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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,847 Reviews
West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,847
Ratings:
7,740
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
Wants:
440
Gots:
1,852
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 1,847 | Ratings: 7,740
Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Green Flash West Coast IPA ABV 7% . Label is a lime green and blue color . Picture of a green sun setting on the horizon I would take of the Pacific Ocean ( seeing that this is a West Coast IPA )
. Poured into my Brooklyn Brewery pilsner mug a 2 finger egg white head rises . Orange amber copper color . Lots of chunks and bubbles , which seem to be rising from the chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass . After a few sips the lacing on the glass is as nice as the flavor of this brew . Crisp and " citrusy " . I thought the Smuttynose " Finest Kind " IPA was "dirty " but this has tons of chunks at the bottom of the glass . Pine and hops is what fills your mouth . This in not a hop bomb and at 7% its drinkability is good . Green Flash is worth your hard earned cash .

Go Red Sox ( Manny ejected in the 2nd )

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Photo of Luchman
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy orange, slightly copper color with a tinge of yellow at the bottom. A very thin, clumpy head appear with nice laceing on the sides.

S: Hops.. who knew? Strong pine, grapefruit and orange are found. Sniffin around for some malt and juuuussst get a little hint of some breadiness… I hope… Nevertheless, I think it smells awesome.

T: Rush of hops. Pine and grapefruit dominate this one. Damn.. They’re strong. If the alcohol showed up a little bit more, I’d consider this a DIPA. Malts are uhh… Well, they like to hide. Of course, it has a bitterness at the end that is pretty strong, but nothing way over the top. Lack of balance, however, bring this score down a smudge.

M: Awesome. Medium/full body with a medium level of carbonation that is pretty oily and sticky.

D: While the hops are good, I do believe it lacks some balance. I like my IPA’s to have at least SOME malts to speak of. With an intense hop flavor and lack of malty balance, the drinkability for this beer goes down.

Update: Tried this again some four years later. Not sure if my bottle is old or what, but I get much more malt and much less hop. The smell is still delicious, but the taste is lacking in balance still with the malts not clashing well with the hops.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange, 1 finger off white head, decent retention, a bit of lacing

Aromas include orange, grapefruit, lime, pine, earthy hops, ethanol

Taste follows the smell exactly plus some bready malts. Bitter and dry finish

Mouthfeel is medium . Seems to be a pretty hefty IPA. Light carbonation

A bit too astringent for me. There are 95 IBUs in this beer and you can taste them. The alcohol also becomes a lot more noticeable once the beers warms up which hinders the drinkability for me.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber in color with a creamy head of medium density. Head retention was average with medium lacing.

Smell: Nice aroma with hops leading the way. Mostly citrus with a hint of pine. Nice pale malt backing up the hops. Judging by the aroma, I am expecting a well balanced IPA.

Taste: Well balanced indeed. The hops are strong with grapefruit as the most prominent flavor but the malt balances the hops very well. Not enough to overshadow the hops but enough to give the bitterness a backbone. Further into the beer, I am noticing the "hint of pine" building on the palate into a very nice and consistent flavor. Speaking of bitterness, this beer packs a welcome punch of fresh bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less carbonation than I would have liked to see but the body of the beer is just right with a medium heft to it.

Overall: I found this to be a quality IPA that I would not be opposed to quaffing again but I have had many more IPAs that I feel were better overall beers.

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Photo of Victor
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA is the brew that turned me onto IPA's.
It pours into a glass a deep copper, and it's head foams nicely.
This IPA has a crisp and clean smell with hints of pine.
The taste is strong, and refreshing. The ABV is on point!
Overall, this is one of the best American IPA's brewed in the west Coast.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a BJ's tulip glass. Very beautiful orange with a good head that does not dissipate quickly. Lacing more than most, and has a floral fruit nose, with promise of much hops.

Indeed, the taste starts as hoppy-bitter that moves into a tart hoppy full-bodiness. The citrus hops come through along with a bitterness that slowly let's you taste the rest of the structure of the beer as it goes along. For a 8.1% ABV this is drinkable if a little astringent. Hint of onion? The malt is subtle underneath, and I could miss if if I wasn't looking for it. Finish has resiny raisin texture. Sweet later in the sip, like sugar without having come from the fruit hops.

Everything is a little forward. The drink doesn't change much or surprise. I feel like everything happens all at once instead of developing.

It's all as expected, very solid. This beer does a West Coast DIPA thing well, but brings little else to the table. But you may ask, does it have to? The lack of anything out of the ordinary makes me not rate this beer a go-to (since for this price point about $15 per 6-pack I'd prefer Sculpin or Ruination) but it's drinkable and unfussy, and you can't go wrong with this DIPA if on sale or you're lucky enough to have a friend offering one at the next party.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep orange color, definitely unfiltered with yeast and some small bits of hop. Good head dissipates to nice lace. Pretty. Smell is big grassy, juicy, citrus hops, floral, piney. Wow, obviously a combination of hops here, there's so much going on.

