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
Ranking:
#967
Reviews:
1,902
Ratings:
7,967
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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460
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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wwoj
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 1/29/18 (67 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.1% ABV 95 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright with a tiny bit of sediment. It is light copper in color with sticky eggshell colored head. The aroma is a mix of pine, caramel, faint citrus and dank. The taste is partly bitter up front with some sweet caramel overtones and a heavily bitter, tea-like finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, fair. I'm not sure what happened to this IPA. This bottle tastes like a session IPA with ABV cranked up to 8.1 with sugar. Thinnest body I've ever seen in a double IPA.

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Photo of BeerheadDave
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange haze with thick fine mesh head.
Smell is a real balanced one. Lots of fresh citrus notes a little spice and hints of biscuit and sweet bread.
Taste starts off really spicy then strong hop bitterness that we all have come to love, and finishes out nice to malty but not too malty cause that is not how we do it on the west coast.
For me not full bodied which I actually like kind of in between full bodied and light.
Overall this beer blew my mind one of the best ipas you can get ur lips around love this beer probably best IPA around.

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Photo of cfcairns
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ale_Lover
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass: color is light amber with an off white head presenting about one finger thick then dissipating to a with a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell exactly what you would expect from a quality double ipa with good earthiness, solid pine, and great lingering citrus rind.

Taste equal to the aroma:very hop forward with pine, citrus rind, herbal notes and earthiness; malt is a good backbone.

Mouthfeel is big bitterness, solid malt backbone, light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: an excellent DIPA with big hop flavors that lean towards pine/herbal/floral with just enough bitter citrus rind and maltiness.

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Photo of garrusthegreat
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopsohard
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ronl12
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBass
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_moon
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MVMC
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy orangish yellow with good white head and nice lacing. Fruity and kinda spicy smell and taste. Good finishing bitterness. Nice beer!

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nitty703
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trev311
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2019. Acquired recently from a webshop. Upon examining the label closely, I notice that this is contract-brewed by Brasserie St. Feuillien in Belgium. The label mentions that this has five layers of hops: Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep orange-amber colour with intense carbonation and some floating sediment. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy yeast esters with hints of grass/hay, subtle floral notes, vague fruitiness, caramel malt, leafiness and faint pine. Pleasant enough in its own right but not to style. The expected hop character is either missing or faded, while the yeast character seems distinctly Belgian.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with notes of light pine resin, mild weed, a touch of citrus, floral hints, grass/hay, subtle spice, earthiness, caramel malt and leafiness. Pretty dry, followed by a substantial hop bitterness upon swallowing. Again, the expected aromatic character seems to be almost absent.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, spice, leafy bitterness, grass/hay, faint fruitiness and subtle malt.

O: Hmmm - not what I was expecting. I can't tell if this is just old or has been made in a way that defies expectations. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are OK but lacking in the hop aroma and character that would usually be present in a DIPA. Nice body. Possesses a decidedly Belgian yeast profile but I don't know if Green Flash originally used a Belgian yeast to brew this beer. So, it might be old or it might be brewed to a different spec from the US version. Anyway, it's a nice enough brew but isn't really to style. Caveat emptor.

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Photo of TangoJuliet
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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