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

7,240 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,240
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 356
Gots: 1,383 | 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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,240 | Reviews: 1,847
Photo of HipCzech
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "BEST BY 24 August 15 F15031) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber copper with a lush, rocky off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine needles with slight dankness.

Taste: Solid caramel malty base supports a full blast of hops: pine resin, grapefruit and herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight oiliness and good, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big, juicy, hoppy - prototypical West Coast IPA.

Photo of krbrevard
4.98/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Perfect dark copper color
Smell: As I crack the bottle open, humongous hints of pine hit me in the face. I pour it in a glass and can smell it from 3 feet away.
Taste: Foretaste a huge amount of pine. Back end has the sourness of grapefruit. Aftertaste sticks around an incredibly long time. Some malts in there- enough to keep minimal balance. A few minutes later i'm thinking, "Wow this is bitter!"
Mouthfeel: Definitely a warmth after a few sips
Overall: This is easily the best beer I've ever had

Photo of Brett47
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A little strong for my liking but it is a great Cali ipa

Photo of jcanddr
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great example of west coast IPA. Pine slightly malty with a great mouth feel. Alcohol is well hidden i could drink this all day.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Solid. Full of hop flavor I rate it a 93/100. Drank it after the sculpin. Doesn't compare to that.

Photo of Tlringer
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried it on tap at Danny K's in Anaheim California

Photo of amorpork
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer's intensity. Coppery golden good looks, striking bottle and label, branding etc. always lead me back to this old standby however...I think its profile and overall hop balance is too mottled. It cannot decide if it's a floral/citrus or a piney bitter bomb. Aroma is definitely citrus but the flavor never truly grabs me and said "drink more of me NOW". And ultimately that's what I want. What makes me come back is their consistent lineup (green bullet, palate wrecker, hop head, etc), merch, and branding. So a month or two go by and I buy another and think, "oh yeah...". So this is more a reminder to myself. You can move along and ignore.

Does anybody read these?

Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant amber under a 2” off-white foam cap that leaves specs of lace.
S: Minty, citrusy nose with traces of fresh sawdust.
T: A slightly sweet big melon presence supported by a strong malt character dries out in a herbal, grapefruit and pine bitter finish. While hop driven there is a strong balancing grainy malt backbone for support.
M: Rich and creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Green Flash provides a lesson in how to do hops to maximize the flavor while retaining a dominating hop bitterness.

Photo of Rlg63
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at BJ's, a little flat, but drinkable

Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge foam that never dissipates. Creamy lacing forms intricate shapes on the glass. Fruity, citrus, tropical aroma. Lots of hop oils. Fresh flowers. Intensely bitter hop character beginning to end. Grapefruit, pine needles and dish detergent are most prominent. Pleasant hop oils and alpha acids. Hint of honey and bread malt character attempts to balance. Hop dominance is acceptable and encouraged here. Medium to full bodied. Bone dry from the hop assault. Leaves my palate in devastation. Been a while since I've tried a new DIPA this good. A welcome treat.

Photo of stuartpierce
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but smooth aftertaste. Great beer.

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden honey colored amber with a moderate head. Pleasant hoppy smell with a commensurate taste. Recommended!

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

Grabbed a bomber of this from TW in Chantilly; $6.99, I think. Not bad.

Appearance: honey colored liquid with bulbous head. Tons of sticky lace.

Smell: fruit(y) sweetness, pine, and sugary malt. The scent really whets the appetite!

Taste: Exactly as it smells! A perfect name for the ale since it tastes exactly like you would imagine a "west coast" ale should (i.e. citrus perfectly balanced with bitterness and sweet malt. Amazing!

Mouthfeel: ACE!

Overall: buy this beer whenever available. Definitely a great example of the style. MUCH better than other GF examples I've tried.
Prost!

Photo of ScottJJ
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic west coast IPA. This is my go-to beer at the grocery store if something else doesn't peak my interest that night.

Photo of SickRainb0w
1.54/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No on this guy. Just can't

Photo of Ramblinman
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

love this amazingly complex double ipa, 4 different hops with competing mouth sensations from citrus to pine. 95 ibu's and plus 8 % alcohol complete this insanely delicious ipa.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard pour unleashes a fury of burnt orange brew into the glass. It's volcanic for several minutes, leaving a big head with excellent lacing. Strong piney smell with orange peels. Strong soury bitter punches you in the face, accompanied by some banana, lemon rind tastes. A bit tacky aftertaste, but overall smooth.

Lots of flavor punches, but lacking on balance. Very good, but for me not among the elite IPAs

Photo of Imperialjake
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer is perfect when I think of a dipa. A nice balance between the malts and hops. This brew is definitely in my top 10.

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In your face Hops, I love it! Tried it on recommendation at a tap house and it met my expectations for hoppy awesomeness that is so characteristic of our beers on this side of the nation.
4.5/5
O.B.D91

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I think I might have picked up an old bottle; all logic suggests I should have enjoyed this a lot more than I did.

Photo of LilSebastianJr
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't like "west coast IPAs" & I think that category is stupid.
This beer is great.
I get it every time I see it.
I am quite contrary, no?

Photo of CraigP83
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is honey, sane heavy sweetness in the taste fades to a resinous pine bitterness. Sticky mouthfeel. Not my favorite DIPA

Photo of moundbz
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great sight and taste and a long bitter

Photo of RickGrimes
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Average ipa, citra centric, good aroma ma poor taste profile. Good bitternes ar the end but not much tropical notes that i expected in a Dipa like this. I had better feeling with old version, normal ipa but maximal flavour.

Photo of sammy223
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Notes of pine, grapefruit, malty.

Appearance: Thin lacy head, rich amber color.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, very hop forward. Medium to full body on the mouth feel. One of the best IPAs I've personally ever tasted.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,240 ratings.