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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2137   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle. High fluffy but long lasting off-white head. Hazy cobber body. Fresh aroma with notes of especially peaches and grapefruit plus of course a good deal of hops. Flavor dominated by a distinct and sharp (good here) hops bitterness with alcohol in a good combination. Relatively high carbonation and a long pleasant bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Draft at The Yard House in Scottsdale, AZ. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was off white, thin, and sticky with good retention and lacing. The aroma was very pleasant and distinctly grapefruity with caramel and cotton candy undertones. Crisp, sharp mouth feel with assertive hop bitterness that peaked at about 7-8 out of 10. The flavor was hop-dominated with lots of grapefruit and bitter orange. A hint of caramel sweetness emerged briefly toward the end. Aptly named and very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1801) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2010 Mar. 2007 - Beer poured beautiful cloudy amber, nice head and outstanding lacing. Aroma was of citrusy grapefruit hops. True to the name, this is a West Coast IPA...strong citrusy bitter hops, with some caramel malts. More bitter than sweet, aggressive hoppiness. Good beer, if a bit typical. Re-rate July 2010 - I gotta bump this up some. This is a better beer than I realized on my first rating. A nice high level of bitterness balancing out a fruity, pulpy body. Pretty outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours a nearly clear light-reddish amber. A fingerís width of fluffy white head. Some decent lacing. The perennial IPA look. Piney oily hops in the aroma, strong citrus and grapefruit especially. I can already feel that this is going to be like the Two Hearted Ale. Lots of hops in the flavor, but nothing over the top. Grapefruit, some pineapple. Soft and somewhat thin-bodied, bitter grapefruit finish. Iíd like to do a side-by-side with this and the Two Hearted sometime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours a clear golden amber with a nice creme head. Floral hoppy nose. Flavor is tangy with a citric quality to it. Noticeable earthy tone. Fairly strong bitter edge. Feel is kind of thick on the liquid, but not much. Carbonation is nice. A more robust and earthy IPA. Definitely brings some sharp characteristics to it. Might not be so smooth to some people, but itís still good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle: Pours a deep golden, slightly hazy with ample dense off white head. The aroma is pure west coast hops. Itís like taking cascades and crushing them in between your fingers. Creamy dense body, fluffy. The flavor is extremely piney and grapefruity, just enough malt to give it substantial body, and not be sweet. Resiny, twiggy, and piney with an extremely long and bitter dry finish. A true hop bomb of an IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy orange/copper color with a frothy off-white head leaving striped lacing. Abundant pine and grapefruit hops in the nose, similar in character and proportion I thought to Stone IPA. Big resiny hop flavors with a lingering bitterness, again similar to its homey, Stone IPA, although this one seems a little fuller on the malt side and in mouthfeel. A bit pricey in these parts, but a very good hop bomb in a sixer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours a great copper color with a nice tan head. Great nutty hops aroma with hints of citrus. Nice flavors of hops and nuts with a grapefruity finish. I have to admit, IPAís are becoming my favorite beer. Yummy!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Awaisanen...thanks! Pours deep copper with a pretty solid white head that settles into a very nice film with pretty respectable lacing. Aroma of a forest...damn thereís a lot of piney hops in here! Some grapefruit in there as well, but mostly pine. Flavor mimics the aroma...strong pine/woody flavors with enough citrus (orange/grapefruit) in there to keep things interesting. Not a hophead, so I would have liked to see a bit more (or for that matter, any) malt in there, but this is at least an IPA that I can appreciate as there is some complexity due to the diversity of the hops. Strong bitter finish lasts long after the drink is over. Easy drinker, this is one of the better íregularí IPAs Iíve had in some time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
When I cracked the bottle, this stuff had the aroma of pine and grass. Poured a cloudy amber with minimal head that went away quickly. Grapefruit and Pine notes abound in this IPA. Itís good - Iím not floored by this IPA - but itís by no means a bad IPA. Brisk, bitter and resinous.


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