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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 Backer2004
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Green Flash brew for me and man, was I impressed. thanks to Jason from the Brewmasters for sharing this with us last night. Had no expectations and then the hops just hit you and do not go away. Quite tasty and quenching, easy to drink as well. Nice orange color with a moderate head and carbonation. Worth every ounce.

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Photo of TheEremite
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

Poors a brilliant orange with 1/2 inch of foam. Smells of PUNGENT pine that sticks in your nose and coats your nostrils. Tastes of thick pine resin and grapefruit. It's catty, thick and sappy. This is no session beer, but it highlights the West Coast hops nicely. Brilliant Beer, but it's a sipper.

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

Pours a peachy-orange color, clouded with little bits of bottle conditioned nutritional goodness. A tall, thick looking head fills up my imperial pint with ease, slowly dropping down to a dense, milkshake-like cap. Plenty of lacing too. Fresh, dank, resinous aroma...oh yes. Sticky pine, ripe juicy citrus, and a solid sweet malty base. Big hop oil flavor. Bitter pine resin and citrus rind at first with sweetness in the center. All kinds of delicious hoppy goodness, but the balancing malt is always right behind. Medium-full mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and perfectly bitter.

Fantastic IPA. Ballsier than Two-Hearted, if hops are "not your thing," then back away slowly and find something else. I am very excited this is now available in NC and eager to try their other beers.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Imperial Pilsner glass. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head and lots of sediment. Smell is divine! Tons of tangy and flowery hops, almost as floral as Nugget Nectar. Taste is mush of the same- great hop bitterness up front- really crisp with a slight mellowing at finish, but then the hop bitter aftertaste kicks in. Great for an IPA lover! Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable 7% IPA.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Note this was used in a blind taste test with 4 other regular IPAs, so some of my comments reflect on this beer compared to the others.

A: A nice light copper color with beautiful head and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Here is where comparison to other beers really makes this one stand out. Hops, almost all hops on the nose with a huge grapefruit citrus smell. Almost overwhelming.

T: Hops on the front again with that grapefruit citrus flavor with tons of bitterness. Some malt is underlying to hold it together, but the taste is predominantly citrus hops mixed with some faint pine/grass hops. Very light for a 7% ABV beer.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with no traces of alcohol. Not overly carbonated or oily or resiny. Nice mouth bitterness from the hops.

D: High. Very good beer that can be sessioned IMO. They go down very smoothly.

Overall another great west coast IPA that wants to show off it hops muscle. Compared to other IPAs we tasted this beer far and away had the most citrus hop charactaristics to it, and it was being compared to some stud IPAs too like Racer 5 and Two Hearted. I'll seek this one out again, it would be great on a hot summer day.

Update 11/15/10. I felt the need to update my review of a fresh bottle I just enjoyed. This beer is so damn good it should be outlawed. If you like hops and you like bitter clean drinkable IPAs, this one is for you. The massive fruit flavors just pop as the hops dance on your tongue. Bitterness is crazy at the finish, but it's so good. WCIPA and Smutty Finest Kind are maybe two of the hoppiest and bitter IPAs I've had. Wonderful.

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Photo of gubbt
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange with a tight white head with nice lacing.

Citrusy hops with underlying biscuit and caramel.

Taste is caramel maltiness up front that turns grapefruity and citrusy, but then in the finish, you get a punch of bitter grass and herbal flavors that stay into the aftertaste. Very dry and refreshing.

Light medium body that is crisp and nicely carbonated.

Very refreshing, crisp, and not heavy despite the 7% abv. Extremely drinkable for the style and would be great in the upcomming summer months.

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

Green Flash West Coast IPA ABV 7% . Label is a lime green and blue color . Picture of a green sun setting on the horizon I would take of the Pacific Ocean ( seeing that this is a West Coast IPA )
. Poured into my Brooklyn Brewery pilsner mug a 2 finger egg white head rises . Orange amber copper color . Lots of chunks and bubbles , which seem to be rising from the chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass . After a few sips the lacing on the glass is as nice as the flavor of this brew . Crisp and " citrusy " . I thought the Smuttynose " Finest Kind " IPA was "dirty " but this has tons of chunks at the bottom of the glass . Pine and hops is what fills your mouth . This in not a hop bomb and at 7% its drinkability is good . Green Flash is worth your hard earned cash .

Go Red Sox ( Manny ejected in the 2nd )

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Photo of praufs01
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Strong grapefruit and pine resin aromas.

Palate - Medium bodied brew with medium carbonation.

Flavor - Tastes like it smells. Smooth grapefruit and piney taste. Very clean tasting and refreshing.

Final thoughts - An excellent example of a great American IPA.

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Photo of hopflop
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange hazy color with a nice thick white head. With nice lacing

A very nice citrus grapefruit, piney hops with a slight sweet malt.

The mouth full is medium body with a great hop and citrus flavor and a nice clean bitter finish.

It a very good balenced beer and a very drinkable beer will definitely be getting another six pack!

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

Green Flash is pretty well reviewed brewery, and this appears to be their flagship brew. I've given them multiple chances, but this has been the only decent brew of theirs I've had thus far.

Pours an orange-amber with a big white foam head. Good looking beer. The smell is decent, with grapefruit, pine, and a hint of sweet malt.

Good, well-carbonated, yet thick mouthfeel. The pine hops really take over, and there is a ton of hops and malt background here. Could use a bit more balancing tropical fruit/citrus notes, and there is an acrid, bitter after-taste that I can't pinpoint. It is NOT the standard IPA/DIPA bitterness. Almost like burnt pine needles. Still, a strongly flavored, good IPA.

