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Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.89/5
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95 Beers
34,930 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 205
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California, 92121
United States
phone: (760) 597-9012

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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 39
Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Bit heavy. Lacks kick. 90 outta 100

Photo of Vilekyle
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Green flash is one of the best breweries I've ever been to. Their tasting room and patio is awesome. They have food trucks on the weekend and the selection of beers they have on tap is incredible. Something for anyone's palate. Favorite is the hop head red or the green bullet.

Photo of ARoman
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was slightly disappointed at first, I was on a beer tour of San Diego, and for some reason I wrote down that they opened their taproom at 11am, but when I arrived shortly after that, they were closed, and I learned that they didn’t open until 3pm. Fortunately there were a number of other options in the area to hold me over til then ... and it was worth the wait. Yes, it’s in an industrial park, but they do a good job of hiding that fact once you’re there. It’s a really cool factory-like indoor area (where the taps are) and a gorgeous outdoor beer garden. Even though it felt crowded, there really wasn’t a wait to get anything - their staff flies around. Of course, they had all the Green Flash regular, seasonal, and experimental selection you could want. All the samples I had were only $1, a theme I noticed among taprooms in the northern greater SD-area, and my wallet appreciated it greatly. They don’t serve food themselves, but have a rotating food truck schedule that pulls right up to the beer garden (and was delicious). I had about seven samples, getting a good sampling of their range, but had such a good time socializing with strangers that I didn’t take very good notes at all; although, there was no beer in that group that I remember thinking "man, I’ll never get that again." I consider it as good an excuse as any (as if I needed one) to revisit this taproom next time I’m in the area.

Photo of Efeezle
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Extremely happy with what I've had from green flash

Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Not sure why I never got around to reviewing Green Flash after my last SoCal microbrews trip there. Along with Iron Fist and Stone, this place has made San Diego a beer lovers city. All-round great stuff here.

Like most of the newer breweries I've been to in SD, they have a warehouse feel that make you feel you are in a brewery and not a bar. However, I visited about 2 years ago, so they may have changed the decor since then. Food, at that time at least, was via food trucks.

Great beer with very mellow vibe. Unless increased popularity and notoriety has changed the place, I would definitely recommend.

Photo of Dogfishnoggen
4/5  rDev -5.7%

my brother thinks it is a watery IPA. I wouldn't be so harsh, but nothing seems to be amazing.

Photo of gc4hokies
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Love the Imperial, Palate Wrecker, Rye and Green Bullet

Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Ample parking. and large central room indoors with 3-4 bar staff on the early Sat Pm when I went. Fairly efficient overall. Standing room mostly in the indoor area but an outdoor garden area also available with perimeter and table seating. there was a food truck there when I went which was reasonably priced. Dog friendly. Clean bathrooms with multiple stalls. I'm not a huge fan of Green Flash overall, but this facility is accommodating/inviting. No bus tours on this day/time either. The tap list on the website reflected accurately at the tasting room. Hope this helps. Cheers. .

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This is a fairly new brewery for Green Flash. It is fairly large, max capacity of 100,000 barrels. It is very clean and inviting. Doors are wide open with fans running, very nice temperature inside. You walk into the tasting room, with a gift shop off to the side. To the other side is a place to walk back outside into a walled off section with access to a food truck. The selection of food trucks rotates daily, and they seem to all be quality. Chop Soo-ey was there when I went, and it is very good. So, having food and beer goes well together, there were 11 different beers available, though it looked like they had room for one more draft, and one cask. They offer tours, which are $5 a pop, but include four tasters, and run for an hour or more. Very educational and extensive tour, and you get to sample four of their most common beers. Overall, a very enjoyable experience, and I will have to make it to the Virginia Beach location when that opens up.

Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Great place to drink beers with friends. Food wasn't that great but the employees are very enthusiastic. Green Flash has been making some really great beers. Their Barley Wine style ale is my favorite. Also Le'freak is really amazing. I suggest this place if you want a great Barley Wine!!!

Photo of Shindoverse
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The beer is good and the gigantic vats make me say, “Oh, my!” There's plenty of outdoor seating and the food trucks of the week provide some great compliment to the beers. It's odd that it's on the outskirts of Mira Mesa, in the office park, but if I worked more locally by UTC, Sorrento Valley, Qualcomm, etc, I'd be by more often.

Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Green Flash Brewery was defiantly not what I was expecting. Surrounded by huge business buildings and corporate parks the brewery is nestled inside a business park just off a main drag in a northern park of SD. It was down pouring when we got there so there wasn't many folks around even for a Friday afternoon (close to happy hour), but there ere about a dozen or so 'business casual' gentleman and ladies unwinding after a hard day in the office.

The brewery was extremely clean, almost to the point that I was questioning if beer was actually brewed at this location, but alas. it was. I got a flight of very hoppy fresh beers (some one off's I've never seen before). PalateWrecker was the freshest I've ever had it and far better then the bottled version I'd had previously. The bar tender was gracious about answering a few questions on what was in the barrels on the wall (saisons mostly) and the other staff on hand where nice (even talked to a brewer at the door before running into the rain)

There was a food truck but skipped it in lou of our next stop. In all I'm glad we wen't, but can't say I'd ever make a return visit.

Photo of tesla323
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

While the beer here is good, the overall atmosphere of the place is somewhat disappointing. It is tiny inside, especially when compared to a place like Stone's bistro and gardens; add to that their overpriced merchandise (T-shirts, backpacks and such) and you get an only OK experience.

Photo of DRTBrewster
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nothing like walking into a brewery and filling the nostrils with hops and malt, drinking fine craft brews amoungst which they came. A great atmosphere, a good tour, and friendly staff, a must stop for any beer enthusiast that might be in the San Diego area.

Photo of Erbayd
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you're going on a brew tour of San Diego, don't miss Green Flash! At their tasting room you'll find a selection of super tasty beers that you can't find in stores, and you get to enjoy them in the same giant room that they were brewed in! Whenever I get the chance to go here I like to try out their beers like the Grand Cru & Palate Wrecker that are difficult to find outside of SD. Whether you like super hoppy beers or belgian style beers you'll find everything at Green Flash. If you're not from California, I highly recommend the West Coast IPA as an introduction to this style that San Diego breweries like Green Flash, Stone, and Alesmith have all perfected. If you're there in the fall try the Green Bullet, it tastes like drinking liquid hops! Their Tripel is a solid option, and I wouldn't leave this place without trying Le Freak.

The tasting room has a welcoming atmosphere, and it's nice to be able to look around at the bottling & brewing equipment. Their beer garden is great for escaping the noise if it's too crowded, and the christmas lights are a nice touch. It's pretty cool that they let dogs into the tasting room, and there's a space to buy swag and get growler fills. It gets pretty packed after 5 when all the people working nearby head over to grab some post-work brews. They have a different food truck parked next to the beer garden every day, and I hear that the pizza one is really great. A nice bonus is that this place is close to Sorrento Wine & Spirits (which has an amazing selection) and Indian Tandoor, which will make for a great post-tasting dinner. If you're in San Diego, Green Flash is a must-see!

Photo of JonathanC
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I thought the brewery set up was really nice, the selection wasn't to impressive, but we enjoyed our selves in the nicely arranged environment. I don't plan on going back, so many awesome breweries in san diego. The guy at the front door wouldn't take our picture, pretty rude too. One time deal.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Large open space tasting room/bar with no seats but tables are there. It was quite crowded when I was there and it seemed to draw newbie craft beer fans and non craft fans just to get in on the scene if that makes sense. Basically people had no idea what they wanted to order which slowed down the ordering process.

I ended up getting a sampler because they had a lot of local only stuff and recently released draft only beers. They were all quite good but some were a bit boozy and the hop profiles like many of green flash beers are just too resiny and all taste the same despite some being labeled rye IPAs or red IPAs or Belgian IPAs or barleywines. There Belgian stuff is also way too estery and phenolic for my tastes.

I would not consider this a must try because parking was horrible despite the large lot and it was way too loud and too industrial for me.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

This place was pretty packed... I'm guessing my visit was during their busy time. Of all the breweries I visited, this ones beer most reminded me of my Midwestern roots as there seemed to be a more malt presence and not so hop forward. The atmosphere had an industrial feel, which I think is great for a tour but not so much for a tap room. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

Photo of dvmin98
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Headed there in September '12. My brother's office is down the street and I was visiting, so it was pretty convenient.

