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 marvin213
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks good. Even a hurried pour into my Budweiser pint glass (ironic, isn't it?) leaves only a thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is better than good: citrusy hops. You have to like that. It smells like what it is--a west coast india pale ale.

Taste is good. I figure freshness can play into this one, though I commonly enjoy this one from my local beer spots. This particular beer came from a buddy in Oregon so (presumably) it's fresher. I'm also assuming this is a year-rounder and I didn't bother to check the bottling date (if there is one). Though I'm less impressed with it months after having tried my inaugural sip, this is a dependably good beer.

In line with my recent reviewing modus operandi, I consider mouthfeel (and all judging characteristics) relative to everything else. I don't think the mouthfeel is as good as the taste. Rather than sit and hold this one for a minute-plus to savor every unique taste nuance, this one performs its best if you just stick to the basic sip and swallow. Though this might detract from mouthfeel, I think it caters to drinkability.

With the still-new figurative explosion of craft beer into North Carolina, this is one noobie I have enjoyed each of the numerous times I've bought it. With the emergence of bombers, special singles, and the controversial four-pack, I seldom buy six-packs any more. This is a sixer I see myself almost always considering when I'm making a beer haul. I could enjoy this beer just about anytime and just about anywhere, so I'd say that makes for a high drinkability.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained in trade with srandycarter. Many Thanks! Pours a hazy, medium orange body with a creamy offwhite head that rises three fingers. Retention is excellent and lacing is sticky and profuse.

Aroma is bold with fresh leafy hoppiness. Spruce pine, fresh cut grass, and grapefruit are noted several feet away. Smells very resinous.

Body is medium with good carbonation and some hop oiliness.

Taste is bitter hops start to finish. No malt presence to speak of. Plenty of pine, grass, and grapefruit here with a faint herbal freshness. A bit of caramel tries to emerge but is quickly slapped away by the assertive hoppiness. Finishes quite bitter.

If you like American IPA's without sweetness this one is for you. Plenty of bitter hops to go around here, which helps drinkability. No hint of an alcohol presence. Very well done!

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Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: rich copper color with tight white 1 finger head.. leaves nice lacing. Little bit of hop haze..

S: sweet grapefruits dipped in sugar! Also some tangerines & tropical fruits mingle to create a wonderful aroma.. hard to detect th malts cuz hops steal the show..

T: sweet oranges upfront.. then more of those sugar dipped grapefruits.. finish is strong grapefruit/orange peel bitterness with a bit of warmth.. finish also gives way to just a bit of caramel malt.. but this is pretty hop dominant.

Mf: just enough crispness to go with the medium body..

O: very nice West coast IPA! Prime example.

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Photo of andrew8626
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber pout with an orange glow. Hazy and the white foam retains well. Sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Telltale west coast style; scents of lemon, pine, and blended hops is dominant.

T - Fresh blast of lemon zest. Pine smell held during the taste. The hoppy bite at the end rounded this one out very well. A traditional SoCal IPA all the way.

M - Smooth until the finish, and then the finish is what hopheads crave. While not a standout it is what people now expect from a California IPA. Balanced well, and with a bitter punch.

O - The trinity of San Diego IPA's along with Sculpin and Stone IPA. It does not disappoint and for those that love the style it is tru to form. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass-

A- Thick tan head- lots of hills and bumps- great lacing all throughout. Poured a dark orange color that seemed to glow in the light.

S- Smelled of pure hops- those wonderful west coast citrus hops that we have all grown to love.

T- The taste was hops, hops, and then some more hops (this is not a bad thing). Those grapefruit/citrus/fruity hops- done just right- once this beer hits your lips, you know you are drinking a true west coast IPA.

M- Mouthfeel was creamy and bold- decent carbonation- some warming. Very nice overall.

D- Because of the 7% abv, sessionability is quite low. The problem is, this IPA is so tasty, you can't help yourself but drink a few in a sitting!

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Photo of goldbot
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber to copper in color with a slight haze from some floating particles. Thick cream-colored head, nice and bubbly. Great head retention with good lacing. Fruity, juicy hop aroma; lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is equally hoppy, again great citrus and tropical flavors going on. Not much malt taste but a nice sweetness to it. Quite bitter but the sweetness does help to balance a bit. Nice medium body, slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall a very tasty, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of MissKristin
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to have this beer to relax with after work tonight. The pour filled my glass with a red/orange color. There was a covering of about 1/2 an inch of white head. The lacing is great-sticky, long lasting with the appearance of a honeycomb that stays as I drink. I love the smell. It is of strong, grapefruit as well as a sweet, floral hop. There is the same refreshing citrus in the taste. There is a bitter hop bite in the end, but my tongue is left with a candy finish. It is a full tasting, well-carbonated beer. This has an excellent drinkability, I could easily have this at any time.

