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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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6,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,900
Reviews: 1,779
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 313
Gots: 1,075 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV
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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

193rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A murky dark apple juice color. 2 finger off white head that leads to a nice poached egg looking foam on top.

Smell- Super hop heavy with a nice malt undertone. A big whiff brings up the citrus notes as well.

Taste- A very nice hop forward taste. That bitter west coast hop full flavor is all over this beer. Some citrus but more piney.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. A nice bite to it with a clingy after taste.

Drink- A very good IPA. Funny I bought a 4 pack for my buddy and he didnt even have one. OH DAMN! 4 for me.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got some green flash around my immediate area. Thankyou TRT for getting a shipment in of this stuff.

Poured into a tulip. A clear.lighter amber color with some golden highlight's. An extremely thick off white heading and not too aggressive of a pour. Heading and carbonation didn't budge until it was in the stomach.

Smell is amazing.Now this is what I have been missing lately. Aggresive west coast nose with all the trimming's of a solid hop billing. Piney,grassy,fruity and a heavy sweet aroma of some light malts.

Taste is simply amazing.Heavy bitter hop bite with that oh so familiar simcoe shred. Again so many different hop notes and such a small beer.Again as the above stats grassy,fruity, a beatiful earthy touch and magnificient bitter finish.

Mouth is medium-to full bodied do to a more pronounced malt syrupiness in the finish. Tremendous carbonation to top it off.

Well I must say this ranks up there as 1 of 2 ofmy all time IPA's now I need to have a side by side with Sculpin. To me very underrated on BA should be on the TOP 100 list.

Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best IPA i had in the last year. look is quite proper clear and a tad on the orange side. not a deep dark ipa. looks beautiful in the glass with a white resilient head of tight bubble. nice lace and retention. the head was there til the end. although this one was a nice rich blend of hops and citrus... a great pine resin quality in the hopping. nose is zesty sweet with a nice pinecomb and pineapple. crisp but that feel carries nicely from the bright hop to the woody quality of the malt dough.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Pint. Received from THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a large, chunky, white head. Retention is great, leaves tons of soapy lacing on the glass. Beautiful IPA!
S - Very strong hop presence of grapefruit, orange, and sticky pine resin. Very crisp and juicy.
T - Tons of pungent hops flavors : grapefruit, pine resin, oranges, and fresh-cut grass. Slightly sweet bready flavors balance out some of the bitterness.
M - Medium-full body with a slightly sticky, chewy texture. Carbonation is nice and crisp.
D - Despite the +7% ABV, I'm sucking this one down quickly, and wish I had some more laying around.

Really impressed by this beer, I wish it was available in Georgia.

Photo of DJED69
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding. This is quintessential West Coast IPA. Splurged for a fresh four pack recently. Pours a nice orange-yellow with good head and lacing. Smells fantastic. Full on hop assault. Taste is delicious with a great balance of flavors. Bitterness and a touch of sweet malt. Really an amazing brew.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad that I get to try this finally. Had a buddy pick it up in Chicago along with some other goodies. Nice orange amber pour, no head since the lees came dumping out and I had to abort the pour. The smell is verytropical and piney. The taste is tropical and piney, with some orange cakey flavors where the citrus notes and malt meet. Quite bitter at the finish. The mouthfeel is solid, and drinkability is good, but not great, since it is so bitter. An excellent example of the style. Perhaps the quintessential West Coast IPA.

Edit: getting some spicy cherry notes now/. Awesome!!

Photo of edmonan
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a finger of off white/amber tinted, tight head.

Fruity, floral, hoppy aroma.

Malty base with a clean hoppy note that fades and then crashes back as a bitter, but brief, aftertaste.

Light bodied with a slightly foamy feel. Very drinkable.

Overall a nice balance of complexity and drinkability.

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

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange in color. Frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Straight hop freshness. Faint caramel malt in the back for balance.

Taste: All hops. Bright. Bitter, but not overwhelming so.

Mouthfeel: Hops with great texture....a little chewy.

Drinkability: Good...at a slow-moderate pace.

