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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
BEER INFO

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 zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 13 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky medium orangey amber. It's almost clear, so that I can see through it just enough to make out a whole lot of bubbles rising up. Massive 2+ finger cream-colored head, super-dense, more like a sponge than foam. Tons of sticky lacing, great retention. Half-way through the glass, it still held a thick foam cap. Very impressive appearance.

Smell is nice mellow hops, citrus over pine, though it comes and goes, sometimes piney, sometimes citrusy. Deep, oily, earthy hops.

Tastes like a west coast IPA, for sure. Bitter. Mellow undercurrent of pale malts, with a bitterness that builds up over it and lasts. Pretty one-dimensional, but enough backing that it's pretty good. Persistent and bitter - can still taste it 15-20 seconds later.

Mouthfeel is good - medium-bodied, tingly prickly carbonation that works well with the taste.

Heavy on the hops. I'd like there to be more in the taste than just bitter. Appearance is something for all IPAs to aspire to.

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Photo of gr0g
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three week old bottle based on "best by" date. Golden amber and a little bit hazy. A 2+ finger head yields some nice lacing. Head retention is very good. Aroma nicely showcases the varied blend of hops used (3 C's and Simcoe): grapefruit, pine, citrus, grassy and floral all at once. Definite emphasis on grass and pine notes. Not as aromatic as I remember this (though it's been a long time since I last tried this).

Super bitter, as expected, with grass and pine prevailing in the flavor. It's like a Christmas tree in your mouth. Malt profile is thoroughly squelched by the hops. Very high apparent bitterness with almost no malt body to speak of, just a faint cracker-like grain like a hoppy pils. Sudsy carbonation is moderately soft. The mouthfeel is otherwise slick and oily. Almost no alcohol on the palate.

A palate-shredding, pine-forward, very west coast IPA. This is a nice example of an extremely hop-forward IPA, but it's not on my list of top IPAs.

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Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this one! Sampled & reveiwed on 1/13/07:

Ap: Medium pour raises full finger of creamy head with rocky surface. Copper color, good carbonation. Sparkling & clean.

Ar: Wonderfully hoppy! Deep fruit aromas of grapes & citrus, as well as pine needles & evergreens. Slight alcohol notes in the background.

Ta: Hops dominate from start to finish. Nice sweet malty middle which is quickly turned with another blast of hops in the finish. Stong citrusy, piney, apricot flavor.

Mo: Medium bodied. Mouth puckering from hop bitterness. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste - slightly cloying. Very good carbonation for the style.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to heightened bitterness, its a slow sipper for me. Could only have one or taste buds would be shattered!

Comments: The aroma is the real winner here. Dominated by the trademark citrusy NW hops, it truly radiates hoppiness. The flavor is pleasant, but could cut down on the bittering hop addition.

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Photo of dill
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA. The bitterness reaches a high peak but mellows out to reveal a nice oakiness. Tastes great cold and is quite easy to drink. Goes well with some spicy Mexican food. Not my favorite IPA, but a very nice beer that has some unique characteristics.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Berkeley Bowl west, no exp.

A: Foggy sun tea orange with slow uniform rising carbonation. 1.5 finger head. cloudy floating sediment like a pond
S: Relatively weak but nice IPA smell, hoppy with a pine sweetness.
T: Bitterness turns into sourness, bitterness is pretty strong, but alcohols is well masked. almost bananay yeast. citrusy background.
M: Tad astringent, light to moderate micro carbonation.
O: good but I don't see why people think it's SO great.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz. bottle, with best before date 11/13/2014 printed on the label. It's been a long time coming since I've last had this beer, so I'm not quite sure what to expect anymore aside from hoppy goodness.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice burnt sienna orange colored body with one finger of foamy off-white head. Adequate carbonation streaming topside from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Some tiny sediment particles noticeable. Leaves behind some nice lacing as the head recedes. 4

S - The smell is mostly all floral & grapefruit. Piney & citric, just like the label describes. A pleasant aroma, but I was expecting more depth to it, in all honesty. 3.5

T - The taste follows the nose - a bitter hop bomb all around. Grapefruit, orange, pine, and a subtle but noticeable caramel malt bill on the end. 4

M - The feel is extremely bitter and resinous. An easy drinking beer for 8.10% abv, though. It leaves the palate craving for another sip to quench the dryness left behind. Lingering notes of dank pine and grapefruit. Enjoyable, yes, but almost too bitter I might say. 3.5

Overall, it was about what I expected / remembered it to be - an all around resinous hop bomb. Two years ago, I might have raved about such a beer, but nowadays I find it rather uninspired. Still, a nice beer in the realm of big bitter double IPA's. I look forward to trying more from Green Flash.

