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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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6,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,764
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 289
Gots: 961 | FT: 11
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
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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supposed 16oz pour into a shaker pint at EJ Phairs Alehouse, Concord, CA.

Very chill hazed dark orange with a sticky tan head. No nonsense American IPA here.

Yellow grapefruit, grapefruit peel, orange peel, caramel malt.

Total orange pith bitterness, heavy and devoid of sweetness in its finish. This follows a short caramel sweetness. The bitterness also encompasses herbal and bitter orange peel and oil.

At first it might seem full and rounded, but this mother is dry and gritty from the bitterness. I think I like this, but this may be where those who are repelled by IPAs are turned, and think that Green Flash tops the category in aggressive mouthfeel. Or maybe just rough mouthfeel.

Love it or hate it, that mouthfeel lowers the drinkability score. This is solid but doesn't explode.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's prior to KBS.

A: The IPA is an amber color, rustic in its brown copper color while still retaining its clarity. No head sat atop it.

S: The nose is citrusy and jagged, dominated by an excessive dose of grapefruit and a heaping load of caramel. Very strong, with the caramel often getting in the way.

T: Each sip reveals a pretty strong dose of peppery grapefruit hops. Those hops are sweet but they have a rindy fullness to them. For as much as the hops stand out, they could be much stronger. The problem is that caramel maltiness gets in the way, too strong and overpowering on some of the more flavorful floral hops. Too bad, beacuse I can tell that the flavors are lingering but they just can't make it through. There is also a fair amount of booziness lingering around.

M: The mouthfeel is abrasive, carbonation with bitter hops and lots of malt; all conspire to overload the senses. More hop & less malt would be nice.

D: A nice beer to sip on but not an IPA that I'd make a go-to.

Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big three finger thicker perfectly white head with great retention. Tawny or burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a thick healthy foam cap. A good film stays until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Looks really good.

SMELL: Some pine and floral notes with hints of citrus. Some pale malts are noticeable, but a little too muted for my liking. Fine, but not bold enough.

TASTE: Flavors are definitely bolder. Some pale malts, but lots of hops everywhere. Pine and floral notes, with some citrus and light grapefruit flavors. Finishes with lots of bitterness as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter with pine and citrus notes. Very hoppy and bitter. Much more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes nicely mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Another good offering from Green Flash. The nose gave me some worries that it wouldn't quite deliver the punch, but the flavors definitely came through in the end. A good looking beer with lots of flavor. Recommended.

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

Nice IPA. Definetly West Coast in style

appearance: golden orange, with a nice head and decent lacing.

smell: simcoe hops, pine and citrus.

taste: The hops are dominant throughout the tasting of this beer, but there is a malt backbone which serves to balance to this beer out a bit. It is comparable to other west coast examples (Stone IPA) comes to mind.

mouthfeel: medium bodied with some carbonation. Prickaly mouthfeel and a bit oily (hop resin). Doable (if that's a word). I would have no problem putting down a few of these (I must warn that I am a hop head though, if I wasn't, one would be more than enough.)

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

On tap at BeerMongers PDX 6.12.2010.

Deep gold body a bit hazy, one finger white head, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing. Huge frickin hop bud hit in the nose, with some caramel malts for balance. Taste is a bit sweet up front, hops in the middle, grapefruity chunks, leading to a fairly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the sweetside, good effervescence. Really drinkable IPA, one of the exemplars of the SD/West Coast style, the tap version is well worth seeking out, the hops really shine in this version.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. No dating information so hope it's fresh. Was a hazy copper color with lots of floaters. No visible carb bubbles. It had a good size white head that slowly settled into a good collar and partial film. Good slow sliding lace with a couple stickers.

The aroma was outstanding and had a bit of all the hop highlights - pine, fruit, grapefruit, floral. The taste was also really good but a step below the aroma for me. Medium-high bitter with pine leading the way. Oily resin holds the bitter on the tongue for awhile. There is sweet from the malt but it's way in the back. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Bitter and resiny after-taste.

Overall, a solid West Coast IPA as promised. Would have hated this a few years but find it intriguing but still too bitter to have more than one for now. Be interested to see how I feel in 6-12 months as I go down the hoppy highway. Avail here in TX. Rotation - at the moment, one was good enough but will try again in 6-12 months. [O;O;BL]

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Light copper hue, some suspended sediment, two fingers of stiff eggshell head that slowly dissipate.

Smell -- Citrus rind, tropical fruit, spring flowers, cut grass, buttered bread. Not terribly fragrant.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, some buttered bread. The 95 IBU's make themselves known in the finish with a tidal wave of hop bitterness. Finish is grapefruit and pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability -- It's certainly a West Coast IPA with its big grapefruit and bittering hops. There's some to be desired in the mouthfeel, but otherwise a solid offering.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a dark orange/amber with a one finger white head...fades pretty quickly, but laces beautifully. Looks great

S- faint, sweet hop aroma...nice and citric. Too mild for my tastes though, would have liked to have smelled a huge hit of hoppiness

T- oh yes, those 95 IBUs are coming through big time. Very bitter. Nice and piney. I'm getting a slight citric hint at the end...would like more.

