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.