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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6,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,652
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 268
Gots: 868 | 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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.3/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Intense pine, grapefruit.

Taste: Crushing grassy bitterness. Like chewing on grass or eating unroasted coffee. Astringent grape skins. Slightly herbal. Very dry and bitter finish.

Notes: Did not enjoy even though I often like very hoppy beers. This was just too one-dimensional and astringent.

Photo of cvaypai
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter. Thanks to womencantsail and portia99 for these.

Appearance - Pours a dark orangey brown that is completely translucent. Some red hues can be seen. Poured with a thin white head that dissipates too quickly and leaves with just a little head that grips to the side of the glass. Leaves a small bit of lacing.

Smell - Right away tons of hop smell, fruity, citrusy grapefruit can be discerned in the nose. Some grassy and earthy contents can also be picked out. The sweet malt is definitely evident here and can be smelled with notes of caramel. A candy like sweetness and a tiny smidgen of alcohol can also be picked up.

Taste - Right up front I catch the sweetness first, good caramel sweetness but right after, you catch the intense bitterness. It's as if they are battling and soon the bitters wins and takes hold of the mouth for quite some time. The end taste is grassy and earthy with a small amount of citrus and pine. The taste lasts and lasts. I am still tasting it up to the next drink.

Mouthfeel - Extremely dry and bitter, feels great on the tongue, as smooth as it probably could. Under carbonated just a bit bringing the grade down a bit but otherwise fills the mouth well and not too heavy. Very good for the style.

Drinkability - I could drink quite a few of these, probably would attempt a 6-pack but I normally won't unless i'm drinking socially, at the time being 1 is good enough for me but it's not overpowering in it's bitterness, though its their and awesome and you cannot taste the alcohol though you could smell it. Solid drinkability.

Glad to have gotten to try another great West Coast IPA.

Photo of BreworFerment
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The color was beautiful, a hazy burnt orange. There was little to no appreciable head. Though I profess to love hops this beer proved to be a little too much. At 95 IBU's the balance between malt and hops was just not enough to keep this as an enjoyable to drink beer. 4 different hops, simcoe, columbus, centennial, and cascade combine to create a hop atomic bomb. Good in small amounts but it quickly grows medicinal.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice heads and lacing. like grandma's doily's down the inside of my glass.

real nice nose of columbus hops.

taste is a hop bomp. all the pine, citrus you love in west coast ipa's. long spicy herbal finish on the palate that ends with a pine resin. sweet bready malt that compliments the hops

mouthfeel is full and substantial.

This is one hell of an IPA. Top 5 in my book.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not many beers prettier in appearance than an IPA. Served in a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a thick off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Mostly citrus aroma, as well as a bit of perfume. Grapefruit taste, very hoppy. It reminded me of Leatherlips, and showed you can make a real hop bomb without jacking up the alcohol.

Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very piney and bitter citrus peels in the nose. You can smell the hops when you open the beer. Dark golden body with an ivory head that is perfumy to say the least. Very hoppy flavor to this IPA, will satisfy your hop fix. Mildly unbalanced-another west Coast hop bomb. Well crafted and veteran mouthfeel. Good session IPA for the hop cravers.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, clear amber body, creamy off-white head. Good Lacing.

Piney, resiny, citrusy, aggressive hop aroma with big grapefruit notes. The flavor is sweet caramel then a powerful, piney, spicy, citrus fruit filled hop bomb with a bitter hoppy finish. The body is oily, sticky, medium to full, with a long finish. The over the top bitterness and some astringent citrus from the hops put a damper on drinkability for me.

West Coast indeed. Pretty much the definition of the style. 95 IBUs sounds about right. Liquid gold for hop fiends.

Photo of dnjmed
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy hop hop hippy hippy don't stop. Hip hip hop, around the hoppy clock.

