West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,887 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: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured frome a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Rich redish orange with a sturdy, dense 3 finger head. Retains a small head for the life of the beer with considerable lacing

S: Hops! A touch of malt and alcohol, but an invigorating blend of citrus and piney hops pervades

T: Glorious! Bitter grapefruit and piney hops burst on the tongue with a smooth malty finish. This is balance I can love.

M: Works every part of the mouth. A smooth glide across the tongue that leaves a considerable tingle behind.

O: A fabulous exemplar of the WC IPA style that earns it's name and then some. If not for the 7.2% ABV, I could sit and drink these all day.

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

Appearance- This pours up a good amount of head. This is pretty typical looking IPA. The foam is white with hints of yellow and the body is a light amber/honey color with a little bit of haziness. A good amount of lacing is being left behind as it recedes at a moderate pace. On the second pour, this is clumping against the sides of the glass.

Nose- Pretty much what you would expect from this beer style. Citrus, pine, grass, and soap. Not overwhelming but fairly inviting. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus aroma. Some melon is starting to make itself known as well. If the aroma is any indication, this seems like it's going to be a fruit hop kind of IPA.

Taste- Bitter woodiness is the first thing comes through. Earwax as well. It's a very spicy bitterness with lots of pine but not much of the citrus on the nose. One reviewer noted that the main hops on this was Simcoe. I must say that I expected much more out of this beer because of its high BA rating. The 4-pack holder indicates that the hops are Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, and Cascade- all very West Coast, typical IPA hops. This starts to mellow out a bit and give more floral and fruity flavors. The aroma profile is starting to come out more in the flavor profile though the piney bitterness still dominates.

Mouthfeel- This has a medium body with a good amount of creamy smoothness. Another IPA that I've had that has a different kind of mouthfeel and I like it.

Drinkability- As the bitterness fades, this becomes a much more easygoing beer. This isn't exactly sessionable but I won't mind finishing this four pack at all.

Overall- Pretty good, maybe not as good as its rating on BA but still very solid. I give it an A-.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,887 ratings.
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