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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
Reviews:
1,860
Ratings:
7,802
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
1,911
For Trade:
10
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Photo of DrewOSU
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, served in pint glass, purchased at Belmont Party Source in Dayton, OH.

A: Pours dark orange to amber color. Lots of head, almost 1 ½ inches on direct pour. A lot carbonation. Thick sponge like peaks of head. Good amount of lacing on the pour and a very small amount of lacing left after finishing the glass. Sign of a good malt balance.

S: Less aroma then I expected, initial hop and malt smell. Nothing very over powering or impressive about it on the initial pour. Pine and citrus notes as expected.

T: Initial malt and bitter, metallic taste followed by citrus and hop impact on the aftertaste. Very little alcohol presence, only tasted after swallow. I do not like a metallic taste in my beer, that was disappointing.

MF: Medium to thick body for a single IPA. Almost syrupy at times.

D: High APV at 7%, however I could drink a few of these in a single session. This beer is also well balanced , between the APV, the hops and the malt.

Besides Stone, this was the first experience I have had with a west coast IPA. I have to say I want to go visit California now. This beer has a good balance and just enough hops to give you a kick in the teeth when it wants to.

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Photo of mjc410
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The pour into my Fuller's nonic puts up a one finger head light tan head that falls slowly, leaving a bit of foam around the glass. Below, the beer has a nice transparent copper hue with a somewhat yellow tint.

The nose yields hefty piney hop aromas, with some nice malty sweetness too. Some citrus as well.

This is quite forward in the hops department, and the particular types they've used for this aren't my favorite. Overly piney. Pretty tough, really. Hardly any malt presence, just a mess of hop-overload.

This does, though, have excellent fine carbonation and a great mouthfeel.

Too bad, I was really looking forward to this one...I've got the rest of a six-pack to dispose of somehow!

A picture of my own: http:[email protected]/3206595559/

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Head was decent, gone in a matter of seconds though. Beautiful color, dark orange with brown hues. Lacing is evident from the start. Tastes very sweet at first for an IPA, but then I suppose the 95 IBU's sneak up on you, leaving a very bitter aftertaste. I like hops, but this is a good amount of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, has good viscosity for an IPA. All in all, it's as good as expected but I think I'll stick to my Stones and Dogfish IPA's.

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Photo of Redrover
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally try a beer from this brewery. I had this on at the Flying Saucer in Houston. The beer is bronze with an off-white head & decent lacing.

Just as expected, pinesap nose & lots of hops!

The taste is astringent and nicely bitter. Pine sap, grape fruit and some caramel malts. The malts actually do a good job of adding some balance and keep the hops from running way with the beer.

The mouth is oily and coating. I like this beer, but drinkabilty suffers a tiny bit from the lack of balance. Still, well worth seeking out and a nice example of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of timmay41
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from the draught lines at the Moan and Dove, where this beer has appeared frequently of late.

Appearance: Pours with a huge, two and a half finger head. Bubbling with carbonation, and the head clings to the side of the glass. A little darker than most IPAs.

Smell: Big, bright hop aroma, complimented by citrus fruits.

Taste: Big hop explosion up front, with sustained bitterness. Fresh and crisp in that way. If you're a hop head, this rocks.

Mouthfeel: Probably overwhelming for most palates, as there are only subtle fruit notes and otherwise a lot of bitterness.

Drinkability: Again, this one is for those who adore the Racer 5s and Stone IPAs of the world. I'll usually drink this one last in a session, as you can't taste anything afterwards. But in a good way.

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Photo of alovesupreme
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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Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appears a hazy, fine particle infused, orange-copper color with a half inch off-white head that sinks down to a skim on top. A touch of lacing.

Aroma is bright and hoppy with lots of citrusy notes. Orange and grapefruit seem to be most prominent. There's a bit of a malt sweetness behind the hops but it certainly takes a backseat to the hops.

Taste is hoppy from the start with the grapefruit and orange citrusy character coming straight into the front and center. Some piney character comes out more towards the back end. Beneath all this there is a malt presence that struggles to make itself known.

Mouthfeel is really nice for an IPA. It's medium in body with a creamy texture and very nice carbonation that allows it to be soft yet crisp at the same time.

This is a very tasty IPA indeed. Definitely up there in the top 15 of IPAs, if that means anything anymore.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= deep amber color. Smaller head but it sticks around for a little while. Looks very tasty
S= grass, weed, dope, pot, mary jane, the good stuff, brain broc, greens, ect. Also some citrus and pine hops come through
T= very grassy and floral in the tastethe 95 ibu tastes more like 60 to 70. This is the first beer I've had that tastes grassy
M= very average all around
D= really high. Thanks to kadonny for this one. Its a very unique and fantastic beer. Grass flavor comes through very nicely. Its awesome.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MacDomer for tossing one of this into a trade. No best before date on the bottle that I can find. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Murky amber color, with one finger off-white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. No visible bubbles. I was looking for a little more head and better retention.

