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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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3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

West Coast IPA is an orange/amber color with a 1/4" off-white head. The head falls quickly to a cap and leaves a good lattice of lacework.

The nose is full of piney hops and ripe grapefruit. Orange peel. Appropriately named as this has a classic West Coast IPA aroma.

Juicy citrus, tangy pine in the initial taste. Very hopped up and nice bitterness.

Full, round mouthfeel. Nice bitter finish. Good drinkability. I agree with my main man, tryemall(thanks for the beer!), this beer could benefit from a little more malt backbone. Otherwise, very nice, very hoppy W.C. IPA.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A not-so-careful pour yields a 1/2 finger khaki colored head. Tons of sediment from the bottom of the bottle managed to make it's way into my pour, so there are a few nice-sized chunks of spent yeast/hops.

S - Grapefruity, pineappley hops! It's been a minute since an IPA I've drank had such a nose. Great smelling brew. Piney hops in the back.

T - Pretty nice taste, but I'm not huge on the finish. The hop oils are a little much for a standard AIPA. Tastes like someone squeezing a pine tree into your mouth. I like it, but have had better.

M - Slightly undercarbonated for my tastes, but pretty nice body.

D - I had really high hopes for this but the finish kills it a little for me. It's bitter as hell, and yes, it does ease up the more you drink it... it totally wrecks your palate.

Notes: I'd pick this up again, but not as consistently as say, Two Hearted, or Snoqualmie Wildcat. I have one more in the fridge, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it... but I'll remember that this one beats the hell out of your tongue.

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Photo of silentjay
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a plain orange copper that produces a huge eggshell colored head that retains and laces well.

ahhh. pine. hoppy aroma of pine needles, and some citrus rind. not terribly complex, but oh so appetizing.

flavor is a bit of a letdown from the aroma, but not terribly. the pine fades to the background while the citrus rind and bitter hops come out front. malt is barely detectable and quite lackluster, but its not the main attraction here. there is a little white bread and a touch of toast.

light medium bodied with a syrupy feel after the swallow and a touch of heat with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

drinks ok. a bit harsh from the hop profile and slight alcohol burn. would like a bit more pleasant hop flavor to work alongside the hop bitterness. good, but not great. definitely not a gateway beer. you have to love hops and bitterness to enjoy this one.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (4.5): This looks so appealing to me. A dark golden almost amber hue when settled and extremely unfiltered. There's minimal white colored carbonation for the head. And when I say unfiltered, there's chunky bits in there, the yummy looking kind.

Smell (3.75): It's not extremely overpowering, but there's pleasent citrus, floral, earth and piney notes all coming off this. It's very complex it seems, but at the same time with so much hop aromas in there I'm also getting a nice balanced malt sweetness there.

Taste (3.75): Unbalancedly bitter, but that's what they're going for obviously. With that said there's still a large amount of malts in there to help but out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium to full bodied, very acidic. Orange peel like acidity that at the same time has a nice sweet subtle softness.

Overall (4): This is one of the classics, so that's why I'll give it the respect it deserves. I like it for what it is, but that doesn't mean I like it.

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Photo of theteleman
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Orangeish apperance with a nice white head that takes it time to disapate. Smells…Pine, Hops, lots of hops some citrus notes are prevalent as well. Taste is what I've come to expect from these West Coast styles, the first thing that my tounge noticed was the hoppy, piney taste that I love. Real nice mouthfeel, bitter but also some malts in there to balance it out. Awesome. The ABV is disguised well here so tread carefully but Enjoy!

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Photo of Moose90
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz squatty bottle with no best by date printed, even though there is a dedicated spot for one on the bottle!

A — Pours a nice and vibrant orange hue into the glass, pretty bright, almost a bit of a reddish tinge around the edges. There is an initially tall and off-white colored head that forms, it does settle to a nice thin layer atop the beer, leaving behind some consistent and sticky rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smells quite pungent and oddly malt forward first, though there does seem to be a really nice piney, pungent, bitter character underneath it all.

T — Taste is predicated by a bitter, piney, earthy, herbaceous, dank, resinous hop profile, little to no juiciness or sweetness, it is a really nice bitter piney treat. There is enough malt to balance it out but its quite bitter and nice.

M — Medium bodied, long and lingering finish is nice.

O — Very nicely done, and still remains a classic, this is extremely bitter and dry, no nonsense, just bitter hops in your face.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Translucent caramel amber, mediocre head with low retention

S - Lemon peel, lots of pine, white grape juice

T - The bitterness plays out really interestingly. There's a big hop kick on the first sip that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for a wallop of bitterness, but it doesn't hit you right away. It makes you double check the 95 IBU label on the bottle. The bitterness is incredibly delayed, and shows up deep into the aftertaste. That said, it overlaps and builds between sips. It's a little overpowering after a while as you realize they didn't miss a decimal place on the IBUS. The flavor profile includes pine, spice, pepper, and Campari.

M - Nice body, very smooth. The bitterness really lingers.

D - I split a 12oz bottle with a friend, and we both had our fill after drinking our half.

O - A niche beer that's more of a bitter novelty than a session beer.

