West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty honey color that has ruby hints if held to light with a creamy beige head that pours okay and settles like a rock at a half-inch or so. Good retention; nice web-like lacing.

Smells pretty much hoppy as could be. Fruity and slightly sweet with underripe pineapple, weed, pine, caramel malt notes, and dank earthiness.

Really dry and increasingly bitter towards the finish. Pine and citrus rind with a slightly malty undercurrent and nearly medicinal finish with a nice tingly-ness.

Dry, flat and relatively unobtrusive. The head gives it a nice creamy feel and the carbonation is far from aggressive. Medium body, makes your mouth vibrate, very drinkable.

This is a very good, bitter-but-drinkable IPA.
Really a fine looking beer with a pretty aggressive taste but which is fairly restrained on the whole the ever-present touch of caramely malt flavors really helps it to not get too intense. Very good, pretty easy drinking.
Will have again; worth trying if you can.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange/amber with a fluffy, 3-finger, white head that has good retention and leaves nice areas of lace.

The smell is strong citrus (grapefruit) and some pine aroma with a minor background of sweet malt.

The taste is the same citrus and pine as the aroma with a strong dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate to good carbonation (even at the end of the glass there was a steady stream of carbonation from the nucleation point in my glass).

Overall: The bitterness seemed a bit much and without much in the way of malt sweetness it just seemed to be a bit much. I've had this on tap a number of times and recall it being less bitter. Next time on tap, I'll have to finally review it. This is stll a nice WC beer

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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