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 tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns.

Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Heavy bitter flavor with a heavy smooth bitter finish of long duration.

A very good beer.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at my bro's house who has WC frequently on tap in his kegerator...and for good reason.

A: Pours a darker pale color. A burnt caramel color if you will. Almost orange-ish even. Very clear, bubbling away. Mine had little to almost no head - just some choppy bubbles. Go figure. Lingering lace.

S: Intense lemon zest and citrus aromas all the way. Like Spring time in the orchards. Faint hints of caramel malt once the brew settles out a bit.

T: Sweet candied citrus fruits, sticky greens and pine resin. Outstanding hop zing on the palate that puckers out leaving you dry and thirsty for another sip. Slight caramel and malt components that hold the brew together. ABV is a creeper on this one.

M: I would say moderate overall. A good balance of creamy deliciousness that is slightly sticky on the tongue but finishes dry and crisp.

D: So good. Big hop profile but well balanced As I mentioned before the ABV is a creeper here. I probably should try to practice better restraint when at my brothers house.

I must say some super fresh West Coast is pretty unparralleled. A quintessential hop forward West Coast style IPA. Pretty much put GreenFlash on the map. One of my top 5 IPA's for sure.

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Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6, and before that BeerTruth gave me one as well.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a dense inch and a half of off-white foamy head. Head has amazing staying power and it's almost chunky. A solid lace stays to the bottom of the glass and it leaves a mess all over the sides.

Smell is primarily pine hops with a touch of citrus and some caramel malt sweetness thrown in for good measure. Lots of hop resin aromas.

Taste throws a nice smack of hop bitterness at you right off the bat, which then mingles with some pine, bready and slightly toasted malt and a little caramel malt sweetness through the finish. It keeps a solid hop bitterness all the way through. This is a pretty straightforward IPA; no frills, no surprises, but it's well crafted and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, almost chewy. Nice and smooth, lots of thick hop resins.

Really tasty, solid IPA that I could drink a ton of. This is good stuff.

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Photo of rcjennings
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BeerMongers PDX 6.12.2010.

Deep gold body a bit hazy, one finger white head, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing. Huge frickin hop bud hit in the nose, with some caramel malts for balance. Taste is a bit sweet up front, hops in the middle, grapefruity chunks, leading to a fairly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the sweetside, good effervescence. Really drinkable IPA, one of the exemplars of the SD/West Coast style, the tap version is well worth seeking out, the hops really shine in this version.

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Photo of FrankHammer
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of leftoverburrito
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of nataku00
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a glass that I can't really describe (tall glass that is slightly wider right in the middle and narrower on the ends). Haven't had this one in a while, but saw it on tap at a restaurant so thought I'd have it prior to eating.

Beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper, bordering on amber with some hints of red in the dark orange hues, with half a finger of off white soapy and foamy head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing. Well carbonated with a good number of small bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is as I remember it, intense bitter citrus peel, both grapefruit and oranges play a big part, some fresh pine needles, with a good amount of sweeter orange fruit and caramel malt to help balance it.

Surprisingly, the taste was slightly disappointing. There was a huge citrus pith bitterness upfront, but not as nuanced and complex as the nose. Just like eating the white pith of citrus without the citrus oils of the skin to give it different flavor. Still a decent caramel malt character coming middle of the tongue to balance the flavor a bit, finishing with more bitter pith.

Light to medium body with a nice refreshing amount of small active and lightly prickly carbonation help prevent the tongue from being overwhelmed with bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol warmth in the throat, but not enough to make it hard to drink. A solid beer, though not as flavorful as some of the other west coast IPA's.

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Photo of LoudRed
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A) Dark amber. Slow pour produces significant three finger head which disappates fairly quickly. Lots of lasting lacing.

S) Really good, typical smells of West Coast I.P.A.'s: pine, citrus, grass. Good balance.

T) Pretty hoppy, not as well-balanced as it could be. Sweetness tries to come out early but can't overcome hops. Might also be a bit overcarbonated. Bitter finish, as you might expect.

M) Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. Needs more balance between sweet and bitter. Might even benefit from a bit more alcohol.

O) This is good - the appearance and smell are outstanding and the taste is good, but just doesn't quite live up to the initial promise. This is my second try; I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find the case this four-pack came in so I could actually know the Bottling date. Turns out this bad boy is just a month old. Off to a good start. Pours a very murky, golden-amber color with a medium white head. Lots of floaties in this one. Scent is packed with tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Some mellow hoppiness as well. Taste is just outstanding. Immediately I get some nice pineapple and melon flavors, then followed by hop resin. Some bitterness comes into play, followed by grapefruit and more melon. Finishes with some piney notes and lovely hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with some nice bite to it. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a monumental West-Coast/Cali IPA.

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Photo of spw109
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of hops, pine, grapefruit, honey, and faint malts. Very hoppy scent, and balanced well to boot.

Taste of piny hops, earth, grass, and some malts. Not quite as hoppy as the scent, but there is a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SkinniePost
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Dewsby
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a honey colored amber with great retention and lacing.

S) Nose is dank, citrussy, and floral. There is a sweet, honey like aroma that is harmonious with the hoppage.

T) Everything in the nose is on the palate with the addition of grapefruit rind and spice. It is juicy and delicious.

F) Has a creamy mouthfeel for the style. Perfectly carbonated.

O) An easy recommendation to hotheads or anyone looking to get totally toasted on a 6 pack.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best IPA i had in the last year. look is quite proper clear and a tad on the orange side. not a deep dark ipa. looks beautiful in the glass with a white resilient head of tight bubble. nice lace and retention. the head was there til the end. although this one was a nice rich blend of hops and citrus... a great pine resin quality in the hopping. nose is zesty sweet with a nice pinecomb and pineapple. crisp but that feel carries nicely from the bright hop to the woody quality of the malt dough.

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Photo of DudMan
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dansmcd
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burnt orange with three huge fingers of soapy eggshell head with chunky sticky lacing and plenty of sediment floating through.

S - A true hopfest, grapefruit, orange zest and pine. Really powerfully pungent.

T - Citrusy hops with grapefruit and lime, strong late bitter wallop.

M - Moderate slick body, quite oily, dry bitter finish.

O - Beautifully fresh tasting (refrigerated all the way from Cali apparently) and refreshing on a February afternoon in Perth.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Delightful, dark golden-brown, with a massive three finger head that hangs around. Very pretty looking beer.

S: Hops upfront with a nice mix of citrus and pine notes. Heavier on the orange, but it's quite nice.

T: Nice mix of hops upfront, mostly citrus, but notes of pine and light floral notes are also present. There's a nice light graininess to the beer, with a nice finish of very light hop bitterness. Not sure how fresh the bottle is, but I'd love a touch more hop-forwardness. Good still.

M: Great medium body with good carbonation.

O: A very nice west coast ipa. Glad to land one in a trade! I'm going to keep an eye out for it on tap in the area and I'll consider asking at the one store near me that has it about the date (cases are dated I know). Good beer!

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,977 ratings