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Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.
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5,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 5186
Reviews: 1631
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of OWSLEY069


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-ish color with a off white head. Aromas of grapefruity hops and a malty sweetness fill the air. The taste is all hops, hops, and more grapefruity hops. Leaving that bitter atertaste as well. Very nice lacing on the glass. A bit sweet, and a nice bitter hop end. A very nice IPA, very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 20:22:05 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of mentor


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger yellow-tan head over a particulated apricot color liquid. Smells pith and some light esters. Woodsy oranges and tangerine. Tastes oranges and pith. Sharp clean hop bitter, grassy is low. Potent bitter is above all, but hop flavor is nearly comperable. Peach fuzzy. Pith is drying in the end, but allows a fruity sweet to rise a touch in the aftertaste. Md body and md-heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 02:11:55 | More by mentor
Photo of RustyDiamond


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

Poured a lovely copper with a thick off-white head. Smell...wow! Stinky nuggets topped with a citrus glaze. I knew I would enjoy this beer. Very, very sharp nose that coated the palate with rich hops and pink grapefruit. So hoppy in that I couldn't tell how balanced she was...the hops dominate that much. Nice lacing left in the glass. For me, this is a once-in-a-while type of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 12:43:25 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of pieper


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:42:58 | More by pieper
Photo of JayQue


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from IntriqKen. Thanks!!! A hophead's delight...Up there with Avery Maharajah, Bigfoot and Celebration Ale in the hophead pantheon!!! Pours a hazy copper color. Can get a nice size white head with a hard pour down the middle of the glass. Decent lacing. Smell is great. Lets you know right away that you will be in hops heaven shortly. Tastes very good. Nice and simple. Very strong hops bitterness and citrus (grapefruit). The hops is by far and away the dominant taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Coats the tastebuds....wouldn't appreciate a Pilsner after this one!!! Very little alcohol taste. As sessionable as 7% can get. I would enjoy 2-3 of these over a long session. Will look for this one at Total Wine or my next foray to Half Time in Poughkeepsie NY. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 18:26:00 | More by JayQue
Photo of ReDave


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man what a beer!

This is going to be a regular, and thanks to our BevMo, keeping it in stock! Nice.

Just a titch darker than my ideal India Pale Ale.

But... What an Aroma! Excellent! Very nice. What an IPA should be. All the great IPA hops I expect from a great one.

Very Nice lacing all the way down. Head at least covers the top at all times.

Tastes almost a good as the aroma. Great aftertaste, some malt, maybe a smidgens shy on the mouth-feel, but then again, maybe not.

After scoring a partial six-pack in the Tustin area, I was so pleased to see in Fresno. Yeah

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 03:16:18 | More by ReDave
Photo of RoyalT


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured a big and thick orange in color with a beautiful orangish-white head that came up just right, showed great retention, and left some awesome lacing on the inside of my pint glass. This was the kind of beer that makes you want to fetch your camera.

Smell – The West Coast hops and sweetish malts are balanced just right at the nose. The sharp tangerine rind smell and the lightly-toasted malts work well together. You can just tell that this is going to taste great.

Taste – The flavors work together just as well as the smells did. There's a big rush of pine that I failed to pick up at the nose. The malts have a lot of caramel sweetness to them. This is a sharp, powerful ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a big big IPA. It's shy of full-bodied but bigger than medium. It's not overly dry but has enough dryness to shock the average drinker.

Drinkability – I wasn't expecting this from a sub-$2 beer but this heavy hitter is incredibly well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:11:08 | More by RoyalT
Photo of gamblor21

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Orange, Small head, great aroma of hops. Mostly taste only the hops used. Pick up an orange or citrus flavor as well. I assume from one of the hops they are using. Bottled in a short bottle. Not a very strong smell. Leaves a nice flavor in your mouth and is very easy to drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 21:42:09 | More by gamblor21
Photo of vtfan77


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

A- Somewhat hazy yellow-orange; I wonder if it's bottle conditioned?; small white head.

