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 | website

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
Reviews:
1,854
Ratings:
7,775
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,882
For Trade:
11
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Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear bright amber copper with a large white head.
The aroma is a full on rush of hops, pine and citrus. The taste is full of hops and citrus. A world class beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy, hop forward.

Taste: Hop forward with malt apparent more in the body than flavor. Malt is there but it's an underlayer. The brew doesn't strike me as very complex but it does have great balance. Clean but long, and I mean long, lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Texture: Medium to full.

Overall: At 8.1% and 95 IBUs one expects a blockbuster. This one's big, even brawny, but lacking in finesse. The trailer truck load of hops dominate the flavor almost to exclusion of the malt. This is a brew for hop fanciers or those who want to see what a big hop brew is about. My rating is not as high as others because I don't find it anything more than same sorta IPA with more stuffing. More of everything without actually being any more flavorful than standard IPAs.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at BJ'S Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste was bitter on the finish but was very drinkable. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's excellent.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. It pours a pretty honey-amber color with one finger of foamy, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of malt, light citrus, floral hops, and some sweet, tropical fruit. The bottle is several months old which may account for the fairly subdued hop profile. The taste features a malt base with grapefruit, pine, and a hoppy finish that isn't as bitter as I expected. It's well-crafted and tasty. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated, and the 8.1% ABV is enough to give it some oomph. Overall, it is very good. My guess is that, when fresh, the hop profile is more pronounced. If I can find it fresher, I'll try it again.

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Photo of GStone899
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Intensely hoppy and bitter from this double IPA. Very pleasing to the pallet. Pours an orange red that is a bit cloudy. Smell is piney with citrus. Taste is piney with heavy malt and a bit of grapefruit undertones. Definitely get some caramel as well. This beer is bold!

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Photo of rand
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From tap to pint glass. I'm not even going to state where I had this because it's been everywhere in SD for the last ten years or so.

It should be stated that this is not the original West Coast IPA. I'm pretty sure I reviewed the original recipe, but I either lost my notes or it's archived under another name. And although this is tasty, the original was a better representation of a West Coast style pale: single instead of a double, sharper, crispier hop profile and a more subdued malt-backbone, as typical for a single IPA. And I subscribe to the notion that if it ain't broke... Anyway, this is still a tasty brew as I jot notes down in between bites of a steak salad and sips of this well-paired brew. The specs:

Classic, copper-tan appearance, white fluffy head leaves its trail all over the glass

The nose is a good rep of the style - citrusy, bending grapefruit-y, a bit earthy-floral, and honeyed malts to offset

The flavors are big and bold, and definitely WC style, but seem to have been pushed by the recent IPA craze really sparked by Pliny. This has a lot more malts than the previous version, but with the ramped-up hop profile they were necessary. Clean, citrus rind, grapefruit pith, lemon-pepper come to mind. A little salt and oak notes inferred from the hops as well. The 8.1 ABV is not masked, but doesn't bust your palate either. Medium complexion leads to a fairly long finish, lingering with bittersweet risiduals.

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Photo of Gauss
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: this is what a beer should look like. An amber color, a little transparent but not too much, and a nice head
S: very floral and hoppy
T: again, hoppy and a little swear
F: very smooth. A nice summer IPA!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drunk on draught at the Atrincham Belgian bar
Amber clear body with white foaming head
Nice hop forward aroma
Not palate scorching but still full on pine and citrus flavour
Great stuff indeed

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light amber color with a thin off-white head that leaves modest lacing. Pine and orange in the aroma. Sweet up front in the taste with a piney, bitter backend and fairly dry finish. Medium bodied. It's fine.

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Photo of mhenehan7
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has a good color to it, not too cloudy and not too clear. The smell doesn't come out too strong, but once it's there it smells really nice. The taste is definitely bitter, and kind of citrus and breadlike. It feels quite bubbly on the tongue, and has a bit of a bitter hops aftertaste. Overall the IBU's really come out in the scent and taste.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall: This was tasted as part of a meal. Interestingly, took a small sneak-sip beforehand and
was intrigued; (Sensed some malty backbone and sweetness along with the
massive hop rush.) Was really looking forward to exploring this further, however,
once the meal began in earnest (sausages/fries/slaw) the beer really didn't fair very well.
The malt seemingly disappeared and what was left came off unbalanced and harsh.
Not sure if others have experienced this, but it isn't the first time I've had meals/food
play games with new tastings or even known beers. (Ketchup is seemingly a culprit for me.)
Will revisit.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Euro version.
Pours slightly hazy orange beer with plenty of off-white head, long retention, lots of laces.
Standard, not very impressive, but still good smell and taste, dry and fruity.
Medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

European version brewed in St Feuillien brewery in Belgium.

L - Hazy orange with a big white head

S - Lime and floral notes, a bit og toffee and burnt malt

T - Malty, floral and citrusy, mostly grapfruit and bergamote

F - Alright mouthfeel

O - Classic DIPA, nothing amzing. I'd like to try the Green Flash version

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Photo of Obake21
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L = Big white head and a hazy light amber color.
S = A little sweet smelling, but nicely balanced and inviting. Getting some sweet orange peel.
T = I like this one a lot. Very good balance especially for a Double IPA.
F = Nice and refreshing carbonation. The bitterness does a good job washing away dinner after every bite.
O = I like this one a lot. 8.1% isn't all that bad for a Double IPA I think, but I don't think I can drink more than one. The blend of hops is nice. Is it bad that the hops aren't overwhelming?

