Green Flash Rebrands with Return of West Coast IPA and Launch of 2019 Lineup

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,633) Aug 23, 1996 California

    SAN DIEGO, CA, January 28, 2019– Green Flash Brewing Company is kicking off 2019 with a new logo identity and packaging refresh, as well as a new lineup for the year ahead. The 2019 Green Flash portfolio features the highly anticipated return of the original 7.0 percent ABV West Coast IPA alongside new beers, returning fan favorites and special releases. As the craft-beer landscape evolves, Green Flash remains focused on innovating its beers and packaging to meet the diverse and changing expectations of craft-beer drinkers.
    The new branding is intended to reconnect Green Flash with its San Diego origins. The packaging prominently features custom artwork by illustrator Matthew Jay Fleming, whose illustrations depict the vibrant San Diego lifestyle. A Toast from the Coast manifesto speaks to the inspirational story behind the brand’s name and describes why a Green Flash beer is a perfect end to an extraordinary day and the start of an epic night on the horizon.

    An innovative lineup of core beers – West Coast IPA, Tropical DNA (hazy IPA), Soul Style IPA, GFB Blonde Ale – will be the focus for Green Flash in 2019, with a strong roster of rotating special release beers. Additionally, all core beers will now be offered in 12-ounce cans to meet the growing demand for cans by consumers.

    “Our new visual identity represents a dramatic shift for the Green Flash brand and reinforces its origin as one of the original San Diego craft beers,” states Green Flash Brewing Co. VP of Marketing Ben Widseth. “Regarding West Coast IPA, over the years we have been listening to our loyal drinkers who reminisced about the original recipe. So we’re excited to bring it back for them to enjoy, along with a portfolio of other fan favorites and new beer releases to come.”

    Product images can be viewed at Additional details will be shared at and on Green Flash’s social media channels as more information becomes available.

    About Green Flash Brewing Company
    Green Flash is an award-winning, independently owned and operated craft brewery founded in 2002 to bring fresh ideas and a sense of adventure to craft beer. Today, Brewmaster Erik Jensen leads brewing operations with unconventional ingredients and an obsession over every detail of the brewing process. Green Flash brews an eclectic lineup of specialty craft beers and distributes them throughout California and certain Southwestern U.S. markets. Headquartered in San Diego, Green Flash produces and sells the Green Flash and Alpine portfolio of beers. For more information, please visit

  2. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Site Editor (2,783) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    Glad to hear they are 'back'. Will definitely have to visit the taproom when I'm back in Diego. Wish Cellar 3 was still open :slight_frown:
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  3. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Zealot (521) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    That is certainly more appealing than those silly looking corporate board room cans.
  4. bgold86

    bgold86 Savant (912) Apr 1, 2015 New York
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    I don't know about "highly anticipated return" since this stuff sits and sits and sits, that was the issue to begin with...
  5. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Zealot (571) Dec 12, 2014 California

    Quality of the beer aside (which is up for debate), I really like the taproom.
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  6. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (202) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    Apparently Green Flash fans wanted the original recipe for West Coast IPA back. Since that version hasn't been produced for many years, I don't see how you can see that it has been sitting on shelves already.
  7. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Disciple (328) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    I can't even pretend to be excited about any of this. WCIPA was a fine beer before they ruined it. It being back doesn't really move the needle for me. They had a few good beers they ruined by moving to 4 packs and keeping the six pack price. They got rid of the only beer I kept buying after the 4 pack switch, Rayon Vert. They are irrelevant in my drinking life past present and future.
  8. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (560) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    The artwork itself is quite attractive but they could have dialed back the purple a bit.

    It'll be interesting to see how this relaunch goes. Probably smart of them to assume that "Palate Wrecker" is no longer in the current zeitgeist.
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  9. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (160) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Ditto. I would hate to this "rebrand" taking up any shelf space at any of my local beer stores. Leave the shelf space for good, often local breweries providing quality, value, and freshness.
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  10. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (279) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    To the extent that anyone is a Green Flash fan, it's likely that their fandom is based more on GF's early beers, not their later ones. Smart move IMO, if you can't sell the classics under the Green Flash label, you probably can't sell anything under it.
  11. jamshard2mash

    jamshard2mash Initiate (27) May 4, 2017 California

    I wouldn't say they are "back." Return to glory would include winning the favor of locals back. Green Flash is not in most local craft beer nerds vocabulary. With all the good beer out there, Green Flash has simply become a consolation prize at a corporate work event. Hard pass...
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  12. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (235) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I don't know - I certainly could go for seeing more WCIPAs around. Hop Head Red returning sometime would be really appreciated.
  13. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (1,666) Dec 11, 2006 California

    If I knew how to post a gif of a cat yawning, I would.
  14. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,708) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I loved the original version of their West Coast IPA. I'm definitely looking forward to giving it a try.
  15. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (454) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    I'm in for Tropical DNA for ticking purposes
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  16. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (883) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Double Stout was a nice beer.
  17. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (547) Mar 28, 2009 California

