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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 mickeymac
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle, it's a nice golden-orange with a sticky off-white head. The smell is assertively hoppy but backed by a fair noseful of biscuity malt smell. The hops assault the tongue but, again, the malt sweetness rounds things out fairly well. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. The hops overtake the tongue quickly and this doesn't strike me as an all-nighter in the drinkability department. Overall, a fairly good effort but outmatched by many other IPAs, including a laundry-list from the same county.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: hazy amber, fluffy stiff head of white froth.

S: citrus hops, sweet malts,

T: bitter, bitter, hops, and alcohol the malts are lost.

M: average feel, clean, and dry,

D: enjoyable would love to have this mid summer. will buy again.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just another delicious IPA from Cali that settles a clear and brilliant dark amber color. Moderate pine and citrus hop fill the nose. Take a bite of the generous bitter hop taste that gives a rough but friendly bite back and leaves a sweet grapefruit bitter aftertaste. Wonderful with a fully loaded cheddar cheeseburger and fries.

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Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Beachland Ballroom. 12oz poured into the only cup I could find - a clear plastic 14oz cup.

Appearance is nice- light orangish copper colored beer with a great head. There was even a bit of lace on the cup!!

Smell is hops, lots of hops, and some good mix. Dank herb, pine, citrus - this smells like a Phish show without the patchouli.

Taste is nice. There's a good balance between the sweet malt and the pungent hops. Pine and oranges, some pineapple, and a decent rush of bitterness. A bit too sticky though, could use a touch less of the lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel was good with a medium body. I like a bit more crispness in my IPA's and this was a touch too creamy.

Drinkability was good but the score took a hit due to the lingering bitterness. I like this beer but there are much better IPA's out there to enjoy. But at least it delivers the hops!

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Photo of kflorence
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, amber in color with very little head even when poured aggressively. The head that is there, though, sticks around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing along the edges of the glass. Some particulates can be found floating around. Carbonation levels seem a bit low, but ample. The hue is nice, but the head is a bit weak.

S: Smells heavily of citrus hops, pine resin and a bit of roasted malt in the background. There is also an earthy, grass note in the aroma. Seems quite hopped, though I wouldn't call the aroma "inviting." The malt aromas seem to become more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Taste follows the aroma well. Lots of hops up front with a great amount of grapefruit citrus. Some pine resin comes through as well. There is a subtle bready malt presence in the background, but it never really gains prominence. Finishes with a lingering tart, grapefruit flavor on the tongue. Manages to pack a lot of citrus and hops without being overly bitter.

M: A solid, medium bodied brew with lower than average carbonation and a good amount of chewiness. Very smooth.

O: I found this quite enjoyable, overall, and it is sure to please those seeking the classic West coast IPA flavor. I found this one to be slightly one-dimensional, but it is definitely a quality craft brew. Pretty drinkable for the style, especially considering the strong hop presence and higher ABV. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again myself, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Cheers!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It's a hazy orange color with a surprising amount of yeasty floaties despite a slow careful pour. Good head but it's gone in a flash. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasant fresh piney hops.

Taste is especially strong but I guess that's what they mean by "west coast" IPA. I suppose someone on the east coast might call this imperial?! Nice and bitter, some sweetness, and even a little yeasty bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice but a little high in both carbonation and alcohol.

Drinkability would be higher if it wasn't so bitter.

A good IPA but a bit too bitter for my taste.

It should be noted that I had this several months ago at the Falling Rock and really enjoyed it. Seems likely that this would be better on tap.

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Photo of bmwats
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Slight lacing.

S: Pine is prevalent, not much else.

T: Hoppy with a slight indistinct sweet tone.

M: Syrupy and bitter, with a dry finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent hue, with a nice, head and some fair lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Syrupy sweet pine resin with a slightly bitter finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice dark hazy orange, non see through. Finger width head dies down quick leaving almost none at all.

S - A lot of Citrus right off the bat...smelling notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach. Not really getting any malty notes at all.

T - Getting a lot of peach and orange and tads of lemon in the middle that are poking through. Has a clean and smooth finish and just a tad bitter, leaving the back of the tongue tingling.

M - very crisp feeling IPA. good carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall this is a great " west coast" style IPA. Tons of citrus and even a little bit of pine on the finish. For big hop heads who enjoy the citrusy, juicy IPA. Awesome beer.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on tap. Hazy orange, light head and little retention.

