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

Acquired via trade from Phoicon, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is pleasantly intense with your typical IPA blend of hops and citrus.

T: Big hops burst up front as you would expect followed by the citrus sweetness and malt backbone. Finish is filled with hops bitterness.

M: Very crisp, but a little too bitter to be smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Tasty, not very filling, goes down ok, it’s a good representation of style, but not my favorite.

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

Poured into 12oz pint glass.

Hazy amber in color with unfiltered particles, nice head, minimal lacing. Smells of citrus primarily with some sweetness. Tastes mainly of grapefruit with a nice malt pickup in the middle and then a good pine finish. Hints of alcohol present. Medium in both body and carbonation, not too dry, kinda wet, easy to sip. A very drinkable IPA and quite true to the West Coast style. Takes me back to where I want to be, the San Diego area, though it does leave me right at the city limits instead of "downtown".

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

Poured a hazy amber color, with a decent looking head.

Aromas are of citrus and pine. The smells are light, but crisp and pleasant.

Beer comes off as quite dry. The main flavors noticed is the hops. Noticed bitterness, grapefruit, and a touch of sourness on the finish. This is pretty hoppy for a standard IPA. But it is from the West Coast... this might be a touch out of balance, not much in the way of malts that I can I taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. This beer seems a bit gritty though. There is also quite a lingering effect from this one... a bitter sourness that really hangs around.

All in all, I liked this beer. But the balance seems off. I am a big time hop lover, but this beer needs a bit more to it than just the bitterness I tasted.

This beer must have had a long journey before it got to me. CA to MD, then MD back to CA thanks to MuenchenerKindl.

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Photo of
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Hazy amber liquid. Large, light tan head. Quite rocky. Moderate lacing.

Aroma was mainly citrus - lemon and grapefruit. Some grassy notes in there as well. A bit of honey if you really put your nose into it. After most of the glass, malt became more apparent, and the honey character picks up. A breadlike scent also comes out to play.

Taste follows scent, and is quite hoppy. Citrus and grass are the players, and are much stronger in flavor than the scent would indicate. Malt is there, but hard to characterize. Definately not a starring role. Alcohol pops through occasionally, but is pretty mild. I felt that it could have been a bit better balanced.

Medium bodied, with similar carbonation. Not very drying, but it does keep you sipping.

Balanced, it's not, but if you like hops, get some of this. Very good.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After hearing some good things about Green Flash, I decided to give this one a try. 12 oz bottle, probably picked up at D's or Dawg's.

Pours a lovely and very active copper with a bit of haze. Nice fluffy tan head that starts up as soon as you pour, rises to a couple fingers then falls to a cap of foam, leaving some nice lacing behind. A lot of sediment floaters are visible in the body.

There's not the explosion of hop aroma I was hoping for, but the hop presence is there. The nose is full of hops, citrus fruits abound as well as hints of pine, but not as much as you'd think there would be.

Taste is obviously weighted towards the hoppy end of the spectrum, and its the crisp fruity west-coast variety. A lot of grapefruit, complemented by a nice malty sweetness through the middle, followed by a biting piney bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, well carbonated, a decent, not thick or cloying body, rather on the light side.

Drinkbility is good, the alcohol well hidden and the bitterness flavorful without being destroying.

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

I was very excited to try this beer and even my first impressions were good. Apparently, you can't judge a book by it's cover.

Appearance was nice. A golden rust color with a nice light foam head.

Smell was great. Very lush and green with plenty of sweet citrus.

Taste was nice too....until I swallowed and the harsh reality hit home. Up front it was a nice lush experience with plenty of citrus and pine but upon swallowing, that all disappeared and true the serious biterness presented itself. It seemed that this has no real malt backbone to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel was just about what I expected but the harshness lowers the drinkability somewhat, at least for me.

I know this beer is very highly regarded and I generally liked it but based on the buzz surrounding it, I was expecting something more like Two Hearted.

I'll be happy to try it again in the future but I probably won't mbe seeking out another bottle any time soon.

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Photo of Terp96
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been fasinated by the Imperial IPA from Green Flash but I guess I had to try its little brother as well. It is a much different beer.

This beer pours a much darker reddish-amber than the DIPA. The head on this beer is something to note. It is huge and never goes away. There were still chucks of it in my empty glass the next morning.

The smell is very nice. Hops all the way. Very piney, grassy but with some of the citrus notes the DIPA was missing.

The taste is good as well. Again, hops all the way but there is much more of a malt backbone here as well. There is a defined sweetness in the middle that leads to a drying, bitter finish. I must note that I am still burping these hops the next morning, making my coffee really interesting.

Mouthfeel is solid. Sort of slick and oily but very sturdy and balanced. The malt holds up well in the face of all of the hops.

The smell, taste and mouthfeel of this beer are very balanced, making this IPA very drinkable. Be careful of the cottonmouth the next morning. Regardless, I will go back for more.

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Photo of MVassar
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange/copper color, beautiful amber-tinted head, with long-lasting lacing.

Grapefruit peel is dominant in the nose, along with hints of pine, hops, and maybe a touch of orange zest.

Plenty of crisp citrus, loads of bitter hops, with a balance of malt and spice. Long, bitter citrus peel finish. Very sturdy beer.

Surprisingly creamy, and almost full-bodied. Yet not heavy; great balance. Carbonation is just right.

Beautiful balance of bitter and sweet keeps you coming back for sip after sip. Very drinkable.

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

Single for Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey, CA.

Appearance: The pour is bright orange to amber with a creamy white head.

Smell: The hops in the nose attack the sense of smell with an onslaught of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and pine.

Taste: The flavor profile is bursting with hops, probably centennial and cascade, possibly columbus and if there's chinook in here, there can't be very much. This reminds me a lot of Stoudt's Double IPA. Plenty of grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, and resin in front of sweet, toasted malts. It's a definitely rough around the edges, but I still enjoy the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to just not quite full-bodied with a dry, oily texture and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinking this beer is a great way to flood your palate with alpha acids. It's a bit too gritty to keep around all the time.

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Photo of sloejams
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"This West Coast IPA..." is how the label reads. Exactly.

This is absolutely a West Coast IPA. It's loaded with big hops - lots of citrus, lots of pine. It pours an amber color with a frothy cappucino head. Some sediment lurks toward the bottom of the glass. It's aroma is very grapefruit. The bitter tastes hits first but rounds out with the slight sweetness in the malt character. Very drinkable and quite delicious.

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Photo of rayjay
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ideal, lots of lace, perfect IPA.

S: Nose is potent hops, but it's relatively faint.

T: Tangy hops with a skunky weed kick, fading to bitter hop tea. Hops are the main focus but it's kept approachably tame. Enjoyable flavor but not quite rounded.

M: Nice refreshing ale, pretty light in the malt department. Slight hint of honey.

D: Soft as water. Great example of the style.

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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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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,995 ratings