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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Editorís Note: If you had the 8.1% abv version marketed since 2014 as a Double India Pale Ale, this is the wrong beer page. Please rate under Green Flash West Coast IPA (2014 -).

This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
A little disappointing that this beer was still sitting in the store in 2015 when it was bottled in 2012, but I didnít notice that when I picked it up. However, itís pretty clear that this beer has been handled properly. No off flavors. I wouldnít know it was three years old if I hadnít checked the date at the bottom to make sure I was rating the right one. Some of the fresh hop aroma is missing, but this is still in prime shape. Caramel in the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 17, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at the Kansas City Barbecue in San Diego, where the piano scene from Top Gun was filmed. Show me the way home, honey! Pours a beautiful, perfectly clear copper with a 1.5 finger off-white head thatís foamy, dense, and recedes slowly, leaving a thick filmy top layer and sticky sheets of lace. Citrus and sweetness in the nose. Lots of lime, orange, mango, pine. Not much malt, but who needs it? In the flavor, bitter grapefruit peel mixes with orange juice, nice light tropical fruits, lemon, lime, a subtle dank character and mint. Light pale backbone, maybe some honey. Prickly medium carbonation and a smooth medium body. Nice fullness. Heavily bitter, but not too bad. An aptly-named effort from Green Flash, for the flavors of this beer epitomize to me the West Coast IPA. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2015
This was one of my fav IPAs while still living in San Diego (06 to10).. Sad to see it retired. Thought I had rated it several times but I guess somehow it slipped through the cracks. Anyway, simply stated this IPA is one of the epitomes of San Diego style.. zesty, powerful but also real laid back.. This was a regular order for me from draft houses.. Oh well.. looking forward to trying the next in line...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2746) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
6.4.2014. Hazy orange, thick lasting head. Fresh aroma, grapefruit. Taste is citrus, dryish bitter, maybe a bit too dry for my taste. Good US IPA anyway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hanan (82) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Top of the line IPA. Ben a favorite for 3 years now solid. Pisses me off that itís sold in a 4 pack. Itís good but doesnít need to be priced so much higher than something like a Stone IPA. If they sold this as a 6r or in a case for a reasonable price Iíd buy a lot more. Nevertheless, very pleasantly piney, beautifully hopped, and a bit more on the dry hopped end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (7392) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
*Old rating from 2012. The beer starts fruity and smooth, fresh, but way too sweetish. Nice, fruity-floral, sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbohl (12) - - MAR 1, 2015
Great full flavored IPA - great appearance, very piney and hoppy but fullness smooths it out a bit. Very much in the Sierra Nevada Torpedo range and that is a much more affordable alternative.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abrakarl (417) - SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
Nice tropical beer with plenty of hops. Typically the aroma is better than the bitter taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
George999 (349) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Pour from bottle is auburn in color, aroma is floral and hoppy, taste is initially bitter slightly sweet on the front of the tongue, finish is bitter, solid IPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Iznogud (2147) - CROATIA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml from Za Popent, Ljubljana, shared with JFK. Pours cloudy dark orange with off-white head. Very hoppy, citrus, floral, pine aroma. Sweetish malty, caramel with great hoppy bitterness. Full bodied. Very balanced. Was really impressed by this brew, for me this one has it all.

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