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 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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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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