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

Thanks to my secret santa, SaCkErZ9, for this one.

Poured from the bottle a murky reddish orange-gold color with a creamy and sticky bright white head.

Hoppy aroma of juicy grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, lemon zest, and pine sap.

The taste is indeed big and hoppy. West Side! Grapefruit, grass and pine with a sharp bitterness behind it. The malt is there, but subtle with a wee touch of caramel as it warms.

Moderate body, bright and sharp, with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

This one was everything I had trusted it would be. Big and hoppy but still so drinkable. A must try.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a bright orangey amber with a rocky 3 finger off white head that leaves ample lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is hops, mostly apricot and mango but also a bit off fresh cut grass. Not surprisingly, hops dominate the aroma, leaving my tongue in anticipation of what was about to come. The flavor is big hops. Dried Apricots are the major flavor with hints of mango, pine and grass. I have to say that it almost has a fake apricot flavor to it. A bit strange to me. The aftertaste is a nice bitter finish, making you long for another sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it leaves a nice coating of hoppy residue all over the mouth. This is a good IPA, something I would love to drink again.

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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 TrevorGW
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden and hazy. Fantastic head retention and lacing (If you are into that sort of thing).

Aroma isn't as strong as you'd expect. Very nice hop aroma. More on the grapefruit side than the grass side.

Taste is pithy and bitter. A good sign for the style. The hops aren't overpowering and eliminating the malt, but the citrus rind flavor really lingers. It is an inviting flavor but pretty exhausting!

Carbonation level is right on target.

Not my favorite IPA, but definitely a memorable one.

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Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, decent head

Smells of piney and grapefruity hops.

As one might expect, this is a hop bomb. Full of grapefruit and citrus rind, then escalates to pine, with a long drawn-out bitter finish.

Mouthfeel somewhat resinous.

This had a satisfying hop bite, but was a little on the piney side for me. Certainly full of hop flavor, but the bitterness sort of blotted out the rest of the beer. I would have liked to have some of the other flavors stand out and back up the hops.

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

A: Poured a burnt amber-orange with a rocky white head 2 fingers in height that displayed very good retention while leaving a broken, streaky lacing.

S: The nose was pungent sweet grapefruit, fresh pine, and dry floral notes.

T: A huge floral bitterness greets you in the beginning and stays with you till the very end. Loads of grapefruit, pine and dry flowery bitterness dominants the tongue with only hints of sweetness from the malting. Finishes with a crisp carbonation bite and a dry floral bitterness.

M: medium full, slightly sticky with pine resin and had a good carbonation feel to it that brought out the raw hoppiness.

D: A big hopped beer that will satisfy in limited quantities. Hop dominated, sticky and sweet at times will definitely remind you what a west coast ipa is all about.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I were to turn a Mexican beer into an IPA, I imagine this is what up would taste like. Pours clear gold with a, off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops and malt. Taste is very nice. Strong hops all the way through. A very bitter IPA, but a very good one.

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Photo of BWH3
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gold, hazy with soft slightly off white head. Not the best retention and almost a bit too hazy.

S: The aroma is classic piny/resin bitterness of west coast hops. The malts give a grainy or wet grass scent.

T: Malt sweet on the tip of the tongue followed by wet grass and rounded out with a very metallic bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, properly carbonated. Not creamy or harshly dry.

D: Average, many better west coast IPAs to indulge in.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange amber color with great head/lacing. A lot of particles float around in the glass..not really sure what they are but it doesn't really fit with the style. (couldn't find any other reviews that mentioned this, but it was obvious and unmissable. anyone else get it?)

Fresh west coast hop smell with moderate strength. Obvious dry hop qualities.

West coast hop flavors again. The most apparent is pine.

Good hop flavor is left behind here. Bitterness really blends with the beer rather than just being there. Drinkability is pretty average for an IPA. ABV doesn't surprise me.

Overall this is a good IPA that doesn't disappoint or put itself at the front of the pack

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

A: It is a beautiful, cloudy, medium-amber with a small amount of obvious carbonation. The head starts quite fluffy, at about two fingers, subsiding to one-finger after a minute or two, then to a constant, thin foam, with very nice lacing.

S: It has a very hoppy and fruity smell and, I'm embarrassed to say, maybe a little soy sauce or something; it has a very rich smell overall.

T: It has a beautiful, bitter, herbal hoppy flavor with the perfect balance of bitter to smooth for an American IPA.

M: It has medium-bodied, zesty, carbonated hop flavor that sticks to the back of the tongue.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this beer; It leaves its flavor in your mouth, reminding you of what you're missing if you don't have another.

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Photo of rgore
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy Copper with an above amount of carbonation

S - Its a hop-bomb and that is what you get. Some nice light fruit aroma. Maybe a light apricot or peach. Nothing too strong just a little extra sweetness to contrast the bitterness.

T - What you would expect from the smell. A little bit of sweetness contrasted with a strong amount of bitterness from the hop.

M - Nice, long and bitter but heavier than I expected. Really draws itself out.

D - Pretty good. You could have three of these before you would start to lose appreciation. There are several American IPAs that are more drinkable but this certainly is not the worst of them.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a several fingers of poofy off-white head. Settles down into a creamy 1/2 finger or so of retention that just leaves MASSIVE sheets of sticky lacing that coats the glass. The aroma is extremely West Coast, with tons of floral hops, pine cones, juicy smelling grapefruit, and just a slight tingle of warmth.

The taste is a well balanced mix of sticky, resinous hop bitterness and a lip smacking blend of caramel and citric grapefruit character. I'm loving the bitterness in this, as it combines with the tanginess to just stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and oily feel. Damn, this goes down extremely well!

