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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2155   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Tap at brewery and the 3rd of 3 growlers I bought. Another awesome G.Flash brew. Love the styles of hops, floral,citrus, tounge ripper grapefruit and fresh pine. Strong malt backbone and great 7% tart finish. 95% at least

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
I picked this up in Arizona at A.J.ís fine foods. The pour gives an average orange/gold beer with slight white head. The nose is all raw hop. It smells huge, I mean absolutely HUGE. The taste..Well thats not as huge. rather bland actually. Still very good. but itís low in citrus, and low in dryness. Try it for comparison

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Pours just like any other SD-style IPA (not counting Pure Hoppiness, which is in a class of its own), meaning a loose nearly white head that dissipates quickly with little if any lacing at all. Of all the recent IPAs released in this town the past few years, this one might be the hoppiest in aroma and flavor. A bitter, bitter brew, and thatís not a bad thing if you can stand the high hop-load. Faint floral/citrus tones lurk beneath the overpowering hops, but you really have to seek them out. Iíve heard some IPA and 2x IPA discreditors complain that the styles often lead to brews that lack balance. This would be a perfect example of that lack of balance. I like it tremendously, but to rate it fairly, I feel obligated to point out that the malt gets lost in the truckload of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Pours a translucent golden orange amber with a large foamy/rocky off white head. Aroma of orange, pine, floral hop and caramel. Flavor a little more on the bitter side with grapefruit, pine and some malt hidden in there...but mostly hops. Palate is bitter, yet smooth bordering on creamy. Really solid IPA here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Tap. Pours to a brassy bronzed body with a creamy white head, nice lacing (even in a cheap plastic cup). The aroma is very hoppy. Sweet peaches, lemons, limes. Light caramel malt backbone. The flavor is peaches, citrus, caramel malts, leaves a great belch. The palate is smoothly bitter. Medium-bodied, coating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Orange copper color thick creamy white head well laced. Big citrus aroma lots of hop a light sweet balanced malt aroma (simcoe) mmm smells good. Oily full palate. Dry bitter flavor grapefruits and oranges some light passion fruit and a touch of a sweet finish. This is a damn good ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12 oz bottle poured a clear golden color with a medium off-white head. Good hoppy aroma notes of pine, grass and citrus. Some sweet malt in the flavor but the great hop bitterness stands out in the aftertaste. Good mouth feel and long lingering finish. A very good IPA, wouldnít expect anything less from the SD area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5760) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle. Hazed amber with a tall foamy tanned head. Nose is strong pine, grapefruit, flowery hops, orange peel, sweetened lemonade, and creamy malts. Taste is pure hop juice! Big piney flavors, hint of mint, grapefruit, floral hops, bit of earthiness, and orange peel. The malts come through along with a hint of caramel, but this affair is dominant hops. Body is resinous and bubbly with a medium overall feel. Finishes with just as large a hop profile as it began with and strong citrus notes. Thereís a bit more malts and caramel here despite the lingering bitterness. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Definitly one hell off a beer. This one is hoppy as hell, so if you are a hophead like me, this has your name all over it. If you arnt crazy about super hoppy beers, stay away. Has a nice sweetness in the background, the usual grapefruit sweetness, but certainly mostly hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Nice, floral hop aroma. Really nice. Hazy amber body with a large off-white head. Very large bubble head when viewed from the side of the glass; Frothy, tight bubble, rootbeer float like head when viewed from the top. Very strong, piney, fresh hop profile. Tastes exactly like hops I tasted at the Anchor Brewery tour; likely the Centennial. A little strong on the hops; has to be above 80 on the IBU scale. Very hoppy, but well balanced. I had never heard of this brewer before coming across this brew at AJís Fine Foods in Phoenix. It was a nice find and a pleasant surpise. Excellent.

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