West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,885 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass over 25 minutes.

The pour is a murky brick orange with non settling large particles suspended in the soup. The eggshell head is fairly small. Frothy/bubbly lacing sticks to the glass only a little, both high and deep.
The bouquet is big and complex, simultaneously full of bitterness, sweetness, and fresh breaths of forest. The sugar-bitter front is a nice change from the majority of IPAs whose noses squirt citrus first. Those fruits come second--grapefruit, blood orange, and the cleanliness of lime that flows into the pine freshness without a noticeable seam. There's pepper and other herbs hanging on, as well with a sugary caramel depth that insists a malty foundation will support all the wild hops.
In the mouth red grapefruit ushers in the tart-sweet-bitter stew with a forceful but smooth entry. It gets leafy and chewy next, with mint in the latter third that makes the transition from wild to cultivated starches. Toasted caramel and hop oil sweetness pick it from there and slide into a long delicate finish where lime juice and clove-stabbed oranges drift into woody notes that end by crawling up the nose from deep in the throat.
The dry center hold taut all of these wild elements that swell a fat body floating on hop oils. It's so beautifully done that the experience remains bright and crisp, even with all the rich botanicals and toffee that somehow suggest vanilla…even white chocolate...as it stretches out on the tongue. What a marvelous, long experience in the mouth and over the teeth. It has just enough carbonation to keep it moving forward; if I could complain, I'd ask for just a few more bubbles.
This craft is remarkable. I'm so glad I had it without a bit of food--as a result, even the 7.3 went to my head. None of that booze, though, never mucks up the nose or taste. And I'm excited, now, to pair its beautiful use of lime with Mexican food, especially with proteins from the ocean. The only thing not stunning about this IPA is the splash it makes in the glass, but what a performer the rest of the way!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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A - hazy copper color with a solid head that didn't lace the glass at all. I found that last part odd.

S - Big orange notes with a touch of a sweet, candy aroma. Pleasant.

T - Bitter hops but not in a bad way (a dry hop bitterness). The overwhelming taste here is the orange citrus. It almost tasted like dry orange candy. If you're a hophead, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

M - A bit thicker than a typical West Coast IPA but also crisper. The hops dry out your mouth. Also, not as filling as I would have thought. It drank smoothly and before I knew it, my glass was empty.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,885 ratings.
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