West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

7,888 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to check out the West coast rave since most West coasters complain that the East coast IPA's aren't good enough. Here goes:

In a pint glass:

A: deep yet hazy orange/brown colored body, one finger white head, body too hazy for carbonation to be seen rising, foamy lacing in rings

S: centered around the pine with some hops coming in quite strong yet still second place. Some grapefruit, orange, and lemon came out as the beer warmed.

T: bitter through the hops and then the pine taking second place on this one, some caramel came out as the beer warmed.

M: medium, dry aftertaste with a slight creamy feel. A decent amount of carbonation was felt. It was mostly a drinkable beer yet feel content with just this one

O: well, ok west coast, this was a very good beer. Even though I'll end up giving this good ratings, next time I want this next to a really good East coast IPA and we'll see what happens. However, I will say I'm more impressed than I thought I would be.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a big bottle of this from Bevmo in Ontario, California. Poured into a Baird pint glass. A romantic white thick head sat on top of this mossy green/brown ale for the length of its life. Very murky beer with signs of alligator bubbles brewing up from the bottom, feeding the slight carbonation of the drink. The scent is amaaaazing... full of hops and flowers, and not much else. No fruity side to this... just straight hoppy beer. The taste is heaven served both cold and when warmed in the room. Overall, this is probably the greatest IPA i've ever had, and I see why Green Flash has earned its reputation. I will come back to this beer whenever I have a chance, and if you haven't checked out this San Diego legend, do yourself a favor.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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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%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle, with about a finger-thick head. Deep orange color, slightly hazy with almost no visible carbonation bubbles.

S - Hop aroma practically gushes out of this beer. Really clean citrusy scents of grapefruit, orange, lemon. Very subdued pine aroma.

T - Bitterness right up front with a bit of edge that lingers into the aftertaste. Tastes of grapefruit and some caramel malts.

M - Very dry with an almost creamy feel. Quite smooth with fairly low carbonation. This is definitely a drinkable beer.

O - A very good IPA but not as good as Union Jack, my current favorite. The bitterness is just a touch on the harsh side for my tastes, but everything else about it is excellent.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Pleasant, frothy head tops an amber-clear beer. Great lacing.

S: West coast hops...surprise, surprise. I suspect the C's...Definitely Cascade/Centennial. Pine, a touch of fruit, and a bit of garlic.

T: Disappointing, dull, and not nearly as good as I remember it. Vegetal hops are reminiscent of boiled cabbage. A pine bite on the endtaste can't make up for the muddled and poor maintaste. Dry finish.

M: Lightly carbonated. The sense of flatness comes from the boring flavor, rather than the actual mouthfeel.

O: I can't recommend this particular iteration of what I'm sure is a very fine IPA. Alas.

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3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 13 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky medium orangey amber. It's almost clear, so that I can see through it just enough to make out a whole lot of bubbles rising up. Massive 2+ finger cream-colored head, super-dense, more like a sponge than foam. Tons of sticky lacing, great retention. Half-way through the glass, it still held a thick foam cap. Very impressive appearance.

Smell is nice mellow hops, citrus over pine, though it comes and goes, sometimes piney, sometimes citrusy. Deep, oily, earthy hops.

Tastes like a west coast IPA, for sure. Bitter. Mellow undercurrent of pale malts, with a bitterness that builds up over it and lasts. Pretty one-dimensional, but enough backing that it's pretty good. Persistent and bitter - can still taste it 15-20 seconds later.

Mouthfeel is good - medium-bodied, tingly prickly carbonation that works well with the taste.

Heavy on the hops. I'd like there to be more in the taste than just bitter. Appearance is something for all IPAs to aspire to.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark tan colored...frothy head..

S-Good canibabis/tobacco aroma as well as a tight citrus component (unsweetened grapefruit), tangerine peel. Malt is just a backing element but a bit of toffee evident giving an english IPA touch to this west coast hop bomb.

T-White grapefruit...a bit one sided on the hops but not hop juice...malt keeps it from becoming that and adds just a hint of the toffee noted in the aroma.

M-This is one of the more bitter IPA's I've had and definitely finishes dry. Maybe a bit charged up with the carbonation but just slightly.

O-Best part of this beer is its aroma. That is pretty special. Personally I am not a huge fan of how the hops are deployed in this beer and others will certainly enjoy it more than me. Decent enough. Had it on tap in San Diego and now reviewing off a Bomber I brought back.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,888 ratings.
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