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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Ratings: 6,659
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 269
Gots: 875 | 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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with a hint of red to it. Very creamy head that hangs around and leaves great lacing on the glass.

S: Hops dominate the nose, as expected. Really wonderful aromas of pine, citrus, and pineapple.

T: Bitter, but backed up better than I expected by the malt. Toasty with a touch of caramel.

M: Medium to full body, very smooth drinking.

D: It's a good solid IPA.

Photo of MorningDove
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother ordered this for me before I got to Yardhouse, he asked the waitress "for the worst beer" they had, and she said no one could stand this one, except for one of the bartenders.
It was waiting for me in a standard glass when I arrived. I didn't know what it was, but I thought it was pretty good, if a little on the hopy side.

A: looked like a IPA should look, brownish leaning towards a bit of orange

S: Hops, citrus

T: The beer is a little on the citrus side and off course hopy, but I like that citrus kick

M: carbonated and a little dry

D: I usually have 2 before I order anything else

Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep hazy brownish color that has hues of orange. it has a nice two fingers of off white head that lingers for a nice amount of time and leaves a decent lacing on the glass

S-a faint aroma of mostly pine with a touch of citrus

T-big taste of a piney resign that is accompanied by a hint of citrus and a huge bitter hop finish. there is a faint backbone of some sweet caramel malts; but this is definitely big hops

M-it has a good body, med to full, it is extremely smooth, almost slightly syrupy and slick on the back of the throat. just the right amount of carbonation to give a faint tickle to the throat

D-i do love me some west coast ipa. it was one of the first ipa's that i got into in my move to craft beer while living in San Francisco. big hops just like a west coast ipa should be and a great mouthfeel

Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Durty Nellies.

A: transparent amber/orange color with a fluffy bone white head, leaves significant lacing as it goes down

S: the smell features and onslaught of pine needles followed with a heavy malted barley profile. The malts are not sweet, rather on the bready side of things. The hops smell incredibly fresh.

T: like the nose, the initial taste is all pine needle. The hop profile is highly resinous and dank. The finish is more bitter than the nose would suggest. There is a lot of hop and malt character present, but it would be difficult to call this beer balanced as the hops are nearing the point of overwhelming

MF: this beer has a medium body with very high carbonation, a bit sharp on the mouthfeel

D: This is a delicious IPA and it definitely is on the upper level of IPAs that I have tried, but the sharp mouthfeel and the bitter finish could definitely become too much some beer drinkers. For me, one pint was perfect, any more would have been too much.

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

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas with notes of grapefruit and lemon. A nice caramel malt backbone with a little bit of toast.

T - Strong toasted malt with a hint of caramel and big pine hops. Pine floor cleaner notes in the middle with a hint of grapefruit and more toasted malt. Finishes dry with fairly strong, slightly soapy, bitterness and more strong, burnt toast flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a little bit of astringency.

D - Quite drinkable despite the somewhat harsh character of the hops and malt, but I am just slightly disappointed in this one. The burnt toast and soapy hops get a bit cloying after a while, but the hop aroma is excellent. This beer is like the really smart kid who never does his homework; it gets by but it has the potential to be so much more than it is. Just a bit more sweetness would help the drinkability and balance and could make this a world class IPA.

Photo of Phormula
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a SN Anniversary Pint Glass.

A: Pretty standard orangey/copper color. Though, it looks slightly darker than most IPA's I've had.

S: There is an outrageous amount of floral hop smells coming out of this brew, along with tons of grapefruit, pine, and citrus notes. Oh, and an entire forest is tucked away somewhere.

T: Well, at first taste, this was an aggressively hoppy and bitter beer. But as I gradually took sip after sip and got my palate comfortable with the assault I was inflicting upon it, the whole thing opened up. Not only is the beer just hoppy, but there are so many different flavorful nuances from the different types of hops. There is very little malt presence, but I'm not complaining.

M: It's a perfectly carbonated IPA. The feel on the tongue is exceptionally smooth, and syrupy.

D: I probably waited too long to try this beer. Always overlooking it for something else, and I regret it. This is definitely one of the best IPA's I've tasted over the years, and I'm sure it will be a mainstay in my fridge from now on. As far as sessioning goes, I do think it's a little too much after 2 or 3. But those 2 or 3 are still remarkably enjoyable.

