West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,865 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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This is the *Belgian*-brewed version contracted out to St Feuillien. It's bottle-conditioned to help shelf life for European distribution; otherwise aiming for the same standard, so (and I checked with moderators) goes in the same entry as the native version. Notes are combined from a few tastings, not simultaneous but about a week removed from sampling a bottle of the American version.... Appearance is spot on, the copper of a cloudy Pacific sunset, under a layer of finely bubbled, creamy head, with just a bit of milky residue in the bottle to attest to the refermentation. The nose seems slightly less powerful and less flowery, but still an enticing pine forest with bready notes, a bit of banana (it's not Belgian yeast, though), some subtle spicing, but clean. Flavor to me seems slightly fruitier and less cereal, with juicy apricot, mandarin orange, plus a bit of sweet grapefruit flesh to go with the punch of grapefruit pith of the hops. Aftertaste/feel of pine resin and florals lingers nicely. Similarly substantial and creamy mouthfeel that swallows cleanly. My impression is of a very close fraternal twin.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,865 ratings.
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