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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 Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

From a fresh bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.
A: Good 2 finger head that sticks around a bit, amber-caramel color.
S: Serious nose. Caramel sweetness, grapefruit, passion fruit, piney.
T: Bam. Bitter resin on the front, a little backbone from the caramel malt, but then another wave of hoppy goodness washes over. Grapefruit rind, something floral and earthy/dank, more citrus at the end, and it lingers.
M: Pretty smooth, given what we're dealing with here. Carbonation is on the low side, but it drinks fairly easy in light of the hop assault. The hop oils coat the tongue.
Overall: Something to behold. Very fine.

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Photo of Frobert_Reynolds
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours a cloudy, only slightly translucent amber. A two finger bright white head sticks around for a bit, then gives way to a nice ring of foam that leaves leveled lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Big grapefruit and pine. Some sugar sweet and biscuit notes as well.

T - Lives up to the name with a strong pine and citrus hop presence throughout. There is also a subtly sweet bread malt backbone that rounds it out. It is bitter on the finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The flavors last on the tongue.

M - Medium carbonation with a slightly resinous feel. Not very dry for such a hop bomb.

O - I picked this up after hearing good things. I enjoy very hoppy IPA's and this is just that. The alcohol isn't present at all and the citrus comes across beautifully. It was a bit pricey for a four pack but I plan to get it again when I need a West Coast IPA fix.

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Photo of Muhly
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A-Clear copper with a big foamy off-white head. Head stays for a decent period, but not terribly long. Lacing remains with big chunks on the side of the glass. Poured in some sediment that I wasn't expecting to be in the bottle.

S-Hops are very prominent with a hint of malt sweetness. There is also a nice fresh fruit smell in there too.

T-A slight hint of sweet malts followed by an assertive bitter hop kick. The mouthful actually manages to finish sweet with some fruity notes from the hops. Could be described as citrus, but almost has a melon-like quality to it.

M-Pretty full mouthfeel with low moderate carbonation. FInishes with a good combo of slightly sweet from the fruitiness and slightly astringent from the hops. This is very pleasant.

O-Very balanced and spot-on for the style. A touch of complexity added with fruit. Great stuff, give me another.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Chizoad
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong IPA. Darker than expected, clear amber. Frothy head.

Massive hop nose. Little bits of every kind of hop aroma, from citrus to pine. Very similar flavor but the hops form a hugely complex mix. At first it's mellow grapefruit, later resinous and finally a strong bitterness reminiscent of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Thankfully the bitterness fades with time, setting you up for another excellent sip. Not balanced by much malt.

Very good carbonation, medium body. Good drinkability but I probably wouldn't be pounding these back in a session.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack of this beer at the Wine Gallery in Brookline Massachusetts. Poured in to my Sam Adams pint glass a mild hazy orange, with a clingy, large white head, and tiny pieces of sediment floating here and there. Nose gives off a perfume of pungent, oily hops, pine tree, hints of citrus, and fresh cream. Taste is full of complexities, many of which include some of the smells above. The most remarkable aspect of it is the hop flavor, which comes in waves, and leaves your taste buds a bit numb and beaten up. Body is thick, and oily...pretty big and bold for this style. Although the flavors are really strong and come right at you, I could probably put four or five of these back easily. This is a very good IPA IMO. I have to admit that I have not been very impressed with any of the Green Flash big beers that I have tried (Stout and DIPA). This one on the other hand is a sure winner, and one that I will be buying again in the future. Cheers

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Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, thick white foam. Retention is excellent, with lacing throughout.

Aroma is extremely hoppy.

Taste is big on the hops with a malt backing that balances it out rather well. Hops level on this one..superb.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability? Hops could get a bit harsh on you, but I could have another one...but it isn't really made to be a drinkable bear. Its made to rip your face off.

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Photo of ineva
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip/flute glass.

A: Bright amber, some carbonation action going on inside. Very cloudy 3 finger head with a bone white color that leaves a sticky lacing

S:Lots of fresh pine like wet floral grassy hops.

T:Amazingly balanced hop bitterness, also a tangy like citrus with grape fruit peel and a tangerine sweet finish. A dolly like malt balance carrying the ale nicely throughout.

M:Great session like crisp IPA till the last drop.

O:Representing the West Coast one pint at a time.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JAFoley
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear amber with three fingers of heavy off white head. Great retention and very little lacing.

S - Lotsa citrus.

T - Strong punch of bitters; lemon/lime, grapefruit, pine and floral. Definitely delivers on the name as being a west coast IPA. Malts not too apparent, the hops clearly taking center stage. And a good bite of alcohol.

M - Medium/light body and very dry. Moderate amount of carbonation. This felt a bit watery for my liking and could have used a stronger malt backbone to balance the bitters.

O - I can't get enough of the west coast IPAs so I must admit I am biased. This isn't my favorite IPA but I enjoy the unapologetic hoppyness of this beer. If this had more body I would be truly enamored. I'm sure to buy this again.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degress.