Green Flash West Coast IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of SpruceFish
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice hazy copper color

S- citrus some pine and defiantly hoppy

T- claims 95 IBUs but i dont fully taste it but great hoppy taste again some citrus and pine

M- light carbonation goes down smooth

D- eal drinkable i could sit down and drink a few of these

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Photo of modernartblues
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes (no freshness info)

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: dark amber golden color, 1/2" of off white head, lots of haze

N: not as good as others, grapefruit-orange-pine, but not in your face....thinking this may not be the freshest bottle

T: grapefruit and pine, not too complicated, plenty of bitterness- I believe the 95 IBUs...still questioning the freshness, but this held up fairly well

M: good, not overbearing

D: high, but IMO there are better IPAs on the market, if I can assure a fresher bottle or on tap, I would def. give this one another whirl

thanks to cduckett for the extra

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Photo of pieper
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. So happy I could actually smell this one...

This West Coast IPA has a nice even cloudy golden orange color. I generally cant really smell all that well, so it was nice to find this beer with a pleasant hoppy, floral aroma. There is something in the taste that I cant quite put my finger on, but there is a very strong hop flavor (bitter), nice floral favor. The aftertaste is a bit too strong for me (taste I can't figure out), its pretty bitter. Solid carbonation. Drinkable beer, but dont know if I could throw back a bunch due to the aftertaste.

-cmp

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Photo of
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Hazy amber liquid. Large, light tan head. Quite rocky. Moderate lacing.

Aroma was mainly citrus - lemon and grapefruit. Some grassy notes in there as well. A bit of honey if you really put your nose into it. After most of the glass, malt became more apparent, and the honey character picks up. A breadlike scent also comes out to play.

Taste follows scent, and is quite hoppy. Citrus and grass are the players, and are much stronger in flavor than the scent would indicate. Malt is there, but hard to characterize. Definately not a starring role. Alcohol pops through occasionally, but is pretty mild. I felt that it could have been a bit better balanced.

Medium bodied, with similar carbonation. Not very drying, but it does keep you sipping.

Balanced, it's not, but if you like hops, get some of this. Very good.

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Photo of GameFreac
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this since the 2nd time I drank a bottle, I didn't pour it as aggressively and had a much smaller head. I don't know if this even makes sense, but I swear I think the gigantic head hid all the hop oils and carbonation.

12 oz. bottle with no date but I'm assuming this is super fresh since it just got shipped to Tennessee yesterday.

Appearance:

1st Bottle: Pours a dark red/golden color with 4 fingers of a huge head. I guess I poured it too aggressively.

2nd Bottle: Poured very carefully this time and got about a half finger of head.

Smell:

1st Bottle: As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell huge hop notes. Pine, mango, citrus. The smell from the glass is along those lines but much more intense.

2nd Bottle: This time the aroma wasn't as intense but still along those lines.

Taste -

1st Bottle: Very nice. Not as intense as the smell but still the same flavors in general. Hoppy but not overpowering. Has a nice malt backbone to it.

2nd bottle: Actually way more intense than the smell. The smell is actually much more muted than the flavor. Usually it's the other way around for most beers. VERY hoppy flavor. Mostly pine and just super bitter.

Mouthfeel:

1st Bottle: Creamy but my only complaint is that it is slightly watery.

2nd Bottle: Very nice carbonation and not watery at all.

Overall: Great IPA. First bottle didn't blow me away but the 2nd time when I poured it carefully, the flavors really came out and didn't get trapped in the head. I never thought a pour would make this much of a difference but it made this beer much better. Maybe I'm just crazy.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with no drink by date. Come out a shiny copper color that is fairly cloudy. It is topped by a 21/2 finger off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is heavily hopped, grapefruit and citrus oil smelling.

