West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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:
#980
Reviews:
1,904
Ratings:
7,975
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
461
Gots:
2,033
Trade:
9
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,975 |  Reviews: 1,904
Photo of sheenisgod
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%

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 IronLover
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper hazy color. Big off-white thick head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a nice cap. Lazy wet lacings that hang around for a while. Big floral aroma with grapefruit and pine. A big wallop of hop flavor up front that smooths into and a brief toasted malty flavor and exits with a long lingering piney aftertaste. It's amazing the malt character is able to poke throught with all of the hops. Very smooth almost buttery feel. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mdlb44
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of TasteTester
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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 pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 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 TrilliumFan
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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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Photo of Jacobier10
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash has been available in my area for quite some time now but it took until a few days ago for me to buy any of their beers. I won't be making that mistake again.

Pours a hazy orange color with a reddish hue to it. Big, fluffy, two-finger white head. Excellent retention throughout the duration of the beer with medium-sized bubbles scattered along the surface. The aroma hits you like a ton of bricks, if bricks were made of hops. Citrusy, piney, and floral, to say the aroma is pungent would be an understatement. The bottle reads "extravagantly hopped" and it does not lie. The flavor is West Coast Pale Ale all the way. Think Sierra Nevada on steroids. Very bitter with a noticable dose of hop resin on the tongue. Chewy, bready malts keep the balance somewhat in check. Assertive yet drinkable, a worthy IPA for sure.

This is an aggressive IPA and I would say it rides the line between a regular and imperial IPA. Stays true to its roots and really does have that "west coast" flavor profile to it. Hopheads rejoice!

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Photo of Wolberjs
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Nice to stumble upon this beaut. Pours a wonderful two finger thick off white head, and has an amber colored body with lots of haze.

The aroma is piny and arid, along with some toffee sweetness.

The taste is hoppy with lemon metallic flavors, and good caramel backbone.

Feels clean and bubbly. Refreshing and oily. Altogether great.

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Photo of victory4me
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a batch # 76 on the label.

Appearance: Copper Bronze in the glass ... big head white head. The head retention was very long. Lacing stays on the glass.

Smell: Fruity

Taste & Mouth Feel: Hop Explosion. Spicy and Fruity. Everything you would expect from a big IPA. The pepper is there..

Drinkability & Notes: Very good IPA, I would seek out and buy again. Very good to excellent.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PhillyStyle
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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,975 ratings