West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,886 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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Photo of alex11ibanez
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got off work. I wanted something new, but instead got this with the intention of reviewing something…

Appearance: I got a bomber that proudly establishes its freshness date above its Green Flash label, popped it open and instantly saw the carbonation and hazy fog pour from the bottle. Then I poured the amber danky haze into my own thick dollar-tree mug. From the pour, a light orange colored head laced my glass.

Smell: tart apple-like, cold apple-pie... Oh wait that’s hops.

Taste: Wow, I remembered why I liked this. At first herby, maybe more of a sweet pineapple resin, followed by bright notes of zest that paint the tongue with beautiful bitterness. More complex flavors… Even ring bells of bread and pastry sweet. I do feel the alcohol at the top of my mouth, but definitely not noticeable till halfway through.

Feel: dry and full, more then half way through and gets slightly soapy. I can drink this forever.

Overall: This beer has so much going on. Definitely a must have to sit and sip with, or whatever you like to do for a good time. I love the wave of nuances this west coast IPA brings about. Grab a glass and, Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a completely translucent amber with about a half finger of slightly off-white head. The foam takes a bit to settle as a frothy ring along the edges of the glass start to appear. Good lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt and mild citrus. It's also a bit dank. Lots of skunky bitters, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: The first sip is a wonderful marriage of sweet and spicy. I get mild malt and a good helping of spicy hops. However, they are in such great balance that neither flavor dominates. This beer remains constant in flavor from start to finish. No big changes in it's profile. The finish smooth and clean.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet, but not too sweet. Hoppy but not too hoppy. It envelops that palate but moves of nicely. Not too sticky, but not exactly light either. Hoppy bitters remain in the mouth for quite a time after the beer is gone.

O: This is a wonderful IPA. The hops are there and it's bitter, but it's not too much to to stinging. The balance on this beer is perfect. Solid. Really solid. This would be a great beer for new beer drinkers that are starting to get into the IPA category. A beer that won't destroy the palate but will showcase that bitter/spicy quality that hop heads grow to know and love.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,886 ratings.
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