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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Reviews: 1,776
Hads: 7,295
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,425 | 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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Reviews: 1,776 | Hads: 7,295
Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect. This is perfect. It is a beautiful amber. The head went away quickly, but the lace was decent enough. The smell delivers the goods: floral, citrus, pine, honey. The taste is resiny and bitter, and leaves a great bitter aftertaste. It packs about the same characteristics as the smell. I would absolutely get this again. (329 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Across the board, this is an awesome beer. It might not be perfect, but its about as good a beer as I can think of off hand in its class: super hoppy IPA. What sets it apart from the others is real authentic, raw malty character. It tastes like malts smell and taste before they get made into beer - how they consistently lock in all that goodness is incredible. I successfully brew at this quality only once in a great while. So, I'm glad I can always buy this to measure my efforts against a standard.

What could make this better? There's nothing to complain about here, but maybe the head could be more rocky, the flavor could have a touch more booziness. I just hesitate to pass out the 5's when there are so few beers in this style to compare this too. It's worlds better than DFH 90min, better than Double Jack and I put this ahead of Ruination too. (864 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Perfect orange hue color with perfect white head.
S- you betcha! Can't get much better. Citrus juicy hop.. Mega citrus.
T- Perfect example of West Coast IPA. The nose filled with resin and hop. Bitter lingers.
F- Alright, great hoppyness has a downfall with mouthfeel, but the burn makes you forget.
O- Green Flash continues to amaze me! Just good slap you in the face hop with continued bitterness that satisfies. (424 characters)

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took me way too long to log this go to, readily available, great beer. 22 oz bottle best by 03/18/15 poured into a stemmed glass, new 2014 logo, I assume the recipe is the same from over the years. Classic example of a true west coast ipa. (244 characters)

Photo of Mathed
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good IPA overall. It has a nice piney smell and a smooth amber look to it but I found the taste to be a little bit off from some others I have had. I assume that I may have been spoiled by the Green Flash Imperial IPA that I had the night before (excellent stuff there). I'd drink this beer again but not actively pursue it. (335 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.
A: Pours a golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly white head. Good retention as the carbonation jets continue to fuel the head. Nice lacing too.
S: Sharp and fresh citrus (grapefruit and passionfruit) with toasted cracker malt. Straight forward but good.
T: The citrus and malt notes are the same in quality as in the aroma, but the balance is spot on (aroma was much more hop it should be).
M: A highlight of the brew--excellent balance of fresh and bitter hops with lightly toasted malt. Nice lingering on the palate.
D: An excellent example of style. Not complex, but the perfect balance makes up for it. Nicely refreshing. (709 characters)

Photo of innominat
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am a fan of Double IPAs and have drank many. But I found this beer had an unusual harsh and abrasive bitterness with very little balance. Just not my cup of tea really. (170 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately no bottled on date, but says best by 4/23/15. That's about as fresh as you'll find Green Flash in New Mexico these days.

Lovely frothy head and sticky lace shine in the snifter in which this is poured. There's a creamy look to the white head. Carbonation trickles upwards through the hazy amber body and a light blonde color glows towards the base of the glass.

Massive aromas flood from the snifter and even at a distance I catch piney, resinous, floral and citrusy notes. Sticking my nose in the glass, juicy resinous are more dominant and urge me to sip. I'll oblige.

There's not so much diversity hitting my tongue as was hitting my nose, as this seems more confined to pine, resin and a biscuity sweet flavor. Subsequent sips bring out a tad of fruit flavor like pineapple and citrus, but it's might subtle. I enjoy how this brew tastes, but its aroma set the bar a bit higher than the taste could achieve.

The bottle says this brew is 95 IBUs, but it seems other beers with more IBUs aren't half as bitter. This is a bitter beast/bomb almost from start to finish, with light sweetness smoothing things out initially but it ends aggressively and almost harshly. This would turn off a lot of newbs for sure. The carbonation level is mellow enough that it doesn't contribute to the bitter harshness and I'm thankful for this because otherwise it could be even harder to sip. Occasionally I get some mellow fruitiness that is really enjoyable, so this isn't a complete palate attack.

