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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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Ratings: 7,916 |  Reviews: 1,891
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears copper orange whitish cream head lacing streaks evenly in specks. Aroma contains deep citrus and pine heavy hop dose here mild biscuit malt sweetness comes through with a touch of the seven percent alcohol. Taste is more pine cone and citrus fruit hop bursts mixed with a nice sugary coating of malts aggressive yet mixes well together nice West Coast IPA here with a tinge of alcohol thrown into it. Mouthfeel: Slight oily texture to it medium bodied nice natural carbonation nothing is to harsh here glides on the palate. Drinkability is refreshingly west coast in nature a true gem from the SoCal San Diego County city of Vista nice find in Pittsburgh, PA.

Update: 12/16/11
I'm shocked that this beer is only getting a B rating. One of the widely distributed West Coast IPAs that is always consistently awesome. The bad part about this beer is that it went from being served in a 12 ounce six pack to a four pack and costs more now than I ever remember it being. Pours a bright copper color with light khaki cream colored head, forms even speckled lacing evenly coating my chalice. Aroma is great packs in Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascades probably a couple more hops...but it packs the aromatics in with pine, earthy, floral, citrus grapefruit peels, even a touch of pungent marijuana like smell, very green. Rolling aggressive hop bitterness with ample caramel malts to balance out the heavy handed hops. A really nice aggressive West Coast IPA with balancing hop bitterness to dance with. It's a shame that the beer is running around 14 dollars a four pack or I would gravitate this IPA much more often than I can currently afford to. Flavor offers an earthy herbaceous, grapefruit peel ridden hop bitterness/flavor with a lingering hop bitterness that makes you feel like you brushed your teeth with hops. Ample sweetness from the malts makes this more palatable than your average unbalanced hop bomb. Mouthfeel is coated with hop oils and is medium bodied with a flowing carbonation level. Overall very drinkable beer that brings joy to hopheads across the country, although I prefer Port Brewing hoppy offerings to this I can't seem to get any of their beers locally.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lasting white film covers the hazy orange hue. Delicious honeyed malts envelop lively bright citric hops, evolving into leafy and floral territories in mouth. Agressively dry and mineral in mouth, it is fully citric, but not overly bitter. Medium bodied, woody dryness, peppery. Pleasant small-bubbled carbonation. A very aromatic example that I can see people appreciating a lot. A most excellent IPA

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Photo of pjwilson
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

noticed the green flash up here at bev mo, props to them for getting more and more beers from outside the usual area. Now, if we could only get Alesmith and pizza port up here...:]

appearance: nice froathy head that lasts for days. incrediable lacing on this one. the beer is a nice pale color with a slight tint of orange

smell: hop smell's. Just had a Bear Republic XP which showed how great a hoppy beer could smell without going over the top. well this goes under the top yet that could be an unfair comparision. you get alot of the malt smell in the nose with the hops. can already tell their's gonna be some malt in this puppy

taste: it's pretty good, and quite mild i would say. This beer really strikes a balance between malty and hoppy. Most IPA's fall on one side or the other but you get a really nice blend here. Reisny hops mix with the right amount of bisquitness, but it mixes together as one, not seperate like the great divide I had. The bitterness is certainly here and it is quite strong; i think it blends well here into an overall kickass beer. taste's crisp and I even taste cinamin in here. Set's itself apart.

mouthfeel: hits the right amount of chewiness for an ipa. solid

drinkability: this is one those that just goes down the hatch. for an ipa it's just absurdly drinkable.

Vibe-ing this one. Sets itself apart from the pack by getting the blend of malts and hops just right. Doesn't top the kings(Racer 5, Hop Ottin' and Stone), but on the other hand doesn't really try to and does something a little different within a limited style.

edit: sipping a stone ipa right now which is pure hops. sort of longing for the malt balance that this beer had. world class, imo, and I will certainly get me hands on more of this beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10-28-06: Edit. After sampling tons of IPA's I've come back to re-review this as it is the this households #1 beer. Simply amazing and seems to get better every batch.

