Friday, March 15, 2013

Green Flash Brewing Company - West Coast IPA

Not green or flashy...
Is there anything better than relaxing on the couch with an ice cold brewski on your day off? Naw, I don't think so. Well, maybe relaxing on the couch with an ice cold brewski and a plate of nachos...and with a some great fights on the tube...and some chocolate cake...but otherwise, it doesn't get much better than that.

This afternoon, I'm drinking a West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Company. These good folks from down San Diego way make some mighty fine beers, yes they do.

This beer poured a slightly hazy, golden amber color into my pint glass. The ample white head came up a full finger thick and then some. The head dissipated slowly and left copious amounts of lacing behind.

Aroma is big pine and citrus hops. Tropical fruit and sweet malt in background.

Taste follows the nose. Nice bitter hop sting comes with mixed citrus flavors of orange, grapefruit and lemon.  There's a very pleasant spiciness to the finish. Good malt balance to this one.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. In spite of the big bitterness all the way through, this IPA is a surprisingly easy drink. You could chug it or sip it, whatever your preference. I like that.

This is pretty much a perfect IPA. Nothing particularly unique or amazing about the stuff, but it hits the mark on everything it's supposed to hit. How could you complain about that? I'm giving West Coast IPA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4.

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