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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
As craft beer pioneers, we embarked on an expedition to brew the benchmark West Coast IPA. We ventured into the unknown and struck gold, discovering a tantalizing menagerie of hops. Simcoe for tropical and grapefruit zest, Columbus for hop pungency, Centennial for pine notes, Citra for citrus zest and Cascade for floral aroma are layered throughout the brewing process. West Coast IPA® exemplifies the Green Flash spirit of adventure and discovery.

95 IBU

Prior to 2014 7.3% ABV
2014 and later 8.1% ABV

Added by xlperro on 03-26-2005

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At 7.3% ABV and 95 IBUs, this is one Major League beer. Poured into Samuel Smith Pint Glass, this brew looks tantalizing with a two-to-three inch frothy head that fills the glass. Smell, Taste and Mouthful are all good, but the high ABV drops the drinkability to a still very respectable 3.5. I picked up a six pack of this brew at Friar Tuck in Savoy (Champaign) IL on April 10 so this beer could have been fresher when reviewed, so maybe I will have to pick up another 6 pack and re-do this review at a later date. Still a very good beer and it definitely lives up to its hype.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: I'm surprised by the balance of hops and malt. I note the hops of pine, citrus, etc.
Tastes like fresh wild bergamot, greek oregano; horehound finish, all gliding slick-like on a soft malt stick. Big citrus afterglow: Grapefruit, orange, lime peels.

The thick light pastel yellow froth holds dense as long as it takes to sip the pint. Quilts the glass with lace like a mama trying to keep her baby warm in a blizzard.

Once my palate is deadened a little to the numbing hop kill I really appreciate the malt candy background. The mouthfeel too is lovely, rich and middling on the thick-to-thin spectrum. It poured with more body then I was expecting. A very pretty beer that exceeds some west coast IPAs I've tried.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

A=Pours a very cloudy and completely opaque orangeish amber with a fluffy 2 finger head with outstanding retention and lacing.
S=Citrus hops, floral undertones, and a grainy malt backbone
T=Bitter hops, grapefruit, lively citrus notes, overall a good tasting beer. Good hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.
M=Medium bodied, a bit watery in the aftertaste which brings it down a little bit.
O=Lived up to expectations, good IPA.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a beer I return to regularly and really like but feel has been surpassed in recent years. It's great looking and darker than most west coast ipas. The smell is piney with hints of orange and passion fruit. Taste is similar but has a good bit of bite. Yet there's an undertone of sweetness that I detect now that I didn't notice in the past. Maybe my palate has changed, but I liked the drier sensation. Still, a classic and a good go-to DIPA.

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Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see more brewers sending their brews to Colorado! I recall seeing the Green Flash PA all over San Diego and a few days after I got back, my local store started carrying this.
Pours a dark golden color with some copper tones. I'd actually compare it to the "east coast" IPA's I've had rather than the slightly lighter west coast ones I've had. Lacing is as good as I've ever seen....coats the glass like a champ.
Smell is of bitter pine-style hops and grain. Not a ton of malt in the smell, but the hops smell is VERY strong.
Flavor starts off with a bitter hops bite, but it mellows into a maltier flavor quickly...only to finish with a hops bite, too! At 7% there's a little alcohol bitterness, too, but it's not overpowering.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability is only limited by your love of hops. If you like hoppy beers, this is your drink. I think the actual hop characteristics in this brew remind me a lot of Stone's IPA, but possibly stronger. However I think the maltiness is a bit more subdued in this beer, too. They're near equals just depending on what you like. I personally would like a little more malt to back-up the hops, but others might go the opposite direction.
This is a winner. If you're a fan of brews like Stone or Lagunitas, pick this one up, too.

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Photo of jkrich
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Poured a cloudy with sustained sediment, deep orange with a slightly off-white head.

A blast of citrusy hops greets the olfactory. There is some sweet malt aroma coming through.

This is truly a hop bomb. The first sip was strongly citrusy, almost too much so. Yet, as the ale warms the malt sweetness begins to balance the flavor. As the bottle did not have a freshness date, I can not determine if this counterbalance of malt flavor was intended or the hops have weakened.

