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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,256 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,256
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 687 | FT: 7
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 Kendo
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Into a pint glass. Coppery-orange murky body with an ivory 1-finger head. Lots of particles in suspension, including some fairly large chunks. Good sheets of lacing left behind.

S: Sweetness -- brown sugar and caramel malt -- followed by hops -- piney and grassy hop profile. Nose is almost big enough for a DIPA.

T: For my first impression, I wrote "holy hop juice." Grass and pine coat the mouth and won't let go. Hint of malt underneath, but tough to discern after the hops assault the taste buds. It's a dry, lemony (lemon peel, even) bitterness, with a strong taste of pine and fresh-mown grass. Reminds me a little of Victory's Hop Wallop.

M: Medium-bodied, on the low end of carbonation. Somewhat gritty or resiny in feel.

D: Pretty good. A little over-the-top in hop bitterness, but that's what you'd expect from a beer called "West Coast IPA," right?

Notes: To get an idea of the flavor, take a handful of pine needles, some fresh grass, add a lemon -- including the peel -- and a chunk of pine tar. Dilute with 10 oz of water and blend. Voila!

Kendo, May 09, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer from Green Flash and I am looking forward to their IPA and their DIPA. Going to start off with the IPA. Pours a murky copper with some sediment (reminds me of Smuttynose's IPA). I don't think I wrote IPA enough times yet...IPA.

Smells of tropical fruits, pine (love the hops) and toffee.

Getting a hop fix is an understatement in this case. Pine, grapefruit, orange and malts on the palate.

irishkyle21, May 09, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky orange pour yields a massive off white head that sticks asnd laces beautifully.

The nose is huge for an IPA...sticky pine, intense orange, and soft florals backed up by bountiful malt notes. Heady aroma, more in line w/ a Double IPA.

Flavor is a knock-out 5! Amazing fresh citrus peel, cruched fir needles, and sweet floral hops is followed by a perfect caramel and honey malt flovor. Amazing balance and complexity. I almost have to make this a tie w/ Two Hearted.

Medium body is creamy and slick, offering excellent drinkability. So beautiful tasting it's hard not to quaff. World class.

AlexJ, May 08, 2008
Photo of GFSchwab
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

By far, one of the best IPA's I have ever drank.

It poured with the typical orange hue that an IPA has, and came with head that had a mind of its own. (no pun intended) THe head looked like a lofty cloud that one would observe while on an airplane.

The smell was a brilliant array of citrus and grassy hops, as if I was walking through a hopfield in the Yakima valley.

The taste and mouthfeel were enveloping to say the least. A bright orange flavor came in, with hints of canibus, cut grass, lime, and a malt based liquer.

Really a beautiful beer. Perfect balance, excellent interplay of bitterness with late hop additions to give copious ammounts of flavor.

Well done, seriously.

GFSchwab, May 08, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Good looking--rich, burnt amber with a 1/2" creamy head that lingers long, leaving some lace along the way.

Smell
Strong bitterness--mainly pine and lemon, with faint floral hints

Taste & Mouthfeel
First few sips are mouth-puckeringly bitter--an overriding lemony bitterness and even an odd salty twang; initial impression: not so good. The next 1/3 of the beer shows more depth as the malts peak around the towering hop mountain letting you know they're there but out-matched. The bitterness is immense, and its presence is not soon forgotten as they hang around long after each gulp. There's just a slight showing of alcohol as it's felt in the nose in the latter end of the beer. The texture and body of this beer are just how I like it: smooth and full.

Overall
Green Flash's IPA is just a bit over-the-top for me. It's far too bitter and one-sided, and that may just be the San Diego style for all I know (this is my first, to my knowledge). I prefer some fruit notes and malty sweetness in my ideal IPA. Even though this is not in my top tier of IPAs, I will still gladly finish the six-pack.

JEdmund, May 08, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip yields a copper-orange body topped by a humongous, off-white, fine-bubbled head that retains at a creamy finger and leaves gobs of lacing that coat the bell of the glass. Awesome.5+

A rip of pine and spruce punches the sniffer in the nose; lemon peel and orange with sweet fresh-cut grass soothe the blow.

Fruity, tart, strong bitterness start-to-finish; the real deal is some deep, earthy flavor that begs another swig.*swig* Wow! Minerally, deep-dark smoky,malty sweetness hiding in there somewhere in the aftertaste... and in the afteraftertaste a deep, lingering sensation of sitting in a pine forest... uh... complex, and damned good.

