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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

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5,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 5145
Reviews: 1628
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of Kuaff


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank at cellar temperature in a mug.

A three-finger, white puffy head here. Lasts quite a long time. This IPA is a clear amber color.

The smell isn't all that strong, but I do get some nice hops, honey, and pine.

Now the taste is a whole different story. First comes a wonderfully tangy and refreshing citrus sensation, and the rest of the plot entertains waves upon waves of thoroughly resinous, herbal bitterness. We have here some heavy hop flavor, I might add. A profoundly pleasureable experience.

The carbonation feels right on.

A great IPA. Doesn't mess around much with aromatics, though, instead cutting to the chase with upfront flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 14:45:28 | More by Kuaff
Photo of henrichsj


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange, lots of carbonation, creamy colored bubbly head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thicker ring of head around the top

S - Strong hop presence, sweet and citrusy, a little malt; Overall, a really awesome aroma came outta this bottle!

T - Wow! Tastes like it smells! Definitely a hoppy beer, but so much more. It's citrusy, it's flowery, it's piney, it's just the right amount of bitter and there's even a creamy malty taste to it. Great balance.

M - Right amount of carbonation; light, clean, and smooth.

O - I'm impressed... This is a beer to savor. May have to revisit it sometime in the near future to see if it holds up, but as of now, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 04:32:49 | More by henrichsj
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale amber body, transparent, but with a slight haze. Frothy tan head that hangs around for a while.

S- Piney hops, citrus, sweet malt presence. Pretty straight forward aroma.

T- A nice, hop forward beer with enough of a malt presence to be on the balanced side. Big piney hops all the way throughout, with a pleasant citrusy finish.

M- Medium bodied, big presence, medium carbonation.

O- A very nice IPA that reminds me a lot of torpedo. Not a bitter mess and balanced enough for most.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 22:33:29 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of BWED


3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pours a copper-orange color. A bit of haze. Thin, off white head. Just a bit of lacing hangs around.

S- Strong pine and citrus. A little sweet malt toastiness. Maybe a bit of a catty scent, but it isn't strong, and combined with the other aromas is actually kind of pleasant.

T- Lots of citrus peel flavor, a slight toast/grain malt character springs up as well.

M- Medium body. Long bitter dry finish.

O- Very hoppy, but not extremely bitter. I'd drink it again, but I can't say it's near the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 16:05:11 | More by BWED
Photo of handcrafty


4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - This beer is a beauty. Pour one for yourself and tell me what you think. Amber - Orange. Frothy top. I want to stick my nose into it. Okay, I will.

S - Citrus, Flowers, Grass, Resin,San Diego, California.

T - This one holds true to the sensory receptors. Tons of pine, hops, acidic citrus. Great balance in this brew. I prefer to let it sit at room for 5-10 minutes after a pour to let the complexities resonate.

M - Slippery and Wet.

O - Like many have said.. This brew is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 22:03:04 | More by handcrafty
Photo of Chrisbaggz


4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What's the point in reviewing this beer??? Everybody knows it's one of the best IPA's out there. As a matter of fact, if its from Green Flash, you know it's going to be awesome! But seriously, if you are an IPA lover like me, this should be a staple in your fidge.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 04:14:27 | More by Chrisbaggz
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber with a one-finger omy hitechea. Good amount of lacing.

S - Piney hops, citrus, and some malt sweetness.

T - Very hop forward with a nice sweet malt backbone. Some light citrus is present.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bitter dry finish.

O - Very nice IPA. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:19:22 | More by TreyIsWilson
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District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 oz "howler" poured into a Chimay tulip....

Orange'ish brown pour with a half inch head that settles quickly with moderate lacing.

As a kid, I used to peel grapefruits, discard the rind, and eat the flesh wedge by wedge. Everything about the aroma brings me back to that. Bitter bitter grapefruit rind. Sweetness in the air, but very subdued, this is all complimented by a bit of maltiness as well.

