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Green Flash Extra Pale Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Extra Pale AleGreen Flash Extra Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 102
Reviews by Mryup:
Photo of Mryup
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw/honey with a slight cloudiness. A medium amount of dense white head that slowly reduces down to a thin sheet with larger islands.

S: Hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Surprisingly, the malt makes its case in the smell. Skunkiness throughout with hints of bread.

T: Tastes like abbey style ale overwhelmed by hops. Pleading its presence is the malt. The balance is surprisingly good. Simple and too the point.

M: Medium bodied with the hops creating the illusion of dryness at the end. CO2 is slightly too high.

D: Like all Pale Ale's, it's limit comes sooner but for the style drinkable.

Overall not bad for a small local SD brewery. Not bad at all.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bcm119
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw color with a lively white head. Soft aromas of grain and hay. Nicely integrated pale grain and grassy hop flavors, with tight carbonation and a squeeky clean mouthfeel. Undertones of dry grass. Very nicely done. A real summer quaffer with fresh, clean flavor.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied pale ale. Malty and hoppy. Malts are nutty and fruity: mangos, apricots and peaches. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Well balanced. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on June 21, 2008. 12 oz

This well carbonated golden orange beer has a large yellow head and subtle aroma. Smells of caramel and sweet grass. Flavors are refreshing and well balanced. Hits the tongue in all the right places - starts sweet with decent hopbite and finishes with citrus zing. Medium bodied and hops are spot-on. Very pleasant to drink. Would certainly have another.

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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first offering from Green Flash,poured a nice clear bright golden color with a well retain 1 1/2 finger head that settles slowley leaving a small amount of lace behind.Aroma seemed kinda off somewhat weak and almost skunky-like with only a light citrus note showing thru.A beer with no real identity flavor wise in my opinion rough hop edge somewhat herbal but just doesnt seem to come together well turning biscuity and lightly sweet in the finish but just nothing to bring it together.Iam glad I tried this beer but not impressed outside of the pour.I hope the west coast IPA is better.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with getkrunkhoe.
Thanks Carlos!

This pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is pretty big with an ample dose of citrus hops, mainly grapefruit, and a light nose of malt that comes across as slightly sweet.

The taste has the bitter grapefruit there with some sweet malt that's more noticeable when you hold the beer in your mouth or swish it. Just taking sips, it's more of a bready malt character.

Medium mouthfeel here with a fairly light amount of carbonation. Head retention is good as is the lacing.

Pretty solid Pale Ale and it is crisp so the Extra is warranted here, me thinks.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears copper light orange hued with a bright white frothy head with very good retention leaves ample streaks of lacing. Aroma has grapefruit and other citrus tones with a biscuit doughy malt dose and somewhat of a peppery kick to it lastly detectable are some pine cone scented hops as well. Taste has a very Sierra Nevada Pale cloniness to it with a rolling pine cone citrus hop mix semi sweet doughy malt profile with a touch of nuttiness hops dominate...good ample bitterness for a refreshing pale like this one. Mouthfeel has somewhat of a frothy texture with good natural carbonation medium bodied pale ale with oily resins streaking across the palate. Drinkability is refreshing SoCal pale with nice upfront hoppiness, and biscuit malts blanced it out very nicely...good stuff I enjoyed.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to pale gold in color with light haze, a nice full off-white head, very active carbonation, and nice lace sheets. Pretty big citrusy and floral hop aroma. Flavors definitely lean bitter with lots of hop character but it's balanced fairly nicely. Medium-light bodied with a crisp dry bitter hop finish.

Soliod drinkability only slightly hurt by the slightly too bitter finish. I must have gotten a fairly fresh version considering all of the not so glowing reviews here.

Per BOM notes:
- 19 IBU
- 4.9% ABV
- Malts: 2-row, C15, Carapils
- Hops: Chinook, Cascade
- 2005 GABF - Bronze

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Photo of Dmann
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good all around west coast pale ale, but at the same time it is quite unoriginal. It poured a light amber color with a very small head that left little lace down the glass. Right off the bat it smelled like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with the cascade hops and everything. The taste was allmost identical to SNPA only with a little more understated hop character. Now I love SNPA, but I had to rate this one a bit lower just because it is so simmilar and it seems like an allmost obvious copy.

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Photo of Bcant
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Green Flash is a nice looking APA. It pours a straw color with some texture with a lovely two finger head that has good retention and leaves an awful lot of lacing.

