West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,867 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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Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a Green Flash 16 oz nonic glass. Bottling date is in December 2012, although I can't pinpoint the date because I already tossed the bottle.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a frothy two-finger head with lots of large bubbles and webbing. The foam sits atop a body that is golden amber with undertones of dried apricot and flaxen highlights. Just a tiny, tiny bit hazy. Lacing is sticky and pronounced, leaving rings as I drink it down.

Smell - All hops, pungent and intoxicating with fresh-squeezed citrus and pine needles. Highly aromatic, with some faint notes of fresh grass as well.

Taste - Citric, with grapefruit and clementine shining through and shades of pine resin supported by faint malty sweetness. Some pleasantly bitter characteristics on the finish add complexity and entice the next drink.

Mouthfeel - Juicy, with moderate carbonation and a medium-to-light body.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA out there, especially readily-available IPAs. It's consistently good in all characteristics, very drinkable, and yet packs a punch. While it's certainly a hop bomb, has balance and doesn't ruin your palate.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,867 ratings.
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