S- Oh yeah, this is the stuff; great hop aroma with pine and citrus; classic IPA profile. There's no malt, but who cares about that with a hop profile this good?

T- Nice hop character with a delicious orange peel taste. There's lots of bitterness right of the bat. It's not balanced in the least, but it's still good.

M- Medium-thin, decent carbonation.

D- I'd certainly have another, although the ABV is kind of high (7%).

Definitely a good IPA. It's almost like a DIPA in its bitterness and hop character and is certainly much better than this brewery's DIPA. Get this instead of the DIPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 04:34:53 | More by vtfan77
Photo of mickeymac


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 03:23:59 | More by mickeymac
Photo of sweethome


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber color. Huge nose of pine and citrus. Full mouthfeel - plenty of malts here - abit of english style IPA - tea - then a bitter assault. Huge slam of bittering hops. Citrus and pine dance in and out - but the bittering is always there. One of the bitterest beers I have had - and boy does it work.

A wonderful CA hop bomb. Full mouthfeel, full flavor - all the hops you could imagine. Wow - this just showed up back east - who are these guys?

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:44:59 | More by sweethome
Photo of budgood1


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the stubby 12 oz. pop off top bottle a very cloudy rust colour, with a fair tannish head that has staying power. thick chunks of lace. musty, resinous and thick hop aroma...some ripe fruit and toffee maltin the nose. smells delicious. well...the taste is all hops, and multidimensional, too. starts off pine and spruce...followed by a hefty malt sweetness; kind of candy like with a hard to pin down sweetness. almost oily in nature...warming alcohol in the belly...ends wonderfully bitter...more piney resin notes with a hint of lemon citric hop accent. the body is fuller than i was expecting, which helps the mouthfeel seem sublimely smooth and ample. finishes bitter with a long and lingering layered hop blast. holy shit.

ok, this is a hop bomb of a beer. it's like i am licking hop cones. and it seems way bigger than a 7% IPA. west coast indeed.

a big thanks to Intiqken for sending this my way!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 23:45:53 | More by budgood1
Photo of bosco7


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper color with a mousse like white head.

Loads of grapefruit, pine needle, orange, peach, and canabis. Explosion of westcoast hops.

Nice big malt backbone which takes me by surprise. I was expecting minimal malt presence that is blown away with hop flavor ( their DIPA seems to have less malty flavors). Caramel, walnut, and toffee flavors upfront quickly followed by an exponentially increasing hop flavors which include grapefruit rind, pine resin, juicy orange pulp, and some pepper. Finish is quite bitter and it lasts until you take another sip. Very tasty beverage.

Oily/slick mouthfeel from the obscene amount of hops used. Perfect carbonation.

This is a great IPA, so damn hoppy...mmm. Another great IPA from San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 03:21:00 | More by bosco7
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber orange with an intensely fluffy very big head. The smell is lightly grainy and with beefy, citrusy hops. This is a huge hop bomb with intense grapefruit pith and a big meatiness in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy, which makes it hard to drink much of. Had out of the bottle at City Beer Store in San Francisco. This is one nice IPA, but not as balanced as some.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 18:55:19 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Mark


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer that I tried at a ale house in Oakland. Medium amber color that had a thin head with wispy lace. Strong aroma of citrusy hop, same on the taste buds though malt balancing was evident. Nice mouth feel and drinkable. Never heard of this brewery until today, if their other beers are like this they should be fine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 04:10:06 | More by Mark
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper orange with a nice white head and leaves a nice lace... had this on bottled as well and was also impressed... nose is grapefruit, citrusy and floral with a little pine... tastes totally grafruity and bitter, but not overboard... a hophead extrvaganza

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 05:00:38 | More by timtim
Photo of errantnight


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A rich, hazy copper/straw with a frothy, textured head with excellent lacing... fine if not exceptionally eye-catching.