Taste is very bitter even for an IPA, this is creeping towards double IPA territory, there's a little grain and malt to back up the hops, but this is a lupulin showcase, and all the flavors I smelled are on the palate as well.

Mouthfell is good, slightly dry. Drinkability is quite good considering its bitterness. This is a pretty awesome IPA, I'm glad we're getting Green Flash in Arizona.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Finger Lakes Beverage center in Ithaca. Enjoyed several pints. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with frothy white head and lots of lacing. Heavy citrus hop aroma and taste to match with hints of grapefruit. Sweet in the middle with a nice dry finish. Very typical west coast example of this style. Medium body with great drinkability.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Green Flash-Stellar Name ,Green Flash-Stellar Beer!
15$ a sixer, not cheap but well worth it.
Kinda murky,deep golden amber-Beauty
I think a truck of grapefruit just got in a wreck outside-nevermind just me opening a brew!
Nectar of the Gods- Great Taste
Outstanding Mouthfeel-hard to beat this!
Poundability is an 11 on a 1 to 10 scale,Excellent!

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Photo of klkatz
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow!

From a stout "Sierra Nevada Style" 12oz bottle to my Trafalgar Bewing Company pint glass... this beer had me at hello.

The sweet smell of grapefruit doesn't really wait to be introduced, but instead extends his hand and introduces himself... and he's bold. "How you doin'? I'm pungent." Yep. It's great.

The color is an amber - like a nice wave of grain.

The off white bubbly 1/4 inch thick head stuck around for the entire glass. It even left residue on the sides of the glass as you drink. Clinging on for dear life, showing you that he don't go down easy... but oh.. the nectar does - if you're into "extravagantly hopped" superbly bitter beers.

this one was bitter going down... and had a great mouthfeel. If I could... the West Coast IPA would get a 7 out of 5 for mouthfeel. It's that good.

5's all around... except drinkability... just a few of these please... then let me see if I can talk to God to find something better...

I'd like to try this and the Lagunitas IPA next to eachother... that would be like The Hulk vs. Spider Man...

Green Flash... you've done it. Great Job!

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Photo of warbird07
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Belgium Globe....I cannot find a bottle date but I grabbed a four pack right when they were coming off the truck...

pours sort of a burnt orange, clear, with a one finger cream head that fades reletively quickly..decent lacing..nice looking...

it seems to be fresh fromt he termendous hop aroma I get..fruity,pine, a tiny bit of grass, very nice

taste is solid. upfront hoppiness.Grapefruit and pine, bitterness almost the while way with a signifgant linger..this kind is what I love about ipas..

mouthfeel is again, solid, subtantial and a bit creamy..

overall I loved this beer..probably could only drink no more than two in a sitting...but a good brew....

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Body is relatively clear, copper in color, with a spotty off-white head that leaves sticky lacing. Head is not much to speak of in itself.

S - As Keanu Reeves would say.. whooooaaa. There are so many aromas goin on I'm not sure which to pick out immediately... Caramel and pine, toffee, pomelo... lots going on here, and it all smells like something I want to make a cologne out of.

T - Hops are more pronounced than the nose, pine, cedar and earth dominate. Citrus undertones are there, but fruity flavors are minute. Balanced well by the light caramel and toffee that I picked up on the nose

M - Pretty thick and easy on carbonation

O - Pretty delicious beer that is so much more than a straightforward hop-bomb.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very hoppy, pine and citrus loaded brew. This beer pours and orangy/amber hue. The taste are of grapefruit, pine and citra. There is no best before or brew date. This brew was given to me from a friend that came down from PA and this beer was stil fresh. Very good brew and would easily grab a six pack anytime.

Cheers

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

Served on tap at Jerry's in Wicker Park.

I've been looking forward to trying this fresh, and definitely had it fresh yesterday. Looks the part of an American IPA: medium rust colored. Smells weedy, and a bit of citrus blend as well. This guy is a true hop monster. I don' recall having another beer that is quite so hop forward. Very little malt to balance, which is just fine with me. There is a lingering bitterness, leaving that grapefruit rind taste behind. If you are not afraid of a true "palate scorcher", seek this out...pronto!

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA is a delicious, bitter, fruity IPA with strong aromatic citrus flavors. I'd compare this beer to the Firestone Union jack in that it has a deeply enjoyable bitterness balanced well with mainly grapefruit and other citrus. At 7.3 percent alcohol, the west coast IPA is a beer you could drink more than one at a time, and at about $8-9 for a 4 pack, it won't break the bank. Overall, a surprisingly enjoyable beer and another standout California IPA.

