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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,843
Ratings:
7,724
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
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437
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Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting friends in Brooklyn! I got to try this beer at a pizza shop called Roberta's. A really cool place!

My beer came inside a mason jar with a handle on it. It was a deep copper color and had a one inch head on it. It smelled fantastic! It smelled like grapefruit and pine needles. Tasted great too! Tasted real strong for an IPA. I could even taste the alcohol in it.

Mouthfeel was nice, maybe not enough bubbles for me. But lots of great body there. Overall a great hoppy beer and made for a great day with friends!

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Photo of korguy123
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint. No Bottling Date.
Special Thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Hazy orange/copper hued pour. Half inch off-white head. Great lacing.

S- Fresh bright floral hop ravage my nose. Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, pineapple.

T- Huge bitter wallop on the tongue, pine, very little citrus comes through on the taste,

M- Crisp, clean, bitter, very dry finish.

Overall fantastic beer! I'm definitely going to have to stock up next time I head south.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 9th. Consumed on Sept 2nd. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A - Burnt orange in color with no cloudiness. Poured very little head. Distinct lines of carbonation. Very faint irregular lacing as the beer recedes.

S - Hints of lemon, pine, grapefruit. Can almost smell the hoppy bitterness.

T - Intense flavor. Lemon and tropical fruit followed by a bitter grapefruit rind. Completely hides ABV. No malt notes.

M - Dry with a high level carbonation. Complements taste of beer very well.

O - Wow. Highly recommended. Refreshing hoppy citrus mouth orgy.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint, huge fluffy sticky bright whiye head that hung sheets of lace down glass.Fairly clear honey hued orange brew, nice.

The sticky icky kind of grapefruit rind and pine that make for an awesome ipa.

As the elixer washes over the tongue it floods the grapefruity goodness abound. Gobs of resiny pine with grapefruit rind please the palate. With hints of delicate malts for good show. The abv on this is SO well hidden, maybe a hint on the back end.

Purt darn near full bodied beer that drinks like a session brew.

So glad to be getting this stuff here now.

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Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The info on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, its ABV% (7.3) and its IBUs. There is no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance: From the slow pour I got a thick creamy off white head of foam. It is long lasting, dense and makes thick sticky lace rings on the glass. This head sits on top of a very cloudy orange amber body with thick super fine yeast sediment.

Smell: I get a firm fruity, citrusy and pine like hop presence in the nose. The hop aromatics dominate over a sweet malty base.

Taste/Palate: This one has a tasty deep dank hop explosion on the tongue. The hop flavor notes goes from an intense citrus pith/rind to a heavy leafy herbal to an intense piney/spruce like character and back again. The malt adds some supporting sweetness in the beginning with some bready and yeast like notes. I am also picking up some peach like stone fruit notes with maybe even a slight hint of maraschino cherry in the middle. At the finish hop flavor takes over and coats the plate with heavy citrus and piney bitterness.

Note: At 95 IBUs this beer drinks like and hits you with hops like a Double/Imperial IPA.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

filled a growler at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. poured into a standard pint a little above fridge temp.

pours out a fairly clear deep golden orange color with 3 fingers of big slightly off white, fluffy, foamy cap that settles to a nice retentive layer. lots of sticky lace.

lots of dank resinous pine in the forefront. grapefruit citrus and a bit floral. no sense of balance.

follows the aroma with lots of resinous pine and grapefruit citrus. also some floral, raw pellet hop qualities. hardly any malt detectable. super hoppy, super bitter.

super resinous, wrecks the palate completely with such an aggressive lingering bitterness. truly a west coast IPA! medium bodied and good carbonation.

drinks so easily, this is definatly one of my favorite ipa's, i always get it when its around. its one of the more bitter ipas available IMHO.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was (even) better from the bottle compared to on-tap.)

Glowing auburn. Big off-white head. Incredible sheets of lacing down the glass. Really spectacular. Love this look.

Huge citrus bill in the nose. Oranges, lemon, mango, grapefruit, it's all here. Pungent! Nearly perfect. In the moment, it seems unbeatable, but there are (just slightly) better noses.

More of the same. Delicious! Plenty of bitterness and tons of citrus; spectacular. Nearly invisible malt bill (I hate to say it, but this is a good thing!). This beer floors me every time.

Perfect mouthfeel. Medium body, plenty of carbonation, a bit creamy. Very nice. Incredibly drinkable.

This beer is the quintessential West Coast IPA; the name says it all. It's perfect.

