West Coast IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co.

West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #190
Ranked #1,256
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 and later 8.1% ABV
Reviews: 1,923 | Ratings: 8,059 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jun 21, 2014
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imperialstout27 from California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Voluminous cream colored head. Well carbonated with a nice layer of foam persisting the whole time and good lacing.

S: Whoa hops!! Yes, big ass piney hops. Dank and cannabinoid. Great aromatics. This screams west coast IPA.

T: Hop flavors hit immediately with a full frontal attack. The profile is big pine resin on the palate with herbal and spicy notes. Citric flavors well up from underneath on the midpalate and culminate in an orange and grapefruit juice-like aftertaste. Great bitterness all the way across the palate, lingering with a slightly astringent tingle throughout the long finish. Good malt backbone on this one, with a nice underlying sweetness buried under big ass hops.

M: Nice medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. Decent slickness.

D: Very good. This is a great IPA and easy to drink more than one.

Overall, a superb effort by Green Flash. Quintessential west coast IPA - very appropriately named. Everything clicks with this brew. Very impressed.

Apr 23, 2010
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jul 06, 2007
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HipCzech from Texas

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "BEST BY 24 August 15 F15031) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber copper with a lush, rocky off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine needles with slight dankness.

Taste: Solid caramel malty base supports a full blast of hops: pine resin, grapefruit and herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight oiliness and good, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big, juicy, hoppy - prototypical West Coast IPA.

May 02, 2015
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t2grogan from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

All I taste are the hops. Can't get past the bitterness.

May 26, 2015
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first review on this sucked, so let me retry again. Golden-orange body with a small easily dissipating head. Bought from HEB in a single in Texas, sadly they don't refrigerate. Mostly just a soury-malt combo.

Smell is lackluster on this example, nothing to rave about here. Almost nothing present at all - I got my nose wet trying to smell the beer.

Taste is pretty good, certainly better than the smell. A refreshing balance of hops with a completely hidden alcohol character. Props for this being such an easy drinker. The feel is like that of a "session IPA", lots of depth but still easy to pound a few back. A nice hops kick but extremely laid back. Some beers might be tough to down in 5 minutes but not this one.

Overall a pretty good beer. I apologize for my lackluster previous rating where I had a bad sample and was very judgemental. I had a decent one this time and a little more experience behind my belt.

Mar 16, 2017
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ivehadthatbrew from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Mar 14, 2016
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is smoothly fragrant, flowery, fruity, and sweet with lime, grapefruit, and pine as well as a tropical aroma. It has a slightly hazy, orange-ish, deep amber body with a cream-colored frothy, bubbly head. The flavor is bitter and resiny but not too sharp, with considerable softening maltiness. The hops also contribute a flavorful and complex fruitiness—orange, peach, and apricot come to mind. As the bitterness wears off after each swallow, the maltiness lingers. The mouthfeel is slightly dry but smooth. The carbonation is delicate—soft and frothy but not excessive, with just a little carbonic bite and then hop acidity on the way down.

What impresses me about this IPA is that it manages to be bold and yet delicate and well balanced. A variety of flavors shine through despite the usual intense resiny flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is also nicely put together, as it provides a good counterbalance to the intense flavors.

Oct 20, 2014
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NyBeerBro from New York

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one dynamite benchmark West Coast IPA. Green Flash has definately struck gold,with this IPA which is just exploding with hop flavor. The Simcoe adds a wonderful 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. This beer is almost so good it should be reserved for special times but I will be drinking often.

Mar 22, 2017
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innominat from Ireland

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am a fan of Double IPAs and have drank many. But I found this beer had an unusual harsh and abrasive bitterness with very little balance. Just not my cup of tea really.

Jan 25, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

From the website: "Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and Cascade for floral aroma." That's insane, but a hophead's dream.

Pour this one carefully. We didn't the first time and wound up with the unfiltered, chunky dregs floating around in our pint glasses. Granted, they won't kill you and are actually good for you, but they could be off-putting for some. Less that, this IPA pours bright amber with burnt orange hues and a massive creamy foam head (like a big dollop of cream) that's sticky and retains very well--remember head on a beer is good as it releases volatiles for aroma and taste. Aroma is strong with grapefruit and herbs--gets the glands going--with soft grain and floral notes beneath. Nearly full-bodied, with a smooth, even consistency. Immediate smacking of grapefruit, herbal, resin, touch of mint, raw leaf and ash with a piney, grassy and oily bitter linger. So damn juicy and citric. Sweet, bready and a bit toasty beneath the hop carnage, providing just enough balance. Alcohol is very well hidden, with a slight burnt character toward the finish with ashy resin.
Few come close to the sublimely intense hoppiness that's Green Flash West Coast IPA. We love this beer.

