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 sleazo
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A_Medium cloudy amber with a one finger creamy head. Nice sized bubbles dot the crown

S_mild aroma. Mid level pine notes

T_mostly pine soaked hops. Not too strong though. As a whole it is mostly dry and bitter. Faint biscuity malt comes out a bit. Some spice on the finish. There is a slight acidity which detracts a bit

M_Med body and carbonation

D_A middle of the road IPA. Nothing offensive here but nothing that really stands out and grabs you.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge double IPA fan, just tend to have more style, flavor, taste, etc. Obvious problem being the alcohol catches up to you so fast that sessioning them is next to impossible. If you have the same problem, here's your beer. At 7%, and absolutely full of flavor, hops aromas, citrus and flowers, this is without question the prototypical west coaster.

Appearance is a beautiful dark brownish-orange color, with that classic thick, micro-bubbled IPA head. A solid 1.5 fingers and the lacing was as thick (all the way down the glass) at the end as it was at the beginning.

The smell, oh the smell... Do yourself a favor and just savor this thing once you've poured it. It's as close to a perfect example of the style as I've come across. Flowers & grapefruits leap from the glass at you. Alcohol is there, but hiding in the background to be discovered later.

The taste is perfect. No overpowering elements here, just an amazing blend of incredibly clean and fresh hops, citrus backbone and a very very slight alcohol nose. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a tad creamy, just right.

Drinkability is what blows me away. I've never had a 7% IPA with as much flavor as this, and 7% tends to be my line in the sand for a beer that I can session and not simultaneously fall off the stool. Drinking 3-4 of these over the course of an afternoon with friends is what it's all about.

Well done Green Flash, and thanks.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Beer is a murky orange-amber color with a dense and tight whit head. Tons of lacing and the retention is quite nice as well.

Aroma is certainly hoppy and somewhat sweet and fruity. Citrus hops dominate but there is a large contingency of malts in this one. Lots of caramel sweetness and a touch of toast and biscuityness. Slightly alcoholic as well.

Plenty of hop bitterness to start things out. The sharpness geets the palate immediately and leaves its impression for quite a while. Citrus hop flavor is really nice. Fruity sweetness and a touch of alcohol round things out. A very nice balance of malt and hops and I really dig the bitterness too. Not overwhelming but just enough.

This one has plenty of body too. Carbonation adds slightly to the hoppy bitterness and the smooth caramel adds a stickiness to the palate. A wonderful IPA. On the bitter side but all around a very solid IPA.

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Photo of Rayek
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with good clarity. Active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Fluffy off-white head starts out strong, then settles to 1/4" pillow that stays the whole way down. Leaves a very heavy lace.

S: A lot of different scents are at work here. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, oak, pepper and a light malt sweetness intermingle nicely.

T: Extremely complex, especially if served on the warm side. Hops dominate with a full palate of flavors. Bitterness has citrus, pine and pepper flavors that are perfectly balanced with one another. Underneath it all is a mild caramel sweetness that lingers throughout. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body is slightly slick, but also quite dry. Carbonation level is right on.

D: One of the best beers I've had recently. A terrific IPA that I hope to visit again.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hop-head's beer.

Orange-brown haze in the glass and grapefruit on the nose predominantly. The citrus zest lingers long into the aftertaste and even after the beer is finished. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with tiny bubbles, pleasant.

Overall - almost too hoppy. Any malt presence is masked by the hops. I would find it hard to have more than one without risking long term damage to ones taste buds.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a cloudy orange/amber color with a very white head which began to immediately dissipate (but was pretty).

S: The aroma is intense of hops! There are citrus/fruit as well as evergreen undertones noticed. Once the beer warmed, some sweet/maltyness became apparent.

T: This beer is initially quite bitter. It is hoppy and a bit one sided. There is a hint of sweetness, but you have to really look for it. A little more malt would balance this nicely.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and seems suited.

D: I wouldn't consider this incredibly drinkable. That being said, it is refreshing and will cure a hop craving.

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Photo of trbergman
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields two fingers of tannish off-white head, which crowns a cloudy copper hued beer. There's some really nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

Smell - Plenty of American hops in the nose, with grapefruit up front and pine and pineapple following closely behind. Caramel maltiness lurks in the background.

Taste - Bitter at first, with citrus and piney flavors. Some malt steps forward in the middle, with hints of pineapple and peach, but is quickly overpowered by the hops. The finish is long and bitter. Definitely lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and coarse.

