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

Pours a dark yellow, light copper in color. Excellent creamy head sits on top and doesnt want to leave. In the body of the beer is the most hops I have ever seen floating in an unfiltered IPA. Looks great.

Pine is the most prominent with citrus right behind.

Lots of delicious hops. Grapefruit is probably the first flavor that comes to mind with pine and other citrus right behind. The middle of this beer actually has a little malty backbone which greatly contributes to the balance of the beer. Finish is all about the hoppy bitterness.

Great mouthfeel, a little syrupy. Creamy due to the great head and very full.

Excellent IPA, I want more, unfortunately I dont see this on the east coast that often.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy, fine particle infused, orange-copper color with a half inch off-white head that sinks down to a skim on top. A touch of lacing.

Aroma is bright and hoppy with lots of citrusy notes. Orange and grapefruit seem to be most prominent. There's a bit of a malt sweetness behind the hops but it certainly takes a backseat to the hops.

Taste is hoppy from the start with the grapefruit and orange citrusy character coming straight into the front and center. Some piney character comes out more towards the back end. Beneath all this there is a malt presence that struggles to make itself known.

Mouthfeel is really nice for an IPA. It's medium in body with a creamy texture and very nice carbonation that allows it to be soft yet crisp at the same time.

This is a very tasty IPA indeed. Definitely up there in the top 15 of IPAs, if that means anything anymore.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= deep amber color. Smaller head but it sticks around for a little while. Looks very tasty
S= grass, weed, dope, pot, mary jane, the good stuff, brain broc, greens, ect. Also some citrus and pine hops come through
T= very grassy and floral in the tastethe 95 ibu tastes more like 60 to 70. This is the first beer I've had that tastes grassy
M= very average all around
D= really high. Thanks to kadonny for this one. Its a very unique and fantastic beer. Grass flavor comes through very nicely. Its awesome.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MacDomer for tossing one of this into a trade. No best before date on the bottle that I can find. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Murky amber color, with one finger off-white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. No visible bubbles. I was looking for a little more head and better retention.

S - Bitter smell on this one - you can sense those 95 IBUs in there. Pine & lemon, with only a faint malt backbone. The smell doesn't jump out of the glass on this one.

T - Very strong bitterness, only a hint of sweetness at the beginning and in the aftertaste. There's a lot of lemon and grapefruit in this one. It's unbalanced, but that's what I expect from something called West Coast IPA.

M - Kind of dry, but otherwise very smooth. Doesn't leave a lot of resinous character behind. A little bit watery as well.

D - The reasonable amount of carbonation and the sweet aftertaste combine to make this eminently drinkable, even if it isn't among the greatest IPAs I've ever had.

A nice teaser - I'm definitely interested in checking out some of Green Flashes more exotic offerings.

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Photo of cbros
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours dirty brown/orange color with an eggshell white lace that is minute. The lace retention stays until the end. No activity present in beer after pour.

S- Strong hoppy smell that is mixed with some malty undertones. Flavors of pine, and caramle present as well.

T- Strong hops flavor is present in the taste as well, there is some citrus flavor notes present as well. The beer finishes a little tart and dry.

Overall a decent IPA but compared to others that I have had this is down on the list. A little to hoppy for me without a nice counterbalance.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Deep Ellum, served in a pint glass

A - Copper, tawny. Good head laceing is nice head forms a creamy stays the way down.

S - grapefruit, piney, hoppy goodness.

T -malty, first comes the piney taste then the grapefruit backend is all hoppy and hop bitter bite.

M - good body . average carbonation.clean crisp refreshing IPA

D - Don't usually like IPA's but the bitternress is wearing on me and I;m beginning to see the glory of hops. West Coast is a Good IPA. Makes me want to drink more.

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

Had this a few days ago out in California. I brought a six pack back with me.

A - Copper/orange with golden edges. Good head and good lacing for the duration of the beer, but not the best I've ever seen.

S - Rocks! God, this is a nice west coast hoppy aroma. Some candied grapefruit, pine/evergreen, and a hint of pineapple. I'd stick my nose in this for a long time!

T - A bit more subdued than the nose. Still, quite forward with the hops. Yum. Very bright, pretty citrusy, but there's still some toasted pale malts and a hint of caramel for balance. Very clean.

M - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Again, clean, and tightly wound (hope this isn't too wine-specific a term). Crisp.

D - I want more! This is super tasty, goes down easily, and is very refreshing. Good sessionability, and also really makes me want to go back for more.

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

If there is a better IPA available in a 6-pack, I haven't found it.

Green Flash has produced a real winner with this beer. Loaded with pine and citrus notes, this single IPA is what many double IPAs wish they could be.