Every sip reminds me why I love this beer so much. For one, it's a hoppy beer but in comparison to the x2/imperials out there, it has a great balance. The fruit notes outweigh the pine 10::1, at least for me . The bitterness is there, but it's pleasing on the palate, rather than challenging to enjoy.

The feel of this one is really it's beauty. It's surprisingly light on the palate, with no recognition of any alcohol content, or monstrous/creamy body. The carbonation is just right, and as one sip fades, there's more and more to look forward to as it gradually takes over one's taste buds.

I don't think I'm alone saying this is in my top 3 favorite beers, it's truly magical on tap or in a fresh 4x12 or 22. It's got subtlety to sip and ponder, or one can take it to a party and enjoy the hell out of. There's a select number of IPA's that can take me to "that place" and this is easily one of the most easily obtained of them.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2013 03:30:36 | More by Prince_Casual
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted against another giant Founders centennial, found it a close second, but also great IPA.

Appearance: A slightly, cloudy reddish, amber-copper, with a lighter, yellower, and hazed, great head and retention, reasonable lacing. 1 HOUR after my pour the heads is still covering the beer! I have since returned to this brewer and this beer many times. Lovely.

Smell: Very original aroma, classic IPA, but its own set of herbs and flowers on top of toasted grain and sweet bread. Must find it fresh. When fresh, it's a giant.

Taste: Follows aroma, all hops, starts grassy and flowery, progresses to complex, multi-faceted hops bitter tingle, clean, dry finish. Lovely balanced flavor arc. There's some flowery, spiced hops very special to Green Flash.

Mouthfeel: Medium with good body, good feel, great tingle. A winner. Want more. Slight evidence of the 7.3% ABV which is evident in the strength and character of the weight.

Drinkability: The Founders won by a tiny margin, on aroma, but the Green Flash left me wanting more, and I found it more memorable and desirable.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:50:40 | More by Act25
Photo of Hoppy_Girl


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super duper love this beer! Unfortunately it won't stay in my fridge, if I don't get to it quick enough my boyfriend drinks it all :( So it could be seen as bad for a relationship, or maybe not... After three of them I feel the need to take my shirt off and scream woo hoo it's spring break!!! This beer supplies me the perfect hoppiness that my palate desires. Next to Pliney The Elder this beer has the best balance of any hop centric IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 17:01:55 | More by Hoppy_Girl
Photo of spoony


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip. Tasted twice over two nights.

A-A normal pour produces a one and one-half finger head of pillowy, off-white foam. The retention is pour and lacing is marginal. The brew is hazy with an amber, honey color that is slightly darker than some IPAs.

S-The smell is a pleasant mixture of orange and grapefruit, as well as some pine, resin, and a bit of light, caramel malt. The malts are mostly overwhelmed by the hops here, but they provide a bit of counterpoint the massive hop aromas. Bitterness is moderate.

T-The taste is also full of delicious hop notes from tropical citrus to dank and piney. The brew opens with orange, tangerine, grapefruit citrus flavors and transitions to a drying, bitter, herbal finish. The finish is impressively long. Hops mostly overwhelm caramel malts, but the beer is not entirely out of whack.

F-The feel is soft and dank with a moderately oily feel. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

O-This may not be my favorite IPA, but this brew certainly stacks up well against the best of them. The mixture of hop flavors is really impressive with sweet citrus flavors blending into more bitter, herbal, pine flavors. The finish is also quite impressive for its staying power. My criticisms are minor and go mostly to looks, but I can get over them pretty easily to sip on this hop bomb of an IPA.

Edited once to correct a scoring error.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:34:56 | More by spoony
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with a moderate head settling to a heavy film. Some spotty lace as you go.

Very resionous nose, lots of pine, a hint of citrus, biscuity backbone. Very luxurious mouth feel. Lots of pine again to taste, grapefruit peel citrus. Hops very dominant, but still restrained somehow, quite tasty. Even handed and balanced brew, quite tasty. High alcohol content well concealed. Long lingering bitterness.