Original Review:
Gotta love this brew. Ultra citrus, apricot, young grapefruit, and hoppy as hell. Big white head that falls slowly to a solid rooftop covering. Lots of hops in the smell.

West Coast IPA....this is a good one to compare all others to and in my opinion the best single IPA i've had. Ridiculous freshness in the hop profile. Medium bitterness from start to finish. Hop oils and citrus linger long into the aftertaste. Fucking awesome brew. This will make you grow hair on your back...and you'll go back for more.

Notes: I've yet to find an IPA as solid as this from top to bottom. Throw in the fact its priced at $7 bucks a sixpack it then becomes even harder to argue against this brew. THE BEST!

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Photo of nvsblman
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a little over a finger of fluffy white head. Fresh citrusy and piney hops. Maybe a little caramel in the background. Bright and crisp hop flavor. Strong, yet not overpowering. Mostly orange and lemon in the hop flavor, but some grass and pine are in there too. Enough malt to stand up to the hops without being really noticable. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing, it'd be easy to knock a couple of these back. Really happy to have this as an option in Phoenix now, I'll definitely be getting this again!

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 in late September.

Poured a deep copper color with a nice fluffy head leaving a nice lacing. Nose is malty but I am not catching the blast of hops that is to come. Taste initally was a bit more heavy on the caramel malts than usual for this style. But then look out for the blast of hops that finishes the sip! Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, very full and lively. Overall drinkability is good but watch out for the ABV if you are planning on making this a session beer!

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber-colored ale. Not much head retention. Citrus, pine, and resiny hops in the aroma. Explosive bitterness followed by lingering dank grapefruit/lemon rind flavors. Layers of Pacific Northwest hops from start to finish. A true hophead's delight all the way from the Left Coast. Now that's my kind of session beer.

Thanks to brewandbbq for bringing this hoppy nectar to the East.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer at La Bodega in Riverside for $6.99 in Nov. 05. [Note: I suspect this one may have sat on the shelves a few months before I got it- don't know if that affects this review.]

I have heard some about this brewery as one of the new up and coming breweries in the San Diego area- saw them at a beer fest or two, and have seen a few bottles, but I've never tried them. This is from my first bottle (subject to modification after one or two more)....

Pours a surprisingly dark copper/red with a very large fluffy white head. Quite nice to behold, but darker than many (but not all) west coast IPAs.

Aroma is all about the hops, and this hop profile is different than others I've smelled. Huge bitterness- much moreso than the Alesmith Yulesmith that I recently enjoyed. Oily and piney, for sure, but what else is that? Crushed juniper berries. I recall that from the mountains of Nevada. Notes of creosote bush. Definitely reminds me of camping in the California/Nevada desert. And good or bad, this is very different from other IPAs.

Flavor is all hop bitterness. Oil. Furniture polish oil. If you like hops, if you love hops, don't stop, pass Go, collect $200, and go here now. We are talking seriously bitter, almost sour hops that drown everything else out. Some like that. For me, I like balance better, and so I have to give this one a pass.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/03/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber colored pour. Nice full inch white head which an 1/8 of an inch hangs around the entire beer. Lacing is very nice.

Smell- Mostly pine scented hops with just a touch of fruityness. Some brown sugar hoovering around as well as a fairly darker malt base.

Taste- Nice drying bitter taste. Crisp pine hops control this beer. Maybe, just maybe a slight grapefruit taste in the aftertaste. Malt base is about average. Hops taste wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Creamy at first, which turns to a drying mouthfeel. About a perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Almost didn't grab this one. In fact, I didn't. Ed at Ledger's tossed it in my box as a freebie after I had made my purchase. Very good IPA. Going back for a sixer next week.

