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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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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
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Re-rate. I donít know if I was just in a weird place with hops when I last reviewed this beer or if the batch has changed significantly (or just Iíve had Palate Wrecker since then). Draught. Bright grapefruit aroma with pine and orange. Cloudy brown with a thin white head and great lacing. Firm bitterness, but a significant malt presence that balances, along with lots of juicy hop flavor. Rough on the palate, but appropriately so. Finishes dry with lingering hop flavors. Draught. Strong hop aroma, grapefruit and pine. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. Flavor is poorly balanced, mostly a strong hop bitterness with very little depth. This is what happens when you throw all your hops in at the beginning of your boil. This isnít even a hop-bomb, itís an IBU bomb, and that just makes for a harsh undrinkable overrated mess of a beer. 7/4/3/1/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is pretty bitter from the hops with a hint of the caramel malts. Bitter, lingering flavor on the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle - pours clear and dark orange with thin white head; soapy, sweet hops; crisp and killer bitters; smells as good as most double IPA’s but with a very light and thin body; a little sweetness is there, but this basically a straight bitter bomb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours dark orange to amber brown. Clear and almost transparent. Very strong hop aroma, some orange juice aroma in there also. The falvor is bitter bitter bitter. BITTER BEER FACE. Bitter hops, some clean citrus and pine but the bitterness lingers. Palate is full but bitter. BITTER!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled. Amber with a medium, off-white head. Loads of grassy hoppiness and sweet malt in the aroma. Oily palate. Flowery, perfume-ish hops in the flavour with a distinct bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle. Wow!!!!!! This is what an American style IPA should be. Orangish color, solid head, good lacing. Tons of fruity, citrusy, beautiful hop aroma, with just a touch of malt sweetness lurking in the background. The flavor is everything that I desire in a well-crafted IPA. A solid malt backing that carries all of the hop goodness but doesnít intrude on the overall flavor. Such a nice blend of bitterness and flavor in the blend of hops. It get resiny and sticky towards the finish. This may be my new favorite IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1366) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2008
Next to Bells 2-Hearted, this might be my favorite beer drunk on my recent stay in the States. Draft. Hazy bright orange with nice white head. Awesome grapefruit-floral-hoppy nose, really enticing. Flavor has a touch of sweetness, big juicy citrus-hop flavor with relatively moderate impression of bitterness, gaining sticky strength in aftertaste. Refreshing and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Copper orange body, creamy sticky beige head. Very focused grapefruit aroma, citrus, floral, piney. Extra dry flavor, very bitter, piney. Bitter floral dry-hopped aftertaste. Medium bodied. Probably best to drink with some food to help wash down the bitterness. Seems a little heavy-handed and austere in the hops department, and the flavor doesnít quite live up to the aroma. Good, but from the ratings here youíd think this is the best thing since sliced bread...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoplover (166) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Truly amazing! This is one of the best regular American IPAs Iv’e ever had. The first thing I must comment on is the aroma.....OUTSTANDING!! Definentely lost of grapefruit in the nose...which I love, and piney too. It pours a beautiful clear pale copper color with a head that stays till the fat lady sings, which is rare in an IPA. Very good lacing. The flavor is pretty bitter but not harsh. Not much malt characteristics at all, after all this is all about the hops. A real piney flavor which is not a bad thing. A great IPA. Lives up to the hype. .... Man I can’t get over that aroma....mmmm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours a clear orange amber color with thin, lacy head. Nose of crisp florl and fruity hops...orange, mango, white grapes, pine and honeysuckle. Flavor is just a fantastic hop bomb with a decent malt backbone to keep it from really ripping your palate up. Clean, bitter finish. This is very good.

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