I suppose some hop heads can really get down to this, but I find it a little over the top. I don't think I'd drink too many of these by choice, but I'd certainly never turn it down. (1,691 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash 'West Coast IPA' @ 8.1% , served from a 4pack of 12fl oz bottles purchased for $12
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-wow , extravagantly hopped with (simcoe , columbus , cascade , centennial & citra) double wow
T-big tasty dbl IPA , piney , with a dry finish
MF-lots of carbonation , big full body
Ov-good beer , almost great , so much better than SN Hoptimum , not quite as good as Lagunitas Sucks
prost LampertLand (525 characters)

Photo of DavidHuggett
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a few GF West Coast IPAs this weekend at Dogwood Tavern in Falls Church, VA. On draft, pours a bright clear mid amber ( I would estimate 9SRM). Slightly off white head which laced nicely down the glass. Aroma was of Piney, Citrus, Floral. Not overly bitter but a big hop finish. I really found this beer to be quite good. (331 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured pint at the brewery. San Diego west coast style IPA. Bottom line, if this is the style you like, you can't go wrong with this beer. All look, smell, taste notes are classic west coast IPA...fresh hop citrus, clean bitterness, overall delicious. Tough to decide between going to Green Flash and Iron Fist every time I visit San Diego. (344 characters)

Photo of TooGood
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I get very little on the nose, some faint citrus. I get a good citrus taste up front. The finish wrecks it for me, very bitter with a soapy aftertaste. (153 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque golden with a thick, off-white one-finger head that hangs out a while before thinning out to foamy bubbles. Soapy lacing.

S: Grapefruit and mangoes. A citrus knockout. Then comes the well balanced malts, with a bready note.

T: A super-smooth cascade of big, juicy citrus notes, following the nose. Extremely drinkable with the 8.1%, that doesn't kick in until it's too late. These west coast hops are marvelous. Almost no bitterness. So well balanced.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, bubbly carbonation. A semi-dry finish.

O: One of my new favorites in the IPA category. An IPA anyone will enjoy, even my wife. (668 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful Double IPA, crystal clear golden with an off-white head, you can read through this beer. Lacing but not heavy. Smell of pine and faint malt. Taste of hops, hops, hops - pine like. Not a palate wrecker but I wouldn't recommend tasting other brews without a cleanse. Proper IPA carbonation and bitters giving a nice bite (343 characters)

Photo of AmericanMechanic
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: 12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Beautiful Amber red murky body that glows great vigorously into the glass only to leave less than 1/4 finger of head that dissipates to minimal lacing

Smell: smells great plenty of hop action here. Not a fan of malts but can say that what malts I do smell is minimal. Smells like I'm in for a treat being I'm an hop advocate.

Taste: Pretty beautiful start. Ful of piney, earthy, and citrusy hops followed by a fresh pine hop that fornicated with a mild sweet malt. Probably the most well rounded IPA I have had especially given its called a DIPA.

Feel: Pretty light although a tad bit of slick oil touch. Very shocking how light and smooth it is for the ABV

Overall:this that's is not my preference as I like less malt and strong hops. But respect to the brewers for making such a smooth and well rounded beer. A great high end brew to establish your respect for IPA's until you find your sub niche balance of hop to malt ratio (984 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft; poured a nice, clear amber with ample head and moderate lacing. Smell was pronounced, mostly hops but with a mix of maltiness. This beer is a hop bomb, which I'm not complaining about, but it just didn't give me as much of a balanced feel as I'd like so I have to give a slight knock on taste. Mouthfeel was pleasant; medium-bodied and easily drinkable. (360 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this many times over the years and with over 1700 reviews at this point, I think I will stick to my impressions of this pour alone. This was from a 12oz into an imperial pint. The color was as described 1700 times prior. The aroma was limited at first, but built with temp. The taste was just simply less-than compared to the other times I have had this beer. My high rating has to do with the over all experience with this beer.

In this pour, the Simcoe and Columbus dominated. The Centennial and Citra were background players. I know this shouldn't be the case but I have a theory as this has happened with Hop Head Red before as well: the 12oz bottle loses something in translation.

