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West Coast I.P.A. by Green Flash Brewing Co.
American IPA
7.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
Old Review
12 oz bottle (actually I am working on my second) that I got from hopsleeroy in our last trade. Served up in a tulip flared pint glass.

A: HEY!!! This poured a dark orange, almost brow color with a ton of red highlights and hues. FRANK!, its a red tinted IPA! Lots of carbonation activity in here with bubbles continously moving up in the glass. The head is a pretty thick, one finger of white head. The head has really good retention, not really fading at all over time. The lace is stupid sticky on the glass and clearly notches the glass all the way down. The stick is spot on, only slightly dripping after it sets on the glass.

S: Smell is . . . how do I describe this . . . hops?! Tons of hops. Nice citrus, grapefruit hops come out first with a bitter sweetness. Then you get some really nice pine hops coming out as well. A floral boquet rounds out the aroma nicely. Slight herbal/medicinal quality hides in the background, making you somehow feel this will be good for you.

T: Taste is much like the nose but better in translation. The grapefruit really comes out with a bitterness, slightly puckering goodness. There is also so good amount of grapefruit peel coming out as well. The pine is bitter as well, with that resiny flavor coming in beautifully. The floral presence and herbal presence is light but there. The pale, bready malt is subtle and nice light counter to all this hoppy craziness.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a pretty medium carbonation. The carbonation is pretty crisp and this is actually pretty refreshing if you get past all this hoppy bitterness. ABV is light and masked easily by all this HOPS. This beer is pretty damned sticky and really coats the mouth with a full rush of all the hop flavors described and the grapefruit and pine resting in the aftertaste.

D: This beer is pretty good. Frankly, I had to let it warm a bit because the flavor is pretty damned bitter. Warm, it is easy drinking and almost poundable. Cold, not so much. Its a bit too much at times. The hops are very well showcased in the aroma and flavor profile. If you don't like hops, this is not your beer. A few years ago, I would have hated this beer. My girlfriend was disgusted after she sampled it. It takes a slightly more developed palate to enjoy this, or someone who just plain likes bitterness. good stuff though!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-26-2009 07:01:57

Served In: Bottle

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Green Flash’s IPA epitomizes the West Coast IPA style – it pours a medium coppery yellow and has a nice thick head. The smell is all flowers, fruit, and hoppy happy. The taste is a knock your block off combination of hopped up pine with grapefruit and lots of malt – but hop heads – don’t let the malt frighten you off – it is so smoothly mixed into the flavor that it only adds, doesn’t detract. This was one of the first of the San Diego craft micro brews I tried and it remains an everyday favorite

Served In: Bottle

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Pours a hazy copper color - with floaties. Nice, one finger plus almond colored head, decent retention. Average lacing.

Aroma is of citrus and floral hops, with that background sweet malt aroma. Nice.
Taste is quite good. Very piney, with slightly more subtle citrus tones. Somewhat abrasive, which I like in a good American IPA. This is pretty one dimensional IMO, as the bitter pine hop character of this carry throughout the taste experience. The finish is excellent - dry, and bitter.

Moderate to medium in body, dry, abrasive mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation.

I have been waiting some time to try this, and it really didn't disappoint. Very drinkable, ABV isn't all that high... I could down several these... as a matter of fact, I'm thinking this may just be my choice for camping this summer. Just a great example of what an AIPA should be! Agressive, hoppy and bitter - what's not to like?
Highly Recommended!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 12/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 18 5 10 2008
beautiful amber pour with some white rocky froth up top. brilliant scent of fresh, citrusy hops. great on the palate with a smooth hop flavor that's balanced out quite well by the malts. finishes with a clean hop bitterness. this is one of my favorite ipa's and i'm glad it's available in TX.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2008
A mess of hop dusties float around to make a murk of dark yellowed, almost cardboard brown color. Jello-like glow to its body. Small, thick, and retaining whitish head of foam seeps up from the pour. Strings of lace are strewn out over the glass.

Aroma is sweet and appley with a clean and crisp peachy tinted citrus hop tone. Some slight pine oil ascents.

Nice taste with a good amount of balance to its crsip and crunchy aspects of citrusy things. A juicy peachy skin covers up a high pitched citrusy lemon and very ripe white grapefruit pithyness and potent tongue lashing of firm piney bitterness that wraps around the finish with a decent balance of toasted malt and breadyness.

Feel is super firm and medium in body. Makes a fast home on the palate with an immense hopitude tone and flavor complexity and creamy, lush, crisp, juicy, pithyness. The balance is very nicely done between a sweet bready toasted edge and it hoppy citrus side.

Quite yummy and very drinkable. Will need more please.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
Drinking this again, I felt I needed to adjust my review as it just wasn't accurate to the love I have for this beer. Must have been a dull bottle I got before.

Brilliantly bright aromatic hops. Smells so clean and citrusy. Taste follows suit with a big blast of hoppiness and a huge burst of hop bitterness. It's abrasive, but in the good way. This IPA is so drinkable it's silly. It might be the beer I most wish was available here.

Review from 10/31/06

A - Lovely orange hued body with a chilled haze. Lots of carbonation results in a one inch, thick, fluffy head.

S - Fresh green hops. Citrus, orange and lymon. Pine sap.

T - Pine dominates the taste here, but you also get sweet malt and some citrus notes, mostly grapefruit.

M - Medium bodied with huge carbonation.

D - Good IPA, but the pine needle bite would get to be a bit much after a while.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 0
Whoa, this is a nose. Very full odor from this brew. Full of hops, overpoweringly so. Awesome. Pour forms into a nice looking head that lasted the entire glass. Taste is full of hops, and as a crisp finish. Awesome brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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