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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 DaggerEyes
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a Hazy copper with a one and a half finger high head that faded relatively quickly, random beads of carbonation rise to the surface. It looks like there are some particles of something suspended in the beer, continuously swirling around.

As expected this beer is a hop explosion, very aggressive and assertive resiny floral hops with scents of pine and grapefruit. The taste is less complex than the nose had led me to believe...kind of a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong this is a tasty beverage but often it seems to just fall into "bitter hop" than showcase the wonderful qualities that the nose lead one to believe will be there. There are some grassy, herbaceous notes that are a welcome respite from the monochromatic hop assault.

Medium bodied, great fine bubbled scrubbing carbonation. A bit too resiny on the finish

All in all this is a good beer and I will surely be reaching for it in the near future, since it's in the beer cooler at my corner store.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, via Oxymoron

P: Pours a slightly hazy golden under a big white head. Some good lace and nice retention.

S: Smells of an earthy, leafy hop. Not getting a lot of fruit, more earth tones.

T: Malt backbone shows up nicely, hint of caramel, ending in a earthy hop with a mild bitterness for an IPA. Slightest hint of citrus in back end. Would have really like a more citrus quality with the maltiness. Still good though.

M/D: Smooth, light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Decent drinkability. Very refreshing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short, stout, 12 oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield.. heard a lot of good things about this beer and brewery, so decided to give this one a go, and I wasn't dissapointed at all... superb appearance, golden, cloudy, hazy, with an enormous frothy and foamy head that lingered on for a bit before receding... smell was clean and clear, with noticeable fresh hops, vanilla, and caramel... taste paid homage to the aroma, with a strong suggestion of hops, grains, caramel, sugars, grapefruit, pears, and florals... really good stuff from the West Coast... very good representaion of the style... recently copped their Imperial IPA, which I haven't tried yet, but based on my impression from this sample, I'm sure I'm in for a treat... excellent stuff with a good mouthfeel and equally good drinkability without any suggestion of the 7% ABV... Recommended...

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 02.14.08 at my favorite local haunt in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Liberty Street Taproom and Pizzeria.

Brilliant and orange in colour with a thick, golden head that left a respectible lacing, sticky all throughout. Aromas resonate with amazing candied citrus and fresh pine essence. Clean and clear in the nose, for sure. Great balance on the palate as the bitterness paired well with the light yet solid malty backbone. Make no mistake about it though, this one is all about the hops. One of the more clean, unabashed, well balanced IPAs I have had in some time. I never would have guessed this one was 7% as the alcohol was hidden so well in the hop lusciousness and leveling malt structure.

A fantastic brew and one that needs to be sought out if you are a fan of West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: The color of this one was a slightly darker than average golden orange. It was served to me with a thin white head.

s: Once this warmed up, a wonderful citric hop aroma emerged. Slightly sweet grapefruit and maybe some lemon or pineapples as well.

t: The taste mirrored the smell. It had a bit more brown sugar taste than I would have liked, but the huge citrus hop finish more than made up for it.

m: Sticky and well carbonated.

d: The tap selection was too tempting for a second one, but I was tempted.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours deep copper amber. Would be fairly clear, if it weren't for the abundance of yeasty/sediment/floaties floating around. Darker tan head, fine retention, leading to a nice lumpy froth. Then all kinds of lace. Nice looking brew, lots of character. Fresh leafy resiny hop nose. Hop blast continues onto the taste buds, plenty of more resin, soft citrus notes, this is the good stuff. I have gotta get back out to San Diego, love the style and love this version. Long smooth finish, more hops, riding on a luxurious blanket of malt. Love to be able to get this stuff in the NYC area

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Photo of madmanjf
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From cask ...

The beer poured an orange light brown color with a lacey head that retained well beyond the initial pour. There was a slight cloudiness to the beer, but quite minimal and transparent overall.

The smell was exceptional ... what you'd expect from an IPA. Very fresh on the nose with a grassy pine aroma that you'd expect from a walk in the forest.

The citrus notes came in very strong all the way through from sip to swallow. Grapefruit is the overwhelming flavor, one that I'm not particularly fond of.

This flavor left you with an extremely dry feel in the mouth in terms of the overall finish. I couldn't help but feel parched on the tongue.

The tastes I was not fond of mellowed out after by about the second or third pint; however, the first pint was not easy to drink.

On Night #2 of trying this, I was not able to get past the first pint at all; hence my low score in drinkability.

I'm quite a Hop Head --- but I'm not a fan of grapefruit so it makes it quite difficult for me to appreciate this particular beer despite my love for IPAs.

I'd probably overlook this beer in the future, but would be very interested in trying other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Golden amber coloration, slightly hazy. This brew made a massive bit of froth which displayed excellent retention. Lacing was very nice also.

S - Sweet citrus notes and a big hop presence.

T - Nice blend of both citrus overtones and pine hops, with a decent backing, but not one so big as to take away from the predominantly hoppy profile. Bitterness was nice and mild. This is very tasty.

