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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Editorís 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy orange/copper with an off-white head. The aroma of hops smack you in the face, citrus, pine, and spices. The flavor is bitter, pine, citrus, spices, caramel malt. decent body, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 12oz bottle, thanks to jimbowood for this extra. pours semi-cloudy orange-amber with soapy white head. nose is burstying with juicy fruity PNW hops w/ bursting grapefruit, citrus, mango, and pine. taste has a great amount of hop bitterness balanced well with caramel malt back bone and biscuit with a pinch of brown sugar. mouthfeel is rich, full, but sorta dries and flattens out, no alcohol in finish. the hops really dominate the profile but this is a west coast ipa. iíd prefer a little more maltiness, but iím really impressed with this beer. iíd love to be able to have this in the fridge regularly. 4.0 2/20/11, draft, Just a really over the top hoppy beer with big crystal malt base, really bitter but nothing soft or fruity in the hop dept. 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle sampledwith Stegosaurus. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. The flavor is pine, bitter, and spices. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
This is one of the hoppiest beers around. Stereotypical San Diego area grapefruit flavors abound in this beer. Maltiness is a bit underdone though...probably the only criticism of this beer. Alcohol is pretty well masked by the hops. Itís overall a decent IPA, though not quite as good as the selections from AleSmith or Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Illinismitty. Nice copper pour with a big frothy off-white head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel malt and spices. Very much like Bellís Hopslam. Hops give lots of grapefruit up front with pine and some floralness lingering of the side of the tongue afterwards. Very little malt balancing out the hops in the flavor. Body is a bit lighter than what I would have liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kscottbrown (2) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
Wow! If you are looking for hops look no further. Great bitey mouth feel. Nice lacing from the head. Taste stays with you. My kind of beer.

   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 itís 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 thatís fine. Very solid brew; one of my favorite locally available IPAís

   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 canít 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.

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