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 PhxHorn
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago's in Scottsdale, AZ. Color is a deep yellow with a minimal head. Smells strongly of citrus, but the taste is a bit two-dimensional. Strongly bitter, with a narrow range of citrus flavor, but it just doesn't quite achieve the level of multiple citrus flavor that the best San Diego IPS get. Still a very good beer, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

revisited 02Nov2011. Appearance bumped 1/2 point. Once again, I like this brew. It's a great American IPA and it's reasonably priced too.

Copper to tan in color and clear. Head and lacing were pretty good.

Smelled of lovely hops, and plenty of them. Good piney and grapefruit qualities, a great smelling IPA.

There is a bit of bready malt that accents the hops and piney citrus flavor. There's a nice fruity accent and just a touch of earthiness to finish it off. Very tasty.

Relatively easy to drink, despite having a slightly oily hops presence and a moderately bitter aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation is brisk but ample.

Overall it's damn tasty and I will be revisiting this IPA again and again.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Julio's. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Another West Coast goodie I've been waiting to try.

Appearance: This one poured out a deep, murky, copper orange, almost brown color. Tons of fine floaties hung around in the glass. A somewhat hard pour yielded just about a finger of fluffy white head. Head quickly settled into a thick ring around the glass, and left a little bit of streaky lace.

Smell: The nose was just what I was expecting. Tons of big floral hop aromas out front, loads of grapefruit and orange peel with some freshly zested lemon. Freshly mowed grass. Plenty of sweet malt that almost stands up to the incredible hoppiness. A nice yeastiness in the background with a little pine, and no really noticeable alcohol. An almost perfect nose.

Taste: Nice flavor in this beer as well. A nice juicy hoppiness hits the palate first. Strong floral and herbal hop flavors. A bold pine flavor is paired up with grapefruit and orange. Plenty of thick malt flavors sweeten this beer a little bit and almost balance it. Beer finishes smooth with some yeast, a touch of alcohol, and a mean rush of bitter hops. Definitely a very West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Smooth and somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Another great offering from Green Flash.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Coast IPA pours our a clear tangerine in color with a fluffy white head on top. The aroma really highlights the West coast American IPA style with waves of grassy, piney, and citrus hop notes. The taste of the beer is deeply hoppy, especially on the swallow. During the drink, there's nice malt profile to keep the heavy hopping in check. The swallow leaves your tongue heavily covered in resinous hop oils, so I wouldn't recommend starting with this beer at the beginning of a drinking session. Overall, this is a nicely hopped beer that hop-heads in St Louis are excited to finally have access too. Given the higher ABV (7.3%), this would be a dangerous beer to have a few of unless you have a ride home.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a standard pint glass

a: orange amber color, slight head with pretty good retention. White lacing rings the glass

s: floral, piney, and citrus hops, slight hint of light caramel

t: citrus hop flavor followed by a light pineyness. Caramel malt provide a nice backbone to display the hops.

m&d: light to medium bodied, slight carbonation. Slightly slick and oily mouth, finishes slightly dry. A drinkable IPA


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, CA last night.

A - Pours a darker orange with a nice cream colored head. The head never really faded and there was lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - The smell was awesome, cirtrus, orange, lemon, grapefruit and tons of hoppy pine.

T - taste is similar to the scent, but a bit more mellow.

D - A liitle sweet, and very sticky. Medium carbonation.

O - this is a very good ipa, a bit sweet more my taste.

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Photo of JustinBrousseau
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very piney and bitter citrus peels in the nose. You can smell the hops when you open the beer. Dark golden body with an ivory head that is perfumy to say the least. Very hoppy flavor to this IPA, will satisfy your hop fix. Mildly unbalanced-another west Coast hop bomb. Well crafted and veteran mouthfeel. Good session IPA for the hop cravers.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a rich copper color to a dogfish head signature glass - full finger off white head lasting a couple minutes or so leaving nice lacing on the glass.

hops are in your face, smelling of citrus with a strong pine following up. fairly strong hoppy bite upon the first sip, and this remained throughout - however, the malt was more evident after about 10 minutes or so.

i'm not a big fan of IPA and strong hops beers, but this one, i'd drink again.

thumbs up

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Photo of ccryder
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxhock
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 4/22/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is the standard coppery orange, and it starts with a full 1 and 1/2 off-white head that becomes pockmarked and a little rocky as it slowly fades to a full and uneven cap with a couple of huge foamy patches that look thick and chewy; body is a little hazy, but it still shows pretty solid carbonation bubbling up throughout; the head leaves a spotty web of dry, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Loaded with hops, this beer smells strongly of orange and possibly pineapple citrus; there is a bit of a spicy bite to the scent as well; smell is quite robust.

Taste: Yep, it's a west coast IPA... Tons of hops, and they really match the nose with the aspects of citrus, although I have to admit that it comes across a little more astringently bitter than I thought it may (I kind of expected a slightly sweeter and juicy hop presence, but this sucker is all bitter and is more like orange peel); slight presence of alcohol in the aftertaste blends with a faint presence of a sweet malt bill that makes a feeble attempt at balancing out the 95 IBUs.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is potent, but still smooth in the mouth; a thick and semi-dry coating covers the entire palate; the coating becomes cottony dry by the end, and it really holds the strong bitterness; belly is left a little warm from the acidity and ABV.

