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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2133   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 Hazy, copper-amber color with mostly full, off-white, creamy head which lasts quite a while and leaves lots of random lacing. Nose is delightful; plenty of pink grapefruit with pine resin, tangerine peel zest, floral, and faint herbal. Flavor is powerful and pungent; pink grapefruit and tangerine hold the bulk of the notes initially but soon followed with light spicy and floral underneath herbal and pine resin bitterness. Bitterness is nearly high. Finishes bitter with pink grapefruit and an herbal character light spice and pine. Palate is medium, nearly lively, creamy, and almost sticky in mouthfeel. Nice IPA and certainly carried by it’s unique citrus flavors and pungent, resinous, and herbal bitterness. I first had this about a four and a half years ago when I was just becoming a hop lover and thought it was just too much; now I really like the power of the Columbus to match the complex citrus and other subtleties. West Coast indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewerDub (34) - USA - JAN 11, 2007
Overall a very good IPA. Copper color. Full white head. Nice and hoppy with some citrus and little bit of floral notes. Not at all very matly, which I liked. Makes this a really smooth drinking IPA. Nothing TOO spectacular here, but very solid nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atomcow1 (18) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
bottle from Once Upon a Vine. Pours a gorgeous deep bronze with an ample fluffy head. Aroma is of floral hops and slightly spicy. Very nice citrusy hop character with not unnoticeable malts to give it structure. Alcohol almost unnoticeable. Only drawback is a slightly tinny note on the finish. No surprises here, but that’s fine. Very solid brew; one of my favorite locally available IPA’s

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
#500!!! I know someone sent this to me--and I really can’t remember who--but big props to the sender. Very strong fresh hop aroma that pleases my hoppy sense. Light golden brown with a medium sized white head. The palate is really full for an IPA. Great caramel malt presence hits you right off, with a perfect balancing act in the hop department--agressive, and bitter--but not overpowering. Very good brew--my first from Green Flash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bitter hops dominate the aroma.Pours a hazy light gold with a medium off white head.Flavor has lots of hops with a solid malt balance.Medium mouthfeel with some bitter hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz. stubby, brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a hazy orange color, with a huge white head. Thick, sticky, and a long lasting head on this beer. Aromas are of hops mostly, with some yeast coming thru also. Flavors are of malts, and the alcohol is very present. Decent body, chwey texture. Decent IPA in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a golden orange with a very nice 1/2" head. Nose was luscious and soft, citrus and light floral hops. Flavor is way upfront hop, bitter and piney with a smidge of caramel maltiness to attempt to stave off the hop brigade. The malts were soundly defeated, unfortunately. Following the nose, I was anticipating an excellent brew. It was OK, but the overpowering bitterness left a not so good taste in my mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2892) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Poured a golden color, some orange mixed in there, not as deep as other IPAs, head respectable, but nothing better than average for the style, ditto that for the lacing. The aroma was resinous, maybe a touch of caramel, but not a lot of strong malts at all. The flavor was mostly floral and resinous hops, watery malty base. Not much more than average hop water. Mouthfeel was light, thin, like the somewhat watery flavor. Snore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1781) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Nice orange with medium white head. Aroma is grapefruity and delicious. Taste is heavily grapefruit, with some extra pith for more bitterness. A bit of a letdown from the aroma, but a solid IPA nonetheless. $2.25/12oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stuckmash (6) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2006 does not count
A new very impressive offering from the local beer store. Aroma - pine and cirus dominate with slightly sugary sub-tones. Appearance is rich crystal clear amber with very slight lingering head. Palate features fantastic fresh hop flavors (as vibrant as is available in my opinion) balanced by a slightly sugary maltiness. Palate was a touch light for my preference. Overall this beer was fantastic. Ideally the great hop boquet would be balanced with slightly less sugary and more complex malt notes. Will definitely be trying other GFBC products offered in my area.

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