gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
Got this one via trade with Fordest, thanks Sean! From bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with rocky off-white head. Big floral nose, along with pine. Big citrus flavor, grapefruit, and big bitter finish! Body is medium with some syrupy hints. Very nice! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 28, 2006
If you have an questions as to what "West Coast" or American IPA suppose to taste like, Green Flash West Coast IPA will answer all those questions. This beer is a classic example of the West Coast style, with 3 of the 4 "C" signature hops (Cascade, Columbus, and Centennials) This beer is clearly one made for hop heads, and it is a hop blast. Intense hop aroma, intense hop flavor, intense, hop bitterness. What more could you ask for in an AIPA? Green Flash West Coast IPA pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden, to copper color with a tall, white head that slowly fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is pungent and zesty with big aromas of pine and cirtus hops, that flood the nostrils. The palate is firm, with pale and sweet malt, but the malt in this beer, really is just a spring boad for intense and bitter hop flavors of lemon peel, and grape fruit. This beer finishes as hoppy as it started with lots of bitter lemon peel and grapefuit up front, and then finishes with a very bitter, piney/citrus hop bitterness that lingers for quite some time. A wonderful showcase of hop aroma, flavor, and bittereness. As intense as the hop character is in this beer, it is NOT harsh, one dimesional hop juice. A really great beer, that is the ultimate aperitif beer, and would work well with very bold and spicy dishes. This one would work very well with firey Thai, Indian, or Mexican, or with a palate of screaming hot Buffalo wings. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Cloudy amber hue, big, pudding-y, lace-leaver of a head, 1/2" and long-lasting.
Aroma: wide-open hoppitude, big, bold and brassy, loads of citric tones, piney resins, lemon rinds, pineapple, bristling bitterness...ni-i-ice.
Big, bad, full mouthfeel. Large occupation of palate. Dominant bitterness, but utterly delicious. Extremeness to the extreme. A blast of flavor, sizzling the tongue, and delivering unremittently, absolutely, astonishingly fantastically...wait, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, ...tastes great!
(I could go for a few of these, yessirree...)
tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured in to a standard American pint glass. Amber with a big resinous white head. Outstanding overloaded hop aroma. Excellent plent of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, and even some malt breaks through. Insane lacing. Expertly balanced, if you asked me. A certain oily slickness that I love in my IPAs. You all should go out of your way to get this one. Thanks Saarlander for this absolute treat. agl108 (1307) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy orange with white head. Citrus nose. Ridiculously hoppy, one of the most bitter finishes I’ve ever had. Very good IPA and definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on this one.
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2006
Clear sparkling orangey amber, creamy off white head. Just a great left coast IPA nose of fresh white grapefruit, pine, soft juniper,and light touches of sweet malt. Razor hop bitterness up front that continues right down to the bottom. Perfectly unbalanced. Medium bodied, light carbonation, ultra dry, bitter finish. This easily gives the Stone IPA a run for it’s money....might even better in my book. All hopheads will greatly appreciate this brew. Try some soon... barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
thanks to Saarlander for the 12 oz. bottle. 3rd IPA of the night and saved the best for last. commercial description is right on target. there’s a lot going on with the multiple hops in this one. some malt to provide a backbone and medium bodied. very nice IPA jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Pours a perfect clear copper with a thick, creamy off-white head. Very sharp, biting pacific nw hop aroma. Bold and assertive, like an American IPA should be. Flavor has strong notes of pine, resin, grapefruit/citrus, some vanilla, mango along with a very sturdy bready caramel malt backbone to support the dumptruck load of hops. There’s a touch of woodiness in there too. Moderately sweet with very assertive bitterness which lingers forever. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and perfectly carbonated; perfect. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets. Great head retention. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 12 oz bottle courtesy of Droopy49. Pours amber with a small white head. Grapefruit citrus, and rich malt aroma. Hopheads rejoice! It’s all about the hops in this one. Resiny mouthfeel. Dominating hop flavor of grapefruit, with the malt with deep in the background. Finish is dry, grassy, very bitter, and resiny. A little one dimensional, but I really liked it. This is probably one of the hoppiest IPA’s I have had to date. I’d definitely drink this again if I can get another. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with Enniskillen - Thanks Chris! - Pours amber with a creamy offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the shaker very well. Aroma of sharp citrus, grapefruit and pine bitterness abound and there is some malt backbone underneath. Flavor is mor balanced than the nose let on. Resiny citrus and pine there but a smooth caramel malt backbone holds this one up and balances it pretty well. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied and a real treat to drink. Very nice IPA!