West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
4.22/5
7,910 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:
#901
Reviews:
1,890
Ratings:
7,910
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
2,000
Trade:
9
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy amber color. Decent head. Good retention and lacing. Nice piney, citrus malty aroma. Bready with strong piney hop and caramel malts. Medium body. Slightly astringent aftertaste.

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

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 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 Avatar113
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- This pours up a good amount of head. This is pretty typical looking IPA. The foam is white with hints of yellow and the body is a light amber/honey color with a little bit of haziness. A good amount of lacing is being left behind as it recedes at a moderate pace. On the second pour, this is clumping against the sides of the glass.

Nose- Pretty much what you would expect from this beer style. Citrus, pine, grass, and soap. Not overwhelming but fairly inviting. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus aroma. Some melon is starting to make itself known as well. If the aroma is any indication, this seems like it's going to be a fruit hop kind of IPA.

Taste- Bitter woodiness is the first thing comes through. Earwax as well. It's a very spicy bitterness with lots of pine but not much of the citrus on the nose. One reviewer noted that the main hops on this was Simcoe. I must say that I expected much more out of this beer because of its high BA rating. The 4-pack holder indicates that the hops are Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, and Cascade- all very West Coast, typical IPA hops. This starts to mellow out a bit and give more floral and fruity flavors. The aroma profile is starting to come out more in the flavor profile though the piney bitterness still dominates.

Mouthfeel- This has a medium body with a good amount of creamy smoothness. Another IPA that I've had that has a different kind of mouthfeel and I like it.

Drinkability- As the bitterness fades, this becomes a much more easygoing beer. This isn't exactly sessionable but I won't mind finishing this four pack at all.

Overall- Pretty good, maybe not as good as its rating on BA but still very solid. I give it an A-.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,910 ratings
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