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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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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Pour is nice clear amber with a nice dense off white head...smell is very hoppy with lots of pine and soap and a hint of grapefruit...taste is incredibly just bitter...something meaty too...this is strange and not good...somehow it is just off...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Aroma hoppy and malty. Hint of caramel. Golden color. Average white head diminished quickly. Fair lacing. Tastes of hops and a little citrus. Medium sweet and a a little bitter. Finish absolutly delightful. Light to medium body perfect for style and to my liking. Perfect carbination. Overall, an excellent IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Pours burnt orange from the bottle with a big, thick head with good lacing. Awesome aroma of pure hoppy goodness. Palate is not as clean as some West Coast IPAís, but the hops you would expect are definitely present. I really like this beer. Almost overpowering with hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottled. Pours very clear, light copper color with a considerable off-white head. The aroma tells me right off this is a big IPA. Pine, grapefruit flowers, lemons...nice. Flavor is very peppery. Grass, pine, grapefruit. Bitter finish. An easy drinking, well done IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
From the bottle. Nice hoppy aroma, fresh and citrus is what I am picking up. Itís good, but nothing special. Flavor is hoppy, sweet, bitter, again itís good but nothing extraordinary. Alcohol starts to creep in a bit towards the end. Loses points there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle. If I were to turn a Mexican beer into an IPA, I imagine this is what up would taste like. Pours clear gold with a, off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops and malt. Taste is very nice. Strong hops all the way through. A very bitter IPA, but a very good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 Bottle. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Citrus aroma with some backing malt. Grapefruit flavor with some light malt backing. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Good bitterness. LIngering grapefruit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 (6/28/06, 12oz bottle) Crystal clear amber body with off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some chocolate/caramel, quite bitter. Medium body, some chewiness. (9/5/7/4/15)

(12/1/05, 12oz bottle) Hazy amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, pineapple. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, earthy, caramel, some pine. Nice dry hoppy finish, not especially bitter. Medium body with light resin. Very flavorful offering -- the roundedness of the hops makes the beer come across like a wet hop offering, though of course it is not. (7/4/8/4/16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours a deep copper with a frothy, nicely-lacing, bone-colored head. Fresh piney western hoppy aroma has a mild touch of pale malt and grapefruit. Body starts with a hint of caramel sweetness turning more dry and bitter toward the piney finish. There is a lot of lingering bitter hops here with very little sweetness to balance it. It could use more malt and flavor hops, but less bittering hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Semi-hazy amber color with a nice bold head on it. NIce hop aroma. Hop flavor is everywear but itís not over the top for an IPA. Smooth very drinkable. Finish is clean a little thin. Nicely done.

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