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

March 21, 2016

12 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Deep amber and nearing copper, mildly hazy with an inch-high cap of off-white to very light tan foam. A decent amount stays as lacing and bubbles.

S – Pineapple, resin, and grapefruit make up the huge hop profile, set atop a thick malt bill of sweet bread crust and light caramel.

T – Grapefruit and resin are the primary flavors, supported by a ton of bread crust. Hop bitterness takes hold midway and lingers through the finish.

M – Very malty-sweet up front, some of which lasts throughout. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and residual sweetness, but intense hop bitterness creates balance throughout.

O – Quintessential West Coast DIPA, perfectly built. Scores are really just a result of personal preference; this beer is fantastic.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bb 5/30/16
12oz into tulip
L- hazy burnt orange with slight bubbly off-white head quickly turns into ring of lacing
S- big citrussy aroma
T- some caramel malt, as label says layers of hops, picking up grapefruit, resin notes, some pine as well, there is also some (colombus) hop pungency, with finish of citrus along with the alcohol
F- light bodied but not watery at all, nice feel
O- a pleasant IPA packs hop punch but the aftertaste does not feel like 95 IBU

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

They sell this in my Paris supermarket, that is dominated by Belgian beers. So it must be good :)

Actually it is Belgian, pretending to be American..! I read the bottle and it says brewed and bottled in Belgium :)

The colour of this beer is amazing. Wow, it almost shines like a lantern.

Wow, the aroma is strong, it's like apricot juice.

Flavour, more bitter than I expected from the apricot juice aroma. It's very bitter in it's aftertaste, after a sweet initial zing. Zinging is a very good description of this. It reminds me a bit of a gin and tonic with too much lime in. And the time I once ate an orange peel as an experiment....

According to the bottle, there are 5 layers of hops. This explains the bitterness. It is probably the most bitter beer I have tried.

The contrast of the apricotty aroma as you take a sip, with the intense bitterness, is truly an experience unknown to me in my many exploits in beer drinking. This is at a new level.

Do I like the taste..?

It's a bit too bitter and sour. It does need a bit more sweetness. It is an acquired taste. Perhaps the American one is better.

Edit, it improves each time you have, and it is a truly refreshing alternative to other beer styles...

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (4.5): This looks so appealing to me. A dark golden almost amber hue when settled and extremely unfiltered. There's minimal white colored carbonation for the head. And when I say unfiltered, there's chunky bits in there, the yummy looking kind.

Smell (3.75): It's not extremely overpowering, but there's pleasent citrus, floral, earth and piney notes all coming off this. It's very complex it seems, but at the same time with so much hop aromas in there I'm also getting a nice balanced malt sweetness there.

Taste (3.75): Unbalancedly bitter, but that's what they're going for obviously. With that said there's still a large amount of malts in there to help but out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium to full bodied, very acidic. Orange peel like acidity that at the same time has a nice sweet subtle softness.

Overall (4): This is one of the classics, so that's why I'll give it the respect it deserves. I like it for what it is, but that doesn't mean I like it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BJ’s Committed Double IPA on tap in Daytona Beach (FL) where I paired it with a Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Similar in appearance, but the BJ's has a notably better head (retention & creaminess), a deeper amber body that may also be slightly clearer, and leaves fuller lacing

Aroma: more citrus and flowers in the GF; more evergreen in the BJ's. Slight preference for the GF.

Flavor: GF is a tad stronger and more bitter, although the BJ's is not lacking. The BJ's reveals some citrus upon tasting; the GF a good bit of evergreen.

Overall: The BJ's does well, keeping up with the BJ's, although those preferring a stronger, more pungent DIPA will probably prefer the Green Flash.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had as a 10oz draft in AZ. Very nice hoppy flavor, with a slight bitter taste @ the end. Will scoop up a six pack in the future now knowing local liquor stores have this IPA.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: this one pours an orangish darker golden color. It was fairly clear. There was an inch of head that didn’t linger too long. Big nose of pine hops. Some citrus hiding in the background. Maybe even a hint of pineapple. The taste is more balanced than the nose. Lots of bitterness, but a huge amount of malts trying to even it out. Pine, citrus, caramel, pineapple. A fine brew!

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Photo of BeerRev22
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Holy jesus. To say this is slightly bitter would be an understatement. I'm going to grab a paint scraper to remove the hop bitterness from my tongue, thx. Super, almost pilsner level brightness on the pour, almost strange to see a super clear/mega bright beer after being in NE for a while. Some oxydation, on a 2 month old bottle. decent hop flavor, but so overwhelmed by the face raping bitterness that made GF so popular.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Orange/copper/amber mix with an off white head.

Tropical fruit nose, bit of citrus as well.
Taste is slight bitterness, perfect resinous quality to it. Then a sweet character follows with faint tropical fruit, citrus. Less thick mouthfeel than most DIPAs, it goes down easy, this stuff is delicious and dangerous.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a small head.

Smells of subtle citra-laden hops. Features quite a large degree of sweetness in the nose. Also some pine.

Taste is surprisingly straightforward for a DIPA. The bitterness from the hops take the center stage, with some sweet citra in the periphery. The feel is probably the best thing going for Green Flash, with a below-average body in terms of fullness, but with quite a large degree of dryness.

Not bad, but considering the options in the same price category, I can't help but to feel a little bit disappointed.

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Photo of drpimento
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of disappointed here. Think I like the old version better. This one ends up having an odd finish that almost simulates wet cardboard and I know this is fresh brew.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,775 ratings.
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