Pine, citrus, and grapefruit. A classic west coast ipa and delicious if you're in the IPA mood. The bitterness makes it a little less drinkable than desired. However the mouthfeel is great. a perfect lightness for the style.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah this is definitely a west coast style ipa as the namesake indicates. Pours just like those deeper than orange amber strong boys. Smell, citrus dominates, the usual west coast astringent (in a good way) grapefruit, but it isn't until the taste that it comes across as massive.

Can lose some of its initial luster, doesn't evolve throughout, but is massively drinkable. A classic. Zippy.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep amber/copper pour with no head.

Right off the bat scents of citrus, pine and resin, some malt sweetness assuages my nose's desire to smell.

Bready malts upfront with a hop bitterness that is not harsh but does pack a strong wallop. Complexities abound, but sadly allergies have sabotaged my ability to detect some of the subtler nuances. Nevertheless, the interplay between hop and malt is quite enjoyable.

Mouth is very creamy, and the carbonation lends some nice weight on the tongue. Very drinkable, good bitterness quality that is not astringent in the least. Hey it's not Coors light, but it's still pretty good.

Photo of taxguyjase
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The West Coast IPA pours a dark golden honey color, with a decent head that hangs around a while. The beer smells absolutely delicious, with very fragrant citrusy hops. One of the things I love about IPAs is the bitterness that comes from all of the hops, which is very prevenlent in this beer. The sourness and hop flavor is very smooth, but blended expertly so that you can detect the various components in the beer. No aftertaste though, which surprised me. The tangy bitter flavor had a great mouth feel and heavier than I would have thought. I've had the Double/Imperial IPA that Green Flash offers and I actually preferred the standard IPA over the Imperial. Definitely would keep this one as a regular in the Beer Fridge, unfortunately can't get it in Albuquerque. Guess I'll just have to stock up in Phoenix!

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Dark golden, honey color - translucent with a decent head
Smell - 4.5/5.0 - Very fragrant, citrus, hops - delicious
Taste - 4.5/5.0 -Bitterness from the get go, sour malt and hop flavor is smooth but noticable; no aftertaste really; good balance of flavors
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth, tangy and bitter
Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - If I could get this beer in ABQ regularly, I think it would be a regular in the fridge.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light brown, like cider with a weak beige head. Big hop scent - mainly the white grapefruit, but also some floral aroma. The caramel and pale malts lie somewhere under the heavy hoppage. Grapefruit peel and bready flavors in particular stand out. This bugger is pretty bitter. In fact, one of the more bitter IPA's I can remember drinking. Good, but heavy.
Mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation, fairly thick and clings to the mouth and tongue. Finish is long and bitter.

Bottle says "Extravagantly Hopped" and it delivers. I'll usually go for a DIPA if I'm looking for this degree of bitterness but no denying this is a good one and I would love to try it on tap should the opportunity present itself.

Photo of JTahoe
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber-honey color, Pours with two-finger slightly rocky head, settles down to 1/8" layer. Lost of nice sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Perfumey and resinous floating above a soft grain aroma.

T - Loads of prickly hops with green grass, cannabis, and pine notes right up front with a hearty dose of citrus peel and a tinge of pineapple lingering in the background. A pleasant grain backbone provides some nice support.

M - Light airy cream feel up front, followed by full round malts, with snapping sharp finish. Lingering dryness.

D - A big flavored beer--a nice exploration of hop complexity.

Photo of hoptrip619
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In every man's refrigerator there are two kinds of beer; personal beers and guest beers. West Coast IPA, though easy to come by in San Diego, does not deserve to be relegated to the guest beer category.

A- West Coast pours a rusty orange color with a sticky 1" head.

S- A sinus clearing burst of resinous and zesty citrus hop aromas converge on your sense of smell.

T- This is the IPA for the most devout hop head. This is the quintessential definition of an acquired tasted. A potentially palate wrecking barrage of pine, grapefruit zest, and tangerine consume your palate with near puckering intensity. This beer definitely has something to prove and does so with the quickness.

M/D - Once your palate adjusts to the bitterness, West Coast becomes a rather sessionable IPA. It's medium body and agreeable carbonation make it a refreshing addition to any activity...especially beer Friday's at the office!

