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 tonistruth
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- burnt orange copper in color, fluffy two finger off white head with good retent, settles to ring, lacing on glass

S- citrus & pine, all hops

T- citrus/fruit malt sweetness up front shortly before hop bitterness comes in and hammers it home. Bitterness continues through aftertaste. Sour pine, grass, toasted malt flavors. Earthy and slight, slight citrus aftertaste.

M- smooth with a great body, crisp, good carbonation, dry finish & aftertaste

D- Very well brewed IPA. Not my favorite IPA, but this is a must try for hop heads. Distinctive taste compared to other IPA's.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash IPA pours a rich, light copper hue with a nice and dense pillowy head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Truly a beautiful beer.

Huge hop aroma on this bad boy, with a big citrus pop backed by some backwoods leafiness.

Flavor is big time bitter. This might be one of the most bitter beers I've tasted. It's something like 90 IBUs with a standard IPA abv of 7 percent and normal malt profile, so there's not much there to counter the bitterness. This is, however, somewhat of a weakness as it overpowers the real hop flavor, which has hints of pine and grapefruit, mainly. Mouthfeel is nice, with ample carbonation that provides body and creaminess, plus some oily hop resins.

Drinkability, for me at least, is not fantastic, as this beer packs a serious bitter punch. Nevertheless, a great example of the style. One of the most "west-coast" brews I've ever had.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin tan head. the head fades quickly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a pleasent grapefruit citrus hop aroma. It has a slight piney aroma as well. Some floral hops are present. It has a very subtle malty sweet backbone to it also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grapefruit and pine. A slight grassy flavor is present too. I can taste an ever so slight caramel malty flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grapefruit aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high.

This beer would be a pretty good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Maybe just a little. The flavor isnt too aggressive either.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer from a pretty good brewery. Not my all time favorite IPA, but definately a solid drink.

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

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Some fine particulate matter is suspended in the beer.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Large doses of citrus and pine aromas with each vying for dominance. No malt is detected.

Extremely bitter. No balance with malt totally absence. It almost seems like pine resin sticks in the the mouth. Some grapefruit and citrus adds to the flavor. Even for a west coast IPA this seems extreme. Almost venturing into DIPA territory.

Medium body and gentle carbonation. Nice texture despite the extreme bitterness.

This is a palate killer. Just too bitter to enjoy more than one in a session. Almost a day of rest is needed after drinking one.

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

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear and pale copper with an inch worth of tightly packed sandy white head. Retention is low but leaves behind a thick cap as well as a wispy curtain of white lace.

S: Pure, unadulterated hoppiness. Hop cones up the wazoo. Sweet heavy, honey glazed apricots backed with a heavy dose of doughy caramel maltiness. Sort of reminds me of a mix between Two Hearted and Hopslam.

T/MF: Chalky bitterness, pine that moves into a mildy sweet but nonetheless heavy syrupy fruitiness and finishes with a lasting piney/medicinal dryness. Grapefruit rind and earthy pine with a mildly alcoholic closing. The finish on this one is incredibly long, it is almost like drinking an entirely different beer after each sip. Full bodied for an IPA, very chewy with a prickly carbonation not too big, not too small but otherwise inoffensive and unremarkable.

D: A heavy IPA, close to a DIPA, a sort of tweener beer. If you are a big west coast IPA fan this beer is for you, if you are looking for some depth and breadth I would look elsewhere, but it is really hard to ignore the glorious hoppiness this beer throws in your face.

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

Pours hazy amber, cream color 1" head, plentiful lacing. Aroma is very piney, resinous, powerful. Taste is big piney sweet pink grapefruit hop flavor with hard to find malts. If you enjoy lots of hops this is for you. I would have enjoyed some more malt presence. Unknown date but plenty of flavor indicates fairly fresh.

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Photo of minterro
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at single at Little's Wine and Liquor. Poured into a pint. Paired with pretzels and humus.

A&S: Lively transparent amber colored beer. Off white head has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty pungent and include dank spicy hops along with some grapefruit citrus, but also has a classic sweet sugar tone.

