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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%
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.

szinck1's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2013
From the bottle. Off-amber color with solid white head; some lacing. Aroma a bit more subtle than expected with grassy, piney hops. Some malt, but hops take over quickly with citrus and floral taste fading to piney hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (292) - Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Cloudy appearance. Copper color. Two-finger head that holds for quite along time. Spotty lacing. Aroma consist of citrusy hops, grapefruit, and somewhat of a malty backbone. Sticky texture. Medium bodied. Seems to have a more caramelly, vanilla, malty feel to it. Taste like a kicked up peanut butter. It does have a bite in the finish. I love how this beer is all over the map. Great job Green Flash. Thanks for being a west coast brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1967) - GREECE - DEC 28, 2015
From old notes. 650 ml bottle. Hazy orange color with off white head. Hoppy and malty aroma, pine, grassy, grapefruit, light caramel. Sweet and heavy biter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IronmanWins (1) - - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
Great overall beer. My go to at any bar that offers it. Highly recommended for someone trying to expand their beer profile

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
venom666 (691) - Elche, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2015
Old bottle. Hazy amber color with medium beige head. Aroma has grapefruit, peach, apricot, some citrus fruits and resin, with some malty backbone; but is not intense due to the old age. Taste follows the aroma, tropical fruits, sweet citrus fruits and resin, with a kicking bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (1408) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
A true American IPA with lots of nice foam. You simply can not bestow it up without lots of yeast residues end up in the glass. It has an unexpected odor of fruit. Both melon, orange, lemon and apricot increases in the nose. The taste is also short-lived fruity, but also short of it is saturated with lots of hops as downright bombarding your mouth. The finish is long and very dry. I know that American IPAs tend to be aggressive, but here I think probably that it has gone too far. It is far too hoppy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1614) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Cobriza - caramelo en el color, muy buen aspecto, con sólida espuma de buena retención. Aroma terroso, resinoso, y pino, con toques frutales. Sabor muy lupulado que pega fuerte al inicio, con explosión brutal (pino, naranjas, albaricoque, uvas). Pero base sólida malteada, muy rica que le da cierto (solo cierto) equilibrio. Final resinoso muy amargo y seco. Excelente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3354) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
A little disappointing that this beer was still sitting in the store in 2015 when it was bottled in 2012, but I didn’t notice that when I picked it up. However, it’s pretty clear that this beer has been handled properly. No off flavors. I wouldn’t know it was three years old if I hadn’t checked the date at the bottom to make sure I was rating the right one. Some of the fresh hop aroma is missing, but this is still in prime shape. Caramel in the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (800) - - APR 17, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at the Kansas City Barbecue in San Diego, where the piano scene from Top Gun was filmed. Show me the way home, honey! Pours a beautiful, perfectly clear copper with a 1.5 finger off-white head that’s foamy, dense, and recedes slowly, leaving a thick filmy top layer and sticky sheets of lace. Citrus and sweetness in the nose. Lots of lime, orange, mango, pine. Not much malt, but who needs it? In the flavor, bitter grapefruit peel mixes with orange juice, nice light tropical fruits, lemon, lime, a subtle dank character and mint. Light pale backbone, maybe some honey. Prickly medium carbonation and a smooth medium body. Nice fullness. Heavily bitter, but not too bad. An aptly-named effort from Green Flash, for the flavors of this beer epitomize to me the West Coast IPA. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2015
This was one of my fav IPAs while still living in San Diego (06 to10).. Sad to see it retired. Thought I had rated it several times but I guess somehow it slipped through the cracks. Anyway, simply stated this IPA is one of the epitomes of San Diego style.. zesty, powerful but also real laid back.. This was a regular order for me from draft houses.. Oh well.. looking forward to trying the next in line...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2292) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
6.4.2014. Hazy orange, thick lasting head. Fresh aroma, grapefruit. Taste is citrus, dryish bitter, maybe a bit too dry for my taste. Good US IPA anyway.

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