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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 sustainabrew
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The IPA poured from a cask is a hazy golden straw color. A thin off white head resides at the top with a bit of lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: A complex hoppy nose. A strong floral bouquet is followed up with just a hint of sweetness and a nice citrusy back end with pronounced grapefruit notes.

Taste: The flavor is like the nose but intensified. The hops just hit in the same complex interplay of floral and citrusy notes, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue a while after the sip is done. A slight sweet maltiness is just perceptible in the background, balancing this amazingly hoppy IPA just enough.

Notes: Great cask IPA. Green Flash has made a monstrously hoppy IPA but it is far from a single note beer. The hop flavors come in layers and add an interesting complexity in its own right. The cask brings down the carbonation just enough to let the flavors blend and show off with still just enough bubbles to be crisp and cleanse the palette. Overall one of the better IPA's I have had in a long time.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17 for this west coast goodie.
Rust color with two fingers of creamy off-white head..1/2 sticks around and leaves behind some of the stickiest head I have ever witnessed.
Juicy fruit hops fill the nostrils...cotton candy, sweet caramel malt.
The taste is fantastic...incredibly thick with a huge blast of hops...the bitterness grabs the tongue and does not let go. A solid malt backbone tries to balance this out the best it can, but the hops cannot be subdued...actually feel the hops sticking to my enamel.
Sturdy mouthfeel and the carbonation is beautiful...creamy in the finish, thanks to the head that remains until the very last sip.
Ok...maybe not a session beer, but I would have to go this again and again if I had the chance.
This offering is as far as one can go without entering double IPA catergory.
So glad to get to try this one...everything I expected and more.

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Photo of bsp77
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy amber with large, sticky, off-white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Prototypical West Coast IPA aroma - grapefruit, orange, pine and toasted malts.

Taste: Prototypical West Coast IPA taste as well, but they nailed it. The toasted and caramel malts are present but are obliterated by the decadent hops. The hop profile is nothing fancy, with grapefruit, orange and pine, but it is done much better than most IPAs that tread this familiar territory. Needless to say, the finish is bitter.

Feel: Very smooth and almost creamy body. The fact that this is approaching DIPA territory explains this fantastic mouthfeel. However, this has the crisper drier finish of a standard (single) IPA. Near perfect.

Overall: This is how to make a "traditional" West Coast IPA. Fantastic. I can't believe this is not available in Minnesota, as I bought it in Omaha of all places.

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: burnt copper color with unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hop smell but not as strong as the flavor suggests.

T: Very good! Strong upfront citrusy flavor with a good caramel malt taste in the middle. Great balance. Slight hop bitterness in the end, but not overpowering.

M: Dances on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is probably one of the best of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: Certainly will enjoy another one tonight, but with this ABV that will be all. Really the only detractor to this one.

Side note: Totally agree with the previous poster's comments about West Coast IPA's having their own sub-category. I think I may be turning into a West Coast IPA snob, which could be a problem on the banking account. Had this on tap (Moe's tavern) as well, and I was worried that the bottle serving type would be a let down. Fortunately, I was wrong, which in my opinion makes this even a better beer. As of right now, this one is my favorite.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This is one beautiful beer. I don't usually like giving out five's, since that implies that there is no room for improvement, but I can't imagine a better looking IPA. It pours a hazy, dark golden sunburst color with hints of deep orange and reddish hues. Its frothy, one finger, white head has great retention and fades to a foamy film and ring. The lacing is perfection, you can almost see the steps of each drink.

S: Up front, there is a nice hop profile, which gives way to very citrus fruity aromas , including grapefruit and oranges. Big herbal aromas complement the citrus, giving it hints of a subtle earthy aroma.

T: There is a similar hop profile, but instead of the strong citrus fruits, piney and grassy tastes dominate. A touch more malt is noticeable in the taste that wasn't as apparent in the aroma. The hops provide the bitter finish that is characteristic from an American IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a good IPA. It is medium bodied. A moderate amount of carbonation moves the flavors around. The crisp and slightly bitter finish refreshes the palate, preparing you to enjoy some more.

O: This is a very good American IPA. I can't believe it took me this long to try this, but I'm glad I did now. This has quickly become one of my favorite IPA's.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Orange/copper/amber mix with an off white head.

