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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Ratings: 7,967 |  Reviews: 1,903
Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a oversize wine glass. Bottled November 2011 (you can't find fresher Green Flash on the shelves these days!)

A- Pours a clear amber body with a thick off-white head that reduces slowly to chunks of foam and leaves heavy lacing.

S- Heavy pine, citrus, lemon zest, resin, breadyness

T- Flavorful but subtle hop character - lots of pine and citrus zest, but a nice strong malt backbone reveals caramel, bread, and lightly toasted malt.

M- Somewhat watery, medium carbonation. Good drinkibility, pretty smooth.

Definitely a decent IPA. Easy going down. Could use a bit more flavor, but the hops have definitely faded in this bottle as it is over 6 months old.

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Photo of SkinniePost
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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 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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Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of RyanK252
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with copious amounts of frothy light tan head that settles and laces nicely.

S: Pine, some citrus, grapefruit and orange, maybe a touch of tropical fruit, some dankness, a little bit herbal, and a very light touch of malt.

T: Big citrus and pine hop hit up front with a little tropical, grapefruit dominates, but there is some tangerine/orange, light pineapple, and maybe even a touch of mango. Strong grapefruit rind bitterness throughout, some floral and herbal notes, but held together with a nice caramel malt backbone that comes out more as it warms.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a classic west coast hop bomb. I wish it had a little less grapefruit bitterness, but still a great brew.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this "throw-in." One hell of an extra. Thanks buddy.

Rather crummy looking beer surprisingly. Like filtered clay mud. Frothy white head that dissolves to a thinner film. Nose is aromatic and full of piney hops in ture West Coast IPA style.

Nice balance for an over-hopped IPA. Hops it the front of the tongue like nails being driven into each taste bud. But then there is a nice malt base that follows quickly to keep it all in control. Heavy on the grapefruit citrus. Medium body that seems both thicker at the sip and lighter at the finish thanks to the hops. Just a tad dry with the finish too. Really enjoying my way through the glass.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4-pack with the new stubby bottles for $8.69 at Olive Tree Market here in OB, and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light copper/slightly amber hue with a nice off-white fluffy head with big chunks of lace from start to finish.

S: Big floral/bitter hop, some malt, and fruit (apricot maybe) with a sweet citrus flavor at the end.

T: Super resinous hops - grassy and piney, bitter grapefruit rinds, with a nice sweet and grainy finish. Classic Cali IPA.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and creamy with perfect carbonation for the style.

D: Polished off the 4-pack no problem. I will say though, at nearly the same price as they used to charge for a 6-pack (spare a buck and some change), it makes it hard to justify the purchase.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a IPA glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with some yellow highlights and two fingers of foamy white head with some nice webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus at first with some of the West Coast IPA character that is expected. There is tangerine and touches of lemon mixed in here in the nose. There some teases of grapefruit as things in into the malty background aroma. There is a touch of bread aroma here with some biscuit smell.

The taste is hops at first, meeting you just at the appointed time. These hops are punctual and are there when expected with a resiny hop flavor that is citrus throughout. There is flavor a freshly squeezed lemon here that is mixed with some tart grapefruit flavor. There is some great bitter hop flavor that leads into a dough flavor that makes me think of pizza crust. There is a slight tease of some pine way in the back past the fruit flavor, and the chewy dough flavor,

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is just enough to fill out the corners but has a smooth drinkable feel that it feels like it’s not out to get you. The bitterness digs in but is not harsh for the regular craft beer drinker and feels like a welcome neighbor leaving the light so you know he’s home.

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light amber color with a thin off-white head that leaves modest lacing. Pine and orange in the aroma. Sweet up front in the taste with a piney, bitter backend and fairly dry finish. Medium bodied. It's fine.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Photo of jjanega08
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= deep amber color. Smaller head but it sticks around for a little while. Looks very tasty
S= grass, weed, dope, pot, mary jane, the good stuff, brain broc, greens, ect. Also some citrus and pine hops come through
T= very grassy and floral in the tastethe 95 ibu tastes more like 60 to 70. This is the first beer I've had that tastes grassy
M= very average all around
D= really high. Thanks to kadonny for this one. Its a very unique and fantastic beer. Grass flavor comes through very nicely. Its awesome.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

From notes, reviewed & enjoyed 7/13. Thanks to Sean for this one!

West Coast IPA

New Belgium snifter

A: Pours a hazy orange with amber highlights. The rocky off-white/yellowish head has tight bubbles, good retention and lacing.

S: Pine, resinous tropical fruit, grassy/earthy tones, and some floral characters. Caramel malt backbone.

T: Sharp pine notes, pungent hop oil, bitter hop dryness.

MF: Has a lighter wet mouthfeel, with low carbonation and a dry finish.

O: In all respects except for mouthfeel this IPA seems much closer to a DIPA. I like it, but I find that I'm getting bored with the style and the traditional West Coast/dry/pine IPA.

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Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Bogdawg
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Feb 2009.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Very large tight foamy head. Almost flat. Clear deep golden color, some sediment remains in the bottle. Aroma is soapy, perfumy, pineapple. Starts slightly astringent, orange pithy and nutty. Quickly becomes bitter, mellowing to a bittersweet finish. Aftertaste is long and lingering, slightly bitter with caramel and honey. Full body, somewhat tingly on the tongue.

Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Greasy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,967 ratings