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 dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3-14-09 Was psyched to find this home town hero in my local grocery when I moved to NY! Updated 12-3-12.

A: 1-3 fingers of orange-cream foam with great retention. Lots of floaties - must be unfiltered, will pour with caution next time - and I did and it was only slightly hazy. Orange, with golden highlights. Almost perfect except for chunks.
S: Hops sweet and oily smelling - pine/west coast hop aroma. Bright citrus and tropical fruit. Smells like a DIPA. Tiny smell of alcohol, some sweet caramelly malt.
T: Very bitter right up front and intensely grapefruity throughout. Nice and hoppy with a faint malt whiff. Very intensely hoppy for an AIPA. Delicious. Pineapple, grapefruit and fir needle bitterness coming on strong at the end. Man Candy-esque. A tad vegetal = minus points.
M: Intensely puckering/grapefruit. Maybe even a little astringent. (negative) One of the most bitter beers I've had! Prickyl and bracing
O: Man candy all the way. Bring it on! Mmmm, good. Only bummer is that it is too strong for a session. This is what I wish more AIPAs would emulate. Maybe a tiny bit less bitterness would be more pleasant.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hefty Ommegang Hennepin glass.

A - Deep copper color, with a thick white head. There's a bunch of "something" floating in there. I'd guess its from dry-hopping.

S - Pine and citrus hops dominate the aroma of this beer. I'm not picking much up behind the hops.

T - Sweet up front, followed up quickly by hops. Lots of hops. The hop character goes quickly from spicy to piney to lingering citrus and bitterness. There's a firm malt backbone to this beer too, lurking just behind the hops to keep it balanced.

M - I'd put this at a medium body. This may be a combination of the malts and the hop resins. There's a good bit of carbonation here that helps with a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable for an IPA. This beer is definitely all about showcasing the hops, but a good malt balance keeps them from being overwhelming. There also seems to be a good balance of the hop character between pine and citrus, rather than letting one overwhelm the other.

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Photo of thehand
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy murky orange color with a half inch of head, leaves some nice sticky lacing. Smell is of pine and citrus, a little sweetness comes through, but this is a very dry tasting beer. Taste is lots of pine and citrus, slick medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The bitterness is very pronounced on the back of tongue and roof of mouth. Long piney earthy resinous bitter finish. A very dry IPA, showcases the hops. Very drinkable if you like the style.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 95 IBUs and 7%.

A-Pours a nice looking amber with some sediment floating around. Pour results in a 3/4 finger off white head that dissolves quickly into an iceberg of foam in the middle surrounded by a small ring.

S-Just like its name, West Coast IPA. Lots of pine and citrus hops letting you know what you are about to consume.

T-Pine up front with massive grapefruit bitterness following quickly behind. It tastes like 95 IBUs of hops are rampaging your mouth and they left the malt in their wake. Do get a tad bit of alcohol on the back.

M-Medium bodied and feels right for the style. Perhaps a tad undercarbonated for me. Hop resin nicely coats my mouth.

D-So bitter that after 2 or 3 palate fatigue kicks in. I prefer to have at the most two in a session.

A very good IPA from the land of great IPAs. I never have a problem ordering this, but sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle when some of its neighbors from surrounding breweries are also available. Great for those who love grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of Umbra
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint served icy cold at Mahaffey's in Bmore. Comes out a hazy brew, orange with some amber highlights. Finger full of whiteness has both good retention and lacing.
Pine and citrus on the nose.
Orange, lemon, and grapefruit mingle with sharp pine. Decent yeasty/bready backbone keeps it way honest.

Medium brew bites your tongue and lingers. Dries out your tongue and beckons you to drink more and more...

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Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle with a medium aggressive pour this orange-brown beer produced a fairly nice off-white head which settled to a thin lace after about 5 minutes or so. Has an ever-so-slight haze to it when held up to the light.

Smells of flowery hops as well as some piney notes fill the nose.

Taste is hoppy, but not over the top. The thing is....it never goes away, which leaves very little room for any malty flavors to sneak in.

Drinkability is pretty good being that it's 7.3%. I could see myself getting into trouble with these.

