Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

Pours from the stubby 12oz bottle with a cool picture of a green ocean sunset on it and into my glass with a wonderful glowing copper orange, not unlike a beatiful beach side sunset along with a two finger craggly foam cap that leaves trails of sticky lacing all down the glass. Aromas of big raw hops, citrusy, piney, grapefruity and resinous. Quite the kind bud-esque aroma with a mellow bready sweet, slightly caramelly malt undercurrent. Solid west coast IPA aroma.

First sip brings a rush of sweet citrusy, resinous hop oils. Piney flavors are definetly present with a bready, crystal malt background. As it rolls across the palate the flavors quickly move from sweet to a nice bracing bitterness on the way down. Hops overpower the malt in this case and I'm enjoying it. The brew finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness and piney hop burps to match. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and satisfying. There's a tight, mellow carbonation that really acts as a nice catalyst making this beer easy to drink down. Another solid IPA from the great state of California and one I would be drinking more often if it was readily available. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the hookup once again.

I gave this brew a 4.2 out of 5 overall. Another tasty IPA to cross my lips.

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