Happy IPA day everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying some hoppy brews today. I know I am. I decided to drink an awesome IPA from a lesser respected brewery – Green Flash’s West Coast IPA.
This is an IPA brewed with columbus an centennial hops, a great combination which should produce some tropical and fruity notes when drank fresh. Too bad that many of Green Flash’s beers have been sitting on the shelves half a year or more, and the beer community has noticed. Oh well, it was still awesome, and here’s my review:
Overall rating: 4.11/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a oversize wine glass. Bottled November 2011 (you can’t find fresher Green Flash on the shelves these days!)
A- Pours a clear amber body with a thick off-white head that reduces slowly to chunks of foam and leaves heavy lacing.
S- Heavy pine, citrus, lemon zest, resin, breadyness
T- Flavorful but subtle hop character – lots of pine and citrus zest, but a nice strong malt backbone reveals caramel, bread, and lightly toasted malt.
M- Somewhat watery, medium carbonation. Good drinkibility, pretty smooth.
Definitely a decent IPA. Easy going down. Could use a bit more flavor, but the hops have definitely faded in this bottle as it is over 6 months old.