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Orange-amber body topped by an inch of frothy, slightly off-white foam; solid retention and some broadly-webbed lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Wow. Huge, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing but hops. Tons of citrus, with a solid amount of resinous pine. Some spice as well. Huge and delicious.

T: See above description of the aroma, plus a profoundly (and pleasantly) bitter hops finish. No malt flavor to mention. Absolutely delicious, and as perfect as I've ever encountered for the West Coast single IPA style. God I wish this were readily available in CT.

M: The only disappointment so far, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and flat, but also a little sticky. Not the best, but it really doesn't distract me from the sheer deliciousness of the beer.

D: Impeccable for the relatively high ABV; this verges on a DIPA, but drinks as easily as any single.

Notes: I had high expectations for this one (and, sadly, it was only one, since I picked up a single as part of a mixed sixer at Julio's), and Green Flash did not disappoint. After being blown away by their DIPA, I was just as amazed with the single version. Just a beautiful example of an uber-hoppy extravaganza. If you love hops, you will love this beer.


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

Big ups to Hogtownharry for providing me with this Gem! Thanks man! Bottle pours a deep and transparent coper with a duvel style rocky white cap that does not want to go away. Nice sticky lace left behind as well. The nose is assaulted with pine and grapefruit, cookie dough and lemon, grass and floral notes. These all come together and blend well to create a fantastic aroma. The taste is big bitter piney hops with lemon and grapefruit, toffee and caramel malts, alongside a blast of floral goodness. Dry, chewy, lots of resin, and tasty as heck. Dangerously drinkable at 7%. Wow, thanks for this one Harry!

Photo of GarrisWH
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, orange-tinged amber color with one finger of white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Very hop forward, with grapefruit and pine aromas as well as tropical fruit and dank, herbal qualities. Hint of malt in the background.

T - Piney, citrus hops with a fairly strong bitterness. Some floral, grassy, herbal hop qualities come through after the initial bitterness subsides. Balanced with some sweet, slightly biscuity malt that makes itself known, but lets the hops do most of the talking. Finish is nice and dry, and leads into a lingering herbal and piney aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a crisp carbonation that helps balance out the fairly resinous hops.

D - Great hop flavor and intensity with just enough malt to lend a bit of balance. Enjoyed this one a lot, and will definitely revisit it in the near future.

Photo of Florida9
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange amber in color. Pours with a finger or two of orange tinted white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing. However, I will say I've had a few of these and there is some inconsistency between the bottles, with some having smaller heads and little retention and others being somewhat more lively.

S: Massive pine resin and absolute hoppy goodness. Grass. Green and dank. Lightly floral.

T: Respectable malt background with an aggressive bitterness. Resiny hops. Pine. A nice residual astringency lingers on the top of the tongue.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry.

D: Excellent. This is what an IPA should aspire to be. Full of chewy hop flavor, balanced by just enough malt to allow all the hops to shine through. An aggressively bitter beer that I can only imagine most people would not care for, but an otherwise damn fine beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber body with a nice 1.5 finger head that leaves patchy lacing.

S: All about the hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.

T: Even more hops. Grassy, grapefruity, and bitter. Some honeyish malt lies buried underneath as a reward for the persistent.

M: Rather thin but still syrupy.

D: This is right up there with Ruination as an unbalanced hop bomb. An absolute must-try for IPA enthusiasts.

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

On-cask at the Draught House 41st Anniversary party.

One of the favorites of the evening, Green Flash IPA from the cask pours a translucent, particulate-rich copper orange body with a wisp of khaki foam. Big, fruity aromas of grapefruit and orange peel with yeasty undertones of bread dough backed by caramel & pale malts.

Great flavor, enhanced by the creaminess of the cask conditioning. All the usual suspects were there: hoppy pine and resin, bittering citrus zest, and caramel malts; however the hoppiness was slightly subdued, making this beer much more drinkable than out of the bottle. Fantastic body, with a creamy medium thickness and light carbonation. One of my favorite cask experiences to date...right up there with, nay, better than dry-hopped Ruination.

Photo of wknight167
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy brownish amber with a one and a half finger white head that slowly recedes to a cap that lasts about halfway through the beer. Solid amount of lacing.

Nose- Citrus, Pine/Grassy hops with just a hint of malt sweetness.

Palate- Starts off sweet for a split second then the hops take control. Citrus then pine. Good flavor and not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, astringent slightly low carbonation, but it works for this beer.

