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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.


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 itís 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 (3863) - 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 (5928) - 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 donít pick up a lot of sublety. Just a really nice Session IPA. Sampled at Raleigh WBF.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Big piney hop aroma, but not as big as Stone IPA. Looks exactly like an IPA should. Bitter hops in the flavor, all throughout. nice malt presence as it warms up, sort of cookie/doughy. Medium bodied and medium carbo. On the sweet side. Has the hop bite but lacks the fresh leafy hop flavor i was hoping for. Gets astringent. Itís a great IPA but I thought it was missing something to make it really stand out. maybe Iím spoiled by California IPAs like Stone, Torpedo, Union Jack, Racer 5, etc. It was very bitter but it didnít seem like 95 IBUs. And even though Iím in CA itís still pretty pricey at $10 a 6 pack.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2008
Pours a nice orange amber with a creamy one finger light orange head. Wonderfully hoppy aroma, sweet citrusy hops, resinous, very fresh, lightly waxy grapefruit peel. Flavor is a little subdued when compared to the aroma. Nice mellow citrusy flavors, lightly waxy, easy bitterness, sweet, grapefruit peel. Nice full mouthfeel, carbonation is very soft and pleasant, finishes a tad warm and more bitter and waxy than initially present in the flavor. Still a great IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2008
The color was golden/orange. The head was creamy, thin, and white. The aroma was simcoe hops, pine, citris, and dark fruit. The flavor was strong hops, citris, waxy/bitter, fruity, and pine. The palate was lively. The finish was hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22307) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Hasa floral hoppy grapefruit aroma. . Sweetish malty and very hoppy grapefruit flavor. Sweetish malty and very bitter hoppy finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 12oz from Samís, Durham. So nice to have Green Flash here in NC, first of all. And Iíd not had this incredibly enjoyable, robust, and relatively complex IPA before. Wow, itís like a really fresh SNPA with a more floral hop bouquet. Long dry finish is quite nice, and the mouthfeel is rich and abundant. Itís session-tastic!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2008
12 oz bottle thanks to realale420. This pours a cloudy, dark orangish-brown with a thin white head. Nose ifs of floral and pine hops. Taste is sweet fruit, like peaches. Mouthfeel is medium and oh, wow, so bitter! Incredible bitterness from an IPA. Glad I got to taste some of this.


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