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Photo of Sintech
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Smell is mild and of pine/hops.

Appearance is dark golden bronze.

Taste is a very smooth, nice malt to hops ballance.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, no alcohol bite.

Overall a very good California IPA easily accessible here in Nebraska...gbr!

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden and hazy. Fantastic head retention and lacing (If you are into that sort of thing).

Aroma isn't as strong as you'd expect. Very nice hop aroma. More on the grapefruit side than the grass side.

Taste is pithy and bitter. A good sign for the style. The hops aren't overpowering and eliminating the malt, but the citrus rind flavor really lingers. It is an inviting flavor but pretty exhausting!

Carbonation level is right on target.

Not my favorite IPA, but definitely a memorable one.

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Photo of GrumpyBeer
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was good/great IPA with great west coast hop head aromas and a bitter pine forward taste. The pour was dark amber orange clear with carbonation heavy bubble throughout. The smell was very good. Pine resin and that fantastic hoppy citrus I expected. The taste was very bitter forward, piney and malt and caramel were there. The citrus I expected just wasn't quite there but for those loving the hoppy bitter IPA with more malt note this would hit the spot. Mouthfeel was dry and slightly sour after drinking. Almost a hoppy farmhouse ale feel.
This was overall a good beer, not quite as fruit and citrus as others but still a good IPA for the bitter lovers

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Photo of chickenm
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing. Huge hop aroma with pine and grapefruit. The taste has massive bitterness with piney hops; it's a bit one-dimensional with the over-the-top bitterness. The finish is very dry and bitter. There is some astringency here as well. The drinkability isn't bad, but I prefer a little more balance in my IPAs.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/09/12

A - Two plus fingers worth of airy fluffy pillow-like slightly off-white colored head that is comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately leaves a splotch froth... The color is an intriguing deep bronze color... A limited bit of uber sluggish carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Grape fruit... Sweet tangerine... Orange zest... The pleasant citrusy hops are at the forefront, but not too potent... They sit atop a rich malt base comprised of biscuit and rich caramel... Very pleasant and spot on the for the style...

T - The hops take a 180-degree turn on the palette... Instead of the expected citrus, the hops take on a much more piney, earthy, noble character... There are no hints of citrus... Some graham crackers and bread crust... Some light floral notes...

M - Ultra dry from the get go... A slight bite throughout... Starts harsh before turning more gentle throughout... Medium bodied... Limited carbonation...

D - Excellent appearance and aroma... The taste and mouthfeel weren't quite what I was hoping for... The overall result is a slightly interesting American IPA... This is not something that I would drink with regularity...

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive three finger off white head with rocky bubbles quickly builds to the top of the glass. Body is the color of honey. Scattered lace is left all over the body of the glass. The nose is huge with lots of fresh hop aroma and sweet citrus and sappy pine. Hop presence is quick to make itself known with long bold mineral based hops. The palate yeilds a slight creamy sweetness that quickly fades to a lengthy bitter richness that shows a bit of malt character as well. A solid IPA with a lengthy bitter mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich copper color with a smaller cream colored head that does leave some decent lace behind.

Aroma is west coast punchy grapefruit, pine is big also. Some light floral noted as well. Hops are big covering the malt, though some light sweetness does come thru.

Taste is hops fresh pine needles, sprinkled grass laying on large citrus hops that leave a lingering bitterness, that lasts and lasts. Bitterness is not extreme but seems to take center stage in this beer, thru out.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with a good medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good a big West Coast IPA. I love hops but hints of malt would make it a touch better. I guess it should be all good just in a different mood today. Thanks to merlin48 for the treat as always.

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Photo of hiku7
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I will start by saying I am generally a Green Flash fan, but this one did not quite live up to expectations, though it was overall a decent brew. Maybe it was a bad bottle. I'll review again if I change my mind.

The problem was certainly not with the appearance or smell. It poured a cloudy amber with a huge tan head. Low carbonation though. More on this later.

Smell is great, with a woody, piney hop smell and caramel malt. The taste is wonderful hops but without the overwhelming hop bite that finish many overdone IPAs. The taste was more fruity than the smell, which had only a hint of fruitiness coming through the hops.

The mouthfeel is where this beer lost me. It was so low carbonation that it was almost flat. It was way too watery.

Overall, the flat wateriness got to me, though I loved the hop assault smell. Good beer, but I can't give it the high marks that others have. I'll revise if I have a different experience with another try. Unfortunately, I only bought a single, so that will have to wait.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Light copper hue, some suspended sediment, two fingers of stiff eggshell head that slowly dissipate.

Smell -- Citrus rind, tropical fruit, spring flowers, cut grass, buttered bread. Not terribly fragrant.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, some buttered bread. The 95 IBU's make themselves known in the finish with a tidal wave of hop bitterness. Finish is grapefruit and pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability -- It's certainly a West Coast IPA with its big grapefruit and bittering hops. There's some to be desired in the mouthfeel, but otherwise a solid offering.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

growler picked up about a half hour ago.

a - poured a transparent chestnut amber with a thin head that didn't hang around.

s - subtle hops with good malt balance. not as "west coast" as I had expected although the beverage shop said very fresh

t - much more sticky and pine cone than the nose suggests, but still very balanced by the malt back bone

m - little watery and thin but easy drinker.

o - overall a decent ipa. I wouldn't go nuts for this one and with so many ipa choices this one falls a bot short, but enjoyable none-the-less.