The bouquet is the weakest aspect of this brew. It is very thin, with only a few wafts of light pine aroma.

The flavor is dominated by crisp hops, lots of pine, some lemon rind, a touch of spice, and a hint of rye flavors (though I don’t think there are any rye malts in this beer). It finishes very dry with pleasant lingering hop bitterness.

Rather viscous, though the carbonation is defiantly notable on the palate, creating a nice soft fuzz.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce brown bottle, with just a little bit of a crooked neck label.

Brew is pale gold with a low very white head and an aggressively large carbonation.

Aroma is decidely grainy with a low corn hiding behind a green grassy hop top note.

Flavor is initially sweet before the CO2 rises up to boost the hops to cut the very light malt body out. As that initial burstfades a honey like flavor rises through to the back of the throat before a final bitterness jumps up to rinse the palate.

Surprisingly clean final finish for a beerthat should have a higher hop aroma and a honey sweetness that seems vaguely out of place. It would also be nice to have a more even malt character throughout the brew, but regardless it's a well done drinking brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color topped by an inch or so of creamy, chunky bright white head. Not much in the way of aroma - a faint hint of light sweet malt and some fruity hops. Palate is significantly more subdued than the over-the-top hoppiness of this brewery's IPA. A good blend of light hops and light sweet malt. Body is well-carbonated and a touch creamy. Not particularly challenging, but a tasty brew.

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Photo of weeare138
1.38/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appears a cloudy golden color with a nice bubbly white head. Some medium streams of carbonation comes up to the top. Pretty nice lacing as well.
Smell is of grassy lighter fluid with a slight hint of hops that makes me ill to smell.
Taste is of...nothing! This has a horrible metallic sting that is ungodly.
Mouthfeel is of wet cardboard that makes me even more ill.
I actually wanted to like this brew as the brewery comes from the cool concept of being able to see a green flash on the water during a sunset at the right time. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't want anyone to waste their time trying to find any magic in this bottle. This sucked more than a vamp after midnite. Here's hoping the batch I got was killed off before the rest of human kind could be infested.

Not so good, Al.

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a light yellowish orange color with a nice 3" head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: mild caramel candy and fruit sweetness are picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, green apples, soft orange citrus tones, and a decent balancing bitterness make up a simple but enjoyable beer. A bit of mild dryness rounds this out.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is brief as the caramel, bitterness, and slight dryness lingers on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: superb. Easy to to quaff and very flavorful for the style. Definitely give this a try.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a bitter hop aroma along with a basic pale malt scent. It's citousy with a slight bisquity feel. The taste is decent also. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down in a hurry and finishes bitter and quite hoppy. It's light and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable pale ale. It's light and loaded with hops.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. From the beer of the month club.

Pours a clear light pale color with a fluffy white head with sticky lacing.
The nose has notes of citrus and malt.

The flavor has nice citrus notes with a grainy malt balanced. Not as good as their West Coast IPA, but still good.

It's a well made beer.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A nice under the radar pale ale. I hope to someday compare this bottle to a tap version.

Pours a deep yellow gold. Not much head and weak lacing. The scents are lemon grass and butterscotch malts.

The flavors are nice and mellow. A good mix of malts and hops. There is a lemon grass flavor to start. Some crisp dare I say cactus flavors.(I have no idea what cactus tastes like, but that is what comes to mind.) A nice balance of sweet caramel malts. Nice flavors that find there way to the taste buds without and bickering between them.

It drinks easy and smooth. I find one could drink many of these on a hot desert summer day or a balmy humid southern night. This one would go well with food.

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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in early January as part of the MicroBeerClub December shipment.

Beer poured a golden-orange with a nice fluffy white head that is leaving a splotchy lacing. Nose is biscuity and piney. Taste is well balanced between the biscuity malts and the piney grapefruit tinged hops. Beer is lively and the palate with a light to medium body. Overall drinkability is good. This is a good refreshing APA that I would recommend to PA enthusiasts.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wickedpete: Poured a deep golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of crisp dry hops with some light bitterness. Taste is a nice mix between some crisp hops with light bitterness and a medium sweet malty body. Full body for the style with some good carbonation. Very refreshing and well balance for the style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, light tan head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, full gold colored beer that has a tint of copper to it. The aroma is fat with hop notes of pine, lemon zest, and grapefruit. As my nose gets used to the hops it begins to pick up a note reminiscent of fresh baked bread.

