West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91.7%
Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 7,904 ratings
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:
#894
Reviews:
1,890
Ratings:
7,904
Liked:
7,248
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
10.43%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
459
Gots:
1,995
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 7,904 |  Reviews: 1,890
Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 4/19/10.

A - Pours a deep rusty brown with a 1/2 inch of foam that slowly disappeared. Some lacing was left on the glass

S - lots and lots of citrusy hop goodness with a nice malt backbone

T - Moderate amount of malt with big citrus hops ending with a big bitter bite

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth mouthfeel with the sharp bitterness

D - very nice tasting IPA, could have alot of these, maybe not the best choice for someone new to a hoppier ipa, but I am very happy with this one.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AlexJ
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky orange pour yields a massive off white head that sticks asnd laces beautifully.

The nose is huge for an IPA...sticky pine, intense orange, and soft florals backed up by bountiful malt notes. Heady aroma, more in line w/ a Double IPA.

Flavor is a knock-out 5! Amazing fresh citrus peel, cruched fir needles, and sweet floral hops is followed by a perfect caramel and honey malt flovor. Amazing balance and complexity. I almost have to make this a tie w/ Two Hearted.

Medium body is creamy and slick, offering excellent drinkability. So beautiful tasting it's hard not to quaff. World class.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a Green Flash 16 oz nonic glass. Bottling date is in December 2012, although I can't pinpoint the date because I already tossed the bottle.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a frothy two-finger head with lots of large bubbles and webbing. The foam sits atop a body that is golden amber with undertones of dried apricot and flaxen highlights. Just a tiny, tiny bit hazy. Lacing is sticky and pronounced, leaving rings as I drink it down.

Smell - All hops, pungent and intoxicating with fresh-squeezed citrus and pine needles. Highly aromatic, with some faint notes of fresh grass as well.

Taste - Citric, with grapefruit and clementine shining through and shades of pine resin supported by faint malty sweetness. Some pleasantly bitter characteristics on the finish add complexity and entice the next drink.

Mouthfeel - Juicy, with moderate carbonation and a medium-to-light body.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA out there, especially readily-available IPAs. It's consistently good in all characteristics, very drinkable, and yet packs a punch. While it's certainly a hop bomb, has balance and doesn't ruin your palate.

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Photo of McAndrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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

Great looking brew that has great clarity and a clear orange hue. Goodly amounts of lace after a slow fade from the sizable head. Nose has a cornucopia of hops. Lots of biting grapefruit at first with a pine bed that sets the stage for a healthy caramel malt that brings balancing sweetness and flavors. Taste is quintessential West Coast. Hops explode from the initial contact. Grapefruit and hop oil at first burst on the scene. Big malt core carpets the somewhat abrasive swallow. No alcohol flex and a refreshing. character makes this one came across as a session beer. Then again it is a delicious and aggressively hopped brew. Feel is lighter than it should be. Easy to quaff and enjoy. Stupendous beer. Drinks below it weight class. Tastes above it.

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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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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AmitC
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really appreciate the brew.

Poured from the odd shaped 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A very clear amber color. Neat. Excellent head over three fingers thick, that disappears into a strongly staying head of off white color. Super awesome lacing. Sticks like gum. Some bubbles seen rising up. Perfect and top notch.

Aroma: Some citrus and flowery aroma upfront. A nice malt backbone that is sweet, caramel and bread like. Very nice but not a lot of strength. Fades rather fats and i am assuming my nose is now overpowered by a lot of smells.

Taste: Excellent taste. Though not a lot of bitterness, but for a single IPA it does the trick. Earthy, slightly citrus, piney and bit oil like. Some bitterness upfront with a nice thick bready malt middle and good enough bitterness towards the end. I like the taste. Bitter finish.

Mouth feel: More medium bodied and slightly fuller. Moderate carbonation. Mild hop derived astringency. Good alcohol strength and no burning sensation what soever.

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Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light copper yellow with moderate bubbles floating to the top. Lots of sloppy and sticky lacing all over the place with no set pattern ahead of it. Head stays at about 1/2" as I drink.

Smell: Beautifully gorgeous and insane piney hops, an attack on the senses that I love. The slightest amount of malt sweetness is in there, which balances the fantastic hop sprawl.

Taste: This is intense, balanced, flavorful, and risky. For all those attributes it succeeds. The finish is dry, with a ton of piney hops by the end. Lots of flavor, lots of malt, but then again, tons of hops. I'm loving it here with this.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation that initially masks the flavors, which I also like. It's almost a delay to the goodness that quickly, after the hop mask. But the carbonation sinks into a creaminess that's nice after the bubbles subside.

Drinkability: A hophead's dream? Maybe, yes. A West Coast IPA? Indeed. I'm a huge fan of this and I'll definitely be buying it again. As I said, it's intense, flavorful, and, quite possibly, not for the faint of heart. In that case, you may want to think about it, or you can take the chance. When can I get some more Green Flash? I hope the other styles have as much going on as this does.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. No dating information so hope it's fresh. Was a hazy copper color with lots of floaters. No visible carb bubbles. It had a good size white head that slowly settled into a good collar and partial film. Good slow sliding lace with a couple stickers.

The aroma was outstanding and had a bit of all the hop highlights - pine, fruit, grapefruit, floral. The taste was also really good but a step below the aroma for me. Medium-high bitter with pine leading the way. Oily resin holds the bitter on the tongue for awhile. There is sweet from the malt but it's way in the back. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Bitter and resiny after-taste.

Overall, a solid West Coast IPA as promised. Would have hated this a few years but find it intriguing but still too bitter to have more than one for now. Be interested to see how I feel in 6-12 months as I go down the hoppy highway. Avail here in TX. Rotation - at the moment, one was good enough but will try again in 6-12 months. [O;O;BL]

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. It pours a hazed copper with an inch of fluffy khaki head that sticks well, leaving big patches of medium to large bubbles on the glass. It smells like a west coast IPA, with tropical hops (grapefruit, mango) and dank, resiny hop oils. On the palate it is medium and quite smooth with a big tropical hop profile, contributing grapefruit, mango, and hop leaf, and leaving a healthy bitterness along the way. Despite the ABV, this is an easy drinking beer for those looking for a west coast hop fix and my only complaint is that it could have had more of a malt background. However, I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a towering thick and sticky oatmeal colored head. Body is almost an orange copper color, somewhat hazy.

S: Strong tangerine and grapefruit aromas. Hop presence is staggering, the bitterness is very apparent

T: Lovely grapefruit syrup with pungent grapefruit rind bitterness. Fruity malt consisting of apricot, strawberry and melon. Finishes with a ton of earthy, bittering hops. Aftertaste of hop butter.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

D: That, my friends, is a west coast IPA. Recommended to all hop heads.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91.7% out of 100 with 7,904 ratings
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