Morey's Bottom Line: A well made Ipa to say the least. It reminds me of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and Sierra Nevada's Torpedo a bit.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Whole Foods Market (3rd Street & Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California -- 12 oz. portly bottle.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous amber with a finger and a half of head that receded gradually. Moderate carbonation can be seen rising through the beer, and light flows pretty freely. No floaters or yeast visible. THe head is remarkable -- big, piney, hops -- exactly what one would expect from a "West Coast I.P.A." The flavor is definitely what I would expect, with a great hop bitterness on the end -- certainly a unique bitterness. I don't know if I would say it's as challenging as IPAs from Russian River, Stone, or AleSmith, but it's certainly a pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation. At 7% it won't go down too quickly, letting the beer warm and some more character to come out. Definitely enjoyable, but it's not in the top 10 of its class. I'd recommend picking one up if you see it, though.

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Photo of Troyone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with alight amber hue, minimal white head, suspended sediment, and some carb action.

A rich smell of pine needles and other hop esters with some caramel malt in the background.

A rich taste of pine needles, fresh grapefruit, and other hop esters with butter and a hint of caramel malt in the flavor.

Medium bodied, buttery and resinous feel, with lively soft carbonation.

Another great session IPA with the perfect bitterness, well balanced, for hopheads - yummy. Leaves a fruity aftertaste of hops.

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Photo of Holmes698
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color was a light, slightly hazy, orange/amber beer. This is not an extremely heady beer. The head disapprears quickly but a ring of head at the point of contact with the glass remained the entire time. There was a slight amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma has a piney, citrus scent. Was easily detected as soon as I opened the 12 oz. bottle, and increased in intensity as poured into a pint glass. Hops were in your face from the first sip. 95 IBUs will tend to do that. Very light hint of malts. For a non-imperial/double this beer is very hoppy plus it finishes smooth with a citrus after taste. With a great hop taste and 7.3% ABV (labeled on the bottle) the drinkability is great.

I feel that overall this is a great beer. I love hoppy beers and this one did not disappoint me at all.

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Photo of douggoodavage
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured hard into a pint glass at 42 degrees F.

Appearance:Hazy orange amber with a fluffy one finger head and decent lacing.

Smell: Super hoppy pine, lemon peel, grapefruit, nice floral & some yeast. World class IPA scents.

Taste: Orange, lemon peel, pine, honey and fresh bread. The super complex hoppy accents linger on your tongue long after you drink it.

Mouthfeel: Med. body, nice fizz, and makes you pucker.

With a 7.3 ABV & 95 IBUS this beer satisfies this hop heads idea of a world class brew. Well done Green Flash!

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper...one-finger of cream colored head...leaves a thin layer for most of the beer...lacing up to the rim of the pint glass

S - I smelled the hops as I poured this beer...very piney, hop aroma...maybe a little bit of a musty smell as well...no trace of a malt balance in the smell

T - Extremely hop forward...mostly pine, but I did get some tart grapefruit...

M - Hops stick around and coat the tongue...the bitterness really catches you in the back of the throat...a little creamier than I expected

D - A little too much of a hop-bomb for me, but I think that the drinkability is pretty high

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Photo of brushtachio
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little cloudy. Light copper. Huge lasting head and plenty of intricate lacing.

Wonderful blended aroma of floral hops, resinous grassy herb, pine, grapefruit, you name it. This has a great nose.

Taste is a little tame comparatively but still solid. Lighter on the grapefruit, heavier on the grass, more flat out bitter than anything else.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out opaque golden amber with nice white head, very good lacing. Smell is not very strong for an AIPA. However, what is there has hints of floral notes. That goes on to the taste, which hits you with floral bitterness up front and mellows rather quickly. The mouthfeel is just right for a good everyday AIPA.

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Photo of oddfire
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in 6 pack form a month or so ago on a recommendation. Poured it into a small pilsner glass. The appearance is slightly hazy and orange. The aroma is very hoppy and has a very strong citrus smell. The taste is very surprising and kind of refreshing. You are hit with hops right away and then you get a grapefruit flavor in the finish. I think they should rename this west coast grapefruit IPA. The drinkability is very good I could drink more than one or two of these. The mouth feel is good but is like most other IPA's. I will drink this beer again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a bubbly 1 finger white head, some lacing, but no big rings here.

Big pine hop scent. That's all I can find.

Big bitter pine hops taste, maybe leaning toward the grapefruit rind edge. Looked for other flavors, but it is 100% hop dominant. Sweet? Fruit? malt? Good luck. Hops and bitterness, but a good bitter. One trick pony here, but it is a good trick.

Fair carbonation keeps this one from being too much of a bitter pill to swallow. Decent aftertaste. Overall, not bad, But lacking in depth. I did notice the alcohol though, so there was that palate cleansing element, but that's it. Try it and move on.

