West Coast IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #60
Ranked #1,329
4.24 | pDev: 10.38%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
Notes: 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 to 2019: 8.1% ABV
2019 and on: 7.0% ABV
Reviews: 1,926 | Ratings: 8,069 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheBrewsClues from California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around great IPA, bursting with citrus and tropical flavors amidst its dry hops. The rich orangey-amber color is particularly inviting. A solid, if not exceptional west coast IPA.

Aug 05, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.3%. Orange to amber colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Lovely and intense aroma of citrussy American hops, hits you as soon as the bottle is opened. Also notes of tropical fruits and pine. Some sweetish malts in the background. The flavour is neither too sweet nor too dry, and is a veritable hoppy explosion from start to finish. Grapefruit, bitter orange marmalade, pine needles, resin. A classic!

Mar 19, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep clear orange hue with half an inch beige head. Plenty of hops, pine on the nose. Taste is of tropical fruit with the bitterness of grapefruit. Pine, citrus. Very drinkable and interesting IPA...well balanced for the blend of hops.

Feb 07, 2021
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a creamy white head.

Smells like sweet biscuit maltiness with pine and tangerine.

Sweet biscuity malt on the palate, finishing with a nice drying pine bitterness and a hint of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but blends in.

Overall, a solid, textbook example of the style. It will scratch the itch if WCIPA is the itch that you have.

Nov 16, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with a dirty beige head that crashes in on itself before too long. Piney scent combines the alcohol and hops in a spicy to near astringent aroma. Toasty malt base gives a hint of sweetness along with some pith before spicy hops start to wash over the malt. Pine follows right on the heels and dries the medium light-bodied drink.

May 28, 2020
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 6-week-old can, so reasonably fresh. Pours a deep, clear copper. Off-white foam. Smells like pine and taste like grapefruit pith. Big bitterness, slightly offset with some sweet malt. A big West Coast IPA, as advertised. Delicious.

Apr 21, 2020
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adab123 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A traditional dry-feeling California IPA, where the bitterness outpaces the citrus flavors. Fairly malty as well. It is very well balanced and has prominent pine notes. Unique and excellent.

Apr 04, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber with fluffy finger width head that leaves lacing, low citrus smell, medium bitterness bready leaves a hint of alcohol flavor like a vodka in the back of your throat, good body good carbonation

Mar 22, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Copper colored (SRM 7 or 8) with an inch of orange tinged foamy head that becomes rocky and then dissipates to a foam cap. Minimal lacing. Visible slow rising bubbles.
Smell: Bread crust maltiness and pine are primary on the nose with some citrus in the background.
Taste: Sweet on the tip of the tongue. Resinous pine is at the forefront. Bitter is ahead of malt mid-sip, but the malt catches up. Very nice balance between malt body and bitterness. Then comes the simple complexity of the hops. I don't know how to say it exactly but there is a pure singleness to the flavor that then opens up in a very satisfying way.There is pine, grapefruit pith, tropical fruit, a little lemon and a nice herbal character with floral notes on the back of the tongue. This is an exquisitely well executed implementation of hop additions. Some stone fruit and berry comes out as it warms.
Feel: Full mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation. Bubbles are so fine that it feels more like happiness than carbonation.
Overall: Somehow I have missed trying this beer for far too long. When I finally bought it, I had high hopes for this beer since it is very highly rated. I was NOT disappointed at all. This will be in my regular rotation from now on. They were shooting for a benchmark West Coast IPA and I think they hit the bullseye. I have been a fan of West Coast style IPA's since they first became available and this is one of the very best tasting WCIPA's that I have had.

Mar 22, 2020
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ben741 from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old school West Coast IPA. Puts clear amber with a nice white head with good retention. Hop forward, piney aroma and taste. Classic beer type down very very well.

Jan 31, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Best by 4/28/15"; drank 1/17/15 @ the Yarchives.

Clear dark orange appearance.

HUGE off-white head; frothy lace.

Honey, fresh pine, mango & caramel nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, caramel & mild mango flavors up front; a slightly bruising, bitter finish. Extreme cotton-mouth set in over the course of the session.

Nice flavors that are overwhelmed by bitterness.

Dec 10, 2019
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FireMedk from California

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a bit darker than normal and the smell wasn't pleasant but maybe it was my glass that came straight from my freezer. Benefit of the doubt. I like Green Flash and am a fan of their beers. This West Coast IPA had a bit more carbonation than expected, but good citrus, pine, and hoppy tastes with a little more of a bitter aftertaste that lasted longer than I would have liked.

Oct 11, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this beer for 3-4 years now and finally here it is! Surpisingly it was much more a typical West Coast IPA than I imagined - but there was one thing about it: its originality, that makes it unforgettable.
As a West Coast IPA, it bears its trademarks in the aroma and the taste with earth and pine, resinous hops. But its taste has something more than that: the way the hops are blended together is very unique. It has this raw hop feeling to it but very in a refined and noble fashion. It has more hop bitterness than you would expect, has this raw hop quality but not overdoing it and in the end it turns into a kind of summer fruit I wasn’t able to decipher. Watermelon? Pink grapefruit? Not sure. But what I am sure is that I loved this beer and am very happy for finally having a chance to try it.
Oh, here are the liner notes:



Part legend, part luck, the elusive green flash is a San Diego sensation. But to us, it's more than a burst of brilliant green light as the sun sets into the sea - it's a magical moment that signals the end of an extraordinary day and the start of an epic night on the horizon.

