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 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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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

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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