Overall: The crazy Californians have done it again with this offering. It's a super good IPA and definitely exhibits what the region does, and does well; ultimately, I prefer something with a little bit more of a malt balance and sweeter/juicier hop-like flavors, but this one is solid no matter how you look at it. This would be a great summer beer that would be refreshing with its bitterness.

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Photo of miahlupardus
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crookedhalo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy iced tea and orange color with a soapy, clingy light beige head. Very good retention. Very floral, spicy, somewhat piney and candy-like in aroma, attention mostly focused around the hops. Well, there's no false advertising going on, this is certainly a "West Coast I.P.A.". Predominantly hoppy and bitter, however, some tea-like malt sweetness comes through mid-palate, adding some depth and a further bit of toastiness comes through nearer the finish. But the obvious attention-getter of this ale is the hops and their orientation to the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Playful carbonation accentuates the long, bittering finish on this one. I could easily put away a few and take a hop nap.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, clear amber body, creamy off-white head. Good Lacing.

Piney, resiny, citrusy, aggressive hop aroma with big grapefruit notes. The flavor is sweet caramel then a powerful, piney, spicy, citrus fruit filled hop bomb with a bitter hoppy finish. The body is oily, sticky, medium to full, with a long finish. The over the top bitterness and some astringent citrus from the hops put a damper on drinkability for me.

West Coast indeed. Pretty much the definition of the style. 95 IBUs sounds about right. Liquid gold for hop fiends.

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Photo of crbooher
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to zrrbrrt for including this in my BA anniv. package.

A: Pours a slightly hazy peachish amber color with a big bubble frothy one finger white head. Retention on the sides of the glass and nice lacing.
S: Nice soft citrus fruit hop notes--mostly grapefruit, peaches, and orange rind. Very excellent.
T/M: Nice pine hop notes coupled with an excellent dose of citrus fruit. Biscuit and bready malt notes are definitely noticeable towards the finish. Grapefruit and orange peel notes in the finish. Slightly buttery on the palate. Bitterness is sharp at first and follows into the aftertaste nicely. Smooth on the palate with a medium body.
D: Big abv isn't noticeable at all. A nicely hopped IPA with a good finish and bitterness that's also smooth. Nice one from the west coast here.

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Photo of jmt308
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dalem
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color and a light orange color tinged creamy head that melts a bit but still hangs tough and leaves a snowdrift effect like lacing all the way though the sipping. The label tells you that this is extravagantly hopped and if you didn't believe them the aromas that come out just from simply pouring it and letting it breathe in the glass for a few are enough to tell you they aren't lying. Big citrus scents, grapefruit along with some lime, stick out most but there are some underlying sweet caramel and bready malts that seem to set a foundation.
The flavor is one of those examples of what a stellar American IPA (be it west coast, east coast, Michigan or what ever other sub genres the style claim) is all about. Bright and bold floral hops packed with a grapefruit bite and a slight pineapple sweetness upfront that tingle and tantalize, a malt backbone taming a bit of the hop sting and nuances of almonds and fresh biscuits. The brew itself is of creamy medium body that's not too fizzy or too thick.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pub glass. Very amberish color, almoste red. Very surprising on the color, was expecting more orange and yellow and received more red. Solid 1 inch head, with lacing the whole glass.
The smell is of straight gangha, very pleasant aroma. The taste fell just a bit short of the aroma, but good on its own. Very citrusy, with a solid after taste of hops. Good characteristic of malt sweetness with the tinge of citrus pop.
I enjoyed this beer, not one I would actively trade for, but would appreciate it as an extra.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark side of orange, great head, and reasonably good lacing. Candied citrics all over the nose, in big quantities

The flavor actually surprised me a hair, it's a little more mid-range and peppery than the vibrant nose suggests. Still, it's very very good, plenty of quality ingredients, and at 7% nothing to scoff at.

More friendly and drinkable than their Double IPA, this is a great pick for a hop fix, and an exemplary SoCal IPA.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Whole Foods Market (3rd Street & Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California -- 12 oz. portly bottle.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous amber with a finger and a half of head that receded gradually. Moderate carbonation can be seen rising through the beer, and light flows pretty freely. No floaters or yeast visible. THe head is remarkable -- big, piney, hops -- exactly what one would expect from a "West Coast I.P.A." The flavor is definitely what I would expect, with a great hop bitterness on the end -- certainly a unique bitterness. I don't know if I would say it's as challenging as IPAs from Russian River, Stone, or AleSmith, but it's certainly a pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation. At 7% it won't go down too quickly, letting the beer warm and some more character to come out. Definitely enjoyable, but it's not in the top 10 of its class. I'd recommend picking one up if you see it, though.

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Photo of LoudRed
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of hops, pine, grapefruit, honey, and faint malts. Very hoppy scent, and balanced well to boot.

Taste of piny hops, earth, grass, and some malts. Not quite as hoppy as the scent, but there is a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of Ellis1701
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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