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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
greenflashbrew.com

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:
1,860
Ratings:
7,804
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
Wants:
444
Gots:
1,911
For Trade:
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominating with a nice malt base also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some citrus and bitter pacific hops with a neutral but still perceptible malt base. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this is a very enjoyable IPA, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the presence of floral and grapefruit hops would have been more discernable.

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Photo of nataku00
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a glass that I can't really describe (tall glass that is slightly wider right in the middle and narrower on the ends). Haven't had this one in a while, but saw it on tap at a restaurant so thought I'd have it prior to eating.

Beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper, bordering on amber with some hints of red in the dark orange hues, with half a finger of off white soapy and foamy head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing. Well carbonated with a good number of small bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is as I remember it, intense bitter citrus peel, both grapefruit and oranges play a big part, some fresh pine needles, with a good amount of sweeter orange fruit and caramel malt to help balance it.

Surprisingly, the taste was slightly disappointing. There was a huge citrus pith bitterness upfront, but not as nuanced and complex as the nose. Just like eating the white pith of citrus without the citrus oils of the skin to give it different flavor. Still a decent caramel malt character coming middle of the tongue to balance the flavor a bit, finishing with more bitter pith.

Light to medium body with a nice refreshing amount of small active and lightly prickly carbonation help prevent the tongue from being overwhelmed with bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol warmth in the throat, but not enough to make it hard to drink. A solid beer, though not as flavorful as some of the other west coast IPA's.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA pours to a brief-lived medium slightly-pebbly off-white head on a hazy, slightly effervescent pale amber beer; lacing is good, manifesting as complex, fine-grained lacy bands. The nose is medium in intensity: a respectable blend of sweetish citrus, pine and candy-like florals with some bready malt notes, hints of juicy pineapple and slight alcohol overtones; nice, but could use more presence. The palate is appropriately intense and all business: it leads with very bitter resinous pine and hints of citrus; by midpalate the citrus character has emerged a bit, but the pine is still ascendant, and the bitterness mounts. The bready malt foundation peeks out around the edges and then retreats; by the back of the palate, the bitterness has built to admirably strong levels, even for the style. The finish is bitter, slightly boozy and very dry, followed by an aggressive, resinous rebound bitterness that lingers for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body, and the texture is moderately creamy and very peppery from the strongly-expressed carbonation. This is an unsubtle hophammer of a beer; what it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in effectiveness. If you want a dry, pine-bomb IIPA, this is what you're looking for. (12 oz bottle, 32 days before best-by)

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy,burnished amber with a dense,creamy,one finger,off-white cap that left sticky sheets of lacing.

S-Tart grapefruit and sweet notes of nectarine and dried tropical fruit with some astringent pine notes as well.

T-Big,bitter,slightly tinny hop flavors followed by softer citric notes and finished with perfumey,piney hoppiness.Good baked sugar malt presence to round out the body.

M-Medium to full bodied with standard hop traits of moderate bitterness and slick resinous mouthfeel.Nice use of moderate carbonation as well.

D-Great example of a West Coast IPA,as the name would indicate.Well balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass beer mug. Brown with an off white head and some lace.

S. Piney west coast hops. Cascade and Simcoe?

T. Bready, biscuity malt balances the initial blast of bitter hops. A decent battle, with the hops winning out.

M. Slightly viscious and medium bodied.

D. Pretty good for an IPA. Not quite as good as a Stone IPA IMO, but still a worthy offering and one I will be having again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with about a 1/2 finger cream colored head. Some spotty lacing down the glass and really great head retention.

S: I get some really nice floral hop notes right away with a little bit of caramel sweetness in the back.

T: Pretty strong hop bite upfront with some pine and resin. A lot of sweetness behind it with caramel and honey. A slight bready/biscuity malt flavor as well. The finish is full of hop resin and leaves a lasting bitter taste.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copperish amber. Head sticks at half a finger.
S- Smell is grapefruity with a touch of pine, and enough biscuit-esque malt aromas.
T- More balanced than I noticed. Intially it's biscuity, with some sweetness up front. Snap of grapefruity and slightly piney hops that power through the finish.
M- I found it a bit light on the body, with smooth, airy carbonation.
O- A good IPA. I'm not convinced one of the top few IPA's out there, but it is still tasty enough for me to recommend it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a good two fingers of frothy tan foam. A nice looking beer.

Smell: nice combination of citrus and earthy hops here. There's also a hint of resinous, piney hops which makes for a nice complex aroma. Not much at all in the way of malt can get through the hop barrage, however.

