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Beer #62 – March 4, 2010: Green Flash West Coast IPA

March 9, 2010

Beer: Green Flash West Coast IPA

Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Company, Vista, California

Style: IPA (India Pale Ale)

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $9.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 7.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: True to the “West Coast” stereotype, this is a “Hop-Bomb”, relatively bitter and acerbic, meant for real hop-heads only!

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a hazy, coppery-orange with a big and frothy off-white head, and serious lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Big pine aroma… like being in the California Redwoods.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick with a moderate amount of tiny bubbles of carbonation.

Taste: Very short initial raw sugar sweetness that quickly transitions into an oaky, woody, grassy middle.  The middle develops with flavors of pine sap and tannic black tea leaves.  The finish has a bitter, lingering grapefruit rind flavor, a slight metallic note, and just a hint of bitter radish.

While my first sips were somewhat bitter and a bit shocking to the palate, this beer mellowed as I drank, becoming less harsh and more balanced, a little sweeter and a little spicy.

Pairing: A Southern California IPA like this pairs nicely with a Southern California classic of fish tacos with spicy salsa.

Trivia: A “Green Flash” (the namesake of the brewery) is an optical phenomenon where a green flash of light is seen on the horizon just above the sun around sunset or sunrise.  A rare sight indeed, but you have a better chance seeing them along the coast, such as looking over the Pacific near the brewery itself.

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