Slippery, sticky, chewy mouthfeel. A complex and interesting concoction that oughta come out of your kitchen faucets. Could, would, should drink 'em if you can find 'em!!

cvstrickland, May 08, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The head from this 12 oz. bottle barely fits into a Duvel tulip! A beautiful mixture of creamy head with scattered rocky bubbles forms and slowly recedes leaving huge sticky lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a nice orange-amber color with just a slight bit of haze.

S: The hop aroma hits fast and hard, but seems to fade far too quickly. What's left is a moderate citrus hoppyness with notes of grapefruit and tangerine.

T: Strong bitterness with loads of flavor hit the tongue up front. There's enough caramel malt body to stand up to the bitter charge, blending to a sweet finish on the back of the tongue.

M: The hops leave a nice flavor on the roof of the mouth, leaving me wanting another sip ... and another. Good carbonation lifts the body but isn't overpowering enough to create any unpleasant prickling.

D: One of the best west coast IPAs this east coast guy has had. More please!

ewright, May 07, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with a large inch and half light yellow head with good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is great. A huge hoppy nose showing grapefruit and a slightly spicey note.

The taste is good, but not as good as the aroma would indicate. Slightly citrusy, but a balanced malt feel comes through with an impressive bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. A nice IPA indeed.

Goliath, May 06, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue. Cloudy. Nice tight off white head with good stand.

S: A nice piquant grapefruit aroma. Some very sugary/cake like malt provides excellent balance. This is a very good aroma.

T: A strong grapefruit flavor dominates. This taste is extremely grapefruit with just a touch of grass. Bitterness throughout. Malt is limited at best.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry.

D,notes: This is a good West Coast IPA. Drinkability is somewhat impeded in my opinon by the overly strong hop flavor.

Nipitato, May 05, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with lots of carbonation, leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell is potent hop glory, one of the best smelling IPA's I know of. Fresh citrus explosion to the nose with mostly grapefruit. Green grassy hops and funky cannabis resin. Taste is also great. It carries on with the hop assault. Again, quite green and resinous. Big citrus and some pine as well. A little biscuity malt is all there is to keep this from going way overboard, though it's already pushed the limits enough. Tiny hint of alcohol peaks through. Great bitterness, solid medium body. Had the hop power of a IIPA minus the need for tons of malt to back it up. Oily, resinous, not thick. Definitely tingles the tongue and has a dry finish. Not the most drinkable but the hop fix of all hop fixes quite possibly when it comes to an IPA. Classic stuff, here.

ncvbc, May 05, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of Sean227 poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden amber with a fairly dense half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are extremely good. This is what an IPA should look like - exceptional.

S: Big citrus hop aromas with grapefruit, oranges and lemons playing a prominent role. There was also some grassy notes and a decent malt sweetness in the nose as well.

T: Citrus hops are again the first item on the agenda with a stronger pine presence than I got in the aroma. There is a solid malt backbone which lends a pleasant sweetness to the taste. Unfortunately, there was a massive metallic bitterness at the finish, so this one may have been paste it's prime.

M: Medium bodied with some pretty good carbonation. Nice and prickly on the tastebuds.

D: I really liked this beer a lot outside of the metallic taste, which I think is freshness related. I will actively seek another bottle of this to rerate.

gford217, May 04, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

I first found this beer based on a recommendation from a bartender at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and have enjoyed it many times since in Portland, OR. I picked some up at Sam's in Durham this afternoon. I'm very pleased to see that it's finally made its way to the east coast.

A - A clear, amber complexion with a thick head that stays around forever. Great lacing too. Absolute perfection in this category.

S - Wonderful floral hops steam out of this beer. It doesn't get any better in a bottle.

T - A rich hop flavor with floral and citrus (grapefruit) notes. It's bitter but not in a bad way. There is just enough malt to provide balance but not so much to take away from this being a gift to hopheads everywhere.

M - It might be a hair on the thin side but I certainly won't hold that against it.

D - I could drink this beer all day long. It's exactly what I look for in a beer.

This is a perfect west coast IPA. Green Flash continues to impress me with everything they do.

GJ40, May 04, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big chunky copper-orange color. Bits floating as if suspended in amber. Big old fluffy head. Sooo much sediment. Icy lace.