Drinkability - This is a really tasty beer. I could probably drink several of these, but I don't think I'd really enjoy more than two or three.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown amber with a thin film of head that quickly dissipates.

S: Deep nose of hops. You can tell that this one is packed. Floral, citrus, pine, grapefruit notes.

T: Very hoppy! 4 types of hops in this monster. Centennial hops give it that piney taste, the cascade for the floral, and simcoe hope contribute grapefruit and citrusy notes. Then BAM a big hop slam right to the palate augmented by the columbus hops. Well balanced by a very evident malt backbone. A very flavorful and character-rich beer.

D/M: Heavy carbonation, medium to heavy texture.

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

Ever since Green Flash products started to show up here in Raleigh a few months ago, this one has been on my list. Their Hop Head Red was one of the most impressive beers I've had all year so I've got high hopes for this one. It starts off right, with a medium reddish amber and lots of floating sediment capped off by a thick off white head and a double ring of frosty lace. Smells of floral and pine hops but too faint to really excel.

The malt notes are strong up front with caramel and roasted tones and a chewy, thick quality that might be attributed to the "floaties" I mentioned earlier. The hops then kick in nicely, with plenty of juicy citrus and a satisfying lasting bitterness. The balance is terrific and is held up well by the even texture. You know it's an IPA but it's not a pure hop bomb and for me that's okay. This is a first class AIPA and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of bbothen
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel color with a nice & fluffy 2 finger deep white head. Looks inviting.

Smells tropical, grapefruit rind, pine needles, spruce, lime zest. Hops. Candy like.

Fresh hops, piney, earthy, flowery, grassy, citric hops. Puckering, yet balanced. Faint & noticable caramel & toffee maltiness in background. Hops are the star of the show. Delicious all around.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky, oily, dry, bitter finish. Nice.

Drinks incredibly well. How can an IPA this delicious not?

Standard IPAs don't hit the spot much more than this for me. Exactly what I'm looking for. Go get some.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Since i moved to CA, this has turned into my go-to beer. Its great! Pours a nice light brown with hints of red. Quarter-inch head falls off to a lacy covering. Smells sort of non-descript, actually...like a run-of-the-mill IPA that maybe has a bit too much sweet malt in there. Some citrusey, piney hops break through, but the smell doesn't do the flavor justice. Taste is a big piney, citrusy hop smack, not too big, with a smooth malt backbone. Bitterness is there in a nice balance with the hop flavors. Medium bodied, with not too much carbonation and a little hint of a syrupy feel. Tastes refreshing and delicious. Approaching perfect for the style in flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a yeti snifter a medium copper color with a thin tan head that leaves a tapioca looking film.

Fresh hop juice that spans the spectrum as I get citrusy grapefruit, freshly mowed grass and a floral bouquet all rolled into one. Smells good. Maybe a slight hint of malt?...Nah.

One of the hoppiest IPAs I have had. Resinous, sticky ganja like flavors...like biting into a big juicy nug. Somehow manages to be fresh tasting and drinkable without being to bitter or overbearing. Enough malts are present to at least keep the mad hops on a long leash.

A must try for not only every hophead, but all beer lovers. Fresh, clean and hoppy. Not an everyday drinker for me, but it is comforting to have a few on hand chillin' in the fridge. Tough call between this and the Two-Hearted ale for me.

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Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Hazy orange with a small, thin, head.

S: Citric notes, Flowers, Pine, Hint of caramel. Superb!

T: Caramel, Grapefruit, Grass, Hops resin.

M: Nice bitterness with lots of ibu's but malt backbone balances it up perfectly making it supersmooth. Wow!

One of the best ipa's i've had to date. If anyone feels like sending me a case of this, bring it on :-) Recommended!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Thick peach colored beer with a creamy two finger head that leaves tons of sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Citrus and pine...this nails the perfect notion of an IPA nose IMO. Almost a pristine example of the style. This one is definitely west coast in nature... like a fresh pine forest.

T - A surprisingly thick malt backbone is overlaid with primarily pine flavored hops. Some mild citrus fruit is there, along with a dirty sandy well water notes that I really like.

M - Medium, almost full, bodied with a dry pine sap finish and moderate carbonation.

D - Kick ass IPA! I'd definitely buy this again. It's one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had in a while.

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Photo of maximum12
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to largedeer & moose3285 for my first taste of any kind of Green Flash. Always up to try a West Coast IPA to see if they match up to what we have here in the Midwest!

This is a classic. The right color, the right taste profile, crazy hops doing all sorts of things to my taste buds. Nobody's trying to fool anyone here, there's just IPA, straight up, no ice, no b.s.

