West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,867 Ratings
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 pdonovan16
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of klewis
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcook11
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rcjennings
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cantal
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of mocktm
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Lagunitas jar, my new favorite glass for IPA consumption. It really allows the hop aromas to escape and showcase their stuff. I'd highly recommend tracking one down if you can. I tend to like to throw them in as extras in trades.

Luminous honey orange hue, topped by a rather persistent, jaggedly foamy, beige colored head. Average lacing as it dyes down. I didn't yield the brothers' advice and ended up with a sizable amount of unfiltered floating yeast chunks in my glass. Doesn't ruin the appearance, but a bit off-setting for an IPA. They should really post notice on the bottle.

Nose is ripe and pungent from the manifold of hop varieties. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, herbs, and some floral elements. A west coast IPA that certainly isn't shy.

Hop bitterness hits you right away: grassy, herbal and absolutely delicious. Slight bready sweetness to accompany and balance the hop dankness and juicy tropical fruit citrus. Alcohol presence is very well masked, even at 7%.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick; I'd probably consider this more heavy bodied. Well carbonated, greatly balanced, sticky, lip smacking goodness.

Overall, one of the best examples of a west coast IPA out there, hence the name. A little pricey at $12 a four pack, but that's my only real complaint, Cheers!

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Photo of sloejams
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"This West Coast IPA..." is how the label reads. Exactly.

This is absolutely a West Coast IPA. It's loaded with big hops - lots of citrus, lots of pine. It pours an amber color with a frothy cappucino head. Some sediment lurks toward the bottom of the glass. It's aroma is very grapefruit. The bitter tastes hits first but rounds out with the slight sweetness in the malt character. Very drinkable and quite delicious.

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern.

Bottom line: big hops yet drinkable. This toes the line of being too hoppy, but doesn't cross. Maybe my pour was just had the CO2 turned down, but there was zero head and lacing on this pint. The aroma was of big juicy, reisinous grapefuit with floral notes. The flavor expands with more citrus rind that is a nice mix of rough and smooth hops. I can't say enough about the balance here. Not of the mix of hops and malt, but enough hops and too much. Reminds me of Masala Mama of Town Hall in Minneapolis.

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Photo of HopToIt420
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a consistent IPA. Pours well has a great amber/golden appearance.Nose is very aromatic with notes of grapefruit, resin, and leather. Loaded with a smooth and hoppy flavor which focusing on balancing citrus and pine hop notes and has a clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of BigDiesel
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Chapuline44
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DallasK
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber with a wispy ring of foam for head. Smell is a very pleasant blend of pine and tropical. Taste is also a near perfect blend of hop bitterness and tropical flavors. Beers like this remind me that you don't have to go far or spend big money to get world class beer.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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