S - Bitter smell on this one - you can sense those 95 IBUs in there. Pine & lemon, with only a faint malt backbone. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass on this one.

T - Very strong bitterness, only a hint of sweetness at the beginning and in the aftertaste. There's a lot of lemon and grapefruit in this one. It's unbalanced, but that's what I expect from something called West Coast IPA.

M - Kind of dry, but otherwise very smooth. Doesn't leave a lot of resinous character behind. A little bit watery as well.

D - The reasonable amount of carbonation and the sweet aftertaste combine to make this eminently drinkable, even if it isn't among the greatest IPAs I've ever had.

A nice teaser - I'm definitely interested in checking out some of Green Flashes more exotic offerings.

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Photo of cbros
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours dirty brown/orange color with an eggshell white lace that is minute. The lace retention stays until the end. No activity present in beer after pour.

S- Strong hoppy smell that is mixed with some malty undertones. Flavors of pine, and caramle present as well.

T- Strong hops flavor is present in the taste as well, there is some citrus flavor notes present as well. The beer finishes a little tart and dry.

Overall a decent IPA but compared to others that I have had this is down on the list. A little to hoppy for me without a nice counterbalance.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Deep Ellum, served in a pint glass

A - Copper, tawny. Good head laceing is nice head forms a creamy stays the way down.

S - grapefruit, piney, hoppy goodness.

T -malty, first comes the piney taste then the grapefruit backend is all hoppy and hop bitter bite.

M - good body . average carbonation.clean crisp refreshing IPA

D - Don't usually like IPA's but the bitternress is wearing on me and I;m beginning to see the glory of hops. West Coast is a Good IPA. Makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few days ago out in California. I brought a six pack back with me.

A - Copper/orange with golden edges. Good head and good lacing for the duration of the beer, but not the best I've ever seen.

S - Rocks! God, this is a nice west coast hoppy aroma. Some candied grapefruit, pine/evergreen, and a hint of pineapple. I'd stick my nose in this for a long time!

T - A bit more subdued than the nose. Still, quite forward with the hops. Yum. Very bright, pretty citrusy, but there's still some toasted pale malts and a hint of caramel for balance. Very clean.

M - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Again, clean, and tightly wound (hope this isn't too wine-specific a term). Crisp.

D - I want more! This is super tasty, goes down easily, and is very refreshing. Good sessionability, and also really makes me want to go back for more.

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

If there is a better IPA available in a 6-pack, I haven't found it.

Green Flash has produced a real winner with this beer. Loaded with pine and citrus notes, this single IPA is what many double IPAs wish they could be.

Beer pours a sort of murky amber color with a great head that retains all the way to the end and that leaves some of the best glass lacing I've seen from an IPA.

Taste is typical West Coast hop-bomb style with a great bitterness that coats the tongue with hoppy goodness. Malt provides a nice balancing sweetness, but without getting in the way of the primary notes of this beer.

Drinkability? Perfect. This may not be the best IPA out there (I think Ballast Point's Sculpin is the winner there), but its wide distribution (in CA), and availability as a 6-pack, make this beer a great "standby" drink for any hop-head that doesn't feel like cracking a 22oz bomber of something.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with very small head. No retention and minimal lacing. Smells VERY citrusy! Strong grapefruity hops scent. Mmmm. Very inviting.

Strong hop smack right off the bat. Deep grapefruit-like bitterness. This is the epitome of the west-coast style. I am loving this. Great crisp mouthfeel. Could drink a couple of these. Recommend.

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Photo of Monkeypaws
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good IPA. Nice pour, with turbulence down to the bottom of the glass. Nice head, golden color. The smell of hops was pronounced, but the flavor was total fresh hops. Pretty distinctive. The beer was nicely effervescent and drank a treat. Pity I only had the one bottle. If this were available in my area I'd get it pretty regularly. Thanks to johnfromohio for the bottle.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful copper color...a nice white head that sticks around...leaves nice lacing the entire way

S - Wonderful aroma of hops...some pine and citrus notes mixed in

T - Hops in the front...middle...and end...a little heavy on the bitterness

M - Medium body...actually kind of creamy

D - I'm an IPA fan...and this is a great beer...everyone should try this style at some point!

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Photo of bboven
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light caramel hazy body with an initial finger of head that fades to a thin covering. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smel is huge piney hops, not much of anything else.

