Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA
Style: American IPA
Drink if you like: grapefruit, citrus flavors, amazing-hop-forward beers, surfer culture, gnarly 360 pop shuv its.
Let’s just address this evil rumor about the two guys behind Arkansas Beer Blog who had “accidents” in their respective pants when hearing about Green Flash coming to Arkansas. Some horrible gossip out there is now claiming one of us handsome and witty bloggers needs a diaper for when he gets his hands on the first batch. WELL… I HAVE MY DIAPER ON!
As you can see, we are excited to welcome Green Flash Brewing to Arkansas. These guys have been making quality beer for a long time. They are located in San Diego, CA – which is something of a Mecca for hop-lovers. This area of the world has changed what America thinks of IPA and Imperial/Double IPA beers. In great American tradition, our hopped-up brews are bigger, bolder, and jam-packed with flavor. Green Flash has helped blaze this trail. Here is some history.
We can now experience one of the best IPAs in America, and quote me, the world. There will always be the hard-to-find small batch beer that was “way better but you had to be there man” and therefore the people who tell those stories. There will also be people who confuse this beer for a Imperial/Double IPA – believe me, it’s wonderfully and intensely hoppy, but may not be the most hoppy beer you’ve ever had….. or then again – it may be. Considering all this – the wonderful thing about this beer is supply. They make this beer year-round, and they make a LOT of it. It’s a very special thing when you can have such a high quality beer nearly any time you wish – this is the type of Arkansas we want my friend!
There is one important note – since this beer is SO NEW to Arkansas, many liquor stores have NOT ordered it yet! Please do your duty as a beer geek and call, request and DEMAND Green Flash be available to you and your loved ones. One simple task – many great rewards.
Let’s drink this beer!
West Coast IPA pours with orange and amber hues. As you pour, your heart starts to race – because you can already smell the hop awesomness in this beer. Lean in and take a sniff- you’ll find a wallop of fresh pine needles, grapefruit, lemon, herbs, and some sweeter malts to attempt to round the nose out. Diaper is secure. As you take your first drink, you’ll get a wonderful bitter BITE – a strong sensation to your tongue and nose – followed by flavors that follow the nose: grapefruit, mango and pine resin. As it moves to the back of your mouth down the hatch, you’ll find some important flavors to balance this beer: lemon zest and sweet cookie like malts.
Wow… That was nice! It used to be a rare thing to have this beer here in Arkansas; your beloved bloggers used to show off this beer like a badge of honor. “Where can I get this?” was a frequent question, and our sad yet boastful response was “Sorry, you can’t get this in Arkansas.”
Well, times are changing, my fellow craft-beer-loving friends!!
Go find this beer! If not, be sure to demand this beer! Available at:
Colonial Wine and Spirits – Little Rock
Dickson Street Liquor – Fayetteville
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Hillcrest Liquor and Fine Wines – Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Springhill Wine and Spirits – North Little Rock
Old Chicago – North Little Rock
Friendly Liquor – Fayetteville
Big Orange – Little Rock
Tanglewood Branch – Fayetteville
Vino’s – Little Rock
We gave this beer 5 diamonds: