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Green Flash West Coast IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
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6,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,117
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 619 | 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 cichief
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Very cloudy, amber color, thin off-white head.

S- Hoppy, flowery, slight yeasty scent.

T- Very hoppy, yeasty, but a very bitter, grapefruity finish.

M- Not too fizzy, medium on the tongue.

D- Not the best of the style, strange aftertaste.

cichief, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Cresant
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Markgugs for providing this one! Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The body was a slightly hazy golden amber. Three fingers of bone white head left speckles of lace on the glass. This one was close to 50F when I poured it.

Smell was citrus hops with an underlying sweetness. Very aromatic. Bread crust. Later alcohol appeared (not overwhelming). Quintessential West Coast IPA presentation.

Taste was of bright, grassy bittering hops. Juicy malts. I know that "green flash" refers to a sunset phenomonen, but there is a real green flash of hops in this one. Drying, long finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and medium/mild in carbonation.

Cresant, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich copper color with a smaller cream colored head that does leave some decent lace behind.

Aroma is west coast punchy grapefruit, pine is big also. Some light floral noted as well. Hops are big covering the malt, though some light sweetness does come thru.

Taste is hops fresh pine needles, sprinkled grass laying on large citrus hops that leave a lingering bitterness, that lasts and lasts. Bitterness is not extreme but seems to take center stage in this beer, thru out.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with a good medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good a big West Coast IPA. I love hops but hints of malt would make it a touch better. I guess it should be all good just in a different mood today. Thanks to merlin48 for the treat as always.

mntlover, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange in color with golden hues. Craggy off white head pours two fingers thick. Decent retention. Nice thin lacing.

S: Grapefruit. Pine resin. Sweet malts. Earth. Bread.

T: Big citrus fruit juice is parted by a nice pine hop bitterness on the tongue. Sweet caramel malts balance things out and are followed by the taste of fresh baked bread. Soft, earth like aftertaste.

M: Smooth and refreshing. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A nice summer brew in my opinion. Big on the citrus and pine flavors. West Coast IPA all the way! Recommend.

Tyrawlings, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of addmorehops
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Step off for this hopdream. Dusted 2 after a Ruination. Wow. Bang.

I was cruising for hops at the newly opened Mad Mex in Cranberry, PA (near Pitts). Bingo would sum up this conquest. Tasted so fresh and dry with range of hop floral that I started to think about cab service.

I saw this at the local case shop for $36.99. I've seen some mediocre posts for the bottle. The draft rocked, so I'm not sure why the bottle get's lower nods than I'd expect.

Great stuff regardless!

addmorehops, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this "throw-in." One hell of an extra. Thanks buddy.

Rather crummy looking beer surprisingly. Like filtered clay mud. Frothy white head that dissolves to a thinner film. Nose is aromatic and full of piney hops in ture West Coast IPA style.

Nice balance for an over-hopped IPA. Hops it the front of the tongue like nails being driven into each taste bud. But then there is a nice malt base that follows quickly to keep it all in control. Heavy on the grapefruit citrus. Medium body that seems both thicker at the sip and lighter at the finish thanks to the hops. Just a tad dry with the finish too. Really enjoying my way through the glass.

MuddyFeet, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at cellar temp and pouring into an imperial pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a large fluffy eggshell white head of 3 cm foaming up easily.
Aroma is big sappy pine needles and a bit of fresh cut grass as well. Just a hint of caramel comes through, but hops dominate for sure.
First sip reveals an average body with mild spacious carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinkin.
Flavor is a brief hit of caramel and then tangy resiny hops that make my mouth pucker a little with each sip. there is a lingering astringent bitterness that just sticks to my tongue forever.
No hint of ABV anywhere and the beer is very drinkable even for its bitterness.
Quite a tasty treat that makes me want to try other beers from the brewery.

sulldaddy, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really dont know where to begin with this one. This was awesome. Poured a great bright orange, full of haze with a thick white head. This did fade rather quickly and left behind a good lace, looks yummy. Smell was a hop bomb, no other way to put it. Huge strong flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, with a slight touch of alcohol, but not too strong, just a refreshing clean crisp smell that really made me want to dive in. The taste, OHH YEAH!! One word PERFECT. Strong classic west coast hop bomb. Enormous citrus hops, pine resiney goodness, huge flavors, nothing subtle here, Sooo smoothe, crisp, perfect fullness and feel. Big dry bitter finish capped it perfectly. Easily one of my favorite IPA ever. I really cannot say enough good things about this one, its a classic!

mikesgroove, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Luchman
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy orange, slightly copper color with a tinge of yellow at the bottom. A very thin, clumpy head appear with nice laceing on the sides.

