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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,788 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,788
Hads: 7,365
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,472 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,788 | Hads: 7,365
Photo of Bone53
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Library

Appearance: Love the amber color to it; Dark for an ipa

Smell: citrus rind and pine

Taste: follows the nose but is more in your face; piney with orange and grapefruit rind and a slight malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied; The viscosity doesnt actually make it bitter, its the bitterness

Overall: This beer goes against everything i go for in an IPA nowadays; Piney and super bitter. But somehow they make it work to where i atleast enjoy it. I do prefer more juiciness and less bitterness, but between this and Palate Wrecker, Green flash knows how to assault a palate and i love it! (613 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn near perfection. Just a hint of malt in the back, and a very solid and citrus free hop flavor. Pretty much the definition of my concept of a west coast IPA. (163 characters)

Photo of eaglesont
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If i had to choose a coast I'd have to choose the East. I live out there, so don't go there. But that don't mean a hop head can't rest in the west, have a nice sesh in the west.

Pretty quintessential west coast double IPA here. Color is a nice copper, held up to the light shows a little more of the promised orange. Mouthfeel is nice balanced and refreshing. Taste...the taste... THE TASTE !!!!! Yup its good. Definitely some zest at first then that bittering we've all come to love. the thing is though, it isn't over powering as some can be sometimes. It's actually refreshing. It makes me want to go cut the lawn. Or at least pay my neighbors kid to do it. Well done Green Flash. (696 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a blend of pine, resin, and grapefruit with other assorted tropical notes. It's a murky yellow amber hue with a dense head, mild retention, and lots of snowdrift lacing. The taste profile is a medium high bitter and medium sweet compliment. The texture is oily with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium full body with notes of pine, wood resin, and grapefruit along with a lightly floral and burnt bread undertone. The finish is crisp with notes of caramel, bread, and grapefruit membrane. The strong, pungent aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and pine that coats the mouth and lingers for awhile, but ends abruptly and clean. (664 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Light, clear, foamy, amber, 1FH that lasts.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, fruit, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, lingering, astringent, light, effervescent.

VALUE - $9 for a 12-oz bottle.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - OK beer. Quaffable. (289 characters)

Photo of J30wang
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aftertaste is pleasant like brie cheese. Creamy and real bitter. Super hoppy--reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum beer.

Nice foamy chug. Mild spices and creamy body. Bit too hoppy for me but I like it. (205 characters)

Photo of GregHarold
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a nuclear hops delivery system that leaves its crisp citrus flavor on the palate after swallowing. Really lovely aromas, too. IPA lovers will definitely enjoy this one. It seems to be tougher on my gut than other beers like it, for some reason, but that's probably just my constitution...and I enjoy it anyway. (318 characters)

Photo of MatthewHopHead
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - a perfect orange glowing DIPA. Well carbonated with about a two finger head upon pour that receded to about one finger.

Smell- wonderfully hoppy, with grapefruit aromas and tropical fruit.

Taste - a hoptastically piney slap in the mouth. Very aggressive DIPA with citrusy (grapefruit) flavored. Just outstanding, if not world class.

Feel - very carbonated, and non-palate wreckingly hoptastic attack on the palate.

Overall - I'm giving this a 5/5 because despite its readily available status, it really stands up to many of the top rated DIPAs on the market. (571 characters)

Photo of brianwsnyder
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got one of these "to-go" at Yard's at the LINQ. An excellent DIPA. Good feel and tasted great on a hot Vegas night. An easy drinking beer, too, even at 8.1%. (157 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very piney IPA here. Obvious with the West Coast style this beer provides a sort of building block stigma of what a new west coast ipa on the market should taste like. Not my favorite IPA though mind you. Just a good representation of the theoretical "West Coast" style. (273 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into mug at Mingalaba burmese restaurant in burlingame, california on july 26 2015. best before dec 15 2015

a: clear amber body with a finger of bone-hued head

s: orange peel, orange rind, ripe orange flesh, sweet caramel malt. some pink grapefruit notes. lesser herbal & pine notes

t: herbal and citrusy (following the nose) with a carrying sweet caramel malty body

m: medium-plus creamy, sticky body with moderate carbonation

o: a strong but excellent borderline-DIPA -- just enough hops to go along with that big malty sweetness. paired really well with spicy-ish burmese cuisine! (598 characters)

