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
Ranking:
#928
Reviews:
1,895
Ratings:
7,939
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
457
Gots:
2,016
Trade:
9
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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small chalice: color is copper/light amber, head is off white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a spotty top with a ring on the glass and some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is where you want a double ipa to be: emphatic bitterness, good earthiness, solid pine, and great lingering citrus rind.

Taste is similar to the aroma: hop flavors are forward with pine, citrus rind, herbal notes and earthiness; malt is a good backbone but not over done/cloying or missing, solid pale malt all the way.

Mouthfeel is a feature of this ale; big bitterness, solid malt backbone, moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very good DIPA, big hop flavors with a lean towards pine/herbal/floral with just enough bitter citrus rind and maltiness.

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Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allegue04
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little bit pricey compared to Space Dust IPA, which is essentially the Elysian take on this style.

L: A gentle pour gives a good finger of beige head that leaves an assertive lacing pattern, but there is tons of sediment. It's quite difficult not to get any of it. If you do only get a couple dregs, it displays a beautiful transparent amber body with dancing clumps and streams of bubbles.

S: And well worth keeping around if they help make brews that smell this fresh. Tons of papaya, grapefruit, and pine. Super tropical otherwise, with passion fruit, kiwi, pineapple, blackberry, guava, black tea, cane sugar and whole wheat toast.

T: Follows the nose. Way easier to detect the notes from the smell though. Papaya, grapefruit rind, grapefruit juice, pineapple, apple, blackberry, a distinct brewed black tea note, toast, and caramelized sugar are detectable, but grapefruit rind dominates heavily with soapy overseeped tea on the finish.

F: Almost syrupy, but good carbonation and lots of hops keep it crisp and fresh. Gotta sip quickly to finish this one. Gets caramelly and a tad cloying as it warms.

O: Amazing brew. One of my favorite DIPA's. Wish it was a tad less hoppy. Those terpenes come out a bit soapy tasting in such excess.

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Photo of Nace4
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice copper/orange hue. Small head about 1 finger. Excellent aroma. Nice hoppy smell. Fruity smell like grapefruit. Good flavor. Hard to pick it out. Still studying my IPA's. Lots of hoppiness and not too much bitterness. Goes down easy and leaves me wanting more. Another fine IPA from California.
On draft at BJ's Brewhouse.

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Photo of CMC73
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Martin4Dan
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jack77
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulFC
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manthon
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raphaellima
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JintheHam
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a slight off colored amber body with a quickly dissipating white foamy head that left some light lacing here and there. The smell had some light sweet citrus to caramel - ness arousing and combining together as it warmed. The taste was mainly sweet but wanted to try to have a slight bittersweet - ness to it. Light grapefruit does eventually show its face in the taste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but somewhat subdued, harsh but smooth - makes a good DIPA. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA to have again.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stout_Scout
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,939 ratings
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