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Photo of dismal
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a light burnt orange with a nice big white head. The head slowly goes down until it's a llittle smaller than one finger with ok retention and leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass. The smell is pretty strong, mainly pine right up front followed by grapefruit and some citrus. Pretty hoppy. The smell is similar to the taste. Pine and citrus mainly. This one is also pretty bitter compared to other IPAs I've had. Mouthfeel is good no complaints there. This is also very drinkable, not a low or high ABV and good taste. Pretty good stuff, a nice west coast IPA though there would be others I'd take over this one though this one is up there with those.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for awhile and was lucky to find bottles of it while recently in Chicago. This beer pours an apricot orange with a nice one finger, soapy creme colored head. It smells instantly of sharp pine, orange, and grapefruit. It tastes of sweet orange and bitter and sour grapefruit. It's really, really flavorful and tasty. It drinks very well and the alcohol isn't present at all. I really liked this one and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy citrusy fruits (grapefruit, limes, oranges), piney resin, grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, rubbery traces, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light caramel sweetness underneath the hops, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, quite perfumed, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA... highly recommended...

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Photo of CONOR8832
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and caramel in color, looks great when you hold it up to the light and let the light shine through the glass. Nice good cloud like light brown head with excellant lacing on the glass.

S - Very aromatic smell of pine mixed with some citrus (greatfruit) excellant hoppy aroma, quite pleasent to the nose.

T - Mild hint of greatfruit zest with some woodsy, piney flavors, then after that subsides it is like someone shoved a hand full of fresh hops in you mouth, very delicious and tasty.

M - Good amount of carbination, medium bodies, taste buds/palate is singed from the hop explosion that just occured in my mouth, but this is a good thing for people who love hoppy beers.

D - Hop heads dream, if you love hops you got to get your hands on one or two of these, true in style like the name says "West Coast IPA". Excellent hoppy beer.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. This is an extremely hoppy IPA, one of the hoppiest ever I think. This beer has so much hops it actually makes me sleepy. Quite a bite to it. One thing I can't figure out: this beer used to be $7.99 a 6 pack in regular bottles and now it's $8.99 per 4 pack in a very unique but still 12 oz bottle. Great beer, but that's quite a difference in value and will definitely affect my frequency of purchase.

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Photo of imagese
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy golden orange with a one finger head and moderate lacing.

S- SUPER FUNK! Grapefruit, pine, and a gym sock that was buried in dirt under a bed a daisies... but in a GOOD way!

T- Super bitter grapefruit rind followed by some floral/funky bitterness. I don't really notice much in the way of malts.

M- Thick, tingly, and bitterness that doesn't want to go away... YUM

D- even as big of a hophead as I am, one, and I'm done. I could easily drink more, but this beer is just all over the place. I prefer their Imperial or Palate Wrecker. Much more controlled beers

Always pass this up on tap, but I may need to give it a whirl. With no bottling dates, I may be getting old bottles, or worse, mishandled bottles.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat CO, around $11.

A: hazy bronze/copper color with an off white head about half an inch thick that recedes to a film. a few spots of lacing around the edge of the glass but not much.

S: HOPS! wow, this could be the most aromatic IPA I've smelled. This is a hoppy beer, lots of "herbal" smells, almost like fresh mint in the back country, grapefruit peel is all over the nose in this one, hops all over the place, they really crowd out any malt characteristic. This is odd, as the other bottles I've had from the pack haven't been nearly this fragrant. I like this a lot.

T: As the nose would suggest this is a very hoppy beer, citrus rind and pine are all very present, but the malt characteristic is a little more present, not so quickly pushed aside, what is there is a faint bit of sweetness up front, almost caramel like, but it gives way to citrus and pine. The bitterness is a bit much, but I really enjoy it. This lingers on the mouth a long time.

M: For as strong as this beer is, it is quite thin. I'd like to feel a bit more thickness to go with the hops, as the IBUs are definitely in solid DIPA range. A little thickness would be nice.

D: Not exactly a sessionable IPA, really a thin DIPA, the hops tend to wreck my palate after two, and everything tastes pretty bland after that. A damn good IPA if you're into hops though. Good beer all around, just not one I'd put back all night.

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Photo of mpyle
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly cloudy from the hops, pale amber color. Moderate sized off white head, rocky and with good retention.

Big "generic" citrus/pine hop aroma at first. Some caramel sweetness, and overall on the sweeter side. Pineapple.

Nice hit of malty sweetness up front, then a huge rush of earthy and bitter hop flavors. Powerfully bitter finish. Certainly less sweet or fruity in flavor than it was in aroma.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency despite the intense bitterness. Very little alcohol warming.

Very well done, but in a crowded world of good hoppy big beers it didn't blow me away. Intensely hoppy and bitter, but not harsh.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash has been available in my area for quite some time now but it took until a few days ago for me to buy any of their beers. I won't be making that mistake again.