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Photo of Hokies
2.96/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know if this is unfiltered or not but this is definitely a hazy orange color with some sediment floating around in this one. Their is a slight white head with some lacing left on the glass.

Their is a lot of pine aroma and with a faint malt aroma buried in between the hops.

This one is dominated by the piney hops that at some points tend to get quite grassy. The hops are traditional to the west coast style of a slick feel that coats the tongue with an oily feeling and leaves quite a bitter aftertaste. I like my IPA's to have more of a fruity taste which is missing in this one. Probably will pass on this one next time.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: apricot/amber..clear, medium head

Smell: grapefruit and pine

Taste: grapefruit, pine, with a honey finish

Mouthfeel: smooth and bitter

Drinkability: To me this is a strong hop bomb. If you love hops, you will love this beer. I find this one very one dimensional and will be passing for more interesting IPAs.

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy apricot colored, with streams of fine bubbles rising up.

Aroma of citrus and pine, some understated malt and honey.

Even flavor of citrus and pine, plus pithy grapefruit rind. A malty backbone rides beneath. Pretty well balanced.

Moderate carbonationeven mouthfeel. Finishes dry and crisp.

Very tasty IPA, very drinkable. Thanks to Sparky27 for sending this one on.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber in color. Has a nice quarter inch head on the pour, and maintains a nice froth on top of the beer.
Smell is wonderful floral and citrus hops. Very nice. Taste is the same, but there's a nice bite to it. This is an incredible IPA that would stand up to some DIPA's. Good and refreshing on the mouthfeel. Well done.

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head but practically immobile, once it sets it's there, densely packed small bubbles, moderate lacing. Super cloudy orange to bronze color, for all of its murkiness amplifies light well. The nose plays it straight up, loading up on the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine resin, warm tar and cut green grass, no malt presence, just sprints forward with that narrow band of hoppy scents. Medium-bodied, just about the same story in the mouth but the tactile dimension gives it more range. The grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus remains at the head of the class, pine, orange pekoe tea, violets, bitters follow on. Small sized portion of apricot, peach, nectarine fruit. Carbonation does not interfere with its overall sinewy mouth feel, snakes through the mouth through to an elongated finish. Not particularly complex but does pick the right parts to emphasize.

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Photo of SpruceFish
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice hazy copper color

S- citrus some pine and defiantly hoppy

T- claims 95 IBUs but i dont fully taste it but great hoppy taste again some citrus and pine

M- light carbonation goes down smooth

D- eal drinkable i could sit down and drink a few of these

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

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Feb 2009.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Very large tight foamy head. Almost flat. Clear deep golden color, some sediment remains in the bottle. Aroma is soapy, perfumy, pineapple. Starts slightly astringent, orange pithy and nutty. Quickly becomes bitter, mellowing to a bittersweet finish. Aftertaste is long and lingering, slightly bitter with caramel and honey. Full body, somewhat tingly on the tongue.

Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a very small head that dissipates quickly to a haze of bubbles. The bubbles leave sheets of lacing as the beer is consumed, but only the ring where each swallow started sticks.

S: The smell seems to be dominated by piney hop aromas that are very potent. There is a hint of citrus hop aroma mixed in. No malt aroma to be found. There is no mistaking the aroma for another style.

T: Starts out with a nice caramel malt flavor. The malt is washed away quickly with a shot of piney hop flavor. A nice overall taste profile for an IPA, but I admit the piney hop flavors are not my favorite.

M: Medium thickness and nice in mouth carbonation makes it feel creamy.

D: For the style it is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of gibby
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer so many times I have lost count. I discovered this brew a few years ago on a whim at Gulliftys in Bryn Mawr, luckily they had it on special. I have loved it ever since and i probably buy this beer more consistently than any other right now, $45 a case.

12 oz bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a 1 finger pillowy head that goes away quickly. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, floral smell. This beer is assault on your pallate with the hops. I love the bitterness. Carbonation is just right and the beer goes down very smooth. I love the hops so i find this beer to be very enjoyable and drinkable. There is a malt backbone in there but the hops definitely dominate this brew. Well done green flash.

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Photo of Buggies
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IPA I've had to date. I've tried many other beers in the style, and I'm always left asking, "where is the dam hops?"

The hops aroma hit my nose before I even finished pouring my 12oz bottle into my glass. The smell was amazing... hops, pine and grapefruit. Taste was the same. Slightly sweet initially, then you're hit with an amazing hop bomb. Not too bitter (95 IBU's as the label reads), but enough to let you know it means business.

This bear was ALL about the hops. A proper introduction to an American IPA.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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