Tropical fruit nose, bit of citrus as well.
Taste is slight bitterness, perfect resinous quality to it. Then a sweet character follows with faint tropical fruit, citrus. Less thick mouthfeel than most DIPAs, it goes down easy, this stuff is delicious and dangerous.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chilled bottle, received in trade from smakawhat, is poured into a pint glass. Pouring into the center of the glass produces a huge head, such that I can only fit two-thirds of the bottle into my glass. It is a slightly off-white foam made up of big bubbles. I can already smell some lovely citrus hops! The liquid is orange and clear. Plenty of minuscule bubbles are cascading up from the bottom of the glass. As the head begins to settle, plenty of spiderweb lacing is left behind. But after a few minutes only a little bit of settling has occurred, there is still a good sized head on this beer.

Now, more about that aroma. Lots and lots of hops. Sharp and citrusy--these hops smell fresh and bitter. The label isn't lying when it claims that the beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." There is a little bit of sweetness to the nose as well; it reminds me of honey.

The flavor is full of hops. Bitter citrus and pine are at the forefront. Really, the pine isn't all that strong; this is mostly about the grapefruit. The bitterness lingers on after I swallow. It isn't very oily, but does coat a lot. It's slightly sticky on my lips, inside my mouth its more of a film. The body is full and the carbonation is on the lower end.

For something so strong and bitter, this is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is well-hidden. The hops are in your face but not offensive (to me anyway). I can see myself having a few bottles of this in an evening.

This is a top notch west coast IPA and worth seeking out, even if you aren't a hop head.

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Photo of circus_cat
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, albeit typical IPA. But I love the look of a good IPA. Dark orange, amber body with some haze. Big, two finger head leaving some gorgeous lacing. The head was frothy, kind of looked like the top of an ice cream cone there for a while.

S: Lemon zest, grapefruity sour citrus, orange peel, caramel malt backbone.

T: Wow, I actually get a little pine on the taste. Definitely overpowered by the west coast characters though--bigtime grapefruit, big time dry orange, floral notes. A little candy sweetness coming through. Definitely a dry, hoppy bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, definitely not refreshing because of the dry finish. What you expect out of a big west coast IPA.

Update: WOWZER. I'm getting through this thing and it is really, really bitter on the finish. Good for a hophead but if you see a noob or a malthead coming near this, turn them away!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Green Flash's West Coast IPA is a strongly citrus fruit and bitter-hop beer. By focusing on the bitterness, fruit, and slight malt sweetness, the brew team has a winning recipe that touches on each component that can be enjoyable in an IPA. I can't remember the last time I've drank an IPA so quickly, a definite winner in my book.

Pours a 1.5cm of very dense (tiny bubbles), off-white foam. Takes several minutes to fade to a ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few islands of bubbles. Leaves some very decent lacing, and sheets of lacing are generated with each swirl and subsequent sip. Body is a very dark copper brown when out of the light, an orange-copper when held to the light. Body is hazy, obviously unfiltered,

Aroma opens with some pine-related scents, quickly overwhelmed by citrus and citrus-like ones. Strongly hop-related fruit aroma, with full tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon notes acting as majors, mango as a minor player. Delicious, really makes you anticipate tasting the beer.

Opens on tip of tongue with bright slightly sweet malt and citrus flavors, notably some fresh wort with mango, orange, and tangerine. This quickly erupts into a wave of strong citrus, mostly grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Waves of grapefruit et al. continue with increasing bitterness and some noticeable caramel maltiness. Closes out with a long, lingering bitterness alongside mild caramel malt sweetness, a combination that's very pleasing to me.

Medium to medium-light bodied with a slight bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is moderate, creating a gently flowing beer across the palate.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- look darker with light head micro bubbles
- smell is piney hops
- taste is the same forest pine tasting hops some dryness some sweetness
- feel leaves the mouth watering for more
-cali so far has owned the ipa category for me great beer by green flash

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am Re Reviewing this one because of the recipe change so lets give it a whirl.

Pours the same, deep orange almost amber, light hop haze, half finger of off white to white head

Smell is grapefruit, pine, sproose, a little of the dank green onion smell, some caramel and bready sweetness, pineapple, orange, lemon are there as underlying players

Taste is grapefruit, pine, lemon, citrus peels, some bready malt underneath, a decent showing of a tropical note on the finish with a bit grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation, very dry

Well it has a different finish in the flavor to me. Other than that nothing really that different.

Septemeber 2013
Pours a deep orange, light amber. Nice hop haze, half a finger of white head.

Smell is sweet grapefruit, orange, nice dankness, spice in the hops, little pine, dankness in there to. light pale malts, not much though. Really complex smelling stuff

Taste is grapefruit heavy, lemon, pine, spice is heavy, bittering orange rind, light pale malts, did I mention a spice hop npte? Amazing.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated, finishes as dry as dirt. Really nice.

