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 | website

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:
1,851
Ratings:
7,756
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
1,869
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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.1% ABV, 95 ibu.
A - clear amber (nearly brown), with finger n half finger.
S - piney really piney! caramel, toffee, little honey. zest. wood n earthy.
T - incredibly hoppy!! even more bitter than others who stated over 100ibu. hop juice juz go around the mouth, bit of alcohol n warm up the throat. malt comes late n decent.
O - if u want a really hoppy IPA, this is the one to get. but if u want a summer refreshing IPA, this probably too bold to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance. Great head retention and lacing. Massive assault of pungent, resinous, grassy, and floral hops in the nose. Medium-full bodied with a perfectly crisp carbonation. Firm, toasty/bready malt base. Layer upon layer of resinous hop flavor. Bracing bitterness. Finishes a bit too resinous, and that tends to hold what bitterness is there for just a little bit too long. West Coast IPA? No doubt!!! Be forwarned then, if you're NOT a hophead, this one will slap you senseless! :)

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Photo of californiakulak
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of this beer because I heard that it was a good IPA.

A. Poured into and Anchor Steam pint glass. It was a copper type color. Almost orange. Good thick head and nice lacing.

S. Insanely hoppy smell. Lots of pine notes. Probably the best part of the beer.

T. Intense flavor. The hops reach out and punch you in the face on this one. Also had your typical citrus flavors but the malt dissapears behind al those damn hops.

M. I like the carbonation. Perfect amount. Nice oily hop bitterness as well.

D. The drinkability was just so so. Too many of these might give you blisters in your mouth from the burning hops.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows lots of tropical fruit and floral notes, very expressive. Also some soft alcohol and bready malt.
Similar flavours, a mix of bready and cookie dough-like malt accompanied by piney hops. Unfortunately the finish include industrial/petrol notes.
Carbonation is suitably high.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber in color with a creamy head of medium density. Head retention was average with medium lacing.

Smell: Nice aroma with hops leading the way. Mostly citrus with a hint of pine. Nice pale malt backing up the hops. Judging by the aroma, I am expecting a well balanced IPA.

Taste: Well balanced indeed. The hops are strong with grapefruit as the most prominent flavor but the malt balances the hops very well. Not enough to overshadow the hops but enough to give the bitterness a backbone. Further into the beer, I am noticing the "hint of pine" building on the palate into a very nice and consistent flavor. Speaking of bitterness, this beer packs a welcome punch of fresh bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less carbonation than I would have liked to see but the body of the beer is just right with a medium heft to it.

Overall: I found this to be a quality IPA that I would not be opposed to quaffing again but I have had many more IPAs that I feel were better overall beers.

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Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite hoppy...loads of grapefruit piled on top of a pine resin hoppiness that's also noticeable. Hops and more hops!

Pours a rust color in my glass. Head is pretty impressive, though it does fizzle out in not much time.

This beer is 95 IBU's and those IBU's show. As bitter as any IPA I have ever had, and almost every DIPA I've had, this one comes roaring out of the gate. It has that citric hoppiness with a note of pine underneath that was found on the nose in absolute abundance. It's brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Cascades, and it shows....more citric than pine, however. Balance is but a pipe dream...doesn't really exist. I do get a little bit of grain that shows up briefly but that's about the extent of that. Resiny, medicinal bitterness lingers after the swallow.

Whew! I need to be in the mood for a beer like this. IPA's certainly vary a lot from one to the other, and this is probably the most bitter standard IPA I can think of.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with over a finger of head that retains for a good long time and leaves a touch of lace on the glass. The nose is definitely hoppy but not terribly complex. The flavor is very similar to the nose – definitely hoppy but not very complex as far as other flavors. This remains a strong effort but it is certainly nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of bwd110
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
no freshness dating to be found anywhere on bottle or packaging. Drives me nuts...

A: Light amber/orange tinge to this brew - somewhat hazy with a standard half inch head, which is bright white and extra soapy. Tight little bubbles in the lace, nice streaking down the glass.

S: Pungent. Sticky, wet grassy pine notes and floral hops dominate. Some citrus hops present. Surprisingly nice undercurrent of caramel malt sweetness. Also you can smell the bitterness this ipa is waiting to smack you with.

T: Not the hop bomb I expected, however a nicely appointed ipa. Floral and pine hops stick out, and a nice malty sweetness helps alleviate some of the lashing the hefty bitterness of this beer provided. Overall, a very sturdy brew.

M: Medium full, a bit oily and resinous.

D: Went down fast, interesting beer. Glad I grabbed a sixer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark orange-brown color with a fairly thin head. There is a high concentration of floaters in this one. The aroma is hugely hoppy. Mostly grapefruit and lemon citrus with a little bit of pine mixed in. Big and bitter on the palate. A nice robust feel is the conduit to a blast of bitterness. Similar flavors to the aroma with another wave of bitterness toward the end that lasts long after the beer went down. I would prefer a little more balance, but pleasant none the less.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronze-amber, heavy sediment and slightly hazy. Sticky white head leaves behind thick lacing.

