West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What's the point in reviewing this beer??? Everybody knows it's one of the best IPA's out there. As a matter of fact, if its from Green Flash, you know it's going to be awesome! But seriously, if you are an IPA lover like me, this should be a staple in your fidge.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber with a one-finger omy hitechea. Good amount of lacing.

S - Piney hops, citrus, and some malt sweetness.

T - Very hop forward with a nice sweet malt backbone. Some light citrus is present.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bitter dry finish.

O - Very nice IPA. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 oz "howler" poured into a Chimay tulip....

Orange'ish brown pour with a half inch head that settles quickly with moderate lacing.

As a kid, I used to peel grapefruits, discard the rind, and eat the flesh wedge by wedge. Everything about the aroma brings me back to that. Bitter bitter grapefruit rind. Sweetness in the air, but very subdued, this is all complimented by a bit of maltiness as well.

Every sip reminds me why I love this beer so much. For one, it's a hoppy beer but in comparison to the x2/imperials out there, it has a great balance. The fruit notes outweigh the pine 10::1, at least for me . The bitterness is there, but it's pleasing on the palate, rather than challenging to enjoy.

The feel of this one is really it's beauty. It's surprisingly light on the palate, with no recognition of any alcohol content, or monstrous/creamy body. The carbonation is just right, and as one sip fades, there's more and more to look forward to as it gradually takes over one's taste buds.

I don't think I'm alone saying this is in my top 3 favorite beers, it's truly magical on tap or in a fresh 4x12 or 22. It's got subtlety to sip and ponder, or one can take it to a party and enjoy the hell out of. There's a select number of IPA's that can take me to "that place" and this is easily one of the most easily obtained of them.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted against another giant Founders centennial, found it a close second, but also great IPA.

Appearance: A slightly, cloudy reddish, amber-copper, with a lighter, yellower, and hazed, great head and retention, reasonable lacing. 1 HOUR after my pour the heads is still covering the beer! I have since returned to this brewer and this beer many times. Lovely.

Smell: Very original aroma, classic IPA, but its own set of herbs and flowers on top of toasted grain and sweet bread. Must find it fresh. When fresh, it's a giant.

Taste: Follows aroma, all hops, starts grassy and flowery, progresses to complex, multi-faceted hops bitter tingle, clean, dry finish. Lovely balanced flavor arc. There's some flowery, spiced hops very special to Green Flash.

Mouthfeel: Medium with good body, good feel, great tingle. A winner. Want more. Slight evidence of the 7.3% ABV which is evident in the strength and character of the weight.

Drinkability: The Founders won by a tiny margin, on aroma, but the Green Flash left me wanting more, and I found it more memorable and desirable.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91.7% out of 100 with 7,904 ratings
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