When I have had this beer on tap or from a 22, it made the limited availability of Pliny very very easy to shrug off. I think the only real point to this review is to advise pours from taps or at least a 22. (907 characters)

Photo of Das_Reh
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At 95 IBU's, this is one of the most mouth-puckering IPA's I've ever had, and is also pretty darn solid. You can really taste the different varietals of hops used. Hop heads, if you need your palate destroyed, this is a great West Coast style IPA. (249 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden-orange with decent head and spotty lacing throughout. Aroma is a snoutfull of citrus and hops with citrus rind being the predominant smell. Taste is an explosion in your mouth of the multitude of hop varieties in this one. Tastes of bitter hops, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine and resin. Really nice feel of carbonation on the palate and relatively smooth for an IPA at over 8% ABV. Great job on balance. Also leaves a pleasantly bitter hop aftertaste, nice !! (494 characters)

Photo of fishmanpa
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial IPA poured nicely with a dark amber color, nice head and lacing. You can smell the hops and a citrus aroma clearly comes through. The first sip certainly has some hops and citrus to it but it’s smoother than other IPAs in that there’s some interesting flavors that come through. I think “fresh grass” best describes it and it’s quite pleasant. The mouth feel is wonderful with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, this is one fine IPA that’s a fridge buddy for sure! 8.1%ABV (510 characters)

Photo of whatitdo
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Smooth on the palate, with tastes of citrus and pine but with an overwhelming bitter aftertaste. Bitterness hides the other nuanced flavors. Tastes like an ipa, rather than a double. (183 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

Aroma: big citrus hop aromas on the nose, there's a slight onion type aroma, getting a slight alcohol, smells great.

Appearance: a nice creamy white head with tons of tiny bubbles, orange amber color, tiny bubbles coming off the bottom, nice sticky lacing, head lingers but has dissipated, clear.

Taste: big bitterness hop flavors up front, very dry on the palate, citrusy, grapefruit flavors, the bitterness lingers getting some alcohol burn, but not much, very drinkable for 8%

Feel: Medium dry mouthfeel

Overall: this is another one of my favorite IPAs, so glad I live in CA where its readily available, fairly priced for $7.99 a four pack, it's heavy on the palate, two and I'm done but it's a world class IPA, a must try for the hophead. (797 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a pricey eight pak that hasn't disappointed one iota, so let's give this selection a whirl. Popping the top I get a very fresh piney citrus waft with a nice sweet backbone under it. Pours to a cloudy bright orange with a one finger head that recedes to a quarter inch and hangs out. On the taste this brew has an exceptionally smooth citrus and pine taste up front with a sweet middle followed by a citrusy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is superb with a smooth as silk viscosity and a sharply sparkling carbonation that breaks it up oh so slightly. Look up IPA in the dictionary and you see this brew. Nicely masked 8.1 ABV that creeps up on you and gives you a nice glow. A winner. (696 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My new favorite DIPA.. where to start this beer really rolled out the red carpet for hops! The pour was smooth with a minimal effort head with great retention and sticky lacing the color is almost tinted ruby red the head also slightly tinted ruby red the smell was a citrusy and highly floral thanks to those cascade hops the taste was smooth citrus with layered pine into a comfortable bitter peace the alcohol is so well hidden when cold but dont let the smooth taste fool you! The alcohol will punch you in the mouth when warm but it's refreshing.. Pretty amazed by this beer don't let that simple label fool you this modest beast will take your taste buds for a ride... West Coast IPA (689 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(3/5/15 best by)

L: peach/gold ... lots of amber/orange in it; cloudy at first and loads of debris; 1/3- to 1/2-inch offwhite head of foam, laces a little, keeps a bright collar; it clears up a bit, but even as it clears, you can still see the debris

S: candied orange with bitter pine; pretty sweet, slightly in that caramel/mango range but the bitter is strong; as it warms, becomes much, much sweeter than the taste

T: very bitter, pine, citrus, candied orange, some grapefruit; the alcohol and hops jump in there and then hang back in the aftertaste ... burn in the throat is alcohol, but the hop bite is so stout that it's lingering

F: very full, almost thick but very carbonated ... a good light heavyweight, pulling well short of syrupy

O: BIG hop bite here, and lots of bitter up front, in the middle and on the back; it's not a grapefruit bomb, but the pine and bitter mix up with the orange to create something close; classic big hoppy brew (992 characters)

Green Flash West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.