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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Editor’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours an amber with a slight haze with a decent tan head leaving slight lacing... Very floral aroma of citrus/pine with a creamy quality... Taste is dry, not the citrus hop punch i was expecting, quite piney, intensely hoppy... Medium bodied with a dry lingering finish... I would have liked the grapefruit/citrus aroma to translate to the flavor a bit more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3407) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Of an appealing luminous ginger-amber color with an adequate head. Increasingly pungent ripples of hops waft off the glass top. As advertised, this beer is strongly characterized by grapefruit and citrus aromas and flavors atop a thin layer of crystal accented malts. Tasty raw hop bite. Strong bitterness that the palate can mostly handle. Only a slight, detracting, astringent metallic ping. One of thankfully many outstanding West Coast IPA’s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2008
Pours a nice caramel color from the tap at Papago with a creamy head. Looks, smells, and tastes like a standard IPA, which ends up being the problem. Very average and unambitious, which seems to be the calling card of Green Flash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2073) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 Pours a slightly hazy burnt orangeish amber with a 2 finger creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves great lacing. Aroma is Great on the citrus, pine and floral trinity. There are also notes of burnt sugar, caramel, dry maple wood, and a hint of toffee. Flavor is pretty big on pine, citrus is a little more subdued with some floral hops. The hops are very well balanced and really pull off a great general hop flavor rather than being really strong on grapefruit, or pine, etc. That being said there is still a very high hop complexity level much fruitier than most. I even notice a neat cranberry like taste that is really interesting. The malt notes are there and very good, toffee, milk caramel, grain, and a little date nut bread, however they are definitely overshadowed by the by the fantastic hop carnival. The finish is very clean, the toffee notes follow the mor citric hop notes to floral hops and a burnt sugar aftertaste. The body is actually a little thinner than the flavor profile suggests. It is moderately sticky, pretty sweet, and warmer than I would expect from 7%abv. Overall this is probably one of the best IPAs around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Pours a hazy amber color topped by a lasting off-white head. Nose of pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and caramel. Deeply bitter, the flavors include notes of pine and grapefruit. Loads of hop flavor. The finish lasts seemingly forever. Some lacing but not a ton. This may be the "hoppiest" regular IPA that I have had, though I wish it had just a tad of balance. Very good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
homeslice (36) - , California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 Tap and bottles. Strong citric lemon peel aroma. Brown orange appearance and semi thick white top citric and tarty. Tastes of grapefruit and lemon with lasting sour conclusion. A strong and successful IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6598) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is powerful citrus hops, some bitterness. Very fresh and nice. The taste is super smooth, loads of citrus hops, some pine, and a light bitterness. An excellent IPA. I wish this was locally available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Smells of strong sour citrus hops. Taste is like it smells, sour and hoppy, fantastic IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dandman629 (28) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Thirst quenching copper color appearence. The aroma is much like the taste hoppy with hints of citrus fruit. Palate is nice, smooth and fulfilling! Definitly reccomend this brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NMC01 (70) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
Extremely hopped IPA. Delicately created brew which adequately will satisfy even the most far out hop junkie to be found. Simply Great!

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