Paired VERY well with some spicy chilli.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date, but the bottle is one of the newer Green Flash bottles so the beer cannot be too old.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and is dominated by hops. I get a lot of pine and orange notes in the aroma.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of pine and grapefruit notes. There is also some nice bread notes in the flavor, but the beer is still dominated by the hops. Medium bitterness and very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of my favorite IPAs, I just wish they would start dating the bottle so I could buy it, as I don't buy IPAs that don't have bottled on dates.

Photo of Fikash
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This exceptional beer made its way into my tummy as a Christmas gift from a friend, a four-pack of 12-oz goodness.

The appearance is absolutely inviting: a deep orange color with a frothy, cream colored head that stays extremely well and clings to the walls of my glass as I drink. This beer appears unfiltered. It's murky and I spy a bunch of little floaties in the glass, but I never hold that against a delicious beer.

The smell is very strong and the hop presence is almost intimidating. I'm a hophead, so a whiff of this stuff is heaven.

I get a lot of grapefruit/citrus flavors. This beer is extremely bitter, so beware. I also get an ester kick at the end. This is a taste you carry around with you for a while after your sip.

Medium body, I love the soft carbonation.

I love to take my time with this beer and savor each gulp. Two of these would probably be enough to finish the evening for me with a smile.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a nice, vibrant copper color that pours with a quarter-inch head that quickly dissipates. The beer has citrus and flowery notes on the nose, with hints of malt similar to an Amber. Very low key hops and spice notes also present, if you smell deeply. The beer has the full bodied flavor of malt to set the foundation, with outcroppings of hops tastes throughout. The beer is very round and robust in mouth, with a sour finish. Crisp hops notes are also present in the aftertaste.

Photo of r0nyn
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent orange amber color that's really quite pretty. Little half inch off-white head that leaves some loose, spotty lacing. Smell is full of sweet floral notes along with some citrus rind and definite grapefruit. Hops and a little bit of pine round things out.

Taste starts off with a kick of bitterness that permeates the entire flavor experience. Really hop-forward with a lot of mouth-puckeryness. There's citrusy notes of lemon and orange peel, along with the grapefruit from the nose, but they're hidden behind the dominant bittering character. Just a tiny bit of maltiness. Definitely one of the more mouth-assaulting IPAs I've had. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with just a little carbonation to provide some effervescence.

Drinkability is fairly good. It's pretty bitter and while that doesn't usually translate well with me, there's still some complexity behind all of it that I can appreciate the beer. Perhaps if it were a bit more balanced. Nevertheless, a solid IPA.

Photo of sitarist
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sunset orange with a thick off white head. The head falls to a patchy top coating that leaves lots of lacing. There are a lot of fine particles floating around.

This beer smells wonderful. It is herbal with hints of lemon, tropical fruits, Buddha kush, grapefruit, perfume, and pine. The aromas jump up my nostrils tickling my senses and brain.

I taste grapefruit peels, lemon peels, black tea,Buddha kush, hints of tropical fruit, and sourdough-pretzels.

The mouthfeel is astringent and creamy. It coats my tongue with hop-napalm.

Bitter yes, but also highly drinkable. This beer seems to disappear right before my eyes.

Photo of JLeege
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- On draft poured into a tulip. Pours a clear bright orange color with a two finger creamy head. Good head retention and a solid wall of lace down the side of the glass!

Smell- Floral and pine hops mostly, some citrus and grass.

Taste- Very hop forward, a small malt backbone, but not much to speak of. Incredibly bitter and dry, this is not bad, but could use some balance for my taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Again extremely bitter.

Overall- This is good, but would not desire more than one in a sitting. This has got to be the most straight "bitter" beer I have ever had.

Photo of gthornton
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, and always enjoy it. Just had a very fresh pour and felt inspired to do my first review in several months.

A: Dark golden hay, as you have heard.

S: oh the fresh hops! smells like you just dumped in the hops on a homebrew... amazing how they have kept that balance alive.

T: A very easy and basic malt body. Some hints of caramel and toffee. From the hops you get a lot of citrus and fresh cut grass.