Beer pours a sort of murky amber color with a great head that retains all the way to the end and that leaves some of the best glass lacing I've seen from an IPA.

Taste is typical West Coast hop-bomb style with a great bitterness that coats the tongue with hoppy goodness. Malt provides a nice balancing sweetness, but without getting in the way of the primary notes of this beer.

Drinkability? Perfect. This may not be the best IPA out there (I think Ballast Point's Sculpin is the winner there), but its wide distribution (in CA), and availability as a 6-pack, make this beer a great "standby" drink for any hop-head that doesn't feel like cracking a 22oz bomber of something.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with very small head. No retention and minimal lacing. Smells VERY citrusy! Strong grapefruity hops scent. Mmmm. Very inviting.

Strong hop smack right off the bat. Deep grapefruit-like bitterness. This is the epitome of the west-coast style. I am loving this. Great crisp mouthfeel. Could drink a couple of these. Recommend.

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

Damn good IPA. Nice pour, with turbulence down to the bottom of the glass. Nice head, golden color. The smell of hops was pronounced, but the flavor was total fresh hops. Pretty distinctive. The beer was nicely effervescent and drank a treat. Pity I only had the one bottle. If this were available in my area I'd get it pretty regularly. Thanks to johnfromohio for the bottle.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful copper color...a nice white head that sticks around...leaves nice lacing the entire way

S - Wonderful aroma of hops...some pine and citrus notes mixed in

T - Hops in the front...middle...and end...a little heavy on the bitterness

M - Medium body...actually kind of creamy

D - I'm an IPA fan...and this is a great beer...everyone should try this style at some point!

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Photo of bboven
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light caramel hazy body with an initial finger of head that fades to a thin covering. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smel is huge piney hops, not much of anything else.

Same with the flavor. Pure hop juidce, there's not much balance at all here Truly an IPA for those who don't want malt getting in the way of their hop rush.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, very sticky and warming.

A nice example of a highly hopped IPA, but lacks the balance of a truly fantastic version of the style.

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

12oz bottle. I picked this up in Austin, Texas about a month ago, as I've been coming to appreciate the efforts of San Diego-area brewers' take on the West Coast IPA style.

This beer pours a hazy, dark medium rusty orange-amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and yet still creamy ecru head, which recedes after a few minutes, leaving some decent roiling storm cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of pungent, if a tad overripe grapefruit and orange rind, lemon zest, a touch of musty dank, and a prominent sweet caramel and toffee malt. The flavour starts out pretty much the same, with a heavy dose of bittersweet citrus hops - grapefruit, orange pith, a sort of isolated squishy lemon essence, a hint of murky mint, and heady bready caramel malt, the toffee sweetness quietly having bled off. A further leafy and pine hop develops as it warms, as does evidence of the north of 7 points of alcohol.

The carbonation is quite light, manifesting in just a wee prickly frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth as the hops seem to shine through on their own here. It finishes barely off-dry, the hops still wanting everyone to know who's in charge in this particular set of zip codes.

I find I'm drinking this rather quickly, it's so tasty, and alas, I've got only the single bottle. Overall, this is definitely a winner for the hopheads who like at least a modicum of balance in their IPAs, myself included.

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

Left out of fridge about 15 minutes before opening. Pours a wonderful burnt orange hue with a large rocky head. Typical yet wonderful west coast hop aroma. Slightly sweet as it warms. Nice viscous mouthfeel. Drinkability has always been top notch. Have 5 more that may not see tomorrow.

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Photo of BeerStine
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Took out of the fridge and allowed the beer to warm slightly.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin brownish white head that retains throughout drinking. Champagne-like carbonation bubbles throughout.

S - First smell was that of sweet, caramelly malts. After a deeper whiff the leafy and dank hops smell comes through.

T - Mild malty hops taste. Medium bitter, acidic hops aftertaste. Acidic taste retains on back of tongue/throat for extended period after drinking.

M - Thin feel. Heavily carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced. Would be able to drink several of these.

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Photo of mattffrost
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a some what clear amber color. Head is offwhite. Good lacing on glass.

Smell Citrus, Grapefruit, slight sweet malt smell but very faint.

Taste Wow the hops, the great hops. Grapefruit tasting with sweetness in the mouth. Nice simple bitterness in the finish. Let me just say I love this beer, I really think this is one of the best beers in a bottle I have ever had. I just love the hops and tangy flavor of this beer with the slight sweetness and bitter finish. This is a hop head beer.

Mouthful The array of different flavors and textures make this superb for the mouth. Feed me feed me.

Drinkability: My goodness I could drink this stuff all day and not try any other beer. Just love this stuff.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly amazing! This is one of the best regular American IPAs Iv'e ever had.

