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
greenflashbrew.com

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
Ratings:
7,875
Reviews:
1,884
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
453
Gots:
1,978
For Trade:
9
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Photo of jhutt
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my secret santa, SaCkErZ9, for this one.

Poured from the bottle a murky reddish orange-gold color with a creamy and sticky bright white head.

Hoppy aroma of juicy grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, lemon zest, and pine sap.

The taste is indeed big and hoppy. West Side! Grapefruit, grass and pine with a sharp bitterness behind it. The malt is there, but subtle with a wee touch of caramel as it warms.

Moderate body, bright and sharp, with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

This one was everything I had trusted it would be. Big and hoppy but still so drinkable. A must try.

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Photo of vonSchulze
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phurley2
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Best before 2015-11. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy amber. Moderate foam and retention.
S: Citrus, grassy, somewhat caramel.
T: Medium to high bitterness. Moderate sweetness. High in hoppiness. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy.
O: A bold and balanced DIPA.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of match1112
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light copper/ amber color with a three finger off white head. head was thick and sudsy and after a couple minutes recedes to a small cap with loads of chunky lacing stuck to the glass. smells of pine and juniper with a little sweet citrus in the background. the taste is opposite of smell, i pick up on the citrus first with the pine lingering around. mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish. overall this is a good ipa if you like pine. it also has a very wet/juicy body before the dry sets in.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange/amber in color. Slightly hazy. Orange cream head with moderate lacing, leaves a solid film on the top of the glass. Aroma is quite nice. Floral and citrus, with a hint of caramel malt. The flavor is very much hop forward. Pine, grapefruit, dank herbs. Very juicy and resinous. Just enough malt to keep things in check, but still leaves you with that great, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Solid!

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Photo of BeerRefugee
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium orange-amber color. Medium white head with good retention and lacing. Huge aroma of citrus, floral and piney hops and a mild dose of yeast. Flavor has just enough malt backbone to balance the big hops. Lots of grapefruit and floral with a hint of pine. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. The glass I had was very good and it was past its prime. This stuff must be phenomenal when it's fresh.

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Photo of WestmontDon
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lsummers
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic beer. Pours a bright orange with a hint of amber. Full and thick creamy head that leaves quite an impact on the sides of the glass. There's even a cloud of tiny floaters in this beer.

Smells of piney vanilla sweet lemon cake with a touch of grassy citrus notes. Taste hits you straight away with the piney hops then leads you into a mouth smacking sweet vanilla. The after taste is the only thing keeping me from taking another immediate sip. I really get a great sticky feeling that helps with the sweetness that seems to show up. The mouthfeel is fantastic and just right. Feels like something that I should slowly enjoy. Sort of highly drinkable at first then turns viscus at the end.

Overall, this is one of the reasons I'm glad I live on the west coast. A fantastic example of west coast Ipa's. I can't wait to have this on tap again. Although on tap, it seems to be even more drinkable!

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Photo of jkhara12
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by 11/28/14

2014 formula, 8.1%, 95 IBU

Clear, amber body. Decent amount of head and retention. Juicy, fresh hop aroma with a fairly large caramel malt backbone. Taste is a little bit more malt than I was expecting. Good carbonation.

Have no idea when this was bottled. Seems to be pretty fresh though. A very solid west coast style IPA. Not sure how it stacks up to the old recipe.

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Photo of argock
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy yellow-orange with medium off-white clumpy head with great retention.

S: Delicious mix of citrus and floral hops aromas with smells of mango, pineapple, and orange backed with mild sweet maltiness.

T: The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but it is still very good with big-time floral and fruity hoppiness smoothed by caramel sweet malt flavors.

M: Pretty slick and oily with low carbonation and short but pleasing floral and fruity hops aftertaste.

D: Tasty hoppy West Coast IPA with a most delectable aroma and great taste and feel to back it up.

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Photo of Helenkolb
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdeese21
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: this one pours an orangish darker golden color. It was fairly clear. There was an inch of head that didn’t linger too long. Big nose of pine hops. Some citrus hiding in the background. Maybe even a hint of pineapple. The taste is more balanced than the nose. Lots of bitterness, but a huge amount of malts trying to even it out. Pine, citrus, caramel, pineapple. A fine brew!

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of C20Percent
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Stand-out feature here. Pours a hazy bronzy-orange with a full head of dark eggshell white foam. Head is bubbly -- always look for that. Nice amounts of sediment and bubbles in the body of the brew. A+ for appearance all the way.

S: A very nice citrusy, malty aroma with pine notes bringing up the rear. That addicting West Coast IPA smell that you get in with Stone IPA, and some other popular beers. Maybe a bit too much on the malty side for me. Also, hints of caramel, resin, and marijuana.

T: For me, this is one of the better malty tasting IPAs. It's not a malt bomb, but -- for me -- it was malty. The citrus that I got in the aroma is gone here. But, what remains is an earthy flavor that burns the palette. A couple of things standing out is the refreshing finish that makes this beer amazingly drinkable. Not really dry, and definitely not boozy.

M: For me, this is where this beer trips up. Look -- nice body; I thought the carbonation was a little on the heavy side. There's some chewy maltiness to the beer, but I'm looking for more. Just above average for me.

O: A quality malty flavor that never crosses the line to boozy. It almost does, but it walks the line better than Johnny Cash. I've just grown so accustomed to these citrus bombs, which I enjoy so much, that this beer-drinking experience doesn't quite match that. Really good beer, though.

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Photo of Sirmaxpoke
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorreg
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,875 ratings.
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