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Photo of BeastLU
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap, and then in growler.

A - About a 1 inch head which dissipates and leave nice lacing. Clear dark orange copper color.

S - Quite hop forward on the nose which mellows after the beer is palated.

T - Huge hop flavor with no one hop standing out. Great harmony of citrusy, piney and a little floral hops. Enough malts to provide some balance, but mostly a beer showcasing its hop flavor.

M - Good Carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel for the flavor and abv of the beer. There is only a slight overly sweet after taste which I find common in this style.

O - Great beer. Typically my choice if it can be found on tap around town. Better than a good stand by.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed amber body with a fluffy cream colored head which sinks fast leaving streaks of soapy lace.

Scent is tropical and citrus fruits: mangos, clementines, grapefruit

Taste is tropical fruit - atop a dry grainy pretzel like malt base with a light sea salt tang. Bitterness builds and a nice astringent pine note comes out. Earthy and even oniony hop notes as well.

I love citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors and this beer is full of them. Excellent.

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Photo of SSS
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber color with an off white thick head that resists dissipation
S-Hop forward aroma with citrus and mango notes, but the malt also comes through
T-Sweetness...with an after-bitterness that lingers, citrus up front and piney at the back
M-Good carbonation, medium to low if anything
O-Excellent IPA, definite west coast reflection, highly recommend.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(best by date: 01/23/14? or /15? - that part was rubbed out - bought the bottle chilled at Monde Market - it had presumably been chilled for quite some time, they rotate their stock often - carefully poured into a 20oz pint)

A: hazy orange-amber liquid with a messy, sticky creme-colored head - various bubble sizes - saw this might have sediment, so that would account for head structure... nice large drapes of

S: absolutely fantastic blend of fruity, et al, aromas - overall impression is that of a glazed orange-creme donut.... further whiffs reveal subtle sub-aromas of lemon tart and a mixture of chrysanthemum and baby pine needles... holy shit, though, this smell is wow-tastic!... true art in IPA.... booze-y/perfumy alcohol does later poke through

T: bitterness to the fore - this is where more subtle nuances of the hop blend shine - heavy, almost menthol-medicinal pine (could be the alcohol/esters contributing) - tongue scraping bitter... strong, tonic lemon-lime... bit of a green onion zing on the end... i want to say a faint bit of sweet crystal malt in the aftertaste, but that could very well be another (fruit-like) layer of the hops.... certainly a peppery spice, touch of toastiness in the finish.... the orange donut thing, at first silent, slowly inches its way back into your consciousness

M: with all the focus on the electric-neon flavor, the soft-foamy contact and booze-washed, gritty malt foundation gets little notice.... this goes down pretty easily.... bit of a heaviness or nectar-y slickness to its flow - the relentless, burning bitterness balances nicely though... ultimately, dry with a light-moderate boozy glow

O: sorry it took me so long to get back to trying this again - sampled it for the first time maybe 4 years ago.... definitely a stand-out American IPA - nice job!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/27/2010

Bottling date of 10/27/2010

I stopped by the brewery today to pick up a case of Silva Stout for a friend and they were bottling the new 4 packs of West Coast IPA, so I decided to pick one up for $7 (not a bad price IMO). I suppose this is as fresh as it gets.

A: Poured into a Bruery snifter. The beer is deep orange with perfect clarity and a one inch frothy off white head that takes near 5 minutes to recede, leaving thick sheets of lacing everywhere in the aftermath.

S: Huge aromatics of pine resin, grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Citrus has a very faint candied quality to it, but on the whole the aroma is quite dry. Malt is diffident, lending a crackery notes and a little caramel character. A beautiful, bright, and vibrant hop aroma.

T: I think the advertisement of 95 IBUs on the label is probably pretty accurate. This is a very bitter beer, a veritable palate wrecker. The beer is dry, with a dash of sweetness midpalate, or maybe that was my imagination. It's gone almost instantaneously and the bruising assault of aridity and bitterness has wiped it from my memory. The hops are mostly pine resin and grapefruit pith with some orange rind. With the pine dominance, the beer gives the overall impression of being green, if color can be tasted. The dry finish showcases a final hop flourish and a high level of bitterness, with pine and grapefruit rind lingering. Any malt flavor that might exist is masked completely by hops.

M: Absolute desiccation coupled with a trailing stickiness. Carbonation is at an upper moderate level, perfect. Medium bodied.