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Photo of Bcant
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form a 12oz bottle, pours copper—slightly hazy with lots of carbonation; big rocky white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Bouquet is thick and close, almost humid with notes of pine-tar and molasses.

Good flavor that is rather woody. Starts with American oak but quickly revels fresh pine and finishes with grapefruit rind.

Very nice in the mouth, the flavor transoms give you a lot to think about but at the same time are blended well enough to enjoy without effort. It is not incredibly velvety but neither is it alcoholic, which makes the beer quite drinkable, especially for 7abv.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear full copper color and is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma starts out with a raw herbal hop note but then moves to softer, sweeter citrus notes of grapefruity and orange peel. The taste has a slight sweetness up front which carries through towards the finish. The malt sweetness accentuates the grapefruit-like citrus hop notes, but there is also a noticeable raw hop note that is a mix of herbal notes and pine. The beer has a solid bitterness to it that slowly builds towards the long astringent, lingeringly bitter finish. This is a nice example of an IPA, perhaps the body is a bit thicker than usual and at this point I might like it a bit thinner, but come another day the body would probably hit the spot just perfectly. Perhaps the finish is a bit too raw and astringent with the heavy handed hops, but it definitely is an enjoyable hop blast of a beer.

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3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

West Coast IPA is an orange/amber color with a 1/4" off-white head. The head falls quickly to a cap and leaves a good lattice of lacework.

The nose is full of piney hops and ripe grapefruit. Orange peel. Appropriately named as this has a classic West Coast IPA aroma.

Juicy citrus, tangy pine in the initial taste. Very hopped up and nice bitterness.

Full, round mouthfeel. Nice bitter finish. Good drinkability. I agree with my main man, tryemall(thanks for the beer!), this beer could benefit from a little more malt backbone. Otherwise, very nice, very hoppy W.C. IPA.

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

On tap at Liar's Club in Mission Beach

Copper colored with a white foamy head. Incidentally, served with too much head. Mild to moderate hop aroma of pine and citrus let's you know this is indeed west coast. Firm but smooth hop bitterness with a hit of citrus and pine. Quite bitter. Hop bitterness and flavor is relatively short lived. They are replaced by a subtle warm maltiness. Quite nice, especially on the first few sips.

Overall: not a bad session IPA.

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

Well, you've got to hand it to those West coasters. Even a "bad" IPA is damn tasty. I put bad in quotes because this here is actually a very good beer, just not as aggressive or distinctive as many of its West coast bretheren.
Had it on draft at the Liar's Club, and I just found this to be a perfect example of an extremely balanced, citrusy/piney IPA with a solid malt backbone. This isn't going to bowl anyone over longing for that West-coast hop attack, but I would be proud to serve this as an intro to anybody unfamiliar with the American IPA style...

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer abandons the stubby 12-ounce brown bottle a cloudless deep amber with a behemothic frothy light tan head that slowly fades away leaving a fine coating of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a nice hop floral spiciness, undergirded by the sweet malt, quite crisp and fresh to the senses, start is sweet with a nice but light grain profile, top a bit light for my liking. Finish is adequately acidic, the hops persistent in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a nice drinkable IPA, that doesn't murder the tastebuds and fits in nicely on this 112 degree day in sunny Arizona.

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

A good interpretation of the west coast IPA and another good Green Flash brew to add to their lineup. The pour and the apperance of this brew were outstanding with a dark copper color and a very nice fluffy white head that stuck to my glass and stayed till the end. The smell was very hoppy with an earthy quality to it as well, and very citrusy. Most of the malt flavors are burried under the very bitter hoppiness, but I for one like the hop flavor that it has. It is very raw and may not be the most balanced IPA, but it is lots of that great hoppy taste. The lightly sweet maltiness sneaks into the flavor at the start and is noticable in the finnish, but the hops are definantly the star here. Green Flash seemed to get off on a slow start, but with this beer and their latest anniversary ale, they seem to be getting on the right track.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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