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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy burned orange with a thick marshmellow cream head that stays the whole time and has nice lacing. Lively carbonation is visable. Smells awesome. Huge hops with citrus rind that holds it own and a hint of malt. Tastes of HOPS and also tastes of HOPS. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit and HOPS. Feels thin but full in the mouth. Good carbonation and a finish with a bite. If your a hop fan, this brew will put a pucker then a smile on your face. A must try.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/4/11

Appearance: Golden orange, a fluffy off-white head, excellent, sticky lacing

Smell: Super aggressively hopped - orange and grapefruit flesh - citrus and dank weed - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Great - orange, tangerine, fruit juice, grapefruit, pine - oily, resiny - nicely juicy, and slightly tropical - becomes more tropical at room temperature - malts are totally blown away by the hops, as this is clearly a hop bomb , but there is an adequate malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, I think this could actually pass for a DIPA - very smooth, crisp

Overall: Simply impressive

This is a hop assault best experienced fresh. I've had DIPAs that were less hoppy than this bomb. It's definitely worth a try, but it's arguably a little too intense for daily consumption.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but smooth aftertaste. Great beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Burnt, largely opaque copper. Dense two-finger just barely off-white head. Drops slowly; lace clings to the glass determinedly. Cracking start.

As expected, assaults the nasal cavity with impressively fresh grapefruit and earthy pine. Slightly less prominent are orange rind, passionfruit and lemon sherbet. Fennel and bitter nettles provide a spunky finish. Malt is completely hidden, at least to this amateur.

The taste is much more tropical. Mango, pineapple, rockmelon and stonefruit in pretty equal proportions. Earthy resin is still abundant but not as forceful as in the aroma. Again, I'm sure the malt backing is there somewhere and partially responsible for the effortless balance of flavours - but I can't find it.

Carbonation is spot on and virtually undetectable, resulting in an even bitterness and medium body. Just an exhibition of balance really.

Overall, tasty as hell and massively drinkable. In a sense it's almost one-dimensional, but it's a dimension so well mastered.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a hop bomb, but close to that mark. Big hoppy aroma with warm herbal notes. Hops kick in right from the start, with a dual pine rosin and bitter citrus character. Solid amber malt with the barest touch of toastyness. The high abv is surprising, as there is no raw or hot alcohol flavor. Very well done.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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