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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2126   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
What a fine brew to have for #700. Pours bronze with a good sized light tan head that gives fine lacing. The aroma hits you with a wallop of citrus / grapefruit hops that are very fresh smelling. There is also some light pineapple and some light malt for balance, but this mainly a hop bomb. Medium body that is very resiny with a nice amount of soft carbonation. Starts with lots of floral hops and grapefruit with light tropical notes. All flavors are full and bold. The finish is resiny with spice and pine hops added to the existing mix. Excellent IPA - I wish I could get a hold of this easier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Thanks Secret Santa Claus! cloudy orange with good sized white head. Aroma of grapefruit and earthy cascade hops, very chewy palate, as advertised, very aggressively hopped with just the right amount of malt balance to back it up. Another great west coast ipa. Damn, I need to move there soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Light orange-brown color with medium white head. Sweet citrus aroma with a bit of pine detectable. Taste was very hoppy - primarily grapefruit taste with some pine and floral elements, and a nice malt backing that makes this one really well balanced. Nice body with a clean hop finish. Solid West Coast-style IPA that I hope to see more of in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2006
The hoppiness of this beer is hard to overstate. Huge amounts of floral and citrus which reminded me a lot of Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. The difference here is that the beer is cut with quite a lot of bitterness, which keeps this thing from becoming a sweet hoppy mess. I am not sure they completely succeeded, as there are times I thought, "is this just a sweet hoppy mess?" Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2006
From a 12 oz. stubby bottle with a short blurb on the neck label, no freshness date. Poured a cloudy amberish orange with a foamy, creamy head that settled into a thin bubbly, sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking. They are not lying on the label, from the smell it is easy to tell that this is a west coast IPA, very hoppy, pine, resiny, grapetfruity, spicy, and floral. Good carbonation and a crisp, hop textured, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Very west coast hop tasting, piney, spicy with a little earthy tobacco leafiness, sweet fruity and a balancing sour grapefruitiness, a subtle floral, resiny, oily in the finish, a grainy maltiness that is very much in the background, and a leafy, piney, fruity finish. A very nice hopped IPA, enough bitterness without being a taste bud killer, tasty and quaffable, well worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured a cloudy burnt orange with medium to large white head. Samll particles also floated in the beer. It had a medium mouthfeel that was sticky on the lips but not really on the tongue. There was much more hop than malt in the aroma and flavor. The stongest of the aromas was an incredible grapefruit smell that I knew could only be my favorite hop in a IPA, Simcoe. Strong bitter aftertaste, but not in a bad way. This was a really nice surprise, since I had never heard of this beer before and wasn’t sure how it would be since it was tucked into a cooler at the store with all the Macro’s. I guess the store just ran out of room in the micro and import coolers. But I am definitely glad I found this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle. Hazy copper color with a big white head. Pine trees, flowers and oranges best describe the aroma. Strong pine flavoring with an occasional hint of the citrus from the aroma. Bitter finish. C

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Thank you once again Santa. Pours a dark copper penny color, small offwhite head. This just smells gorgeous. Alot of my favorite hops (c’s and simco) creates the most gorgeous boquet of grapefruit, pine needles and other fresh herbs and spices. Flavor is just what you would expect. A beautiful hop profile, bitterness is perfectly balanced. Not too dry, not too malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Compliments of jimbowood - Thanks Jimbo! Green Flash West Coast IPA is a burnt orange color and slightly hazy. It has a frothy beige head that collapses slowly. Ribbon-like lacing. Aroma is sweet, pine and resin hops, with a hint of juice in background. Flavor has a nice sweet, malty base with a complex hop flavor consisting of orange/grapefruit, pine, resin, and some grass and floral notes. Nice fresh, clean hop flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is quite full, creamy, and smooth. This was an all around great IPA and probably had the most complex hop flavors that I have tasted. 12 oz bottle from jimbowood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2006
bottle. very big citrus hop aroma. the body is full with huge fresh hops, pine tar and balanced malts. Great bitterness in the finish. Available in CO. Great ipa

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