The only weirdness about the beer is the nose, which is faintly medicinal, almost soapy. I am happy to say this does not translate at all into the mouth.

Other than that, excellent. If this were a local beer it's one that I'd have in the fridge most of the time, right next to my Furious. Just rec'd a Green Flash Imperial IPA in the mail today - I'm not sure how much better that could be. Hats off to Green Flash.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. Its got the great pine-y, citrusy aroma that you are looking for, with a matching flavor. The hop profile is perfect-loads of grapefruit with a great kind of resin thing going on with the mouthfeel. I thought that 60/90min were awesome, but once I had this, how could I go back?

This is incredibly drinkable, and having loved this so much, I decided to try their DIPA, but I found this to be much better. The DIPA didnt have quite the hops that my palate has come to require for the style.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously clean and crisp amber pour with tall bubbly foam, nice lacing. Strong wonderful hop oils weigh the nose down with sappy pine and orange bitterness. Unmistakable cannabis aroma when the beer warms. The 95 IBUs hit with a bang. There's no way around it. Medium, oily mouthfeel with tame carbonation. Certainly for hop lovers. No malt nonsense. All hops. My kind of IPA and very close to DIPA territory.

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Photo of dbONE
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle decanted in a standard pint glass as a Guest beer at Newport Beach Brewing Co.

A tough almost white head sits on top of a wonderful slightly hazy hue of auburn/orange. With aroma flowing of hops.
Flavor is dominated by a grassy, earthy hop resign. Perching itself on the palette with a sharp meaningfull bite. Fresh grass and hay make it's way in through nose when sipping.
Finishes with a slight malt coat but finishes wonderful, sip after sip.
Would say to all... try it. It has it's own character but nearly the same as the other IPAs out theie.

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Photo of younger35
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this from either BeerTruth or 0110x011 as an extra in a trade. Forgot to write that down. This is my first brew from Green Flash. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed orange yellow with a nice one finger dirty cream head that has some serious staying power. Light creamy head that is seriously frothy and nice. Cap and collar stay the entire time along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- Beautiful bouquet of lilac and sappy pine with oodles and oodles of citrus goodness. Orange and pineapple are just dripping from the nose of this wonder. Maybe a touch of alcohol is present but the hops rule the day.
Taste- Loads of grapefruit and orange pith lend a super volatile bitterness that seems to explode in my mouth. Some citrusy pine sap and grassy goodness I really can't come up with many more ways to explain the hoppy awesomeness. A light caramel tinge does sneak in toward the end but it's mostly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Great body that isn't too heavy or too light with nice crisp carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- This thing is absolutely terrific and I'm taken totally by surprise. It's highly drinkable and somehow remains to be a hop bomb. It's paradox in a bottle! Ridiculously tasty brew that should be sought out. Big thanks to Matt or Adam!

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixer from Hollingshead's in Orange.

Caramel haze with an orange hue. Nice almost white head.

Great hop scent. Mouth watering in fact.

Taste like fresh hay. And I mean that as a compliment. Great hoppy flavor, clears the sinuses.

This is my kinda drink. Each sip turns into gulp. Why oh why did I only put one of these in the fridge? Because I'm an idiot that's why. I could go for drinking these the rest of the night.

Overall: sent one out as a trade extra, wish I had kept it!

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Photo of SiriusAth
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip. Pours a beautiful clear honey-orange-amber with a 1" frothy cap of pale orange tinged foam that shows very little sign of fading; gotta love all those hop oils and resins! This badboy is leaving sheets of solid lace as the glass empties. Overall a fantastic look.

The nose is terrific, leaping right out of the glass with citrus deliciousness. Grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin, and floral notes abound. There's a faint whiff of caramel sweetness, but this is about hops, hops, and more hops. A humulus lupulus assault that is first rate.

Grapefruit, bitter orange and lemon with a bit of caramel and toffee drizzled on them, topped by a pine sap frosting greets the palate. West coast hopitude defined. It finishes very bitter (duh), not quite harsh but just barely detracting and preventing it from getting that perfect 5. Still awesome, and after a few sips I was way more used to it (read: palate destroyed, but who cares?).

Great mouthfeel going on here, medium bodied, just shy of creamy, with good carbonation that is present but not in the way.

I've heard alot about this beer, and the experience lived up to the hype. Hops are my second love (malt first, baby), and this brew helps reaffirm it, and maybe even makes the maltsters a little jealous of my affinity for it. Great drink, right at the line of being too high in the abv department to drink more than 2 or so, but I'd certainly like another and am disappointed I only had one bottle. Recommended.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours a nice deep orange/amber color with a fluffy off white head that leaves good lacing. Retention is not the best, but will certainly do.

