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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (729) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 1, 2008
Amber copper with brillant, rich, mountainess head that rises way over the glass without dripping. Great retention. Lively hop aroma of grapefruit, pine and flowers. Taste is more towards grapefruit/citrus than the other hops. Not much malt. Bitter and piney ear wax finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This is a true IPA. This should be the model for the style. One of the best IPAs I have had in a while. And its not a Double or Extreme or anything. But it packs a punch. I like the use of different types of hops. The Simcoe hops are the main flavoring, while the others provide more of an aroma. This is like a session IPA. Strong and hoppy, but definitely could enjoy a whole slew of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbeerWolf (27) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
This is the beer that got me started on IPAís. First smell was dominated by wonderful sweet citrus notes of grapefruit. Plenty of sweet malt to support the hops. Stays with you in a good way. An unbeatable beer when you get a good batch!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 29, 2008
Draft. Pours a deep copper color. Nice white head with some lacing. Fantastic aroma of tangerine, lemon and grapefruit with slight pine note. The taste is a hop sensation with highlights of citrus and some biscuit malt. The bitterness is long lasting and really coats the tongue. A nice beer that I need to pair with some spicy food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
Rich orange-amber in colour, long lasting creamy off-white coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is incredibly hoppy woth lots of pine, grapefruit and oranges, floral, caramel sweetness. The flavour is again very hoppy, lots of citrus and pine, some sweetness is also kicking around here. Dry mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes very dry, long and very hoppy. This was very hoppy from start to finish, very dry, not much in terms of balance either.

355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>kmweaver, thanks Ken.
Received on November 8, 2007 and opened on November 11, 2007.
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