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
greenflashbrew.com

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
Ranking:
#915
Reviews:
1,891
Ratings:
7,924
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
459
Gots:
2,008
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 7,924 |  Reviews: 1,891
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey coloured body with immense foaming head. Grapefruit hoppy aroma. Taste is medium to full mouthfeel of initially grapefruit and malt, quite drinkable. Had it and liked it very much again 1.5 years later. Good creamy drinking.
On tap 4.75 years later and still very good IPA, very hoppy.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice large two finger head and nice lacing on a murky orange brown and golden body.

S: aroma is really as good ad it gets. It's very strong despite the overlying large head with sweet pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit and an herbal presence.

T: This one is complex and multilayered. The pine and grass bitterness overlies the sweet citrus and base malts with both represnted throughout, the bitterness is just a little too strong for my liking.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent beer and IPA. The flavor is just a little more bitter than I want but it mellows out as you drink this one and get used to it. Love to see this brewery in Jacksonville now.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is a total hop bomb: herbal, floral, citrus zest. Taste is also all about the hops with citrus zest and herbal/floral hop flavors battling for dominance. There is a somewhat assertive hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. Unfortunately, this beer was flat as hell and that made it a bit of a chore to drink. Overall, this is a good IPA that blasts your nose and mouth with hops of all kinds.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a huge ipa, totally saturated with rich oily hops. its got a wonderful nose of essential hop oils, resins, and other sticky goodness. there is some fruity notes to it beyond just the usual citrus. im picking up sweeter fruit, plums or apples even. it also has that pine pitch sappy nose to it that puts me somewhere in a pacific northwest old growth forest. its lovely really. the flavor is equally exciting. lots of bitter up front, lots of sweet at the end, with a surprising malt balance evening out the middle. the citrus fruit really comes out here, orange peel and grapefruit are the most prevalent. the finish is sweeter, very fresh. feel works well, with a bit more body than is standard, and a thick hop peanut butter taffy-like texture. this is a hophead's dream. affordable and strong and fantastic. one of the better green flash brews out.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a orangey yellow color with a strong looking white head that sticks to the glass very nicely. The smell of the beer is a fruity, floral and piney. Very inviting aroma on this one. The taste is very good also, its loaded with the pine like grapefruit flavors that make these west coast IPA's so special. The mouthfeel of the brew is decent in my opinion. It is fairly light bodied, it goes down nice and easy, it leaves a great dry cotton mouth feeling after each sip. Overall it's a damn good brew, worth trying if you haven't already.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been wanting to try this beer forever, finally got a chance to try this one at a new, local bar in Baltimore as part of their 2 for $6 happy hour.. can't beat that.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've had, if not one of the best beers I've ever tried. A hop heavy IPA for sure, but also one of the most well balanced with a great malt backbone, making for a great mouthfeel, body, and texture. Extremely tasty and drinkable, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured copper in color with a finger-sized head. There is good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate and complex aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Smells of grapefruit really stand out to the nostrils.
T: The taste is mainly bitter and has lots of grapefruit flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: I would definitely try this beer again. It packs in a lot of different hop flavors but isn't overly bitter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cornucopia- that's probably the word that I would use to capture the onslaught of hop character. Perfumy, citrusy, floral, pungent, piney, resiny, grassy, fruity....these are a few of my favorite things. Greater complexity from hops have never been found. This beer is a tremendous showcase for hop character.

The pour delivers a copper-golden color with a malt stained, firm foamstand that endures the session. The glass is coated with lacing as the session progresses. A mild dry-hopped haze is the only thing that keeps the appearance from achieving a 5.

The hop aroma is evident and well documented. A mild malty hit at the nose gives a basic softness but takes a serious backseat to the hop blend.

The soft malts give a caramelly springboard to propel the hops over the top. Soft and subtle, a clean caramel flavor struggles to compete with sharp, flavorful hops. No real esters, phenols, or yeasty character.

Boasting 90 IBU's, this beer feels much more bitter than most other IPA's that claim 70 IBU's, regardless what the experts try to say about perceived bitterness. An initial creaminess, fullness, and roundness from the malts are quickly dominated by the dry, sharp pang on the tongue and throat from the hop resins.

If you're looking for a hop dominant beer, then here you go. The beer relies upon the hop's song and dance to carry the beer with very little interference from the malts or other nuances. Hop complexity is here, but complexity from other beery aspects are kept at bay.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. I picked this up in Austin, Texas about a month ago, as I've been coming to appreciate the efforts of San Diego-area brewers' take on the West Coast IPA style.

This beer pours a hazy, dark medium rusty orange-amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and yet still creamy ecru head, which recedes after a few minutes, leaving some decent roiling storm cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of pungent, if a tad overripe grapefruit and orange rind, lemon zest, a touch of musty dank, and a prominent sweet caramel and toffee malt. The flavour starts out pretty much the same, with a heavy dose of bittersweet citrus hops - grapefruit, orange pith, a sort of isolated squishy lemon essence, a hint of murky mint, and heady bready caramel malt, the toffee sweetness quietly having bled off. A further leafy and pine hop develops as it warms, as does evidence of the north of 7 points of alcohol.

The carbonation is quite light, manifesting in just a wee prickly frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth as the hops seem to shine through on their own here. It finishes barely off-dry, the hops still wanting everyone to know who's in charge in this particular set of zip codes.

I find I'm drinking this rather quickly, it's so tasty, and alas, I've got only the single bottle. Overall, this is definitely a winner for the hopheads who like at least a modicum of balance in their IPAs, myself included.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. It ought to be said that IPAs are usually me least favourite style. I'm hoping this is an exception.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice soft cream lacing, good thickness, and very good retention (especially for the 7.3% ABV). Dark caramel-copper colour.

Sm: Citra hops - and that's it. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Very hoppy without being overly bitter. Some caramelized malt intrudes, a feature I don't find welcome. Foundation is bland barley. Build is simple and largely imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also artificial. It's very strange and doesn't at all suit the taste. Bleh!

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, but comprised of low quality flavours that turn me away. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for sending this extra in trade!

Pours a hazy copper, foggy with tiny sediment. Rapid streams of carbonation, feeding a dense, creamy head of foam. Arcs of lacing form too, adding to it's visual appeal.

Aroma takes awhile to surface, even at a cool temperature, there's just the barest hint of earthy hops. edit: subsequent bottles have delivered a cannabis hop blast!

Deep earthy herbal hop notes, leafy. Very vivid flavor, hop vegetation set against a blanket of malty toffee, striking a nice balance. A resiny bitterness lingers long into the finish. Body is more substantial than your average IPA. Fairly low carbonation with a creamy feel.

Mmm, great stuff! I could see this as a fridge staple in the summer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy head that displays good retention and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Citrusy nose of grapefruit and pineapple with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt backbone briefly makes an appearance but then becomes a doormat for the citrusy hop bill; after the swallow, this beer provides a bitter, fruity hop finish, with slight aspirin tones

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely balanced IPA that is a great example of the San Diego IPA style

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish light amber color with just a layer of off white head that dissipates and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really nice. Citrus hops combine with the sweet malt and it smells like tangerine and pineapple.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue hard right off the bat. There is some malt sweetness that balances things out a bit, but the hops are the star here. Hints of grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation with a super dry finish.

Overall: This beer was exactly what I wanted it to be. A good IPA with a very nice hop profile. Definitely would have another.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,924 ratings
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