S - Bright citrus medley, and heavy hop bitterness already present in the nose.

T - This is even more hop-forward than the Imperial version. Hops up front, hops obliterating the malt in the middle, Bitter and overpowering hops in the finish. Hop monster, with big hoppy teeth.

M - Medium-bodied, a little creamy, low to moderate carbonation, as far as I can tell. But mainly, hops.

D - Okay, the hops are amazing, but this gets to be a rough go about halfway through. I can feel the enamel being shredded from my teeth.

In conclusion, hops. Seriously, this is way more hoppy than any *Double* IPA I've had, including PtE. However, the balancing floral citrus and malt notes are just not here the way they are in what I feel to be better examples of the style. It did hit the spot, though, and I may turn to it again when I have a serious thirst for pure hops.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a thick, foamy head and great lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with a slight malted sweetness and a little booze

Big citrus hops, malts try to balance, but the hops rein supreme.

A nice hop bomb in the true vein of the west coast IPA. Screw balance, all hail the hops!

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into nonic pint. Hazy copper-orange in color with a one-finger white head that quickly dissipates, but sticks nicely. The aroma is immediately hoppy with overwhelming piney resins and citrus. Hints of mint, leaves, and toasted grain come out upon warming. Flavors are of strong citrus juice and grapefruit bitterness followed by some floral undertones. This beer is full-bodied, with an oily, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a big frothy off-white head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel malt and spices. Very much like Bell's Hopslam. Hops give lots of grapefruit up front with pine and some floralness lingering of the side of the tongue afterwards. Very little malt balancing out the hops in the flavor. Body is a bit lighter than what I would have liked.

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Photo of Squire123
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy, hop forward.

Taste: Hop forward with malt apparent more in the body than flavor. Malt is there but it's an underlayer. The brew doesn't strike me as very complex but it does have great balance. Clean but long, and I mean long, lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Texture: Medium to full.

Overall: At 8.1% and 95 IBUs one expects a blockbuster. This one's big, even brawny, but lacking in finesse. The trailer truck load of hops dominate the flavor almost to exclusion of the malt. This is a brew for hop fanciers or those who want to see what a big hop brew is about. My rating is not as high as others because I don't find it anything more than same sorta IPA with more stuffing. More of everything without actually being any more flavorful than standard IPAs.

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Photo of FeelinitNow
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber color with tons of white lacing on the sides, sign of a quality beer. ;)

S: Smells of many different kinds of hops, and it invites you to see what it tastes like so you can discover the hops. :)

T: Wow, very hoppy, for some reason 7 different kinds of hops jumps in my head, did they use 7 kinds? I'm not sure, but the taste is so well adjusted that the hops come to you in waves. First its something, then another, then another, then a finish. Wow, quite the experience. The only thing is once you start drinking it it becomes less noticeable, but hey just experience it often for a better analysis. :)

M: Carbonation that isnt too sharp but is assertive. Good overall.

O: Great beer and one that feels intuitive and well thought out, great job Green Flash. ;)

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Photo of PeatReek
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick amber color with just a touch of haze, and a nice beefy layer of foam that's sticking around. Incredibly bold hop aroma, cascade-y and centennial-y and a couple others I can't quite nail -- strong pine notes over a thick base of citrus. Tastes like all those, with the lemon aspect coming out a bit more strongly in the flavor than in the smell. A little sweet at the outset and full-bodied, but finished with quite a stiff bitterness. A little over the top, in fact, even given the clear prominence of the malty sweetness. That's the only thing keeping this from supreme drinkability; the hop aroma really makes me want to come back for more each time I put it down.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tasting glass

Pours a soft, burnt umber color. A moderate amount of opacity, I suppose. One finger or so of creme head sticks around for a while. It looks fine, but there's not much to say about an IPA that looks like most IPAs.

This beer has an explosive, dank nose. Pineapple-mango juice (I think Dole sells this specific flavor) scream up out the glass. Some Pine-Sol character. Even some red fruit hiding in a corner somewhere. The crystal malts are there, but they aren't very assertive (which is how I like 'em). Nothing particularly original, but I'm a sucker for tropical fruit bouquets.

Huh. This beer is decidedly less intense on the palate. In fact, this tastes like a bottle that's four months old or so (but the aroma sure didn't come across that way, so I don't know). It's piney and pineappley, but the malts are providing a good bit of sweet balance. Some of the alpha acid bitterness has turned medicinally-bitter; aspirin tasting. It's still a good IPA, but it doesn't live up to the promise of its aroma.

My biggest personal beef with Green Flash West Coast IPA is its mouthfeel. It's perfectly medium-bodied, which to me (for my preferences) means that it is too thick and heavy. Most people, especially East Coast and Southern drinkers, won't have a problem. Overall, this is a very fine IPA. It reminds me a lot of Schlafly's AIPA, only slightly less good (even though my score for this beer is higher than what I rated Schlafly AIPA).