The aroma... dear lord the aroma. This is what an IPA should smell like. Nigh on perfect... grapefruit and citrus sweetness with a floral, rose-y twang. A female in a Green Flash West Coast IPA perfume would be enough to make me infidelitous immediately. And I'm not even sure infeliditous is a word, but I would also go through the effort of making it a word in order that I be it. Also, I like the aroma of this beer.

Taste is solid, if not quite as nuanced and delightful as my favorites in this particular genre of beer. A tongue-bashing bitterness whaps you right up front, although not as astringent as some... it reeeaaally sticks around, and eventually leaves a medicinal residue on the tongue (which isn't so great if drinking on its lonesome, but if pairing this with food... I did so with a Thai Peanut Linguine recipe which was nicely spiced... it'll never stick around). As it warms alcohol becomes perceptible, though it never overwhelms. Malt sweetness is present just enough from tipping this over the deep end. Once the medicine drifts away this i incredibly clean on the palate.

Crisply carbonated but rich and full enough to stand up to the impressive hop display. Fantastic.

I'm a little torn on drinkability... after purchasing the six pack and drinking a couple on the first night I was drawn, strongly, for more, and cracking each bottle I found myself saying talking myself more into its appearance, and throwing myself wildly upon the aroma... but being mildly disappointed with the first taste... then coming around on it, and then thinking this just was a bit shy of perfection towards the end of the glass.

A great IPA, well worth enjoying and seeking out, and I'll be revisiting aplenty... but it won't be replacing Stone or Alesmith for me, yet, although it and Racer 5 are going to have to have a few discussions. Bring on the Alpine 6'ers to LA!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 04:30:39 | More by errantnight
Photo of BeerTruth


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

West Coast I.P.A. pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head that takes a while to die down a nice layer. Stickiness is all over the place, this IPA won't let go. I also notice some sediment floating, maybe yeast? Clean piney aroma with a nice sweet sugary grapefruit kick. Some yeast in the nose as well. Taste is a nice earthy hop flavor with a hint of bitterness. Ends very sweet on the tongue, I really enjoy this aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. I really enjoy this IPA, wish it was more available on the east coast. West siiide.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 00:33:22 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with suspended floaties, topped by three fingers of dense, creamy head. Pretty impressive when held to light. Great retention and lacing.

S: A nice bouquet of floral hops, grapefruit and other citrus, with a slightly piney undertone. Somewhat bready scent also.

T: Starts off with a smooth intro, leading right into a bitter hop spike that is as tart as it is flavorful. Very interesting hoppy notes at work here, pushing all the way through the finish, sliding past the palate and down the throat. Leaves a semisweet and bitter trail in its wake, but solid.

M: Very appropriately carbonated, lending a creamy texture. Hop presence increases the viscosity a bit, somewhat sticky and oily residuals.

D: Kind of a jolt to the palate at first, but after a while becomes a bit more well-rounded as it warms. A fairly well-heeled IPA that would be good for a round or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 19:41:51 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of joe1510


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$1.50 single
Liquid Solutions

As soon as the top pops on West Coast I.P.A I can tell I'm in for a treat. Nothing but hops after opening. Poured a crystal clear polished copper that got a little hazy after I dumped the yeasties in there without even thinking. A two finger white billowy head formed on the pour that just stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass.

The solid head on this beer is holding some of the aroma at bay. The aroma is still solid and nothing but sugared grapefruit. Mild caramel in the background. Simple but yummy.

Flavor isn't near as good as I was expecting. As a matter of fact it's just ok. Caramel malt starts things off and is bigger than expected. The hops aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be when the bottle was cracked. Sweetened grapefruit comes through mid palate. Good but nothing really stands out.

Medium bodied and velvety smooth with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish.

I can drink these pretty easily. Balanced flavors keep this beer an easy drinker.

