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Monday, January 30, 2012

Green Flash - West Coast India Pale Ale

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
West Coast India Pale Ale
Green Flash Brewing Company
6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA USA
Est. ????

Brain Damage Quotient = 7.3 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Hazy yellow/orange color tone.
Pleasant, powerful hop scents that are citrus like grapefruit.
Two finger off-white, rocky head.
Head leaves spiderwebs of lace. End of glass still retains a few clumps of froth.
Sticky hops taste that finishes clean without residual bitterness.
Moderate to active carbonation.
Full hops flavor, medium bodied.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
My second Green Flash, and alas, the last of them in my fridge. I must say that for hanging around 5 months in my mortuary cooler, this beer held up it's hops notes very well. I now wish I had consumed at time of purchase just to see the kind of presence they would have had when freshly bottled. This ale is one to try to get if you want to see what a great West Coast IPA tastes like.

I am now on the hunt for these actively, as they are not sold on the east coast of the U.S. to my knowledge. It is simply a well crafted and tasty ale, like it's brother the amber. Get some. If you fancy yourself a pale ale or India pale ale drinker, you will find that you won't be disappointed.

Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops make 95 IBU's. Couple that with a 7.3% ABV you shouldn't need more proof as to how good it tastes. But just in case you do, check out the hardware earned on this is a multi-award winning ale:

  • San Diego County Fair 
    2008 Best of Show
    2008 Gold - American IPA 
    2007 Silver - American IPA
  • California State Fair
    2008-1st Place - American IPA
    2005-3rd Place - American IPA
  • Los Angeles County Fair
    2007 Gold - American IPA
  • Bistro IPA Festival
    2010 Bronze
    2005 Gold
  • National IPA Challenge
    2008 Champion


  1. Selling them like hotcakes here in Maryland!

  2. Haven't seen in FL yet! Cheers for you!

  3. Soon, very soon, we will have Green Flash in FL. It has begun appearing in kegs and expect to see bottled offerings in the stores.

  4. I got a keg from total wine in lwr this October. Amazing beer!!!