Same with the flavor. Pure hop juidce, there's not much balance at all here Truly an IPA for those who don't want malt getting in the way of their hop rush.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, very sticky and warming.

A nice example of a highly hopped IPA, but lacks the balance of a truly fantastic version of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. I picked this up in Austin, Texas about a month ago, as I've been coming to appreciate the efforts of San Diego-area brewers' take on the West Coast IPA style.

This beer pours a hazy, dark medium rusty orange-amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and yet still creamy ecru head, which recedes after a few minutes, leaving some decent roiling storm cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of pungent, if a tad overripe grapefruit and orange rind, lemon zest, a touch of musty dank, and a prominent sweet caramel and toffee malt. The flavour starts out pretty much the same, with a heavy dose of bittersweet citrus hops - grapefruit, orange pith, a sort of isolated squishy lemon essence, a hint of murky mint, and heady bready caramel malt, the toffee sweetness quietly having bled off. A further leafy and pine hop develops as it warms, as does evidence of the north of 7 points of alcohol.

The carbonation is quite light, manifesting in just a wee prickly frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth as the hops seem to shine through on their own here. It finishes barely off-dry, the hops still wanting everyone to know who's in charge in this particular set of zip codes.

I find I'm drinking this rather quickly, it's so tasty, and alas, I've got only the single bottle. Overall, this is definitely a winner for the hopheads who like at least a modicum of balance in their IPAs, myself included.

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Photo of tubbnik
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left out of fridge about 15 minutes before opening. Pours a wonderful burnt orange hue with a large rocky head. Typical yet wonderful west coast hop aroma. Slightly sweet as it warms. Nice viscous mouthfeel. Drinkability has always been top notch. Have 5 more that may not see tomorrow.

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Photo of BeerStine
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Took out of the fridge and allowed the beer to warm slightly.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin brownish white head that retains throughout drinking. Champagne-like carbonation bubbles throughout.

S - First smell was that of sweet, caramelly malts. After a deeper whiff the leafy and dank hops smell comes through.

T - Mild malty hops taste. Medium bitter, acidic hops aftertaste. Acidic taste retains on back of tongue/throat for extended period after drinking.

M - Thin feel. Heavily carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced. Would be able to drink several of these.

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Photo of mattffrost
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a some what clear amber color. Head is offwhite. Good lacing on glass.

Smell Citrus, Grapefruit, slight sweet malt smell but very faint.

Taste Wow the hops, the great hops. Grapefruit tasting with sweetness in the mouth. Nice simple bitterness in the finish. Let me just say I love this beer, I really think this is one of the best beers in a bottle I have ever had. I just love the hops and tangy flavor of this beer with the slight sweetness and bitter finish. This is a hop head beer.

Mouthful The array of different flavors and textures make this superb for the mouth. Feed me feed me.

Drinkability: My goodness I could drink this stuff all day and not try any other beer. Just love this stuff.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly amazing! This is one of the best regular American IPAs Iv'e ever had.

The first thing I must comment on is the aroma...OUTSTANDING!! Definentely lost of grapefruit in the nose...which I love, and piney too.

It pours a beautiful clear pale copper color with a head that stays till the fat lady sings, which is rare in an IPA. Very good lacing.

The flavor is pretty bitter but not harsh. Not much malt characteristics at all, after all this is all about the hops. A real piney flavor which is not a bad thing.

A great IPA. Lives up to the hype. .... Man I can't get over that aroma....mmmm

Please go get some and drink joyfully!

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Consumed on 10-7-08

A: Medium amber, 1 finger off-white head. Good head retention. Slightly hazy. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, sweet malts. Very nice.

T: Grapefruit, citrus hops. Very bitter with a nice malt backbone. Bitter throughout. Malt mostly in the back. Could be more balanced in my view.

M: Slightly thick. Coats mouth nicely. Overall, very good.

D: Smooth, slightly unbalanced. Goes down well. Very solid brew.

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

Reviewed on 5/28/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head that leaves nice, thick lacing. Aroma of pine, floral, grapefruit and other citrus hops. Initial flavor of piney hops with a bitter finish. As the beer warms, sweet caramel malt comes out. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Tasty beer and pretty easy to drink. Yum!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of barleywineman
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is soooo goood!1it kicks the butt out of some triple IPA's and Imperials, and its only a IPA-but Cali Style, super hoppy, piney, high alcohol content, this is more of a sipping IPA, dur to the overwhelming hop presence. But over all an Excellent Beer!!!! if have reached a stagnant beer stage, and want something new and ruthless Go with West Coast IPA- or any Green flash Beer!

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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