Overall: A top notch example of a San Diego style IPA. The bitterness, dry moutfeel, and overall hop vibrancy are sure to please any hophead. A must try if you have access to fresh bottles.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours hazy orange amber. off white creamy, frothy head is about ¾ of an inch high and retains excellently. Leaves tons of lacing.

S-Smells eccentrically hopped. Ripe and juicy fruity citrus and pine. Great nose. Love how intense the hops are. The malt tries to balance, but it is overwhelmed by the plethora of hoppiness.

T-The cask's temprature and the smooth feel really let all the hop flavors envelope the palate. Pine and citrus and other ripe tropical fruits. Maltiness does lend some balance. Great taste.

M-The cask makes the feel smooth and perfect. Barely any carbonation. So smooth and creamy.

O/D-Love it on-tap or in a bottle. But via cask this beer is truly awesome. Great beer especially casked.

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Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey/golden color, with a gorgeous cream-colored head that sticks around and clings to the glass. It's absolutely full of floaties. The smell is glorious!! Total citrus/hop insanity! The taste delivers on the promise of the smell....definitely a hop-dominant beer, but still not too overpowering. Nice smooth mouthfeel, too. Bitterness from the hops lingers on and on and on...this is a seriously tasty IPA!

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Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a small, white head. Is amber in color. Has floral, pine, and grapefruit aromas. Initial taste is of floral flavors Pine flavors immediately follow with grapefruit flavors enter in the end as floral and pine persist. A true symphony of flavor. As of most IPA's, it leaves a dry sensation in the mouth. An amazing IPA. Will definitely be trying this again.

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Photo of Rayek
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with good clarity. Active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Fluffy off-white head starts out strong, then settles to 1/4" pillow that stays the whole way down. Leaves a very heavy lace.

S: A lot of different scents are at work here. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, oak, pepper and a light malt sweetness intermingle nicely.

T: Extremely complex, especially if served on the warm side. Hops dominate with a full palate of flavors. Bitterness has citrus, pine and pepper flavors that are perfectly balanced with one another. Underneath it all is a mild caramel sweetness that lingers throughout. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body is slightly slick, but also quite dry. Carbonation level is right on.

D: One of the best beers I've had recently. A terrific IPA that I hope to visit again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Orange-amber body topped by an inch of frothy, slightly off-white foam; solid retention and some broadly-webbed lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Wow. Huge, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing but hops. Tons of citrus, with a solid amount of resinous pine. Some spice as well. Huge and delicious.

T: See above description of the aroma, plus a profoundly (and pleasantly) bitter hops finish. No malt flavor to mention. Absolutely delicious, and as perfect as I've ever encountered for the West Coast single IPA style. God I wish this were readily available in CT.

M: The only disappointment so far, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and flat, but also a little sticky. Not the best, but it really doesn't distract me from the sheer deliciousness of the beer.

D: Impeccable for the relatively high ABV; this verges on a DIPA, but drinks as easily as any single.

Notes: I had high expectations for this one (and, sadly, it was only one, since I picked up a single as part of a mixed sixer at Julio's), and Green Flash did not disappoint. After being blown away by their DIPA, I was just as amazed with the single version. Just a beautiful example of an uber-hoppy extravaganza. If you love hops, you will love this beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - amber with a moderate head that revolves after a few minutes with a fair amount of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S - very heavy pine and juniper and not much else. It's solid!

T - as expected it's got a powerful bitterness that leads primarily with pine, but has a hint of citrus. The initial attack resolves, leaving and enduring seductive hint of bitterness that you just want to keep feeding.

M - moderate carbonation balances out a buttery essence that coats your mouth.

D - even with the supreme IBUs and fairly high alcohol content this is goes down relatively easy.

This is probably my favorite IPA (plus Stone IPA and DFH 90) and is a truly superb beer. I can get it on tap fairly frequently, making it a true joy!

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my goodness this is an amazing beer. How do they pack that much pine into one little bottle? Green Flash you did it again!

Appearance is right in line with the style. A starch white head and a golden body - a little lighter than the Imperial (as it should be).

Smell is of fresh hop cones; extemely piney. This aroma most resembles the Alpine Pure Hopiness - more so than nearly any other beer I've had the pleasure to drink.

The taste is perfect - it's hard to describe. This beer is super hoppy, light on the tongue, NO sweetness whatsoever, and has the quint essential "west coast" taste that makes the region famous for great IPA's. The taste screams "buy more of me NOW!"

Mouthfeel is light and magical. I want more of this beer. It's like drinking hop infused, yet alcoholic, air. They slide down the throat quicker than mother's milk.