A - Pours an orangish amber with a large, foamy head. Left behind some pretty sticky lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma, with grassy notes...little sweetness or fruit was detected.

T - Keeping with the super-hopped aroma, the flavor does not disappoint. Hops galore, on a grassy/piney backbone. Extremely straighforward...no complexities here...just pure hoppiness.

M - Medium body with a very bitter finish.

D - I had one yesterday and decided to wait until the second sample to write my review...once you know what to expect, it makes the beer much better. Very good - a top shelf IPA.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of alcurtsinger
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Copper colored with a one fingered head.

Smell- Citrus, pine, and hops.

Taste- Bitter and hoppy, not quite as bitter as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Drinkability- Very drinkable, I could have multiple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler glass. Color is a dark and cloudy orange. Head is barley one finger and just a hint off of bright white. Lace looks as if it's going to stick a bit.

Smell is bright citrus. Yellow grapefruit mixed with pineapple. There is some pine notes and also some earthy notes from the Columbus. Just a bit of yeast is there too. Quite a nice nose on this one.

Taste is a lot brighter than the nose. The bitter hops have won this one outright. The main taste initially is grapefruit rind. There is just a hint of sweet orange trying to stop the abuse my tongue is taking. As this warms it mellows some and the pine resin flavors are coming through. There is a bit of pineapple in the taste also.

Mouth is just as bright and wonderful as the taste and nose. Very refreshing and light in bodied.

Overall I think this is named perfectly. The West Coast is where you are going to find most of the IPA's that ruin the palate this way. Quite enjoyable and a must seek out for any IPA fan!!

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Photo of romain
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BeerMongers PDX 6.12.2010.

Deep gold body a bit hazy, one finger white head, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing. Huge frickin hop bud hit in the nose, with some caramel malts for balance. Taste is a bit sweet up front, hops in the middle, grapefruity chunks, leading to a fairly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the sweetside, good effervescence. Really drinkable IPA, one of the exemplars of the SD/West Coast style, the tap version is well worth seeking out, the hops really shine in this version.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an awsome brew. I happened upon it, getting a 12 ounze bottle from a friend. I poured it into a pint glass (from another friend). If you can't tell this was a group effort. There was a beautiful head, 2-3 fingers. The retention was pretty solid too. There wasn't an awful lot of sticky lace, some, but most was just kind of there. The color was a gorgeous light amber. The smell was a sweet hoppy smell. The taste was more hoppy than sweet, but super none the less. The was a highly drinkable brew. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After reading about this one in the Brewing News National IPA Competition, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it residing on the shelves near me. After snarfing a six-pack, the first bottle flowed into a humble pint glass, and a firm, off-white head rose above the orange-toned amber ale, leaving a sticky lace calling card.

The usual suspects of citrus and pine are loiter among a sweet and floral bunch of hooligans.

The bitterness of this beer flashes across the tongue, but is not over the top as is often found with this style. The refreshing and complex interplay of citrus and pine oils upsurge and climax with the sweet perfume of tropical flowers. This IPA truly showcases the complexity celebrated by this style.

A palate-cleansing elixir certainly betrays some alcohol and carbonation.

Occasionally, as with this beer, reality supports the hype. Take this six-pack, with a few close friends and watch the sun settle down below the horizon in hopes of spotting that elusive green flash.

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Photo of busterwhite
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden color with a nice, rocky 2 finger head. Lots of lacing. Bottled on 5-21-12.

Aroma of citrus, pine and a little sweetness.

Big hop flavor. Citrus followed by some tropical fruit and a little sweetness from a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little oily from the hops. Carbonation is good.

Very solid IPA, glad this one is in Georgia now.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElSid
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 4/16/13

A: Amber brown with a gorgeous off white head which clings to the glass after giving way to minimal layer of foam.

S: Dank, pine, and citrus paired with a strong malt sweetness. Flowers with moments of tropical esters.

T: Pine, grapefruit zest, and dank give way to an invigorating bitterness of earth and garlic. Bread and sugar malt notes with a hint of caramel comes large in middle. The finish is spicy and warm

M: Solid feel with an everlasting linger. Moderate carbonation.

O: A great California IPA which easily holds it own with the more distributed Stone IPA and Racer 5. One of my Green Flash favorites and amazing when fresh.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ewright
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The head from this 12 oz. bottle barely fits into a Duvel tulip! A beautiful mixture of creamy head with scattered rocky bubbles forms and slowly recedes leaving huge sticky lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a nice orange-amber color with just a slight bit of haze.

S: The hop aroma hits fast and hard, but seems to fade far too quickly. What's left is a moderate citrus hoppyness with notes of grapefruit and tangerine.

T: Strong bitterness with loads of flavor hit the tongue up front. There's enough caramel malt body to stand up to the bitter charge, blending to a sweet finish on the back of the tongue.

M: The hops leave a nice flavor on the roof of the mouth, leaving me wanting another sip ... and another. Good carbonation lifts the body but isn't overpowering enough to create any unpleasant prickling.

D: One of the best west coast IPAs this east coast guy has had. More please!

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,924 ratings
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