Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2005
The aroma had a slight grapefruit note, hops, and muskiness. The flavor was non-descript w/ no grapefruit (slight at best), citrus, pine, etc. The beer poured a brownish orange color w/ slight head and medium lacing. The mouthfeel was light and medium carbonated w/ a big bitter. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
12 oz bottle (thanks DarkElf). Pours burnt apricot with a small, lasting head. The hoppy aroma leaps out of the tulip and reminds me of all of the great ipa’s that come out of San Diego. This brew is right up there with the best of them. Great use of hops and a nice delicate balance. Excellent work. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
A little rough around the edges for me. A little harsh following some of the stouts I had beforehand. piney and perfumey, mixed with strong hops. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Sweet Jesus! I think Green Flash has finally done it! Their previous offerings were decent, ones I seemed to enjoy more than most, but not what I’d call worthy of rave reviews, but I think their latest beer just might put them on the very crowded San Diego map. This beer is terrific, every bit as good as some of my favorite IPAs, but falls just short of, oh, Alpine Pure Hoppiness. True to its name, the West Coast IPA is packed with hops, very bitter, and featuring a grapefruit flavor that’s about as intense as any IPA I’ve tasted, and probably hoppier than some Double IPAs. And oh yeah, with all that grapefruit, it’s easy to overlook the solid malt base, but don’t. Well balanced early, but the finish is definitely dominated by the bitter grapefruit. The nose is also moderately malty, but still, the fresh hops bouquet asserts itself to modest dominance. That said, it tastes hoppier than it smells. At a minimum, the body is medium plus, maybe even medium-full, with a full, but crisp mouthfeel and a bitter bite that lasts for eons. Medium amber in color, clear in appearance. Sizeable off-white head initially, diminishing to a thin layer over time, but leaving a fairly dense, but moth-eaten curtain of lace on the glass. If there was a bit more malt for a sweeter, stickier palate, this would qualify as a double IPA. Let’s call this a 1.5 IPA, and now I have a Green Flash beer I can trade with pride. Congrats, guys, and hopefully you can keep the momentum going with your next offering, like maybe an Imperial Stout??? SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Full aroma of hops and citrus, and has a little bit of a musty sweat smell too. Golden honey color with a thin but ruff white head. Somewhat sour and bitter from a moderate hop character, notes of pine, and huge grapefruit taste. One of the most concentrated grapefruit flavored IPA’s ive had besides Rogue’s brutal bitter. Big ups to Green Flash for making an IPA for us hop lovers
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2010 Draft-Green Flash Brewing Co. papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Nice pour, medium amber color with a nice whitish head. Very citrusy aroma, with hints of pine on the nose. Good mouth feel, medium body, nice malty balance. Nice level of bitterness, slightly dry finish. All in all, a very nice WIPA.
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2011rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3/16/05 Bottle: Oh yeah, this is what I’m talking about. Orange amber color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is hoppy and piney. Flavor starts lightly sweet abruptly interupted by a grapefruit rind bitterness and a touch of pine and finishing dry with an orange rind bitterness. Another San Diego winner! Thanks Chuck...I miss Hop Maniac !!!
9/13/05: This is Hop Maniac ([email protected]
Tap, same Brewer, Chuck Silva) kicked up a notch!
9/25/05: Had it "On Tap" for the first [email protected]
Port Solona Beach. Damn Chuck, this IS Hop Maniac reincarnated!
My first beer @ The Liars Club. A bit sharp for my tastes with plenty of pine. Clean malt/floral finish. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This IPA pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. Bitter, bitter, bitter with nice piney notes, a little grapefruit and a very slight malt note. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.