Sep 01, 2019
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear burnt orange. Some have commented on the head, but mine poured a bubbly mess and went flat immediately. Perhaps this was a bad bottle.

S: Lovely smell. Citrus, floral, and light bready notes. Extremely fragrant. Sweet with a touch of pine

T: Hops hops and more hops. Starts off sweet and goes to dry very quick. It's pungent with a bit of astringency. Ends with a long drawn out bitterness.

O: Not what I was expecting. Not as bitter as I expected with 90 IBU. Doesn't feel like I'm drinking straight hops, but it feels like hop essence was distilled. Not my cup of tea, but glad I tried it.

Aug 17, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber - back in Canada for first time in ages. Note this is a 7.0% 95 IBU version.
Deep reddish copper pour - clear with a finger of slightly caramel coloured head.
Aroma initially a bit muted but as warmed straight up pine, grapefruit, with caramel malt in back.
Taste is piney hop forward, caramel malt, grapefruit, sweetness is there only to hit hard with the bitterness that keeps bringing you back.
Full bodied mouthfeel - carbonation perfect - bitterness lingers seemingly forever. An old time IPA - wonderful.

Jul 30, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 8/23/13: Pours a chill hazed coppery orange producing 2 fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating of lace. Aroma is heavenly resinous pine, floral, a touch of citrus and a faint tropical hint with caramel malt and hint of vanilla. Taste is up front pine, citrus (heavy to grapefruit) and tropical hops backed by caramel malt sweetness. Finishes with a hop bite and bitterness that intensifies and lingers long in the aftertaste. A solid example of the style.

Nov 13, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

2.42/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

[Original rating 2015-11-26] Pours clear orange/gold with a medium off white head. Aroma is grass, pine, alcohol. Taste is bitter hops, way too bitter with not much balance. This is my second try with this beer. I didn’t care for it the first time but didn’t rate it at the time, gave it another shot. I won’t try it again, there are many better DIPAs out there.

Oct 24, 2018
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jhavs from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Loads of old school earthy hop flavors. Deep bitterness over fruity, pine and resinous hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Orange/gold and basically clear with a thick foamy head. Full flavored, not holding back on hop bitterness.

Oct 05, 2018
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timon from California

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stuff. Hot day in SD and I wanted something refreshing. This hits the spot. One of the best-looking beers I've seen in a while. Crystal clear bronze color, glassy. Great mouthfeel and refreshing apple/grapefruit taste. Not a hop bomb (thank god). Smell is a bit weak, but that's OK.

Aug 17, 2018
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AleManDan from California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wowzers. You better like hops.

Look: Copper, clear, densely carbonated and a thin, persistent white head.

Nose: Orange marmalade hoppy fruit honey flowers. Yep.

Taste: Sweet hop fruit funk. Bitter and piney with complex layers of stone fruits (apricot, mango, peach...) taking turns tickling your palate and fancy. Caramel malts present but hops overpower in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation on the tongue, medium bodied with a dry fish. West Coast!

Damned fine beer.

Jul 17, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 1/29/18 (67 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.1% ABV 95 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright with a tiny bit of sediment. It is light copper in color with sticky eggshell colored head. The aroma is a mix of pine, caramel, faint citrus and dank. The taste is partly bitter up front with some sweet caramel overtones and a heavily bitter, tea-like finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, fair. I'm not sure what happened to this IPA. This bottle tastes like a session IPA with ABV cranked up to 8.1 with sugar. Thinnest body I've ever seen in a double IPA.

Apr 06, 2018
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BeerheadDave from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange haze with thick fine mesh head.
Smell is a real balanced one. Lots of fresh citrus notes a little spice and hints of biscuit and sweet bread.
Taste starts off really spicy then strong hop bitterness that we all have come to love, and finishes out nice to malty but not too malty cause that is not how we do it on the west coast.
For me not full bodied which I actually like kind of in between full bodied and light.
Overall this beer blew my mind one of the best ipas you can get ur lips around love this beer probably best IPA around.

Apr 02, 2018
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Ale_Lover from Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass: color is light amber with an off white head presenting about one finger thick then dissipating to a with a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell exactly what you would expect from a quality double ipa with good earthiness, solid pine, and great lingering citrus rind.

Taste equal to the aroma:very hop forward with pine, citrus rind, herbal notes and earthiness; malt is a good backbone.

Mouthfeel is big bitterness, solid malt backbone, light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: an excellent DIPA with big hop flavors that lean towards pine/herbal/floral with just enough bitter citrus rind and maltiness.

Mar 24, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a honey colored amber with great retention and lacing.

S) Nose is dank, citrussy, and floral. There is a sweet, honey like aroma that is harmonious with the hoppage.

T) Everything in the nose is on the palate with the addition of grapefruit rind and spice. It is juicy and delicious.

F) Has a creamy mouthfeel for the style. Perfectly carbonated.

O) An easy recommendation to hotheads or anyone looking to get totally toasted on a 6 pack.

Mar 04, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy orangish yellow with good white head and nice lacing. Fruity and kinda spicy smell and taste. Good finishing bitterness. Nice beer!

Feb 28, 2018
West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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