Taste: big, earthy hops with a little bit of funky hop flavor mixed in. Malt is relatively dry but with a touch of sweetness at the end complemented by a floral hop character which develops. Bitterness is big and possibly a little rough, but this is offset by the nice complexity of the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK carbonation. It's decent enough, but not fantastic.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty beer, although it emphasizes hop flavors which are lesser among my preferences. I would like to try this on tap to see if it is any different.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint at The Memphis Taproom

A- A glazy orange with some tangerine likeness and gold edges. There is a bit of musk in the liquid so it's not entirely clear, Im guessing unfiltered. A nice white head, minimal lace.

S- Like i stuck a hop cone up my nose and went to heaven. Smell is on the tropic hop side with mango and pineapple with just a hint of pine followed by a malt backing that is biscuity. A nice smeller.

T- The bitter meshes with the malt balance pretty well with the bitter winning the race. Tropic fruits in the house, a nice malt backing, pine is kept low, a few variety of hops in here, some c-hop action.

M- This has a nice body on her, a nice medium, similar in ABV to sculpin I find this to be heavier and a bit oil slick if you dig and can use as a guide. A nice hoppy aftertaste without going to far.

D- I liked this much better on tap than the bottles I've had. While I could not drink a ton of it due to a a hefty body this hits the marks of an excellent IPA. A pint of this is fine for me.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with about two fingers of off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

A great hoppy grapefruit aroma.

Hops hops and more hops. Very bitter grapefrtuit flavor. A very slight malty background.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

Good drinkablity, I could drink a few of these in a night.

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Photo of ejeffer11
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the new four pack delivery. have had this many times on tap, first time in a bottle. smell of hops from the get go and then some. two finger very white head. smell is citrus and pine. initial taste is very bitter, but pleasing nonetheless. balanced, but the harshness of the hops show up. very enjoyable, but noticeably better on tap. at over 7%, getting into double ipa territory, but the alcohol is not overbearing. always enjoy this beer and grateful it can be found in upstate ny.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with lots of small floaters and sediment. Sticky layer of foam.

Big piney hops aroma with a hint of white grape.

Taste is more of the same: a hops showcase with mostly pine flavors coming through. Even with fairly high bitterness in the finish, this isn't an unbalanced "bomb", but malt certainly takes a back seat. What there is, is mild and biscuity.

I found the mouthfeel to be just a touch too thin -- a very minor fault.

All-around, a very easy to drink and tasty IPA.

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber. Made a good fluffy head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is of pine cones, resin, loads of citrus, earthy malt hints and a overwhelming quantity of hops. Taste is balanced just right between sweet and bitter, citric fruits and and intense hoppyness that gives it's very interesting bitter finish. Found it a very good double IPA, that makes justice to the style. I'd repeat it as possible, and definitely recommend it.

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Photo of schultzi22
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Azurescens for this one.

A:A hazy gold color with a half finger of head and nice lacing already beginning to develop on the glass.
N:The hops are there, but the nose is surprisingly absent.
T: Maybe it's the age or the fact that I had pliny the previous night, but I do NOT get a typical hop overload on this beer. The finish brings out some bitterness, but very little of the citrus and grapefruit flavors that I enjoy in an IPA. As it is warming, I am beginning to appreciate the hops a bit more.
M: A nice mouthfeel, but I would prefer a bit more crispness.
O: A decent enough beer. I would like to try it a little fresher, but I wouldn't turn it down in the future.

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Photo of wknight167
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy brownish amber with a one and a half finger white head that slowly recedes to a cap that lasts about halfway through the beer. Solid amount of lacing.

Nose- Citrus, Pine/Grassy hops with just a hint of malt sweetness.

Palate- Starts off sweet for a split second then the hops take control. Citrus then pine. Good flavor and not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, astringent slightly low carbonation, but it works for this beer.

Drinkability- I'd say its a pretty manageable beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour yields a slightly hazy deep copper brew with a solid 2 finger ecru head that lingers, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is dominated by citrus and pine, with a background of bready, toasted malt. Grapefruit and tangerine are accompanied by a slightly nutty finish.

A fair amount of bready malt serves as a substantial base for the diverse hop profile. Pine and resin are undertones throughout the sip until the fairly bitter finish. Grapefruit and tangerine add complexity. Floral hops emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

Very good example of the style, bitter dominant, as indicated by the name. Characterful enough to merit great beer status.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy peach colour with a good 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing. Also, some sediment.