Stopped in. The place was hopping around 4:30. Had about 6 or 7 different beers. Enjoyed them all. Had some stuff there that I never had before, so that was nice. Was talking to the dude about their collab with CCB.

Service was good. Grabbed a couple Tshirts for me and a friend.

Will be back I'm sure. Especially while my brother is working

Photo of Hamburgers
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went down for the Silva & Sleeping with Shaggy release. Place is huge open warehouse with the tasting room right in the corner of the brewery. Staff was super nice and very helpful. They all seemed happy to be there and it made me happy to be there. Big tap line with some beers that don't make there way into a bottle very often. Every beer I tried was excellent. I'll be making that trip a lot more often.

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Large open floor plan with no seating. However, there is outside seating. Would be nice if there were bar stools.
High noise level (music + people talking).
Plenty of space at the bar as most people congregate in the middle with friends.
Friendly bartenders.
Absurd selection when I went - almost 30 beers on draft.
One of the best values in draft beer, just below a happy hour Pliny. $1 for 4oz, 2$ for 8oz and $4 for 16oz, with some exceptions for rare or aged beers. I started on the left of the wall and managed to make it through 8-9 of the 4oz samples before I had to quit =D

While Green Flash isn't my favorite brewery in general (most of their beers are overly sweet, and many have a metallic twang in the finish that I assume is due to hard water), the brewery itself is a great place to go as a visitor or regular. Don't miss it.

Photo of PaleAlePirate
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went here with a group of people(around 12). The place is in a large warehouse style building. I really like how the tasting room is located right inside the brewhouse, in a way that you are actually just separated by a low wall. There are two bars, one long one where you can taste their beers and another shorter one where you can get hooked up with their merch. I was actually surprised at how many belgian beers they had. I am not a big fan of belgian yeast so this surprise wasn't a great one for me. That being said the people I was with who like the belgians really enjoyed them. Not a shocker, I love all of the non-belgian Green Flash beers. They make great beer, probably preaching to the choir when I say that. Their Double Stout is def one to write home about. We went on a short tour, which was fairly standard. We got to go in their cold room where they keep the packaged beer, it was really cool to see stacks and stacks of my favorite beers. I kind of felt like I was in my own version of heaven, this version was much colder than I would have pictured but still great.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The tasting area is simply an open area with a a bar and some surface areas around the perimeter on which to sit your beer. It is quite crowded tonight, a late Friday evening and beginning of San Diego Beer Week. The vibe is pretty warm, light, and friendly. The service suffers due to the crowd size, but no one was rude or unhelpful. I got my flight pretty quickly considering the number of patrons. Several Green Flash offerings are on tap. There is a food truck outside with some outdoor seating adjacent to the parking lot. Some inside tables and chairs and a way to make it a little more cozy would go a long way in improving the atmosphere. Prices are pretty reasonable, although I was charged $6 for a key chain that is normally a give away at beer festivals.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The Green Flash tasting room is located in their huge brewery space. It's cool being right inside the brewery and I would say that it is one of the most well organized and professional looking brewery spaces I have seen so far. The quality of all the beer on tap was great. Service was pretty good even with a ton of people trying to get beer at once. The selection was great with 12 of their offerings on tap and some other bottled beer that wasn't on tap. Tasters are only $1 each and I was able to try the 3 "SD only" beers I have never seen anywhere else. Worthy of a stop if you are in the area.

Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A fun place to hang and drink just minutes from Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Hess. Really a pretty huge facility, warehouse-like, but bustling with people on an early friday evening. Big bar with lots of good stuff on tap, bottles and growlers to go, a fair amount of cool merchandise. IIRC you have your choice of pour sizes from halfs to full pints. Has an industrial feel, no frills, just a fully operational brewery with a lot of people hanging out and drinking.

My fiancee and I really enjoyed grabbing a few then heading outside to the small beer garden with picnic benches. Lovely San Diego weather makes drinking outside an obvious choice. There was a truck set up nearby making some food, mostly burgers and basic grilled items, I think, but didn't have a chance to sample anything this time.

Green Flash is an obvious place to stop in if you're anywhere nearby; the beer is top notch and it's cool and casual and very welcoming.

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Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
94 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.