The body is medium with restrained carbonation. The palate is pleasantly coated with hop bitterness.

The strong bitterness of the hops detracts from the drinkability and the high ABV would limit the quantity. This is a well made, flavorful and refreshing ale that is too highly hopped for my taste. Others may disagree. It is well worth trying, though expensive.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally, I'm a fan of the DIPA style. This one seems a bit unbalanced, which could because we're trying it literally on it's Best By date of 3/15/15.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a huge
billowy white head. The head had large carbonation bubbles entrapped within. It faded very slowly to give a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – A good helping of hop aroma. While mainly citrus in nature there were aromas of some earthy and pine notes. In the background of the smell there is a light biscuit aroma as well.

Taste – The flavors follow the nose quite well. Up front there are nice citrus hop flavors, largely grapefruit in nature, with a good biscuit base. The hop flavors actually lighten in the middle leaving a window for a light citrus sweetness to come into play. More toward the end some hoppiness comes back. The grapefruit hop makes a resurgence and this time is mixed with pine and some earthy flavors leaving a pleasing middle of the ground hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A very creamy body with a lower level of carbonation. The creaminess really allows the hop flavors to sit on the tongue. Very nice for the style and flavors.

Overall – Nice flavors and a great mouthfeel make for one very nice drinking brew.

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Photo of rowew
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Same label design as the rest of the Green Flash offerings. This is the 3rd of 3 that are available in CO now (Nut Brown and Extra Pale are the others).

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with lots of haze, a big head that is pretty solid. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops - piney with a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much like the aroma - quite a bit on piney hops with just enough malt to almost balance it out, but not quite.

Overall impression: A nice beer for hopheads - definitely the best of the 3 Green Flash offerings I have tried.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 in late September.

Poured a deep copper color with a nice fluffy head leaving a nice lacing. Nose is malty but I am not catching the blast of hops that is to come. Taste initally was a bit more heavy on the caramel malts than usual for this style. But then look out for the blast of hops that finishes the sip! Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, very full and lively. Overall drinkability is good but watch out for the ABV if you are planning on making this a session beer!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MacDomer for tossing one of this into a trade. No best before date on the bottle that I can find. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Murky amber color, with one finger off-white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. No visible bubbles. I was looking for a little more head and better retention.

S - Bitter smell on this one - you can sense those 95 IBUs in there. Pine & lemon, with only a faint malt backbone. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass on this one.

T - Very strong bitterness, only a hint of sweetness at the beginning and in the aftertaste. There's a lot of lemon and grapefruit in this one. It's unbalanced, but that's what I expect from something called West Coast IPA.

M - Kind of dry, but otherwise very smooth. Doesn't leave a lot of resinous character behind. A little bit watery as well.

D - The reasonable amount of carbonation and the sweet aftertaste combine to make this eminently drinkable, even if it isn't among the greatest IPAs I've ever had.

A nice teaser - I'm definitely interested in checking out some of Green Flashes more exotic offerings.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- burnt orange copper in color, fluffy two finger off white head with good retent, settles to ring, lacing on glass

S- citrus & pine, all hops

T- citrus/fruit malt sweetness up front shortly before hop bitterness comes in and hammers it home. Bitterness continues through aftertaste. Sour pine, grass, toasted malt flavors. Earthy and slight, slight citrus aftertaste.

M- smooth with a great body, crisp, good carbonation, dry finish & aftertaste

D- Very well brewed IPA. Not my favorite IPA, but this is a must try for hop heads. Distinctive taste compared to other IPA's.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash IPA pours a rich, light copper hue with a nice and dense pillowy head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Truly a beautiful beer.

Huge hop aroma on this bad boy, with a big citrus pop backed by some backwoods leafiness.

Flavor is big time bitter. This might be one of the most bitter beers I've tasted. It's something like 90 IBUs with a standard IPA abv of 7 percent and normal malt profile, so there's not much there to counter the bitterness. This is, however, somewhat of a weakness as it overpowers the real hop flavor, which has hints of pine and grapefruit, mainly. Mouthfeel is nice, with ample carbonation that provides body and creaminess, plus some oily hop resins.

