West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 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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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern.

Bottom line: big hops yet drinkable. This toes the line of being too hoppy, but doesn't cross. Maybe my pour was just had the CO2 turned down, but there was zero head and lacing on this pint. The aroma was of big juicy, reisinous grapefuit with floral notes. The flavor expands with more citrus rind that is a nice mix of rough and smooth hops. I can't say enough about the balance here. Not of the mix of hops and malt, but enough hops and too much. Reminds me of Masala Mama of Town Hall in Minneapolis.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.52/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Last call for me at the Brazen Head Cask Fest. One of the few beers that night(Friday) with any noticeable flavor. If my mouth was having a bad day, then this stuff would of surely killed me on any other.

It's cask, so it ain't exactly pretty. It squeezed off just a touch of head, & the floaties were still groggy, so it's a better then average pour to me.

Imagine lighting some Tibetan medicinal incense(the ones with over 800 "cleansing" ingredients), noticing how "wet" it smells, then promptly suck it up your left nostril. Then chase it with a spritz of Pine-Sol. Double Simcoe, Ruination, this hurts like nothing else I've had. If it was dialed down a notch & a half I could of appreciated it more. It smells better from a distance. :P

Now, regardless of what you read, I'm not a hippy. I just happen to like incense. I have a regular everyday job & the last time I saw a hackey sack, I crushed it with my love of capitalism.

For taste, rancid Ecto-Cooler is probably the easiest way for me to describe the taste. A whole lot of grapefruit juice mixed in with a squeeze of extra harsh SunnyD. Practically burns your throat. Maybe a couple stale croutons are floating around in there, but it's all concentrated hop juice. It's hard to define the alcohol in all this. I'm sure some people drink the stuff for breakfast & toasted with it at their wedding, but it's too much for me.

Mouthfeel, as with nearly all cask pales I've had, is a smidgen thicker then the norm. Sediment is only obvious once you reach the bottom. Even for cask, carbonation was low.

I just can't drink it. I had a few other patrons rooting for me. Even a try & chugging the last few ounces almost ended in disaster.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. No head at all. Nose is saturated pine and peaches. Extremely intense. Flavor is areal zingy concoction. Thick resin edges. Earthy citrus tones. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is low. Feels nice though. Drinkable, but there is a lot of edge to this though that I'm not sure I remember experiencing on the bottle.

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

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice eggshell colored head that left some real nice lacing on the glass. Probably would have given the appearance score a 4.5 but there were tons of particles (yeast?, don't think this is bottled conditioned) floating around the brew. The aroma is of a nice floral and piney hop, some bready malt noticable. The taste is bitter grapefruit rind, can't really pick up any other flavors after that. Must say it is a little harsh. The feel is light and fizzy, and finshes with a harsh bitterness. An IPA for those who love bitter grapefruit hops. I don't mind the grapefruit hop but just wish it was more on the juicy side instead of harsh.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a Hazy copper with a one and a half finger high head that faded relatively quickly, random beads of carbonation rise to the surface. It looks like there are some particles of something suspended in the beer, continuously swirling around.

As expected this beer is a hop explosion, very aggressive and assertive resiny floral hops with scents of pine and grapefruit. The taste is less complex than the nose had led me to believe...kind of a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong this is a tasty beverage but often it seems to just fall into "bitter hop" than showcase the wonderful qualities that the nose lead one to believe will be there. There are some grassy, herbaceous notes that are a welcome respite from the monochromatic hop assault.

Medium bodied, great fine bubbled scrubbing carbonation. A bit too resiny on the finish

All in all this is a good beer and I will surely be reaching for it in the near future, since it's in the beer cooler at my corner store.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, via Oxymoron

P: Pours a slightly hazy golden under a big white head. Some good lace and nice retention.

S: Smells of an earthy, leafy hop. Not getting a lot of fruit, more earth tones.

T: Malt backbone shows up nicely, hint of caramel, ending in a earthy hop with a mild bitterness for an IPA. Slightest hint of citrus in back end. Would have really like a more citrus quality with the maltiness. Still good though.

M/D: Smooth, light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Decent drinkability. Very refreshing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short, stout, 12 oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield.. heard a lot of good things about this beer and brewery, so decided to give this one a go, and I wasn't dissapointed at all... superb appearance, golden, cloudy, hazy, with an enormous frothy and foamy head that lingered on for a bit before receding... smell was clean and clear, with noticeable fresh hops, vanilla, and caramel... taste paid homage to the aroma, with a strong suggestion of hops, grains, caramel, sugars, grapefruit, pears, and florals... really good stuff from the West Coast... very good representaion of the style... recently copped their Imperial IPA, which I haven't tried yet, but based on my impression from this sample, I'm sure I'm in for a treat... excellent stuff with a good mouthfeel and equally good drinkability without any suggestion of the 7% ABV... Recommended...

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

Consumed on 02.14.08 at my favorite local haunt in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Liberty Street Taproom and Pizzeria.

Brilliant and orange in colour with a thick, golden head that left a respectible lacing, sticky all throughout. Aromas resonate with amazing candied citrus and fresh pine essence. Clean and clear in the nose, for sure. Great balance on the palate as the bitterness paired well with the light yet solid malty backbone. Make no mistake about it though, this one is all about the hops. One of the more clean, unabashed, well balanced IPAs I have had in some time. I never would have guessed this one was 7% as the alcohol was hidden so well in the hop lusciousness and leveling malt structure.