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Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! I've had this now on-tap and in the bottle. From the bottle, the beer comes off much creamier, with a lusty off white thick frosty head, lacing and a load of retention. The nose is incredibly pungent and you know you are in for a wallop. The piney notes and oily hop esters are screaming out from the glass. Everything said about this on-tap holds true for the bottle version, just in more acute fashion. The beer is very, very acerbic with an extremely tart, grapefruity, pungent hop bite. It is even more imbalanced in bottle form than on-tap. Good, but definitely one for big time hop heads. L'Chaim.

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Photo of mikul93
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice amber/orange with a healthy head. Lots of lacing and lots of sediment

S Pine, citrus, hops and some caramel

T Grapefruit, hops, nice touch of sweetness. Hop bitterness at the end that lingers.

M Medium carbonation. Medium viscosity.

O Good but not great. I enjoyed it though. Would definitely pick up another 4 pack.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So i finally had this one and wow, i think this is one of the most underrated brews.

I poured into my Alpine brewing pint glass. A hazy honey amber color with burnt orange on the edges. Solid off-white head with strong lacing. The aroma was a slap in the face of herbaceous citrus rind hops... a wall of hops per se which was a perfect seguay to the taste. Bitter grapefruit and fresh cut pine boughs dominate. I could detect nothing else, mildly tannic? Seems a bit green and could use a bit more malt on the backbone... still good though.

A good medium feel on the tongue, nicely carbonated and very tasty.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(3/5/15 best by)

L: peach/gold ... lots of amber/orange in it; cloudy at first and loads of debris; 1/3- to 1/2-inch offwhite head of foam, laces a little, keeps a bright collar; it clears up a bit, but even as it clears, you can still see the debris

S: candied orange with bitter pine; pretty sweet, slightly in that caramel/mango range but the bitter is strong; as it warms, becomes much, much sweeter than the taste

T: very bitter, pine, citrus, candied orange, some grapefruit; the alcohol and hops jump in there and then hang back in the aftertaste ... burn in the throat is alcohol, but the hop bite is so stout that it's lingering

F: very full, almost thick but very carbonated ... a good light heavyweight, pulling well short of syrupy

O: BIG hop bite here, and lots of bitter up front, in the middle and on the back; it's not a grapefruit bomb, but the pine and bitter mix up with the orange to create something close; classic big hoppy brew

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear full copper color and is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma starts out with a raw herbal hop note but then moves to softer, sweeter citrus notes of grapefruity and orange peel. The taste has a slight sweetness up front which carries through towards the finish. The malt sweetness accentuates the grapefruit-like citrus hop notes, but there is also a noticeable raw hop note that is a mix of herbal notes and pine. The beer has a solid bitterness to it that slowly builds towards the long astringent, lingeringly bitter finish. This is a nice example of an IPA, perhaps the body is a bit thicker than usual and at this point I might like it a bit thinner, but come another day the body would probably hit the spot just perfectly. Perhaps the finish is a bit too raw and astringent with the heavy handed hops, but it definitely is an enjoyable hop blast of a beer.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this against the BR Racer 5.

Pours a strong red with no head and minimal lacing. Disappointing.

Faint citrus nose, but not enough going on here to get excited about.

Taste is all citrus with a weak initial hit but nicer finish. Something about the beer tastes slightly unfinished to me though. Kind of green.

Very nice mouthfeel, appropriate to style.

Easy to drink and worth a try. Just not sure I'd try more than one.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Nice light caramel color with a good two finger head that becomes a solid eighth inch lacing. Smells like sweet candy with a hint of melon and slight bit of orange. Taste is a decent balance of slightly sweet malt and slight pine flavor. The bitterness and malt sweetness balance pretty nicely. This is a medium bodied brew that tastes great. I know I couldn't find a date code on these bottles, and I've had this fresher on tap and it was amazing. The fact that I can still enjoy it a couple months later is quite a relief, but it's not ideal. Bottom line: delicious brew.

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Photo of Momar42
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A - Nice one finger of off-white foam with good retention and lacing. Clear, light amber color.

S - Floral and citrus rise from the foam. Pleasant and not overpowering. Already preferable to the more astringent aroma from Palate Wrecker.

T - A smooth malty sweetness announces itself first, followed closely with a mild bitterness that continues through the mouth. Lingers pleasantly for a short time with a bite.

M - Again, smoothness. The hops get the sides of the tongue while the maltiness coats the rest. Pleasant but not as clean finishing as some of the higher rated IPAs.

O - Definitely a top tier American IPA. I like this offering loads more than the Palate Wrecker. It is easy drinking for the ABV and enjoyable thru the entire bottle. Would love to get this on tap and will seek it out if I can find it. With a better crispness and deeper flavor profile, this could easily challenge the big guns.

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