West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,863 Ratings
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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Ratings: 7,863 |  Reviews: 1,882
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CurtisD
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy, fine particle infused, orange-copper color with a half inch off-white head that sinks down to a skim on top. A touch of lacing.

Aroma is bright and hoppy with lots of citrusy notes. Orange and grapefruit seem to be most prominent. There's a bit of a malt sweetness behind the hops but it certainly takes a backseat to the hops.

Taste is hoppy from the start with the grapefruit and orange citrusy character coming straight into the front and center. Some piney character comes out more towards the back end. Beneath all this there is a malt presence that struggles to make itself known.

Mouthfeel is really nice for an IPA. It's medium in body with a creamy texture and very nice carbonation that allows it to be soft yet crisp at the same time.

This is a very tasty IPA indeed. Definitely up there in the top 15 of IPAs, if that means anything anymore.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of daledeee
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I hit the mother lode of IPA for my across the state line run today! Once again, I am surprised to see the beer in the Midwest.

This beer pours with the slightly rusty gold clear body but also quite impressive head and even more impressive lacing.

Nose is not pronounced, but it does smell fresh and clean.

Taste is not as much in your face as I thought. It is a very easy to drink hopped ale with a small dose of malt. Actually the malt is way in the back ground compared to the Midwest stuff. We find citrus rind and pine. It is actually more pronounced in the finish and very bitter on the back of the tongue. We don't get that many heavily hopped West Coast ales, but this beer has the citrus rind taste forever down pat. Wow does it stay on the tongue.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated and clean

Overall, a very impressive beer that could be a session beer yet is a top shelf example of the style. I will keep my eye open for these guys and hope to try others. They obviously know what they are doing.

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Photo of MPSTARR
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JimGlonke
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jkane101
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle at a wine bar. Unfortunately I didn't pour it nor see the date, and they were doing a real shitty job pouring everything they did. I will come back again and give a more detailed review once I get my hands on something I can control the quality of. That said real solid IPA.

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Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rcjennings
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle to finally try... I just know this is going to be an IPA I like... especially after reading the label... no freshness date though :(

- Wonderful dark cloudy copper with minimal to no head.. little bits of lacing.... looks like my favorite IPA, Workhorse from Laurelwood. Same Alc. content as well... looks to be almost a clone!

- Sweet caramel malt profile... doesn't smell the same as my beloved Workhorse.. but with a similar hop smell... zest, grapefruit, pine, and floral all in one, and a huge use of it! Seems very well balanced though in scent! Is this another godly nectar?

- Why yes it is! Not too sweet, which I really love in an IPA.. great hop flavor all around.. grapefruit, pine.. sticky pungent hops! Moar! Sweet caramel malt sits perfectly aside and lets the hops have the show. Little bit of bread as well, subtle, and present.

- Little chewy and oily, sticky... yummy!

- One I could sit and drink all day... and then later realize that I would be too wasted to do anything but sleep! A great IPA and one of the best to date that I have had!

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

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2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/18/2008 (bottle):

Pours an amber coloredcolored body, clear, with a creamy white color head, huge but diminishing. Has a grapefruity aroma, with some sweet maltiness. Somewhat smooth watery taste, bitter aftertaste. Okay but not much body.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice yellow to almost orange color with a big white head and some lacing around the glass. the head is fluffy. the smell is citrussy and floral. the flavor is juicy with the floral citrus notes and ends with a nice bitterness. the mouthfeel is fairly light and mouth watering. overall a very good ipa.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of xJMFCx
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,863 ratings.
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