Nose is all West coast hoppage with pine and grapefruit. Some slight perfume and a bit of malty sweetness, smells like a hop 15 if it were a single IPA. (Wierd, but i smell it)

Taste follows. A great blend of West coast hops here, with plenty of Citrus grapefruit, pine, resiny hop flavor and a good solid malt backbone that provides sturdy sweetness, maybe a tiny bit too much actually. A little bit of perfume in here, and a very slight graininess. A nice dry finish with lingering bitterness on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side here, but the carbonation is just about perfect. Dry, but still quite quenching. Good.

Drinkability is very nice. The maltiness is a bit strong, making it a bit sugary (relatively speaking of course) for my taste, which slightly hampers the drinkability IMO

Overall a shining example of the style. Certainlay aptly named. If someone asked me what does a West Coast IPA taste like, this would certainly be a go to to introduce them to the style, as well as being a good go to for the beer geek's session as well. A good solid IPA, and one i would most defenitely reccomend for all you hopheads out there. Very nice beer.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a. Pours a hazy copper-orange color, turning bright lemon when held to the light. It was accompanied by a solid one-finger billowy head of a buttery lemon color that seemed content to sit on top of the pint for eternity. The lacing was clean and beautiful, staying with the ale to the bottom of the glass.

s. Aroma is unbelievably hoppy, but a very clean and pleasant hop with no chemical hoppiness. Pine and citrus prevail, with floral aromas pulling through nicely. Rose hips, hibiscus, and spicy lilly balances out the citrus and pine aromas. The blend of hops creates a very diverse and dynamic aroma, balancing out beautifully.

t. Taste is truly hoppy. I'm not fond of the moniker "hop bomb" but it seems fairly appropriate for this one. The blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus hops create a harmonious hop profile that is beautifully unique. Citrus and pine balance - or more accurately battle for dominance - throughout the palette. There's subtle malt to keep the hops in balance, but the hops are truly the dominant flavor. The hop bitterness is clean and citrusy, finishing with a taste of keifer lime leaves and grapefruit pith instead of the usual hop bitterness.

m. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with just the right level of viscosity for a 7% abv. It's not syrupy but isn't thin. the carbonation plays well into the grapefruit and pine oils and stands up perfectly to the slight oiliness and overall viscosity.

d. Drinkability is spot on. I wish I had a few more to drink. One 12oz. just wasn't enough. Crisp and refreshing for a strong IPA. The fruitiness and floral aspects keep the hop bitterness at bay and make it smooth and pleasant for a hop-heavy IPA.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A: Hazy/cloudy orange amber in color with minimal head. Nice lacing and great retention down the inside of the glass.

S: Massive amount of hop aroma in the nose. Complex hop smell that includes a huge blast of pine and grass followed by the typical (for a west coast ale) floral, and citrus notes. Not much of the malts can be detected in the smell.

T: Just like the nose... the taste follows suit with a massive wave of bitter hops. Floral fades to pine fades to citrus rind... very complex blend of hops. You can taste just enough of the malts to give this beer a nice balance and to hold the ABV at 7.0%. Superior level of bitter hang on the finish. You can taste this one the following morning!!!

M: Full bodied, sticky, and viscous... almost perfect for an American IPA. Moderate level of carbonation with a bunch of slow rising bubbles in the glass.

D: I am a huge fan of IPAs, so I would classify this beer as a "session" beer, however, the bitterness may overwhelm you after three or four! Very highly recomended.

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very nice light amber color fading toward yellow around the edges. Small off white head that laces the glass all the way down.

S - Has a good citrusy smell that is accented with notes of pine and floral hops.

T - This one has got a little bit of everything. Simcoe for a grapefruit flavor, Centennial for the pine and citrus notes, Cascade for floral aroma and Columbus to round out the hop profile (pretty much straight off the label). There is just enough of a malt backbone to hold everything together. Ends with a lip puckering bitterness that would be expected from a west coast IPA.

M - Very smooth and with a good body. The viscosity is about perfect for an IPA.

D - I could drink a lot of this stuff. It goes down smooth and leaves a nice after taste in your mouth. Very refreshing and complex. Excellent!

Overall I enjoy IPAs that are a little off balance in favor of floral and pine hops over citrus and malt. This one balanced everything quite nicely.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,831 ratings.
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