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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
Ranking:
#910
Reviews:
1,891
Ratings:
7,918
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
459
Gots:
2,003
Trade:
9
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,918 |  Reviews: 1,891
Photo of craigbelly
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roadrunner
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pzrhsau
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice bronze color with bubbles dancing into a robust head.
Smell: Amazing full hop flavor with some fruity notes.
Taste: Nice estery notes with some undertones of mango and pineapple.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a great floral feel to it. It's an IPA so you have to choose wisely because the hops stay on your palate. Very nice beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no visible date

Pours orange with a steady off white head.

Smell is piney primarily with some orange and biscuit. Might be more citrus if it were slightly fresher.

Taste is pretty much enamel damaging. Bitter, and very hop forward. Exactly as advertised.

Good creamy mouthfeel that ends very dry.

Overall this is a very ipa, and probably even better closer to the source.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a batch # 76 on the label.

Appearance: Copper Bronze in the glass ... big head white head. The head retention was very long. Lacing stays on the glass.

Smell: Fruity

Taste & Mouth Feel: Hop Explosion. Spicy and Fruity. Everything you would expect from a big IPA. The pepper is there..

Drinkability & Notes: Very good IPA, I would seek out and buy again. Very good to excellent.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy head that displays good retention and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Citrusy nose of grapefruit and pineapple with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt backbone briefly makes an appearance but then becomes a doormat for the citrusy hop bill; after the swallow, this beer provides a bitter, fruity hop finish, with slight aspirin tones

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely balanced IPA that is a great example of the San Diego IPA style

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Photo of pdonovan16
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliantly hoppy, west-coast style American IPA. Wish I'd bought more than just the one bomber...

Pours a beautiful hazy amber, burnt orange coloured with impressive cappuccino coloured head. Lacing is visually stunning, and mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated, and not too oily or viscous.

Aroma of caramelized malts and citrus tones. Hops run through the flavour from front to back, leaving a lingering finish that is well balanced between sweet, savoury and bitter. Citrus, tropical fruits and everything I'd ever hoped for in "c" hops...

An excellent beer I will seek out again!

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with a fluffy, off-white head. Lots of lacing as the foam slowly fell, with rings forming down the glass. Piney aroma with a little hop spice and fairly fruity. Mild caramel malt comes through. Malt sweetness hits up front, followed closely by resinous hops and significant bittering in the finish. Caramel flavours melded nicely with the fruity, slightly powdery, hops. Solid malt provides a good balance here, while still letting the hops do their thing. Finishes dry, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Resin and bitterness really linger, but the malt presence makes this highly drinkable for an IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white and huge frothy head that rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity and piney with a resinous hop presence that could be perceived through the huge head. As the head fell back the aroma was more piney and resinous hops with a nice caramel malt backbone and an apricot fruity character.

The flavor was piney and resinous and strongly so when drinking through the head. The flavor of the beer was malty and balanced toward bittering. The malty flavor was well done and the piney hop flavor was also well achieved leading to a long lasting hop flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity and resinous hop presence long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. A great IPA, and a pleasure to consume.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Dools9
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler pint. No freshness dating.

A: Golden amber color with a finger and a half of rocky off white head that holds up very well. Generous lacing left on the glass.

S: Citrus/grapefruit right up front with some light piney notes, whaff of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Lots of stanky grapefruit hop bitterness, fruity and pine mix together, toasty nuttiness from the malts keep it in check, considerable amount of bitter grapefruit and orange peel, resinous. Sweet biscuity/caramel malts do a decent job as keeping it some what balanced.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is spot on, kind of creamy on the mouth, very dry finish, hop oils coat the mouth

O: Loved it, its dead on for a San Diego style IPA

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle indented N21 - 09. jaNuary 21 - 2009?.

A- Bright orange, slightly hazy body. Head is very impressive with all sorts of bubbles that stick around and leave lacing.

S- Very herbal, vegetal, sweet, a bit soapy, and dank in a good way. Must be the hops. Lots of them. 95 IBUS worth. Smells of fruits like pineapple, grapefruit and candied apple. Some caramel. Spruce and sage.

T- Oh so bitter. Burn your stomach to a bloody pulp bitter. But, you gotta love it. Tastes sort of like it smells but most of that is covered by the blanket of bitterness. Wholesome enough sweet, malty backbone to support the hops without at all dampening them.

M- A bit more viscous than juice, but pretty close in body. The carbonation is consistent and calm.

D- There's alot going on here, but that won't stop me from getting drunk.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of klewis
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

A: Pours an amber color with a big foamy head. The head lasts forever providing a frothy layer atop the beer and tons of thick lacing.

S: Complex nose with hop aromas ranging from grassy to citric. Very nice.

T: Vegetal taste with flavors of grass, bell peppers, and pine. An intense but pleasant bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and full-flavored, just like the bottle tells me. Moderate carbonation.

D: Hell yeah. An awesome IPA, although maybe not he best for session drinking due to the intensity of the taste.

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Photo of dmquinn
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcook11
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick white head with ample se fom lacing. Lots of sediment. Lots. The beer itself is a light pumpkin with slight carbonation
S- Grapefruit, hops, pine, malt...Odd but as it really warms up some mineral odors. Wierd. Your as clueless as i am.
T- Grapefruit, citrus, hops, malt, pine.
M- Medium bodied.
D- High

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Photo of jrschaef
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rcjennings
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a full finger off white head that is pretty stiff and fades slowly, leaving sheets of Belgian lacing behind. Numerous suspended chucks worth considering. The smell is aggressive floral and piny with a balanced sweetness to it. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is primarily tangy from the hops and there's a nice lingering resin texture. Full flavored, the taste is overwhelmingly a citrus hop; grapefruits and tangerines. Wow, really well done. Nothing left up to interpretation here!! and there is nothing shy about it either. Really well done...a boat load of quality ingredients in this one. The 7% ABV is hidden beneath the resin. Really easy to drink and well within the seconds or thirds envelop! Highly recommended.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Deep Ellum, served in a pint glass

A - Copper, tawny. Good head laceing is nice head forms a creamy stays the way down.

S - grapefruit, piney, hoppy goodness.

T -malty, first comes the piney taste then the grapefruit backend is all hoppy and hop bitter bite.

M - good body . average carbonation.clean crisp refreshing IPA

D - Don't usually like IPA's but the bitternress is wearing on me and I;m beginning to see the glory of hops. West Coast is a Good IPA. Makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of Tillsta
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dottorja
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cantal
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear polished copper color, one finger thick creamy off-white foam, dense spray of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, light grapefruit, spruce and earth beneath, with a toffee back. Taste: grapefruit, orange citrus, pine, caramel, biscuit. Big hop flavors. Creamy feel, medium bodied with palate coating bitterness and a slightly syrupy kick to the finish. Quite enjoyable. Bottled 8/13/2012.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle pours an amber color with ruby highlights. 1.5 inches of a beautiful, fluffy white head.

Lots of pinel, citrus and hops in the nose. Smells like summer!

Fresh fresh hops right off the bat. I get light malt mixed in but the sharp citrus takes command.

Very, very drinkable. The mouthfeel is light and creamy and finishes dry. Another fantastic CA IPA.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,918 ratings
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