West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American 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 LarrysDeerGut
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nitty703
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trev311
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2019. Acquired recently from a webshop. Upon examining the label closely, I notice that this is contract-brewed by Brasserie St. Feuillien in Belgium. The label mentions that this has five layers of hops: Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep orange-amber colour with intense carbonation and some floating sediment. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy yeast esters with hints of grass/hay, subtle floral notes, vague fruitiness, caramel malt, leafiness and faint pine. Pleasant enough in its own right but not to style. The expected hop character is either missing or faded, while the yeast character seems distinctly Belgian.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with notes of light pine resin, mild weed, a touch of citrus, floral hints, grass/hay, subtle spice, earthiness, caramel malt and leafiness. Pretty dry, followed by a substantial hop bitterness upon swallowing. Again, the expected aromatic character seems to be almost absent.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, spice, leafy bitterness, grass/hay, faint fruitiness and subtle malt.

O: Hmmm - not what I was expecting. I can't tell if this is just old or has been made in a way that defies expectations. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are OK but lacking in the hop aroma and character that would usually be present in a DIPA. Nice body. Possesses a decidedly Belgian yeast profile but I don't know if Green Flash originally used a Belgian yeast to brew this beer. So, it might be old or it might be brewed to a different spec from the US version. Anyway, it's a nice enough brew but isn't really to style. Caveat emptor.

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

Photo of Driftpunx
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft,taster at WL.

A: poured a surprisingly dark (these days) copper-orange with little visible carb, a little off-white head and decent lacing and retention.

S: hard time smelling this out of a taster. More aromatic than tropical IPA or Hi-5, but nothing special; citrus, floral, pine.

T: surprisingly less bitter than it was made out to be. Imbalances in favor of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. Fair enough malt balance that I am actually enjoying this. Not much sweetness, but plenty of floral, citrus, grassy hops. ABV is deceptively hidden - very drinkable.

M: lighter end of mid-weight. Relatively active carbonation makes it seem light, easy to drink. Clean finish, less lingering hops than expected.

O: I liked this more than I thought I would. Suppose I'll have to revisit at home.

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjg584
2.48/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G-R-Fracassa
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, peppery precipitate suspended in amber gold. Only demerit is a slight alkaline aftertaste that feels a little fuzzy.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a simple pub glass.

Pours a fine slightly-hazy copper with a two-finger head and good sticky lacing throughout. A nice-looking beer.

The nose is a nice balance of malt and bitter. The malt backbone is readily apparent and hits first, and balances a strong back-blast of citrusy, not piney, hops. Overall, though, the aroma is perhaps a bit subdued.

The malt spine carries over to the palate, and is a great counterpoint to the undeniable hop storm that follows. Although the hops were almost exclusively citrus on the nose, resin/pine notes creep up on the back of the tongue not unlike a "stealth burn" from deceptively spicy food. There is just a touch of boozy warmth that completes the package. A nice quaff.

The mouthfeel is pretty spectacular. Medium to full bodied (thanks to the strong malt inspiration) but crisp and light nonetheless. Very drinkable, although the ABV will kick your you-know-what if you try to session it.

Overall, this is a very well-balanced IPA offering that I would strongly recommend. I am actually a "late arrival" to the IPA ball, having been put off by other offerings that were trying to win an IBU prize with little nuance. This is a truly-hoppy, yet very drinkable DIPA that checks every box.

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Photo of Curt2969
2.48/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I had a bad one.... But upon opening it smelled of stinky socks and hops. Almost no head after pour. The look was decent, though with a heavy amount of mysterious floaties. Sadly, the taste was just like the smell. Again, maybe I got a bad one, but as a guy who loves IPAs and DIPAs, this was rough. Definitely not exceptional. I, however, may give it the benefit of the doubt and try it again in hopes that mine was bad....

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Photo of dbankovs
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UtahBeerPleb
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It has a very classic IPA look coming out of the bottle - nothing to complain about there. The flavor is rich, very piney with some citrus, but without the sticky mouthfeel or bitter aftertaste that some IPAs have. I get a little bit of a boozy warm feeling going down, which I like. It doesn't blow me away but it's a solid, fairly drinkable double IPA.

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Photo of Muss42
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Have had in past and was good. It this was a malt bomb. On the menu it said 2014, I assumed this was an error. Maybe not. Who would age an IPA keg for 3 years?

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Photo of cceli
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stutz
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of steinhauser10
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grill20
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Giangio
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juablu
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,995 ratings