Pours a hazy orange color with a reddish hue to it. Big, fluffy, two-finger white head. Excellent retention throughout the duration of the beer with medium-sized bubbles scattered along the surface. The aroma hits you like a ton of bricks, if bricks were made of hops. Citrusy, piney, and floral, to say the aroma is pungent would be an understatement. The bottle reads "extravagantly hopped" and it does not lie. The flavor is West Coast Pale Ale all the way. Think Sierra Nevada on steroids. Very bitter with a noticable dose of hop resin on the tongue. Chewy, bready malts keep the balance somewhat in check. Assertive yet drinkable, a worthy IPA for sure.

This is an aggressive IPA and I would say it rides the line between a regular and imperial IPA. Stays true to its roots and really does have that "west coast" flavor profile to it. Hopheads rejoice!

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Photo of BarrelO
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber body with a nice 1.5 finger head that leaves patchy lacing.

S: All about the hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.

T: Even more hops. Grassy, grapefruity, and bitter. Some honeyish malt lies buried underneath as a reward for the persistent.

M: Rather thin but still syrupy.

D: This is right up there with Ruination as an unbalanced hop bomb. An absolute must-try for IPA enthusiasts.

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Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of yellow-tan head ebbs to a bubbly quilt. Hills of lacing range the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a citrusy swirl of grapefruit with an undercurrent of mandarin orange and lemon. A taunt of malty caramel flits softly along with an unexpected but soothing touch of tea leaves.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and boasts caramel and blueberry, but it's promptly trounced by dry, pulpy grapefruit and a lesser needle of pine. Biscuit malt peeks out toward the close, and more crisp dry grapefruit pairs with a lingering bitterness in the finish. It's not extreme, but it lives up to its name in the best way.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat so much as spice and tingle the entire palate.

I think West Coast and I think juicy, oily, sappy hops, and this doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't overwhelm despite little pretense to balance. It does have enough malt to maintain a presence, though. The ABV is sneaky, as it declines to overtly show itself, but it is there, do not doubt. And so simply, if hops are your bag, baby, you'll likely find this as drinkable as I do. Southern California is one fun, prolific place for beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You get what you expect as far as the visuals;

a clean, well coiffed froth that keeps its demeanor.

Pale red in color,

the head slowly diminishes.

Oily, fruity and figuratively

I smell it.
I taste it.
I feel it.

it's been done a thousand times.

frankly I can't wait.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew in bottle. New to Kansas and Missouri. A great new brewery to come along. Pours a light amber color. The hops take immediate effect on the nose. Floral and resinous. A nice dry sticky ale when drank and all the hop presence intensifies as the ale warms. A bit of a heavy brew as for the drinkability. An overall gret brew.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy, fine particle infused, orange-copper color with a half inch off-white head that sinks down to a skim on top. A touch of lacing.

Aroma is bright and hoppy with lots of citrusy notes. Orange and grapefruit seem to be most prominent. There's a bit of a malt sweetness behind the hops but it certainly takes a backseat to the hops.

Taste is hoppy from the start with the grapefruit and orange citrusy character coming straight into the front and center. Some piney character comes out more towards the back end. Beneath all this there is a malt presence that struggles to make itself known.

Mouthfeel is really nice for an IPA. It's medium in body with a creamy texture and very nice carbonation that allows it to be soft yet crisp at the same time.

This is a very tasty IPA indeed. Definitely up there in the top 15 of IPAs, if that means anything anymore.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into tulip glass. thanks to Wiid for sharing

Pours a nice copper orange with a foamy white head. Fades into a decent film with a few rings of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of floral, sweet juicy hops in the nose with citrus tones.

Bitter, piny hops right up front with some juicy, fruit qualities including orange and apricot. Further bitterness continues, eventually making way for a mid-level malt backbone with caramel and some toasted breadyness. Finishes with a hint of warmth and more sticky hops.

Medium body, lighter carbonation, some sticky and dry feel. Such a tasty and easy drinking IPA, as long as it's fresh. The alcohol is barely detectable, and the scents are super inviting. If there was any way to tell if the bottles were fresh, I'd probably buy it all the time.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4-pack with the new stubby bottles for $8.69 at Olive Tree Market here in OB, and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light copper/slightly amber hue with a nice off-white fluffy head with big chunks of lace from start to finish.

S: Big floral/bitter hop, some malt, and fruit (apricot maybe) with a sweet citrus flavor at the end.

T: Super resinous hops - grassy and piney, bitter grapefruit rinds, with a nice sweet and grainy finish. Classic Cali IPA.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and creamy with perfect carbonation for the style.

D: Polished off the 4-pack no problem. I will say though, at nearly the same price as they used to charge for a 6-pack (spare a buck and some change), it makes it hard to justify the purchase.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,941 ratings
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