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

Pours burnt orange in color, chunky, with a soft looking cream head that slowly laces the glass. Aroma is sweet oranges and grass with some tropical aromas of pineapple and mangos. Tropical citrus flavors also in the taste but the sweetness is cut quickly by a large peppery bitterness that grows deep into the aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol is evident in the bitter finish as well. Somewhat creamy medium body up front finishes crisp, light and bitter. Very nice ipa with a great aroma and a pleasing large bitterness.

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

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with half an inch of thin off-white head that leaves a light lacing with every sip. Smells of hops! Piney, woodsy, lemon...then comes the sweet scent of malt. This tastes delicious. Just what I was looking for in an IPA. All of the lemon, and orange reminds me of a fruity breakfast cereal in a good way since the malt comes in just when it should. Finishes with a pronounced spiciness that stays even as the bitterness comes through and lingers for a few seconds. Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. A wonderful IPA that I feel is very sessionable on it's own or paired with a nice assorted cheese platter.

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Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orangish color. Nicely formed head, over an inch of loose white foam that reduced slowly while leaving a tight netting of lace on the glass. Really not much else to ask for.

Intense hop aroma for an IPA. Lots of citrus, pine and some floral overtones. I could smell this forever...big hop aroma, not really much malt comes through though...no prob though.

Big hops again, lots of pine and resin but there is a lack of malts to balance this out. Nice bitterness in the end though that isn't overpowering...good but a bit unbalanced. No alcohol flavors either...

Mouthfeel falls a bit short, its a touch thin in my opinion...a bit more body and this would come up quite a bit. Carbonation levels are kinda low but don't cause any detriment anywhere.

Good drinkability. This is a nice bitter beer with a ton of hops...pretty easy to put down.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a good frothy one finger head that lasts a little while. A very thin head remains throughout with some lacing. The smell is wonderfully hoppy with some pineapple, citrus, and a little pine. The taste is excellent, hops, then citrusy sweetness, then hops. Very nice. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. I could drink plenty of these no problem. Great job Green Flash. I will have to try some of their other stuff for sure.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, amber color with a few floaters in there. Nice lacing going down though no real head. Huge hop aroma. I liken it to shoving your face right into a bag of hops-bright, grassy, grapefruit aroma. It is very pronounced but well defined-I wish I could pull this off in a homebrew. Hop flavor dominates-almost overwhelming depending on your liking. Wants to strip my tongue of taste buds-AND I LOVE IT! Malty base behind it all. Great mouthfeel-very well balanced overall. The astringency of the hopiness is great against the malty body. Very, very drinkable. The solvent like qualities of the hopiness might drag it down some but a killer, killer example of the style.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an awsome brew. I happened upon it, getting a 12 ounze bottle from a friend. I poured it into a pint glass (from another friend). If you can't tell this was a group effort. There was a beautiful head, 2-3 fingers. The retention was pretty solid too. There wasn't an awful lot of sticky lace, some, but most was just kind of there. The color was a gorgeous light amber. The smell was a sweet hoppy smell. The taste was more hoppy than sweet, but super none the less. The was a highly drinkable brew. Don't drink and review.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a pure hops explosion - bursting with citrus, pine, and a slight grassiness.

Big hop flavor upfront, dominated by citrusy hop flavors with pine and some grassiness. It actually gives way to a bit of caramel malt, and a rather strict bitterness before being swept out the door with more hops.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

West coast IPA indeed, no mistake in the name of this beer. A very good example of this style done in true west coast fashion - the hops are balls to the wall. Hopheads should seek this one out.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again from IntriqKen for this. Pours a orange/amber color, smells a bit sweet but some hops. Taste? Wow, what beers need, true hop flavor, citrusy, piney, awesome flavor, very exceptional. Overall I wish this was a beer that could be found locally, but in the meantime I can get it by trade. Smuttynose take note of what these guys are doing.

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Photo of Bones54
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fellow BA kolch for this one!

Pours a beautiful burnt orange color. Carefull though, even after I was warned, I was too excited to pour this brew and had a bunch of yeast sediment floating around. Hardly a problem though, and just of of the slight drawbacks to bottle conditioned brews.

Smell: If I were standing in a field of Hops, I would imagine it would smell like this brew. Amazing. Almost made me think the beer itself was a hop cone and I just wanted to take a bite!