I hadn't had a bottle of this in a while and I DON"T KNOW WHY! Just a great representation of the West Coast style IPA and probably thee best example that actually gets decent distribution. I really need to keep more of this around.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer after having had it a number of times before.

The beer pours a hazy, caramel brown with a pure white head that serves as a nice contrast. It appears to be unfiltered as there is evidence of sediment. It is a beautiful looking beer.

Obviously, the hops dominate the nose. Smells of pine and resin, some floral notes. I don't notice the citrus smells that I do with other IPAs. There is a slight Earl Grey scent as well, much more subtle here, but one I tend to notice in a lot of red ales.

This beer is complex. The upfront taste is strong, a hop bomb. After a second or two, the malts serve as balance. There is a lingering bitterness, but a pleasant one. I am having trouble describing the taste, but I can say with assurance that I like it.

The West Coast IPA is full bodied and packed with flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous, but not overly so. I tend not to like the syrupy IPAs or the IPAs that aren't full bodied. This one leans toward the syrupy, but stops short. It has a mealy quality to it that I find appealing.

For IPA lovers, the drinkability is solid. The bitterness is nuanced and complex. Those without a preference for the style might find it tough to manage more than one, or be turned off by the strong flavors. I very much enjoy the style but would have difficulty having more than a couple.

The West Coast IPA is such solid brew. The price to value is even stronger, as it doesn't break the bank to have a sixpack in the fridge. As far as IPAs go (I am a big fan, but admittedly, no expert), this is in the upper echelon.

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

A: Looks great - middle tan in color, nice fluffy white head that lasts a few minutes, lots of sediment - very cloudy.

S: Very hoppy and fruity - grapefruit tones and great west coast hops fill your nose.

T: Great hop flavor with nice bready undertones. Fruit flavor is there, but subdued more than many IPAs. Aftertaste of apricots. Bitterness sticks with your palate.

M: Carbonation is perfect, medium body. Slight astringency.

D: Wonderful beer. Good thing I can get it as a six-pack!

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

The Green Flash has brwed an excelent IPA! I got it in a large bottle and had no trouble finishing it off! The citrus hops let this beer finish with a crisp taste, and an amazing mouthfel. This is one of my favorite IPAs and I am an IPA head to be sure.

It is more pricey than some as west coast IPAs tend to be, but this one is worth the price!

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Photo of yossarian14
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a sticky off-white head than leaves a nice ring of lace. Smells hoppy. Quality and quantity as far as the hops go. The label tells me that Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops are all present. I love the smell of this beer. Pungent to say the least. Most hop characteristics are present and easily distinguished. I am reminded of hops trouble-making cousin. Has a sticky malty back to hold up against the bitterness of the hops but the hop flavor and aroma are prevalent. A solid West Coast IPA Representative. Fulll-bodied with enough carbonation to fight off the sticky sweet.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philadelphia.

Pours a dark amber color with foamy white head. Very hoppy aroma balanced by caramel malt presence. Flavor very similar to arom. Very quaffable IPA with a nice sweet maltiness balancing out the bitter hops.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at Belmont Station in Portland from the bottle into pint glass....as I was typing this my brother called me to tell me he just had a baby girl!!!

A- Orange-ish red with good head and good lacing

S- Orange, other citrus

T- Not overly hoppy as I was expecting, citrusy, little pine notes in there

M- Really good, not too thick but not too thin, very good balance

D- Very easy to drink

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Photo of jstrahan
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy amber color

S - citrus and floral with prominent assumption of hops

T - fantastic! Nice balance of citrus and floral with mild malt and plenty of hops!

M - Nice, not too overwhelming tart bite with very full taste of hops, yet not too heavy

D - At 7%, it's a bit bigger than the standard IPA, but my favorite by far, so goes down soooo good!

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Photo of mcowgill
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice cloudy orange appearance with a delicious looking head. Some lacing remains on the glass as I go to town on this bad boy.

S - Wow, a hop lover's (me) dream! Amazing citrus, grapefruit, piny aroma. I could breath this thing in often.

T - This one is way on the bitter hoppy side, doesn't quite live up to it's aroma but still very good.

M - Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. A bit of an oily mouthfeel

D - This one is bitter but not a tough one to drink for a hop lover.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy and RickSawyer, Thanks for the oportunity guys.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma sends out lots of grapefruit, pine and resin. Very clean floral pleasant hop aroma with little malt found. Taste is bitter hoppy with very little malt again. Resinous aftertaste makes you crave another sip. Medium to thin body, oily mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Great little hop bomb, very clean citrus/floral hop aroma and taste. Well done! Wish I could get this local.

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

Smells incredibly hoppy. Citric, pine, and floral. Mild chocolate/bread malt underneath. Fairly good balance and definitely strong.

Pours a copper gold color, good clarity, moderate head with limited retention.

First sip opens a world of hop abuse. Strong floral/leafy/fresh hops with citric, pine, and fruit notes beat up the tongue. Grapefruit and pear. Good, solid bitterness. Substantial tartness. Mild-moderate malt can be found under the hops. Notes of chocolate and bread. Enough malt to make a decent balance in spite of the hop thrashing. Finishes dry and hoppy with plenty of bitterness.

So much raw hoppage!, this is very West Coast. The sheer hop magnitude gets in the way of my carelessly enjoying this one. My stomach even kind of hurts; and I sure don't want two in a row. As much of a hop-head as I am, this is borderline too-hardcore to be cool. I don't like to shun a beer for being overly hoppy, so I won't. Instead, I'll say that either my palate is too young or too sensitive to appreciate this hop-bomb. Respect.

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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