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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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1,801 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,801
Hads: 7,475
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,580 | FT: 12
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: 1,801 | Hads: 7,475
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.

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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.

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

Pours a Orange gold like color with a good solid head. Slightly hazy but still translucent (personally I like most beers with a little haze). The aroma is everything you could want from an IPA, there's plenty of pine, citrus, and a tad bit of tropical in the mix. The taste is very reflective of this and all the hop flavors are very well balanced, and at 8% abv there is no booziness what so ever. This is now my standard for great IPAs. Nothing gimmicky or revolutionary, just everything is put together extremely well.

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Photo of Hoppity1
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't mean this in a bad way but it is a very straight forward IPA. Nothing surprised me, but it is a solid beer. If you are in the mood for an IPA, this won't disappoint.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two fingers fluffy white head slowly dissipates. Slightly hazy burnt orange color. Medium-light carbonation.

Smell: Mild hops. Bright citrus. Really clean. Floral

Taste: Pretty big hops. Bitterness evolves through the sip; from non-existent to big to balanced. Its a little earthy. Really well balanced and pretty dang complex. Grapefruit really stands out. Not so much on the tropical fruits. Alcohol isn't readily present.

Feel: Creamy. Medium to Medium-plus body. Super satisfying. Exactly what I want from any IPA.

Overall: Awesome. Pretty damn close to exactly what I'm looking for in a DIPA. Pretty big hops, looks gorgeous and flavor to match. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Beerds
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing copper amber color. Decent head that's not a pure white. A lot of flavor up front but minimal bite on the way down, lots of aftertaste to linger. Excellent DIPA

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.1% ABV, 95 ibu.
A - clear amber (nearly brown), with finger n half finger.
S - piney really piney! caramel, toffee, little honey. zest. wood n earthy.
T - incredibly hoppy!! even more bitter than others who stated over 100ibu. hop juice juz go around the mouth, bit of alcohol n warm up the throat. malt comes late n decent.
O - if u want a really hoppy IPA, this is the one to get. but if u want a summer refreshing IPA, this probably too bold to drink.

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

Appearance: Cloudy copper color.

Overall: Strong hop flavor with pine resin, grapefruit and herbal bitterness. Really good IPA. Recommended for all IPA lovers.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've never in my life had a better balanced IPA. Nice piney, resiny IPA with no overly dominant flavor. Goes down smoother than a slab of butter down a hippopotamus' back. I am pretty amazed by this one.

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Photo of Crashtest22
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Nice Golden Color. Very short head but nice and off white.
Smell: Vibrant, Citrus, slight Piney, very little sulfur
Taste: Light body as expected. Strong Hop Flavor. Good pine notes
Feel: Slight Oiliness, Good watering going on from the Bitter, No Hotness for me from the alcohol.

Overall: Really Good DIPA great hop selection. Malt bill holds up. I will enjoy it again
Just to add...Does not seem like its a 95 IBU Brew....Not saying its not...just well balanced

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- look darker with light head micro bubbles
- smell is piney hops
- taste is the same forest pine tasting hops some dryness some sweetness
- feel leaves the mouth watering for more
-cali so far has owned the ipa category for me great beer by green flash

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Photo of HipCzech
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this fresh in SD a few years ago before I really got heavily into IPAs/DIPAs. Liked it a lot then.
Love it now!

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 with a hint of citrus, followed by more pine that is wrapped in a floral tone. Back end has the sourness of grapefruit. Aftertaste sticks around an incredibly long time. The crystal malts are awesome; they cut right through but lighten the brew so the hops shine. Bravo.
A few minutes later i'm thinking this is a really bitter beer.
Mouthfeel: Definitely a warmth after a few sips

Overall: This is the best IPA I've ever had, hands down.

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Photo of amorpork
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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?

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Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a golden honey colored amber with a moderate head. Pleasantly hoppy smell with a commensurate taste. Goes down really easily. Recommended!

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Photo of smanders
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Ramblinman
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of Imperialjake
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of RickGrimes
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of sammy223
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a small, white head. Is amber in color. Has floral, pine, and grapefruit aromas. Initial taste is of floral flavors Pine flavors immediately follow with grapefruit flavors enter in the end as floral and pine persist. A true symphony of flavor. As of most IPA's, it leaves a dry sensation in the mouth. An amazing IPA. Will definitely be trying this again.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.