Tropical DNA
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,181
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #18,085
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 8.18%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
52
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Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: A tropical IPA fermented with Brux yeast and Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe lupulin powder.

15 IBU
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 52 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cd_beer_disapear from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy orange with a modest head. Head dissipates but a foam cap is retained for quite a while. Lacing visible.
Smell: There is not much aroma that I detect just from smelling it.
Taste: The aroma does show up in the tasting. Sweet on the tip of the tongue then tart in the middle and a lightly piney bitterness at the end. Flavor is tangerine, pineapple, mango some berry
Feel: Light mouthfeel with soft carbonation adding some fullness.

Overall: I had high expectations given that there are Mosaic and Simcoe hops in it. But I didn’t love it. Flavor is improving as the beer gets warmer.
There are my hops. I will say that this beer gets better as it warms. At 55 degrees the flavors really open up. Really, this is one to drink warmer. Forget what the major breweries tell you about the colder the better. That does not work for this beer, 55 F is were it gets interesting. Mango, tangerine, peach, orange, tropical flavor are sooo much more detectable/prominent at higher temperatures. Once it gets there there is certainly has plenty of complexity as you would expect from properly utilized Mosaic hops. I think the Belgian yeast also contributes a rather unique flavor. At 65 degrees it is still wonderful, not as good as 55 but way better than straight out of the fridge.

Jun 01, 2020
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timon from California

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good stuff. Smell and taste are green-tropical: orange, unripened mango, apricot. For me at least, the weak-point is the mouthfeel, which is very thin. Looks great with nice orance hazy color and lacing, taste and smell are on-point...but would love it to be thicker in the mouth. That keeps it at 4 instead or 4.25 overall, imho.

Apr 30, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

These folks really miss and this is a fine example of that fact.... Hazy, golden, yummy, frothy... From the neighbors and wake the kids ... This is a very solid tropical style IPA

Apr 11, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is just slightly hazed, and it certainly has none of the New England murk and slippery, raw grain effect. Color is pale gold with a modest foam in the Rodenbach goblet. Aroma is pineapple, orange, and banana. Sturdy malty body with plenty of spritz on the tongue.

Taste is seriously fruity, with pineapple in the lead, and apricot following. This is a nice example of a big fruity IPA that delivers plenty of clean flavors while staying beery and drinkable. From the 12 oz can purchased at Trader Joes.

Oct 18, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from draught @ Beer Temple, A'dam. Pours a hazy straw yellow colour and a snow white head with good lacing. Aroma's of lemon, juicy. Retronasal it's resinous, juicy, lemon. Flavour it moderate bitter, light sour. Light medium bodied, Finish is a bit weird, moderate bitter.

Oct 11, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Bright tropical and stone fruit, a little zesty citrus, a touch of pine, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Mix of bright citrus, tropical, and stone fruit, mango, apricot, papaya, tangerine, lemon, lime, and passion fruit, floral, a touch of pine, slight yeasty funk, crackery biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Nice to finally see something new from Green Flash. You can definitely taste the presence of that Brux yeast. Hopefully this helps them find themselves again.

Sep 09, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing smell and quite amazing taste! These are my first impressions, an unmistaken boom in my face. Tropical boom. Really, almost where tropical canned fruits are, sweet mango, pineapple, passion fruit, peach and grapefruits/oranges. Amazing! And what’s even more: the taste is almost the same, awesome! Really well done, makes me wonder how they managed to achieve such fruitiness without adding anything extra into the brew... When sipping it I realize: it’s not only due to the hops but the special (Belgian?) yeast as well that makes the whole thing sweet and extremely smooth, almost like a lactose IPA.
The more you drink it, the more fruity it gets. Although it’s labeled as a New England IPA, it’s not your typical NEIPA, although it resembles the features but regardless quite unique. Not your typical West Coast IPA either. Should I call it a Tropical IPA? A masterpiece from San Diego. Hats off, Green Flash, I think I might have liked it even better than the trademark West Coast.
THIS is the real Green Flash, when the green hops flash before your eyes, so lupuloid this beer is. I found it outstanding. Awesome!

Sep 06, 2019
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sjrider from California

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can , hazy and murky yellow/gold honey color with fluffy head receding into scattered lacing. Nose is mild tropical fruit. Taste is really mild and tropical, a whole lotta not much going on. Finish is smooth and lite , almost dry. Not quite a disappointment . Would be a great hot weather quaffer.

Jul 26, 2019
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TryThemAllOnce from California

2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Purchased in a six pack of 12oz bottles on 6/15/19 at Ralph's - Bottled On: 3/18/19

A careful pour resulted in a glass with not much liquid as the foam billowed up 4" to overflowing. Noticed once the bottle was emptied a good amount of yeast sediment. Not a good omen for this brew.

Nose was pleasant - dank tropical citrus - pretty neutral.

Taste similar to smell, not well balanced really.

Feel was thin, biting (over-carbonated).

Something went wrong with this batch - it's not close to being what other reviewers have experienced. But yay, I found the lousy brew, and thus won't be anxious to try this again.

Jun 19, 2019
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Bronze with 1 finger of white head and lots of lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S - Tropical notes and citrus

T - Citrus notes dominat, lemon

F - Medium carbonation and light body

O - A tasty easy drinking hazy IPA, lots of tropical notes

Jun 01, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this two weeks ago at Green River brewery in Winters, CA. Was the only beer I went back for seconds that evening. Good to see Green Flash still has it. Has a gold, yellow, light amber kind of colored hazy appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma was juicy, all kinds of that passion fruit, papaya, and tropical sweetness vibe to it. Seemed like this is the familiar combo of Citra and Mosaic, and for good reason this stuff is almost ubiquitous in 2019. There is no indication that fruit/juice is added to this, so if so, its impressive just how much fruit sweetness they got into this if no fruit. Good hops would be the key.

Taste was an easy drinking continual island experience. Soft body from flaked oats/wheat here. Carbonation was appropriate all the way through. Citra and Mosaic dank citrus and tropical notes continue to drape the beer, bitterness in check. Overall it is a slightly sweeter neipa that doesn't seem to get that way through any fruit or lactose additions? Its good stuff.

Apr 29, 2019
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AleManDan from California

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! From an unlabeled bottle from Mama Rose’s Pizzeria—sample bottle from distributor gifted from the owner.

Nose: Huge lemon zest and fruity hops.

Taste: Floral, super lemon zest and stone fruit hops...low bitterness yet still hop forward. Hop bite still there. West Cost hazy beer.

Mouthfeel: Once again, zesty and medium but a dry finish.

This is a great west coast hazy ipa. Different. Lemon. Dry. Try. It.

Mar 23, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives hazy and honey colored with a thin head that fades quickly; a few spots of lace

Smell: Sweetened pineapple syrup, mango and berry tones

Taste: Pineapple and mango forward with berry tones adding a bit of a jammy character; a touch of orange, through the middle, with a bright but somewhat sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting twist on the hazy IPA style; ultimately a bit too sweet without enough offsetting bitterness

May 04, 2018
Tropical DNA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 52 ratings