The taste is fairly strong hop bitterness with medium malt flavors. The taste is both leafy and fruity with a medium bodied mouthfeel. A pretty decent IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is a total hop bomb: herbal, floral, citrus zest. Taste is also all about the hops with citrus zest and herbal/floral hop flavors battling for dominance. There is a somewhat assertive hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. Unfortunately, this beer was flat as hell and that made it a bit of a chore to drink. Overall, this is a good IPA that blasts your nose and mouth with hops of all kinds.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle, it's a nice golden-orange with a sticky off-white head. The smell is assertively hoppy but backed by a fair noseful of biscuity malt smell. The hops assault the tongue but, again, the malt sweetness rounds things out fairly well. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. The hops overtake the tongue quickly and this doesn't strike me as an all-nighter in the drinkability department. Overall, a fairly good effort but outmatched by many other IPAs, including a laundry-list from the same county.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: hazy amber, fluffy stiff head of white froth.

S: citrus hops, sweet malts,

T: bitter, bitter, hops, and alcohol the malts are lost.

M: average feel, clean, and dry,

D: enjoyable would love to have this mid summer. will buy again.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just another delicious IPA from Cali that settles a clear and brilliant dark amber color. Moderate pine and citrus hop fill the nose. Take a bite of the generous bitter hop taste that gives a rough but friendly bite back and leaves a sweet grapefruit bitter aftertaste. Wonderful with a fully loaded cheddar cheeseburger and fries.

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Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Beachland Ballroom. 12oz poured into the only cup I could find - a clear plastic 14oz cup.

Appearance is nice- light orangish copper colored beer with a great head. There was even a bit of lace on the cup!!

Smell is hops, lots of hops, and some good mix. Dank herb, pine, citrus - this smells like a Phish show without the patchouli.

Taste is nice. There's a good balance between the sweet malt and the pungent hops. Pine and oranges, some pineapple, and a decent rush of bitterness. A bit too sticky though, could use a touch less of the lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel was good with a medium body. I like a bit more crispness in my IPA's and this was a touch too creamy.

Drinkability was good but the score took a hit due to the lingering bitterness. I like this beer but there are much better IPA's out there to enjoy. But at least it delivers the hops!

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Photo of kflorence
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, amber in color with very little head even when poured aggressively. The head that is there, though, sticks around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing along the edges of the glass. Some particulates can be found floating around. Carbonation levels seem a bit low, but ample. The hue is nice, but the head is a bit weak.

S: Smells heavily of citrus hops, pine resin and a bit of roasted malt in the background. There is also an earthy, grass note in the aroma. Seems quite hopped, though I wouldn't call the aroma "inviting." The malt aromas seem to become more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Taste follows the aroma well. Lots of hops up front with a great amount of grapefruit citrus. Some pine resin comes through as well. There is a subtle bready malt presence in the background, but it never really gains prominence. Finishes with a lingering tart, grapefruit flavor on the tongue. Manages to pack a lot of citrus and hops without being overly bitter.

M: A solid, medium bodied brew with lower than average carbonation and a good amount of chewiness. Very smooth.

O: I found this quite enjoyable, overall, and it is sure to please those seeking the classic West coast IPA flavor. I found this one to be slightly one-dimensional, but it is definitely a quality craft brew. Pretty drinkable for the style, especially considering the strong hop presence and higher ABV. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again myself, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Cheers!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It's a hazy orange color with a surprising amount of yeasty floaties despite a slow careful pour. Good head but it's gone in a flash. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasant fresh piney hops.

Taste is especially strong but I guess that's what they mean by "west coast" IPA. I suppose someone on the east coast might call this imperial?! Nice and bitter, some sweetness, and even a little yeasty bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice but a little high in both carbonation and alcohol.

Drinkability would be higher if it wasn't so bitter.

A good IPA but a bit too bitter for my taste.

It should be noted that I had this several months ago at the Falling Rock and really enjoyed it. Seems likely that this would be better on tap.

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Photo of bmwats
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Slight lacing.

S: Pine is prevalent, not much else.