M - Sticky medium body, great carbonation level, bitter aftertaste which leaves a slightly oily residue on the palate.

D - Great IPA, I'd make a night with this one anytime. Now that I know where to find it, this will be a staple in my diet. If you see this one, don't hesitate to grab it.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue hazed by an abundance of suspended sediment. There was a two finger foamy white head with very good retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront resiny citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt.

The taste was dominated by an oily hop with elements of grapefruit, pine and pepper.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a superior AIPA. Resiny, sticky and robust.

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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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Photo of marcpal
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden color with moderate carbonation and a filmy thin head.

S: Bitter left coast citrus hops, grapefruit.

T: Extremely bitter hops with a spicy flavor. Extremely strong hop bitterness the entire beer and great taste.

M: Spicy to the tongue and oily coating.

D: Terrific west coast IPA, yum. This is a top notch IPA that is representative of the west coast flavors.

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Photo of theformula
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #24 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/24. This finally arrived at my local beerstore, been wanting to try for awhile now...

A: Dark copper body into a tulip glass. A big, healthy tan head retains extremely well, w/ a nice cake of foam left on top. Thousands of yeasties float in the body; sticky lacing.

S: This positively reeks of citrusy, piney hops in the W.C. style and practically fills the room with aromatic hop oils. A bit of caramel & biscuity malts balance the alphas, but barely.

M: Light-med. body, nice bit of carbonation. Very soft and creamy. Nice.

T: This is a fantastically hopped IPA. A lasting bitterness clings on as well as grapefruit, pine and woody hops. Big biscuity malts and spicy, peppery yeast round it out, yet the hops always come back in the end.

D: A hoppy, fantastic IPA, similar to Harpoon's Finest Kind, IMO. It's the hopheads' IPA, yet still has just enough sweet malt balance. Very dry finish, this would be awesome w/ any spicy food. Buy a case.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden amber in color. A huge white head that held for a few minutes. Left a trace on lace on the glass.

S: Beautiful elegant hops. Slightly citrus and also a little flowery. Little bit of lemon. A wonderful bouquet!!!

T: Bitter. Big boy bitter. For the record the bitter is an enjoyable bitter, because of lots and lots and lots of hops. Also a little citrusy.

M: Very nice carbonation. Very smooth/ Very balanced!

D: I am certainly glad this beer was recommended to me. I wouldn't mind buying a whole case of this beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(from notes)
Had this at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA
12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears golden amber in color, crystal clear with a small amount of tiny bubbles. A solid one to two finger bone white head. Leaves some cool looking sticky lacing down the glass.

A pleasant dry hoppy aroma hits the nose. Smells of ruby red grapefruit and just plain bitterness. This one smells like a winner.

Very dry and bitter, with a nice fruity character. One of the most bitter IPA's I've ever tasted, the bitterness just keeps coming with every sip. Main tastes are of grapefruit and tangerine.

Feels very light and crisp on the tongue, dissolves perfectly. The drinkability, as long as you can handle the bitterness, is what you look for in a west coast IPA.

This is one of those nice go to IPA's out there. Well done.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear orange color with a light beige head that left good lacing.

S - strong citrus hop aroma.

T - very good grapefruit-like taste and the extreme hop bitterness bites all the way through.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation and a slick kind of feel to it.

D - goes down easy and it's a good all around IPA, very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of nbrown
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my current go to IPA. It pours a nice amber with a thick head and nice retention and a great deal of lacing. Big citrus/pine hop smell and a nice balanced malty sweetness. Taste is great. Strong hops flavor with an equal amount of sweet with a bitter finish. This beer is easily drinkable.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Palisade in Jersey City. From a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date into a weisse glass.
Green Flash West Coast IPA is off to a good start from the starting gun with three fingers of head from the pour. The residual lace lets you see just how high the head did get. The body of the beer is a light copper color with small brigades of bubbles escaping towards freedom.
Said brigades unleash assaults on the nasal passages. Spicy and bitter hops are dominant, with some herbal and malty sweetness.
The attack continues on the tongue. The attack is relentless. Bitterness is unconcealed and lingering. A little bit of citrus hop flavor is there but it's mostly piney and resinous. When the bitterness does let up there's a very pleasant dry, cracker-like flavor that chimes in. I, personally, would like a bit more of that flavor and bit less resin but all in all it's done very well. Now that it's had some time to sit on my palate the resinous finish leads into a carbon, burned flavor.
Clearly well within the bold, west coast IPA style. Not for the fragile of palate. Bluntly made with the true hop-head in mind.
Designed to scratch your hop itch.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange -amber color under a firm cap of tight "antique white" foam. Great lace cling and retention but no visible carbonation through the fog of protien haze.

Awsome hop aromas - like freshly cut Christmas trees dripping in tangerine juice. Some husky grain notes and faint hint of white sugary malt are noted but only if you sniff past the hop barrage - which is okfine in my IPA ty.