Wow, I would buy this more if it was not for the four pack format.... I Prefer Two Hearted as it is a better beer and available for around the same price and I get two more beers. But damn this is the exact thing I think of when I think of West Coast IPA... It lives up to its name. I grab a four pack once a month or so. I just crave that WC IPA taste

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The West Coast IPA pours a dark golden honey color, with a decent head that hangs around a while. The beer smells absolutely delicious, with very fragrant citrusy hops. One of the things I love about IPAs is the bitterness that comes from all of the hops, which is very prevenlent in this beer. The sourness and hop flavor is very smooth, but blended expertly so that you can detect the various components in the beer. No aftertaste though, which surprised me. The tangy bitter flavor had a great mouth feel and heavier than I would have thought. I've had the Double/Imperial IPA that Green Flash offers and I actually preferred the standard IPA over the Imperial. Definitely would keep this one as a regular in the Beer Fridge, unfortunately can't get it in Albuquerque. Guess I'll just have to stock up in Phoenix!

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Dark golden, honey color - translucent with a decent head
Smell - 4.5/5.0 - Very fragrant, citrus, hops - delicious
Taste - 4.5/5.0 -Bitterness from the get go, sour malt and hop flavor is smooth but noticable; no aftertaste really; good balance of flavors
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth, tangy and bitter
Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - If I could get this beer in ABQ regularly, I think it would be a regular in the fridge.

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

Appearance – This poured a big and thick orange in color with a beautiful orangish-white head that came up just right, showed great retention, and left some awesome lacing on the inside of my pint glass. This was the kind of beer that makes you want to fetch your camera.

Smell – The West Coast hops and sweetish malts are balanced just right at the nose. The sharp tangerine rind smell and the lightly-toasted malts work well together. You can just tell that this is going to taste great.

Taste – The flavors work together just as well as the smells did. There's a big rush of pine that I failed to pick up at the nose. The malts have a lot of caramel sweetness to them. This is a sharp, powerful ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a big big IPA. It's shy of full-bodied but bigger than medium. It's not overly dry but has enough dryness to shock the average drinker.

Drinkability – I wasn't expecting this from a sub-$2 beer but this heavy hitter is incredibly well done.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

From the website: "Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and Cascade for floral aroma." That's insane, but a hophead's dream.

Pour this one carefully. We didn't the first time and wound up with the unfiltered, chunky dregs floating around in our pint glasses. Granted, they won't kill you and are actually good for you, but they could be off-putting for some. Less that, this IPA pours bright amber with burnt orange hues and a massive creamy foam head (like a big dollop of cream) that's sticky and retains very well--remember head on a beer is good as it releases volatiles for aroma and taste. Aroma is strong with grapefruit and herbs--gets the glands going--with soft grain and floral notes beneath. Nearly full-bodied, with a smooth, even consistency. Immediate smacking of grapefruit, herbal, resin, touch of mint, raw leaf and ash with a piney, grassy and oily bitter linger. So damn juicy and citric. Sweet, bready and a bit toasty beneath the hop carnage, providing just enough balance. Alcohol is very well hidden, with a slight burnt character toward the finish with ashy resin.
Few come close to the sublimely intense hoppiness that's Green Flash West Coast IPA. We love this beer.

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Photo of glaze0101
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash is brewed in my home town, North San Diego County, just a stones throw from Stone Brewery. My parents think I like to visit them. I really go home for the beer and Mexican food. Why all of these hoppy IPA's in San Diego? That's just it, beer and Mexican food are great together (well beer is good with almost anything). IPA's and all of their wonderful hops are an amazing pairing for Mexican food.

Last night, my firend told me that the pot-roast had a little kick. The Green Flash IPA is very hoppy but also very smooth with little to no aftertaste. It was PERFECT for the pot-roast! Lew Bryson over at "Seen through a glass" has one of the best descriptions on this ale, "clean as fresh snow". Lew you are right on brother.

This beer is clean. It is also grassy and sweet. Hints of pine and flowers. Weed and honey. Not too sweet, just enough sweetness to make it smooth. AMAZING!! If you can get your paws on this brew, do so.

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

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy amber/orange with a nice fluffy head of off-white foam. The head falls to a good coating and a ring, with very good lacing. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is fresh grapefruit, but not overwhelming, maybe some pine, nice bready pale malt, and fruity, with notes of pears and golden raisins. Smells great.

Flavor is pink grapefruit, for real, pine needles, and big bready pale malt. Hop bittering level is pretty damn high, as well as fruity pears and golden raisins. This is a yummy beer. Aftertaste is sweet grapefruit and bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a fairly stiff level of carbonation, which adds to the feel of this beer. Residual sweetness is medium, but deceiving. Alcohol warmth is well hidden. Finish is fairly sweet and bitter at the same time. Awesome!