The taste is lightly sweet, but just barely noticeable above the hop notes. The hop character here is immediate; a sharp, pine-like bitterness starts up front and carries through to a clean biting bitter finish. The beer is pretty light on the palate, but it has enough fullness to it that it does not feel thin at all. This beer is pretty simple, clean malt notes and a biting hop character make for a drinkable beer that is nice and enjoyable, and quickly disappearing from my glass.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Westy's.

A: The ale is an amber-orange color, slightly hazy (but there is no sediment) with a small head that laces intermittently.

S: The ale has a slightly spicy hop aroma that is overshadowed by a biscuity malt body.

T: The ale has a nice lightly spicy hop flavor that immediately lights up the taste buds. They are citrusy and short-lived. A grainy, thin malt body follows that has some caramel and a bit of toffee chewiness.

M: The mouthfeel is highlighted by the softer maltiness. It allows the hops to come through in a bigger manner.

D: The drinkability is bolstered by a clean finish, good for a round or two.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass very lightly hazy pale golden straw with a white low head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was piney and citrusy and very inviting. A light caramel aroma emerged as the beer warmed and the head diminished.

The flavor was lightly filled with caramel malt and a distict dryness, but a substantial bittering component won the balance battle between malt and hops. The bittering was assertive, piney and resinous but was not over the top. The flavor was lightly fruity and was mainly comprised of hops.

The finish was dry, almost bone dry, with a lasting resinous hop impression, long, long into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation level was on the lower side. I gotta give this beer some props for not being another SNPA clone. This one says I'm dry and I have hops for days, give me a whirl!

12 ounce bottle, purchased in Virginia.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash- Extra Pale Ale

A- Light yellowish orange, clear, lotsa bubbles, and a big thick sticky head. Good messy lacing.
S- Light touch of carmel malt and hoppy grapefruit rind.
T- Sweet honey malt with a light sweetened grapefruit rind hop finish.
M- Again sweet, with a light bitter hop bite in the end.

Overall- Actually quite good on a 95 degree day! Subdued flavors make this almost a chugger.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassy gold bullion with sunshine yellow borders. The wonderful looking crown is currently filling the top half of the pint glass and is only slowly being replaced with beer. Rich cream in color, it has the businesslike look that comes from an abundance of hop resins (we shall see... we shall see... ). There's a nice tattered look to the generous amount of lace that is adhering to the glass.

It smells like a pretty solid pale ale, let's hope that it tastes like one. The citrus fruity, Pac NW hoppiness isn't present to an explosive degree, nowhere close actually, but it is a pleasant aroma and is in keeping with the style. I get the impression that there'll be more than enough malt onboard as well.

This is a well done APA; especially since it uses grapefruity, 'C' hops, that, I swear, I'll never tire of. There's no flash of hoppiness when beer enters mouth, but it is sneakily bitter. The resinousness builds and builds and even seems to gain strength after the beer has gone to points south. I'm not talking quasi-IPA, but it is an impresssively well-hopped pale ale.

There's enough pale malt present to provide a modicum of sweetness that gets run over at mid-mouthful, never to be heard from again (until the next sip, of course). This is not what one would call a complex beer, but then not all beer needs to be complex. Hoppy pale ales have their place and, in my opinion, are some of the most drinkable, versatile brews around. This one is a prime example.

There's nothing at all wrong with the mouthfeel if I keep style in mind. It doesn't need to have the mouth presence of an IPA... and doesn't. It's light-medium with a laid back amount of carbonation that is right up my alley.

In the final reckoning, Green Flash Extra Pale Ale is a relatively straightforward, grapefruit zesty, pleasantly pithy, buildingly bitter, probably unbalanced, good looking, easy drinking version of a West Coast pale ale. What's not to like?

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass this is a clean and clear blond colored ale with a quite tall white head that lasts.

The smell is strongly herbal and switches from most West Coast hop beers in that this is NOT heavy with the "C Type" hops. Malt is decidedly in the background and this is intensely herbal in scent.

The taste begins mildly sweet and bitter with a strong soda cracker taste to the malt. Nice herbal bite to this beer but it doesn't become harsh. Quickly the flavor settles down to being a herbal APA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable ale for when you don't want a West Coast hop bomb. Very much built on the East Coast APA style.

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Green Flash Extra Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 136 ratings