Hops bite the tip of the tongue and back of the lips right up front and continue to rake thier bitter claws all along the roof and back of the throat with searingly sharp, moisture sucking bitterness. Some sweet malt slides around the sides to give a bit of ying to the hop YANG but barely in a walk on role. Strong grapefruit flavors dominate the middle and keeps any attempts of complexity from the malt firmly in check.

Body is less than medium as attenuation seems high and any mouth feel seems stripped away by the intensely dry, tongue stranglingly bitter finish.

I love hoppy IPA's but you CAN go overboard, and for me at least this one does. Dont mis understand - I liked it and would drink it again, but it sure aint making my top 10 IPA list.

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Photo of sanatar
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great hop aroma, wish every IPA smelt this good. Citrus, grassy and piney. Very clean aroma, no off flavors. Slight alcohol presence.

F - High in hop flavor. Citrusy, floral and piney, just as the aroma would lead me to believe. Solid hop bitterness that lingers between sips. There is a definite malt backbone which complements the bitterness. Medium-dry finish.

Ap- Pours golden with a creamy off-white head. Amazing foam stand and lacing. My only complaint about the appearance is that the amount of yeast in the bottle usually makes it hard for me to pour a clear pint.

M - Medium bodied with a solid medium carbonation level. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - Overall, a very pleasant and drinkable beer. I could probably go through a six-pack in a night. Great example of a West Coast IPA with impressive distribution.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at yardhouse in Irvine. Beer golden-copper in color with a slightly foamy head. Scent of citrus, grapefruits and some pine. Taste was excellent. Reminded me of eating California grapefruit with some light citrus. Very little bitterness on the tongue. Very drinkable, recommend it out of the tap versus the bottle.

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Photo of brantadid
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber color with an 1/8 inch head. Little head retention.

Smelled of citrus and anise. Maybe some faint liquorice.

A lot of flavor in this beer. Lots of citrus rind and grapefruit. Super hoppy with tons of bitterness, but it never overpowered the flavors in the beer.

As my wife said she has never encounter a beer too hoppy, but his came darn close.

Really nice creamy mouthfeel that is well balance by the carbonation.

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Photo of malty
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby brown 12 oz. bottle-no freshness date/code.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange with a loose and fluffy (almost) white head. Peculiar visible carbonation in that it very sparse, but the bubble sizes vary from tiny to somewhat large. Fine particles suspended in this ale. Nice sheets of lace throughout.

The smell that rolls off the top of this ale is bready sweet and floral hoppy. It smells very creamy. A beautiful mixture of sweet butter cream, vanilla, citrus, tropical fruit and a bitey hop presence.

Man, this ale is all about a wide range of FRESH hop goodness. The front is still sweet & creamy, but soon after this handshake fades the hops come roaring in. Chalky, bitter, tart, prickly and acidic - it's all there folks. The hop barrage is overwhelming, but in an oh-so-good way. My tongue is experiencing a subtle numbness just after half a glass. The malt balance still maintains and carries the symphony until the last act. Balanced, yes. Turbo charged hop assault, heck yes.

Mouthfeel is super good. Despite the queer looking carbonation, the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, silky and creamy. It's surely medium bodied with a chalky bitter long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is awesome. My bottle is practically gone and I'm bummed I don't have another. This offering was courtesy of fellow BA eyebrews.

Overall a fantastic IPA. I was told this won the GABF ('07) for its category. A rightful winner with a lot to be proud of. From the land of assertive and well-crafted IPAs, this one most definitely stands out. I will be on the lookout for this baby for sure

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Photo of jspruit
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traded with seaoflament for this 12oz bottle in Florida while on vacation this past November-drank back in Ireland.
Pours a nice copper color with a large white foamy head that slowly settled to a 1/2 finger foam that stayed with the entire drink as it went down.
Initial smells are largely piney and hoppy.
Taste is strongly of hops and citrus with pine hints, just like the smells indicates. It is a bit too much for me, borderline bitter.
Not a full beer, but definitely has some body to it and a decent mouthfeel.
I don't think that I could drink more than one of these in a sitting as it really isn't my favorite style, but I am glad that I tried it and would recommend to those looking for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle..case dated Nov 17, 07

Eyes: Deep amber/orange minimal haze at odd angles..more than likely hop oils :) Fantastic lacing head

Nose: Piney....which is followed by some more pine

Taste: Piney hops w/ a bed of slightly caramel malt that let the hops dominate as a figure head only.

Texture: Big enough body that under correct conditions, this would age better over other IPA's

Overall experience: I'm happy to have access to fresh Green Flash beer. I'll buy it anytime...and do.

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Photo of stephendr
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of clear honey, with a off white head - nose of resin, spruce, fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and malt – taste of fresh hops , lemon citrus , resin , cannabis , and malts- body is great better than their IIPA, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of resin, citrus zest, slight malts, and very nice balance all the way around

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