West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,910 Ratings

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 Gregf51
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cfrances33
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A) Dark amber. Slow pour produces significant three finger head which disappates fairly quickly. Lots of lasting lacing.

S) Really good, typical smells of West Coast I.P.A.'s: pine, citrus, grass. Good balance.

T) Pretty hoppy, not as well-balanced as it could be. Sweetness tries to come out early but can't overcome hops. Might also be a bit overcarbonated. Bitter finish, as you might expect.

M) Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. Needs more balance between sweet and bitter. Might even benefit from a bit more alcohol.

O) This is good - the appearance and smell are outstanding and the taste is good, but just doesn't quite live up to the initial promise. This is my second try; I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of 4ster
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ttylicki
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber in color. Has a nice quarter inch head on the pour, and maintains a nice froth on top of the beer.
Smell is wonderful floral and citrus hops. Very nice. Taste is the same, but there's a nice bite to it. This is an incredible IPA that would stand up to some DIPA's. Good and refreshing on the mouthfeel. Well done.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

notes from my time at hollingshead

Poured in a pint glass. 1 1/4 finger of good head with a cloudy yellow color. Nice retention that sticks around for a while.

Citrusy hops come out and tell the nose how this beer will taste. The nose is a very good indicator of how this ber will taste. Not in your face with the hop aroma, but it is enticing nevertheless.

Taste is perfect balanced with a nice pale malt upfront that is overtaken by an assertive citrusy hop bitterness. Centennial and cascade?

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. The beer clings the palate well and isn't heavy at all which helps make for one of the most drinkable ipas that I've ever had. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of npachl
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking hazy copper colour with a sticky, foamy (and somewhat creamy) off-white head.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with a bit of caramel sweetness and some citrus notes to it, along with a some bread notes running throughout.

The flavour is more of the same with a sharp hop bite at the start and finish that is a bit smoother in the middle as it leans more toward a juicier citrus flavour mixed with a bit if the caramel that is less noticeable here than it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is lively and biting, medium bodied all around.

I wasn't a big fan of the first Green Flash offering I tried, so I was a tad hesitant to sample this one, although it does seem to be the favourite amongst their brews. I can say that they did redeem themselves with this one as it is solidly tasty all around.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with some orange and ruby hues. A nice half inch of fluffy stable white head adorns this pretty looking pour.

Oh the smell...oh man...talk about sharp piney notes and lots of excellent grapefruity goodness. Wow, this stuff really, really reminds me of the smell of fresh, skunky weed. I am not a big pothead but that is really what comes to mind most. Its a great smell don't get me wrong, I love it!

Taste is nice and tart, fresh hops that numb the tongue and kick you in the back of the throat...love it. Some poweder sugary malt in the background but mainly I am getting fresh sour citrusy flavors and that piney/kind bud-y goodness.

Easy drinking and oh so drinkable. I will be re-visiting this beer in 6-pack form soon.

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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

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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