Photo of Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hoppy flavor. The more I drink IPAs the more I can appreciate a beer like this. The hops are there, but not overstated. Kind of a refreshing taste actually. Clean & crisp. I'm a fan. (187 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA.

I've heard so many positive things about this brewery and more specifically this beer. Finally at long last getting some Californian brews out here in Michigan. Was being put on the shelf as I walked in so optimal freshness is guaranteed. Let's see if it lives up to the hype!.

Look - Pours a clear amber with a three finger off-white head that sticks around long after the pour, starting the lacing prospect off early. The carbonation appears to be moderate with this one. Leaves a ladder of lacing up one side of the glass. 4.75.

Smell - Huge hits of orange peel and grapefruit juice, along with a dose of pineapple and a big, though very balanced malty backbone. Not quite on the tropical scent level, but it is very balanced. 4.

Taste - Quickly smooth as silk as soon as it hits the tongue. Big, chewy malty body takes the main stage upon the first hit followed by chunks of orange peel and topped off by grapefruit juice. The alcohol is actually more prevelant than I was expecting. Take your time before finishing this section, as the beer very clearly develops a new profile as it warms..Or so I though. Simply becomes juicier and a bit more bitter. 4.5.

Feel - Since the head had retained so well, the mouthfeel is very creamy. Sits very light bodied with only a touch of carbonation. No lingering bitterness on the palate. 4.5.

Overall - I'd say this is a fine DIPA. Is it the best I've ever had? Nope. The flavors meld very well and it is very easy to drink. I'd say sessionable. It didn't exactly knock my socks off. To be quite honest I've had similar DIPAs from here in Michigan. I've heard this one get compared to Pliny. Well, I don't know about that and seeing as I will never go to California to stand four hours in a line for 4oz of beer, I will never find out. So, with that said..I wouldn't stand four hours in a line for it. 4.5. (1,884 characters)

Photo of donspublic
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle at a wine bar. Unfortunately I didn't pour it nor see the date, and they were doing a real shitty job pouring everything they did. I will come back again and give a more detailed review once I get my hands on something I can control the quality of. That said real solid IPA. (302 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose is not as big and prominent as I expected. Notes of tropical fruits and just a hint of alcohol. Taste is grapefruit-forward and has a bitter bite. Hints if papaya. Not too sweet and alcohol is well hidden (213 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date of 10/24/15 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, faint haze with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Citrus and pine hops

Taste: Bitterness is strong and present throughout. The hop flavors really come through in the middle and lead to a lasting dry hop bitterness with earthy pine notes complemented by some peppery malt

Mouthfeel: Sticky leading a dry, bitter finish

Overall: I believe I the older recipe only once before, but I really enjoy this as a double IPA. There is plenty of hop flavor yet still an onslaught of bitterness on your palate. I honestly think the revamped recipe is an improvement and I will continue to purchase this double IPA. (712 characters)

Photo of South2NW
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber in color, with a about a fingers worth of a white head.

S: Hops all up in your face! Powerful aromas of pine and grapefruit.

T: A sweetness starts things off, followed by a bitter bite from the hops. A lingering hop bitterness continues throughout. Slightly spicy/peppery taste towards the end.

M: on the heavier side for IPAs. Dry-ish finish.

O: a great execution of the west coast DIPA style. (407 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly cloudy from the hops, pale amber color. Moderate sized off white head, rocky and with good retention.

Big "generic" citrus/pine hop aroma at first. Some caramel sweetness, and overall on the sweeter side. Pineapple.