Copper citrus grapefruit hops in the nose, biscuity malts, dank and some hope spice. Very nice, aromatic IPA.

Good bittering and aromatic hop selection. Nice dry bitterness and a good hop/malt ratio. Touch of minerality. Not very citrusy although there is a nice dank hop presence. Booze is pretty persistent throughout.

Oily dry mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Zestier than a lot of other Socal Ipas. Very well balanced, but the aromatics are not represented as well in the flavor.

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Photo of bobhits
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to Kentucky Green Flash, glad to finally try this one.

Pours a darker reddish orange color, good density but very clean. Not much head but a creamy white top somewhat lingers around. Lacing is also lacking so not exciting.

A good strong funky hop aroma. A mix of citrus flavors with an almost brass metal like blend, surprisingly this is a huge complement. The malt isn't strong or powerful enough so this one goes a bit one sided and has plenty of room to grow on.

Much like the nose, citrus and brassy hops. A lot of herbal elements here as well. I really like the complexity in flavor from the hops. The malt is weak and doesn't add much here, light toasted caramel malt in the back ground.

A bit heavy for an IPA but drinkable and very well carbonated.

I really like this one. It isn't the best or close, but it is a great example of what the west coast ipas are all about.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately no bottled on date, but says best by 4/23/15. That's about as fresh as you'll find Green Flash in New Mexico these days.

Lovely frothy head and sticky lace shine in the snifter in which this is poured. There's a creamy look to the white head. Carbonation trickles upwards through the hazy amber body and a light blonde color glows towards the base of the glass.

Massive aromas flood from the snifter and even at a distance I catch piney, resinous, floral and citrusy notes. Sticking my nose in the glass, juicy resinous are more dominant and urge me to sip. I'll oblige.

There's not so much diversity hitting my tongue as was hitting my nose, as this seems more confined to pine, resin and a biscuity sweet flavor. Subsequent sips bring out a tad of fruit flavor like pineapple and citrus, but it's might subtle. I enjoy how this brew tastes, but its aroma set the bar a bit higher than the taste could achieve.

The bottle says this brew is 95 IBUs, but it seems other beers with more IBUs aren't half as bitter. This is a bitter beast/bomb almost from start to finish, with light sweetness smoothing things out initially but it ends aggressively and almost harshly. This would turn off a lot of newbs for sure. The carbonation level is mellow enough that it doesn't contribute to the bitter harshness and I'm thankful for this because otherwise it could be even harder to sip. Occasionally I get some mellow fruitiness that is really enjoyable, so this isn't a complete palate attack.

I suppose some hop heads can really get down to this, but I find it a little over the top. I don't think I'd drink too many of these by choice, but I'd certainly never turn it down.

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Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a slightly hazy amber tangerine with a light amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to every available surface throughout consumption.

The nose is primarily composed of grassy and piney hops aromas. Some sweet citrus hops aromas are also noticeable in the background but are difficult to analyze.

Light and sweet at the start, flavors of pine, tangerine, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. As the beer is swallowed, a strong pine flavor emanates from the center of the tongue outward. This quickly gains a strong bitterness that, combined with the flavor, wipes out all traces of any other flavors.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is a treat to drink. The body is just heavy enough to allow the flavors to really impact the palate while never becoming sticky. The carbonation is a little fizzy but definitely helps to keep the body enjoyable and the finish crisp.

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Photo of gregshead
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangish Amber color. Some head but not a lot of it. Foam looks good though.

S: Pine and grapefruit

T: Lots of bitter hops. A little too bitter for my taste buds. Pine and grapefruit, some floral taste as well. Nice dry finish.

M: Lots of carbonation. Works for this beer.

D: A nice strong IPA. If you like the pine and grapefruit combo with some floral tones, this one is for you.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's West Coast IPA last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I didn't have the best first impression of Green Flash and I wasn't a big fan of Palate Wrecker and I hope this one turns out better, so lets see how it goes. The best by date was almost completely rubbed off, but I know it's fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got that typical Green Flash design, it's pretty simple and not too eye catching. It poured a hazy orange/amber color that took on more of a darker orange and ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice floral, tropical fruit, and citrus hops aromas with the fruity hops seeming to stick out the most and there's just a slight green onion like hop aspect that barely showed up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt, bready and cracker like malt aromas with a very light amount of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it had a nice balance to it and I enjoyed the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma but there's also some piney flavors that show up and all the aspects seem to show up pretty evenly. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice grainy, light sweet malt, bready, and bread crust like flavors with just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's low amount of high bitterness that's on the border of being medium bitter and there's some lingering bitterness, citrus hops and grainy malts in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was as juicy as the aroma was.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp. on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, but it was a little on the thick side.

