I always wanted to try Green Flash West Coast IPA. Sadly, I could never find an example fresher than three months old. So I waited. And waited. Finally, I found a less than one month old 4 pack. By this time, the highly rated beer had changed recipes, so I never got to try the original.
The new version increased the booze to 8% putting it in DIPA territory. They added Cascade and Citra hops to the original mix of Simcoe, Columbus and Centennial. Sounds promising.
It was the final beer in a session that included Lagunitas New Dogtown PA, Ballast Point Calico Amber, and Bells Two Hearted from a can. All beers were less than 2 months old.
Aroma - it was the second least aromatic of the group. That was surprising. Two Hearted was the least aromatic of the bunch. WCIPA had the aromas one would expect from the hops used, but Citra wasn't represented. Not much in the way of a malt note. Lagunitas was the most dank, but not much else. Ballast Point had the nicest aroma of the bunch with pineapple and pine hops with a good malt and yeast aroma. It was the lowest IBU beer of the bunch at 40 something.
Flavor - was more impressive than the aroma for WCIPA. It had the flavors one would expect from the hops used, but I believe Citra was included for marketing purposes and doesn't really do much for the beer. It had a long, pleasant aftertaste with an assertive bitterness that never got too harsh. It was boozy, but smooth. I think it won the flavor contest. Two Hearted was second. Ballast Point was third and Lagunitas was last.