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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2134   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Orion1800 (51) - Piedmont, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
I liked this IPA. I had not heard of green flash before trying this beer, but I tired this and the brown in the same evening and was quite impresses. This IPA didnít really stand out by my standards, but was just a good well balanced IPA

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KrispyKirk (15) - USA - SEP 7, 2007
12oz bottle. My current benchmark for American IPAs. Not exactly balanced like Bellís Two Hearted but when you got a left-coast hop-jones, nothing else will satisfy. Unfortunately rather difficult to find here in Maryland... Now if I could just figure out how to refit my plug-in glade air fresheners to run on this stuff my house would always smell like a hops garden!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 12 oz. Copper-orange with a medium and lasting head. Nose is grapefruit drizzled with crushed pine cones and honey. Taste is big hops with enough malt to hold it up at first, similar to aroma. Turns more grapefruit-pine and too hoppy-bitter on the finish. Palate is nearly medium and fairly smooth. A bit one-dimensional, overbearing and harsh without much complexity, but thatís what makes it truly American, by God!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: West Coast I.P.A.
Date: November 30, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Nijaís
Appearance: clear light amber, thin white head
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma
Flavor: solid lasting big hop flavor, long bitter finish
Overall: strong hops could cause fatigue after a while

Name: West Coast I.P.A.
Date: June 25, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: tmac kennesaw
Score: 2.9 to 3.5
Appearance: clear deep copper, creamy off white head, sticky globs of lace
Aroma: definitive citrus and crystal aroma
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, abundant citrus hops, bitter grapefruit rind, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Tap is better than bottle. The latest over-hyped "west coast IPA" at all of the local beer spots. In the bottle: Oxidized caramel cascade flavor. Hops and half-converted starch aroma. On tap, slightly less oxidized cascade flavor. Too Dark. Too much caramel. Lower the crystal malt percentage, lower the mash temp, and ease off on the Cascade, and I think weíll be getting somewhere. A few nice pine and citrus notes struggling to get through, and itís pretty clean tasting for 7%. Yet, I gotta say.. Green Flash, please stop over hyping your product and concentrate on making, good, consistent, well attenuated keg-only beer for a while first. If I want a too-sweet over-hopped IPA Iíll have a Racer 5, thanks.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4080) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2007
On tap at Mad Mex in Robinson. Yes, the typical IPA hoppy floral aroma. Ubiquitous pale yellow american lager color and appearance. Smooth creamy head. No carbonation on the palate. Very hoppy IPA, what else? Finish is bitter medium medicine. If you like IPA, go for it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2138) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 23, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy unfiltered rich copper color with a lacing off-white head. Aroma has big citrus notes with some pine. Flavor is hops forward. This is a hops bomb. Other complex flavors include grapefruit, oranges, walnuts, cedar and pine resin. Mouthfeel is silky smooth (but not creamy), and is full and satisfying with a bit of film. Finish is dry, long and bitter with more citrus. If you are in the mood for a bitter beer this is a first rate choice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geoffglossop (1) - USA - AUG 19, 2007 does not count
Great hoppy flavor! I drink this regularly at Churchills in San Marcos. I try all of their rotational IPAís but always come back to this for taste and consistency.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Hazy, orangish-amber color; off-white head with good retention and lacing. Dense, resiny grapefruit and citrus aroma; slightly earthy / maple syrup malt backdrop. Medium-to-full, chewy and resiny mouthfeel: bitter citrus and grapefruit hop character; decent balancing maple syrup malt backdrop, with minimal astringency; fresh, dense, and (as mtoast noted) much better than last year. Lengthy, dry citrus and bitter finish. Resiny, drinkable IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Draft at Mad Mex Robinson, 8/16/07. When did this beer get this good? I tried it about a year ago and was less that impressed, a year later and itís a completely different beer. Nice deep amber color, fluffy off white foam that sticks around despite Mad Mexís insistence on using beer killing quat sanitizer. Aroma is huge pungent hoppiness, lots of pine, some tropical fruit, some citrus, very complex. Very nice malt backbone. A damn fine ale.


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