balance, I have to say, this is delicious. Powerful astringency and moderate bitterness, yet very drinkable. The 7% is barely noticeable. I enjoyed the first enough to get a second. Even at a wallet draning $7 a clip. Highly recomended.

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?

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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