Overall I thought this was a pretty a nice beer and a pretty standard and nice example of a West Coast IPA, it seemed to be pretty inline with the style, but it lacked that juiciness and brightness that some of the better ones seem to have, but I still thought it was very solid for what it is. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these, but that would probably be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste wasn't a little more juicy and bright. I don't think I would buy this again, it's a little pricey for what you get and there's more than a few west coast style IPA's that I like more. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style. I'm still not sold on Green Flash, but this wasn't a bad beer at all and I thought it was pretty solid for what they were going for. Nice work guys, keep up the solid work. So far this is my favorite Green Flash beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My parents brought this one back to me all the way from the Papago Brewery in Arizona. Thanks!

This one pours out of the bottle a deep bronze, with a slow-churning head that creates an absolutely gorgeous meringue effect on the top of the glass. This fluffy beer-cloud leaves a remarkable trail of stick to the glass.

The nose is all shades of hops; fruity, citrusy, zinc-y, metallic, and green/herbal. Completely one-sided, but completely appealing.

The taste is more of the same, a dank hop-slap of insane bitterness. While this does go over-the-top a little bit - my mouth was aflame with alpha acids - I did enjoy this much more than some of the even more unbalanced IPAs I have been drinking. Hop burps could be ignited.

A slight astringency (batteries, pennies, metal) takes away from this and sends it towards the hop-tea pile of West-Coast IPAs. Still, an intense change of pace that I could definitely enjoy from time to time.

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Photo of citan133
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. 7.3 alcohol and 95 ibus!

Thing white pretty calm head. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass but not much. Dark amber in color and very cloudy, can barely see my hand through it in this dimly lit room. Looks very nice. Head goes away almost completely in about a minute. Nice and unfiltered.

Not much in the way of aroma. Some subtle citrus hops but nothing really jumps out. Very subdued nose. Getting some more piney hops as it warms. Much nicer now.

Taste is very bitter, piney hops with a good amount of malt. The more it warms the more the citrus hops come through, some really nice grapefruit flavors coming through alone with the pine, and the malt mellows out a bit when it warms, too. Nice bitterness, not overpowering and doesn't stay with you too long.

Kind of heavy, a little oily too, maybe. About what I'd expect from this type of brew.

I think I'd come back to this to try it again. Not one of my favorites but I'd like to try it on tap. Not terribly upset I only have one of these.

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Photo of KeefD
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to washburnkid for this one! Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that fell to lasting cap and left some very nice lacing. Aroma is a nice mixture of juicy and herbal hops, lightly peppery, a hint of crisp cracker like malt. Smells much like their DIPA, but a little lighter. Flavor is bitter and dry. Plenty of grapefruit rind, a hint of orange and a noticeable spiciness. Finish is dry and lingering. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp carbonation. This is a good West Coast style IPA, but it's really missing what I like the most: fruity, citrusy, and piney hops. This is a bitter beer, and that's pretty much what it has going for it. Other than that, it's a solid IPA.

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Photo of kkipple
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yowza, a 7% West Coast IPA that struck gold in San Diego last month? Ok, don't twist my arm.

Dumped into my Sam Adams glass, this beer is a beaut. Clear, but with a few little particles bobbing around, the lush orange-amber sit pretty and is capped by a fat off-white head that is about 4cm tall. The head fades down to about a quarter of that, but never completely dies, while leaving sticky lace residue down the sides. Quite appealing.

In true West-side style, this is a citrus hop bomb. Aggressive and acidic, the huge grapefruit and citrus-soaked pine comes through loud and clear. There's a malty, caramel smell buried under the leafy hops, but it's certainly an afterthought. The sweetness gets a little bolder as the brew warms. Intense and very aromatic, this one is...

