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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, burnt golden orange with a thick and frothy 2-finger off-white head. Retention is excellent, leaving behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, pineapple and floral hops envelop the nose, as sweet malt aromas lurk behind.

Taste - Starts with an array of hops, grapefruit and floral, backed by a hint of pine and tropical fruit notes, all supported by a healthy amount of grain and toasted bread malt backbone. Finishes with a mild citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Well carbonated, but smooth.

Overall - This is a great IPA, but it's kind of all over the place. A bit wild and unfocused. In the least, definitely worth a try, but there are better options out there, especially at the price point.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy sunset yellow-orange color with 2 fingers worth of head

S: Pretty much dominated by hops with citrus, flowers, and slight pine. Very light malt as well

T: Follows the nose, with the pine coming out more than in the nose. Citrus equally present, with a nice floral note. Malts are definitely on the lighter side, almost not coming through at all. Slight spice as well, but they are as light as the malts

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly slick. I'd like it to be a little more so

O: The feel is really the only thing lacking for me, a very solid IPA with everything you could want out of the hop department for a west coast-styled IPA. This is a must try for hop heads and beer lovers alike

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a pillowy cream coloured head that lasts and lasts, imbuing aroma and lacing as I drink. This is what an IPA should look like.

The nose is a little more mellow than I expected, mostly piney and almost spicy floral hops.

The tongue follows suit, dominated by the west coast hops. The pine leads, with an almost sweet undercurrent to it. Well constructed brew.

Goes down smoothe, and while the oily hops can linger a bit on the tongue it doesn't get overwhelming or onerous. A fine example of a great beer. Definitely worth getting ahold of if it's available.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper colour with a huge, bubbly white head at the top that very slowly recedes to leave a head about a thumbs width tall and with plenty of lacing.

Strong hop presence upfront from this one followed by a massive about of pine and grapefruit, definitely some citrus and a touch orange with minimal malts.

Grapefruit and bitter hops to begin with, quickly followed by some pine and lemony citrus flavours. Very well balanced and very bitter.

Smooth on the palate with a medium body and an overall sweetness that is naturally followed by huge levels of bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and overall carbonation is mild to moderate.

An excellent example of an IPA and exactly what you expect from one with all the usual contenders making an appearance.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just finished this beer out of a 12oz bottle and WOW..I do see what the hype is all about.
This beer finally made it to CT last week.
I've had it on tap and in bottle and both ways it is a perfect IPA.

The beer is dark, unfiltered, almost dark brown.

Smells very hoppy, gives you a good idea of whats to come.

The taste is fantastic, hops, sweetness, sticky to the sip, leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is great, lots of carbonation, sticky, hoppy, makes you pant for more.

Overall, this beer lives up to the hype. These west coast IPAs have got it down.


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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,975 ratings