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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

1,847 Reviews
West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with about two fingers of off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

A great hoppy grapefruit aroma.

Hops hops and more hops. Very bitter grapefrtuit flavor. A very slight malty background.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

Good drinkablity, I could drink a few of these in a night.

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

12oz bottle into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head. Tons of floaters in there! There's a pretty lace as I drink this.

S: Pine, mango and citrus hops with caramel and biscuit. As it warms up, there's hints of grass too

T: Hop bitterness up front with pine being most prominent. The malt bill is excellent - present but in the back with a right amount of caramel and cleaner malt flavors

M: Very pleasant with adequate carbonation and a pleasing drying finish

D: I'd easily drink more of this than is good for me
**Edit 18 Nov 2011**
Revisiting this after a long, long time. $2.49 from The Village Pump.

Either they've changed their recipe, or I've gotten better at identifying color. This is copper/amber, with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose has plenty of bitter hops, pine and bitter herb, some crystal malt. Moderate hop aroma as well, with some citrus. The palate opens plenty bitter with a pleasing, resiny pine character, along with citrus pith (grapefruit). A definite crystal malt character is present, with a little toffee and a touch of caramel. Drying, bitter, resiny on the finish, this beer is medium-light with medium-medium high carbonation that's a little too much IMO, hurting the mouthfeel a little bit. There's a definite alcohol presence, especially on the finish. An excellent IPA.

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

A - Pours a nice solid orangy-amber color. A vigorous pour gave it a fat fluffy creamy head.

S - Citrus hops dominate the aroma... almost a raw hoppiness with a sweet tang lingering in the background

T - Citrus hops are very prevalent in the taste. Organic & honey flavors somewhere in there as well. Strong hop bitterness at the end.

M - Medium to full bodied. Average carbonation

D - Good drinkability. i've seen it in bevys down state & glad its finally made it up to Albany. this'lll be a good one for the summer months ahead.

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

Split a 12oz bottle.

A: Really nice looking copper color. A finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Smells like brew day. Like hops added to the wort. Really intense flavor. More raw hops than anything else almost like they dry hopped the IPA.

T: Damn this is hoppy. Not really balanced at all. So hoppy you almost get a taste of salt from all the bitterness. Hopheads will love this beer.

M: Med body with a slight syrupy feel to it. Coats the mouth nicely.

D: The insane amount of hops killed the drinkability for me but hopheads rejoice.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first enjoyed this beer on Christmas Eve of 2007, then as a participant in a blind IPA tasting, where it finished 3rd overall. Recently purchased a case at 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA during a weekend visit.

12 oz. bottle enjoyed from a Great Divide pint. Pronounced rocky head with 1-finger foam to boot. Excellent retention and lacing. Body is cloudy and reddish copper in appearance.

Fresh hops dominate the nose, specifically pine and grapefruit. A touch of earthy aromas too.

The taste is incredibly balanced for my money. Intense, flavorful hops with the perfect combination of malt and a touch of alcoholic kick. Orange peel, lemon zest, and tea leaves. "Taste it once, remember it forever."

Medium bodied with a slightly oily finish. Bitter, bitter, and more bitter. A symphony of pungent hop flavors coat the tongue.

San Diego has done it again. This is a freakin' awesome IPA. If you didn't know, it finished 1st overall in this year's National IPA Championships. Need I say more?

Grab one now.

Notes: Had this on draft recently at the Blind Tiger in NYC. It might have been even better, but I wasn't taking notes that day.

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Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange. Thin white head,excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of piney hops,and grapefruit. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste is of piney,fruity hops,and more hops!Oh,did I mention hops? On par with the best of the IPA's in my opinion. Excellent.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Hazy, light orange, with sticky lacing, and a really good, 1.5-finger head with great retention. Small, fine carbonation permeates the entire beer, although it's only noticeable if you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Sweetness, piney hops (Cascade!), pineapple and grapefruit hops (Simcoe!), a nice grassy, earthy hop note (eh!?!), and a strange, buttery diacetyl note, somewhat akin to dairy. Pleasant, and definitely unique - I like the way this all comes together.

Taste: Hmmm, not as varied or balanced as the nose. Piney, bitter hops dominate, a few citrus notes as present - lemon and orange rind, perhaps. A slight malty sweetness attempts to balance the acidic bitterness, but fails pretty spectacularly - not that that's always a bad thing, but it's pretty extreme here. Spicy alcohol rounds out everything, a little stronger than I might have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but far more carbonated than I'd like. A little too carbonated, perhaps - the bubbles are too large for my liking.

Drinkability: Leaves a bit of an aftertaste and a cloying stickiness, and the prominent alcoholic spiciness kinda detracts from the overall drinkability. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but doesn't make me want to go back for another as much as the HopDevil I just finished.

