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

Appearance: Amber with some darker orange leanings. Head is white, rocky, and starts off massive. Head drops to a spotty cap. Chunks of lacing stick to the glass. Remarkably clear. So pretty.

Smell: Pine resin, pith, tropical undertones. Peach, tangerine, orange and grapefruit. Mega fruity. Nice malt backbone. A little roasted edge. Caramel malt sweetness. Slightly cooked. Pith. Oily rind. Floral and sweet. Slight raw edge. Aggressive citrus.

Taste: Holy grapefruit. Pith and oily pine resins. Smacks of straight bitterness. Malt backbone comes through. Nicely sweet on the low side. Caramel malts. Some roasted/cooked malts on the back. Flower petals. Raw hop aggression. Malts get buried after a few sips. Mint and fresh tobacco leaf.

Mouthfeel: Close to full without crossing over. Dryish, but just enough to make the mouth want more. Carbonation is on point.

Overall: Unchain the hop beast. Your tongue will understand.

I've tried this on tap numerous times. It never impressed. However, a super fresh bottle showed me what the fuss is all about. Bitter and crushing, but so worth it.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of 12oz bottles for $9.49

A - This beers pours a beautiful orangish blonde color with a generous 2 finger, creamy head. As the head fades it leaves amazing lacing all down the glass.

S - The smell is not super-strong, but there were definitely some piney / citrusy hops coming forward that got me excited.

T - A variety of delicious hop flavors hit you right away, as you would expect from a good IPA. Lots of juicy citrus and pine. The hops are balanced by a nice, sweet malty base that doesn't detract from that great hop flavor at all. What I really love about the taste, is that by the end of each sip, the bitterness starts to fade into a sweet taste - which of course makes you thirsty for another sip!

M - I would call the body "medium." It's slightly creamy too with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPA's out, especially for the money. I live in Chicago, so I don't have regular access to some of the most famous West Coast IPA's (Pliny)... but beers like this make that not SUCH a bad thing...

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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