West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
7,867
Reviews:
1,883
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
449
Gots:
1,971
For Trade:
9
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Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Raime
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash West Coast IPA.

I've heard so many positive things about this brewery and more specifically this beer. Finally at long last getting some Californian brews out here in Michigan. Was being put on the shelf as I walked in so optimal freshness is guaranteed. Let's see if it lives up to the hype!.

Look - Pours a clear amber with a three finger off-white head that sticks around long after the pour, starting the lacing prospect off early. The carbonation appears to be moderate with this one. Leaves a ladder of lacing up one side of the glass. 4.75.

Smell - Huge hits of orange peel and grapefruit juice, along with a dose of pineapple and a big, though very balanced malty backbone. Not quite on the tropical scent level, but it is very balanced. 4.

Taste - Quickly smooth as silk as soon as it hits the tongue. Big, chewy malty body takes the main stage upon the first hit followed by chunks of orange peel and topped off by grapefruit juice. The alcohol is actually more prevelant than I was expecting. Take your time before finishing this section, as the beer very clearly develops a new profile as it warms..Or so I though. Simply becomes juicier and a bit more bitter. 4.5.

Feel - Since the head had retained so well, the mouthfeel is very creamy. Sits very light bodied with only a touch of carbonation. No lingering bitterness on the palate. 4.5.

Overall - I'd say this is a fine DIPA. Is it the best I've ever had? Nope. The flavors meld very well and it is very easy to drink. I'd say sessionable. It didn't exactly knock my socks off. To be quite honest I've had similar DIPAs from here in Michigan. I've heard this one get compared to Pliny. Well, I don't know about that and seeing as I will never go to California to stand four hours in a line for 4oz of beer, I will never find out. So, with that said..I wouldn't stand four hours in a line for it. 4.5.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of yellow-tan head ebbs to a bubbly quilt. Hills of lacing range the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a citrusy swirl of grapefruit with an undercurrent of mandarin orange and lemon. A taunt of malty caramel flits softly along with an unexpected but soothing touch of tea leaves.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and boasts caramel and blueberry, but it's promptly trounced by dry, pulpy grapefruit and a lesser needle of pine. Biscuit malt peeks out toward the close, and more crisp dry grapefruit pairs with a lingering bitterness in the finish. It's not extreme, but it lives up to its name in the best way.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat so much as spice and tingle the entire palate.

I think West Coast and I think juicy, oily, sappy hops, and this doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't overwhelm despite little pretense to balance. It does have enough malt to maintain a presence, though. The ABV is sneaky, as it declines to overtly show itself, but it is there, do not doubt. And so simply, if hops are your bag, baby, you'll likely find this as drinkable as I do. Southern California is one fun, prolific place for beer.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. No date on bottle. My bottle has a higher ABV (at 7.3%) than what is listed here. I'm cool with that. 95 IBUs. Let's begin.

A: One finger foamy white head, not particularly long lasting. The body is a light orangish-brown and extremely clear. Streamers of carbonation are situated on the sides of the glass. Nothing stands out as spectacular, but still a good looking brew.

S & T: Adequate presence of sweet cookie, bread, hay, caramel and pale malts. Heavy hops. The combination of Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus & Cascade provide an all-encompasing hop bill of citrusy grapefruit & orange aromas and flavors, mixed with pine and resin. The Centennial hops really shine here. Some very fond aromas of sticky buds come through. The palate follows the nose but...wait for it...damn, minus the ganja. I don't know if the world is ready for that yet. Or is it? [lightbulb flashing over my head]. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

M & D: Medium body with an oily texture and a suitable level of effervescence. We all expect great things from a west coast IPAs and while this brew is good, I consider it more of a baseline/middle-of-the-road offering. Will gladly have another at any time.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of McAndrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of younger35
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this from either BeerTruth or 0110x011 as an extra in a trade. Forgot to write that down. This is my first brew from Green Flash. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed orange yellow with a nice one finger dirty cream head that has some serious staying power. Light creamy head that is seriously frothy and nice. Cap and collar stay the entire time along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- Beautiful bouquet of lilac and sappy pine with oodles and oodles of citrus goodness. Orange and pineapple are just dripping from the nose of this wonder. Maybe a touch of alcohol is present but the hops rule the day.
Taste- Loads of grapefruit and orange pith lend a super volatile bitterness that seems to explode in my mouth. Some citrusy pine sap and grassy goodness I really can't come up with many more ways to explain the hoppy awesomeness. A light caramel tinge does sneak in toward the end but it's mostly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Great body that isn't too heavy or too light with nice crisp carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- This thing is absolutely terrific and I'm taken totally by surprise. It's highly drinkable and somehow remains to be a hop bomb. It's paradox in a bottle! Ridiculously tasty brew that should be sought out. Big thanks to Matt or Adam!

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Photo of match1112
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light copper/ amber color with a three finger off white head. head was thick and sudsy and after a couple minutes recedes to a small cap with loads of chunky lacing stuck to the glass. smells of pine and juniper with a little sweet citrus in the background. the taste is opposite of smell, i pick up on the citrus first with the pine lingering around. mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish. overall this is a good ipa if you like pine. it also has a very wet/juicy body before the dry sets in.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date. tasted in late april 2009.

orangey amber. starts clear, but needs more careful decanting, which i wasn't prepared for. thus i ended up with lots of sediment. moderately sized, off-white head, fades to thin, wispy but constant layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: pine and citrus zest, with grapefruit. relatively fresh. caramel malt and apple esters underneath. some floral and honey notes too.

taste: resinous and boldly bitter, but decently fresh pine and citrus help balance that slightly. malt is caramelized and there are more fruity esters, but they take the backseat. maybe just a little more would have helped... honey notes peek through the very resinous, bitter finish.

medium body. quite smooth despite the heavy resins and bitterness. moderate, tingly carbonation can be vaguely fluffy at times.

it's okay. but i've had better. maybe needs to be even fresher?

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nataku00
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jooler
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice hoppy double ipa. Really balance and you could really taste the hops

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of t8dd
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of fox227
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The West Coast IPA is pretty much my favorite style of beer. I ardently believe that the best beer is hop-forward, and doesn't take any prisoners. Let the people that don't like it drink Blue Moon or something similar.

Given that this beer is called "West Coast IPA" puts it in line with very special consideration and comparison. It's certainly very good, but one thing bothers me: no freshness date. Is my brew two weeks out or two months out or more? I'll not know. But it tastes fresh enough to I'll begin:

A: Pours into my tulip a very nice dark orange with a nice size beige head. Retention is a high point on this one.

S: The usual smells from this style abound: citrus, piney, but also some sweetness from the bready malt is evident.

T: The citrus pervaded hops control the front end, while a nice caramel malt lands in the finish line - the balance is there, considering the style, which is to say that the hops do dominate (and rightly so) but the malt is a nice feature, rather than a cameo.

M: Medium carbonation, somewhat creamy in the middle from the head, and then finish dry, as per the style.

O: Well, this is a West Coast IPA and it gets the job done, but offers few surprises at the same time. Perhaps the caramel backbone is the difference maker, and it rounds this out to be one fine brew.

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Photo of AmitC
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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 carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,867 ratings.
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