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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2008
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy amber colour topped with a rich lasting white foam. Big sweaty lychee hop aroma with touches of blood oranges and pine-needles. Hop aromatic and bitter flavour of grapefruit, blood oranges, pine-needles and grass. Smooth mouthfeel. Long bitter of grapefruit and lychee with a subtle sweetness from peaches. Probably one of the best IPA’s I’ve sampled to date...just perfect... Light years better than their DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
From bottle... poured beautiful cloudy copper. Had some sediment. Aroma was initially hoppy and earthy, but also had a slight scent of armpit sweat.Tasty, very bitter. Has bite from the moment it hits the tongue to the moment it hits the throat. Very nice... one of the most satisfying palates. I’ve had better IPAs (this one was mainly disappointing on aroma and slightly flavor), but I throw down a sixer of these any summer evening.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Copper colored beneath a frothy white head. Aroma is full of fresh hops, notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Soft on the palate with nice citrusy hop flavors. Bitter without being overpowering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwilder (40) - DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
In the glass it lies amber orange with a coarse off white head. The aroma is saturated by hoppy notes. Pine, grapefruit, fresh red berries, and a nice sweet malty caramel base. This sensation becomes even more apparent in the mouth. Loads of aromatic American hops, slight toasted notes and a balancing sweetness from the malt. All brought to life by a generous amount of carbonation and a body befitting the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Tap. Pours a clear golden-orange with a medium head. Aroma is fruity hops with a slight citrus characteristic as well. Taste is the same with some slight caramel malt sweetness right at the end. Finishes with a sharp hop bitterness and no detectable alcohol....Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
Clear golden with medium head. Hoppy aroma with fruity notes. Sweet flavor hops, caramel and grapefruit notes. Ends bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 12oz bottle. Copper-amber withsome haze and a creamy beige head. Caramel and citrus and pine aroma. Pretty hoppy, with lots of grapefruit, and a lasting bitterness in the finish, but nice caramel and brady malts with enough sweetness to really balance it out. Full and oily body with smooth carbonation. Really nice IPA--everything is in balance and well done.(8,4,8,4,17)

Rerate: the crushing bitterness just doesn’t do it for me anymore, now that I have been exposed to the possibilities of the lower-IBU, higher aroma-hopped takes on the style. Still has a nice hop punch in the aroma, but it really isn’t exceptional, and the balance is just too off, even though it has a huge caramel malt for some balance. Still tasty, just not exceptional.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle. Amber body with significant (protein?) floaties, tight whitish head, nice PNW hop nose with some sweet notes. Crisp, hoppy, clean, balanced with malt, solid bitterness. A winner.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Draft at Which Brew. Hazy golden orange body with thin head. Aroma is grassy hops, ligth malt. Flavor is citrus hops, very tangy, light sweet malty feel but with a slight alcohol tanginess that was a little rough at times.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
12oz into a snifter. Pours a light-copper color with minimal head. Aroma comes out quickly from the glass and is mostly citrus, not overpowered by hops. Aroma is also a bit sweet, with maybe some brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is pure hops, quite bitter, and lacking the sweetness of some other west coast IPA’s. Also seems to lack some complexity in terms of malt, just leaves the bitter hop aftertaste that lasts a good long time and nothing else. Overall, a qualty IPA but is missing something that would make it great.


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