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dig the West Coast stubby bottles. This beer is seriously chill-hazed amber color with a nice light tan head. Lacing is rock solid. I might have pulled this from about a 40 degree beer fridge, surprised at the haze...

Aroma is big and citrusy hops. Not a lot of malt backing up this floral display. I'm ok with that today. Yeah the taste comes in big on the hop citrus, mixed fairly nicely with some caramel sweet malt. The whole thing quickly turns bitter, almost drawing a shudder from me on my first big sip. This is good bitter. It eases back quickly but leaves remnants of it self on the palate for many seconds to follow.

Good body, nice smooth feel with maybe a little less carbonation than I would prefer. Still a nice effort and really the epitomy of what I expect from the west coast in general. Another reason to love San Diego!

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Photo of birchstick
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 1,000th review of this beer

- pours an amberish orange with some red clay - huge head that leaves a ton of lacing

S - smells of very floral hops, juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and a little bit of skunk and some caramel malts - smells almost dank

T - There is no mistaking that this is a hop bomb all the way. Starts off with bready and caramel malt, but this is soon dominated by pine and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. LOTS of hop flavor in this one. Ends pretty bitter with a pine resin taste that lingers for quite some time.

M - not much of a body to it that makes it stand out from other beers I have had

D - When I think of West Coast hop bomb, this beer will always come immediately to mind. This is a hop lovers dream. I prefer my IPAs a little bit more citrusy and sweet, but this was pretty damn good. Big thanks to poonamibaxter for giving me the chance to try this.

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Photo of cthulu81
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a staple in my beer fridge, and with the recent release of their delicious new Hop Head Red, I thought it high time for me to plug some words down that properly express why I like to drink this beer. West Coast is a darker IPA in the glass, bordering on a medium-dark caramel tone that eerily reminds me of the locals' leathered skin when I lived in America's Wang, Florida. The smell is a smack of resin, intermitten with a catty note. Not unpleasant, but it does have an intensity that speaks of its west coast roots. After a couple sips you can really get a handle on the hops. They rampage around the tongue and assault it with hits of pine, citrus, grapefruit zest, cut grass and once again that racy twang of hemp. Mmmm. Malt is not forgotten though, and lends a weight to the body, resulting in a full mouth-feel. The finish goes on all week and makes this a beer to savor, even if you are sessioning it. Thanks again Green Flash for providing me with yet another reason for my roomies to think I am a functioning alcoholic.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting IPA- pours a light amber with decent carbonation, citrusy hop aromas and slight caramel malt sweetness on the nose. Hardcore stinging sweet malt flows alongside an aggressive hop profile. Somewhat thick for the style, but easy on the mouth and not too hoppy if thats your kind of brew.

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Photo of dancingnancie
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Nice copper color. It looks promising

S: I'm not getting much more than hops out of the nose.

T: This is a nice IPA. The alcohol is not noticeable, there is a nice hop forward taste, that is balanced nicely on the back end. Very nice lingering bitterness. Not bad at all.

M: This is a pretty thick IPA. It's not very thin at all, it's pretty heavy like a 90 minute, or a commodore perry. A nice change.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it was recommended from a guy at Binny's, I don't know if I would rank this in the top 5 american IPA's I've had, but it's a nice change. Would be very nice on a very hot summer day.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - vibrant golden copper color with a very nice amount of carbonation. nice fluffy creamy head with a decent pour.

s - sweet, fruity and crisp on the nose.

t - grapefruit, hoppy as all hell (and i mean that in a great way), and very bold finish. a good punch of maltiness as well. very nice balance, but the bitterness from the hops takes is what takes over the aftertaste. kinda planty. almost like i was just eating some weed or something (which makes perfect sense considering its a hoppy ass beer).

m - med - high carbonation in the mouthfeel but the malty aspect kinda calms it down and evens it out.

o - a great decent priced go-to IPA.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange cloudy color with a lively head of tan colored foam. Medium high carbonation, and lotsa lace.

S: Strong pine and wood aromas mix with hoppy oils and grapefruit smells. Nice.

T: Deep and intrusive flavors of bitter citrus and hops attack the palate with no mercy. Medium maltiness maintains itself yet remains reserved. Quite nice. Could've been more complex, but for a straigh-ahead IPA, it's good.

M: Noted density and oily qualities. Mild carbonation adds a refreshing note, and gives the brew a zesty appeal.

D: Pretty darn good, i've ripped right through this one. Glass is half empty, but I must remember, it is also half full.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample and awesome trade. Cheers!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass enjoy by 12.10.15
look orange amber with a moderate white head that faded quickly left lacing on glass
smell complex grassy, piney initially then more floral sweet ambrosia as it warmed
taste slightly sweet and floral with a bitter finish
feel very dry
overall decent not my favorite but moderately drinkable didnt like the super dry feel, loved the smell

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.
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