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Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

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RATINGS: 2149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Editor’s 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 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, wouldn’t expect anything less from the SD area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5466) - 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. There’s 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 (2282) - 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 AJ’s Fine Foods in Phoenix. It was a nice find and a pleasant surpise. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5245) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 This is my first beer from this brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bronze color with a large tan head. The aroma is very strong pine resin. The flavor is very strong pine resin and is very bitter with fruity undertones. There is a long floral hop finish. The hops really dominate this one. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
On tap at Liar’s Club: Beer pours light amber color with a totally retained off white head. Aroma is big and hoppy. Flavor is likewise. Not an exceptional IPA, but good and straightforward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2006
12 oz bottle shared with ClarkVV at his entrancing abode, February 18 2006. Medium hazy-amber pour with a lasting dollop of head...nose is pretty much all fresh C-hops, lovely and citric and pungent though not at all subtle or complex....as it warms there is more restraint and a touch of dry woodiness comes out....body is clean, fragrant and juicy, all positive IPA traits for me, but it lacks the pungency of the nose and is just a bit too smooth and thin....all in all, solid and something I’d drink occasionally if it were available to me, but not special enough to seek out (cross-country) again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Medium orange, good head. Big aroma of hops, loads of pine, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple. Flavor matches, a West Coast ode to the hop. Bitter and complex. As it warms, spice and floral components make themselves known. Biscuit malts keep it all together. Very well done, if you like a bitter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Great hop, citrus and skunky bud aroma with a copper and clear color. Bountiful creamy looking head from an aggro pour. Punchy citrus hop bite with a nice finish. Coppery with a decent balance, not a bad IPA. Good lacing and pronounced gulp rings. Better as it warms and has time to breathe. * Design note* What design? It looks like they got someone who "knows the computer" to design this in Word or something. Have respect for your own product.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Poured from a 12 oz bottle copper in color with a nice off-white head. Aroma was all hops, pine and citrus aromas filled the nose. A bit of malt came through in the flavor at the beginning but after that it was all grapefruit and hops. A fine IPA. Leaves you wanting more.

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