Nose is full of those oily west coast hops. Citrusy and flowery, hints of grapefruit, sweet pine needles. Breathtaking. Light bready malt prevents a classic overhop. Just an amazing aroma.

Major bitter woody hops, leaving a stinging aftertaste at the swallow. Less balanced than the smell; the hops rule. Very pungent, Imperial IPA flavor. I wish it had a bit more balance, but it does have superior hop flavor.

Leaves that hefty double IPA film on the tongue. Thick and chewy. It's supremely bitter, maybe be too harsh for immediate repeats. But a top shelf Imperial(ish) IPA.

williamherbert, May 04, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first has this beer at a bonfire with some hop-head friends and was blown away by the hop intensity... It literally felt as if I had started chewing some hops (any homebrewer knows what I'm talking about)

After that night, I poured the beer in a glass as I sat down to watch a movie with my family, and to my surprise, the beer pours a cloudy, almost milky red-orange.... VERY unfiltered... but that is the beauty of this beer, it is rough around the edges in appearance, but hidden in the clouds of hop particulate there lies a deep complexity of flavor.

The aroma of this beer is did not really jump out at me, I'm a hop head, and I've smelled it before... , it is slightly sweet, floral, piney, reminiscent of many other IPAs that I've had the privilege of sampling.

The taste is really where this beer shines... This beer has multiple levels of hop flavor.... the bitterness rolls over the tongue with notes of pine, juniper, grapefruit, and very tangy flowers... each set of tastebuds finds something in the intense bitterness of this beer. The flavors linger much much longer than a normal IPA due to the lack of filtration. It is slightly oily, almost buttery... tasting somehow like lightly brined olives... try this beer with olives, good European olives. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is great too... despite the particulate, this beer does not feel gritty or too thick.

This beer only suffers in drinkability if you don't like hops. Even the 7% abv mark seems appropriate. This beer is very refreshing, The hops wake up your senses, but again, BEWARE IF YOU DON"T LIKE HOPS.

An exceptional beer. A tribute to the style

PBBC, May 04, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an incredible, complex beer. Subtle it is not, but it's a beer you'll never forget.

It pours a rich, dark amber/gold. The head is substantial and has a faint greenish cast. The aroma is all hops.

The flavor is powerful, teetering on the edge of out of balance, though it succeeds on staying on the positive side of the line. It is powerfully citrusy and floral, with grapefruit and pine and grass and the feel of a freshly mowed field. The mouthfeel is intense and thick, and the hop bitterness will stick on your tongue. This is not a beer you want to put in front of something more delicate - you're palate will be hit hard (though not unpleasantly) by this beer.

This is not necessarily a beer you want to drink every day. This isn't a beer you want to share with your faint hearted friends. But for a hophead, this is a beer to visit often, to savor and to remember.

Seanibus, May 02, 2008
Photo of Backer2004
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Green Flash brew for me and man, was I impressed. thanks to Jason from the Brewmasters for sharing this with us last night. Had no expectations and then the hops just hit you and do not go away. Quite tasty and quenching, easy to drink as well. Nice orange color with a moderate head and carbonation. Worth every ounce.

Backer2004, May 02, 2008
Photo of TheEremite
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

Poors a brilliant orange with 1/2 inch of foam. Smells of PUNGENT pine that sticks in your nose and coats your nostrils. Tastes of thick pine resin and grapefruit. It's catty, thick and sappy. This is no session beer, but it highlights the West Coast hops nicely. Brilliant Beer, but it's a sipper.

TheEremite, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy-orange color, clouded with little bits of bottle conditioned nutritional goodness. A tall, thick looking head fills up my imperial pint with ease, slowly dropping down to a dense, milkshake-like cap. Plenty of lacing too. Fresh, dank, resinous aroma...oh yes. Sticky pine, ripe juicy citrus, and a solid sweet malty base. Big hop oil flavor. Bitter pine resin and citrus rind at first with sweetness in the center. All kinds of delicious hoppy goodness, but the balancing malt is always right behind. Medium-full mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and perfectly bitter.

