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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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a towering thick and sticky oatmeal colored head. Body is almost an orange copper color, somewhat hazy.

S: Strong tangerine and grapefruit aromas. Hop presence is staggering, the bitterness is very apparent

T: Lovely grapefruit syrup with pungent grapefruit rind bitterness. Fruity malt consisting of apricot, strawberry and melon. Finishes with a ton of earthy, bittering hops. Aftertaste of hop butter.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

D: That, my friends, is a west coast IPA. Recommended to all hop heads.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle generously provided in a trade with bennetj17. Thanks!

Orange-amber body with a solid finger of sticky yellowish-white head.

Smell is a huge sweet citrus blast. Clears the sinuses and makes my mouth water.

Flavor is all West Coast. "C" hops abound with a bite like a sugar coated grapefruit rind. There is a sweet caramel malt backbone present, but it does not impose or intrude in any way. This is all about the love of hops. Somewhat similar to Masala Mama, but more so. I think I may like this even better.

Mouthfeel is tart and toothstripping. Yow!

Drinkability is outstanding! A great brew, wish it were available out here.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with bennetj17. He's a great trader.

This orange-coppery amber beer poured with an impressive two finger off white head. The lacings were also quite impressive on this brew. It was decently carbonated as well.

Piney hops with a hint of citrus. Buttery caramel and bread also present to a lesser degree.

Resinous pine overtop of caramel and buttered toast. Finished again with hops, with more of a grapefruit taste and feel. Guess im a hophead because I could have used a touch more hoppiness.

This is a decent bodied and well balanced IPA. The astringent and piney hops nicely balanced the sweet and buttery creaminess of the malts.

This is a very refreshing and drinkable medium bodied IPA. Could tip a few of these back.

This beer had awesome head and lacing, much more so than other great IPAs. It also had very nice malty flavours and contributions, without being overdone in that department. Just a touch more hops would put this over the top as an American IPA in my opinion. Thanks again to Bennetj17 for throwing this one in.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a clear dark copper color with about an inch of eggshell colored head. Nice lacing rings the glass after each sip.

The hops dominate the aroma with pine beating the citrus to the front. Malts are present but you have to search for them at the end. It's hard to keep my nose out of the glass.

Taste is almost identical to the smell. Pine is the big player here with a lighter grapefruit flavor peeking out in the end. Little sweetness is noticed, but it has to be there somewhere since the hop bitterness doesn't overpower my tastebuds. Yup...there it is... right in the middle and easy to miss.

Medium body with a very slick and creamy mouthfeel to it. Some dryness on swallowing but little of the normal prickly feeling I get from some hoppy beers. Almost like warm velvet in the mouth, if you can imagine that.

I will have to get more of these, since I only picked one up on a trip through VA. Next time it will be a sixer at the least. Very enjoyable IPA.

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

A- burnt orange copper in color, fluffy two finger off white head with good retent, settles to ring, lacing on glass

S- citrus & pine, all hops

T- citrus/fruit malt sweetness up front shortly before hop bitterness comes in and hammers it home. Bitterness continues through aftertaste. Sour pine, grass, toasted malt flavors. Earthy and slight, slight citrus aftertaste.

M- smooth with a great body, crisp, good carbonation, dry finish & aftertaste

D- Very well brewed IPA. Not my favorite IPA, but this is a must try for hop heads. Distinctive taste compared to other IPA's.

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

This is what I would expect of a West Coast IPA, hoppy but not overhopped leaving you picking resin out of your teeth like some West Coast DIPAs, nothing wrong with that either. This one left a head that hardly receded as I sipped, as the liquid went down the head clung to the side to form more than what I would consider a lace. This would be one of my go to beers if it were a local brewery.

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Photo of Illinick
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/orange in color with a big, thick, fluffy white head that retains nicely throughout. Nice glass clinging lacing.
S: Grapefruit pulp with medicinal/herbal and piney hop smells. Spicy notes as well as some bitter citrus pulp.
T: Follows the nose with a huge hop bite at first derived from grapefruit pulp and medicinal hop flavors. The pineyness comes out and leads to further spice flavors and a dry and warming finish. Some citrus pulp notes throughout. Definate huge hop flavors!
MF: Light medium that finishes dry with a slight alcohol warmth.
Overall: Definately a West Coast IPA. Hops, hops, hops, with little detectable malt balance. The hops, grapefruit pulp and medicinal flavors really overpower this brew. A good brew for hop heads, and even though I am in that category I like to see a little more balance.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with very low amount of head. A slight, hoppy and fruity smell with a touch of sweetness. Taste is very hoppy (even for an IPA), but with a very pleasant and surprising citrus undertone. Slightly sweet but not overly so, I found this to be very unique. After drinking the entire glass, it may be a little overly hoppy/spicy, but nevertheless an excellent IPA.

