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
Ratings:
7,886
Reviews:
1,886
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
455
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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +7.4%
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 +5.5%
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 -32.5%
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 oline73
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominating with a nice malt base also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some citrus and bitter pacific hops with a neutral but still perceptible malt base. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this is a very enjoyable IPA, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the presence of floral and grapefruit hops would have been more discernable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, pillowy, head of ivory foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some bubblegum. A light caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of of spicy hops with grapefruit flavors. It has a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a great IPA. It really holds up to Pliny the Elder (which I love).

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Photo of LXIXME
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a raw, hoppy IPA. Unfiltered, the body is extremely hazy but the head retention is great. Lots of citrus in the nose, with a hint of sweetness that isn't nearly as present in the taste. Oily hops with a huge grapefruit flavor nearly overwhelm the malt, giving it a slightly one-dimensional quality, though an enjoyable one. The hops really stick to the palate, leaving a long-lasting bitterness. This is a good, solid IPA, maybe even a great one. I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with minimal cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! All around awesome complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a hazed dull copper. Pours 1/2 finger of dark beige creamy head. The etching keeps the head to a thin layer. Nice lace walls as well.

Aroma: Big floral hop profile, but the malt backbone sticks out well with a big caramel aroma. Has the typical grapefruit citrus as well.

Taste: Big floral earthy hop profile. The caramel kicks in more at the end here. Big grapefruit citrus blend as well.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little crisp on the tongue from the nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste which is always nice for an ipa.

Overall, a really nice representation of a west coast ipa. However, it had more caramel that I was expecting. Not to bad. Very drinkable at 7% abv. Well done.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.5%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,886 ratings.
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