West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,865 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,865
Ratings:
7,821
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,935
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 1,865 | Ratings: 7,821
Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep orange, with red tinges. Copper.

Nose: Floral, honey, citrus.

Taste: Gummy candy with a creamy mouthfeel. Loads of citrus fruit and honey sweetness, balanced by the smorgasbord of hops.

Glorious!

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion, the epitome of the style. Bottle with best by date of May 14, 2017. Poured into a pint glass. Thin head which quickly dwindles to a slight lacing. Deep amber color, semi-transparent. Strong smell of pine, grass, tropical fruits...very inviting. Taste really follows the nose...and lingers quite long on the palate. Really well crafted brew. Very easy drinking considering the ABV. Gotta say this has become a favorite, especially when considering the price.

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Photo of DallasK
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber with a wispy ring of foam for head. Smell is a very pleasant blend of pine and tropical. Taste is also a near perfect blend of hop bitterness and tropical flavors. Beers like this remind me that you don't have to go far or spend big money to get world class beer.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in Fort Worth, TX. Looks great in the snifter - bold color and thick head. Bursting with aroma and flavor. An absolute must-have!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated best by may 22, 2017.

clear golden pour with a sudsy white head that recedes quickly, no lacing.

subtle aromas of orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, sweet malt. palate follows, some earthy and spicy floral notes up front, caramel malt and citric qualities that give way to a peppery bitter finish of resinous pine. feel lacking a bit, could be fuller bodied with some texture. overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of PETEASIMAKIS
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DRINK-ABILITY: Easy to drink considering the nice punch. Spicy & piney brew that doesn't offend with good slickness as well
POUR: Beautiful copper with a nice frothy head and carbonation is dead on
BREWER: Green Flash has done an excellent job with this one!
OVERALL: The quintessential west coast IPA (especially for the price)

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Photo of shiu-chan
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always love IPAs and this is one of the better ones. Brownish amber on the pour with very like foam. Floral and citrus nose. Crisp, grapefruit and smooth bitterness. Definitely one of those you keep in your beer list.

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Photo of Hagenmccombs
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has a special place in my heart. It was the first brew that really made me fall deeply in love with IPAs.
Look: Golden orange/brown with off white head
Smell: Classic citrus and pine combo. Grapefruit, orange peel, stale cannabis, caramel, and hint of yeast
Taste: tons of grapefruit. Slightly bitter, very citrusy
Feel: Medium bodied
Overall: Delicious and easily found. A benchmark for the West Coast IPA

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Photo of MannyRox
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Due to pasteurization processes with bottled beer, I tend to shy away from them. Beer from a tap always tastes much better than in a bottle. Green Flash Brewing really did something right when they put this beer in a bottle, I'm not sure what that is but the beer tastes great.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp, sharp IPA. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Had a real dark dense amber look with nice 1/2 inch frothy head. Code taste and smell the pine hops much more than any citrus. Overall very solid but I don't think I am as high on this as others.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a orange color with with a slight haze and big carbonation bubbles and a thick foamy white head that lasted most of the drink. The beer has a nice piney aroma with a small touch of citrus. Starts of mild and well balanced with citrus flavors of lemon and orange. The hops really kick in about midway through and get stronger and stronger though the drink. They continue for a very long time. The beer has a nice carbonation feel with a slight drying.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12FL.OZ bottle, pours a Amber colour with heaps of floaties it has a small creamy coloured head that disapates to a thin layer.
Aroma pine, citrus, very hoppy.
Taste pine, grapefruit, topical, dank.

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Photo of AnthonyJS
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a pint glass from my local Green Flash Brewery. I thought it had a very pleasant red color, and the taste was even better. I mainly like it for how well balanced it is. Not too much of this flavor or that flavor. It has an overall crisp and refreshing flavor to my taste, nice and hoppy too. It's an all-around great choice, and it's no wonder that this has become Green Flash's flagship beer.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ruby amber with pale yellow head. Smell is amazing, with a bouquet of pine, marijuana, and lemon. The hops hit with tastes of lemon and orange rind, but it's complimented by a nice syrupy touch highlighted by flavors of apricot and an aftertaste of biscuit. Overall a complex and delcious IPA.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer we have here. Little on the lighter side for being a DIPA, but Extremly drinkable. Aroma and taste is there. I could crush 6 of these, no problem.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange/amber in color. Slightly hazy. Orange cream head with moderate lacing, leaves a solid film on the top of the glass. Aroma is quite nice. Floral and citrus, with a hint of caramel malt. The flavor is very much hop forward. Pine, grapefruit, dank herbs. Very juicy and resinous. Just enough malt to keep things in check, but still leaves you with that great, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Solid!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kicks down those light orange colors with an almost 1/2" white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, mild pine.

Pretty consistent when fresh, even these days the mouthfeel starts to have less of a dry malt aspect as it used to, this style just keeps getting drier and drier. But it bursts with hops, they're prolly C hops, simcoe and amarillo. Very good stuff.

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber. Made a good fluffy head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is of pine cones, resin, loads of citrus, earthy malt hints and a overwhelming quantity of hops. Taste is balanced just right between sweet and bitter, citric fruits and and intense hoppyness that gives it's very interesting bitter finish. Found it a very good double IPA, that makes justice to the style. I'd repeat it as possible, and definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Jackwack
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't comment on look cuz I drink straight outta can or bottle. Not fussy about tulip glasses and the like. Geez. I'ma guy dudes.......

Best IPA I have ever poured down my throat. Simply smashing. Hoppy, bitter. Lovely

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice orange color, nice head, aroma is complex I guess it is all the different hops they use. I can smell orange-tangerine, a bit of pine, the taste is West Coast IPA. smooth a nice combo of citrus and hops. Good Job.And this is very drinkable, out here in Philly now it is 95 degrees and I can down a couple of these and still be clear-headed.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Copper with a small white head
S: Citrus pine and co2
T: Grapefruit orange peel and lemon peel and pine very dry
F: Tannins and medium carbonation
O: Better out of the bottle feel like this is a sub par experiences because I know this is a great beer...

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Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear bright amber copper with a large white head.
The aroma is a full on rush of hops, pine and citrus. The taste is full of hops and citrus. A world class beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy, hop forward.

Taste: Hop forward with malt apparent more in the body than flavor. Malt is there but it's an underlayer. The brew doesn't strike me as very complex but it does have great balance. Clean but long, and I mean long, lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Texture: Medium to full.

Overall: At 8.1% and 95 IBUs one expects a blockbuster. This one's big, even brawny, but lacking in finesse. The trailer truck load of hops dominate the flavor almost to exclusion of the malt. This is a brew for hop fanciers or those who want to see what a big hop brew is about. My rating is not as high as others because I don't find it anything more than same sorta IPA with more stuffing. More of everything without actually being any more flavorful than standard IPAs.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at BJ'S Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste was bitter on the finish but was very drinkable. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's excellent.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. It pours a pretty honey-amber color with one finger of foamy, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of malt, light citrus, floral hops, and some sweet, tropical fruit. The bottle is several months old which may account for the fairly subdued hop profile. The taste features a malt base with grapefruit, pine, and a hoppy finish that isn't as bitter as I expected. It's well-crafted and tasty. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated, and the 8.1% ABV is enough to give it some oomph. Overall, it is very good. My guess is that, when fresh, the hop profile is more pronounced. If I can find it fresher, I'll try it again.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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