West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,886 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 HeadyRebekah
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GbVDave
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade & hook-up!

A: Pours a gloriously hazy honey-peach color with a one-finger layer of off-white/light-tan/light-orange colored foam. The head slowly settles into a splotchy & uneven skim and thick lace that leaves a lot of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Pretty aggressive aromas of apricot and mango with a healthy dose of pine sap smeared all over the top. Faintly sweet aroma of brown sugar and sweet pan-sauteed peach and/or pear.

T: Massive amounts of hops. Starts off sweet with tropical fruit flavors (mango, apricot, and a tiny pinch of pineapple) and quickly has the door thrown closed by the piney goodness. Flavors of pine sap, crushed pine needles, and fresh-cut pine bough. As if someone ran a pine tree through a press and bottled whatever oozed out. Toasted malt adds a small layer of balance.

M: Briefly sweet and juicy and then incredibly hoppy and astringent. Tongue feels scraped dry during the long finish. Dry, prickly, and peppery bitterness takes hold of the mouth and refuses to let go.

D: This is a beer meant to finish a session, not begin. My tastebuds were destroyed by this beer and required quite a while to recover. Over all, an awesome AIPA!

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Photo of mkyer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sallustfire
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Quite clear with deep copper hues and a substantial head.

Smell: Citrusy hoppy on the nose.

Taste: Intense hop flavor with a slightly bready backbone. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and enjoyable

Overall: An enjoyable IPA emphasizing bitterness.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: A nice transparent amber color, with a nice two finger head at the top, left just a bit of lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma, some grapefruit and molasses is present as well.

T: A nice tasting IPA, just like the nose, strong hop taste with malts as well, nice balance of grapefruit and brown sugar, nice warm aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slick, a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Have not been let down by Green Flash as of yet, they make great brews, and this one lives up to the hype.

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Photo of bruachan
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poooofy. great lacing and great staying power...such resiliance! orangeamber with a slight haze from the yeasties

the aroma is, of course, dominated by hops though plenty of buttery, cane-ey sweetness shows through (the hops in most cali IPAs dominate like saddam dominated election results but this one demonstrates significantly more tact). grassy, grassy hop aromas with plenty of citrus. simcoe, how i have grown to love thee

simcoe! good backbone from the liquid for hops to grasp. the malt profile could be a little more dynamic; i encounter the same thoughts that are inspired by many of stone's malt bills (sweet and a little sticky but with only enough depth for hops to shine). "an attempt at balance" would be inaccurate. this is ultimately not a problem though something that presented itself. the hop experience is sufficiently dynamic, however--if a hop schedule can be rich

i bet this is legit out of a draught line

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Photo of PhillipHKairis78
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of noknife83
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer! I was a little disappoint when there was no Stone IPA at the store. I got this instead, because it is virtually the same thing, except the Green Flash is just a tad more hoppier. Any who this is a great beer... It's got a lot of bite to it.

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Photo of MJ64
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DannyHartman
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW !!.... This brewery has done it again.... This is truly an amazing I.P.A... Everything you want as a "hop-head".... As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice healthy head forms over a hazy dark orange/amber colored brew....

I take a whiff, and scents of deep sour citrus hit the nose initially.... Like that of grapefruit, lemon, and orange.... There's also malty caramel notes to it....

I sip on it awhile, and I get an upfront super hoppy flavor followed by grapefruit, orange, and a some bitterness....

I'd say it's a medium to full bodied brew that's quite dry on the finish, but what more would you expect from a wonderful I.P.A...

Overall, I must say (as a hop-head) that the Green Flash Brewery continues to impress.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a golden honey colored amber with a moderate head. Pleasantly hoppy smell with a commensurate taste. Goes down really easily. Recommended!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a amber brown with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: there was some nice floral piney hop aromas with a caramel malt presence and I also got a hints of citrus grapefruit and earthy grass notes.

T: it had a pretty good piney hop punch with grapefruit notes that help propel the bitterness and was pretty well balance with the caramel malt backbone. There was also some grassy accents like the nose.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a citrus, piney hop bitter crisp finish.

D: this IPA drank pretty good but was really good on the aroma and on the taste as far as IPA goes. I really like my IPA's and this one is no execption.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.23/5  rDev +1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at 2006 Oregon Brewers Festival (it was one of my favorites at the festival), but did not review then. This past weekend, I found a single 12 oz. in the clearance bin at New Seasons (75 cents!) and cracked it open last night. Poured to a standard pint.