T: Hoppy with a slight indistinct sweet tone.

M: Syrupy and bitter, with a dry finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent hue, with a nice, head and some fair lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Syrupy sweet pine resin with a slightly bitter finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice dark hazy orange, non see through. Finger width head dies down quick leaving almost none at all.

S - A lot of Citrus right off the bat...smelling notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach. Not really getting any malty notes at all.

T - Getting a lot of peach and orange and tads of lemon in the middle that are poking through. Has a clean and smooth finish and just a tad bitter, leaving the back of the tongue tingling.

M - very crisp feeling IPA. good carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall this is a great " west coast" style IPA. Tons of citrus and even a little bit of pine on the finish. For big hop heads who enjoy the citrusy, juicy IPA. Awesome beer.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on tap. Hazy orange, light head and little retention.

Copper citrus grapefruit hops in the nose, biscuity malts, dank and some hope spice. Very nice, aromatic IPA.

Good bittering and aromatic hop selection. Nice dry bitterness and a good hop/malt ratio. Touch of minerality. Not very citrusy although there is a nice dank hop presence. Booze is pretty persistent throughout.

Oily dry mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Zestier than a lot of other Socal Ipas. Very well balanced, but the aromatics are not represented as well in the flavor.

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Photo of bobhits
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to Kentucky Green Flash, glad to finally try this one.

Pours a darker reddish orange color, good density but very clean. Not much head but a creamy white top somewhat lingers around. Lacing is also lacking so not exciting.

A good strong funky hop aroma. A mix of citrus flavors with an almost brass metal like blend, surprisingly this is a huge complement. The malt isn't strong or powerful enough so this one goes a bit one sided and has plenty of room to grow on.

Much like the nose, citrus and brassy hops. A lot of herbal elements here as well. I really like the complexity in flavor from the hops. The malt is weak and doesn't add much here, light toasted caramel malt in the back ground.

A bit heavy for an IPA but drinkable and very well carbonated.

I really like this one. It isn't the best or close, but it is a great example of what the west coast ipas are all about.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately no bottled on date, but says best by 4/23/15. That's about as fresh as you'll find Green Flash in New Mexico these days.

Lovely frothy head and sticky lace shine in the snifter in which this is poured. There's a creamy look to the white head. Carbonation trickles upwards through the hazy amber body and a light blonde color glows towards the base of the glass.

Massive aromas flood from the snifter and even at a distance I catch piney, resinous, floral and citrusy notes. Sticking my nose in the glass, juicy resinous are more dominant and urge me to sip. I'll oblige.

There's not so much diversity hitting my tongue as was hitting my nose, as this seems more confined to pine, resin and a biscuity sweet flavor. Subsequent sips bring out a tad of fruit flavor like pineapple and citrus, but it's might subtle. I enjoy how this brew tastes, but its aroma set the bar a bit higher than the taste could achieve.

The bottle says this brew is 95 IBUs, but it seems other beers with more IBUs aren't half as bitter. This is a bitter beast/bomb almost from start to finish, with light sweetness smoothing things out initially but it ends aggressively and almost harshly. This would turn off a lot of newbs for sure. The carbonation level is mellow enough that it doesn't contribute to the bitter harshness and I'm thankful for this because otherwise it could be even harder to sip. Occasionally I get some mellow fruitiness that is really enjoyable, so this isn't a complete palate attack.

I suppose some hop heads can really get down to this, but I find it a little over the top. I don't think I'd drink too many of these by choice, but I'd certainly never turn it down.

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Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a slightly hazy amber tangerine with a light amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to every available surface throughout consumption.

The nose is primarily composed of grassy and piney hops aromas. Some sweet citrus hops aromas are also noticeable in the background but are difficult to analyze.

Light and sweet at the start, flavors of pine, tangerine, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. As the beer is swallowed, a strong pine flavor emanates from the center of the tongue outward. This quickly gains a strong bitterness that, combined with the flavor, wipes out all traces of any other flavors.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is a treat to drink. The body is just heavy enough to allow the flavors to really impact the palate while never becoming sticky. The carbonation is a little fizzy but definitely helps to keep the body enjoyable and the finish crisp.

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