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 allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a nice reddish-amber color with a modest head and decent lacing. The nose is quite full of resinous/piney hop aroma... excellent hoppy aroma, worthy of being swirled around and sniffed for a good long time. The taste, likewise, is all hops: close to overwhelming resin flavor, very high bitterness, nothing but hops... even the ultra hoppy DFH provide some malt balance compared to this. It's a close call, but it's a bit too one-dimensional for my taste.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Bottled on 1/21/13.

S - Citrus, tangerine. Resiny/catty fresh aroma. Malts have a little bit of sweetness, honey-like.

A - Towering, rocky light tan head. Little bit of haziness to the deep amber colored beer. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Right away there is a glimpse of toasty malt, it hangs on for nearly the entirety of the taste but early on is overcast with hops. Piney/minty hops are there early and often lending good flavor with a wallop of bitterness. Little bit of sweetness midway but dried up nice in the finish. Hop bitterness was a little clingy and a little unpleasant well into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, dry, medium carbonation.

O - Good meld of hop aroma with underlying malts. Taste is great again from malt striking a stylistic balance. Hops lent a unique flavor profile also drying the beer up well. Bitterness was a little on the sharp side for my preference and a little over carbonation contributing to that sensation. All in all I am happy to have tried this beer and will look to seek out more from this brewery as I have heard great things.

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Remilamy for this bottle from your trip to the "West Coast".

A - Darker than expected but not too dark for style. 2 finger head with good scattered lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
S - Grassy hops, lots of aroma hops.
T - Piney up front. Thin malt bill, but good. Some follow up skunkiness with some alcohol.
M - Good heavy carbonation, but good be a bit thicker with malting.
D - Thinner than Maharaja so you could get down a little more.

I'd almost call this a double IPA. Over 7% with almost 100 IBU's. But I guess "West Coast" IPA implies the 'double'.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange-amber color with a creamy, albeit short, ecru colored head. Lacing is minimal, but retention is good.

S: Floral and piney hop aroma, also some tropical fruits and citrus. Fairly bold and complex--definitely a west-coast IPA.

T&M: Good bit of hop flavor here. Piney and floral, citrusy, but with a good bready malt feel to carry it through. Finish is a bit astringent and rawly hoppy. Body is a bit full, the hoppiness could be more drying and saliva-inducing if it was a bit lighter. Still a decent brew.

D: Decently drinkable, but could be a bit better. A good effort for a west-coast IPA, but it's not incredibly unique or definitive.

Thanks to mikereaser, an excellent trader, for providing me with this beer.

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Photo of BeerRev22
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp, sharp IPA. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Had a real dark dense amber look with nice 1/2 inch frothy head. Code taste and smell the pine hops much more than any citrus. Overall very solid but I don't think I am as high on this as others.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color, produces a finger of off-white head that leaves thick rings of lacing.

S- Some citric, resinous hops, a bit of malt sweetness.

T- Citric and piney hops provide a solid layer of bitterness with a bit of herbal spice, malt sweetness provides a bit of caramel flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with moderate carbonation.

O- A good IPA, the hop character is very bitter but not that complicated, this is a nice beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was not as aromatic as I thought it would be. I poured this beer into a snifter glass to help me smell better. The color was just right for an American IPA.

It packs a punch in flavors. It's very hoppy, but it's not overly bitter like some of other IPAs. The alcohol doesn't seem to come through too strongly, even though it's packing strong at 7.3%.

I think it's one of the good examples of what you can expect out of an IPA. It wasn't overly bitter nor underwhelming with the hops. It really masks the alcohol pretty well, and it has everything else going for it.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice light amber color that is crystal clear, small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a full finger of fluffy gently off white head that lingers nicely, leaves a solid amount of lacing on the glass
S: typical ipa scent with nice citrus notes, nothing that stands out but still nice
T: Nice taste, nice grapefruit notes initially then moves into a bit of depth with some funk to it and leaves a bit of dryness and leaves an aftertaste of funk which is nice
M: medium carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves into a great sweetness, nice
O: a nice brew pretty much what i expect and what i like from ipas, not the best but its still a solid brew

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, via Oxymoron

P: Pours a slightly hazy golden under a big white head. Some good lace and nice retention.

S: Smells of an earthy, leafy hop. Not getting a lot of fruit, more earth tones.

T: Malt backbone shows up nicely, hint of caramel, ending in a earthy hop with a mild bitterness for an IPA. Slightest hint of citrus in back end. Would have really like a more citrus quality with the maltiness. Still good though.

M/D: Smooth, light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Decent drinkability. Very refreshing.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber golden glass shows excellent clarity and holds a white tight head that laces the glass.

Smell: Very piney, almost pine tar nose, with some bitter citric rinds (lime, grapefruit).

Taste: Loads of hops, but they seem to be toward the back of the boil, leaving a lot of tea like bitters without any fresh hop oil love. Flavor is fairly clean, toasty grain base seems a touch gritty.

Mouthfeel: Slight puckering bitterness, dry almost astringent finish.

Overall: A classic West Coast style IPA, no doubt, but I think the style has evolved past this particular example. I'd prefer a bit more aroma hops to all the bittering hops here, but no trouble drinking this one down.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and copper in color, the head is a nice half-inch with solid retention. The foam clings well to the glass and creates a fine lace. Aroma is sweet and citrus-like with a grassy hop flavor. Nice, but it could have been stronger. The taste starts out tangy and a strong bitterness is immediately detectable thereafter. The hop flavor is strong but not particularly well balanced by and malt flavor. I would have enjoyed more citrus flavor like in the aroma. The bitterness lingers strongly after the finish also. The mouthfeel has a light creaminess, and goes feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is subtle, not sharp. Overall this beer is a nice bitter hop selection, but needs more malt balance and sweetness to make it excellent. Very good...

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Photo of ksimons
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear amber with visible carbonation and three fingers worth of egg shell head

S-pine and citrus hops, light fruitiness, bready malt

T-very hop forward with pine and citrus bitterness front and center with caramel malt very much in the background. Some light fruits in the middle but most of the taste is full on bitterness.

M-medium body, light carbonation which feels almost flat?( best by date is either 2/2014 or 12/2014), bitter finish

Overall maybe it's just an old bottle but it could do with a bit more carbonation, that said this has huge in your face bitterness, everything else is in the background

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straight forward ipa here. Perfectly transparent and orange/amber, tight puffy carb and lots and lots of lacing. The aroma just doesn't pop enough for me but what is there is resinous and piney. My taste buds tingle with a clear pine flavor, resin like hops, backed up by some malty full bodied chew. This is a rather chewy ipa. Bitter on the back end and finish I suspect this is not the freshest speciman, but its pretty good.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with very low amount of head. A slight, hoppy and fruity smell with a touch of sweetness. Taste is very hoppy (even for an IPA), but with a very pleasant and surprising citrus undertone. Slightly sweet but not overly so, I found this to be very unique. After drinking the entire glass, it may be a little overly hoppy/spicy, but nevertheless an excellent IPA.

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,821 ratings.
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