Green Flash West Coast IPA (-2013)

 
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RATINGS: 2166   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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MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a slightly hazed amber with a nice head of off-white foam that showed some good retention. A decent amount of spider-web lacing coated the inside of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of grapefruit rind, mango, tangerines, and caramel. The flavor was dry, citric, and moderately bitter. Just enough caramel malt to keep things in check. Really nice! The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation and a pleasing, bitter/dry finish. A really well done IPA!

4.1
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 In short: A superior IPA. Biscuits, coniferous, resinous, dry, tasty, refreshing.
How: Bottle, many times, bought at stores and received in trades, always drank fresh
The look: Cloudy dark orange body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is soapy and foresty, quite pleasant actually as the soapy elements blend with the coniferous into some kind of natural aromatic forest air freshener. Taste presents a discrete buiscuit malt foundation with a whole lot of coniferous hops with a slight pineapple twist. Resinous enough to give it some Oomph but not too much to detract from its refreshing nature. A bit yeasty and pleasantly dry. A stronger more nourishing malt backbone and it would be amazing. Assertive bitterness, this is a tasty yet highly drinkable brew. The guys at Green Flash really know how to brew a solid IPA. Geography too, they know geography too.

4.1
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Hop bomb! This ale reeks hops from the pour forward. Beautiful copper color, with a solid head, and above average retention. Nose is ripe with the essence of sticky, fresh picked hops. The hops come through with guns blazing, but the finish is well balanced with the necessary malt to add depth. Pretty near to the perfect IPA. My only disappointment with this effort is the price, @ $12.99/6pack in my area. Ouch!

3.5
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
On tap. Light pine aroma. Very hoppy, piney flavor, slightly astringent, in a good way. A touch a malt, but a very strongly bitter beer in the West Coast "tradition". Not a big fan of this style, but worked for me.

3.2
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber, with a thick, creamy off-white head. Strong, resiny pine aroma. Incredible hop bite. This is one of the bitterest beers I’ve ever had. The hops overshadow any malt tones in this beer. As much as I love hops, this beer to too much about the hops and not a balanced beer.

3.9
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Tasted somewhere along my trip through the States.
Orange, copper colored brew. Nice floral, citric, sweet aroma. Nice smooth, hoppy IPA. Very nice bitterness.

3.7
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
12 oz bottle Thanks agian to OldStyleCubFan for this great IPA that was on my want list. Dark orange, big off white lasting head. Aromas - pine, oak and some sweetness. Med body lots of bitterness backed by a malty sweet body. Great ipa.

3.9
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - AUG 9, 2008
Taste: 8/8 Bottle. Looks: Gold/copper, nice creamy clinging foam. Aroma: Blended hops/pine,floral,citrus. Sweet caramel malt.Taste: Nice and bold, complex hops, good malt body. Mouthfeel and finish are smooth. I like a tad more malt, but you start heading into double IPA with this abv.

3.8
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2008
As stated, a very fresh, hoppy aroma. I felt it was a little bit one dimensional and could have used a bit more maltiness to better balance out the brew. But no doubt a hop lover’s dream.

4
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 8, 2008
Good hop bitterness and strength all the way through. Balanced and heavy. True to its name, this beer stands up quite well to others’ IPAs in the region.


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