West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,886
Reviews:
1,886
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
456
Gots:
1,983
For Trade:
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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 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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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MPSTARR
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of JimGlonke
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Lurkerson
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Eddiehop
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jkermitj
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Brolo75
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

Aroma: big citrus hop aromas on the nose, there's a slight onion type aroma, getting a slight alcohol, smells great.

Appearance: a nice creamy white head with tons of tiny bubbles, orange amber color, tiny bubbles coming off the bottom, nice sticky lacing, head lingers but has dissipated, clear.

Taste: big bitterness hop flavors up front, very dry on the palate, citrusy, grapefruit flavors, the bitterness lingers getting some alcohol burn, but not much, very drinkable for 8%

Feel: Medium dry mouthfeel

Overall: this is another one of my favorite IPAs, so glad I live in CA where its readily available, fairly priced for $7.99 a four pack, it's heavy on the palate, two and I'm done but it's a world class IPA, a must try for the hophead.

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

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date of 10/24/15 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, faint haze with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Citrus and pine hops

Taste: Bitterness is strong and present throughout. The hop flavors really come through in the middle and lead to a lasting dry hop bitterness with earthy pine notes complemented by some peppery malt

Mouthfeel: Sticky leading a dry, bitter finish

Overall: I believe I the older recipe only once before, but I really enjoy this as a double IPA. There is plenty of hop flavor yet still an onslaught of bitterness on your palate. I honestly think the revamped recipe is an improvement and I will continue to purchase this double IPA.

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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 Greasy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of jujubeast6000
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 cvm4
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It's a hazy copper, almost reddish/brown in color. Good off white 2 finger head that dissipated into a nice layer above the beer.

S - Hops galore from the smell. Complimented nicely by sweet, citrus scents of orange and grapefruit.

T - Bitter that lasts from beginning to end. Orange peel and malts peek through.

M - Prickly on the mouth, not sticky. Medium bodied.

O - Hoppy and no finesse. But, it's a good thing sometimes.

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,886 ratings.
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