West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,888 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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ManUtdSooner
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Very smooth. Nice mouthfeel. Sneaky tasty.

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Photo of citizencane
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a cute little snub-nosed bottle into a standard-issue pint glass. A three-finger head came forth that lingered and left lacing as I drank. Hazy, unfiltered, straw-colored, and effervescent.

A lot going on in this smell. Citrus-y notes, mostly grapefruit and some lime, are strong, with a hint of floral-piney aromas in the back. Also a touch of yeast.

This is a bitter beer right off the bat. It has hops character you can chew on, with a lot of dry tannins out front and some nice mellow pine tar and bread flavors in the middle. The swallow wrings your mouth of and leaves it dry and bitter as a bone. This beer is for wet days.

Mouthfeel is robust but not as to render it unapproachable. It feels full, bubbly and well-balanced.

Drinkability suffers a touch from the overwhelming tartness of the hops character, but the flavors are just right for major hop-heads.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cathomae
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, BB March 2016.

Look: pours a hazy straw color, with a white head; not much lacing.

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma.

Taste: plenty of flavor, with a very nice hop bite.

Feel: Medium mouth-feel, surprisingly full, and smooth.

Overall: I did a side-by-side of this with a Ballast Point's Sculpin. And while I think this is a really good IPA, I liked the Sculpin a bit better.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jmerloni
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel golden color with beautiful white head. Looks like a beer to be enjoyed at a feast of kings. Glorious looking.

S - One of the finest things I've ever put my nose to. Floral, grassy, pine, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, spice, malt.

T - As good as it smells. Oh my. It's like you can taste each hop individually and each carries a huge array of flavor. Great West Coast IPA. Floral, grassy, pine, citrus flavors with a quite a healthy and pure tasting malt backbone that tastes like it could be raw sugar.

M - Fantastically balanced between hop bitterness and malt. Carbonation is moderate and not too much. Body is medium. Finish is very dry.

D - A beer for the gods. I don't know if I am worthy of it.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +5%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Floaties... Need to start putting the bottle on date on the label... Other than that a world class beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again from IntriqKen for this. Pours a orange/amber color, smells a bit sweet but some hops. Taste? Wow, what beers need, true hop flavor, citrusy, piney, awesome flavor, very exceptional. Overall I wish this was a beer that could be found locally, but in the meantime I can get it by trade. Smuttynose take note of what these guys are doing.

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4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Cloudy auburn, good head

S - Sweet malts, lots of caramel, oak, and faintly hoppy. My nose may be screwed up a bit on this last part based on the taste...

T - ...because this is a massively bitter hop beast! This tastes like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a dash of powdered sugar and a drop of vanilla, but it's not sweet. The hops are overpoweringly tart and the finish is epically bitter.

M - Not syrupy or cloying, this is actually pretty smooth for battery acid.

D - You absolutely must be a hophead to enjoy this. If so, this is absolutely brilliant and a must try. I only had a single bomber, but I can't wait for my next! Sessionable? Probably not.

Wow, I haven't been this impressed by a West Coast IPA since my first Pliny. This was brutal hop warfare; I'm in love.

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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow, light copper in color. Excellent creamy head sits on top and doesnt want to leave. In the body of the beer is the most hops I have ever seen floating in an unfiltered IPA. Looks great.

Pine is the most prominent with citrus right behind.

Lots of delicious hops. Grapefruit is probably the first flavor that comes to mind with pine and other citrus right behind. The middle of this beer actually has a little malty backbone which greatly contributes to the balance of the beer. Finish is all about the hoppy bitterness.

Great mouthfeel, a little syrupy. Creamy due to the great head and very full.

Excellent IPA, I want more, unfortunately I dont see this on the east coast that often.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,888 ratings.
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