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Copper-orange with a thick, fluffy white head. Impressive.
S - Strong hops, pine, and spice.
T - Hops dominate all other flavors, but very fresh, pleasantly bitter, and hint of alcohol.
M/D - Clean, crisp, and hoppy. Very drinkable for an IPA with loads of West Coast hops.

11/30/11 On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Clear, golden color with a fluffy, white head.

S - Piney, floral hops with a malty backbone.

T - Hops! A unique finish of fresh baked bread. Pleasantly bitter up front but supported by a solid malt finish. Gets better as it warms with more malty flavors coming out to complement the hop bitterness.

M - Full-bodied deliciousness. Hearty hops and a bit of malty sweetness. Slight carbonation to provide a cleansing tingle on the palate. So balanced. So tasty. Not quite the hop smack that I expected but damn is it good.

Photo of racer2k
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my favorite Grateful Dead pint glass

A - Nice dark copper colored pour with a 1/2 finger of head and ample lacing on the side of my glass. Good looking beer.

S - Citrus, pine, and hops are the key aroma's after the pour. You can smell the robust hop content on board. There is also a hint of a bready or biscuit like aroma which is interesting for an IPA.

M - Light carbonation with a very resiny, citrus mouth feel that gives an excellent extreme hop and fruity citrus kick at the end. Very electric back end hop taste!

D - Excellent IPA and one that I am going to add to the line-up of favorite extreme hopped IPA craft beers. This is a very session-able beer if you can handle the 7 % abv

Photo of Anthony1
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ale is a deep amber orange color, almost bordering on a light brown. The ale poured with a big head that laced the glass rather nicely.

The ale has a deliciously explosive hop aroma. The nose has a nice combination of piney sharpness and citrusy sweetness. The ale has a big bold hoppy body, coming perilously close to making the jump to DIPA-land. The hops grab you with a resiny, thick sweetness that has grapefruit and apricot flavors. The hops are built on a nice biscuity malt base that provides a bit of graininess ot offset the hop sweetness. The hops are big and strong here, really giving a new taste to the American IPA style. Well worth a look.

Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A soapy, medium-white head with low retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Very unusual in a cask beer. Nose! Ha! As one person put it, it was like sniffing a baggie of fresh Sensimillia. Ho ho. As if I would have any point of reference... Anyway, those CA boys can lay hands on strains of hops that many of us may never toke on, I mean, drink. Mouthfeel was thick, sticky, and resinous. I poured a tad into a bowl to see if it would light, but to no avail. Lots of piney hops on the tongue and on the finish. Speaking of the finish - dig, the groovy light show, man. Smokability: 5.0.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with a hint of red to it. Very creamy head that hangs around and leaves great lacing on the glass.

S: Hops dominate the nose, as expected. Really wonderful aromas of pine, citrus, and pineapple.

T: Bitter, but backed up better than I expected by the malt. Toasty with a touch of caramel.

M: Medium to full body, very smooth drinking.

D: It's a good solid IPA.

Photo of MorningDove
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother ordered this for me before I got to Yardhouse, he asked the waitress "for the worst beer" they had, and she said no one could stand this one, except for one of the bartenders.
It was waiting for me in a standard glass when I arrived. I didn't know what it was, but I thought it was pretty good, if a little on the hopy side.

A: looked like a IPA should look, brownish leaning towards a bit of orange

S: Hops, citrus

T: The beer is a little on the citrus side and off course hopy, but I like that citrus kick

M: carbonated and a little dry

D: I usually have 2 before I order anything else

Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep hazy brownish color that has hues of orange. it has a nice two fingers of off white head that lingers for a nice amount of time and leaves a decent lacing on the glass

S-a faint aroma of mostly pine with a touch of citrus

T-big taste of a piney resign that is accompanied by a hint of citrus and a huge bitter hop finish. there is a faint backbone of some sweet caramel malts; but this is definitely big hops

M-it has a good body, med to full, it is extremely smooth, almost slightly syrupy and slick on the back of the throat. just the right amount of carbonation to give a faint tickle to the throat

D-i do love me some west coast ipa. it was one of the first ipa's that i got into in my move to craft beer while living in San Francisco. big hops just like a west coast ipa should be and a great mouthfeel

Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Durty Nellies.