Taste: In the words of Borat, "Wowawow-wee-wow!" Say goodbye to your tastebuds after tilting one of these back. It's really unfair to any other brew you might try after this- the hop taste is amazing and powerfull.

Mouthfeel: This might offend some people, but a way I judge the mouthfeel of a good IPA is the burp that follows it. And even the burp with this beer tastes good!

Drinkability: Oh hell yes. This one is easily drinkable. Hands down one of my favorite IPA's I've had to date.

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Photo of dherling
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque caramel color, with one of the nicest heads I've ever seen; thick, creamy just off white. Tremendous lacing. Forget the nose, the room instantly lit up with hops. I'm two feet away and I get fruity hops and esters. I go in close for pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, it's like a carribean fruit salad in there. I even get a touch of sweetness, strawberry like, and faint. The taste hits me with pineapple and grapefruit again, right int he front, developing some peach and other stone fruit flavors. The whole time the grapefruit and pineapple stay with you though, and it finishes bitter, reminding you each time you swallow that it's a big IPA. I'm not the biggest IPA fan, and this is too hopped up for me, but I can recognize that it's an exceelent interpretation of the style, with lots of fun stuff to enjoy.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange amber that is topped with a massive, craggy, sticky off white head that melts slowly to stick to the side of the glass very heavily.
Aroma is hops, hops, and nothing but hops. Fresh green, piney and citrus hops. Mmmmm....
First sip...second...large swallow...smell again...stare at the beautiful glass. I LIVE in So Calif...why haven't I tried this beer before?
This beer has everything a great WEST COAST IPA should have.
Sweet amber malt gets it's butt kicked quickly by bitter citrus peel hops that evolve to grapefruit peel, then the malts try to come back only to be overwelmed again. Aftertaste is clean and smooth and drying.
Ready for another drink...and another...and another...
What? 7% ABV?
Yeah....good stuff.

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

Pours an appetizing copper/gold color with a colossal bubbly white head. Excellent retention and thick lacing all the way down the wall of my pint glass.

Aroma is a huge bouquet of hops. Citrus, floral, and piney.

Taste is a bit more mellow in the hops department. The flavors from the nose are still there, but they've just toned down a bit. Light roasted malts thrown in but nowhere up to the challenge of meeting the hops. Still, this is a hophead's left coast IPA so balanced malts aren't a priority on this thing.

Medium-bodied with little carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel but it leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Stay away from this thing if you're not a hophead, otherwise I'd completely recommend.

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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: crystal clear orange in color with a 3" fluffy merangue like head. The head lingers quite a while.

Smell: loads of hop bitterness leap out of the glass. Citrus tones are more laid back.

Taste: a pleasant sharp pine bitterness nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Lighter orange and grapefruit tones rounds it out. Overall a very hoppy IPA.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Long aftertaste of pine bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a wonderful IPA that applies a pleasant assault on the tastebuds. Some may consider this approaching a DIPA, but the lighter malt levels makes this a super easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of bkett01
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you germaniac for this one!
Pours a hazy copper/amber hue covered with a thin white head. Good looking beer and even better smelling. This beer has been in my fridge for at least a half a year by now and it smells incredibly fresh right out of the bottle. Floral hops jump out at you over a lightly present sweet malt.
Taste is of raw oily hops, full of fresh "green" hop flavor. This is well carbonated and lively on the tongue as the hops impart their punch.
Great IPA, once again I'm jealous I don't have access to this one more.

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Photo of BillyB
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange/copper color with a nice foamy white head.

Smells are typical of west coast IPA's but still very pleasant. Cirtusy, grassy, piney hops.

Taste is quite hoppy and bitter. A little too bitter. I would have enjoyed a little more maltiness to balance this one out. It is crisp and tangy.

Drinkable for the abv but the bitterness takes away from the drinkability a bit.

If you're in the mood for a big hoppy ipa this one is pretty good.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate white puffy head, Very attractive lacing. Smell is loaded with piney, grassy citrusy hops. Taste follows through with a strong hop taste, somewhat balanced by the malt. Finishes a bit too long and bitter, and any maltiness seems to have vanished. Nice drinkability, but I would have enjoyed a bit more malt.

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

I literally walked into a column of cases of this beer when walking around a dislplay in the store. Glad I went around that corner.

