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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
92
outstanding

6,327 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,327
Reviews: 1,698
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 247
Gots: 719 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

smooth_aleing, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ubufan2112, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

paulish, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

nharres, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

m_p_snyder, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque amber red with a creamy light tan head.

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit, mango and fresh orange.

T: Once again lots of grapefruit and pine, especially up front, followed by lemon, fresh orange and citrus peel. Finish is dry and resiny.

M: Medium body with average or slightly smooth carbonation for an IPA.

O: Really good. I'm not the biggest fan of grapefruit and thus west coast IPAs in general. This one has a nice mango flavor in addition to the orange flavor which I really like. Definitely recommended.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

SimonTja, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

benloho, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a one pint six ounce bottle into a tall mug and served cool.

Brilliant clear brown body and an off white head

Pine and candy

Pine and woody with some sweet grain aftertaste

Watery and very still

Flavors are nice but the mouthfeel is a bit thin

jneiswender, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Dicers, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Zdrummer15, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

shoretaxi, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

robebo44, Feb 01, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting a while for a beer to come along and truly blow me away, create a paradigm shift if you will, or at the very least, leave me awestruck. A guy can get a bit jaded with this sort of mentality, as many very good beers can still leave one wanting just a little more. On this occasion, I felt this awe and really did get a jolt of beer-hunter enhancing excitement. Admittedly, I didn't think this would be the beer. Then again, Green Flash is pretty well-regarded in terms of flavor if not price. This brew is a dark russet amber color with a decent dose of beige head that threatened to billow over the sides of my American pint glass. Aroma included all the features you'd expect in a top-shelf IPA, quite tropical, certainly citric: Grapefruit rind galore, fresh pine resin, sweet caramel malts, a solid dose of flower shop and spice cabinet. Hits all the marks. Wait until you taste it, however. This one has layers that peel back as you go. Starts with grapefruit and tangerine flesh and rinds, cantaloupe melon, a little red berry (good old Simcoe), tart bright lemongrass, and then BOOM, massive pine sap and pot resin launch a Blitzkrieg. Very aggressive and spicy menthol bitterness that builds and builds, begins like a cough drop and evolves into mouth numbing spruce needles and mustard greens ... There's almost a heat present, and the floral and citrus elements never quite disappear. I get fresh lime juice, perfumed black tea, white pepper ... Just when you think its done, some fruity grape and gummy candy pop in and you wonder how you can still taste something so subtle amidst all the oily resins and sour fruit wash. The malt backbone manages to protrude into one's awareness despite the hop attack, some light toffee and toast. Medium body, its a tad chewy but not enough to escape the impression that this is a hop bomb as opposed to something sweet. One of the most pine-laden and bitter IPAs I've tried to date, yet redolent with all kinds of fresh juicy fruit flavors. If this is such a world beater, what must Pliny taste like? Someday I shall find out. For now, Green Flash has a wide distribution network and thank God.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

TTripp725, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CreekyJarls, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

OldManBike, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Salud24, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

BH712, Jan 31, 2014
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2.3/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jwerner23, Jan 30, 2014
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 6,327 ratings.