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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
Ranking:
#914
Reviews:
1,891
Ratings:
7,924
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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459
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominating with a nice malt base also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some citrus and bitter pacific hops with a neutral but still perceptible malt base. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this is a very enjoyable IPA, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the presence of floral and grapefruit hops would have been more discernable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, pillowy, head of ivory foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some bubblegum. A light caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of of spicy hops with grapefruit flavors. It has a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a great IPA. It really holds up to Pliny the Elder (which I love).

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of LXIXME
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus zest/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with minimal cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! All around awesome complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a raw, hoppy IPA. Unfiltered, the body is extremely hazy but the head retention is great. Lots of citrus in the nose, with a hint of sweetness that isn't nearly as present in the taste. Oily hops with a huge grapefruit flavor nearly overwhelm the malt, giving it a slightly one-dimensional quality, though an enjoyable one. The hops really stick to the palate, leaving a long-lasting bitterness. This is a good, solid IPA, maybe even a great one. I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a hazed dull copper. Pours 1/2 finger of dark beige creamy head. The etching keeps the head to a thin layer. Nice lace walls as well.

Aroma: Big floral hop profile, but the malt backbone sticks out well with a big caramel aroma. Has the typical grapefruit citrus as well.

Taste: Big floral earthy hop profile. The caramel kicks in more at the end here. Big grapefruit citrus blend as well.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little crisp on the tongue from the nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste which is always nice for an ipa.

Overall, a really nice representation of a west coast ipa. However, it had more caramel that I was expecting. Not to bad. Very drinkable at 7% abv. Well done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance. Great head retention and lacing. Massive assault of pungent, resinous, grassy, and floral hops in the nose. Medium-full bodied with a perfectly crisp carbonation. Firm, toasty/bready malt base. Layer upon layer of resinous hop flavor. Bracing bitterness. Finishes a bit too resinous, and that tends to hold what bitterness is there for just a little bit too long. West Coast IPA? No doubt!!! Be forwarned then, if you're NOT a hophead, this one will slap you senseless! :)

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden orange, almost copper in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface with some much thicker patches and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a fairly strong hop aroma to this beer with the grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops really standing out. There is a very light earthy hop presence as well.

T: Some very light hints of caramel malt sweetness upfront but then the grapefruit and citrus hop flavors. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is quite tasty and definitely one I would like to try again. This beer has an amazing smell and looks very inviting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BJ’s Committed Double IPA on tap in Daytona Beach (FL) where I paired it with a Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Similar in appearance, but the BJ's has a notably better head (retention & creaminess), a deeper amber body that may also be slightly clearer, and leaves fuller lacing

Aroma: more citrus and flowers in the GF; more evergreen in the BJ's. Slight preference for the GF.

Flavor: GF is a tad stronger and more bitter, although the BJ's is not lacking. The BJ's reveals some citrus upon tasting; the GF a good bit of evergreen.

Overall: The BJ's does well, keeping up with the BJ's, although those preferring a stronger, more pungent DIPA will probably prefer the Green Flash.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason never reviewed this beer, just escaped through the cracks. This one was an extra thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar.

Pours a decent looking fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over a semi hazy ruby red grapefruit orange color.

Nose brings plenty of hops, floral and citrusy with some spiciness, a light citrus tangerine effect but not a big juicy pungent kick or rind bitterness, light pine spicy hop aromas, with a touch of a grassy floral effect as well. Touch of grapefruit as well, and a very faint malty sweetness with slightest touch of reddish amber malts. It does bring a touch of fruity candy hops, like a little candied orange peel and tangerine the more I nose it.

Taste starts with a nice big hoppy bite, quite bitter right off the bat like 70IBUs bitter almost immediately, but doesn't get astringent. Hops come in with pine and spicy flavors first, not really a chewy spicy hop, but a piney spicy not overbearing like hop. Then citrus, a bit of tangerine and faint grapefruit pith, touch of that candied fruit hop character again. That's followed with a mild malty sweetness, a bit of a caramel toasty reddish copper malt flavor, but all pretty light, just enough to balance the big bitterness and keep it from getting astringent. It brings a little citrus rind as I let it sit on my tongue for a while, a bitter rind flavor. Finish is fairly dry, still very bitter but doesn't really ramp, more plateaus almost right off the bat and stays at a quite bitter but not overly taste. Finish also brings more citrus rind bitterness, a little spicy hop and a very long bitter grapefruit pith taste, and a faint touch of a booze flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, it feels a bit fluffy and airy thanks to a good amount of carbonation, and a very light warming booze.

