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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2150   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (22911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Bottle. Clear golden coloured with a huge off white head. Hoppy aroma of pine needles with notes of grass. Hoppy flavour of fruits, grass and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
Got this one via trade with Fordest, thanks Sean! From bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with rocky off-white head. Big floral nose, along with pine. Big citrus flavor, grapefruit, and big bitter finish! Body is medium with some syrupy hints. Very nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 28, 2006
If you have an questions as to what "West Coast" or American IPA suppose to taste like, Green Flash West Coast IPA will answer all those questions. This beer is a classic example of the West Coast style, with 3 of the 4 "C" signature hops (Cascade, Columbus, and Centennials) This beer is clearly one made for hop heads, and it is a hop blast. Intense hop aroma, intense hop flavor, intense, hop bitterness. What more could you ask for in an AIPA? Green Flash West Coast IPA pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden, to copper color with a tall, white head that slowly fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is pungent and zesty with big aromas of pine and cirtus hops, that flood the nostrils. The palate is firm, with pale and sweet malt, but the malt in this beer, really is just a spring boad for intense and bitter hop flavors of lemon peel, and grape fruit. This beer finishes as hoppy as it started with lots of bitter lemon peel and grapefuit up front, and then finishes with a very bitter, piney/citrus hop bitterness that lingers for quite some time. A wonderful showcase of hop aroma, flavor, and bittereness. As intense as the hop character is in this beer, it is NOT harsh, one dimesional hop juice. A really great beer, that is the ultimate aperitif beer, and would work well with very bold and spicy dishes. This one would work very well with firey Thai, Indian, or Mexican, or with a palate of screaming hot Buffalo wings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Cloudy amber hue, big, pudding-y, lace-leaver of a head, 1/2" and long-lasting. Aroma: wide-open hoppitude, big, bold and brassy, loads of citric tones, piney resins, lemon rinds, pineapple, bristling bitterness...ni-i-ice. Big, bad, full mouthfeel. Large occupation of palate. Dominant bitterness, but utterly delicious. Extremeness to the extreme. A blast of flavor, sizzling the tongue, and delivering unremittently, absolutely, astonishingly fantastically...wait, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, ...tastes great! More please! (I could go for a few of these, yessirree...)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured in to a standard American pint glass. Amber with a big resinous white head. Outstanding overloaded hop aroma. Excellent plent of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, and even some malt breaks through. Insane lacing. Expertly balanced, if you asked me. A certain oily slickness that I love in my IPAs. You all should go out of your way to get this one. Thanks Saarlander for this absolute treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agl108 (886) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy orange with white head. Citrus nose. Ridiculously hoppy, one of the most bitter finishes Iíve ever had. Very good IPA and definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2006
Clear sparkling orangey amber, creamy off white head. Just a great left coast IPA nose of fresh white grapefruit, pine, soft juniper,and light touches of sweet malt. Razor hop bitterness up front that continues right down to the bottom. Perfectly unbalanced. Medium bodied, light carbonation, ultra dry, bitter finish. This easily gives the Stone IPA a run for itís money....might even better in my book. All hopheads will greatly appreciate this brew. Try some soon...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
thanks to Saarlander for the 12 oz. bottle. 3rd IPA of the night and saved the best for last. commercial description is right on target. thereís a lot going on with the multiple hops in this one. some malt to provide a backbone and medium bodied. very nice IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Pours a perfect clear copper with a thick, creamy off-white head. Very sharp, biting pacific nw hop aroma. Bold and assertive, like an American IPA should be. Flavor has strong notes of pine, resin, grapefruit/citrus, some vanilla, mango along with a very sturdy bready caramel malt backbone to support the dumptruck load of hops. Thereís a touch of woodiness in there too. Moderately sweet with very assertive bitterness which lingers forever. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and perfectly carbonated; perfect. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets. Great head retention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 12 oz bottle courtesy of Droopy49. Pours amber with a small white head. Grapefruit citrus, and rich malt aroma. Hopheads rejoice! Itís all about the hops in this one. Resiny mouthfeel. Dominating hop flavor of grapefruit, with the malt with deep in the background. Finish is dry, grassy, very bitter, and resiny. A little one dimensional, but I really liked it. This is probably one of the hoppiest IPAís I have had to date. Iíd definitely drink this again if I can get another.

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