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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: 7,469
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 390
Gots: 1,578 | 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: 7,469
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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Photo of Duhast500
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a IPA glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with some yellow highlights and two fingers of foamy white head with some nice webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus at first with some of the West Coast IPA character that is expected. There is tangerine and touches of lemon mixed in here in the nose. There some teases of grapefruit as things in into the malty background aroma. There is a touch of bread aroma here with some biscuit smell.

The taste is hops at first, meeting you just at the appointed time. These hops are punctual and are there when expected with a resiny hop flavor that is citrus throughout. There is flavor a freshly squeezed lemon here that is mixed with some tart grapefruit flavor. There is some great bitter hop flavor that leads into a dough flavor that makes me think of pizza crust. There is a slight tease of some pine way in the back past the fruit flavor, and the chewy dough flavor,

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is just enough to fill out the corners but has a smooth drinkable feel that it feels like it’s not out to get you. The bitterness digs in but is not harsh for the regular craft beer drinker and feels like a welcome neighbor leaving the light so you know he’s home.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
"Best By" Date of April 10th, 2015
Reviewed on March 25th, 2015
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a dark gold/amber body with an orange glow. fluffy white foam head, about three-quarters of an inch deep formed, collapsed and left a thin off-white cap of foam on top of the body. Great sticky lacing throughout.

The nostrils were flooded with fragrant hops. Sharp notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel dominated the overall aroma. Herbal hops were layered underneath, closer to the doughy malt backbone.

Big rush of hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit and lemon. Pine had a noteworthy appearance as well. Malts were not the star of the show but they did attempt to even things out. Subtle notes of doughy grain. Spicy hops developed toward the finish. Just a hint of alcohol. Semi dry finish. Nice oily mouthfeel from the juicy hops. Medium/Full body. Moderate carbonation.

Great juicy and powerful DIPA. Hops were delivered at full-strength. Will buy again!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty kick ass IPA. Pours a copper golden color with an impressive foamy head. Lace retains throughout. A fruity, citric and hops aroma. A hop bomb of a taste. Piney and resiny. Fruity taste, particularly grapefruit. A bitter finish lingers. Full bodied but quite drinkable. I'm impressed with all the brews from Green Flash so far.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a great example of the style. A beautiful beer to look at, nice hop forward nose featuring mostly pine and peppery spice. Follows suite on the palate with a touch of malt and a big handful of American bittering hops.

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Photo of Chris33
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So many strains of hops, this one is a great one! Taste comes off similar to 90min from dogfish head but more florally. Very very smooth easy drinking. hides the high ABV very well. Not my favorite IPA but one I would definitely get again. Great

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally, I'm a fan of the DIPA style. This one seems a bit unbalanced, which could because we're trying it literally on it's Best By date of 3/15/15.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-Color is a crystal clear amber, lots of bubbles in the beer, pours two fingers of white head that leaves wonderful lacing as it dissipates.
Smell- Aroma is actually pretty boozy, some pine oil and tropical fruit notes in there too.
Taste-Very fruity, apples, pears, some citrus notes, nice kick of pine, just slight touch of bitterness in the finish.
Feel- super juicy, creamy, mediium carbonation.
Overall- very good beer, and well named, an excellent representative of the style.

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Photo of Anker13
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - great copper sunburst, slightly opaque, creamy head

Aroma - Chunky bitterness, grapefruit and pine, very little detectable malt

Mouthfeel - Very bitter, astringent, feels like the enamel on my teeth is coming off

Taste - Bitterness dominates- grapefruit zest and candied bitter orange peel. After a few sips you get a very slight toasted malt character.

Residual - bitterness lingers for a solid 5 minutes. Does go down smooth though

Really solid beer. For an 8% beer it went down way too easy. All hops with just enough maltiness to keep you interested. My only gripe is that the bitterness was a little much... Wish it was dialed back to a 7 or 8 instead of 11.

Also- I tried the old version a long time ago before I knew what I was doing so I cannot make a comparison between the 2

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Photo of SSS
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber color with an off white thick head that resists dissipation
S-Hop forward aroma with citrus and mango notes, but the malt also comes through
T-Sweetness...with an after-bitterness that lingers, citrus up front and piney at the back
M-Good carbonation, medium to low if anything
O-Excellent IPA, definite west coast reflection, highly recommend.

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Photo of jellikit
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange. Mostly clear with a very slight haze. Thick foamy head.
Smell: mango. Peach. Lemon.
Taste: herbal hops. Bready malts. Citrus hop flavor. Pine trees. Peppery aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: great ipa. Balanced well. There is a lot going on with the hop profile, but I like it.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful double ipa. Poured into tulip glass. 1 finger head, nice orange color. Hops smack you on first smell with pine and citrus notes. Taste is some malt presence first with west coast hops through remainder. Legendary ipa

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Photo of rjs246
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I really want to like Green Flash hop-centric beers. They opened their East Coast location close to me, which is exciting for a simple Virginia boy. I like IPAs and they make several IPAs.I love DIPAs and this is one of those! Sadly, this one, like their Cedar Plank, just doesn't do it for me. There is something about the hops profile that doesn't jive with my taste. This beer passes the look test with flying colors with a thick head that makes me wish I was born a woman. Wait, what? Smells the part, too. But then it hits my tongue and I'm underwhelmed. Bummer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into nonic pint. Hazy copper-orange in color with a one-finger white head that quickly dissipates, but sticks nicely. The aroma is immediately hoppy with overwhelming piney resins and citrus. Hints of mint, leaves, and toasted grain come out upon warming. Flavors are of strong citrus juice and grapefruit bitterness followed by some floral undertones. This beer is full-bodied, with an oily, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of 716gibbs
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been heavy on the double IPAs as of late, and although I've enjoyed a green flash west coast IPA previously, the one I had last night was simply astounding.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect. This is perfect. It is a beautiful amber. The head went away quickly, but the lace was decent enough. The smell delivers the goods: floral, citrus, pine, honey. The taste is resiny and bitter, and leaves a great bitter aftertaste. It packs about the same characteristics as the smell. I would absolutely get 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.