Drinkability- I'd say its a pretty manageable beer.

Photo of Mit
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-Reddish in colour with a short lasting head.

s-Very heavy in the hops. Very slight maltiness in background(distant background)

t-Hops hops hops!!! One of the top tier hop bombs IMO. Has enough malt character to not overwhelm you.

m-heavier mouthfeel on account of insane hop profile and high ABV.

d- O baby really drinkable. The bitterness might start to wear on me after 6 or 7...LOL

Only second time I had it, but this was much better than the first time I had tried it. On my to buy list.

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

Appearance: Poured from a stout little 12 oz into a 'perfect pint'. Its a nice hazy golden copper hue with a nice thick 1 inch head on it.

Smell: Theres a forest in my glass and I love it. Herbaceous pine needles and fresh grass mix with a ripe grapefruit zest. There is even some sweet nuances to balance the whole aroma out.

Taste: The hops slap you in the jaw like a pine branch and I run back to do it again with each sip. Its intensely floral, piney, and citrusy as the IBU's and IPA title would suggest. It is quite bitter but not excessive and at the same time earthy. There are touches of oregano and a sprig of mint. There is some biscuity malt but you really have to dig past the hop forward nature of this one to seek it out.

Mouthfeel: The right touch of carbonation, goes down smooth and zesty and leaves a resinous aftertaste behind.

Drinkability: This really is a great IPA, and further proves that the west coast has that style of beer under wraps. Has a moderate abv and a touch of a bite but I could drink this all night long.

Overall: Fits the bill and then some. A great brew for a respectable price and does what it sets out to a kickass IPA. While I can tell it is a cali brew from taste without looking at the label which means it is at some aspect generic it doesn't lose any points because it is still damn good and there is no ranking for 'uniqueness'.

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

On tap at the Maproom. Served in a Southern Tier shaker pint.

This beer is a slightly hazy orange honey color with a small maybe half of a finger of slightly off white head. The foam leaves broken sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose is great. Pine needles, grass, tons of fresh cut grapefruit, some sweet pale malts, sweet bread. It's very inviting.

The first gulp gives me everything the nose promised, but there is much more pine and a huge bitter citrus note. Sweet malts and tropical fruits up front, bitter biting grapefruit and pine in the tail end. It's fairly dry and the bitter finish really lingers. I can taste the alpha acids on my lips.

Mouthfeel is full with a medium level of carbonation.

This is a great dry grapefruit riddled IPA. I'm really happy we get Green Flash in Chicago now because this is my new go-to IPA when I need my California IPA fix.

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

I bought a six pack of this beer because I heard that it was a good IPA.

A. Poured into and Anchor Steam pint glass. It was a copper type color. Almost orange. Good thick head and nice lacing.

S. Insanely hoppy smell. Lots of pine notes. Probably the best part of the beer.

T. Intense flavor. The hops reach out and punch you in the face on this one. Also had your typical citrus flavors but the malt dissapears behind al those damn hops.

M. I like the carbonation. Perfect amount. Nice oily hop bitterness as well.

D. The drinkability was just so so. Too many of these might give you blisters in your mouth from the burning hops.

Photo of jminsc76
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, among the classics of West Coast IPAs, and at 95 IBUs it is beautifully bitter.

Pours a creamy white head with excellent lacing as it dissipates, and a lot of rising carbonation in the body. The head increases exponentially upon agitation.

Very floral and piny aromas, with a little bit of vanilla in the nose and some slight malts. Mmmm, so pleasant and heavenly.

Tastes of piny hop bitterness, citrus, grapefruit, and a slight sweetness that's very well balanced by the aforementioned flavors. Hits the palate well, with a sip exhibiting hoppiness and a quaff revealing pineapple and other tasty fruits. Such a great flavor spectrum.

Mouthfeel is bouncy, light to medium-bodied, with a slight chewiness.

Overall, next to R.R.'s Blind Pig, Stone's IPA, AleSmith's IPA, and Racer 5 IPA, this is a West Coast IPA par excellence. Drink it. A lot of it. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of atsprings
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a slightly frothy head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight citrus and sweet malts. The taste is a nice kick of bitter citrus hops with a nice malt backbone and a lingering bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied with just a hint of alcohol stickiness. This one is very enjoyable on draft.

Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light brown with very little head and a bit of lacing. Nose is super heady, hoppy and citrusy with a good amount of sweetness.