T&M: Alcohol is present at a great level, there but not the main component. Hop tone is very similar to the aroma. Good bitterness profile in the finish, bitter but not bruising. Medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Very solid IPA, in my opinion maybe a little over ranked but not by much. Good price point for the quality.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a yeti snifter a medium copper color with a thin tan head that leaves a tapioca looking film.

Fresh hop juice that spans the spectrum as I get citrusy grapefruit, freshly mowed grass and a floral bouquet all rolled into one. Smells good. Maybe a slight hint of malt?...Nah.

One of the hoppiest IPAs I have had. Resinous, sticky ganja like flavors...like biting into a big juicy nug. Somehow manages to be fresh tasting and drinkable without being to bitter or overbearing. Enough malts are present to at least keep the mad hops on a long leash.

A must try for not only every hophead, but all beer lovers. Fresh, clean and hoppy. Not an everyday drinker for me, but it is comforting to have a few on hand chillin' in the fridge. Tough call between this and the Two-Hearted ale for me.

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

Picked up a six of this at my local store. A superb IPA. This is a crisp IPA, somewhat more dry (and less sugary) than other ales in this category, despite coming in at a nice 7% ABV. The bitter hops takes center stage in this offering and is sharp and spicy. Not too syrupy, which makes this beer quite refreshing and drinkable.

In short, this is a great session IPA. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard great things about this beer and loved the DIPA so jumped all over this when I was able to find it.

Very very aggressive poor, going to have to let it sit for a few minutes.

Appearance-After letting the head tighten up it leaves a finger fluffy head that remains for a long period. Hazy dark orange. almost a bright yellow at the bottom of the glass. Some sediment lingering on the bottom of the glass.

Smell-This beer is two months old and i get a TON of hops. Theres a giant cloud above this beer that is just filled with hops, this is great. I get some citrus/grapefruit, and a fair amount of pine. I don't get any alcohol.

Taste-The taste did not WOW me like the smell did. After drinking this a 2nd and 3rd time It's slowly growing on me. Big hop characters throughout the whole tongue and a ton of pine, wish I had a little more sweetness. I get a little bit of lemon and grapefruit, not much booze. I also get a good share of malt, becomes more predominant as I continue to drink.

Mouthfeel-Pretty full bodied for a single IPA, Green Flash making a statement.

Overall-Good IPA, but wanted more citrus notes that I thought I would get. Definitely want to try a fresher one. Don't get me wrong, I can drink this beer all day, and will probably have a few more, but was hoping for a little more flavor.

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

I saw my first Green Flash in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head started pretty impressive and poofy but then dropped to about a finger of off-white and orangey-y fuzz. And yeah, there is a bit of ring lace on the glass if you're into that kind of thing.

In the glass, the beer has a darker amber appearance. When it is brought into the light, it gets a little more golden, a little more orange. I was not prepared for the sediment, but in a big, hoppy beer; I should probably just roll with it.

Smell- Well, hello there! Tropical, sweet, and piney; this IPA gives off some grapefruit and passion fruit, a bit of honey, and a nice resin. After getting accustomed to the smells, there is a bit of soapiness and slight biscuit malt too.

Taste- Well, the flavor is a little more muted than the nose, but I still get some of those great flavors on the nose. The biscuit malt, resin, and soapy quality is much more prevalent here. Let's not forget the bitterness! Boy, that is a zinger on the chops!

Still, I wish the great tropical flavors and honey-like quality made a bigger splash than what I get in the finish!

Mouth feel- The beer is a decent medium body with some decent stick. It slides over the tongue like oil. A little more lift from the carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Being from the No - Coast Midwest, I have to give props to this West Coast IPA. It comes on strong with the bitterness and fantastic nose. It just needs to back it up with a just as extraordinary experience on the palate. This was a nice introduction to Green Flash!

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Photo of TheEremite
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

Poors a brilliant orange with 1/2 inch of foam. Smells of PUNGENT pine that sticks in your nose and coats your nostrils. Tastes of thick pine resin and grapefruit. It's catty, thick and sappy. This is no session beer, but it highlights the West Coast hops nicely. Brilliant Beer, but it's a sipper.

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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