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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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 14/20
kramer (4994) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
12 oz bottle, via fordest. Pours a dark copper with a slight yeast sediment haze under a nice fluffy one inch off-white head. Nice lacing remained. Lots of citrusy and piney hops in the nose with a little bready malt. This is certainly as advertised, a West Coast IPA. Lots of bitterness up front masks any malt that may be there. For me, even a little too much bitter and not enough hoppiness. Finish is a little dusty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft fine carbonation. Not quite creamy in texture, yet not watery either. Overall, a West Coast bitter hop bomb thatís sure to please the serious hop heads out there, but I thought it lacked any semblance of balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that lasts. Good carbonation. Lots of floral, citrus hop aroma. Flavor is also big time citrus and floral hops. Medium body. A very good everyday IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Another great IPA sent by Foolish Mortal. This one pours copper with a lot of carbonation and a 2-finger creamy off-white head. Aroma of big fruity piney hops, tropical fruit, caramel malt. The flavor is piney hoppy, with tropical fruit, citrus, and a caramel malt base that backs up and balances the hops nicely. Medium body with a complex and well balanced palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
I thought this was one of the better american IPAís Iíve had to date. Very well balanced with just the right amount of malty sweetness and body to compete for the stage with the massive amount of hops used. Also the hop additions seem to be held back for later in th boil giving the beer a smoother bitterness and a lot of hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a large rocky off-white head with good retention. Bountiful aroma of citrus that lingers. Good balance of hops and malt in the flavor with a crisp, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle... Clear, orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. Earthy, fruity aroma delivers tons of grapefruit with lighter notes of wood and fuzzy fruit. No semblance of balance in the flavor. Pulls up just short of being tongue numbingly bitter. A tad salty. Lengthy, harshly bitter finish. Winds up dry. A hopheadís wet dream!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Damn! I was expecting your average IPA, but this is outstanding! Pours a bright copper with a thick, fluffy, light tan head...great retention. Potent aroma of citrus, pine and caramel malt...super fresh floral aroma overall. The flavor is the caramel malt in the front but once it hits the back...POW...grapefruit and pine all the way though the lingering finish. Malty in front and over the tounge with a huge bitter element in the back. Itís not a hop punch, itís a hop kick in the nuts. Awesom IPA that borders on being a IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a clear amber with a handsome, creamy, off-white head. Marked citrusy nose - grapefruit and pine needles. Medium-bodied and extremely dry. Distinct hoppiness in the finish. 300406

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy rust color with a smallish light-tan head that leaves big rings of lace. A big, hoppy nose. Lots of juicy oranges and grapefruits along with some flowers and resiny pine. Deliciously full-bodied. The taste is overwhelmingly hoppy and pretty one-sided. Actually, itís kinda harsh. No complaints from this Hop-Head though. Very tingly and spicy throughout. Extremely bitter with a drying finish that lingers. Fantastic stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012
2012-08-02, bottle from QFC - Seattle (Ballard), 7.3% ABV, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Cloudy light amber color with orange shades; medium sized creamy head, persistent. Lovely hops aroma, resiny, piney, with a zesty finish. Smooth mouthfeel, and quite lean, not too heavy; lovely toffee flavor with impressive and fresh hopping, zesty and resiny, oranges and pine. When so fresh, this hop bomb is delicious.

2008-05-29, bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-5-7-5-16=41
Hazy amber color; huge head. It has a very nice and strong aroma of hops, with resins and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, with a very strong toffee flavor, on the dry side, with citrusy and extremely aggressive hops; the resins dominate the palate, with a touch of vanilla; extreme final too. Of course I like more sweetness in my beer, but itís a very good one anyway.

2007-10-05, bottle at Brickseller, Washington DC, 7-4-7-5-15=38
Hazy golden color. Nice aroma, delicate, with some hop flowers, some fruits (plumsÖ), earthy hops too. Good body, malty, some sugars, bold hopping, good quality, with a strong orange touch. Very good. Long and strong final.

2006-04-30, bottle, 7% ABV, 8-4-8-5-16=41
Hazy amber color; big head. The aroma is very strong, hoppy, resiny, with pine needles and flowers (orange flowers?). Quite full mouthfeel, with soft malt and high bitterness, aromatic, very resiny and lightly fruity (oranges and grapefruit). On the extreme side; for hopheads.

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