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Brew In Town: Green Flash West Coast IPA

Green Flash West Coast IPA

Where In Town: Rodman’s, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Price: $10.99/four-pack

Winter Fail

There is no winter ale less satisfying than one whose label reads “winter ale”—a style with no historical roots. Rather, it is the Hallmark card of the beer world, a bestseller dreamed up by marketing teams and infused with lowest-common-denominator levels of sugar and spice. You could instead drink a seasonally appropriate porter, stout, or boozy Belgian ale... but these malt-bombs can seem as heavy as department-store Santas after a few bottles. I’d like to propose an alternative to the usual holiday styles, a kind of beer-y Festivus: the India pale ale. Not just any IPA, mind you, but Green Flash West Coast IPA, which tastes like liquefied grapefruit, that great globular holiday gift.

Pithy Comeback

In case you witnessed Grapefruitgate—the recent blogosphere and social media fiasco that ensued when a writer for Slate penned a citrus takedown, calling the humble orb baleful and disgusting—fear not. The fruit is still delicious, as is this beer. West Coast IPA smells grassy and citrusy, and the taste is fruity, juicy, and bitter, like a grapefruit San Pellegrino soda infused with Christmas tree trimmings. Pick up a four-pack to ensure a hoppy new year.

Photo by Daniel Fromson

  • Rich

    Might want to remove "Farmhouse Ale" from the title, this is no where close to a farmhouse ale.

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  • CTK

    Great beer, but I liked it better when it was sold in the DC area in 6-packs for roughly the current price of a 4-pack (if not less).

  • RFW

    Agree with CTK. This beer has been around for years and it used to be available at a decent price in 6 packs. Ultra-hopped and refreshing though I don't buy it often bc the move to the 4 pack pissed me off.

    Anyway, the more I read this column, the more I question the author's methods and knowledge. For example, how did he manage to fail to mention beers such as Lagunitas Brown Shugga (which was made available for the 1st time in years) and the Stone Vertical Epic (12/12/12 - could be the final year for this amazing series)?

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