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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
7,918 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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Ratings: 7,918 |  Reviews: 1,891
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Mateo2699
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper, dark orange hue. Very clarified. Nice trace of lacing on the glass. Strong citrus zest in the aroma, probably the simcoe. Hints of resinous pine, and a bready malt. Familiar pine forward taste, with a splash of a caramel malty back bone. Plenty of noticeable Columbus, nice amount of resinous hops. Medium bodied mouthfeel, finishes relatively sweet and palate coating.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of InsolublePancake
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat hazy yellow-orange; I wonder if it's bottle conditioned?; small white head.

S- Oh yeah, this is the stuff; great hop aroma with pine and citrus; classic IPA profile. There's no malt, but who cares about that with a hop profile this good?

T- Nice hop character with a delicious orange peel taste. There's lots of bitterness right of the bat. It's not balanced in the least, but it's still good.

M- Medium-thin, decent carbonation.

D- I'd certainly have another, although the ABV is kind of high (7%).

Definitely a good IPA. It's almost like a DIPA in its bitterness and hop character and is certainly much better than this brewery's DIPA. Get this instead of the DIPA. Recommended.

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

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degress.

A - Pours an orangish amber with a large, foamy head. Left behind some pretty sticky lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma, with grassy notes...little sweetness or fruit was detected.

T - Keeping with the super-hopped aroma, the flavor does not disappoint. Hops galore, on a grassy/piney backbone. Extremely straighforward...no complexities here...just pure hoppiness.

M - Medium body with a very bitter finish.

D - I had one yesterday and decided to wait until the second sample to write my review...once you know what to expect, it makes the beer much better. Very good - a top shelf IPA.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours a cloudy, only slightly translucent amber. A two finger bright white head sticks around for a bit, then gives way to a nice ring of foam that leaves leveled lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Big grapefruit and pine. Some sugar sweet and biscuit notes as well.

T - Lives up to the name with a strong pine and citrus hop presence throughout. There is also a subtly sweet bread malt backbone that rounds it out. It is bitter on the finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The flavors last on the tongue.

M - Medium carbonation with a slightly resinous feel. Not very dry for such a hop bomb.

O - I picked this up after hearing good things. I enjoy very hoppy IPA's and this is just that. The alcohol isn't present at all and the citrus comes across beautifully. It was a bit pricey for a four pack but I plan to get it again when I need a West Coast IPA fix.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

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

March 21, 2016

12 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Deep amber and nearing copper, mildly hazy with an inch-high cap of off-white to very light tan foam. A decent amount stays as lacing and bubbles.

S – Pineapple, resin, and grapefruit make up the huge hop profile, set atop a thick malt bill of sweet bread crust and light caramel.

T – Grapefruit and resin are the primary flavors, supported by a ton of bread crust. Hop bitterness takes hold midway and lingers through the finish.

M – Very malty-sweet up front, some of which lasts throughout. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and residual sweetness, but intense hop bitterness creates balance throughout.

O – Quintessential West Coast DIPA, perfectly built. Scores are really just a result of personal preference; this beer is fantastic.

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

I don't know how this one has missed being reviewed by me, cause its one of my go to IPA's. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruges glass.

Poured from a 12 oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Pours a nice orange amber with a one finger foamy off-white head, sticking to the glass in a lacy pattern.

S - This is one of the piniest IPA's I've smelled, but its extremely well balanced with lots of citrusy hop notes, mostly grapefruit, with some sweet maltiness present.

T - The taste is exactly like the smell. Pine trees, resin, citrus balanced by a great malt flavor. Super delicious, and if i am in the mood for the piney flavor profile, this is the best in its class.

M - Thin to medium bodied with great carbonation. Very typical to the style

D - This is an incredibly drinkable IPA that is a hop heads dream come true.

This is easily one of my favorite IPA's but in the off chance that GF is reading this review, please go back to the old format of the six pack. I hate the thought of paying more money for less beer. Its a great beer, but there are others just as good. I will buy it again, but it will not be as regular as it once was.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holmes698
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color was a light, slightly hazy, orange/amber beer. This is not an extremely heady beer. The head disapprears quickly but a ring of head at the point of contact with the glass remained the entire time. There was a slight amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma has a piney, citrus scent. Was easily detected as soon as I opened the 12 oz. bottle, and increased in intensity as poured into a pint glass. Hops were in your face from the first sip. 95 IBUs will tend to do that. Very light hint of malts. For a non-imperial/double this beer is very hoppy plus it finishes smooth with a citrus after taste. With a great hop taste and 7.3% ABV (labeled on the bottle) the drinkability is great.

I feel that overall this is a great beer. I love hoppy beers and this one did not disappoint me at all.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,918 ratings
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