Well made, manages to distinguish itself from a lot of the other IPAs that are hitting the shelves these days.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 18:38:16 | More by TerryW
Photo of bsp77


4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy amber with large, sticky, off-white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Prototypical West Coast IPA aroma - grapefruit, orange, pine and toasted malts.

Taste: Prototypical West Coast IPA taste as well, but they nailed it. The toasted and caramel malts are present but are obliterated by the decadent hops. The hop profile is nothing fancy, with grapefruit, orange and pine, but it is done much better than most IPAs that tread this familiar territory. Needless to say, the finish is bitter.

Feel: Very smooth and almost creamy body. The fact that this is approaching DIPA territory explains this fantastic mouthfeel. However, this has the crisper drier finish of a standard (single) IPA. Near perfect.

Overall: This is how to make a "traditional" West Coast IPA. Fantastic. I can't believe this is not available in Minnesota, as I bought it in Omaha of all places.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:24:06 | More by bsp77
Photo of MikeWard


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. My first time with this beer. Bottled 3/29/13.

Apearance was very nice, hazy golden yellow, little less than one inch frothy white head, which diminished, but retained ALL the way down the glass. Lacing was sporadic.

Smell - Ahhhh, sweet flowery hops filled the nose. Very appealing indeed.

Taste got me very excited. Absolutely delicious! Sweet hop flavor, with an excellent hop bite around around the edge of the tongue. Had to exercise great control not to drink it too quickly, but savor the flavor.

Mouth was beautiful, with an nice clean finish to it.

Overall, an excellent ipa, which I can highly recommend to everyone who enjoys ipas. I put it on my go to list immediately.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 15:31:39 | More by MikeWard
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a oversize wine glass. Bottled November 2011 (you can't find fresher Green Flash on the shelves these days!)

A- Pours a clear amber body with a thick off-white head that reduces slowly to chunks of foam and leaves heavy lacing.

S- Heavy pine, citrus, lemon zest, resin, breadyness

T- Flavorful but subtle hop character - lots of pine and citrus zest, but a nice strong malt backbone reveals caramel, bread, and lightly toasted malt.

M- Somewhat watery, medium carbonation. Good drinkibility, pretty smooth.

Definitely a decent IPA. Easy going down. Could use a bit more flavor, but the hops have definitely faded in this bottle as it is over 6 months old.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 02:13:32 | More by gcamparone
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA...readily available..(even with being on the east coast in Virginia!!), refreshing to drink, crisp, overall very nice!! Pours frothy golden with a nice thick white head. Big hops, pleasantly bitter. As with most of their beers, nice job by Green Flash!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:47:23 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of Mdog


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight hazy orange, good head.

Smell: Good citrus aroma.

Taste: Moderately bitter citrus rind, mild sweetness, bitter finish.

Overall: A solid IPA, lives up to its name as the bitterness takes center stage with this beer. Good citrus bitterness throughout the glass, not as much sweetness backing it up. Feels somewhat light also.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 17:30:26 | More by Mdog
Photo of Lungman


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

One of my favorites. Excellent example of an investment grade ipa. Plain old piney hoppy goodness. I keep coming back to this one. No bs, straight forward pallet slamming first string all-star. Plus the wife hates it. Top 3 of my favorite brews. If I was ever stranded on an island, I would want a black angus cow, a lawn chair and a keg of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:55:53 | More by Lungman
Photo of scotorum


3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Nearly clear amber, two finger head dissipated slowly to a thick white foam film and heavy, fairly even lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

t: Piney hops hit your tongue with a green flash tidal wave of flavor!

m: Moderate heft with continued hop assault on the tongue.

o: A powerful IPA with an emphasis on bitter hops. Not as pleasant as Double Jack or Ruination, but well above moderate vis-a-vis hop bite. I'll have to check my tongue after to see if it's bleeding. I'm kidding. But it's gotta be high on any hophead's list of choices.

