West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,895 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Freaking gorgeous-looking pour with a clear, reddish-amber color and a big fluffy head that leaves behind some great lacing on the glass. The nose just reeks of pine. It's almost sticky with the scent of pine sap. There is also just a hint of a honey-like sweet note.

I don't know how fresh this bottle is, but it tastes really good. The hops kick you almost immediately and don't let up. The strong pine and herbal tones accompany a caramel backbone in the front of the mouth. At mid-palate, the mouthfeel starts to change a bit from slick and oily to somewhat creamy and the bitterness takes on more of a citrusy character. The bitterness continues to intensify right to a dry, lingering finish that leaves your mouth dripping with hop oils.

This is about as hopped-up as an IPA can be without crossing the line to Imperial IPA. It's not my favorite IPA since I find the hop notes to be very floral and pine-like without giving me any of the citrus notes I crave in an IPA (for me, the best IPAs have flavor profiles with lemon, grapefruit, peach, and sweet orange). Still, this beer would be appreciated by any hophead.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.64/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A) Dark amber. Slow pour produces significant three finger head which disappates fairly quickly. Lots of lasting lacing.

S) Really good, typical smells of West Coast I.P.A.'s: pine, citrus, grass. Good balance.

T) Pretty hoppy, not as well-balanced as it could be. Sweetness tries to come out early but can't overcome hops. Might also be a bit overcarbonated. Bitter finish, as you might expect.

M) Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. Needs more balance between sweet and bitter. Might even benefit from a bit more alcohol.

O) This is good - the appearance and smell are outstanding and the taste is good, but just doesn't quite live up to the initial promise. This is my second try; I would gladly drink it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeTheBall
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle and saw dark gold color with an active foaming. Smell was of grapefruit, grass, pine; eveything a grown man needs. Taste was a hops assault; lovely. Very fruity and piney with just the right amount of bitterness. Great IPA! Mouthfeel was deliciously refreshing as well. Will definitely be back for more.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Hazy orange amber. Whitish billowy head on the pour that settles down with a bit of lingering lace.
smell: All grapefruit and pine with a bit of sweetness buried in the hops.
taste: Bitter hops from the start, through the middle, and resurges in the finish. A little citrusy sweetness tries to balance but is pretty much clobbered by the muscle bound hops.
overall: I can see this being a favorite for beer geeks and i gotta admit, maybe i'm a philistine but prefer the hops to be a bit more balanced by other notes. Sure I dig hop monsters like Founders Devil Dancer but that guy has monster malt too.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear, medium amber / copper shade with a big, creamy / frothy 2+" beige head. great retention and sticky lacing all over the place. IMHO if not a picture-perfect looking brew, close to it. fragrant nose starts with a wallop of citric and pine hops, followed by some subtle caramel malt notes. nice.

flavor delivers on that promise with heavy citric / pine hoppy characters, secondary notes of floral hops and the malt. bit more malt presence than i'd have guessed going off the aroma. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a very nice IPA. while there is a malt presence, make no mistake this one showcases an array of hops, both first and foremost. quite enjoyable. only caveat here is that these tend to hang around a while, and freshness is paramount.

(originally reviewed: 12-27-2011)

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

On the label it says " taste it once remember it forever, that is the truth. Anytime I can get this I invest wisely and get a minimum of a case. This is the IPA that created the west coast -hi ibu palette- that I now can't escape from. I never look into my cooler with anything less than satisfaction when I have the west coast Ipa in it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Intrinsic
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I'm at a loss right now. So unexpected. West Coast is the same colour as Schneider Weisse Hopfen-Weisse, which I think is amazing for an American IPA. Deep burnt orange. Quite cloudy. The head dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing. Beautiful.
The smell is exactly what you'd expect from a beer with Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops - fruity, citrus, piney, floral all at once. Not much else can sneak by that barrage.
The taste is surprising well-balanced considering how insanely hoppy the finish is. Nice sweetness up-front, but not even close to the bitter that follows. The pine and citrus dominate.
Medium-bodied, with a dry finish and a perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall, this beer is ridiculously good. I WILL be picking this up again.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,895 ratings.
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