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

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 JamesMN
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/4/14, so probably about 22 days old.

Appearance: A surprisingly dark caramel/amber and hazy body with a frothy off-white head. Pretty dark for a beer named "West Coast IPA" but I'll play along.

Aroma: A beautiful bouquet of west coast hops at their finest. Dankness and sweet grapefruit.

Taste: Starts with crisp bitterness right out of the gate. Real mellow caramel and amber malt keeping things from getting out of hand in the hops department, although there is some serious bitterness that keeps the word 'balanced' from being necessary in describing the flavor. The hop profile is earthy with some great floral notes near the finish and pure bitterness in the aftertaste. Not quite juicy but getting there in some respects.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with somewhat lively carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: It's nice to review an IPA that's a) fresh and b) good. While probably not cracking my top 5, Green Flash West Coast IPA is a very good beer. I've gradually become harsher on grading beer (especially IPAs, as they make up one of my favorite styles) and it is obviously reflected in the final score. However, let it be known that this beer is heads and shoulders above any other run-of-the-mill American IPA swill that so many pop-up breweries are releasing. But I digress. Would I drink it again? For as long as Green Flash distributes to MN.

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Photo of Mathed
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good IPA overall. It has a nice piney smell and a smooth amber look to it but I found the taste to be a little bit off from some others I have had. I assume that I may have been spoiled by the Green Flash Imperial IPA that I had the night before (excellent stuff there). I'd drink this beer again but not actively pursue it.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a pillowy cream coloured head that lasts and lasts, imbuing aroma and lacing as I drink. This is what an IPA should look like.

The nose is a little more mellow than I expected, mostly piney and almost spicy floral hops.

The tongue follows suit, dominated by the west coast hops. The pine leads, with an almost sweet undercurrent to it. Well constructed brew.

Goes down smoothe, and while the oily hops can linger a bit on the tongue it doesn't get overwhelming or onerous. A fine example of a great beer. Definitely worth getting ahold of if it's available.

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Photo of shocksmarin
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint

A - Coppery color. Good carbonation. Nice head retention.

S - Grapefruit and pine. Very, very strong hop presence.

T - Starts out with a severe kick of hops, which is expected. Vibrant mixture of citrus, grapefruit, pine... Starts great. I get a tinge of soap finish. I couldn't shake that.

M - Very strong. Prevalent alcohol character. Definite hop bomb.

For what it is, it's very well done. I can't get past the soapy finish though. I wouldn't drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

European version brewed in St Feuillien brewery in Belgium.

L - Hazy orange with a big white head

S - Lime and floral notes, a bit og toffee and burnt malt

T - Malty, floral and citrusy, mostly grapfruit and bergamote

F - Alright mouthfeel

O - Classic DIPA, nothing amzing. I'd like to try the Green Flash version

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a orange color with with a slight haze and big carbonation bubbles and a thick foamy white head that lasted most of the drink. The beer has a nice piney aroma with a small touch of citrus. Starts of mild and well balanced with citrus flavors of lemon and orange. The hops really kick in about midway through and get stronger and stronger though the drink. They continue for a very long time. The beer has a nice carbonation feel with a slight drying.

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

12 oz bottle purchased on 6/09/14 from Atlas Bottle Works in Pittsburgh, PA.

A - Relatively bright for an IPA, orange-copper hue. Nice head that disappears quickly into a thin line.

S - Pineapple, apricot, and date notes. Very well balanced double IPA aroma.

T - Hops from the start with bright citrus notes, overtaken by toffee and caramel from the malt before everything is overwhelmed by a big bitter finish.

M - Crisp and light bodied from the carbonation, more so than I would expect from a beer this heavy.

O - An excellent double IPA, perhaps not the standard bearer for this style but a fantastic beer. I would like to try it on draft.

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

Orangey coloured body with immense foaming head. Grapefruit hoppy aroma. Taste is medium to full mouthfeel of initially grapefruit and malt, quite drinkable. Had it and liked it very much again 1.5 years later. Good creamy drinking.
On tap 4.75 years later and still very good IPA, very hoppy.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a big fluffy white head and moderate lacing. Aroma is loaded with citrus and hops - smells fantastic. The taste is a bit of a step down though, in my opinion. The hop bitterness is extremely intense, and a bit too rough around the edges. Citrus is there with a moderate malty sweetness. In the end, though, the overload of bitterness just seems a bit unrefined to me - not enough balance. Load it with hops, sure, but give me something there with it to complement it. As it is, it just seems a bit one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is very good - creamy, good carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,858 ratings.
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