West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,895 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 larryarms847
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden orange.

Pine, orange, lemon, and resinous.

Lemongrass, lime, orange, pine.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, piney, bitter hop resins.

Overall, not nearly in the same ball park as some of the better West Coast DIPAs but decent.

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A: Clear; amber color with reddish highlights; foamy head
S: Grapefruit, candy shell (candy sugar), dank, wet dog
M: Medium body, smooth, almost creamy
T: Strongly bitter, notes of fruit rind, dank. I thought it tasted like a cross between Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Ballast Point's Sculpin

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra generously sent to me by dmsohyea, big thanks to him for the opportunity. No freshness info on the bottle. Enjoyed on 07/13/11.

A - Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy dark orange/amber/red color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Thin head remains throughout and leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Wow this is clearly going to be a hop bomb. Grapefruit, citrus, mango, orange zest, some pine, it's all here in this one. Also in the back is a nice nutty, caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol. Smells like an imperial IPA.

T - Balanced up front with a big rich caramel sweetness and good fruity bitterness. Toward the back, you get slammed with hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, oranges, this is good. A good bit of alcohol is present in the finish and the hops continue their onslaught. This is up there with Ruination on the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with high carbonation.

O - Overall, I really like this beer. Classic west coast IPA, very very bitter and dry but quite enjoyable. Good stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright orange hue with a big sticky white head. Nose is mostly juicy grapefruit with sticky citric hops and an underlying sweetness.

massive body with lots of carbonation. Very smooth with well blended flavors of tarty, grassy, minty and piny, and citrus grapefruit. Hop bitterness is big and bold and lingers. Huge malt body holds all the hops flavors and presents subtle graininess beneath it all which kind of sets the beer back a bit. This does however ruin that super sticky problem some ipas have and makes the beer a bit more crisp.

Beer starts big and juicy but cuts out immensely dry with a hop bitterness that grows.

This beer showcases hops wonderfully however the building bitterness slightly ruins it's drinkabililty. Loving the flavors but slightly derailed by the unbalanced bite.

Definitely for hop lovers though. Quite a blend of immense flavors and drinks quite big for an ipa.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,895 ratings.
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