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:
7,875
Reviews:
1,884
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
453
Gots:
1,978
For Trade:
9
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is a cloudy amber color with some floaties bobbing around and settling at the bottom. The head is thick and foamy, fairly dense, about a full finger tall. Lacing sticks to the glass by way of a good amount of patching.
This beer's aroma is pungent, a strong and varied hops bouquet not lacking complexity. It starts off with lots of grapefruit, juice, zest, peel, the whole thing, with a floral and herbal element to back it up before some pure, resinous pine comes through. Malts are enough to genuinely add balance to this very strongly-hopped brew, adding enough caramel sweetness to curb any abrasiveness the bitterness provides.
On the tongue, the hop onslaught is immediate, and it's very much the same: the tart, sour very lightly sweet and bitter combination of ruby red grapefruit, pine resin, flora, pure leaf and herb, rounded out by a little mint. Caramel comes in with it to keep it balanced from the beginning, adding a little bread with a touch of dryness, almost toasty.
This one's pretty dry the whole way, though the body is semi-dry until the finish, where I would definitely consider it dry. The juiciness makes the mouth water and helps with the dryness. Otherwise it's nicely crisp and has a bit of smoothness running through the medium body as well.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,875 ratings.
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