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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Same label design as the rest of the Green Flash offerings. This is the 3rd of 3 that are available in CO now (Nut Brown and Extra Pale are the others).

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with lots of haze, a big head that is pretty solid. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops - piney with a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much like the aroma - quite a bit on piney hops with just enough malt to almost balance it out, but not quite.

Overall impression: A nice beer for hopheads - definitely the best of the 3 Green Flash offerings I have tried.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with lots of miniscule floaties. The head is huge and rocky off white and retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a huge piney fruity hop blast, yum!

The flavor is sweet malts and melon initially, that are quickly followed by a big hop bitterness that lingers through into a sharp bitter ashy aftertaste. It is medium bodied.

Overall, an excellent IPA! This is right up there with Titan and Stone for me. It a bit unbalanced to the hops (especially in the aftertaste) which keeps it from being top notch (Two-Hearted). I'll definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at falling rock tap house in denver.

Pours amber to brown with a 1.5" white head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Loads of piney hops & not much else gets through

Taste: Big piney hops up front that evetually let a little malt sneak in. Finishes with a flourish of grapefruitty hops & dryness

MF:Medium with good carbonation. A little too overhopped to for perfect balance IMO

Drinks easier than its 7.0 abv, hopheads will love this. A very good IPA

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

Glad to see more brewers sending their brews to Colorado! I recall seeing the Green Flash PA all over San Diego and a few days after I got back, my local store started carrying this.
Pours a dark golden color with some copper tones. I'd actually compare it to the "east coast" IPA's I've had rather than the slightly lighter west coast ones I've had. Lacing is as good as I've ever seen....coats the glass like a champ.
Smell is of bitter pine-style hops and grain. Not a ton of malt in the smell, but the hops smell is VERY strong.
Flavor starts off with a bitter hops bite, but it mellows into a maltier flavor quickly...only to finish with a hops bite, too! At 7% there's a little alcohol bitterness, too, but it's not overpowering.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability is only limited by your love of hops. If you like hoppy beers, this is your drink. I think the actual hop characteristics in this brew remind me a lot of Stone's IPA, but possibly stronger. However I think the maltiness is a bit more subdued in this beer, too. They're near equals just depending on what you like. I personally would like a little more malt to back-up the hops, but others might go the opposite direction.
This is a winner. If you're a fan of brews like Stone or Lagunitas, pick this one up, too.

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

Aroma: I'm surprised by the balance of hops and malt. I note the hops of pine, citrus, etc.
Tastes like fresh wild bergamot, greek oregano; horehound finish, all gliding slick-like on a soft malt stick. Big citrus afterglow: Grapefruit, orange, lime peels.

The thick light pastel yellow froth holds dense as long as it takes to sip the pint. Quilts the glass with lace like a mama trying to keep her baby warm in a blizzard.

Once my palate is deadened a little to the numbing hop kill I really appreciate the malt candy background. The mouthfeel too is lovely, rich and middling on the thick-to-thin spectrum. It poured with more body then I was expecting. A very pretty beer that exceeds some west coast IPAs I've tried.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17 for this west coast goodie.
Rust color with two fingers of creamy off-white head..1/2 sticks around and leaves behind some of the stickiest head I have ever witnessed.
Juicy fruit hops fill the nostrils...cotton candy, sweet caramel malt.
The taste is fantastic...incredibly thick with a huge blast of hops...the bitterness grabs the tongue and does not let go. A solid malt backbone tries to balance this out the best it can, but the hops cannot be subdued...actually feel the hops sticking to my enamel.
Sturdy mouthfeel and the carbonation is beautiful...creamy in the finish, thanks to the head that remains until the very last sip.
Ok...maybe not a session beer, but I would have to go this again and again if I had the chance.
This offering is as far as one can go without entering double IPA catergory.
So glad to get to try this one...everything I expected and more.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and copper in color, the head is a nice half-inch with solid retention. The foam clings well to the glass and creates a fine lace. Aroma is sweet and citrus-like with a grassy hop flavor. Nice, but it could have been stronger. The taste starts out tangy and a strong bitterness is immediately detectable thereafter. The hop flavor is strong but not particularly well balanced by and malt flavor. I would have enjoyed more citrus flavor like in the aroma. The bitterness lingers strongly after the finish also. The mouthfeel has a light creaminess, and goes feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is subtle, not sharp. Overall this beer is a nice bitter hop selection, but needs more malt balance and sweetness to make it excellent. Very good...