Ninety-nine bottles of different beers in my BA portfolio in two months. #100 and probably also 101 coming tomorrow!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 05:42:43 | More by scotorum
Photo of jmdrpi


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz custom stubby bottle, stamped "Bottled 4/16/13" on the neck. really had to hold up to the light to read it.

dark clear copper color with nice 1/2" soft foam head, great lacing. very nice floral, light citrus hop aroma. hops dominate the taste too, but a nice malt undertone, biscuity. very nice. medium body, moderate soft carbonation. drinks smooth. overall, a great IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:46:40 | More by jmdrpi
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into an American Pint glass.

A: Pours a handsome copper orange. The thick light yellow head lasts for a few moments then settles, but doesn't disappear. The crystal clarity is a thing to behold. Exactly what I feel an IPA should look like.

S: Piny and citric. Some sweetness from the malt helps with a nice little funk. Funk in the good way.

T: The sweet malt hits the tongue, then the piny hops immediately assault every aspect of your mouth. Not incredibly complex. This is a bold American hop bomb.

M: Dry and thick.

O: Overall this is an unapologetic hop bomb. Delicious and bitter. 10/10 will drink again!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 20:03:04 | More by xseanprimex
Photo of JAFoley

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear amber with three fingers of heavy off white head. Great retention and very little lacing.

S - Lotsa citrus.

T - Strong punch of bitters; lemon/lime, grapefruit, pine and floral. Definitely delivers on the name as being a west coast IPA. Malts not too apparent, the hops clearly taking center stage. And a good bite of alcohol.

M - Medium/light body and very dry. Moderate amount of carbonation. This felt a bit watery for my liking and could have used a stronger malt backbone to balance the bitters.

O - I can't get enough of the west coast IPAs so I must admit I am biased. This isn't my favorite IPA but I enjoy the unapologetic hoppyness of this beer. If this had more body I would be truly enamored. I'm sure to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:46:02 | More by JAFoley
Photo of SpasmWaiter


3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Take my review with a grain of salt as A) Im 3000+ miles from the brewery and B) the bottle I poured from has no born on date so creation knows how old this bottle may be. Anyway, here goes...

A - Poured a medium honey gold color, hazy from unfiltration. Particles present, very small and not unpleasant.

S - VERY malty. Hop presence not very notable to be honest. What I could detect seemed mildy piny.

T - For the traditionalist this is an outstanding IPA. But when I think "West Coast IPA" I think of a bursting hop presence with very little malt backbone. So to me, this was a bit too malty to leave me wanting more than the bomber I had. But hey, thats just me.

M - This was the best part of the beer for me. Nice thick - but not too much - mouthfeel with a very smooth finish. Very dry.

O - Overall, Id say its okay. I do say that with much reservation however. I would very much like to try it in the SoCal area on tap, where I know its fresh. This beer's reputation preceded it upon buying the bottle and frankly I was disappointed. Not by the beer as a whole, just seems put in the wrong category.

**Also worthy of note is that what I drank also has a different label. It was purple and came in the 22 0z. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:57:34 | More by SpasmWaiter
Photo of CoachC


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - on tap at World of Beer, pours a nice light copper color with a 1 inch foam head.

S - smell is of west coast hops, particularly grapefruit and citrus.

T - taste is like the smell, awesome citrus and grapefruit flavors dominate here.

M - a good, medium body that fills the mouth nicely.

O - one of my old reliables...consistently one of the best IPA's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 03:44:36 | More by CoachC
Photo of JohnG190

New York

3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with 2 finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of pine resin, citrus zest, malts, pineapple and mango. Very malty with caramel and toffee notes. Huge pine resin on the back end that really sticks around. Full body with moderate carbonation, finishes super dry. That dry bitter finish compromises the drinkability. Overall it is a very well crafted and balanced IPA, but the bitter dry back end makes it less appealing in my IPA repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 23:59:07 | More by JohnG190
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