Sep 10, 2010
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BradMatton13 from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid west coast IPA, I wish they offered more then this beer here in MA

Jan 06, 2015
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BlammaJamma from California

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Dipa. Sets a benchmark for what a west coast dipa should be. I'm lucky to be in an area where there are multiple local brewerys churning out fantastic Dipas for an IPA junkie like me. I try to keep 2 DIPAs in my Kegerator on flow as good and fresh is my goal. I have been sampling over 15 IPAs the past couple months as they are completely accessable fresh but Green Flash West coast DIPA is one I never bought, just due to the generic looking label in bombers. Well, my local brewery didn't have the brew I've been looking for weeks now and I had an empty tap sitting so I took a chance. I got a 1 month old keg and It has taken over the Beer of the month. It pours with a nice head with a nice piney smell. A deep orange color with a nice tan 3 finger head. mouth feel has that oily hoppy punch and goes down nicely with a medium feel. I even found my wife sneaking a sip as the smell to her had a hint of guava and had her curious. It has a great balance with the malt. Again, it has achieved status as the Benchmark DIPA, and will stay that way until I find one able to displace it's space on tap. As for now, I don't see that happening.

Mar 05, 2017
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BeerRev22 from Rhode Island

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

Holy jesus. To say this is slightly bitter would be an understatement. I'm going to grab a paint scraper to remove the hop bitterness from my tongue, thx. Super, almost pilsner level brightness on the pour, almost strange to see a super clear/mega bright beer after being in NE for a while. Some oxydation, on a 2 month old bottle. decent hop flavor, but so overwhelmed by the face raping bitterness that made GF so popular.

Feb 24, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this brew years ago before I was a beer advocate. I remember loving it, but in my reviewing days I had to try it again. I love the purple label that stands out and the green rays of flashing sun that forms the logo for this brewery. It has 8.1% ABV and 95 IBUs. Now, I’m a hop head so I relish the challenge to taste the bitterness, because some say that the average beer enthusiast can’t tell the difference between 80 IBUs and 60 IBUs and the human tongue can rarely detect bitterness units in excess of 90 IBUs

Look-It pours a delightful copper tinged amber color that really captures the essence of what a good IPA should look like. The head is thick and beautiful and releases so many aromas that are paramount to enjoying this complex brew. It leaves delicate and beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells fruity and hoppy with strong cannabinoid attributes. I can already tell it is a great beer. The smell is citrus rind and pine. I get a lot of dank earthy hops as well. The malts are, thankfully, on the lighter side and very well-balanced.

Taste-It tastes like the epitome of the West Coast Style IPA. I get hops galore, but in the right quantities and with the perfect balance. The alcohol is subtle and well-hidden. It warms the tongue as the sip proceeds. I get piney, earthy, orange rind, and citrus hops mixed with a perfectly muted roasted grain malt-base. After the gulp, I notice tongue-smacking resin, oils, earthy hops, an ashy aftertaste, and plenty of grapefruit and zest. It is so juicy and fruity and bready. The West Coast fruits and flavors and dank hops really come out beautifully.

Mouthfeel-It is full-bodied and delicious. The malts are thankfully not from a syrup extract. I can tell from the slight sweetness and mouth consistency that they use true malted grains and a variety of delicious hops. It finishes clean and smooth with a lingering bitterness that is cannabinoid and oil resins from the several hop varieties.

Overall- It is a tough style to really do well and this beer does it exquisitely. I must say that this is the best West Coast IPA in the Universe or at least in our Galaxy!

Sep 12, 2015
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 4-pack, purchased at local Whole Foods ($10.99).
Honey-orange colored elixir, thick tan head, belgian lace.
Piney, citrus, forest floral.
Bitter hops throughout from front to back of tongue and linger.
Medium body, minimal malt allow the hops to flourish.
Overall a nice IPA with a multitude of hops--Centennial and Cascade being the predominate variety.

Nov 14, 2010
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Phocion from Minnesota

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

Pours an appetizing copper/gold color with a colossal bubbly white head. Excellent retention and thick lacing all the way down the wall of my pint glass.

Aroma is a huge bouquet of hops. Citrus, floral, and piney.

Taste is a bit more mellow in the hops department. The flavors from the nose are still there, but they've just toned down a bit. Light roasted malts thrown in but nowhere up to the challenge of meeting the hops. Still, this is a hophead's left coast IPA so balanced malts aren't a priority on this thing.

Medium-bodied with little carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel but it leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Stay away from this thing if you're not a hophead, otherwise I'd completely recommend.

Oct 18, 2006
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aerozeppl from New York

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12oz bottle.

A: Really nice looking copper color. A finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Smells like brew day. Like hops added to the wort. Really intense flavor. More raw hops than anything else almost like they dry hopped the IPA.

T: Damn this is hoppy. Not really balanced at all. So hoppy you almost get a taste of salt from all the bitterness. Hopheads will love this beer.

M: Med body with a slight syrupy feel to it. Coats the mouth nicely.

D: The insane amount of hops killed the drinkability for me but hopheads rejoice.

Apr 02, 2008
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Ryno1077 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 23, 2013
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IheartTomorrow from New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Aug 10, 2012
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DrJones from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2015
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ceberly from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12%

Oct 05, 2012
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soxxroxx from Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Aug 08, 2013
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linnymtu from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Nov 30, 2013
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icculus71 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Aug 28, 2014
West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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