M- good feel. Carbonated well.

D- kinda on the fence. If you're into bitter IPAs, this one is for you. If you're more into ones that bring the citric hops and that warm grapefruitiness...pass

Photo of Gosox8787
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle from a six pack poured into a pint glass at a friend's place for the Celtics game.

Appearance: Dark yellow to brown in color. Clear with a one finger, beige head. Not a lot of retention, but the head sticks nicely to glass as you drink.

Aroma: Big hop aromas here. Pine notes really stand out to me. Some grapefruit and light tropical fruit in the background. Not much malt presence in the nose.

Taste: This is a hop bomb to the fullest. Pine and grapefruit both hit hard upfront. There is some sweetness and tropical fruit notes after. Aftertaste ends in puckeringly bitter hop astrigency. Very strong finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp overall. Not much carbonation for an IPA though.

Drinkability: The strong astrigent hop finish with the somewhat high ABV make this a beer that really isn't sessionable for me. I had two bottles and I thought that was plenty.

Overall, a top tier IPA. Big hop flavors and aromas really stand out and make this enjoyable. Something that I definitely wish was more commercially available in my area.

Photo of AJacob81
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronze-amber, heavy sediment and slightly hazy. Sticky white head leaves behind thick lacing.

S - Bright citrus medley, and heavy hop bitterness already present in the nose.

T - This is even more hop-forward than the Imperial version. Hops up front, hops obliterating the malt in the middle, Bitter and overpowering hops in the finish. Hop monster, with big hoppy teeth.

M - Medium-bodied, a little creamy, low to moderate carbonation, as far as I can tell. But mainly, hops.

D - Okay, the hops are amazing, but this gets to be a rough go about halfway through. I can feel the enamel being shredded from my teeth.

In conclusion, hops. Seriously, this is way more hoppy than any *Double* IPA I've had, including PtE. However, the balancing floral citrus and malt notes are just not here the way they are in what I feel to be better examples of the style. It did hit the spot, though, and I may turn to it again when I have a serious thirst for pure hops.

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

Pours burnished dark gold with sediment and a stiff ecru head. Nose is sticky orange marmalade. Hint of Juicy Fruit malts steamrolled by skunk, Cointreau, Angostura and pine hops in a different sequence and strength with each sip. Endless saltwater taffy leave. Clingy, medium, little heat.

This right here is what Cali hop assault is all about. Kicks Stone Ruination all over the place. Can't handle more than a couple, but that's probably my own fault!

Photo of Dubber55
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange, 1 finger off white head, decent retention, a bit of lacing

Aromas include orange, grapefruit, lime, pine, earthy hops, ethanol

Taste follows the smell exactly plus some bready malts. Bitter and dry finish

Mouthfeel is medium . Seems to be a pretty hefty IPA. Light carbonation

A bit too astringent for me. There are 95 IBUs in this beer and you can taste them. The alcohol also becomes a lot more noticeable once the beers warms up which hinders the drinkability for me.

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange with a big clumpy head.

Great blend of citrus, raw herbs, and a bit of pine in the back. Caramel malt barely softens the considerable bitterness.

What more to say? All West Coast, All-American IPA. Citrus and pine, hops, and more hops. The more time I spend in California, the harder the IPAs and DIPAs become to describe. Citrus, pine, herbs, little-to-no malt. I love 'em all.

A bottle on 2/5/13 that was bottled only 15 days prior is absolutely brilliant. Pungent, vibrant, big resinous hops, sharp pine, with a fresh juicy orange punch. Long bitter finish despite a reasonable caramel malt backbone.

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

12oz bottle from Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a sticky off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it drops to a heavy film. I don't need to put my nose too close to this beer to tell that its bringing a huge dose of hops - grapefruit, tangerine, pepper and pine mix in with brown sugar to produce a great bouquet.

Huge pine and grapefruit zest flavours dominate this tasty and top notch west coast style IPA. A fine bitterness is moderated and balanced by a strong caramel body, which also provides depth and structure. Slightly oily mouthfeel seems to be full of hops, and the medium carbonation helps to accentuate the bitterness.

Really nicely done, and I can't find much to fault this beer on. Its the kind of brew that would be a welcome addition to my fridge at any time of the year.

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

Pours a murky orange with 2 finger head. Nice retention and great lacing. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the smell. It smells like a really hoppy double IPA, though it is apparently just a single. Taste is just a hop bomb. Lots of bitterness, with sticky pine hops and citrus. Some caramel malt in there for a touch of balance. Awesomely drinkable.

Photo of muttyd
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber pour with a huge fluffy white head. Sticks all over the glass as I swirl it around.

S - This one is a hop bomb. Loads of pine/grapefruit/spiciness bombard the nose. Some malty sweetness, but it is absolutely dwarfed by the massive hop aroma. West coast indeed.

T - Sweet caramel/toffee malts up front followed by a spicy/citrusy hop bite. Slight astringency in the finish, leaves the a sticky/chewy residue on the palate. This is one big IPA.

M - Moderate carbonation with a chewy body.

