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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3.5
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light yellowed amber with some haze, because sometimes I pour too heavily. The nose is sharp with hops. Bitter for the sake of bitter? Not a lot of malt, so the balance is out of whack in my mind. But still, not a bad beer. Fuller mouthfeel. Creamy with smaller bubbles. The flavors are along the same lines. Maybe a bit of past prime hops? Maybe just too much hop? Stronger bitterness hides subtlety. Lack of malt body. Still refreshing. Not particularly flawed, but not balanced and lacking nuance.

3.9
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Dark cloudy golden with a white head. Rich and very American hop flavour that offers everything - peach comes first, with pine making a strong appearance. Green grass, roses, Earl Grey tea, grapefruit and lime follows. Flavour is dry, hoppy, and of course bitter. Mouth coating and long lasting.

3.8
fonefan (49427) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Bottle. [Tasting @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen]. Unclear medium yellow orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, flowers, grape - citrus, pine. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (110308)

4.8
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 The simcoe citrus and grapefruit flavor make it different, but as enjoyable, as some of the best IPA’s I’ve had (stone, two-hearted) etc. If finishes very crisp and refreshing, Everything I want from this style and more. Rerated due to the over-the-top hoppiness. Not the most balanced IPA, but that’s why I love it.

3.4
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Brassy amber body beneath a thick white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with traces of caramel sweetness. The hops assault the tonge with their bitterness without any help from the caramel to reduce the effect. Bitterness -- in a good way -- is the hallmark of this brew. If it’s perhaps one note, that is one helluva note.

4
gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Poured a hazy copper amber color with a nice thick foamy head. The aroma of hops was easily detected. There was a strong hop bit that rolled into a nice bitter finish that lasted. There was a subtle sweetness that came through the flavor as the beer warmed slightly. This was an excellent IPA, just as good as some Imperial or double IPAs. Excellent beer!!!!!!!

4.3
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2008
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy amber colour topped with a rich lasting white foam. Big sweaty lychee hop aroma with touches of blood oranges and pine-needles. Hop aromatic and bitter flavour of grapefruit, blood oranges, pine-needles and grass. Smooth mouthfeel. Long bitter of grapefruit and lychee with a subtle sweetness from peaches. Probably one of the best IPA’s I’ve sampled to date...just perfect... Light years better than their DIPA.

3.8
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
From bottle... poured beautiful cloudy copper. Had some sediment. Aroma was initially hoppy and earthy, but also had a slight scent of armpit sweat.Tasty, very bitter. Has bite from the moment it hits the tongue to the moment it hits the throat. Very nice... one of the most satisfying palates. I’ve had better IPAs (this one was mainly disappointing on aroma and slightly flavor), but I throw down a sixer of these any summer evening.

4
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Copper colored beneath a frothy white head. Aroma is full of fresh hops, notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Soft on the palate with nice citrusy hop flavors. Bitter without being overpowering.

3.9
nwilder (40) - DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
In the glass it lies amber orange with a coarse off white head. The aroma is saturated by hoppy notes. Pine, grapefruit, fresh red berries, and a nice sweet malty caramel base. This sensation becomes even more apparent in the mouth. Loads of aromatic American hops, slight toasted notes and a balancing sweetness from the malt. All brought to life by a generous amount of carbonation and a body befitting the style.


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