Maybe this bottle is a little past it's prime. I have a couple more so if things change this review will be updated. Solid IPA but nothing to set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 00:41:17 | More by joe1510
Photo of BradBLR


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very neutral amber color with a white head that lasted most of the beer with a good amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a very floral hop smell that was fairly strong, accompanied by a sweetich malt smell.

The taste of this beer was a very hoppy floral taste that slightly over powered the malt. The malt had a slight sweetness to it. The aftertaste was very bitter and slightly dry. The mouthfeel was ok, with the CO2 being just about right and the thickness being just slightly thicker from what I would expect from an IPA.

Another great beer from Green Flash. If you like hops and IPAs, this is the company to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 19:24:40 | More by BradBLR
Photo of joecast


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmm, is that yeast sediment or hop particles floating in my beer? its bottle conditioned so probably yeast. does look like they dry hopped the bottle though. anyway, tasted their imperial ipa at hollingshead so picked up this bottle to try.

glowing amber/tan color with a thin creamy light tan head. very low carbonation. looks like a serious beer

juicy hop aroma. fresh citrusy sweet.

taste also has that fresh juicy hop presence. mmm good. a little bit of sugary cinamon to sweeten things up. good balancing bitterness. really good all round.

*had this just after lagunitas ipa

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 02:54:20 | More by joecast
Photo of MiScusi


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had a bunch of bottles of GFWCIPA but this bottle I just had right now was a revelation. I'm bumping my score up from 4.8 to a 5.0, because this beer is amazing. I'm getting a tropical fruit explosion like I've never seen in this beer. Wow. One of the best bottles of beer I've ever had.

Had on tap at Hamilton's for the first time since having a bottle 2 1/2 years ago. This was as good of a beer as I remember, and it was even better than I thought. Bumping up the scores because this is a top notch IPA by far. The spiciness from the hops is crazy in this beer. A very peppery sharp character coming from the hops is a lot different than other IPA's in the area, yet it is in many ways similar to them as well.

From a 12oz bottle, pours a very clear copper tinted with some redness, and an abundant off-white head that keeps a 3-4mm cap the entire drink. Lacing is also very good. Smell is strong with pine and citrus.

Taste is of lots of pine and citrus, with an aggressive bitterness that takes on a leafy hop taste. One of the more bitter IPA's I've come across, reminding me of Port's Wipeout IPA.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, a full bodied IPA for sure. The alcohol being at 7% makes this a strong one. Drinkability is not too bad. I like hops, though I wouldn't say I'm a full on hophead, so a strong hop bitterness like this can wear me out after a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2007 20:27:17 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Duster72


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head; good lacing. Aroma is big hops with subtle malts. I have never sucked on fresh hops before, but this beer approximates how I imagine that would taste. Just big pure green hops. Huge hop flavor that is amazingly not bitter. Unbeleivable balance of hops wihout horrible bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I think the bottle lasted me less than 5 minutes. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 13:13:12 | More by Duster72
Photo of Atlas1


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of people I've talked to have recommended the Green Flash West Coast IPA. I'd tried the Extra Pale Ale before and wasn't really impressed, but the West Coast has a lot more going for it than the EPA.

Poured into my DFH tulip pint, this beer is a nice copper/amber color. Gives a big, off-white two-finger head which leaves lots of sticky lace. I can see bits of yeast sediment floating around in my glass, which I didn't expect from this beer. Oh, well. The aroma here is all pine, all the time. There may be a trace hint of grapefruit in there somewhere, but it's drowned out by all the trees. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. And the taste is the same way. Hoppy, piney, and even a tad bit sweet. Tart and tangy pine up front, a bit of evening out sweetness in the middle, and a crazy hop finish with lots of lingering bitterness. Certainly not for the faint of hops. Mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, although it also has a syrupy feel to it which is ultimately overcome by the strong hop finish. I wouldn't necessarily call this a highly drinkable IPA. It's more of a hop-head's dream come true, but I don't think it's really all that accessible for non hop fans. Still, I like it, and I'll revisit this beer in the future. Best when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 23:06:24 | More by Atlas1
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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