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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2149   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChukHell (2) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2009 does not count
Love this IPA! A whoring 95 IBUs and a nice character. Green Flash are doing the Lord’s work!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2009
MmmMMMMmm! Wow, with a little tiny bit of bottle conditioning too! Pours a medium bronze, towards amber but with yellow tints too. Nice head stay around, well carbonated but not out of hand. Intensely pine and grapefruit, this is an in your face smack. A bit of tropical flavor, with melon and some metallic hop flavors. Trying to detect any semblance of bready, sourdoughy malt is an exercise in suggestion. Insanely drinkable, better than I supposed and a little heftier. Aroma is fabulous but the flavor can get a little numbing - it is an assault! I like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3724) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2009
bottle - Drank side-by-side with a Victory Hop Devil. This one pours very hazy copper with a one finger head. It has an excellent pine hop aroma with a touch of citrus. The flavor is even bigger hops with tasty citrus and pine notes. It’s medium bodied and leaves a long, bitter finish. Very good. It’s hard to pick a winner between this beer and the Victory. The Green Flash has more complex hops flavors, but I think the Victory has better balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1244) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2009
12 oz bottle@Olutkellari, Helsinki. Deep amber color, lasting white head. Strong aroma with hops, syrupy malts and alcohol. Very hoppy flavor with tobacco and lingonberries, dry finish. Full body, medium carbonation. Seems like this should be rightly called a double IPA: it really packs a punch, especially in terms of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 Bright fresh hop aroma, clean sunset color. Balanced ipa, tasty all around. Big crisp citrus, lots of grapefruit. Fantastic.

   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 (3418) - 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 (2136) - 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.

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