West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,865 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Hazy medium amber/copper color with orange and yellow hues. Off-white 2-finger head with medium retention.

Hops on display: Citrus, white flowers, pine resin, grapefruit peel, earthiness, dankness.

On the palate the intensity builds as the beer moves across the palate. Grapefruit and lemon zest, nice grain quality, grass and hay, pine sap and resin. Earthiness and a mild dankness.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Well balanced carbonation. Bold bitterness that builds across the palate. Bitterness lingers and generates a long finish.

If you are looking for a strong representation of the West Coast IPA style, you should enjoy a bottle. Very drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle served into a pint glass bottled 4/22/2013

A- A nice copper/orange color with a fluffy head of white foam and some of the nicest lace i have ever seen in a brew.

S- floral with strong whiffs of grapefruit pith and pine.

T- Fresh bread crust and a touch of sweetness upfront which quickly becomes taken over by strong citrus bitterness representing flavors of grapefruit and a touch of lemon, then developing into a more herbal character with a straight forward bitterness and drying finish with lingering citrus notes in the aftertaste. After the first few sips i had a hard time believing this was 95 IBUs but its starting to come forth towards the end of the glass.

M- its a pretty creamy IPA. Medium bodied. With very smooth carbonation.

D- a tasty beer with a wide variety of hop flavors make it deliciously drinkable.

Overall this beer has so much going for it but i found the level of alcohol a little high. I like IPAs to be around the 6% - 6.5 % range. Once you get over the 7% range you start venturing into the Double IPA valley, which is by no means a bad thing. Good brew nonetheless. Looking for more brews from this place. Well done.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuaff
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank at cellar temperature in a mug.

A three-finger, white puffy head here. Lasts quite a long time. This IPA is a clear amber color.

The smell isn't all that strong, but I do get some nice hops, honey, and pine.

Now the taste is a whole different story. First comes a wonderfully tangy and refreshing citrus sensation, and the rest of the plot entertains waves upon waves of thoroughly resinous, herbal bitterness. We have here some heavy hop flavor, I might add. A profoundly pleasureable experience.

The carbonation feels right on.

A great IPA. Doesn't mess around much with aromatics, though, instead cutting to the chase with upfront flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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