The hops spring to my nose immediately. Lots of citrus and tropical fruity goodness with a backbone of bready malt.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. It is sincerely bitter with citrus, less of the tropical fruit, and an aspirin kind of bitterness. It's good and all but I find that it is overly bitter.

Good smooth mouthfeel, I have to say, 1 bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy Iceberg effect on the head as it sat for a little bit. Golden on the edge of the glass, in the center it was a reddish orange. Very nice looking beer.

Pine and citrus hops mixed with a sweet maltiness of caramel. If it tastes like it smells I'm in for a wonderful beer.

The taste is good. Everything I mentioned about the smell but a weaker version of it. It tastes watered down a bit. I am a little disappointed, the way it smelled I thought I was going to have another mind blowing experience with an IPA. Sweetness in the beginning neutralizing the bitterness; it still is bitter but not as bitter as I wanted it to be. It seems the taste process is too fast. Sweet malt upfront to a bland watery taste, then immediately turning into a lingering tangy bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel is good. Medium body. Slight carbonation. Feels good in the mouth and nice going down.

I could have another since it's easy drinking. It's not a bad IPA. Taste was a let down so I had to knock some points off. Overall, a good IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with a bit over a half-inch of off-white head that had some retention and very good lacing.

A big blast of pine and citrus hops hits the nose, followed a hint of sweetness. The flavor follows closely, very upfront hops, a touch of malt and a slight floral hop finish.

The body is typical for the style, nothing special. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy, I had several before palate fatigue started to set in.

Overall, a very good beer. Worth effort to obtain. I've heard a lot of hype over this brewery the last couple of years and I'll admit that GF is matching the lofty standards people are setting for them, unlike some other breweries in GF's neighbor hood.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I can't tell you how long I've wanted to try a fresh bottle of this.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is three fingers tall, with a bubbly off-white shade. While the retention is only pretty good, it leaves behind webs of lacing on the glass.

S: Oh yes, this is as hoppy as I wanted it to be. There seems to be a combination of many different hop profiles: some tropical fruit, more general citrus, powerful floral notes, Centennial-derived lemongrass, and (of course) pine. They all seem to gel together quite well. Malts are nearly imperceptible - and thank God for that!

T: The malt backbone has a little more say down on the flavor profile. There is a gentle opening bitterness (mainly floral), but the finish is...actually sort of malty. Sure, there's some definite Centennial poking around the back end, but I'm getting a lot of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar - even some mild esters. I wish some more tropical fruits and less floral bitterness came through, otherwise there isn't really anything to complain about. It's even somewhat complex, a rarity for the style.

M: While this isn't a bone dry beer, it's still really crisp on the back end. Come to think about it, this becomes kind of sweet after a while (forgivable for a DIPA, though). For sure, it drinks faster than I'd expect something 8.1% normally would. Carbonation is well concealed by the borderline syrupy body.

O: I would gladly buy this again...if I ever saw it fresh. As a reference, for the two and a half years I've been drinking beer, today is the first time I've EVER seen this one in a fresh state. That's worrying. And it seems Green Flash stopped dating bottles. That's doubly worrying. I hope it doesn't take another two and a half years to find a fresh batch of this beer again, because it's really damn delicious right now.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour produced an almost non existent head on this beer. Strange. Cloudy, copper colored. Smells extremely floral, citrusy, and tropical. Flavor is more citrus hops, very balanced, fruity, pineapples, strong grapefruit presence, strong bitter finish that lingers on the pallette. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel has a good body but my beer is pretty flat. I think I got a dud bottle. Going to have to grab another one. Extremely tasty IPA though and would be excellent with some carbonation and a head atop the brew. Extremely drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a solid two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice and bold grapefruit and lemon.
The taste is moderate to strong pine and lemon bitterness all the way through with a long finish.
The texture is crisp with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
Nailed it.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden straw. the color is quite beautiful. decent lacing.

S: summer peach and dank grapefruit resinous and hoppiness. smells like it tastes.

T: when i first sampled this brew i was head over heels. not too bitter but a piney, floral confluence. it finishes quite well and has you begging for more.

M: strong carbobation and not oily at all. def taste/feel the alcohol but not in a bad way.

O: a def go to. im glad they,ve expanded their offerings at a reasonable price! love this brew!

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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 andrewjraab
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper orange with good clarity and a big creamy head. Nice stick.

S - Huge citrus hop notes, floral, perfume, piney, resinous, with some malts.

T - Big piney, citrusy hops up front, balanced by some malts and bready flavor. Finishes with a sharp but clean bitter snap.

O - Easy drinking IPA with a robust hop profile. Nice IPA. I'd have it again.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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