Brew Review

Beer Review – Green Flash West Coast IPA


Since I picked San Diego State University to win the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship (aka March Madness) in my office pool, I thought I would review the Green Flash West Coast IPA which is brewed and bottled in San Diego County, California. Here is Green Flash’s description of this beer:

“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.”

It sounds like a lot of effort went into making this beer. Let’s see if all their hard work paid off…

  • Appearance: Reddish-orange color. Slightly cloudy with lots of floating sediment. Fluffy one-inch head that dissipates very slowly. A good amount of lacing that clings to the glass as you drink it down.
  • Aroma: Tangerine. Lemon zest. Strong hop/pine scent. Some mild malt sweetness coming through in the background.
  • Taste: Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild sweetness upfront which fades quickly. The strong hop flavors start in the middle and work their way towards a tingly, long lasting bitter finish.
  • ABV: 7.3%

If you like strong, hop-infused beer, then the Green Flash West Coast IPA is for you. Though it has a relatively high ABV, I found this beer to be very drinkable. I particularly enjoy how the hop flavors intensify from mid-palate to the bitter end. If you hate hops, skip it. But if you love them, buy this beer. You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. OK, as you might imagine, I’ve felt compelled to post a reply given my affinity for all things West Coast (well, except for most of the malarky on Discovery HD’s West Coast Customs because they do freakish things with tools and loud machines).

    As a former SoCal resident and frequent San Diego visitor, I bring unique capabilities to bear in responding to a review of a West Coast brew.

    Green Flash has always been one of my favorite breweries and the fact that it shares the neighborhood with Stone, Ballast Point, Mission, AleSmith, Port and Coronado is just a bonus. With competition like that down the street you had better be capable of turning out West Coast Hop Bombs or you’re dead in the Burtonized water. Their West Coast IPA lives up to the name. A classic and well-crafted “West Coast” IPA. Always welcome in my beer fridge and thanks to a ramp up in production, its somewhat more available on the Least Coast than it was several months ago (contrary to their San Diego neighbor, Ballast Point, which has apparently decided to withdraw distribution in NJ due to unmet demand).

    Oh, and stop pouring IPAs into a pilsner glass. Such heresy must not stand!

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