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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottled. Poured brilliant medium orange with a medium cap of creamy beige head. The aroma was delightfully aggressive even when cold (I did let it warm up).. juicy grapefruit and pine with a light and bright caramel backing.. juicy and nicely balanced. The flavor had a sweet caramel and grapefruit meat core with pine, pear, and grapefruit bitterness all over the tongue.. long sweet and bitter finish. Medium-bodied and slightly grainy on the palate.. the strong bitterness and fine balance worked great here!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
An excellent IPA. Huge hoppy flavor, but very flavorful. Good malt base. Nice dry bitter finish. I love this kind of beer. Dogfishhead’s 90-minute still has a small edge I think, but this is truly a fine beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Opaque amber with a minimal white head. Basically, tastes of a combination of severe hops damage plus fresh grains and grass. Not a very well balanced beer, but for a most typical west coast IPA I guess this was expected. The alcohol is well hidden and could have been more prominent. Did not enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chadje (209) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 Just had this on tap and updating scores... Pours a nice caramel color with lots of floaties. A hoppy scent and a nice head. A good tasting IPA with a good bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
uhclem (421) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 Pours a clear copper with an ecru head that rapidly subsides to a thin coating on the surface. Lovely lacing. A nice blend of hops assails the nose with a bold complexity. The grapefruit and pine aromas take one straight to the California woods. After sipping/quaffing this ale, one understands the true meaning of IPA, as it rolls around the mouth firing off the taste buds. The aftertaste is a perfect counterpoint to the initial aroma, and extends deep into the throat. All in all, a superb experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. Nice carmel color, lots of hops in the aroma. Flavor was a nice mix of pine, citrus, grapefruit and malt. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2007
12oz bottle given to me by Joey @ South Bay Drugs. Thanks again. Pours a deep gold to copper with lots of tiny yeast floaties and off white head. Wow, the aroma is crisp fresh grapefruit hop bitterness that seems on the green side. The taste starts with a brief flash of sugary malt sweetness that gets consumed by a wave of grapefruit hop bitterness. Man. Lots of hops. The faint malt sweetness fades into the finish leaving big grapefruit bitterness. This is a hop bomb of an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Huge pine and resiny caramel aroma. Taste is leafy, slightly cracker, caramel malt. Nice pine bitterness in the finish. Very Solid. 8/4/7/4/16 ----re-rate 4/8/08--- Dank as all get out. Orange, some rind, caramel sweet and salty nut smell. Taste is sweet orange peel. Caramel comes through hop bitterness, club soda-like carbonation in the finish. Resinous dank, sweet cloying, but strangely dry. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Hazy amber, moderate head, pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is heavily grapefruit and pine, big nose of the stuff also with some citrus. Medium bodied, moderate to high bitterness. Not as much hop flavor as I hoped for but certainly an enjoyable IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Pours very nice caramel color with slight head. Amazing nose with hop, malt, caramel, and some pine. On first sip, hops present, with some pine, citrus , malt, and a subtle bitterness that cleanses the palate for the next sip. Not as complex as the aroma, but a very good brew.

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