Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

 
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RATINGS: 2165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.

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3.6
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of screach. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin white one finger head that settles slowly and laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, ripe fruit, some hints of honey and caramel. Flavor is also floral and sweet with notes of citrus, grapefruit, honey, some grass and yeast notes as well. Generally light to medium body with a bitter hoppy finish.

4
theoryhead (7) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2009 does not count
Drinking one now, burping up C-hops... Pleasant IPA, though without the malt backbone of an Alesmith, Victory Hop Devil or Lost Coast Indica. A somewhat standard issue Left Coast style IPA: reasonable malt sweetness (think honey, kids) paired with a mighty hop arse whooping. Very good, but not great.

3.8
tekhna (118) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Wow, this was a whole lot more bitter than I was expecting. Now that I look, 95 IBUs makes perfect sense. Great nose that pulls out a kind of unique citrus sweetness that I am not sure how to describe, but feels unique. Could it be mango? In any case, citrus with a different kind of sweetness. Nice beer, but I have a hard time rating IPAs; there are too many good IPAs out there. I think personally I prefer this over Nugget Nectar, but Two Hearted or Celebration will probably stay on stand-by. Good beer though.

3.9
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a creamy head. lots of tiny yeasties hanging in suspension, kind of eerie looking. Aroma is all fresh piny and citrus hops. Same with the flavor, it’s really a hop showcase. A slight malt background but not much. This bottle is particularly yeasty and it stands out. I’ve had this before and they’re not all like that. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.8
nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Awesome IPA, similar to Green Flash Imperial IPA except for the hop variety (C-hops rather than Amarillo/Nugget I believe). While Nugget is great, in both hops and the reefer, the C’s are pretty legit too. This is an awesome one, with a piney and citrusy hop aroma and a really citrusy bitter flavor with a sweet malt backbone. Pretty standard mouthfeel for the style.

4
JaBier (7871) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2009
12oz bottle shared by Dogbrick. Cloudy gold orange pour with a medium white head. Citrusy and floral hop aroma and I am definitely smelling the Cascade. Some malt in the nose as well. Crisp and citrusy hop flavor up front, then some malt balance before a bitter hop finish. Solid.

3.8
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a clear copper with a smallish off white head. Aroma is plenty of citric and floral hops along with some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium/thin. Flavor is nice and hoppy with lots of florals and spicy hops. Light malt backbone. The finish is pretty bitter with a lingering hop flavor and is fairly dry.

3.8
reggiedunlop (3718) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2009
pours a mruky amber color with a creamy white head...decent lacing and retention. excellent aroma of sweet grapefruit and pineapple. flavor is pinapple through and through with a touch of spicy hops. finish lingers on with dry sweet grapefruit. very nice.

4.1
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma is hop forward. There is no mistaking that it is an IPA. Color is an amber color that is clear with a nice creamy beige head. Nice lace all the way down the glass. Flavor is hop assertive with a clean malt profile of biscuits and toast. Clean finish and easy drinking. A very nice IPA.

4.2
chillyice (14) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
This is what all west coast IPA’s should be. Intensly hoppy but still balanced with the strength and flavour of citrus to create a sublime IPA. Tried on draught at Green Flash brewery in San Marcos and savoured in bottles bought back to the uk in suitcases.


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