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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: West Coast I.P.A.
Date: November 30, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Nija’s
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

   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 we’ll be getting somewhere. A few nice pine and citrus notes struggling to get through, and it’s 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 I’ll have a Racer 5, thanks.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4210) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2194) - 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.

   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 IPA’s but always come back to this for taste and consistency.

   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.

   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 it’s a completely different beer. Nice deep amber color, fluffy off white foam that sticks around despite Mad Mex’s 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of eaglefan538. Thank you sir. Beautiful copper orange body with a two finger thick white head. Nice lacing as well for an IPA. Tons of carbonation going on here from the looks of all of these bubbles racing up from the bottom of my glass. Did someone just mow some grass? Because that’s what this beer smells like. Huge notes of oily hops, juicy grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, pine and grassy earthy notes. This is what an IPA should smell like, to me. The hops hit you over the head in the flavor as well, along with honeysuckle, oranges, grapefruit and pine. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation is lively, confirming my earlier thoughts. Finish is medium length, spicy, floral and bitter. Nectar of the Gods this one is. Quite possibly my favorite IPA to date along with Two Hearted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superflashgo (9) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2007 does not count
This beer reminds me of dandelion greenery. It is so rawly hoppy that it tastes green. I actually like this version better than the imperial, cause I can drink more of it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
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 don’t believe there is, it is the light body. But if you want a good IPA that you can drink all day, this is it.

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