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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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a gigantic white head, some lacings on the glass as the head dissipates. The body is a very cloudy amber. In the nose it's citrusy hops with a malt backbone. Very floral. The mouthfeel is the first thing that catches my attention as I drink this, it's medium-light bodied and feels nice. There's a hoppy bite in the aftertaste that lingers for a while. It has a very 'clear' taste, hard to describe, maybe I'll taste more as the beer warms up. A solid offering from Green Flash, this is a brewery to watch!

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

This has been a staple in the fridge for the past 5 years. This is one of my favorite IPAs. It is good in the bottle and great on draft. Solid appearance, awesome piny smell and taste and great light to medium mouthfeel. I am a big fan of this beer and used to get it quite a bit more when it was in the six pack format, but like to grab it once in a while when I want a good example of a big hop forward IPA.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The majority of the 12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pouored a dismal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber copper color with some clarity and tiny bubbles and floaties seen in the beer.

Smell: citrus and pine hoppiness, which is followed by sweet caramel and bready malts.

Taste: The beer has this lingering bitterness that is a bit much. The malt does balance out the hops to a certain extent, but I personally don't remember the bitterness being that bad all the times I have had it on draft.

I waited a few more minutes to let the beer warm up and everything was fine. The super nice maltiness balances out well with the hops. Now this flavor brings back many memories.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink once the beer got closer to room temperature.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA by the boys out west. Prefer draft over bottle, but this was still good.

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

It's interesting I had this offering a while back when it first came out and thought it was just ok, a rather above average ok. Having it now and much more impressed. Love the appearance of this baby. A somewhat light amber or yellow brown in color. Poured a half inch head which dissolved to a ring but the lacing hung around. The nose is a very malty sweet with hints of hops and grapefruit. I like the taste better. Begins with a malty forefront with the grapefruit hops dominating in the middle and ending the same way it began with a malty hoppy balance. The mouthfeel is a medium thick. Overall really diggin this one. Certainly will become a regular in my rotation.

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/25/12.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy copper with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. There are some tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. The aroma is of citrus hops and sweet malts. There's a bit of that piney hop aroma in there as well. It's such a nice, hop forward IPA despite having two months on it. Those piney and citrus hops really come through in the flavor. There's a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to this beer. It hits all the taste notes of a solid West Coast IPA. The alcohol is well hidden here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer. I have yet to be disappointed by Green Flash.

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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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