West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

1,880 Reviews
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 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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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt amber-orange with a rocky white head 2 fingers in height that displayed very good retention while leaving a broken, streaky lacing.

S: The nose was pungent sweet grapefruit, fresh pine, and dry floral notes.

T: A huge floral bitterness greets you in the beginning and stays with you till the very end. Loads of grapefruit, pine and dry flowery bitterness dominants the tongue with only hints of sweetness from the malting. Finishes with a crisp carbonation bite and a dry floral bitterness.

M: medium full, slightly sticky with pine resin and had a good carbonation feel to it that brought out the raw hoppiness.

D: A big hopped beer that will satisfy in limited quantities. Hop dominated, sticky and sweet at times will definitely remind you what a west coast ipa is all about.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I were to turn a Mexican beer into an IPA, I imagine this is what up would taste like. Pours clear gold with a, off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops and malt. Taste is very nice. Strong hops all the way through. A very bitter IPA, but a very good one.

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Photo of BWH3
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gold, hazy with soft slightly off white head. Not the best retention and almost a bit too hazy.

S: The aroma is classic piny/resin bitterness of west coast hops. The malts give a grainy or wet grass scent.

T: Malt sweet on the tip of the tongue followed by wet grass and rounded out with a very metallic bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, properly carbonated. Not creamy or harshly dry.

D: Average, many better west coast IPAs to indulge in.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange amber color with great head/lacing. A lot of particles float around in the glass..not really sure what they are but it doesn't really fit with the style. (couldn't find any other reviews that mentioned this, but it was obvious and unmissable. anyone else get it?)

Fresh west coast hop smell with moderate strength. Obvious dry hop qualities.

West coast hop flavors again. The most apparent is pine.

Good hop flavor is left behind here. Bitterness really blends with the beer rather than just being there. Drinkability is pretty average for an IPA. ABV doesn't surprise me.

Overall this is a good IPA that doesn't disappoint or put itself at the front of the pack

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

A: It is a beautiful, cloudy, medium-amber with a small amount of obvious carbonation. The head starts quite fluffy, at about two fingers, subsiding to one-finger after a minute or two, then to a constant, thin foam, with very nice lacing.

S: It has a very hoppy and fruity smell and, I'm embarrassed to say, maybe a little soy sauce or something; it has a very rich smell overall.

T: It has a beautiful, bitter, herbal hoppy flavor with the perfect balance of bitter to smooth for an American IPA.

M: It has medium-bodied, zesty, carbonated hop flavor that sticks to the back of the tongue.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this beer; It leaves its flavor in your mouth, reminding you of what you're missing if you don't have another.

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Photo of rgore
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy Copper with an above amount of carbonation

S - Its a hop-bomb and that is what you get. Some nice light fruit aroma. Maybe a light apricot or peach. Nothing too strong just a little extra sweetness to contrast the bitterness.

T - What you would expect from the smell. A little bit of sweetness contrasted with a strong amount of bitterness from the hop.

M - Nice, long and bitter but heavier than I expected. Really draws itself out.

D - Pretty good. You could have three of these before you would start to lose appreciation. There are several American IPAs that are more drinkable but this certainly is not the worst of them.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a several fingers of poofy off-white head. Settles down into a creamy 1/2 finger or so of retention that just leaves MASSIVE sheets of sticky lacing that coats the glass. The aroma is extremely West Coast, with tons of floral hops, pine cones, juicy smelling grapefruit, and just a slight tingle of warmth.

The taste is a well balanced mix of sticky, resinous hop bitterness and a lip smacking blend of caramel and citric grapefruit character. I'm loving the bitterness in this, as it combines with the tanginess to just stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and oily feel. Damn, this goes down extremely well!

I hadn't had a bottle of this in a while and I DON"T KNOW WHY! Just a great representation of the West Coast style IPA and probably thee best example that actually gets decent distribution. I really need to keep more of this around.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer after having had it a number of times before.

The beer pours a hazy, caramel brown with a pure white head that serves as a nice contrast. It appears to be unfiltered as there is evidence of sediment. It is a beautiful looking beer.

Obviously, the hops dominate the nose. Smells of pine and resin, some floral notes. I don't notice the citrus smells that I do with other IPAs. There is a slight Earl Grey scent as well, much more subtle here, but one I tend to notice in a lot of red ales.

This beer is complex. The upfront taste is strong, a hop bomb. After a second or two, the malts serve as balance. There is a lingering bitterness, but a pleasant one. I am having trouble describing the taste, but I can say with assurance that I like it.

The West Coast IPA is full bodied and packed with flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous, but not overly so. I tend not to like the syrupy IPAs or the IPAs that aren't full bodied. This one leans toward the syrupy, but stops short. It has a mealy quality to it that I find appealing.

For IPA lovers, the drinkability is solid. The bitterness is nuanced and complex. Those without a preference for the style might find it tough to manage more than one, or be turned off by the strong flavors. I very much enjoy the style but would have difficulty having more than a couple.

The West Coast IPA is such solid brew. The price to value is even stronger, as it doesn't break the bank to have a sixpack in the fridge. As far as IPAs go (I am a big fan, but admittedly, no expert), this is in the upper echelon.

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

A: Looks great - middle tan in color, nice fluffy white head that lasts a few minutes, lots of sediment - very cloudy.

S: Very hoppy and fruity - grapefruit tones and great west coast hops fill your nose.

T: Great hop flavor with nice bready undertones. Fruit flavor is there, but subdued more than many IPAs. Aftertaste of apricots. Bitterness sticks with your palate.

M: Carbonation is perfect, medium body. Slight astringency.

D: Wonderful beer. Good thing I can get it as a six-pack!

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

The Green Flash has brwed an excelent IPA! I got it in a large bottle and had no trouble finishing it off! The citrus hops let this beer finish with a crisp taste, and an amazing mouthfel. This is one of my favorite IPAs and I am an IPA head to be sure.

It is more pricey than some as west coast IPAs tend to be, but this one is worth the price!

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,858 ratings.
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