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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2126   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2008
(Bottle, thanks TheSheeseMan) Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. The flavour is medium to heavily hoppy, medium malty and light fruity with tones of grapefruit, blood orange, citrus peel, mild resin, soft pine, some floral notes, white bread, toasted malt, tiny caramel, mango, pineapple and water melon. The flavour is of floral/citric/resiny hops with a heavily dry and bitter finish of pine and resin. The malt brings tones of toast, bread and a mild caramel stickiness. Light tropical hints in the background. The mouthfeel is soft and rather smooth with some harsh notes in the end from the hops. Light sweet. Lingering after bitterness. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Nice hoppy aroma. The beer itself is all about hops with some seriously overpowering bitterness. Not much sweet malt to balance it out as well. If you are looking for some nice hoppy bitterness though, this is a good beer to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
Light hazy orange, amber colour with a huge off white head. Hoppy, quite piney aroma with a grapefruit note and hints of sweet malts. Extremely hoppy bitter flavor with only a light malty sweetness. Dry, piney bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2008
En vifte af humler giver en tilsvarende dejlig vifte af frugt, grape, floral, citrus etc. - god maltsødme som modsvar. Holder!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle...a must try for any IPA lover, but just shy of a double IPA. Beautiful reddish-gold color with light head which stays atop the beer throughout. Above average carbonation. Highly bitter, like licking a pink grapefruit sliced in half. Pine a secondary flavor. Good from beginning to end. Seems to be popular here now, as I’m seeing it in several of my regular watering holes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2008
Bottled. Thanks to Anders Holmskär. Clear pale amber colour with good head. Great, what we all want here, oozing aroma from the Simcoe hops, that gives mandarines and such. Good malt balance in mouthfeel with citrus and mandarine, which makes it perfectly hoppy bitter at say 60-70 IBU’s, and a good prominent hop flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a bright golden amber with a fairly dense half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are extremely good. This is what an IPA should look like - exceptional. Big citrus hop aromas with grapefruit, oranges and lemons playing a prominent role. There was also some grassy notes and a decent malt sweetness in the nose as well. Citrus hops are again the first item on the agenda with a stronger pine presence than I got in the aroma. There is a solid malt backbone which lends a pleasant sweetness to the taste. Unfortunately, there was a massive metallic bitterness at the finish, so this one may have been paste it’s prime. Medium bodied with some pretty good carbonation. Nice and prickly on the taste buds. I really liked this beer a lot outside of the metallic taste, which I think is freshness related. I will actively seek another bottle of this to rerate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Bottle, pours slightly hazy and amber with a 2 fingers large, off-white head. good lacing. Hoppy nose with citrus, pine and soft malt. Sweet, hoppy flavour with citrus, grapefruit and pine. Medium bodied. Long bitter finish. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Great IPA. Huge hoppy aroma. Nice medium body. Bitter finish. Awesome. I wish I could get it in the midwest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
Seems almost perfect as a session IPA. Lots of citrusy grapefruity hops on the nose, completely dominating everything. Flavor is more hops, on a subtle malt base. Pointless to try to describe, I don’t pick up a lot of sublety. Just a really nice Session IPA. Sampled at Raleigh WBF.


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