    That’s a lot of purple.
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  18. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,782) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Well, the labels did always feature purple, although you can see the creep of the ABV:
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  19. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,276) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    If they ain't brewing Rayon Vert, I aint gonna be checking for them.
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  20. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (560) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Ahh thanks, I think my memory was tweaked by their name into thinking they were more heavy on green in the past. The new design is a definite improvement on that bottom one both in the artwork and in the use of the purple.
  21. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (547) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Still a lot of purple
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  22. mambossa

    mambossa Initiate (133) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    I personally prefer their previous branding. It stood out and was direct. This looks like it’ll blend right in on the shelves. Guess it doesn’t matter cause they’ve pulled their distro to my state, so I won’t be seeing them any longer :sob:
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  23. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Poo-Bah (1,731) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska
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    I suppose there are some beer meccas around the country where bottle shop shelves are comprised entirely of awesome local beer at the peak of freshness, but in my experience, there is plenty of garbage-to-mediocre beer taking up shelf space, often from local/regional breweries that are content to ride the "buy local" wave. And before anyone makes any wisecracks about Nebraska, this was just as much the case in Michigan, where I spent the last three years. And from what I've seen in Texas (mostly Dallas/Fort Worth), there are plenty of stores there that would be improved by the presence of OG WCIPA as well.

    As far as I'm concerned, Green Flash's original WCIPA recipe is leagues ahead of many of the local beer chaff that so often consumes shelves. And if this heralds the ultimate return of Rayon Vert, even better. Green Flash was an early favorite of mine before they killed the original WCIPA and moved to filling their portfolio with nothing but slightly different IPA variations, so there is a nostalgic part of me that welcomes this news.

    It's also nice to see them finally spend at least a little bit of money on creating worthwhile branding. From the original labels to the bold single-color labels (which at least stood out on the shelf/in the cooler) to the black-heavy powerpoint font labels, this is the first time they haven't been garish and cheap looking. Fourth time's a charm, I suppose.
  24. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,405) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    It's all about that Rayon Vert for me. Double Stout was ok too, if I recall
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  25. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,295) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    I couldn't care less about the packaging. Just lower those outrageous prices and regularly send fresh Soul Style to Ohio and I'll be a happy man. Soul Style was so good and so underappreciated.
  26. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Devotee (439) Aug 22, 2013 Louisiana

    Rayon Vert was amazing, really miss it. Their imperial stout was pretty solid too if I recall.
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    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (771) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Put me in the Rayon Vert or bust camp. I don't need any more IPAs in my market.
  28. RyanK252

    RyanK252 Poo-Bah (1,557) May 18, 2014 California

    Green Flash completely fell off my radar in the last few years. Their shift away from the classics and to light session-y beers completely lost me. I'm definitely down to try out Tropical DNA and grab some original recipe WCIPA and any others they revive like Hop Head Red, Double Stout, and Reyon Vert. Hopefully they find themselves again. This seems like a step in the right direction.
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  29. jasonmason

    jasonmason Initiate (161) Oct 6, 2004 California

    Amen to that. I can only hope that this brings back the original WCIPA, which in it's time really was a stellar beer. And while it's not mentioned (unless I missed it...), I'll hold out hope for a return of double stout as well.

    As to the branding...meh. I mean, it looks nice, but so does nearly everything these days. I would have been more enthused with the old school branding making a return.
  30. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (753) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    If they can replicate the original WCIPA, I’m in.
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  31. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (380) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    You do realize the post said they're bringing back the original WCIPA recipe, right? Also you've got it backwards, they moved from 4pks to 6pks and raised the price, not 6 to 4.
  32. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,393) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    No offense, Todd, but I think this ship has sailed. Unless they do a Palate Wrecker reboot that is astounding, or something of a similar magnitude, I think they'll have trouble getting any traction in a landscape that has changed a lot since they were a "go to" brand.

    IMHO, of course.
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  33. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Disciple (328) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    I get they are bringing back the original wcipa. Again, it doesn't move the needle for me. They moved from 6 to 4 years back with thier bottles. That's what I was referencing. That's when they lost me.

    The move back to try to recapture what they had years ago smells of deperation. For the most part the craft world has passed them by. We have plenty of good wcipas and mediocre year rounds. If people are holding out for more buttery Silva Stout more power to them.
  34. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,812) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    You may have missed this move 'back in the day'. They made a decision to to move from 6-packs to 4-packs and simultaneously raise the per unit price. This is when they lost me as a customer of Green Flash branded products. A few years later they started brewing Alpine beers at the Green Flash brewery and the quality of those beers were not the same, both the Alpine Nelson and Alpine Duet brewed by Green Flash were sub-par. At this point they were 0 for 2 IMO.

    Maybe they can make a 'come back' here with other customers? They will never get my money again after all the crap that they did in the recent past.

  35. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (235) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I just looked at the full website with the new labels and artwork - terrible generic corporate crap. Between this and Sierra Nevada changing their packaging up (see customer surveys) - these big craft beer brands seem to not have a clue about the value of a legacy brand earned over years.
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  36. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,633) Aug 23, 1996 California

    FYI: This is a press release from the brewery, not an article that I wrote.
  37. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,393) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I know, the triple hash marks are a dead giveaway for this J-school grad (Ernie Pyle School Of Journalism, IU-Bloomington Class of '85).
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  38. billydrinksbeer

    billydrinksbeer Initiate (87) Sep 15, 2017 Colorado

    Interesting. I like the new logo and packaging, but will most likely not be bringing them back in to my shop.
  39. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,681) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Have to say I wasn’t a fan, but that was before I realized the importance of fresh with ipas. Easily giving it a shot, as long as I know when it was bottled. Cali beers die on the shelf here. If it’s fresh I’m in.
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  40. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (165) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Why not, mate?