A: Whoa! - though not a very vigorous pour, this had a huge sandy-colored head that just kept rising and rising til it overflowed the glass. Frothy and rocky in consistency, the head was over 3 fingers high when it crested. The beer is a hazy copper color, warm and inviting, with only a few traces of bubbling carbonation. Gorgeous sticky lace all the way down the glass.

S: Big, big hop nose, full of citrus rinds (oranges and grapefruit) and fresh grass with a sugary malt backbone. This one pulls no punches and serves its "west coast IPA" moniker well.

T: Though this has probably been on the grocers shelf a number of months, the taste was as fresh, green and full as I remember from trying it in July. Abundantly hoppy & bitter (95 IBUs), this is full of juicy grapefruit and citrus zest. Finishes medicinally bitter, but each sip is interspersed with some nice malty sweet moments of graham crackers and even a spiced gingerbread. Flavors bounce around from malty to hoppy, but hops are the heavy hitter here.

M: A medium-full mouthfeel with an almost numbingly bitter finish on the back of the tongue & cheeks. Despite a moderate 7.0% abv, this one was hot with fusels - producing a fiery tingle on the cheeks that I liken to when the dentist injects a shot of novacaine. Some sticky sweet residue left on the lips and a long-lingering bitter/grassy aftertaste that I could still taste at least 30 minutes after the glass was empty.

D: It's good every now and then to have a slamming, flavor-forward IPA like this. This isn't one I'd have all the time, but it's great to be reminded what big hop flavor is all about. Harsh on the tastebuds, but definitely a tasty one and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigJace21
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of browntrout
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dickroop
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash West Coast IPA - This pours almost pure bronze w/ a touch of gold - it's a beautiful beer. A big pour, produces at big fluffy head that persists and pushes out the aroma - earthy hops, a little creek water.

The taste is a great balance of toasty malt and lots of piney citric hops. Tastes solid yet sophisticated, with a delightful lemon-zest note mid-palate. The finish again doesn't have have hop-bomb bitterness, retains the bitter & sweet balance of hops and malt. Excellent. The mouthfeel is great - seems like it's on the light side of medium, very clean. It's a very satisfying quaff.

Overall this is highly drinkable, flavorful, delicious. Negatives? Can't give any. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting sample pours a bright golden-orange with a big, fluffy white head. Retention and lace are superb.

The nose is pretty classic 'west coast'- big ruby red grapefruit and pine aromas with some lightly toasted bread and florally, Muscat-like tones of ripe mango, peach and citrus blossoms. A very vague touch of that hoppy cheese sits almost hidden in the background too.

Palate is medium bodied with a little more malty toast than I expected, with some unripe tropical fruit tones and a vague hop slickness that serves more to gently smooth out the mouthfeel. The bitterness hits right off the bat, but then pauses before swelling to massive proportions on the finish, picking up a bit of breadiness and pineyness before leaving some lingering grapefruit pith- dry and juicy- with an everlasting bitterness.

Carries the 'west coast' label for a reason. A very solid IPA. Personally, I prefer a little more tropical fruit in my IPA, but I can't knock this for any reason.

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Photo of Cold_1
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange with a monstrous frothy head that absolutely plasters the glass with lacing. It looks like the beer got a pie in the face. There is a steady stream of ascending bubbles amid pockets of other bubbles clinging to the barrier of the pint glass like a sucker fish in a 16 oz. aquarium of beer. Ya, it's like that.

S: Big blast of hops with citrus and alcohol - very inviting. I was on the fence about the aroma score, but the alcohol scent bumped it down a notch. At 7.3%, I would prefer the alcohol aromas to be disguised more gracefully.

T: Hooray delicious west coast IPA. This delicious beverage is aptly named. It's considerably bitterer than many other examples of the style. This is where personal preference may seep in. Bring on the hops and the bitterness that comes with the territory (provided it's done properly, of course). In this case, we have a winner. This is one of the best IPAs around that I can purchase locally.

M: Great lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is detectable, but certainly not off-putting or offensive.

D: A great IPA. If you haven't had it, it's pretty easy to come by and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/25/12.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy copper with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. There are some tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. The aroma is of citrus hops and sweet malts. There's a bit of that piney hop aroma in there as well. It's such a nice, hop forward IPA despite having two months on it. Those piney and citrus hops really come through in the flavor. There's a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to this beer. It hits all the taste notes of a solid West Coast IPA. The alcohol is well hidden here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer. I have yet to be disappointed by Green Flash.

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alkemy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark amber/copper color with a fluffy white head. Piny citrus smell, although I did feel the citrus was more in the background. Bold hops starts off tasting of pine, then follows with the grapefruit. For me it was a very clean and dry finish. I really liked this and will be having it again.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,886 ratings.
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