West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
4.22/5
7,911 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#901
Reviews:
1,890
Ratings:
7,911
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
2,000
Trade:
9
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Photo of chicagoish
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a batch # 76 on the label.

Appearance: Copper Bronze in the glass ... big head white head. The head retention was very long. Lacing stays on the glass.

Smell: Fruity

Taste & Mouth Feel: Hop Explosion. Spicy and Fruity. Everything you would expect from a big IPA. The pepper is there..

Drinkability & Notes: Very good IPA, I would seek out and buy again. Very good to excellent.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DudMan
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swgwilt
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see more brewers sending their brews to Colorado! I recall seeing the Green Flash PA all over San Diego and a few days after I got back, my local store started carrying this.
Pours a dark golden color with some copper tones. I'd actually compare it to the "east coast" IPA's I've had rather than the slightly lighter west coast ones I've had. Lacing is as good as I've ever seen....coats the glass like a champ.
Smell is of bitter pine-style hops and grain. Not a ton of malt in the smell, but the hops smell is VERY strong.
Flavor starts off with a bitter hops bite, but it mellows into a maltier flavor quickly...only to finish with a hops bite, too! At 7% there's a little alcohol bitterness, too, but it's not overpowering.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability is only limited by your love of hops. If you like hoppy beers, this is your drink. I think the actual hop characteristics in this brew remind me a lot of Stone's IPA, but possibly stronger. However I think the maltiness is a bit more subdued in this beer, too. They're near equals just depending on what you like. I personally would like a little more malt to back-up the hops, but others might go the opposite direction.
This is a winner. If you're a fan of brews like Stone or Lagunitas, pick this one up, too.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Orangish/copper color. Nice and clear. One finger white head, composed of larger bubbles. Good retention and

S: Big earthy and citrus hops. Dirty and grassy notes, with grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple notes. A very light caramel background, which hopefully gives it more hoppiness.

T: A hoppy sweetness upfront, with the earthy notes muting the caramel a bit. Then the light citrus comes through a bit with some floral notes. Decent bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not the hugest earthy hop fan but this one has a decent bitterness to it.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a oversize wine glass. Bottled November 2011 (you can't find fresher Green Flash on the shelves these days!)

A- Pours a clear amber body with a thick off-white head that reduces slowly to chunks of foam and leaves heavy lacing.

S- Heavy pine, citrus, lemon zest, resin, breadyness

T- Flavorful but subtle hop character - lots of pine and citrus zest, but a nice strong malt backbone reveals caramel, bread, and lightly toasted malt.

M- Somewhat watery, medium carbonation. Good drinkibility, pretty smooth.

Definitely a decent IPA. Easy going down. Could use a bit more flavor, but the hops have definitely faded in this bottle as it is over 6 months old.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of yellow-tan head ebbs to a bubbly quilt. Hills of lacing range the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a citrusy swirl of grapefruit with an undercurrent of mandarin orange and lemon. A taunt of malty caramel flits softly along with an unexpected but soothing touch of tea leaves.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and boasts caramel and blueberry, but it's promptly trounced by dry, pulpy grapefruit and a lesser needle of pine. Biscuit malt peeks out toward the close, and more crisp dry grapefruit pairs with a lingering bitterness in the finish. It's not extreme, but it lives up to its name in the best way.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat so much as spice and tingle the entire palate.

I think West Coast and I think juicy, oily, sappy hops, and this doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't overwhelm despite little pretense to balance. It does have enough malt to maintain a presence, though. The ABV is sneaky, as it declines to overtly show itself, but it is there, do not doubt. And so simply, if hops are your bag, baby, you'll likely find this as drinkable as I do. Southern California is one fun, prolific place for beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash has been available in my area for quite some time now but it took until a few days ago for me to buy any of their beers. I won't be making that mistake again.

Pours a hazy orange color with a reddish hue to it. Big, fluffy, two-finger white head. Excellent retention throughout the duration of the beer with medium-sized bubbles scattered along the surface. The aroma hits you like a ton of bricks, if bricks were made of hops. Citrusy, piney, and floral, to say the aroma is pungent would be an understatement. The bottle reads "extravagantly hopped" and it does not lie. The flavor is West Coast Pale Ale all the way. Think Sierra Nevada on steroids. Very bitter with a noticable dose of hop resin on the tongue. Chewy, bready malts keep the balance somewhat in check. Assertive yet drinkable, a worthy IPA for sure.

This is an aggressive IPA and I would say it rides the line between a regular and imperial IPA. Stays true to its roots and really does have that "west coast" flavor profile to it. Hopheads rejoice!

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Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. No date on bottle. My bottle has a higher ABV (at 7.3%) than what is listed here. I'm cool with that. 95 IBUs. Let's begin.

A: One finger foamy white head, not particularly long lasting. The body is a light orangish-brown and extremely clear. Streamers of carbonation are situated on the sides of the glass. Nothing stands out as spectacular, but still a good looking brew.

S & T: Adequate presence of sweet cookie, bread, hay, caramel and pale malts. Heavy hops. The combination of Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus & Cascade provide an all-encompasing hop bill of citrusy grapefruit & orange aromas and flavors, mixed with pine and resin. The Centennial hops really shine here. Some very fond aromas of sticky buds come through. The palate follows the nose but...wait for it...damn, minus the ganja. I don't know if the world is ready for that yet. Or is it? [lightbulb flashing over my head]. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

M & D: Medium body with an oily texture and a suitable level of effervescence. We all expect great things from a west coast IPAs and while this brew is good, I consider it more of a baseline/middle-of-the-road offering. Will gladly have another at any time.

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Photo of anon
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of younger35
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this from either BeerTruth or 0110x011 as an extra in a trade. Forgot to write that down. This is my first brew from Green Flash. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed orange yellow with a nice one finger dirty cream head that has some serious staying power. Light creamy head that is seriously frothy and nice. Cap and collar stay the entire time along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- Beautiful bouquet of lilac and sappy pine with oodles and oodles of citrus goodness. Orange and pineapple are just dripping from the nose of this wonder. Maybe a touch of alcohol is present but the hops rule the day.
Taste- Loads of grapefruit and orange pith lend a super volatile bitterness that seems to explode in my mouth. Some citrusy pine sap and grassy goodness I really can't come up with many more ways to explain the hoppy awesomeness. A light caramel tinge does sneak in toward the end but it's mostly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Great body that isn't too heavy or too light with nice crisp carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- This thing is absolutely terrific and I'm taken totally by surprise. It's highly drinkable and somehow remains to be a hop bomb. It's paradox in a bottle! Ridiculously tasty brew that should be sought out. Big thanks to Matt or Adam!

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Photo of Spider889
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an unfiltered copper color with a tall white head. Very fine foam. Pretty good retention and lace.

Smells utterly delicious. Sweet citrus meets fresh pine bough. Graprefruit, tangerine, and wet pine sap mingle beautifully in the aroma.

A "vry tsty" beer. Malty for a self-proclaimed west coast IPA. Lots of bitter pine and pithiness.

Slightly sticky and dry, it goes down smooth. The finish is very bitter and lingers appropriatly. Overall an excellent beer. I can't believe it took me so long to try this.

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Photo of match1112
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light copper/ amber color with a three finger off white head. head was thick and sudsy and after a couple minutes recedes to a small cap with loads of chunky lacing stuck to the glass. smells of pine and juniper with a little sweet citrus in the background. the taste is opposite of smell, i pick up on the citrus first with the pine lingering around. mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish. overall this is a good ipa if you like pine. it also has a very wet/juicy body before the dry sets in.

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Photo of LoudRed
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
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 +0.7%

Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,911 ratings
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