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Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Flash Brewing Co.Green Flash Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

163 Ratings
Ratings: 163
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 12.68%
Active Beers: 80
Beer Ratings: 30,727
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greenflashbeer

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

dcichella, Oct 06, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -70.7%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

tally, Sep 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

imgc, Dec 13, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%

Once again this brewery had your typical san diego business park location with a pretty small tasting due to the equipment taking up most of the space. Cool laid back drinking atmoshpere with plenty of beer enthusiast chillin drinking. The selection was basically the year round offerings but with a few other tap only brews which was nice to see. The quality this time around was not to great cause most of their beers seemed to have this metallic flavor to them due to dirty tap lines or something else. They seriously tasted like they were dry hopped with nickels or dimes. The brewery staff was cool and was nice to finally check this brewpub in person, hopefully their beers will be taste better next time around.

Gobzilla, Jan 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

antoines15, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Orthodoxkardia, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

DotBier, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

LiamAhearn, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

blabaer, Sep 27, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -15.3%

Stop #3 on my SD brewery Tour on 9/3. Exterior looked pretty cool with the glass paneling. Inside it's also equally impressive with a very wide open space peering out into the brewery. Fermentation tanks, holding vessels, bottling line are all within easy sightlines. Barrel aged setup right next to tasting room wall.

Tasting room itself was clean but rather expansive. Not a bad thing if the crowds were in, but when I visited I felt like it was a little too big to get really comfortable. They do have a side courtyard with picnic benches where you can relax outside and strike up a conversation. Would have liked to see some hops growing in the garden-like area, like some other breweries have, but I guess the place is still too new.

Customer service was good. The pourers were very accommodating. Was disappointed to hear the food truck wouldn't be by on the Sunday I was there. Wish they would have made some arrangements for some food to go with all the beer on an empty stomach. Did get a great tip to Bangin' Burger a liitle ways south (awesome food!).

Thought the beer was okay. Besides the excellent West Coast IPA, I couldn't find another selection that I was particularly fond of. After already visited Ballast Point and AleSmith just earlier I was somewhat letdown with the specialty beers.

Overall, it was worth a visit. This place has definite potential, but it was still too new to really get comfortable and enjoy some beer in a unique setting.

jwhancher, Sep 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

Visited a half a dozen times between 2007 and now.

The tasting is all done inside the brewery. There is no real tasting room nor are there any chairs to sit on. They just have some taps running through the wall of a keg fridge and a plastic fold up table that they set up every Saturday. Not sure what the policy is on wandering the brewery but they've never said anything to me about exploring. I'd score this higher but the last time I was there they had thousands of pounds of spent grain sitting outside waiting to be hauled off. It STUNK inside and in the general vicinity of the brewery.

The beer is usually pretty good and probably warrants a better score but the last time I was there (with gobzilla) the beers all had a strange metallic flavor. Most were total drain pours.

The people that work are always very nice and try their best to accomodate you. I remember in the early(er) days of the brewery there would be one, maybe two people working the tasting and that person would usually have been drinking a bit with the customers. In general they are pretty laid back.

The selection definitely falls into categories. Hoppy, Belgian, and other. But at least there are choices. If you are a hophead then SD is the place to be. Here you can have any number of moderate to intense doses of hops (ESB, 30th St Pale, West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Imperial IPA, etc). They have a Belgian brown, stout, IPA, and tripel. The selection is rounded out by a porter, stout, double stout, and barleywine.

Go if you want to support these guys or if you havent been but once or twice is enough for the tickers. Most of their beers are either bottled or available by the keg.

Prices are great, the hours are not.

t0rin0, Jan 31, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

jaxachilles, Sep 05, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

JonathanC, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

david18, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Overall outstanding Brewery.

AMarquez, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

brywhite, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Horbar, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

mchengcit, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

bcerv-ca, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

TheBaumer, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

pmarlowe, May 27, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Visited this brand new facility yesterday afternoon after hitting up five other San Diego breweries. It was around 6:15pm.

At the moment, this new Green Flash location can best be described as cavernous. The tasting area, which is much larger than any other SD brewery tasting area, occupies a very small fraction of the floor space in this 40' tall mega brewery. I've heard that they want to add a restaurant to this location, and they've got plenty of room to do so.

While this new location boasts at least 30 tap handles, the beer selection was surprisingly shallow. I saw all of Green Flash's regular bottled offerings, along with a few (small batch?) tap only beers. Each of the five or so beers we tried were good, but also predictable/uninspiring. Green Flash doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of style diversity; they do hoppy ales well, and choose to stick with hop-forward ales.

The servers were quick and attentive, although I didn't get a chance to talk with them on this visit. The servers at the old establishment in Vista were always very friendly, conversational, and generous with their pours. I'm hoping that's still the case.

I'll amend this review as the establishment evolves. Right now, it's not too special, but worth checking out if you're nearby.

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Following review written on January 13, 2011 for the Vista brewery.

Stopped in here on Sunday with my good friend, Justin (JustinA1 on BA). This was the fifth stop of our San Diego beer crawl, following Ballast Point, Holiday Wine Cellar, The Lost Abbey, and Iron Fist Brewing Co. (in that order).

In this case, "beer bar" = a dozen taps, two folding tables, and a cash register. Sound good to you? It worked for us.

The service at Green Flash really made it worthwhile. First off, we arrived just after 4:00pm, closing time on Sundays. The bartenders encouraged us to come in though; they didn't mind sticking around a little longer. To be respectful, we said we'd only order one sample apiece and be on our way. After chatting with them for a bit, one of the bartenders offered us a couple of free samples of West Coast IPA on cask. We happily obliged, and stuck around for a bit longer (btw - cask West Coast IPA is delicious). Both of the bartenders were very easy to talk to.

Around 4:30, we decided to hit the road, but not before purchasing a growler of Palate Wrecker.

Appearance-wise, this is the lousiest brewery-bar I've been to, but the service is fantastic and beer is very good. Check it out if you're in the area.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 21, 2011
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3.87/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

guityler83, Mar 01, 2014
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Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.