Fantastic IPA. Ballsier than Two-Hearted, if hops are "not your thing," then back away slowly and find something else. I am very excited this is now available in NC and eager to try their other beers.

wedge, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Imperial Pilsner glass. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head and lots of sediment. Smell is divine! Tons of tangy and flowery hops, almost as floral as Nugget Nectar. Taste is mush of the same- great hop bitterness up front- really crisp with a slight mellowing at finish, but then the hop bitter aftertaste kicks in. Great for an IPA lover! Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable 7% IPA.

DrDogbeer, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Note this was used in a blind taste test with 4 other regular IPAs, so some of my comments reflect on this beer compared to the others.

A: A nice light copper color with beautiful head and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Here is where comparison to other beers really makes this one stand out. Hops, almost all hops on the nose with a huge grapefruit citrus smell. Almost overwhelming.

T: Hops on the front again with that grapefruit citrus flavor with tons of bitterness. Some malt is underlying to hold it together, but the taste is predominantly citrus hops mixed with some faint pine/grass hops. Very light for a 7% ABV beer.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with no traces of alcohol. Not overly carbonated or oily or resiny. Nice mouth bitterness from the hops.

D: High. Very good beer that can be sessioned IMO. They go down very smoothly.

Overall another great west coast IPA that wants to show off it hops muscle. Compared to other IPAs we tasted this beer far and away had the most citrus hop charactaristics to it, and it was being compared to some stud IPAs too like Racer 5 and Two Hearted. I'll seek this one out again, it would be great on a hot summer day.

Update 11/15/10. I felt the need to update my review of a fresh bottle I just enjoyed. This beer is so damn good it should be outlawed. If you like hops and you like bitter clean drinkable IPAs, this one is for you. The massive fruit flavors just pop as the hops dance on your tongue. Bitterness is crazy at the finish, but it's so good. WCIPA and Smutty Finest Kind are maybe two of the hoppiest and bitter IPAs I've had. Wonderful.

Kadonny, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of gubbt
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange with a tight white head with nice lacing.

Citrusy hops with underlying biscuit and caramel.

Taste is caramel maltiness up front that turns grapefruity and citrusy, but then in the finish, you get a punch of bitter grass and herbal flavors that stay into the aftertaste. Very dry and refreshing.

Light medium body that is crisp and nicely carbonated.

Very refreshing, crisp, and not heavy despite the 7% abv. Extremely drinkable for the style and would be great in the upcomming summer months.

gubbt, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Green Flash West Coast IPA ABV 7% . Label is a lime green and blue color . Picture of a green sun setting on the horizon I would take of the Pacific Ocean ( seeing that this is a West Coast IPA )
. Poured into my Brooklyn Brewery pilsner mug a 2 finger egg white head rises . Orange amber copper color . Lots of chunks and bubbles , which seem to be rising from the chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass . After a few sips the lacing on the glass is as nice as the flavor of this brew . Crisp and " citrusy " . I thought the Smuttynose " Finest Kind " IPA was "dirty " but this has tons of chunks at the bottom of the glass . Pine and hops is what fills your mouth . This in not a hop bomb and at 7% its drinkability is good . Green Flash is worth your hard earned cash .

Go Red Sox ( Manny ejected in the 2nd )

Kudashov, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of praufs01
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Strong grapefruit and pine resin aromas.

Palate - Medium bodied brew with medium carbonation.

Flavor - Tastes like it smells. Smooth grapefruit and piney taste. Very clean tasting and refreshing.

Final thoughts - An excellent example of a great American IPA.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of hopflop
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange hazy color with a nice thick white head. With nice lacing

A very nice citrus grapefruit, piney hops with a slight sweet malt.

The mouth full is medium body with a great hop and citrus flavor and a nice clean bitter finish.

It a very good balenced beer and a very drinkable beer will definitely be getting another six pack!

hopflop, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash is pretty well reviewed brewery, and this appears to be their flagship brew. I've given them multiple chances, but this has been the only decent brew of theirs I've had thus far.

Pours an orange-amber with a big white foam head. Good looking beer. The smell is decent, with grapefruit, pine, and a hint of sweet malt.

Good, well-carbonated, yet thick mouthfeel. The pine hops really take over, and there is a ton of hops and malt background here. Could use a bit more balancing tropical fruit/citrus notes, and there is an acrid, bitter after-taste that I can't pinpoint. It is NOT the standard IPA/DIPA bitterness. Almost like burnt pine needles. Still, a strongly flavored, good IPA.

Overlord, Apr 12, 2008
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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