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:
7,865
Reviews:
1,883
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
449
Gots:
1,969
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 7,865 |  Reviews: 1,883
Photo of TGS
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- It looks awesome. Pours an effervescent copper color with a frothy ivory head and sticky lacing that remain present throughout the drinking experience. It looks like it has a good bit of carbonation to it as well. I'm already psyched about this one.

S- I'm picking up a good deal of that awesome smell of hops, obviously, but the scent of tropical fruits is there (I wanna say passion fruit?) along with pine and floral notes as well. Smells wonderful, guys.

T- Woah. The hops straight up punch you in the face with the bitterness up front, which is cool, and then the taste of resin provides that even flow as you approach the tail end. The would-be boozy aftertaste, which I don't mind, is masked by the taste of citrus peel. Fellow hopheads are gonna like this one. As the Men's Warehouse dude says, "I guarantee it."

F- It's fairly bodied alright, but it's surprisingly really drinkable. I'm enjoying the bubbliness and the dry, sticky finish.

O- This has been my first beer from Green Flash, and I am excited when the weekend rolls around so I can go try their other brews. This was a unique DIPA and I highly recommend it to others.

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

Photo of BlammaJamma
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Dipa. Sets a benchmark for what a west coast dipa should be. I'm lucky to be in an area where there are multiple local brewerys churning out fantastic Dipas for an IPA junkie like me. I try to keep 2 DIPAs in my Kegerator on flow as good and fresh is my goal. I have been sampling over 15 IPAs the past couple months as they are completely accessable fresh but Green Flash West coast DIPA is one I never bought, just due to the generic looking label in bombers. Well, my local brewery didn't have the brew I've been looking for weeks now and I had an empty tap sitting so I took a chance. I got a 1 month old keg and It has taken over the Beer of the month. It pours with a nice head with a nice piney smell. A deep orange color with a nice tan 3 finger head. mouth feel has that oily hoppy punch and goes down nicely with a medium feel. I even found my wife sneaking a sip as the smell to her had a hint of guava and had her curious. It has a great balance with the malt. Again, it has achieved status as the Benchmark DIPA, and will stay that way until I find one able to displace it's space on tap. As for now, I don't see that happening.

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Photo of Oakley
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vintilian
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CCash
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very reddish amber with a relatively small head of short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is indicative of a very bitter beer, full of intense hops. The taste is very bitter upfront but also well into the finish with an intermediate maltiness in the middle to provide some balance. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper, dark orange hue. Very clarified. Nice trace of lacing on the glass. Strong citrus zest in the aroma, probably the simcoe. Hints of resinous pine, and a bready malt. Familiar pine forward taste, with a splash of a caramel malty back bone. Plenty of noticeable Columbus, nice amount of resinous hops. Medium bodied mouthfeel, finishes relatively sweet and palate coating.

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Photo of gboley
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MGH15beer
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nihilistic
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Look: 4.5
Large amounts of foam – 3 finger head. Deep copper/orange color. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: 4.5
Tart fruit, citrus, passion fruit, tropical fruits. Hop aroma is pretty strong as well.

Taste: 4.5
Strong hop punch. Quite bitter. Citrus and pine. Caramel and malt flavors come in after the hops back off. Some smokey charred wood flavors remain after everything else fades.

Feel: 4.5
Medium mouth feel. Remains bubbly throughout the drinking experience.

Overall: 4.5
Very good Double IPA. In the top 20’s of must try DIPAs for sure. It was well balanced. It was bitter, sweet, rich, earthy, and buttery.

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Photo of kcnih
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rex_4539
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark amber color, two finger white head, good lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Mild hops, tropical fruits.

T: Hoppy, bitter, malty. Unique tasting DIPA. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Superb!

F: Full bodied, yet very drinkable.

O: Very good DIPA. Will definitely buy a lot more of those :)

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

this beer is costing me a fortune - love it. Dont tell my wife cause she's gonna have my balls if she finds out how many Ive been having

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

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep orange, with red tinges. Copper.

Nose: Floral, honey, citrus.

Taste: Gummy candy with a creamy mouthfeel. Loads of citrus fruit and honey sweetness, balanced by the smorgasbord of hops.

Glorious!

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Photo of ntanner83
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion, the epitome of the style. Bottle with best by date of May 14, 2017. Poured into a pint glass. Thin head which quickly dwindles to a slight lacing. Deep amber color, semi-transparent. Strong smell of pine, grass, tropical fruits...very inviting. Taste really follows the nose...and lingers quite long on the palate. Really well crafted brew. Very easy drinking considering the ABV. Gotta say this has become a favorite, especially when considering the price.

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

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