WOW. This is a hop bomb, so bitter, it's a bit unbalanced but very hardcore. This detracts from the drinkability. It's got a light sweetness and a good light body. Could be a bit maltier for this. Awesome brew.

Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask during Green Flash night at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a Green Flash pint glass (which the bar told me to take home:-).

Orange-peel tinted amber body with bright highlights - unfiltered, with lots of green hop nuggets in suspension. Two fingers of ivory foam receding by half, leaving behind lovely drapes of lacing.

Aromatics reached my nose before the server even reached my table. Candied ginger, orange zest, apricots, and floral notes. Not much pine, despite these clearly being west coast hops. If this doesn't awaken your senses, nothing will.

Grapefruit, light malt, mint, oregano, hemp, and light earth notes on the palate. Very hop forward, but not excessively bitter. Finish alternates between fruit and herbs. Crisp and somewhat dry overall. Excellent.

Approaching medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. A bit chewy (literally - you'll need to floss after finishing one of these on cask!).

Superior drinkability if you are a hop-head. This is a very pure expression of the style, and works very well on cask.

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

This is the best widely available IPA I've ever found. My fridge has been primarily filled with Green Flash for months because it is pure, mysterious and drinkable. I can't help but draw lineage way back from Sierra to the Two Hearted and, now Green Flash as the go-to beer that never dissapoints. This beer has more attitude than Stone Ruination and Lagunitas' Double but remains somehow dry, crisp in its power. People keep talking about nut and malt flavors, but to me it seems more directly related to the essence of the hop. Double Nectar and Racer 5, Dogfish and Bells, all good, but for the ultimate IPA under 12 bucks/6, look no further. It is cursive, all else print.

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

Appearance: pours a hazy burnt orange, with little head retention.

Aroma: Grass,, funky citrus, and more grass. in a good way. sweet fruit candy smell as well.

Taste: a brief sweet candy malt background is quickly overtaken by pungent grassy hops, and finishes with an accent of bitter grapefruit. Bitter and delicious.

Mouthfeel: fairly full mouthfeel for an IPA with strong but not overpowering carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite delicious, I think, though, one or two and my palate might be erased for the beer-drinking evening. But still, delicious beer, and well balanced (if you're a hop head) This is definitely a VERY hoppy IPA.

If you want a kick in the pants from a bunch of hops (with some malt balancing it out) give it a shot. it's delicious.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Slightly darker in hue than a number of the West coast IPAs I have sampled. Two-finger, pillow-like, white head that faded almost as quickly as it had formed.

S- It has that unmistakable aroma that one comes to expect from a west coast IPA. I feel myself trying to single out hop varieties and different aromas, but I am unable to do so due to the overwhelming pungent bitterness of the hop profile....this is a good thing. As it warms and I really zone in, I would say a sharp piney-ness is the predominant player in the aroma, but citric aromas are not lost entirely.

T- I keep taking small sips trying to get as much as I can on the front of my palate before the bitterness ravages or "grapes" (for those of you who get the reference) the back of my palate. Definitely some biscuity-malt flavors and bread-yness upfront, but, like I said, it doesn't remain long before the hop-resins coat and dominate the palate. While I try to avoid direct comparisons in reviewing, I came to a realization that I felt too fitting to not share. If Pliny the Elder and his less-hyped (but not necessarily inferior) brother, Blind Pig, had a baby (ignoring biological constraints and laws against incest) and this baby was delivered by Green Flash, this IPA would be the baby after the placenta remnants were rinsed from its back.

M- Pretty standard, nothing crazy.

D- While the alcohol was not a problem (i.e. extremely drinkable for a 7%+ IPA), I can't say that it is as drinkable as others that I've had. Since the goal of this beer is obviously not session-ability, I see no problem with this. I could definitely drink a few of these, but it's not the kind of six-pack that I would find myself polishing off as quickly as others.

Photo of Brew33
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this beer. I had heard great things about it. The appearance was good. Nice color, white puffy head. The aroma was very nice. A nice hop aroma, promising. The taste was amazingly average. This is as boring an IPA as I've ever had. They seem to be following the West Coast IPA generic recipe. No complexity, biting, resinous, hops, little distinguishable malt character. Boring. The mouthfeel and drinkability were average as well. Nothing stands out with this beer.

I'd certainly drink it again but this beer is nothing special Skip it.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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