A: transparent amber/orange color with a fluffy bone white head, leaves significant lacing as it goes down

S: the smell features and onslaught of pine needles followed with a heavy malted barley profile. The malts are not sweet, rather on the bready side of things. The hops smell incredibly fresh.

T: like the nose, the initial taste is all pine needle. The hop profile is highly resinous and dank. The finish is more bitter than the nose would suggest. There is a lot of hop and malt character present, but it would be difficult to call this beer balanced as the hops are nearing the point of overwhelming

MF: this beer has a medium body with very high carbonation, a bit sharp on the mouthfeel

D: This is a delicious IPA and it definitely is on the upper level of IPAs that I have tried, but the sharp mouthfeel and the bitter finish could definitely become too much some beer drinkers. For me, one pint was perfect, any more would have been too much.

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas with notes of grapefruit and lemon. A nice caramel malt backbone with a little bit of toast.

T - Strong toasted malt with a hint of caramel and big pine hops. Pine floor cleaner notes in the middle with a hint of grapefruit and more toasted malt. Finishes dry with fairly strong, slightly soapy, bitterness and more strong, burnt toast flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a little bit of astringency.

D - Quite drinkable despite the somewhat harsh character of the hops and malt, but I am just slightly disappointed in this one. The burnt toast and soapy hops get a bit cloying after a while, but the hop aroma is excellent. This beer is like the really smart kid who never does his homework; it gets by but it has the potential to be so much more than it is. Just a bit more sweetness would help the drinkability and balance and could make this a world class IPA.

Photo of Phormula
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a SN Anniversary Pint Glass.

A: Pretty standard orangey/copper color. Though, it looks slightly darker than most IPA's I've had.

S: There is an outrageous amount of floral hop smells coming out of this brew, along with tons of grapefruit, pine, and citrus notes. Oh, and an entire forest is tucked away somewhere.

T: Well, at first taste, this was an aggressively hoppy and bitter beer. But as I gradually took sip after sip and got my palate comfortable with the assault I was inflicting upon it, the whole thing opened up. Not only is the beer just hoppy, but there are so many different flavorful nuances from the different types of hops. There is very little malt presence, but I'm not complaining.

M: It's a perfectly carbonated IPA. The feel on the tongue is exceptionally smooth, and syrupy.

D: I probably waited too long to try this beer. Always overlooking it for something else, and I regret it. This is definitely one of the best IPA's I've tasted over the years, and I'm sure it will be a mainstay in my fridge from now on. As far as sessioning goes, I do think it's a little too much after 2 or 3. But those 2 or 3 are still remarkably enjoyable.

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Orange-amber body topped by an inch of frothy, slightly off-white foam; solid retention and some broadly-webbed lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Wow. Huge, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing but hops. Tons of citrus, with a solid amount of resinous pine. Some spice as well. Huge and delicious.

T: See above description of the aroma, plus a profoundly (and pleasantly) bitter hops finish. No malt flavor to mention. Absolutely delicious, and as perfect as I've ever encountered for the West Coast single IPA style. God I wish this were readily available in CT.

M: The only disappointment so far, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and flat, but also a little sticky. Not the best, but it really doesn't distract me from the sheer deliciousness of the beer.

D: Impeccable for the relatively high ABV; this verges on a DIPA, but drinks as easily as any single.

Notes: I had high expectations for this one (and, sadly, it was only one, since I picked up a single as part of a mixed sixer at Julio's), and Green Flash did not disappoint. After being blown away by their DIPA, I was just as amazed with the single version. Just a beautiful example of an uber-hoppy extravaganza. If you love hops, you will love this beer.


Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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