Drinkability, for me at least, is not fantastic, as this beer packs a serious bitter punch. Nevertheless, a great example of the style. One of the most "west-coast" brews I've ever had.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin tan head. the head fades quickly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a pleasent grapefruit citrus hop aroma. It has a slight piney aroma as well. Some floral hops are present. It has a very subtle malty sweet backbone to it also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grapefruit and pine. A slight grassy flavor is present too. I can taste an ever so slight caramel malty flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grapefruit aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high.

This beer would be a pretty good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Maybe just a little. The flavor isnt too aggressive either.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer from a pretty good brewery. Not my all time favorite IPA, but definately a solid drink.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Some fine particulate matter is suspended in the beer.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Large doses of citrus and pine aromas with each vying for dominance. No malt is detected.

Extremely bitter. No balance with malt totally absence. It almost seems like pine resin sticks in the the mouth. Some grapefruit and citrus adds to the flavor. Even for a west coast IPA this seems extreme. Almost venturing into DIPA territory.

Medium body and gentle carbonation. Nice texture despite the extreme bitterness.

This is a palate killer. Just too bitter to enjoy more than one in a session. Almost a day of rest is needed after drinking one.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear and pale copper with an inch worth of tightly packed sandy white head. Retention is low but leaves behind a thick cap as well as a wispy curtain of white lace.

S: Pure, unadulterated hoppiness. Hop cones up the wazoo. Sweet heavy, honey glazed apricots backed with a heavy dose of doughy caramel maltiness. Sort of reminds me of a mix between Two Hearted and Hopslam.

T/MF: Chalky bitterness, pine that moves into a mildy sweet but nonetheless heavy syrupy fruitiness and finishes with a lasting piney/medicinal dryness. Grapefruit rind and earthy pine with a mildly alcoholic closing. The finish on this one is incredibly long, it is almost like drinking an entirely different beer after each sip. Full bodied for an IPA, very chewy with a prickly carbonation not too big, not too small but otherwise inoffensive and unremarkable.

D: A heavy IPA, close to a DIPA, a sort of tweener beer. If you are a big west coast IPA fan this beer is for you, if you are looking for some depth and breadth I would look elsewhere, but it is really hard to ignore the glorious hoppiness this beer throws in your face.

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Photo of Spikester
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber, cream color 1" head, plentiful lacing. Aroma is very piney, resinous, powerful. Taste is big piney sweet pink grapefruit hop flavor with hard to find malts. If you enjoy lots of hops this is for you. I would have enjoyed some more malt presence. Unknown date but plenty of flavor indicates fairly fresh.

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Photo of minterro
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at single at Little's Wine and Liquor. Poured into a pint. Paired with pretzels and humus.

A&S: Lively transparent amber colored beer. Off white head has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty pungent and include dank spicy hops along with some grapefruit citrus, but also has a classic sweet sugar tone.

T&M: Alcohol is present at a great level, there but not the main component. Hop tone is very similar to the aroma. Good bitterness profile in the finish, bitter but not bruising. Medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Very solid IPA, in my opinion maybe a little over ranked but not by much. Good price point for the quality.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a yeti snifter a medium copper color with a thin tan head that leaves a tapioca looking film.

Fresh hop juice that spans the spectrum as I get citrusy grapefruit, freshly mowed grass and a floral bouquet all rolled into one. Smells good. Maybe a slight hint of malt?...Nah.

One of the hoppiest IPAs I have had. Resinous, sticky ganja like flavors...like biting into a big juicy nug. Somehow manages to be fresh tasting and drinkable without being to bitter or overbearing. Enough malts are present to at least keep the mad hops on a long leash.

A must try for not only every hophead, but all beer lovers. Fresh, clean and hoppy. Not an everyday drinker for me, but it is comforting to have a few on hand chillin' in the fridge. Tough call between this and the Two-Hearted ale for me.

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Photo of Hoppington
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this at my local store. A superb IPA. This is a crisp IPA, somewhat more dry (and less sugary) than other ales in this category, despite coming in at a nice 7% ABV. The bitter hops takes center stage in this offering and is sharp and spicy. Not too syrupy, which makes this beer quite refreshing and drinkable.

