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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
94
outstanding

6,271 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,271
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 245
Gots: 696 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Birdmarg741, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass over 25 minutes.

The pour is a murky brick orange with non settling large particles suspended in the soup. The eggshell head is fairly small. Frothy/bubbly lacing sticks to the glass only a little, both high and deep.
The bouquet is big and complex, simultaneously full of bitterness, sweetness, and fresh breaths of forest. The sugar-bitter front is a nice change from the majority of IPAs whose noses squirt citrus first. Those fruits come second--grapefruit, blood orange, and the cleanliness of lime that flows into the pine freshness without a noticeable seam. There's pepper and other herbs hanging on, as well with a sugary caramel depth that insists a malty foundation will support all the wild hops.
In the mouth red grapefruit ushers in the tart-sweet-bitter stew with a forceful but smooth entry. It gets leafy and chewy next, with mint in the latter third that makes the transition from wild to cultivated starches. Toasted caramel and hop oil sweetness pick it from there and slide into a long delicate finish where lime juice and clove-stabbed oranges drift into woody notes that end by crawling up the nose from deep in the throat.
The dry center hold taut all of these wild elements that swell a fat body floating on hop oils. It's so beautifully done that the experience remains bright and crisp, even with all the rich botanicals and toffee that somehow suggest vanilla…even white chocolate...as it stretches out on the tongue. What a marvelous, long experience in the mouth and over the teeth. It has just enough carbonation to keep it moving forward; if I could complain, I'd ask for just a few more bubbles.
This craft is remarkable. I'm so glad I had it without a bit of food--as a result, even the 7.3 went to my head. None of that booze, though, never mucks up the nose or taste. And I'm excited, now, to pair its beautiful use of lime with Mexican food, especially with proteins from the ocean. The only thing not stunning about this IPA is the splash it makes in the glass, but what a performer the rest of the way!

1sophrosyne1, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Monstro, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

KGalindo, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of WheelsPSU
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a 16 ounce pour on tap at Pacific Standard.

A - hazy copper color with a solid head that didn't lace the glass at all. I found that last part odd.

S - Big orange notes with a touch of a sweet, candy aroma. Pleasant.

T - Bitter hops but not in a bad way (a dry hop bitterness). The overwhelming taste here is the orange citrus. It almost tasted like dry orange candy. If you're a hophead, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

M - A bit thicker than a typical West Coast IPA but also crisper. The hops dry out your mouth. Also, not as filling as I would have thought. It drank smoothly and before I knew it, my glass was empty.

WheelsPSU, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Alron, Dec 21, 2013
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Moheban, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mstrcrwly, Dec 21, 2013
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Lobina, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Gerardes, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Dhamma73, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JustinTauscher, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MichaelAllenVT, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

EdTheEdge, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ejohnson654, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

fellowrs, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Vlaminck, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JratBones, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JLateralus21, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mgm54, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

MattGrimley, Dec 17, 2013
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,271 ratings.