West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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 Wobbly
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Maybe the most overrated of the many overrated Double IPA's from California.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jkermitj
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,959 ratings