Drinkability is off the charts - closely resembles mouthfeel for me. The alcohol is not overbearing and that makes all the difference in a west coast ipa of any brand.

Amazing beer. I want more and I'm instantly jealous of all my "former" San Diegons (where I was born).

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hop-head's beer.

Orange-brown haze in the glass and grapefruit on the nose predominantly. The citrus zest lingers long into the aftertaste and even after the beer is finished. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with tiny bubbles, pleasant.

Overall - almost too hoppy. Any malt presence is masked by the hops. I would find it hard to have more than one without risking long term damage to ones taste buds.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz to snifter, bottled 2/19/13

Pours dark cloudy gold with some orange hues, a little bit of brown, kind of like tea. Some small sediment floats around below a finger of foam. Retention isn't bad, a few minutes now and still a half finger. Really good lacing, this probably looked a lot better fresh

Hops hops hops for the smell, strong floral and citrus notes- grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and some lemony/limey citrus. Sweet caramel malt mixes well with the alcohol, everything coming together well. Large floral and fruit bouquet, lots of complexity, sweet and fruity being the most definitive

Taste is just as consistent, fruity floral hop bomb. Heavy grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, and citrus, followed by a sweet subtle malt. Not as much complexity as the aroma, but the relative simplicity is part of what makes it so beautiful. Things are hard to pick out because of how well they meld. Almost perfect

Feel is sharp and crisp, with a chewy medium body. Alcohol is well concealed, goes down very well. Quite bitter, nice bite

Overall the beer is aptly named, this is there paradigm of a west coast ipa. Over hopped, floral and fruity, with enough ibus and alcohol to be classified as an imperial ipa by those who aren't used to having their ipas strong. This gives Stone a run for it's money for my favorite ipa

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the Best IPAs I've ever had. Really great, citrusy hop profile, a great example of the West Coast IPA.

Appearance: Somewhat dark for an IPA, sort of an burnt orange color. Not a lot of head and pretty much no lacing.

Smell: Great. You get the hops and the citrus right off the bat, but it's clear that there's enough malt here to balance.

Taste: As the label of the beer says, this beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." The citrus is enough to balance the bitterness, but if you shy away from more dry beers this wouldn't be for you.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, pretty thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Not the smoothest beer ever, but at 7.3% ABV this isn't meant to be a smooth session beer anyways.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful double ipa. Poured into tulip glass. 1 finger head, nice orange color. Hops smack you on first smell with pine and citrus notes. Taste is some malt presence first with west coast hops through remainder. Legendary ipa

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Photo of alex11ibanez
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got off work. I wanted something new, but instead got this with the intention of reviewing something…

Appearance: I got a bomber that proudly establishes its freshness date above its Green Flash label, popped it open and instantly saw the carbonation and hazy fog pour from the bottle. Then I poured the amber danky haze into my own thick dollar-tree mug. From the pour, a light orange colored head laced my glass.

Smell: tart apple-like, cold apple-pie... Oh wait that’s hops.

Taste: Wow, I remembered why I liked this. At first herby, maybe more of a sweet pineapple resin, followed by bright notes of zest that paint the tongue with beautiful bitterness. More complex flavors… Even ring bells of bread and pastry sweet. I do feel the alcohol at the top of my mouth, but definitely not noticeable till halfway through.

Feel: dry and full, more then half way through and gets slightly soapy. I can drink this forever.

Overall: This beer has so much going on. Definitely a must have to sit and sip with, or whatever you like to do for a good time. I love the wave of nuances this west coast IPA brings about. Grab a glass and, Cheers!

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Photo of Scrapss
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a big ass mason jar with a pewter handle securely attached.

A: deep golden ruddy color with a huge rocky 4 finger head that dissipates to a 3 mm disk. carbonation is lightly active. Hazy.

S: WOW. Dank Centennial. This is nuts. So intense. This is what people think of when they talk of C hops. Delicious. There is middling malts, ala crystal or some other two--row hiding. Bitter pine yields to citrus, e.g. grapefruit. white pepper. there is a LOT going on, and it is perfect, Some strange dankness.

T: perfectly follows nose. smooth hops are yielding to bitter hopsplosion. it is a very intense citrus experience, and malt at swallow is minor.

M: Creamy. Bitter citrus. spritely side of tongue. Does not linger nearly long enough, goes a little stale bread at ultimate finish.

O: Expensive. But worth it as an occasional quaff. My gosh this is good.

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