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Photo of PeatReek
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick amber color with just a touch of haze, and a nice beefy layer of foam that's sticking around. Incredibly bold hop aroma, cascade-y and centennial-y and a couple others I can't quite nail -- strong pine notes over a thick base of citrus. Tastes like all those, with the lemon aspect coming out a bit more strongly in the flavor than in the smell. A little sweet at the outset and full-bodied, but finished with quite a stiff bitterness. A little over the top, in fact, even given the clear prominence of the malty sweetness. That's the only thing keeping this from supreme drinkability; the hop aroma really makes me want to come back for more each time I put it down.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-orange hue topped by an inch or so of off-white head that subsides after a couple of minutes. Nice carbonation in the form of tiny, tiny bubbles that keep on coming for a while. Aroma of spicy, grassy hops, along with a hint of grapefruit and just a hint of sweet, biscuity malt. The hugely assertive hoppiness on the palate is offset just enough by the sweet malt to keep this beer from being over the top. The hops are grassy and bitter, with just a hint of anise lurking behind the scenes. Body is substantial and just a tad sticky, providing a good vehicle for the lupulin to coat the tongue. Strong, but quite drinkable. I'm glad I discovered the Green Flash.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. It pours a hazed copper with an inch of fluffy khaki head that sticks well, leaving big patches of medium to large bubbles on the glass. It smells like a west coast IPA, with tropical hops (grapefruit, mango) and dank, resiny hop oils. On the palate it is medium and quite smooth with a big tropical hop profile, contributing grapefruit, mango, and hop leaf, and leaving a healthy bitterness along the way. Despite the ABV, this is an easy drinking beer for those looking for a west coast hop fix and my only complaint is that it could have had more of a malt background. However, I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of germaniac
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, semi-clear copper, with a bunch of creamy, clinging offwhite head.

Smell is definitely hoppy. Lots of citrus, like fresh cut grapefruit soaked in orange juice. Just a bit of malty backbone, way down deep.

Hops aren't as over the top in the taste as they were in the nose. Resiny citrus with straightfoward bitter kick. Malt presence is minimal, but it does provide some mellow caramel flavor towards the finish. Not as crisp and clean as I like my IPA's, but still a great beer.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is burnt orange with excellent lacing, good carbonation and a wispy white head.

Smell is all citrusy american hops. But for the slight malt backbone, I'd be hardpressed to distinguish this beer from a recently cut grapefruit. From cracking the cap to the end of the pour, prepare to be assaulted with citrus.

The taste doesn't belie the smell. Tons of citrusy american hops, but with a more pronounced maltiness and another layer of underlying hop bitterness. It's very well put together.

The bitterness stays with you a bit, which isn't a terrible downfall, but it can be overwhelming- which is why I don't give it such high marks on drinkability.

Overall this beer is a can't miss in the pantheon of west coast ipas and dipas.

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

Has this beauty in Richmond after a long day of interviews.

Pours a grogeous coppery amber hue with a generous 1/2" resilient head.... the head itself is predominantly rocky in appearance.

The aroma is filled of grapefruit and orange zest... they fill the nose... yay simcoe hoppiness! My only desire is that the aroma was a bit more pungent.

Huge simcoe presence in the taste... loads of grapefruit and pine resin, coupled with citrus rinds.

Big rich mouithfeel.... moderate carbonation amplified by bittering hoppiness.

