West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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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:
#928
Reviews:
1,895
Ratings:
7,939
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
457
Gots:
2,017
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 7,939 |  Reviews: 1,895
Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

From a fresh bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.
A: Good 2 finger head that sticks around a bit, amber-caramel color.
S: Serious nose. Caramel sweetness, grapefruit, passion fruit, piney.
T: Bam. Bitter resin on the front, a little backbone from the caramel malt, but then another wave of hoppy goodness washes over. Grapefruit rind, something floral and earthy/dank, more citrus at the end, and it lingers.
M: Pretty smooth, given what we're dealing with here. Carbonation is on the low side, but it drinks fairly easy in light of the hop assault. The hop oils coat the tongue.
Overall: Something to behold. Very fine.

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Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sheenisgod
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Cycle69
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown amber color and formed a pure white foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma heavy of hops with grapefruit, pine and other citrus. The flavor was of hops, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel and pepper. The body is fairly light and the finish is fairly astringent with a hint of pepper. A nice IPA but at the price range here in Ohio at least, I will stick to my Bell's and Stone for my regular IPAs.

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Photo of dcbeers
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of TasteTester
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even though I live in SD I never have really gotten around to drink much of the Green Flash line-up and reading this months BA Magazine gave me the right kick in the butt.

Decent head and stays as you drink it down leaving good lacing. The smell is nothing short of amazing.

The "amazingness" continues as you take the first sip. Super smooth, almost a slight burnt taste from the bitterness. Sweet tasting as you swollow.

Unfortunately I had no idea this was bottle conditioned and poured all the yeast into this beer after my first few sips :/

None the less its one of my new favorite IPAs!

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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of WritersBlock
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Cream coloured head that left a large amount of lacing over deep amber with very good clarity.

S: Floral and pine hops.

T: Pine hops up front which transitions to floral hops and leaves an bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a high level of carbonation.

O: An IPA that is almost reminiscent of some American Strong Ales due to the malt, bitterness, and lack of sweetness.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a nice copper colour with a two fingered off white head that laces and reduces to a film.

S - Big hop flavours present with grapefruit and citrus.

T - Piney flaours up front followed by big citrus flavours, finishes with a bit of malt.

M - Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O - A very good IPA and worth a try.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting a while for a beer to come along and truly blow me away, create a paradigm shift if you will, or at the very least, leave me awestruck. A guy can get a bit jaded with this sort of mentality, as many very good beers can still leave one wanting just a little more. On this occasion, I felt this awe and really did get a jolt of beer-hunter enhancing excitement. Admittedly, I didn't think this would be the beer. Then again, Green Flash is pretty well-regarded in terms of flavor if not price. This brew is a dark russet amber color with a decent dose of beige head that threatened to billow over the sides of my American pint glass. Aroma included all the features you'd expect in a top-shelf IPA, quite tropical, certainly citric: Grapefruit rind galore, fresh pine resin, sweet caramel malts, a solid dose of flower shop and spice cabinet. Hits all the marks. Wait until you taste it, however. This one has layers that peel back as you go. Starts with grapefruit and tangerine flesh and rinds, cantaloupe melon, a little red berry (good old Simcoe), tart bright lemongrass, and then BOOM, massive pine sap and pot resin launch a Blitzkrieg. Very aggressive and spicy menthol bitterness that builds and builds, begins like a cough drop and evolves into mouth numbing spruce needles and mustard greens ... There's almost a heat present, and the floral and citrus elements never quite disappear. I get fresh lime juice, perfumed black tea, white pepper ... Just when you think its done, some fruity grape and gummy candy pop in and you wonder how you can still taste something so subtle amidst all the oily resins and sour fruit wash. The malt backbone manages to protrude into one's awareness despite the hop attack, some light toffee and toast. Medium body, its a tad chewy but not enough to escape the impression that this is a hop bomb as opposed to something sweet. One of the most pine-laden and bitter IPAs I've tried to date, yet redolent with all kinds of fresh juicy fruit flavors. If this is such a world beater, what must Pliny taste like? Someday I shall find out. For now, Green Flash has a wide distribution network and thank God.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Jamato14
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip yields a copper-orange body topped by a humongous, off-white, fine-bubbled head that retains at a creamy finger and leaves gobs of lacing that coat the bell of the glass. Awesome.5+

A rip of pine and spruce punches the sniffer in the nose; lemon peel and orange with sweet fresh-cut grass soothe the blow.

Fruity, tart, strong bitterness start-to-finish; the real deal is some deep, earthy flavor that begs another swig.*swig* Wow! Minerally, deep-dark smoky,malty sweetness hiding in there somewhere in the aftertaste... and in the afteraftertaste a deep, lingering sensation of sitting in a pine forest... uh... complex, and damned good.

Slippery, sticky, chewy mouthfeel. A complex and interesting concoction that oughta come out of your kitchen faucets. Could, would, should drink 'em if you can find 'em!!

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,939 ratings
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