Green Flash Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.92/5
Green Flash Brewing Co.Green Flash Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California, 92121
United States

(858) 622-0085 | map
greenflashbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
99
Ratings:
38,296
Reviews:
9,507
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
246
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
3.84%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I am starting to get really tired of tap rooms without anywhere to sit. My mind flashes back to that movie with Joe Namath eating food, as he pretends to shop, as he walks through some second rate grocery store. Having to stand to enjoy a beer probably lessen the quality of beer but who really knows, just thinking out loud.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Part of my San Diego brewery tour. While pulling into the parking lot I noticed a small line formed to get in as the place still wasn't opened. Entering the place there is a small gift shop on the right, and a two separate bar areas serving GF beers in a fenced in section of the warehouse. There is some outdoor seating here too. Service was prompt despite the crowds.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of misternebbie
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aoampm
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Brand new huge industrial building with a long bar, and a few seats outside under the trees. Pretty nice inside.

Quality is quite good, I think Green Flash is a bit underrated, I had a great Cuvee Tripel, and my wife had a good Pilsner.

Service was good, quick and friendly.

Selection was pretty good, I think they had about 10 taps opened. Would have liked to have seen a few more one offs rather than the regular lineup.

No food, this is just a tasting room.

Overall this is a spot that is worth checking out if you are in the area. But with all the other great options around, it kinds of sits in the middle of the pack.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
3.92 out of 5 based on 38,296 ratings.
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