Overall a nice IPA, not quite what I expect for a "West Coast" IPA, but those terms are a bit out of date now. A nice big hoppy beer, quite bitter that plateaus right away, nice hop characters with a little spicy (but not chewy), a bit of citrus but more like rind and pith bitter citrus, and just enough malty sweetness to give it a base so it doesn't get astringent. Nice IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Phoicon, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is pleasantly intense with your typical IPA blend of hops and citrus.

T: Big hops burst up front as you would expect followed by the citrus sweetness and malt backbone. Finish is filled with hops bitterness.

M: Very crisp, but a little too bitter to be smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Tasty, not very filling, goes down ok, it’s a good representation of style, but not my favorite.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Ooured a slightly hazy burnt orange with a thinner but sticky white head that leaves spots of lace as it settled.Fresh raw hop aroma comes at ya hard when first opening the bottle extremely piney with big grapefruit notes as well I even noticed a touch of caramel malt as well.Well oddly enough hop dominated hop oils and resin dominate quite piney but that resiny finish is great just enough of a hint of caramel makes it a gem in my mind.A few years ago I would have thought a good beer but a little over the top for me now I take it all in,gotta love the hops.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas with notes of grapefruit and lemon. A nice caramel malt backbone with a little bit of toast.

T - Strong toasted malt with a hint of caramel and big pine hops. Pine floor cleaner notes in the middle with a hint of grapefruit and more toasted malt. Finishes dry with fairly strong, slightly soapy, bitterness and more strong, burnt toast flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a little bit of astringency.

D - Quite drinkable despite the somewhat harsh character of the hops and malt, but I am just slightly disappointed in this one. The burnt toast and soapy hops get a bit cloying after a while, but the hop aroma is excellent. This beer is like the really smart kid who never does his homework; it gets by but it has the potential to be so much more than it is. Just a bit more sweetness would help the drinkability and balance and could make this a world class IPA.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate copper-orange color with a nice white head. The nose is really nice with a strong citrus hop component. Hefty notes of orange and grapefruit. Really hoppy. A bit of pine in there as well. The taste is all hops with some citrus rind and light pine and spruce components. Nice bitter mouthfeel and a nice drinkability. Glad we get this West Coast gem here in Virginia.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sep 12, 2014 - New version - 4.25/5

Very nice overall but I liked the old version better.

Dec 18, 2012 - Old version - 4.95/5

look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.

Look is awesome! Dark peachy color with medium head and very good retention and lacing.
Smell is also awesome. I didn't had to pour it into the glass to smell it. After removing the cap, the smell was already emanating from the bottle. Lots of grassy, floral hops.
Taste is awesome as well. Floral at first and then the hops kick in leaving a very pleasant, bitter aftertaste.
Body feels light and smooth and carbonation is medium. Very drinkable.

Overall this was definitely one of the best beers I ever had. Floral aroma and very well hopped, exactly how an IPA should be.

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Photo of mactrail
2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tremendously bitter. You get a brief flash of rich malt followed by a blast of hops. Great, if that's why you drink beer. The malt leaves a slight sweetness on the lips. And that's it. The hops leave a dank, harsh, bitterness on the tongue.

Clear orange amber in the pint glass. Decent foam and carbonation. Nose of hops, resins, and more hops. Water chaser is indicated with this one. At Trio restaurant in Palm Springs (tasted 02/25/2012).

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Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Translucent caramel amber, mediocre head with low retention

S - Lemon peel, lots of pine, white grape juice

T - The bitterness plays out really interestingly. There's a big hop kick on the first sip that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for a wallop of bitterness, but it doesn't hit you right away. It makes you double check the 95 IBU label on the bottle. The bitterness is incredibly delayed, and shows up deep into the aftertaste. That said, it overlaps and builds between sips. It's a little overpowering after a while as you realize they didn't miss a decimal place on the IBUS. The flavor profile includes pine, spice, pepper, and Campari.

M - Nice body, very smooth. The bitterness really lingers.

D - I split a 12oz bottle with a friend, and we both had our fill after drinking our half.

O - A niche beer that's more of a bitter novelty than a session beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a nice looking, frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent lacing all over the glass as I drank it too.

The aroma has a bright and fresh, citrus flavor to it. Grapefruit, pine and orange all come out in it. I get a bit of some sweeter malts with a hint of caramel, but the hops are the real show here.

The taste is not surprisingly hoppy as well. It's a little sweeter up front with some of the sweeter malts complimenting the bright and juicy hoppiness. Towards the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come out in the bitterness. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I love this beer. One of my favorite IPA's and one I don't drink often enough. I love the hoppy flavors and it's tastes so fresh and juicy. One of the best IPA's around in my opinion.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,924 ratings
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