Body is a Octoberish chill-haze orange amber. Loads of carbonation. Three fingers plus of level, bubbly bone-china colored froth. Very good lacing.

Big come-on-in inviting aroma full of pine, grapefruit, and some other assorted citrus.

Sweet caramel/toffee sets up a foundation before the resiny piney grapefruity citrusy hops come flooding in like SoCal during mud slide season. Nice hop "burn" lingers on long after swallow. Balanced and hoppy is always a good thing.

Good solid mediumish mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

As advertised, a solid example of West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep orange color, definitely unfiltered with yeast and some small bits of hop. Good head dissipates to nice lace. Pretty. Smell is big grassy, juicy, citrus hops, floral, piney. Wow, obviously a combination of hops here, there's so much going on.

Taste is very bitter even for an IPA, this is creeping towards double IPA territory, there's a little grain and malt to back up the hops, but this is a lupulin showcase, and all the flavors I smelled are on the palate as well.

Mouthfell is good, slightly dry. Drinkability is quite good considering its bitterness. This is a pretty awesome IPA, I'm glad we're getting Green Flash in Arizona.

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

A golden orange color with a nice thick head. In the nose there is plenty of citrus notes that carry over into the taste such as: grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc. It has a very crisp and pleasant hoppiness to it that lingers long after the taste. A real pleasure to drink.

Over all, and exceptional brew. Highly recommended.

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

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of yellow-tan head ebbs to a bubbly quilt. Hills of lacing range the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a citrusy swirl of grapefruit with an undercurrent of mandarin orange and lemon. A taunt of malty caramel flits softly along with an unexpected but soothing touch of tea leaves.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and boasts caramel and blueberry, but it's promptly trounced by dry, pulpy grapefruit and a lesser needle of pine. Biscuit malt peeks out toward the close, and more crisp dry grapefruit pairs with a lingering bitterness in the finish. It's not extreme, but it lives up to its name in the best way.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat so much as spice and tingle the entire palate.

I think West Coast and I think juicy, oily, sappy hops, and this doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't overwhelm despite little pretense to balance. It does have enough malt to maintain a presence, though. The ABV is sneaky, as it declines to overtly show itself, but it is there, do not doubt. And so simply, if hops are your bag, baby, you'll likely find this as drinkable as I do. Southern California is one fun, prolific place for beer.

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Photo of Morris729
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber copper color with a thick and foamy light tan colored head. Nose is fresh pine and citrusy hops along with a bit of spice. There is some noticeable sugary sweetness in the taste, but this is easily dominated by the bitter and piney hop oils and resins that remain in a lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice IPA here.

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

One fine IPA. I had this on tap a couple of times, and it quickly became a favorite. Aside from losing a little of the aromatic qualities, and having some floating sediment, the bottled ale is still quite good. Plenty of hops right out front. A nice combo of pine and citrus that hits you in the back of the jaws, but is not overly bitter. Aftertaste leaves a hint of alcohol, and a bit of piney oil. Overall, this is one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the cask at the Liar's, too the pint glass in my hand was a beautiful orange-amber ale, with a cloudy hop residual beneath a 1/4" of clarity, topped by a just off-white frothy, tight head everlasting. A very bright IPA with a glow.

Very piney and grapefruit upfront blitz...much hoppier than I remember this from the bottled version. Sweet malt loaded with citrus and pine, a definite hop-bomb of an IPA.

Pungent grapefruit intro that blazes into a pine forest for a wollop of bitterness and tang. For sure, a crowd pleaser of this style and beyond. Wow, very impressive from the cask...and a good mouth puckering.

Tons of sticky lace coat the whole inside of the glass. Halfway through, the grapefruit turns to a tangerine/orange with a bit more sweetness only to return to the grapefruit dominance, ending in a spikey hop bittering finish. Well done Green Flash!

Healthy medium plus body with a healthy dose of very well-hidden 7% ABV, an all-too-easy to drink, Western-style IPA of hop distinction.

Gotta love it!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a white creamy head doesn't last a long time. Light coppery color sightly cloudy apperance. Sweet malty aroma slight hint of pine. Nice malty taste piney slight citrus hop taste. Good balance not as hoppy as I would like it to be.Medium bodied good clean taste.not a great beer but not a bad one either. I could drink another.

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,984 ratings