S: Hops.. who knew? Strong pine, grapefruit and orange are found. Sniffin around for some malt and juuuussst get a little hint of some breadiness… I hope… Nevertheless, I think it smells awesome.

T: Rush of hops. Pine and grapefruit dominate this one. Damn.. They’re strong. If the alcohol showed up a little bit more, I’d consider this a DIPA. Malts are uhh… Well, they like to hide. Of course, it has a bitterness at the end that is pretty strong, but nothing way over the top. Lack of balance, however, bring this score down a smudge.

M: Awesome. Medium/full body with a medium level of carbonation that is pretty oily and sticky.

D: While the hops are good, I do believe it lacks some balance. I like my IPA’s to have at least SOME malts to speak of. With an intense hop flavor and lack of malty balance, the drinkability for this beer goes down.

Update: Tried this again some four years later. Not sure if my bottle is old or what, but I get much more malt and much less hop. The smell is still delicious, but the taste is lacking in balance still with the malts not clashing well with the hops.

Luchman, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BigBry
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was recommended by the bartender at Denver's Falling Rock. Served in a standard pint glass. Copper-orange colored liquid topped by a thin head. Foam lasted a long time and left some nice lacing streams the inside the glass. Lots of hop aroma, grassy and pine, citrus grapefruit. Taste is very solid. The flavor mirrors the smell with a blend of pine and citrus. Oily bitter finish. Enough malt to keep it from being a total hop bomb. Carbonation is limited, keeping it smooth. For being so hoppy, it is still easy to drink. Overall, one of the better IPAs I have had the pleasure of trying. I see why it is a favorite.

BigBry, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a million to akorsak for hookin me up with this. I had it once before but cracked it at a tasting to far in to get an honest review. This masterpiece deserves my full attention.

Appearance: pours a hazed oranges with a big thick creamy head measuring over two fingers. after it drops to one the retention is amazing. the sticky lacing is gorgeous as well.

Smell: Sweet floral perfume hops, flamboyant aroma of resinous pine and grapefruit hops, that cross over to sweet fruit like apricots with a drop of honey. Delightful.

Taste: Millions of tiny little hop bombs explode faster than machine gun fire, with every carbonation bubble busting through the fuzziness is rich sweetness and beautiful resinous hops. This is not a double IPA (not quite) but it is a big IPA. it is really just about perfect because it is a beer you can handle a lot of, and yet it is loaded with bitterness and sweet balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a very tingly creamy feel, a medium body and a slick thick center.

Drinkability: Sensational. I really enjoy drinking this beer as much as I do contemplating it. It is one that can be enjoyed form both direction as a be worthy of thinking about and yet a beer easy enough to put down one after another.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky looking copper. Thin white head leaves ample amounts of lace. Beautiful aroma of pungent, oily hops. Cannabis, grapefruit rind, lemon.... All the good stuff. Wafting up my nostrils. This is kind of a down and dirty, grundgy tasting IPA, but I like it. (As opposed to a more bright and snappy IPA....) The hop flavors are resinous in nature and a little lemony. Grassy too. The bitterness lingers, though it's not overbearing. Malts are toffeeish in nature and in the background. Body is medium to medium-full. Lightly carbonated. Solid IPA. Different, yet solid.

Bighuge, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

A: Pours an amber color with a big foamy head. The head lasts forever providing a frothy layer atop the beer and tons of thick lacing.

S: Complex nose with hop aromas ranging from grassy to citric. Very nice.

T: Vegetal taste with flavors of grass, bell peppers, and pine. An intense but pleasant bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and full-flavored, just like the bottle tells me. Moderate carbonation.

D: Hell yeah. An awesome IPA, although maybe not he best for session drinking due to the intensity of the taste.

klewis, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained in trade with srandycarter. Many Thanks! Pours a hazy, medium orange body with a creamy offwhite head that rises three fingers. Retention is excellent and lacing is sticky and profuse.