This is a very good IPA. Obviously Amarillo hops, but not overdone, which some beers with Amarillo hops have. There is a nice malt base, and hop bitterness is there, but not in your face. Highly recommended.

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

A golden orange color with a nice thick head. In the nose there is plenty of citrus notes that carry over into the taste such as: grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc. It has a very crisp and pleasant hoppiness to it that lingers long after the taste. A real pleasure to drink.

Over all, and exceptional brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Nice copper tone. Pour had a nice head to it. Perfect about of bitterness. I personally would like a little more hoppiness but still an awesome beer .

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Thick peach colored beer with a creamy two finger head that leaves tons of sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Citrus and pine...this nails the perfect notion of an IPA nose IMO. Almost a pristine example of the style. This one is definitely west coast in nature... like a fresh pine forest.

T - A surprisingly thick malt backbone is overlaid with primarily pine flavored hops. Some mild citrus fruit is there, along with a dirty sandy well water notes that I really like.

M - Medium, almost full, bodied with a dry pine sap finish and moderate carbonation.

D - Kick ass IPA! I'd definitely buy this again. It's one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had in a while.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a several fingers of poofy off-white head. Settles down into a creamy 1/2 finger or so of retention that just leaves MASSIVE sheets of sticky lacing that coats the glass. The aroma is extremely West Coast, with tons of floral hops, pine cones, juicy smelling grapefruit, and just a slight tingle of warmth.

The taste is a well balanced mix of sticky, resinous hop bitterness and a lip smacking blend of caramel and citric grapefruit character. I'm loving the bitterness in this, as it combines with the tanginess to just stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and oily feel. Damn, this goes down extremely well!

I hadn't had a bottle of this in a while and I DON"T KNOW WHY! Just a great representation of the West Coast style IPA and probably thee best example that actually gets decent distribution. I really need to keep more of this around.

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

This was a good IPA, but I do not know how fresh the bottle was as because I got it in a trade. I will look out for another bottle and give it another taste. However I was surprised to see how high it ranks on BA; so I'm looking forward to trying it again.

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Photo of maleman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a deep amber with a two finger head that receded slowly into a thick light, sandy-colored cap and thick, heavy lacing. Pungent flowers, grass, and resin were very evident up front in the nose. A splash of lemon, or other citrus was detected in the background. A slight tinge of phenol was up front but was soon blown away by the hop wash! Medium-bodied with I'd rate lower than average carbonation. It did have a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Overall, a very, very good beer. If you like hops, it'll be one you'll like!


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

Pours a light amber color with alight amber hue, minimal white head, suspended sediment, and some carb action.

A rich smell of pine needles and other hop esters with some caramel malt in the background.

A rich taste of pine needles, fresh grapefruit, and other hop esters with butter and a hint of caramel malt in the flavor.

Medium bodied, buttery and resinous feel, with lively soft carbonation.

Another great session IPA with the perfect bitterness, well balanced, for hopheads - yummy. Leaves a fruity aftertaste of hops.

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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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a beautiful bone white 2 finger head that leaves a gorgeous frosty lacing.

Intense hop explosion. Big notes of grapefruit and tangerine, followed by pine and floral aromas. Slight toasted cracker... but this one is all about the hops.

Drinks as it smells. Small toasty cracker/caramel with a bombardment of hops. Big and juicy grapefruit and tangerine up front. Sharp piney in the finish. As the oils build, there is a great spicy resinous piney floral taste that lingers on the palette. Big and bitter, this one is loaded with hops. Great combination of Simcoe, Colombus, Cascade, and Centennial.

Towards the end of the glass, mouth is coated with a film of luscious bitter hop oils. mmmm... Sticky, sharp and dry. Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

Awesomely hoppy West Coast IPA. For hopheads only. Big bitter, sticky, oily, juicy, pungent, resinous brew. Love it!

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for sending this extra in trade!

Pours a hazy copper, foggy with tiny sediment. Rapid streams of carbonation, feeding a dense, creamy head of foam. Arcs of lacing form too, adding to it's visual appeal.

Aroma takes awhile to surface, even at a cool temperature, there's just the barest hint of earthy hops. edit: subsequent bottles have delivered a cannabis hop blast!

Deep earthy herbal hop notes, leafy. Very vivid flavor, hop vegetation set against a blanket of malty toffee, striking a nice balance. A resiny bitterness lingers long into the finish. Body is more substantial than your average IPA. Fairly low carbonation with a creamy feel.

Mmm, great stuff! I could see this as a fridge staple in the summer.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,785 ratings.
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