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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2131   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2007
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 IPA’s hoppier than anyone else’s, but I can’t fault Green Flash for following the trend... and I can’t penalize them because I don’t love this style. If you want a ridiculously over-hopped beer with spicy food, I wouldn’t not recommend this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2007
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 wasn’t expecting the yeasties

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
12oz Bottle $1.50 single Liquid Solutions As soon as the top pops on West Coast I.P.A I can tell I’m 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 isn’t near as good as I was expecting. As a matter of fact it’s just ok. Caramel malt starts things off and is bigger than expected. The hops aren’t 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 it’s prime. I have a couple more so if things change this review will be updated. Solid IPA but nothing to set it apart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 2, 2007
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
smells like a dry hopped brewery but the flavors are unbalanced in the hop direction, which wouldn’t 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
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 you’re looking for.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
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 isn’t nearly as good. More of an unbalanced hop-bomb, and even the hops lack something in the flavor department. Not terrible, but I’d give it a 3.5 maybe.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Draft - Mad Mex in Robinson. Pretty strong tasting IPA with hard and hoppy flavors. I was pretty impressed but then again ive had better.


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