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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2136   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 18/20
kidmartinek (3736) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Full copper color with a 3/4" off-white head. Strong floral hop aroma with a little spice. Flavor is super bitter, malty, and has notes of pine and citrus. Texture is a little dry and medium-bodied with a clean, bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (754) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Wonderful IPA, good malt great hop and color. Its not a DIPA and I would say it is pretty balanced. The malt profile is different than most IPAs, although I think Bear Republic has something similar. Taste ends on an unfinished bitter/alcohol note that undercuts the enjoyment, but still a fantastic over hopped ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2008
1*2*3*4 what are we drinking for? Dunno ’bout you, but this one and it’s combined aroma and hop flavor sure do it for me. Started with a pint and then got a sixer. There was a rather large time delay between the two so I’m not sure if the draft was really better or if it was just that it being so good after such a long work day made it all the better or not. Love this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle: Has an impressive appearance for an IPA. Dark copper in color with a huge frothy, Belgian looking head that leaves strong lacing all around the glass. The aroma is inviting, with a plethora of hop varieties hitting the nose. The flavor isn’t quite as impressive, but enjoyable and has a decently bitter end. Has a nice mixture of floral and pine hops, but with the appearance and aroma, A great session IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Good hoppy piney west coast IPA. Borderline IIPA it’s so hoppy. I like it but personally, I think a bit more balance is needed. Won’t stop me from drinking it though :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1260) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Piney hop aroma emerged when I popped the cap, pours a hazy orange gold copper, has a foamy white head with a few off-white bubbles here and there, look vicous in the glass, bubbles hung out for a while, leaves lots of bubbly lacing on the glass, aroma of sweet malt, some caramel, big fruit fragrance of orange and red grapefruit, lots of pine and floral hops on the nose, has a big hop bite with fruit malt flavor to balance, flavor of orange, red grapefruit, caramel and sweet pale malt, a touch of vanilla in the mouth, pine needles on the tongue, great bitterness that rises and stands firm through the finish, bitterness lingers past the finish a balanced brew, more then a medium mouth feel, not over carbonated, a great IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cazort (541) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2008
(On tap) This was a typical "uber-hopped" IPA. I was not terribly impressed. The aroma is of hop, little else. The hops taste a little like caraway and have a lot of bite, but without being crisp. The high alcohol content makes this beer seem heavy, but without the malt being rich. Overall, I thought this beer left a lot to be desired. The fact that it gets such high ratings disturbs me so much...where is the subtly, the balance? There are far better IPA’s out there. In my opinion, you can’t make a good IPA by shoving lots of malt into a high-alcohol-content beer. You need to actually craft the beer to work as a whole, with malt that actually has flavour. This one tastes like it was thrown together hastily. It is poorly executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Pours a clear reddish amber color with a big lasting beige head. Smell is big and hoppy with sweet candy malt and pine and citrus hops. Very nice nose. Taste is piney and resiny hops and nicely balanced with some sweet fruity malt behind, but with the bitter, piney-ness lingering after each sip. Very solid, and nicely bittered IPA but a bit thinner of a mouthfeel than I find ideal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
7-15-08 bottle
Pours a rich red amber with a nice stiff ivory almost beige head that is solid and very pretty. Smell is nice grapefruit hops with a floral backbone in there. Flavor is hoppy and fruity and has a nice decently bold sharp bitterness to it. Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation and a nice presence. Overall, a very good and very drinkable beer. Two thumbs up for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3390) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle this poured rich ruby red color with a big thick off-white head with pink tinges. Beautiful. Nose of caramel malts and citrus and piney hops in great balance. Good rich yet clean mouthfeel. Flavor is bitter with hints of citrus. Long bitter finish. A simply super IPA.

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