A really great assortment of west coast hops that come through strongly in the nose ... and then lets me down in the mouth. Unfortunately, we don't brew beer to smell. This beer has the potential to be truly great if the recipe schedule were adjusted only slightly and the carbonation profiled was altered somewhat.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark amber with tons of sediment and a light tan head. It smelled of strong citrus hops with a bit of malt. It tasted like copper and grapefruit hops, which was more tangy than bitter. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation and a decently bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good IPA, but it didn't have a clean enough hops bitterness for me.

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Photo of Beercub
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice light gold color and a viscous lacy head that stuck nicely to the glass. The smell is extraordinary bursting with fresh northwest hops. It is as if you took a handful of hops and brought them to your nose. The taste is all about the hops with just enough of a simple malt backbone to hold it all together. At the finish there's a distinct but brief resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. The drinkability is ok, but suffers a little bit from the overpowering hops and the sticky resin that hits you throughout. Overall the best beer I've ever had from a bottle in terms of fresh hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of BBM
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking for something to cut into the intense sweetness of an over-exuberant porter and found this beer to hit the spot. There's an intense hop bite from the first sip, but it's not something that's overwhelming. Pine, floral, fruits, they all blend nicely together to create and exceedingly easy drinking IPA. I could have kicked back a few of these without noticing the ABV, too. Overall, a very tasty west coast IPA.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Julio's. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Another West Coast goodie I've been waiting to try.

Appearance: This one poured out a deep, murky, copper orange, almost brown color. Tons of fine floaties hung around in the glass. A somewhat hard pour yielded just about a finger of fluffy white head. Head quickly settled into a thick ring around the glass, and left a little bit of streaky lace.

Smell: The nose was just what I was expecting. Tons of big floral hop aromas out front, loads of grapefruit and orange peel with some freshly zested lemon. Freshly mowed grass. Plenty of sweet malt that almost stands up to the incredible hoppiness. A nice yeastiness in the background with a little pine, and no really noticeable alcohol. An almost perfect nose.

Taste: Nice flavor in this beer as well. A nice juicy hoppiness hits the palate first. Strong floral and herbal hop flavors. A bold pine flavor is paired up with grapefruit and orange. Plenty of thick malt flavors sweeten this beer a little bit and almost balance it. Beer finishes smooth with some yeast, a touch of alcohol, and a mean rush of bitter hops. Definitely a very West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Smooth and somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Another great offering from Green Flash.

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

Hazy orange with lots of small floaters and sediment. Sticky layer of foam.

Big piney hops aroma with a hint of white grape.

Taste is more of the same: a hops showcase with mostly pine flavors coming through. Even with fairly high bitterness in the finish, this isn't an unbalanced "bomb", but malt certainly takes a back seat. What there is, is mild and biscuity.

I found the mouthfeel to be just a touch too thin -- a very minor fault.

All-around, a very easy to drink and tasty IPA.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Cloudy copper color, with a decent head and good lacing.

Smell- Big hop smell with other scents poking through, cant decipher them all yet.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Heavily hopped beer, not very well balanced, you could taste the alcohol and the malt is quite weak compared to the hops. Medium bodied and medium carb.

Drinkability- Its a good tasty IPA, a little unbalanced for my tastes but some like that in a beer.

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

Poured into a nonic. Dark orange in color with a 2-finger beige head. Nice retention, plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of sediment.

Aroma primarily consists of pungent hops, with raw pineapple, mango, and citrus. Signature Columbus hop aroma.

In the mouth, the hops depart from tropical fruit and instead manifest as quite leafy and bitter. Tobacco, pine, and grass are present, and the malt is but a toasty afterthought.

Finish is oily, hoppy, bitter, and everlasting, and hence, not particularly dry. Medium body with lively carbonation.

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Photo of argock
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy yellow-orange with medium off-white clumpy head with great retention.

S: Delicious mix of citrus and floral hops aromas with smells of mango, pineapple, and orange backed with mild sweet maltiness.

T: The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but it is still very good with big-time floral and fruity hoppiness smoothed by caramel sweet malt flavors.

M: Pretty slick and oily with low carbonation and short but pleasing floral and fruity hops aftertaste.

D: Tasty hoppy West Coast IPA with a most delectable aroma and great taste and feel to back it up.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great looking off amber colored beer. Sweet and sticky smell and all piney with grapefruit scents. Medium to full bodied beer. Nice lacing on the glass is a terrific looking beer. The taste was WAAY too unbalanced for me. Very hoppy, to the point of "where is the malt". Made this one tough for me to finish. Good beer, how it can win out over Stone IPA is beyond me. They must be same "judges" that did not elect Chris Carter to the pro football HOF this last vote. This IPA is worth a try and and I would try it again, but I will not seek it out. The strength of the hops, or the lack of the malt, makes this IPA's alcohol overwhelming.

