luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark caramel-gold with a larger than usual soapy head that lingers throughout. This begins with a massive nose that would invite and excite any hop head within a ten mile radius. The body is overtaken by hops throughout, with a floral taste through the middle with a nice pleasant muted bitterness on the backend. If there is a weakness to this beer, and I donít believe there is, it is the light body. But if you want a good IPA that you can drink all day, this is it.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium, but well retained light tan head. Huge piney hop aroma, some grapefruit citrus, but more grassy than fruity. The taste is much the same, the hops just dominate from start to finish. i would have no problem calling this a double IPA. There is bitterness there, but not too bad actually, the fruits kind of come out in the finish. Too hoppy for me to be a session IPA, but certainly enjoyable from time to time.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very copper color and has a long-lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is strong with hoppy, citrus, piney notes. Excellent flavor for another one of these mega-hopped IPA offerings. Not sure why everyone insists on making their IPAís hoppier than anyone elseís, but I canít fault Green Flash for following the trend... and I canít penalize them because I donít love this style. If you want a ridiculously over-hopped beer with spicy food, I wouldnít not recommend this.
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super wet, grassy, and piney hops leap from the bottle. Pours cloudy copper color with a one finger white head. bitterness is like a knife through your tongue. intense for a regular ipa. there is some citrus, but mostly grass and pine. the bitterness is almost too harsh and masks some of the flavor. could use some more malt. overall, a excellent ipa.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a cloudy amber with a thick off white head...lots of yeast floating around....terrific smells of pine and citrus..great hop bite with the first sip...nice bitter finish....little bit of a malt touch, but a big bitter (wich is good.... for me)...very nice IPA but I wasnít expecting the yeasties
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As soon as the top pops on West Coast I.P.A I can tell Iím in for a treat. Nothing but hops after opening. Poured a crystal clear polished copper that got a little hazy after I dumped the yeasties in there without even thinking. A two finger white billowy head formed on the pour that just stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass.
The solid head on this beer is holding some of the aroma at bay. The aroma is still solid and nothing but sugared grapefruit. Mild caramel in the background. Simple but yummy.
Flavor isnít near as good as I was expecting. As a matter of fact itís just ok. Caramel malt starts things off and is bigger than expected. The hops arenít as pronounced as I thought they would be when the bottle was cracked. Sweetened grapefruit comes through mid palate. Good but nothing really stands out.
Medium bodied and velvety smooth with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish.
I can drink these pretty easily. Balanced flavors keep this beer an easy drinker.
Maybe this bottle is a little past itís prime. I have a couple more so if things change this review will be updated. Solid IPA but nothing to set it apart.
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy light tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate light brown colored body and a fair lacing. The strong aroma was hoppy. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of very nice hops and mild caramel. A wonderful best in class brew.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
smells like a dry hopped brewery but the flavors are unbalanced in the hop direction, which wouldnít always be bad, but its just a little too hoppy without having much, if any, malt foundation. gnawing bitterness in the finish makes it slightly less than satisfying. That all being said, the flavors are fresh tasting, the hops sharp and distinct, and the overall craftsmanship, pretty damn good.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Orange butterscotch. A refreshing IPA; loads of grapefruit juice in flavor and aroma--very little noticeable malt.
[tasted next to a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA]
The Ballast point is syrupy, so that alone makes it much different. Both are nice depending on what youíre looking for.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Draught. Pours slightly cloudy amber with a dense off-white head. Aroma is strong, fresh aromatic hops, especially pine and cedar notes, with a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is somewhat more well-rounded, with strong pine and some citrus hops on a caramel and bready malt backbone, finishing with slightly more bittering hops. This is very good; I rather like the combination of a fresh/aromatic hops aroma and a more malty (but still quite hoppy) flavor.
Addendum: The bottled version isnít nearly as good. More of an unbalanced hop-bomb, and even the hops lack something in the flavor department. Not terrible, but Iíd give it a 3.5 maybe.