The first thing I must comment on is the aroma...OUTSTANDING!! Definentely lost of grapefruit in the nose...which I love, and piney too.

It pours a beautiful clear pale copper color with a head that stays till the fat lady sings, which is rare in an IPA. Very good lacing.

The flavor is pretty bitter but not harsh. Not much malt characteristics at all, after all this is all about the hops. A real piney flavor which is not a bad thing.

A great IPA. Lives up to the hype. .... Man I can't get over that aroma....mmmm

Please go get some and drink joyfully!

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Consumed on 10-7-08

A: Medium amber, 1 finger off-white head. Good head retention. Slightly hazy. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, sweet malts. Very nice.

T: Grapefruit, citrus hops. Very bitter with a nice malt backbone. Bitter throughout. Malt mostly in the back. Could be more balanced in my view.

M: Slightly thick. Coats mouth nicely. Overall, very good.

D: Smooth, slightly unbalanced. Goes down well. Very solid brew.

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

Reviewed on 5/28/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head that leaves nice, thick lacing. Aroma of pine, floral, grapefruit and other citrus hops. Initial flavor of piney hops with a bitter finish. As the beer warms, sweet caramel malt comes out. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Tasty beer and pretty easy to drink. Yum!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of barleywineman
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is soooo goood!1it kicks the butt out of some triple IPA's and Imperials, and its only a IPA-but Cali Style, super hoppy, piney, high alcohol content, this is more of a sipping IPA, dur to the overwhelming hop presence. But over all an Excellent Beer!!!! if have reached a stagnant beer stage, and want something new and ruthless Go with West Coast IPA- or any Green flash Beer!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my secret santa, SaCkErZ9, for this one.

Poured from the bottle a murky reddish orange-gold color with a creamy and sticky bright white head.

Hoppy aroma of juicy grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, lemon zest, and pine sap.

The taste is indeed big and hoppy. West Side! Grapefruit, grass and pine with a sharp bitterness behind it. The malt is there, but subtle with a wee touch of caramel as it warms.

Moderate body, bright and sharp, with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

This one was everything I had trusted it would be. Big and hoppy but still so drinkable. A must try.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a bright orangey amber with a rocky 3 finger off white head that leaves ample lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is hops, mostly apricot and mango but also a bit off fresh cut grass. Not surprisingly, hops dominate the aroma, leaving my tongue in anticipation of what was about to come. The flavor is big hops. Dried Apricots are the major flavor with hints of mango, pine and grass. I have to say that it almost has a fake apricot flavor to it. A bit strange to me. The aftertaste is a nice bitter finish, making you long for another sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it leaves a nice coating of hoppy residue all over the mouth. This is a good IPA, something I would love to drink again.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade & hook-up!

A: Pours a gloriously hazy honey-peach color with a one-finger layer of off-white/light-tan/light-orange colored foam. The head slowly settles into a splotchy & uneven skim and thick lace that leaves a lot of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Pretty aggressive aromas of apricot and mango with a healthy dose of pine sap smeared all over the top. Faintly sweet aroma of brown sugar and sweet pan-sauteed peach and/or pear.

T: Massive amounts of hops. Starts off sweet with tropical fruit flavors (mango, apricot, and a tiny pinch of pineapple) and quickly has the door thrown closed by the piney goodness. Flavors of pine sap, crushed pine needles, and fresh-cut pine bough. As if someone ran a pine tree through a press and bottled whatever oozed out. Toasted malt adds a small layer of balance.

M: Briefly sweet and juicy and then incredibly hoppy and astringent. Tongue feels scraped dry during the long finish. Dry, prickly, and peppery bitterness takes hold of the mouth and refuses to let go.

D: This is a beer meant to finish a session, not begin. My tastebuds were destroyed by this beer and required quite a while to recover. Over all, an awesome AIPA!

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden and hazy. Fantastic head retention and lacing (If you are into that sort of thing).

Aroma isn't as strong as you'd expect. Very nice hop aroma. More on the grapefruit side than the grass side.

Taste is pithy and bitter. A good sign for the style. The hops aren't overpowering and eliminating the malt, but the citrus rind flavor really lingers. It is an inviting flavor but pretty exhausting!

Carbonation level is right on target.

Not my favorite IPA, but definitely a memorable one.

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Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, decent head

Smells of piney and grapefruity hops.

As one might expect, this is a hop bomb. Full of grapefruit and citrus rind, then escalates to pine, with a long drawn-out bitter finish.

Mouthfeel somewhat resinous.

This had a satisfying hop bite, but was a little on the piney side for me. Certainly full of hop flavor, but the bitterness sort of blotted out the rest of the beer. I would have liked to have some of the other flavors stand out and back up the hops.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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