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

A: Orange-Amber Body with a moderate cream white head... had some staying power before giving way to a nice lace on the glass...

S: Lots of hops... mostly of the piney and citric variety... hints of the sweet malt base... nicely balanced...

T: Its always nice with a powerful, complex hop aroma is matched in the flavor... this is a wonderful western ipa... the malt base is the perfect canvas for the piney and grapefruit hops to tingle the tongue..

M: Clean and crisp. Medium Body. Leaves a nice film in the mouth.

D: Green Flash hit the mark with this one... goes down great even with all those hops assaulting your mouth... good showing at 7%.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for sending this extra in trade!

Pours a hazy copper, foggy with tiny sediment. Rapid streams of carbonation, feeding a dense, creamy head of foam. Arcs of lacing form too, adding to it's visual appeal.

Aroma takes awhile to surface, even at a cool temperature, there's just the barest hint of earthy hops. edit: subsequent bottles have delivered a cannabis hop blast!

Deep earthy herbal hop notes, leafy. Very vivid flavor, hop vegetation set against a blanket of malty toffee, striking a nice balance. A resiny bitterness lingers long into the finish. Body is more substantial than your average IPA. Fairly low carbonation with a creamy feel.

Mmm, great stuff! I could see this as a fridge staple in the summer.

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Photo of jakon
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy copperish color with an average sized white eggshell colored head that dissipates at a normal pace while leaving behind a uniform pattern of sticky lacing.

The aroma is outstanding among IPA's. All about the hops, and it's apparent there are plenty of them here. Big grapefruit, pine and orange zest mingle with lighter floral and earthy characteristics. Any perceptible malt is only there as a balancing backbone. This beer is all about featuring what's best about west-coast IPA's. Fitting name!

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

14 Feb 08

Had a draft at the Toronado, San Fransisco.

A: Gold with lost of rising bubbles, thin white head.

S: Full-o-citrus, low malt & esters.

T: Med malt with huge hop flavor. All US citrus and more citrus, becoming too much. . . is that Simcoe I taste? Way out of balance. A hop hammer which can be good, but usually not great.

M: Medium body with high CO2 and prickly pallet.

D: Medium to low due to lack of balance. I wonder how the hop shortage will change this beer?

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

Talk about hops! This is the hoppiest beer on the planet. I've been trying all the IPA's from all the breweries and nothing that I've tried even comes close to comparing with this IPA. Again... if you're into hops and the bitterness from extreme hoptivity... THIS IS YOUR BEER!

The brewery is kinda lame. The lady that works there doesn't know anything about their beers or beer in general. Don't tip her.


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

A-Deep amber/orange with a medium off-white head. Left nice lacing.

S-Piney and citrus hop notes dominate. Maybe the slightest tease of sweet maltiness.

T-Kerr-POW! The aswesome piney/citrus PUNCH that only a well made west coast IPA can bring. This one is about as good as it gets. Malt sweetness only acts as a vehicle for the hops.

M-Sharp and crisp with a nice medium-light mouth. Slightly oily at the end...but how can you not see that coming?!

D-Totally! This is one of my top 5 west coast IPA's for sure. I could sit and drink this all night. As for the 7%...you'd never guess...which could be bad!

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Photo of csmiley
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color. There is some orange in there as well. A rough pour gave up a little more than a half inch of head. Retention was excellent. Lacing was average.

S - Citrus hop aormas dominate the nose with some honey and caramel in the background.

T - Citrus hops are even more powerful in the flavor. The middle holds a little caramel and earthy flavors. On the end there is alcohol and a hefty amount of bitterness. As is warms the flavors lose some of the sharpness and create and even better balance.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation was average. Very dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good. I enjoyed the brew and would easily have another. Something about the flavors and balance of this beer just works for me.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in a trade -

Pours clouded copper with a one-finger head that descends to half the original size and stays.

The smell is of West Coast hops for sure - piney and citric.

The taste is of juicy hops - piney and citric - with enough support from a caramelish and pale malt to tie them together. Smooth. Alcohol well-covered with just a touch in the bitterish finish.

It has a firm medium body.

A hoppy delight here. Carefully balanced to give support to the hops that take center stage.

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Photo of Hoppington
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this at my local store. A superb IPA. This is a crisp IPA, somewhat more dry (and less sugary) than other ales in this category, despite coming in at a nice 7% ABV. The bitter hops takes center stage in this offering and is sharp and spicy. Not too syrupy, which makes this beer quite refreshing and drinkable.

In short, this is a great session IPA. Would definitely drink it again.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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