M: creamy/smooth malt hangs on the tongue, while the acids from the hops pull down the sides of the tongue like tanins in a wine.

D: Very drinkable. The fresh cut grass taste from the hops lingers a bit, so if your consuming with food, you would probably go the more bbq route... some spices might conflict, but it would be worth experimenting. Some roasted peppers would be awesome right now... just sayin.

Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy, dark gold with a lot of cream colored head

S-very hoppy and very citrusy, a good strength

T-oh my, initial reaction is wow! hits with amazingly citrusy hop character that is slightly creamy and perfectly balanced. ends with a great barley and hops flavor. bitterness is present but just perfect. this is an amazing, world class IPA.

M-great creamy, medium carbonation with a slightly dry mouthfeel

D-a fantastic IPA that i will search out and tell my friends about. the taste stays and the abv is tame. i can't wait to have it again.

Photo of hopshopshops
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second review. For what its' worth, my first was the SN Torpedo--my other drink of choice.

This is simply a fantastic drink. I was standing at the back of Taylor's market here in Sac town, with a gal ponderin' her purchase next to me. I grabbed a six'er of Torpedos and she grabbed this (still a six'er at the time). We chatted at length, were joined by two others, and had an IPA fanfest as she described it.

By her advice, my next purchase was a six'er of these, and boy was I not disappointed. What a great beer! As advertised, this truly embodies the West Coast taste--hoppy--that 3 C's hops taste that is fresh, fruity, tart, bitter and fresh. Clearly, a great summer/spring beer (nothing wrong during Fall/winter though). The truly distinguishing characteristic is the tartness (some say grapefruit taste).

While some like IPA's due to the ramped up IBU's--and count me as one, this one should have a ITU (international tartness) rating as this is about as close to the mixed drink, Greyhound (Gin and grapefruit), as a beer can get.

I vary this with Torpedo's as my daily brew, although the Torpedo is my main standby. Great body, nice alcohol masking, nice finish, with a touch of malt sweetness to balance the bitterness and tartness. Maybe a wee bit more malt would make this a beer more apropo to those times a guzzlin' like a super bowl gathering (well, along with the old six'er price), but as is, when sitting down for a delectable beer or two, very, very hard to beat as is.

Photo of mirish72
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally broke down and picked this up after being turned off by the high price for so long. While definitely pricey, it is a great beer and was worth it.

Obviously the first thing you notice is the incredible hop aroma, this thing is a hop bomb in the best sense of the phrase. It pours amber, almost a sticky red with great lacing and an impressive head. Lots of piney, citrus, grapefruit aroma and taste. It has a kick at over 7% ABV, not sure how session able it is, but you can definitely have a few at a sitting.

The fact that I am getting the beer after it has been shipped from the west coast and it is still so good and tasty makes me wonder what it would be like to try fresh in So Cal. A great beer, one of the best IPA's I have ever had.

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

Smell - very piney, nice nose
taste - Piney, grapefruit, some grass
Mouth feel - dry hops tingle on your tongue and gums stays and stays buy does not wear out it's welcome
sessionable if spaced out.

To me there is a very small malt hint, this brew could stand a very small addition of malt to balance the super aggressive hops, or maybe this is the combo they were looking for with this offering. Regardless the insane hops are very much appreciated and well thought out. You can tell that this beer was engineered to appeal to real hop heads and was not just thrown together with random hops just to push IBU's.
Green Flash does not mess around.

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

A- cloudy golden orange with a one finger head and moderate lacing.

S- SUPER FUNK! Grapefruit, pine, and a gym sock that was buried in dirt under a bed a daisies... but in a GOOD way!

T- Super bitter grapefruit rind followed by some floral/funky bitterness. I don't really notice much in the way of malts.

M- Thick, tingly, and bitterness that doesn't want to go away... YUM

D- even as big of a hophead as I am, one, and I'm done. I could easily drink more, but this beer is just all over the place. I prefer their Imperial or Palate Wrecker. Much more controlled beers

Always pass this up on tap, but I may need to give it a whirl. With no bottling dates, I may be getting old bottles, or worse, mishandled bottles.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale cloudy amber in color. Nice thick, rocky off-white head with excellent retention. Plenty of lacing to go around. There is floating debris. I Don't know if that's normal for this beer.