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Photo of GrumpyBeer
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was good/great IPA with great west coast hop head aromas and a bitter pine forward taste. The pour was dark amber orange clear with carbonation heavy bubble throughout. The smell was very good. Pine resin and that fantastic hoppy citrus I expected. The taste was very bitter forward, piney and malt and caramel were there. The citrus I expected just wasn't quite there but for those loving the hoppy bitter IPA with more malt note this would hit the spot. Mouthfeel was dry and slightly sour after drinking. Almost a hoppy farmhouse ale feel.
This was overall a good beer, not quite as fruit and citrus as others but still a good IPA for the bitter lovers

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Cloudy copper color, with a decent head and good lacing.

Smell- Big hop smell with other scents poking through, cant decipher them all yet.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Heavily hopped beer, not very well balanced, you could taste the alcohol and the malt is quite weak compared to the hops. Medium bodied and medium carb.

Drinkability- Its a good tasty IPA, a little unbalanced for my tastes but some like that in a beer.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Victory Pint Glass

A- Deep golden bronze color with orange hues. Quite hazy, with a thick one-finger seafoam-like head. Excellent retention- thickest foamly lace I've ever noted.

S- Nice hoppy notes of citrus, light pine, grapefruit, bread- and faint nip of toffee.

T- Full smack of hops- a bitter edge that wraps around the middle of the tongue from front to finish. Much of the hop characters in the smell don't present themselves in the taste, as the bitter edge is overpowering.

M- Full body, light fizz.

O- Wow, this brew is an enigma to me. Heard wonderful things about it, and I love IPAs- but there was something about the fullness of the bitter edge here that just took away from all of the other attributes I expect in this style. Did I get a bad bottle? Who knows, but I did find myself saying "wow" after each sip- more so in disappointment.

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Photo of osusullins
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice representation of an American IPA. Everything that you would expect from the style.

Pours a deep gold with nice white head.

Smell is of aggressive hops. Citrus is the dominant aroma. Hops, hops and more hops.

Taste is exactly what you would think you would get from the nose. Very aggressive citrus. Bitterness is immediate. Lots of citrus with subtle pine. Nice IPA. Hoppiness lingers.

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Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev -4.5%

A: Clear; amber color with reddish highlights; foamy head
S: Grapefruit, candy shell (candy sugar), dank, wet dog
M: Medium body, smooth, almost creamy
T: Strongly bitter, notes of fruit rind, dank. I thought it tasted like a cross between Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Ballast Point's Sculpin

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Photo of oneeye
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this on a whim. Freshness date was new and I read good things about it on BA.
Poured into a pint glass:
A. Sunshine/amber color with a nice cloud like puffy head.The head lasts throughout the beer while lace sticks to the glass.
S. Smells of citrusy hops.grassy,pine,and hops.
T. Aggressive hops upfront with grapefruit rind and a little bit of lemon.As it finishes I taste the malts with a hoppy after taste.
M. Oily,creamy,thick and sticky.
D. This is definiteley a sipper.The taste lingers on and on.I can only drink this I.P.A by itself.It overwhelms the palate.But I like it that way.

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Photo of Thehopluver
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the label it says " taste it once remember it forever, that is the truth. Anytime I can get this I invest wisely and get a minimum of a case. This is the IPA that created the west coast -hi ibu palette- that I now can't escape from. I never look into my cooler with anything less than satisfaction when I have the west coast Ipa in it.

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Photo of busterwhite
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden color with a nice, rocky 2 finger head. Lots of lacing. Bottled on 5-21-12.

Aroma of citrus, pine and a little sweetness.

Big hop flavor. Citrus followed by some tropical fruit and a little sweetness from a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little oily from the hops. Carbonation is good.

Very solid IPA, glad this one is in Georgia now.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

feel of a pale, smell of a flowerpatch, great lacing atop a copper-gold body, residual bitterness, big pine, big citrus. BOOM. This is west coast IPA, it is drinkable, it is formidable, it is massively flavorful- fruity and strong. But it is balanced.

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Photo of Keyportnick
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large tulip

A- Pours a straw golden color slight haze. Big white fluffy head and disappears to a thin covering that laces the glass nicely.

S- Notes of mild pine and light citrus. Wasn't as pungent as I was expect. Still very nice and clean.

T- Pine and resin upfront light fruit on the finish. Crisp clean malt profile

M- light body strong carbonation, medium bitter hop finish.

0- great hop forward ipa. The drinkability makes it a will buy again for those hot summer days.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.
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