A fantastic brew and one that needs to be sought out if you are a fan of West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: The color of this one was a slightly darker than average golden orange. It was served to me with a thin white head.

s: Once this warmed up, a wonderful citric hop aroma emerged. Slightly sweet grapefruit and maybe some lemon or pineapples as well.

t: The taste mirrored the smell. It had a bit more brown sugar taste than I would have liked, but the huge citrus hop finish more than made up for it.

m: Sticky and well carbonated.

d: The tap selection was too tempting for a second one, but I was tempted.

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

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours deep copper amber. Would be fairly clear, if it weren't for the abundance of yeasty/sediment/floaties floating around. Darker tan head, fine retention, leading to a nice lumpy froth. Then all kinds of lace. Nice looking brew, lots of character. Fresh leafy resiny hop nose. Hop blast continues onto the taste buds, plenty of more resin, soft citrus notes, this is the good stuff. I have gotta get back out to San Diego, love the style and love this version. Long smooth finish, more hops, riding on a luxurious blanket of malt. Love to be able to get this stuff in the NYC area

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Photo of madmanjf
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From cask ...

The beer poured an orange light brown color with a lacey head that retained well beyond the initial pour. There was a slight cloudiness to the beer, but quite minimal and transparent overall.

The smell was exceptional ... what you'd expect from an IPA. Very fresh on the nose with a grassy pine aroma that you'd expect from a walk in the forest.

The citrus notes came in very strong all the way through from sip to swallow. Grapefruit is the overwhelming flavor, one that I'm not particularly fond of.

This flavor left you with an extremely dry feel in the mouth in terms of the overall finish. I couldn't help but feel parched on the tongue.

The tastes I was not fond of mellowed out after by about the second or third pint; however, the first pint was not easy to drink.

On Night #2 of trying this, I was not able to get past the first pint at all; hence my low score in drinkability.

I'm quite a Hop Head --- but I'm not a fan of grapefruit so it makes it quite difficult for me to appreciate this particular beer despite my love for IPAs.

I'd probably overlook this beer in the future, but would be very interested in trying other beers from this brewery.

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Golden amber coloration, slightly hazy. This brew made a massive bit of froth which displayed excellent retention. Lacing was very nice also.

S - Sweet citrus notes and a big hop presence.

T - Nice blend of both citrus overtones and pine hops, with a decent backing, but not one so big as to take away from the predominantly hoppy profile. Bitterness was nice and mild. This is very tasty.

M - Sticky medium body, great carbonation level, bitter aftertaste which leaves a slightly oily residue on the palate.

D - Great IPA, I'd make a night with this one anytime. Now that I know where to find it, this will be a staple in my diet. If you see this one, don't hesitate to grab it.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue hazed by an abundance of suspended sediment. There was a two finger foamy white head with very good retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront resiny citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt.

The taste was dominated by an oily hop with elements of grapefruit, pine and pepper.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a superior AIPA. Resiny, sticky and robust.

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

A massive three finger off white head with rocky bubbles quickly builds to the top of the glass. Body is the color of honey. Scattered lace is left all over the body of the glass. The nose is huge with lots of fresh hop aroma and sweet citrus and sappy pine. Hop presence is quick to make itself known with long bold mineral based hops. The palate yeilds a slight creamy sweetness that quickly fades to a lengthy bitter richness that shows a bit of malt character as well. A solid IPA with a lengthy bitter mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden color with moderate carbonation and a filmy thin head.

S: Bitter left coast citrus hops, grapefruit.

T: Extremely bitter hops with a spicy flavor. Extremely strong hop bitterness the entire beer and great taste.

M: Spicy to the tongue and oily coating.

D: Terrific west coast IPA, yum. This is a top notch IPA that is representative of the west coast flavors.

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Photo of theformula
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #24 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/24. This finally arrived at my local beerstore, been wanting to try for awhile now...

A: Dark copper body into a tulip glass. A big, healthy tan head retains extremely well, w/ a nice cake of foam left on top. Thousands of yeasties float in the body; sticky lacing.

S: This positively reeks of citrusy, piney hops in the W.C. style and practically fills the room with aromatic hop oils. A bit of caramel & biscuity malts balance the alphas, but barely.

M: Light-med. body, nice bit of carbonation. Very soft and creamy. Nice.

T: This is a fantastically hopped IPA. A lasting bitterness clings on as well as grapefruit, pine and woody hops. Big biscuity malts and spicy, peppery yeast round it out, yet the hops always come back in the end.

D: A hoppy, fantastic IPA, similar to Harpoon's Finest Kind, IMO. It's the hopheads' IPA, yet still has just enough sweet malt balance. Very dry finish, this would be awesome w/ any spicy food. Buy a case.

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

A: Beautiful golden amber in color. A huge white head that held for a few minutes. Left a trace on lace on the glass.

S: Beautiful elegant hops. Slightly citrus and also a little flowery. Little bit of lemon. A wonderful bouquet!!!

T: Bitter. Big boy bitter. For the record the bitter is an enjoyable bitter, because of lots and lots and lots of hops. Also a little citrusy.

M: Very nice carbonation. Very smooth/ Very balanced!

D: I am certainly glad this beer was recommended to me. I wouldn't mind buying a whole case of this beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(from notes)
Had this at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA
12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears golden amber in color, crystal clear with a small amount of tiny bubbles. A solid one to two finger bone white head. Leaves some cool looking sticky lacing down the glass.

A pleasant dry hoppy aroma hits the nose. Smells of ruby red grapefruit and just plain bitterness. This one smells like a winner.

Very dry and bitter, with a nice fruity character. One of the most bitter IPA's I've ever tasted, the bitterness just keeps coming with every sip. Main tastes are of grapefruit and tangerine.

Feels very light and crisp on the tongue, dissolves perfectly. The drinkability, as long as you can handle the bitterness, is what you look for in a west coast IPA.

This is one of those nice go to IPA's out there. Well done.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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