Aroma is bold with fresh leafy hoppiness. Spruce pine, fresh cut grass, and grapefruit are noted several feet away. Smells very resinous.

Body is medium with good carbonation and some hop oiliness.

Taste is bitter hops start to finish. No malt presence to speak of. Plenty of pine, grass, and grapefruit here with a faint herbal freshness. A bit of caramel tries to emerge but is quickly slapped away by the assertive hoppiness. Finishes quite bitter.

If you like American IPA's without sweetness this one is for you. Plenty of bitter hops to go around here, which helps drinkability. No hint of an alcohol presence. Very well done!

merlin48, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of kpantz
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: My first from Green Flash. An assertive IPA, indeed. Gobs of hops are apparent, from the first whiff all the way to the bitterness left on the tastebuds after the last sip has been drained. What I like about this one is the clarity in hop flavor. You can really pick them out, and that's a tricky thing to achieve.

Appearance: Pour a hazy amber/copper into my snifter. Cream-colored head persists at about a 1/2 finger thick. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Wow! Pine and citrus, plain and simple. Some floral essence as well. Clearly some Centennial in here and I think I may even sense Simcoe. Aroma as art.

Taste: Not much of anything but hops here. I'm not going to complain, being the hophead I am, and since this is technically a straight IPA, I'm not expecting too much malt presence. Good thing, too! Very striking hop flavor - I know Columbus hops are quite strong flavor producers...perhaps that's in the mix. Whatever is in there is in appreciable quantity. Lots of bitterness in the finish, but in my opinion, that's actually the most balanced part here.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much dead-on for an IPA. Light body with a slight stickiness to it, but even that is minimal. This is a hop elixer, so don't expect much in the way of a malt backbone.

Drinkability: You know, as I slog through this one, I'm finding myself won over. This would be a great brew to have on a late spring or summer evening - it's snappy, so it's refreshing, but not one of those hot weather thirst quenchers. I wouldn't make this my lawnmower beer, but I would bring a few for friends at a barbecue to show them what the world of craft beer can produce.

kpantz, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the best west coast IPA I have ever had hands down. This blows away most DIPA's I've had. The color is a nice clear orange with a beautiful white head. The smell is citrus and pine needles. The taste is so amazing! Loaded with hops, I can definitely taste Simcoe (the only hop I can really distinguish except for Columbus) and there is such a wonderful piney, citrus flavor. One bottle I had tasted exactly like biting into an orange. I wanted to give this one all 5's but it is a little unbalanced so I had to ding the drinkability. Still, at 7% ABv and $7 per sixer, this stuff is amazing. Delicious.

ArrogantB, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash- West Coast IPA

Appearance- Hazy orange with a thick creamy white head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Big strong Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.
Taste- Huge grapefruit rind and pine sap flavors.
Mouthfeel- Huge bitter grapefruit becomes sweet and dry through the body only to finish off bitter and oily.

Overall- A delicious IPA. Huge big bold flavor, typical West Coast IPA. Highly recommended.

NJpadreFan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of biglickbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This line of beers has just come into our market in SW Virginia. It is available at one of the large retail grocery chains.

This is an American IPA all the way. Coppery-orange in color with a firm, rocky head of off-white. Citrus & piney hops bombard the nose in the aroma along with some sweet caramel malt. Carbonation is very good.

This beer is loaded with citrussy and aromatic hops and they hold up throughout the glass. I was a little disappointed that the malt backbone did not stay abreast of the hops. After a few sips, I found the malt flavor and presence had totally given way to the hops. For this reason, I think this beer's balance is a little lacking. It is a very good American IPA, but I'd have to pass after a couple of bottles.

biglickbrewer, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one! Sampled & reveiwed on 1/13/07:

Ap: Medium pour raises full finger of creamy head with rocky surface. Copper color, good carbonation. Sparkling & clean.

Ar: Wonderfully hoppy! Deep fruit aromas of grapes & citrus, as well as pine needles & evergreens. Slight alcohol notes in the background.

Ta: Hops dominate from start to finish. Nice sweet malty middle which is quickly turned with another blast of hops in the finish. Stong citrusy, piney, apricot flavor.

Mo: Medium bodied. Mouth puckering from hop bitterness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste - slightly cloying. Very good carbonation for the style.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to heightened bitterness, its a slow sipper for me. Could only have one or taste buds would be shattered!