S - In the nose you immediately get fresh piney hops and lots of it. Although the hops are very aromatic the malt comes through nicely in the background sweetening it up a bit and leaving a pleasant grassy character.

T - Tons of piney hops up front that devastate the palate with bitterness. In a good way. The malts also seem to be playing their part well to balance it all out.

M - A tad light bodied. Sort of thin. Carbonation is good though.

D/N - Pretty drinkable stuff here. Could easily relax and drink this beer through the night. Although Im not sure the price is right for this one.

Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden orange color with a 1 ½" frothy off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves rings, patches, lets and speckles of lacing. Though out most of the beer the head persists and leaves sheets of lacing, some of which turn into closely scattered small speckles.

Smell: The aroma is filled with grapefruit and fresh pine with some pineapple and flowery and even some catty notes. There is a bit of caramel in the background.

Taste: The flavors are mostly all hops with just enough caramel from the malt backbone to carry them along to the finish without letting them create a tongue rasping bite. As expected from the nose, the grapefruit and citrus zest dominate the hops but the pine and resin get to eventually join in the show.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full to medium bodied and crisp with adequate carbonation. The pine and resin finish is long and dry and leaves one wanting another sip.

Drinkability: This was a nicely drinkable beer which I enjoyed sipping. I'll certainly be putting this one on my list to have again in the future.

Photo of SawDog505
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA going. Poured 12 oz bottle into my 13 oz tulip glass. A very hazey, bright orange, with a 2 inch white head, that is sticky as any IPA I have had. Lacing hangs out for the beers duration. The smell is piney, grapefruit, with a hint of a toffee. This is a very powerful, hops forward beer. The 95 IBU's were used to perfection. Even being two months old, the hops have held up very well. The mouthfeel is big for a IPA, with plenty of life. I know people say there are better IPA's around, but I have yet to have one!

Photo of Satchboogie
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Very gentle pour forms a 2 finger bubbly head that slowly dissipates, light orange, hazy with some little chunks in suspension. Leaves great lacing.

S: A lot of citrus; grapefruit, orange, lemon, maybe apricot. Behind it is pine/wood. Sweet caramel malt and some earthy and floral aromas.

T: Has a very bitter pine/earthy hop bite followed by citrus and a little floral hops. There's a little sweetness there but not a lot (overpowering sweetness can be a huge turnoff for me), just enough to help balance out the bitterness and add depth. Citrus flavors don't seem as bold as the nose suggested. Finish is bitter, mostly pine (a little citrus), and a tiny bit of sweetness. Puckering (not quite on the Ruination IPA level though). Has a bit of a peppery finish and a little warming.

M: Medium to high crisp carbonation, just about full body, unfiltered with little bits in suspension (though not really noticeable on the palate). Very chewy, sticky, and bitter. Fantastic.

D: The bitterness and peppery finish don't help this beer in the drinkability part, but as long as it isn't obtrusive, I won't care all that much. This is tasty, simply as that.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, yellowish tan with a monster 4 inch creamy head. Lots of lacing and head would not die!

Smell - Piney strong hops, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, some malts and spices. Yeast and some minor alcohol is present

Taste - Well now, this was a nice surprize. Nice piney hoppy beer with some nice malt balance. Really hoppy and almost enough to be a imperial ipa. Hops are strong, malts are sweet, and the spices add some bitterness making it a kick in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Its bitter and coats mouth with wonderful hop goodness. Its not a palette crusher and the alcohol is masked very well. You will need a glass of water or some pungent strong cheese after this beer if you want to drink something weaker like a wheat beer.

Drinkabilty - I would say this is really high since its just over 7% and so tasty. I could handle 3-4 of these over a period of time and be satisfied (and a little buzzed). This just became a top 10 ipa for me, hopheads check this one out.

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,900 ratings.