West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,875 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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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 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 DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 MNBeer1017
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. It pours a pretty honey-amber color with one finger of foamy, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of malt, light citrus, floral hops, and some sweet, tropical fruit. The bottle is several months old which may account for the fairly subdued hop profile. The taste features a malt base with grapefruit, pine, and a hoppy finish that isn't as bitter as I expected. It's well-crafted and tasty. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated, and the 8.1% ABV is enough to give it some oomph. Overall, it is very good. My guess is that, when fresh, the hop profile is more pronounced. If I can find it fresher, I'll try it again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

European version brewed in St Feuillien brewery in Belgium.

L - Hazy orange with a big white head

S - Lime and floral notes, a bit og toffee and burnt malt

T - Malty, floral and citrusy, mostly grapfruit and bergamote

F - Alright mouthfeel

O - Classic DIPA, nothing amzing. I'd like to try the Green Flash version

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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

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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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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MPSTARR
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,875 ratings.
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