Comments: The aroma is the real winner here. Dominated by the trademark citrusy NW hops, it truly radiates hoppiness. The flavor is pleasant, but could cut down on the bittering hop addition.

JMD71, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass

A: A delicious looking honeyed-orange copper color with a one-finger off-white foamy head. It goes away quickly yet leaves some nice thick lacing.

S: A superb-smelling beer, with lots of varied, complex hop aromas coupled with nice warm toasted caramel maltiness.

T: While the bready malted backbone of this beer is not to be ignored, this beer derives nearly all its flavor from the multitudes of hops, hops, and more hops! Zesty citrus hops blast your tongue to start, and fruity, juicy grapefruit & pine notes take over from there. The maltiness finishes everything up and keeps the beer from being overly bitter.

M: Oily, fizzy carbonation makes up the majority of this beer's feel.

D: Could easily drink these all day, this might be a new summer brew for me.

markgugs, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degress.

A - Pours an orangish amber with a large, foamy head. Left behind some pretty sticky lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma, with grassy notes...little sweetness or fruit was detected.

T - Keeping with the super-hopped aroma, the flavor does not disappoint. Hops galore, on a grassy/piney backbone. Extremely straighforward...no complexities here...just pure hoppiness.

M - Medium body with a very bitter finish.

D - I had one yesterday and decided to wait until the second sample to write my review...once you know what to expect, it makes the beer much better. Very good - a top shelf IPA.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently when I was out of state, even though I have seen this in local liquor stores. I haven't had a hoppy beer in a while, and this looked like it would be good - on the level of Sierra Nevada or Stone. Thankfully, my suspicions were correct, as I enjoyed this very much, and am glad I took a chance on this during the winter months!

The pour was pretty unique - a nice, warm apricot hue could be seen, but this beer had the appearance of a lava lamp or a bottle of Orbitz (anyone remember that?). It was VERY cloudy with quite a bit of sediment floating in it, and it just this very unique and silently engaging look to it. The head was a good half-inch thick took, with a nice aroma to boot. The taste was what I expected and bit more - bitter, citrusy, hoppy, slighty metallic, and even a dry-hopped undercurrent to this. It's not a brash as Sierra Nevada, and not as floral and citrus dominated as Three Floyd's, but this silently sneaks up and settles in on the tongue and the aftertaste...well, it's addicting!

I've listened to enough of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lately to want to jump in my Mustang and get back to California. After enjoying a brew like this, it's even more of a reason to make the trek. Another reason why the Golden State is great for microbrews - this beer is worth the effort to find and sample!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to zrrbrrt for including this in my BA anniv. package.

A: Pours a slightly hazy peachish amber color with a big bubble frothy one finger white head. Retention on the sides of the glass and nice lacing.
S: Nice soft citrus fruit hop notes--mostly grapefruit, peaches, and orange rind. Very excellent.
T/M: Nice pine hop notes coupled with an excellent dose of citrus fruit. Biscuit and bready malt notes are definitely noticeable towards the finish. Grapefruit and orange peel notes in the finish. Slightly buttery on the palate. Bitterness is sharp at first and follows into the aftertaste nicely. Smooth on the palate with a medium body.
D: Big abv isn't noticeable at all. A nicely hopped IPA with a good finish and bitterness that's also smooth. Nice one from the west coast here.

bjohnson, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cisco for this one. Pours a hazy bronze/copper color. Clumpy head that leaves nice lacing. Nice citrus hoppy smell with a pine note. Taste the same as smell. I also notice some bready malt backbone. Finishes with some grapefruit flavor. Overall a nice beer that impressed me.

beermanbrian, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper with a huge head that left patchy lacing down the side in big clumps.

S - Pleasant pine (blue spruce) and orange pith citrus mesh with a faint peppery alcohol to create a truly delightful aroma.

T - A bit of faint light malt with a sharp pine flavor. The aftertaste is a medium strength (as far as IPA's go) pine bitterness. A nice flavor.

M - Thin, but frothy, smooth, gums up int he throat a bit. Not refreshing,

D - Tasty and sessionable. I wouldn't mind having this again. A nice offering from Green Flash.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 05, 2007
Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,117 ratings.