In short, this is a great session IPA. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard great things about this beer and loved the DIPA so jumped all over this when I was able to find it.

Very very aggressive poor, going to have to let it sit for a few minutes.

Appearance-After letting the head tighten up it leaves a finger fluffy head that remains for a long period. Hazy dark orange. almost a bright yellow at the bottom of the glass. Some sediment lingering on the bottom of the glass.

Smell-This beer is two months old and i get a TON of hops. Theres a giant cloud above this beer that is just filled with hops, this is great. I get some citrus/grapefruit, and a fair amount of pine. I don't get any alcohol.

Taste-The taste did not WOW me like the smell did. After drinking this a 2nd and 3rd time It's slowly growing on me. Big hop characters throughout the whole tongue and a ton of pine, wish I had a little more sweetness. I get a little bit of lemon and grapefruit, not much booze. I also get a good share of malt, becomes more predominant as I continue to drink.

Mouthfeel-Pretty full bodied for a single IPA, Green Flash making a statement.

Overall-Good IPA, but wanted more citrus notes that I thought I would get. Definitely want to try a fresher one. Don't get me wrong, I can drink this beer all day, and will probably have a few more, but was hoping for a little more flavor.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw my first Green Flash in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head started pretty impressive and poofy but then dropped to about a finger of off-white and orangey-y fuzz. And yeah, there is a bit of ring lace on the glass if you're into that kind of thing.

In the glass, the beer has a darker amber appearance. When it is brought into the light, it gets a little more golden, a little more orange. I was not prepared for the sediment, but in a big, hoppy beer; I should probably just roll with it.

Smell- Well, hello there! Tropical, sweet, and piney; this IPA gives off some grapefruit and passion fruit, a bit of honey, and a nice resin. After getting accustomed to the smells, there is a bit of soapiness and slight biscuit malt too.

Taste- Well, the flavor is a little more muted than the nose, but I still get some of those great flavors on the nose. The biscuit malt, resin, and soapy quality is much more prevalent here. Let's not forget the bitterness! Boy, that is a zinger on the chops!

Still, I wish the great tropical flavors and honey-like quality made a bigger splash than what I get in the finish!

Mouth feel- The beer is a decent medium body with some decent stick. It slides over the tongue like oil. A little more lift from the carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Being from the No - Coast Midwest, I have to give props to this West Coast IPA. It comes on strong with the bitterness and fantastic nose. It just needs to back it up with a just as extraordinary experience on the palate. This was a nice introduction to Green Flash!

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Photo of TheEremite
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

Poors a brilliant orange with 1/2 inch of foam. Smells of PUNGENT pine that sticks in your nose and coats your nostrils. Tastes of thick pine resin and grapefruit. It's catty, thick and sappy. This is no session beer, but it highlights the West Coast hops nicely. Brilliant Beer, but it's a sipper.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a nice reddish-amber color with a modest head and decent lacing. The nose is quite full of resinous/piney hop aroma... excellent hoppy aroma, worthy of being swirled around and sniffed for a good long time. The taste, likewise, is all hops: close to overwhelming resin flavor, very high bitterness, nothing but hops... even the ultra hoppy DFH provide some malt balance compared to this. It's a close call, but it's a bit too one-dimensional for my taste.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Bottled on 1/21/13.

S - Citrus, tangerine. Resiny/catty fresh aroma. Malts have a little bit of sweetness, honey-like.

A - Towering, rocky light tan head. Little bit of haziness to the deep amber colored beer. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Right away there is a glimpse of toasty malt, it hangs on for nearly the entirety of the taste but early on is overcast with hops. Piney/minty hops are there early and often lending good flavor with a wallop of bitterness. Little bit of sweetness midway but dried up nice in the finish. Hop bitterness was a little clingy and a little unpleasant well into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, dry, medium carbonation.

O - Good meld of hop aroma with underlying malts. Taste is great again from malt striking a stylistic balance. Hops lent a unique flavor profile also drying the beer up well. Bitterness was a little on the sharp side for my preference and a little over carbonation contributing to that sensation. All in all I am happy to have tried this beer and will look to seek out more from this brewery as I have heard great things.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,843 ratings.