Nice hit of malty sweetness up front, then a huge rush of earthy and bitter hop flavors. Powerfully bitter finish. Certainly less sweet or fruity in flavor than it was in aroma.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency despite the intense bitterness. Very little alcohol warming.

Very well done, but in a crowded world of good hoppy big beers it didn't blow me away. Intensely hoppy and bitter, but not harsh. (653 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look. Soft, cloudy golden Amber. Frothy head
Smell. Pretty pungent. A peachy, peppery nasa clearer.
Taste. Hops rule the palate, even well after swallowing.
Feel. Substantial, semi-heavy body. Tingly all around the front, dry in the back.
Overall. I think I like its feel best, then its aroma. Nice taste, but not its salient attribute. (340 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a medium amber with a slight chill haze, but otherwise clear. No bubbles in the body, but the bright white head is huge and well-churned.

Smell: Even in the smell, the hop bitterness is detectable as it wafts off of citrus peels and dark tea leaves. Lots of lemon, and more notably, lime; I don't think ever ever sensed so much lime in a beer's aroma before. There's not much else there, and as hoptastic as the aroma promises this beer will be, I'm left wishing for more complexity.

Taste: As expected, the bitterness is very high, with plenty of citrus fruit flavors. A dribble of butterscotch and some grainy malt add balance without reducing the overall brightness. A peppery spiciness feels like the result of the high ABV. It adds a kick, but doesn't distract. Some caramel and floral flavors open up halfway through.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium mouthfeel with some creaminess to it, and the finish is smooth in spite of the bitterness. The carbonation is no more than medium, giving the beer less crispness than what is normally expected from an IPA. There is much alcohol warming, but the high hoppiness ensures that this quality is not a sore thumb.

Overall: This IPA's selling points seem to be its hoppiness and showy high ABV. Other than that, there's nothing too interesting going on, at least not in terms of the flavor and aroma. There is a unique heaviness to the mouthfeel, and it's notable that this quality manages not to drag the beer down. Enjoyable enough to finish, but due to a lack of complexity, not something I'd buy again. (1,623 characters)

Photo of bkkt
2.84/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4-pack and tried it out 5 months before the freshness date of Nov-25-15.
Beautiful golden color with some nice lacing.
Smells a bit of pines and hops, but i got nothing else.
Maybe it's a bad batch but the beer is pretty flat. The bitterness seems to overpower everything because I can't taste the hops and pines from the previous version of this brew. I've heard of the cat-pee phenomenon before but this is the first time I've experienced it. Just a very off-putting taste. Might have to try this again at Green Flash next time in SD, but overall a disappointment. (580 characters)

Photo of ScrewBud
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bumped into an old friend I hadn't seen in a decade doing PR for this beer at the store last night, so I grabbed a sixer. Couldn't tell a lot from the sample at the store so I got worried that I would end up giving it a bad review, nope.

L - slightly darker golden
S - Hops, Piney resin
T - Hops, well balanced. GREAT aftertaste
F - Not too watery, not too thick
O - Only complaints are that it doesn't come in a can, and it ain't local (guess I could move...) A true IPA. (476 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Inbetween gold and Amber color with a little bit of carbonation and a thin head that dissipates quickly. Very good hoppy smell. Extra hoppy taste that makes you ignore the quaint bitter aftertaste that comes with pale ales. (224 characters)

Photo of EastAtLeast
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite Double IPA thus far. Had no idea what to expect when I bought this, but I bought it fresh and this thing blew me away. Beautiful blend of hops with a clean malt rides that line of balance all the way through and takes you along for the ride. A must have for IPA lovers. (292 characters)

Photo of ryaneasterling
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the style, and this beer is an innovator but....it tastes a hair bit like a rusty tin can. Very up front, very bitter/abrasive, subtlety and nuance are not the name of the game with this in your face hop monster. If you're a hop head...step right up and take the challenge. (282 characters)

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.