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 | website

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
Reviews:
1,851
Ratings:
7,756
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
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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!

RB!

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

Aroma:  Aggressive citrus and pine aroma.  Grapefruit predominates.

Appearance:  Amber orange color.  Two finger head with nice lacing.

Flavor:  Aggressive in your face grapefruit and pine bitterness that lingers.  There is some malt sweetness, but each sip finishes very dry and very bitter.

Mouthfeel:   Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall:  This beer gets in your face from the first sip.  One of the more aggressive West Coast IPAs on the market.  Major hop heads will not be disappointed.  For everyone else, palette fatigue is a serious concern.  Recommended.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Pint. Received from THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a large, chunky, white head. Retention is great, leaves tons of soapy lacing on the glass. Beautiful IPA!
S - Very strong hop presence of grapefruit, orange, and sticky pine resin. Very crisp and juicy.
T - Tons of pungent hops flavors : grapefruit, pine resin, oranges, and fresh-cut grass. Slightly sweet bready flavors balance out some of the bitterness.
M - Medium-full body with a slightly sticky, chewy texture. Carbonation is nice and crisp.
D - Despite the +7% ABV, I'm sucking this one down quickly, and wish I had some more laying around.

Really impressed by this beer, I wish it was available in Georgia.

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

Pours a cloudy burned orange with a thick marshmellow cream head that stays the whole time and has nice lacing. Lively carbonation is visable. Smells awesome. Huge hops with citrus rind that holds it own and a hint of malt. Tastes of HOPS and also tastes of HOPS. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit and HOPS. Feels thin but full in the mouth. Good carbonation and a finish with a bite. If your a hop fan, this brew will put a pucker then a smile on your face. A must try.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 9/4/11

Appearance: Golden orange, a fluffy off-white head, excellent, sticky lacing

Smell: Super aggressively hopped - orange and grapefruit flesh - citrus and dank weed - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Great - orange, tangerine, fruit juice, grapefruit, pine - oily, resiny - nicely juicy, and slightly tropical - becomes more tropical at room temperature - malts are totally blown away by the hops, as this is clearly a hop bomb , but there is an adequate malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, I think this could actually pass for a DIPA - very smooth, crisp

Overall: Simply impressive

This is a hop assault best experienced fresh. I've had DIPAs that were less hoppy than this bomb. It's definitely worth a try, but it's arguably a little too intense for daily consumption.

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

Thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Burnt, largely opaque copper. Dense two-finger just barely off-white head. Drops slowly; lace clings to the glass determinedly. Cracking start.

As expected, assaults the nasal cavity with impressively fresh grapefruit and earthy pine. Slightly less prominent are orange rind, passionfruit and lemon sherbet. Fennel and bitter nettles provide a spunky finish. Malt is completely hidden, at least to this amateur.

The taste is much more tropical. Mango, pineapple, rockmelon and stonefruit in pretty equal proportions. Earthy resin is still abundant but not as forceful as in the aroma. Again, I'm sure the malt backing is there somewhere and partially responsible for the effortless balance of flavours - but I can't find it.

Carbonation is spot on and virtually undetectable, resulting in an even bitterness and medium body. Just an exhibition of balance really.

Overall, tasty as hell and massively drinkable. In a sense it's almost one-dimensional, but it's a dimension so well mastered.

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

Not quite a hop bomb, but close to that mark. Big hoppy aroma with warm herbal notes. Hops kick in right from the start, with a dual pine rosin and bitter citrus character. Solid amber malt with the barest touch of toastyness. The high abv is surprising, as there is no raw or hot alcohol flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of cdrogers
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.
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