Imminently drinkable... absolutely a fantastic beer, and the first I have had from this brewery. Looking forward to trying more of their in the future.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy iced tea and orange color with a soapy, clingy light beige head. Very good retention. Very floral, spicy, somewhat piney and candy-like in aroma, attention mostly focused around the hops. Well, there's no false advertising going on, this is certainly a "West Coast I.P.A.". Predominantly hoppy and bitter, however, some tea-like malt sweetness comes through mid-palate, adding some depth and a further bit of toastiness comes through nearer the finish. But the obvious attention-getter of this ale is the hops and their orientation to the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Playful carbonation accentuates the long, bittering finish on this one. I could easily put away a few and take a hop nap.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brassy orange with goldenrod edges. Great looking creamsicle orange head that appears to be full-to-bursting with hop resins. It's currently a fat three fingers in height with a firm creaminess that will, no doubt, contribute to its longevity. Even though the glass isn't completely covered, there's a more than respectable amount of lace in the end.

Hoptastic aroma that I've been able to appreciate since the pour, despite the fact that the glass is at least two feet away from my nose. A more concentrated sniff brings glorious waves of candied grapefruit, pineapple and fresh pine to my nose. 'West Coast' indeed. The hop bill is sure to include one or more of the following: Cascade, Centennial, Columbus. I'd bet good money on the Columbus. Fantastic nose if you're a hop lover.

The flavor isn't as explosive as expected, given the aroma, but this is still a lip smackingly tasty version. Rather than soar with sky-high, dazzlingly bright, ultra-fresh, citrus zesty, hoppy top notes, the flavor profile is more mid-range, bold, brassy hoppy with caramel and lightly toasted pale malt accents. That's not to say that West Coast IPA is anything other than a hop-dominant beer, but it doesn't quite have that pure, clean hop flavor that I love so much.

Green Flash certainly hasn't skimped on ingredients; almost always a positive in my experience. The tongue ruffling bitterness is countered by a sweet, sticky maltiness that keeps things from becoming overbalanced. I wouldn't classify this beer as a hop bomb, but 'hop artillery' wouldn't be out of line. Bitter orange, white grapefruit pith, dessicated pine sap, all lightly drizzled with melted caramel.

The body is medium-full and is firmer than it is creamy. The finish is long and is slightly oily, ensuring that a thin sheen of hop scum adheres to the tongue and builds upon itself with each successive sip. Good stuff. Not much in the way of noticeable carbonation; another positive.

Green Flash West Coast IPA is, without question, a good version of the style. The brewers have taken care of the essentials--quality ingredients in a sufficient quantity--and have crafted yet another delicious IPA from a state that leads the nation in delicious IPAs. I haven't yet sampled them all, but I feel fairly confident in stating that this is Green Flash's best beer.

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Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light copper yellow with moderate bubbles floating to the top. Lots of sloppy and sticky lacing all over the place with no set pattern ahead of it. Head stays at about 1/2" as I drink.

Smell: Beautifully gorgeous and insane piney hops, an attack on the senses that I love. The slightest amount of malt sweetness is in there, which balances the fantastic hop sprawl.

Taste: This is intense, balanced, flavorful, and risky. For all those attributes it succeeds. The finish is dry, with a ton of piney hops by the end. Lots of flavor, lots of malt, but then again, tons of hops. I'm loving it here with this.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation that initially masks the flavors, which I also like. It's almost a delay to the goodness that quickly, after the hop mask. But the carbonation sinks into a creaminess that's nice after the bubbles subside.

Drinkability: A hophead's dream? Maybe, yes. A West Coast IPA? Indeed. I'm a huge fan of this and I'll definitely be buying it again. As I said, it's intense, flavorful, and, quite possibly, not for the faint of heart. In that case, you may want to think about it, or you can take the chance. When can I get some more Green Flash? I hope the other styles have as much going on as this does.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My parents brought this one back to me all the way from the Papago Brewery in Arizona. Thanks!

This one pours out of the bottle a deep bronze, with a slow-churning head that creates an absolutely gorgeous meringue effect on the top of the glass. This fluffy beer-cloud leaves a remarkable trail of stick to the glass.

The nose is all shades of hops; fruity, citrusy, zinc-y, metallic, and green/herbal. Completely one-sided, but completely appealing.

The taste is more of the same, a dank hop-slap of insane bitterness. While this does go over-the-top a little bit - my mouth was aflame with alpha acids - I did enjoy this much more than some of the even more unbalanced IPAs I have been drinking. Hop burps could be ignited.

A slight astringency (batteries, pennies, metal) takes away from this and sends it towards the hop-tea pile of West-Coast IPAs. Still, an intense change of pace that I could definitely enjoy from time to time.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,960 ratings