Beer Review: GREEN FLASH WEST COAST IPA 2019 (ORIGINAL RECIPE)

Beer Review: GREEN FLASH WEST COAST IPA 2019 (ORIGINAL RECIPE)

The Green Flash West Coast IPA 2019 pours into the glass with a crystal-clear allure, presenting a deep amber to copper hue crowned by a generous yellow foam. The bubbles, ranging from micrometer-sized to several millimeters, signal a promising texture akin to soap bubbles. Notably, the foam carries an oily sheen, a testament to the abundant hop oils in suspension.

Aroma

In a departure from contemporary IPA trends, the aroma of the West Coast IPA diverges noticeably. Tropical melon notes from extravagant dry-hopping are conspicuously absent. Instead, the olfactory experience unfolds with a peculiar mix of dark bread, strawberry hard candies, toffee, caramel cake, and juniper. As the beer warms up, herbal hops and bitter orange peel emerge, creating an intriguing aromatic profile.

Taste

Prepare for a sensory rollercoaster with a whopping 95 IBUs hitting the palate. The initial notes showcase a rich blend of dark bread and caramel, swiftly giving way to an intense, unrelenting bitterness that persists for several minutes. Brazil nut, bitter orange, pine needles, and woodsy hops converge to achieve an uncompromising bitterness level of 10/10. The absence of the stickiness and hefty body introduced by the redesigned recipe results in a dry mouthfeel, accompanied by an enduring, bitter aftertaste. It’s a bold, unbalanced offering that caters precisely to the desires of Green Flash enthusiasts.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of this original recipe version diverges from its altered counterpart, courtesy of the redesigned recipe’s reduction in ABV and the absence of Citra hops. The result is a relatively dry experience that accentuates the aggressive bitterness. The beer maintains its assertive character, offering a departure from the smoother IPAs commonly found in refrigerators.

Overall

For craft beer aficionados nostalgic for the piney, C-hop bombs reminiscent of the early craft beer era, Green Flash’s original West Coast IPA stands as a testament to unapologetic bitterness. In a market saturated with Session IPAs, New England-style brews, and lightly bitter Mosaic and Citra clear IPAs, this beer harks back to the bold, proto-IPA days. While it may polarize drinkers into love-it-or-hate-it camps, the success of craft breweries adhering to their original recipe IPAs is evident. Whether or not it aligns with individual taste preferences, Green Flash’s West Coast IPA serves as a bold and bitter throwback in an era dominated by more subdued offerings.