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
Ratings:
7,866
Reviews:
1,883
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
449
Gots:
1,969
For Trade:
9
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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a Dogfish Head conical glass. Pours a hazy dark orange with LOTS of sediment floating around (don't mind that at all - sort of looks like orange juice with pulp). Has a great juicy citrus smell. Tastes just as juicy with a good deal of lingering hop bitterness. Medium mouth feel. Overall, very impressed with this - better than I expected.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Nice amber/orange tinged see through look to this beer with a light tan head. Citrus and tropical fruits make up the nose. Slightly tropical flavor with a pine citrus finish. There is slightly bitterness and the tiniest bit of heat to this beer. Medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel round out this brew. Pretty decent I'd say.

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Photo of jasonedwardkirk
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this but not recently. I prefer Green Flash's Soul Style (orange label) but this & their blue label (milder hopped) are the 3 GF's I like most.

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Photo of codytwo
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Madbum101214
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Curt3
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jay057
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Discovered this beer at Jack Doyle's 240 W. 35th St NYC. I love IPA's and I loved this beer as did the friend I was with. I prefer my IPA's not too citrusy and this wasn't. It was just perfect.

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Photo of Stealth862
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hop forward. If want your tongue to sting this is it.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Skipple
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy amber copper color, the pour quickly builds up thick creamy off-white head that well retains itself with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

Big tropical and pungent hop in a nose, it ranges from passion fruit, grapefruit, pomelo, lemon rind, spice, floral, herbal, earthy, dank, pine, and resin. Malt is also there underneath the hoppy layer with notes of biscuit and some sweet caramel malt.

Hop takes the lead and wholly coats the taste buds with its tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon rind, pomelo, spice, herbal, earthy, dank, pine, resin, and solid bitterness while malt plays in the undertone with its biscuit and caramel. The end and aftertaste is wrapped up and lasting with woody, pungent, and earthy hop bitterness.

The body is rather full with some bold touch through the palate. The mouthfeel is smooth with its good crispness and lively carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Let’s the name speaks its quality. The true west coast IPA.

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Photo of Piotrek
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akolb
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: prominent grapefruit, floral notes, pine, and some malt. Taste is aggressively bitter with more grapefruit, citrus rind, a resiny aftertaste, and a subdued malt backdrop. That's one bitter beer! The bitterness and a hot alcohol burn persist after drinking. A bold, brash, west coast DIPA.

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Photo of GuzzlerMcHopDumpster
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my very favorite West Coast DIPAs -- big, bold and bitter. For hopheads like me, this IS the Holy Grail. Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, floral, pine and citrus zests complimented by a moderate malt backbone. Here's bottom line -- this is one damn good West Coast DIPA. Best price that I've found for bombers is my local Smart-N-Final here in California.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one dynamite benchmark West Coast IPA. Green Flash has definately struck gold,with this IPA which is just exploding with hop flavor. The Simcoe adds a wonderful 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. This beer is almost so good it should be reserved for special times but I will be drinking often.

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Photo of DreDay
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/11/17:

Copper-amber and would be clear but for various darkening swirls and striations of fine cloudy haze. Head of orange/yellow tinted cream color, foamy and substantial, somewhat rocky, great retention and patches of lace. Nose of apricots, caramel, faint pineapple, some grains. It’s great, but I can tell from experience it means the rest is probably going to be too much. Palate is also fairly tropical but crashes fast and hard into leather, unsweetened tea, perfume, and soap. Cloying but also puckering with a bizarre meld of fruit and wince-inducing bitterness. Certainly drinkable in sips and a wonderful change of pace from normal fare. Still, not a great balance, but that’s expected for anything specifically labeled “West Coast” apart from maybe a Lager or something quite dark. Even the peppery retro-olfaction I enjoy in this sort of beer is more subdued than it should be. Medium to nearly full in body, syrupy, astringent, with softer, sparser suds. Somewhat warm but well-hidden in the astringency and bitterness. Compare to Palate Wrecker from the same brewery and also an Imperial IPA though closing in on Strong Ale levels of malt and booze. This one here is prettier to look at, but is geared toward a palate more appreciative of an overload of sheer dankness than my own.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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