D - Man, am I glad this one comes in a six-pack! Incredible drinkability and thoroughly enjoyable.

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

12 US fl. oz. bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada tumbler glass...

A - Cloudy amber-orange body, with tiny chunks of sediment floating around. A pretty nice beige head. Decent head retention.

S - Hops, hops, hops. Loads of zesty grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and a touch of pine. A pretty solid toffee-like maltiness to it as well. Very faint mango notes.

T - Very robust, hoppy, and malty! The bitterness kicks in right away, then fades away, leaving room for the nice sweet toffee maltiness, and then finally comes back in the after-taste. As the beer warms up, you might get some hints of tropical fruits (mango and papaya). Quite piny, but the grapefruit notes still dominate. Very powerful and balanced. Definitely not one-dimensional.

M - Medium-to-full body to it. Sticky and a bit syrupy, with a nice resinous texture to it. The alcohol is quite well-masked, despite the warming sensation I'm getting. Very mild carbonation.

D - Good. The one bottle I had took me no time to drink, but I would probably be cautious about making this my session IPA.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured copper in color with a finger-sized head. There is good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate and complex aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Smells of grapefruit really stand out to the nostrils.
T: The taste is mainly bitter and has lots of grapefruit flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely try this beer again. It packs in a lot of different hop flavors but isn't overly bitter.

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

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. I'm fond of hoppy IPAs with a complex nose and have high hopes. Pours an orange-amber with a fluffy, two finger white head. Big lacing on the glass. Nose has some citrus and floral hop notes over moderate pine resins and a drop of honey. Fairly subtle nose.

Sweet malt and grapefruit rind quickly give way to bitter hop resins. Hop character is quite sharp, and the balance is good, but it's basically the hop bomb I was looking for. Moderate body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

The ABV will creep up on you about halfway through the six pack. Otherwise, good drinkability if you feel like killing a sixer with a crapload of IBUs.

Photo of malloyca
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a dense, 1" head that slowly dissipated. Citrus and pine aromas. It has a heavy, creamy mouthfeel that reveals a combination of citrus and mouth-drying hops. It strikes a nearly perfect balance between the over-the-top hop experience that these beers are supposed to provide with subtle layers of flavor, good body and drinkability that could get you into trouble at 7.3% abv. I experiment with just about any "West Coast" style IPA that can be found on the shelf (regardless of provenance), and this is consistently one of my favorites of this type.

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

Pours a deep orange-amber colour, with a good, if not prominent head of foamy yellow-white. Lacing is good, however, leaving some intricate patterning behind. A nice looking IPA, and (oh yes, let's say it) a good exemplar of the West Coast style.

Nose is muted but fruity, with twinges of light citrus, red apple and even an odd banana lilt. Even a light sweet caramel character coming through. Tropical is what you expect, banana not so much, but it's pleasant enough.

Pretty smooth palate, and very nicely balanced. It's not a hop rocking tongue-slicing affair, and much of that has to do with the comforting toffee sweetness imparted throughout the length of the palate. This is just overlaid with a somewhat sharp, somewhat spicy hop character, which dances around on your insulated palate. Very balanced, and very pleasant.

This really is a very good IPA. It's very smooth and drinkable and it does indeed have those classic fruity characters that should be expected of a West Coast example.

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

Just finishing this one, not gonna do a clinical breakdown of attributes for this one. It's a beer that gets to the point, and so will this review. It's called West Coast IPA and the name fits, all the hop craft of Cal. brewing is in this one, it is the full range of hop goodness, presented in extreme for an IPA, and it has a mouth rocking fine flavor profile, everything you might figure its name implies is in here. Get it, try it, you'll love this one. Best? No. In the same league? Definitely

Photo of berpwillie
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy copper color with large fluffy white head, good lacing and soft carbonation. strong piney citrus smell with hints of just about everything you can think of. This is an amazing beer that packs a plethora of flavors, piney, citrus, grapefruit, floral, and just about any other hop flavor you can imagine. medium body with a thin creamy texture that finishes very bitter. one of the best beers i've ever had.

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

Bottle says 7.3% ABV

Pours a light amber color with hues of orange, good sized head that fades slowly, bit frothy looking, leaves some patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell has a good amount of hops and grapefruit, paired with a heavy dosing of caramel malt, didn't really expect that for a "West Coast" IPA.

Taste majority is of bitter hops, quite piney, caramel malt comes through to balance things in the aftertaste, but a lingering bitterness persists regardless, carbonation is spot on with a slight creaminess to it.

A very solid IPA, could be quite sessionable if not for the lingering bitterness and 7.3% strength (which isn't noticeable, but still moves it out of sessioning).

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

Had on draught at Deep Ellum. Lots of sweet malts are balanced out by the classic assault of juicy, piney hops. The color is medium, hazy, looks packed full of HOPPY GOODNESS. A nice thick head didn't want to go anywhere. So I drank it. Circles of lovely lace ringed the glass. This is one of my absolute favorite go to beers. When I lived in CA I got hooked. Glad I can get it here, and fresh on draught at that!

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,764 ratings.