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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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7,924 Ratings
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:
#914
Reviews:
1,891
Ratings:
7,924
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
459
Gots:
2,008
Trade:
9
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this against the BR Racer 5.

Pours a strong red with no head and minimal lacing. Disappointing.

Faint citrus nose, but not enough going on here to get excited about.

Taste is all citrus with a weak initial hit but nicer finish. Something about the beer tastes slightly unfinished to me though. Kind of green.

Very nice mouthfeel, appropriate to style.

Easy to drink and worth a try. Just not sure I'd try more than one.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Maybe the most overrated of the many overrated Double IPA's from California.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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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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3.31/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle:

Poured a deep orange that you could not see through when held up to light. Produced a decent off white-ish head that had decent retention, and left a small thin cap throughout the beer.

Aroma was big and hoppy, maybe floral and pine with a hint of citrus.

The taste is big and hoppy, almost IIPA, but not quite.

Medium body, dry, extra bitter after taste, smooth with a good level of carbonation and with slightly above average drinkability, the bitterness really got to me. Overall, a solid IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,924 ratings
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