Flavor is again quite intense, a hop-rush of the highest order. I submit that this really pushes the limits of the style Bitter, cleansing, harsh grapefruit and twangy pine mingle with a honeyed sweetness that gasps as it tries to keep up with its larger, hoppier brother.

This would be an easy drink, if not for the eye-opening bitterness. There's no denying this is a hefty IPA, but the sheer hoppiness and alcohol work against it as a session beer. It's very close to Double IPA land, really.

If bold, loud American IPAs are your thing, you should seek out Green Flash.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange body, chunky sustaining off-white head.

S: Hoppy marmalade smell.

T: Very bitter and a bit sweet. Tons of seville orange marmalade. A bit of fudge. No burned toast, thank goodness. Nice but not complex at all.

M: The chunky head makes for a chewy brew and I'm not sure I like this.

O: No surprises here, just another marmalade tasting hop bomb, the likes of which I've grown weary.

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Photo of kdmcguire10
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. One-finger head, that sticks like glue to the glass.

Mild pineapple, citrus aromas with a touch of pine. Some sweet maltiness comes through and just a tad bit of alcohol.

The taste was a bit underwhelming as compared to the aroma. Citrus upfront gives way to a strong hop-bitterness. That happiness is balanced slightly by the maltiness. You also get a touch of the alcohol but not as much as you'd think for a 7.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation level.

Truthfully, I was expecting more from this beer. It could be a less-than-fresh bottle perhaps, but I can think of at least 10 other IPA's that I enjoy more. Still, I wouldn't turn this away by any means.

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Photo of hophead247
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle..Perfectly clear deep amber/copper coloured body with strong ruby highlights and a thinnish white head. Aroma of very fresh grassy hops along with citrus notes, perfumy notes and even more hops! Medium-bodied; Strong hop bitterness up front fading to a good malt backbone then back to some citrusy type hops. The aftertaste shows a lot of the hops with a bit of the grassyness from above and a good bit of malt. Overall, a good IPA.

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Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$1.50 single
Liquid Solutions

As soon as the top pops on West Coast I.P.A I can tell I'm in for a treat. Nothing but hops after opening. Poured a crystal clear polished copper that got a little hazy after I dumped the yeasties in there without even thinking. A two finger white billowy head formed on the pour that just stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass.

The solid head on this beer is holding some of the aroma at bay. The aroma is still solid and nothing but sugared grapefruit. Mild caramel in the background. Simple but yummy.

Flavor isn't near as good as I was expecting. As a matter of fact it's just ok. Caramel malt starts things off and is bigger than expected. The hops aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be when the bottle was cracked. Sweetened grapefruit comes through mid palate. Good but nothing really stands out.

Medium bodied and velvety smooth with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish.

I can drink these pretty easily. Balanced flavors keep this beer an easy drinker.

Maybe this bottle is a little past it's prime. I have a couple more so if things change this review will be updated. Solid IPA but nothing to set it apart.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a superbly clear deep copper color with a finger of white head that falls quickly to a light coat over top. Good looker. Nose is resinous, with big American citrusy, juicy hops over top a very sweet caramel base. I really like the nose here. Flavor is more malt focused. Good caramel and light toasty base. The hoppy flavors are lighter citrusy and a kiss of earthyness, with a good resinous peppery bitter on the finish that hangs on well after the finish. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Pretty standard, and not setting itself apart. This is a pretty solid brew. No hint of the 7% ABV anywhere. The bittering hop is a touch too strong for me, and I would like to see more flavor hop coming through. Overall, this one is pretty nice.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich amber with no head. Modest hop aroma with sweet malt and almost no alcohol. The taste is booming hops with a little sweetness from the malt to follow. Relatively smooth and balanced towards the end, quite enjoyable. This is really an IPA you can drink 20oz of, I would recommend it to west coast IPA lovers.

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Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed amber-orange colour, one finger of off white head, really good retention and some lace. Smell is a mix of citrusy pine and toasty malt, biscuit like, grapefruit and orange with a faint suggestion of alcohol. Taste is full of dry citrusy hops, mango, orange and grapefruit, big bitterness with a bit of malt toward the finish and a little warming alcohol. Light carbonation, medium body, thick and resinous at times, good mouthfeel. For an IPA that was nearly 4 months old to the day this was really good and probably stellar when fresh, so I will change my review upon a fresher bottle if need be but I would still drink one 4 months old.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,783 ratings.
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