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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2141   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2005) - 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 (6335) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2008
I love this IPA. Lovely, lovely C-hops and way over the top, backup up with just enough malty goodness. I have been enjoying them get awards over the last year since discovering Green Flash IPA 2yrs ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
On CASK at San Diego Brewing Co. Dark amber, with very little head. Low carb, probably due to hand pump no doubt. Smells hop bombish. More hoppy nose than piny or sweet. Hops on the first taste, to sweet, to bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a glowing hazy copper orange with quite a bit of sediment and a small off-white head. Aroma is bursting with hop oils and a nice grape fruit and pineapple. Slight caramel malt but mostly earthy and hoppy. Flavor starts out with the exact same burst of hop oils on the tongue and quickly moves to a a sweet and citrus fruity middle. Finishes with a nice dry hop bitterness that isn’t unpleasant but leaves you wanting to take another sip to start it all over again. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Delicious IPA, definitely top notch.

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