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
greenflashbrew.com

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
Ratings:
7,885
Reviews:
1,886
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
455
Gots:
1,983
For Trade:
9
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

S - 12 oz no freshness date. Thank you Ken for this sweet sampling.

A - hazy copper with a creamy off white head, head goes nowhere, beautiful.

S - Citrus, Grassy notes, floral herbal aromas, this is what a californian (or any) IPA should smell like. Cant wait to dive in.

T - Good slightly sweet citrus, great hop flavor and bitterness, finishes with the puckering bitter that hopheads kill for. Malt backbone just to keep things interesting, delicious.

M - very smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is balanced and the dry finish really caps it all off. very good.

D - Any amount you can throw at me in one night would be a welcome gesture. Ken, thanks for the chance to try this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Photo of cdrogers
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to chalice. Purchased at Westroads in Carbondale, IL--$2.39ea

Appearance: Tea color--reddish. Off-white head that stays nicely.

Smell: Getting fruitiness, maybe some pineapple. Flowery--hoppy aroma. Not any spice at all.

Taste: Hops are perfect. Not overpowering at all, even for the stated 95ibu. Pine notes with the pineapple that come through not only in smell, but taste. Love it.

Mouthfeel: Silky. Hops that cling to the cheeks and tongue.

Overall: Great IPA. Love it a lot and would recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from UNDATED 12oz pry-off bottle to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery Tulip); bottle is undated by the store owner said this batch came in just last week so I figure it’s as fresh as I’m going to get it without going to San Diego.

Appearance (4.5): I think it’s actually almost perfect (for the style). Three fat fingers of buttermilk-colored head, a mix of fine and coarse bubbles, slowly devolving into a cratery mass leaving round, spotty lace all over the sides of the glass. The body is a clear, deep orange. I prefer unfiltered beers, but this looks amazing.

Smell (4.5): Bright tangerine and fresh pineapple, with a very understated piney-to-grassy support underneath it. Hops all the way, no question there.

Taste (4.5): Bracing bitterness following a line from grapefruit to pine, with a bitter grassy finish. Holy crap this hop profile is awesome. Malt base is mildly sweet, moderately toasty, and just thick enough to keep these hops in the air. I prefer a little more caramel and biscuit, but this is, again, approaching perfect for the style. Yeast is, I think, not quite the neutral American ale character you’d expect but moving just a bit English. Either way, it’s an afterthought in relation to these hops. Alcohol is also an afterthought, but it’s there. Finish is medium-length and somewhere between toasty and grassy. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium body, dry finish, moderately oily in between—great, once again. Personal preference is for super-oily and a bit heavier, but this is great and quaffable to no end.

Overall (4.5): Truly outstanding IPA. West Coast to a “t,” and we’re all better for it. I don’t believe in West Coast supremacy, but this kind of beer makes a strong case. Green Flash, date your bottles and I’d buy you every week if I could.

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

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,885 ratings.
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