Thursday, June 14, 2012

Green Flash West Coast IPA

Can you believe after almost 700 episodes I've never reviewed a Green Flash beer?! Well let's fix that with a review of their famous West Coast IPA. You know me, I really dig these types of beers. Would this one be the epitome of the style?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (676) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2012
There’s a lot of beers that could contend for title of "the epitome of the west coast IPA" and Green Flash’s entry into the India Pale Ale style is surely a contender for such a title. It has everything you want and expect out of a beer of the style. No surprises here, but no let downs, either.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Dark hazy orange body. Forms a large, beige, frothy head which retains extremely well but doesn’t lace the glass much (odd).

Smell: Strong orange aroma plus sweet candy-like scents. Slight floral/perfume fragrance as well - very inviting.

Taste: West Coast IPAs are known for being loaded with hops and Green Flash’s is no exception. From the moment it hits the tongue until well after it’s been swallowed your mouth is saturated in hop bitterness. It’s a dry bitterness, almost with a warmth to it like desert heat. Orange citrus flavor is quite prominent, with a bit of a lightly sweet, candy taste to it. Some brews of the style are juicy or syrupy, but this is dry, sharp bitterness with orange sherbet and candy in the palate somewhere. On that note it’s almost flawed since it’s a simple, repetitive palate. But on the other hand it’s still very appealing and delectable - especially if you’re a hophead.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel to this beer is a little thicker and softer than your average West Coast IPA. There’s a definite crispness to the palate, but it still makes for a smooth drinkability. The hops absolutely do linger here and dry out the mouth - this is not what I would consider a refreshing beer. At 7.3% Green Flash W.C. IPA is not nearly as big a beer as the numbers suggest, since it’s not filling or overwhelming. Still, with this intense level of bitterness (nearing triple digits on the IBU scale) it would be ideal to pair with a hearty meal or just when you need a beer to wake up your mouth.

Grade: 8/10

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