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Photo of ABHatter
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle from the 6 pack so I had to review this beer. I've heard so much positive feedback about this super hoped up beast. I had to try it. (Traveled across the border to Mass just to get it.)

Poured a 12oz. bottle in 16oz.Sierra Nevada glass leaves a beautiful 3/4 inch head.

A-Tremendous color, Nice floaties, Great lacing on the glass.

S-Unbelievable- Super hopey, Great citrus/floral notes.

T- Fantabulous! Tasty malt backbone that is tremendously balanced with it's extreme citrusy piney hopiness.

M- Outstanding! Bitterness lasts slightly longer than other IPA's i've had, which is clearly a good thing.

D- I find this beer to be very drinkable. (That's if you really like hops like I do.)Definitely not a pounder but I could drink this all night.

This is a perfect example of why the
WEST COAST ROCKS! Hopefully this will be available in RI real soon.

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Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey/golden color, with a gorgeous cream-colored head that sticks around and clings to the glass. It's absolutely full of floaties. The smell is glorious!! Total citrus/hop insanity! The taste delivers on the promise of the smell....definitely a hop-dominant beer, but still not too overpowering. Nice smooth mouthfeel, too. Bitterness from the hops lingers on and on and on...this is a seriously tasty IPA!

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Photo of codyw
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle

A: A transparent amber color. No head.

S: Wow. Hops! This thing smells strong of hops. Loads of pine and citrus. Very bold smells.

T: Hops! The hops come out and bite you in the taste as much as the smell. Strong citrus and pine. There was some malt character to help balance the hops, but I feel like there could have been more malts to back up the hops. This is one of the most hoppy beers I have had.

M: Slight residual stickyness in the mouth.

D: I think this thing was too hoppy without enough malt to balance it nicely. I think it would be a great drink when you are in a hop mode. Otherwise, I wouldn't find myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The gorgeous looking IPA pours a super deep caramel color with some faint, cloudy orange golden highlights. The first thing that comes to mind are rays of dim sun light peering through a summer morning mist. The super creamy/thick, rocky, light beige head holds very well and leaves some tall walls of uniform lace that eventually fade to a solid ring or two.

Overwhelming citrus hops. Huge, bitter, and resinous with orange peel, grapefruit pith, and pineapple. Sticky pine and unbelievably juicy fruit. Very few beers can stand up to this one when it comes to citrus hop aroma.

Bright, crisp, and tremendously piney. Less citrus and tropical fruit than the nose implies; actually much more balanced as far as hops are concerned. Super bitter, spicy pine and still plenty of citrus. A total hop bomb with some mellow, sweet, caramel malt in the background. Such a bright, lingering, mouthwatering bitterness. An amazing contrast of hoppiness that really shows the diversity of those little green cones.

Very fine carbonation. Crisp and bright with a fuller body for an IPA. The strong lingering bitterness really affects the mouthfeel in a positive way. A lot of folks feel this beer is being unfairly hyped as of late but I really dig it. One of the best of the style I've had in a great while.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with about two fingers of off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

A great hoppy grapefruit aroma.

Hops hops and more hops. Very bitter grapefrtuit flavor. A very slight malty background.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

Good drinkablity, I could drink a few of these in a night.

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

12oz bottle into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head. Tons of floaters in there! There's a pretty lace as I drink this.

S: Pine, mango and citrus hops with caramel and biscuit. As it warms up, there's hints of grass too

T: Hop bitterness up front with pine being most prominent. The malt bill is excellent - present but in the back with a right amount of caramel and cleaner malt flavors

M: Very pleasant with adequate carbonation and a pleasing drying finish

D: I'd easily drink more of this than is good for me
**Edit 18 Nov 2011**
Revisiting this after a long, long time. $2.49 from The Village Pump.

Either they've changed their recipe, or I've gotten better at identifying color. This is copper/amber, with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose has plenty of bitter hops, pine and bitter herb, some crystal malt. Moderate hop aroma as well, with some citrus. The palate opens plenty bitter with a pleasing, resiny pine character, along with citrus pith (grapefruit). A definite crystal malt character is present, with a little toffee and a touch of caramel. Drying, bitter, resiny on the finish, this beer is medium-light with medium-medium high carbonation that's a little too much IMO, hurting the mouthfeel a little bit. There's a definite alcohol presence, especially on the finish. An excellent IPA.

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

A - Pours a nice solid orangy-amber color. A vigorous pour gave it a fat fluffy creamy head.

S - Citrus hops dominate the aroma... almost a raw hoppiness with a sweet tang lingering in the background

T - Citrus hops are very prevalent in the taste. Organic & honey flavors somewhere in there as well. Strong hop bitterness at the end.

M - Medium to full bodied. Average carbonation

D - Good drinkability. i've seen it in bevys down state & glad its finally made it up to Albany. this'lll be a good one for the summer months ahead.

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

Split a 12oz bottle.

A: Really nice looking copper color. A finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Smells like brew day. Like hops added to the wort. Really intense flavor. More raw hops than anything else almost like they dry hopped the IPA.

T: Damn this is hoppy. Not really balanced at all. So hoppy you almost get a taste of salt from all the bitterness. Hopheads will love this beer.

M: Med body with a slight syrupy feel to it. Coats the mouth nicely.

D: The insane amount of hops killed the drinkability for me but hopheads rejoice.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first enjoyed this beer on Christmas Eve of 2007, then as a participant in a blind IPA tasting, where it finished 3rd overall. Recently purchased a case at 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA during a weekend visit.

12 oz. bottle enjoyed from a Great Divide pint. Pronounced rocky head with 1-finger foam to boot. Excellent retention and lacing. Body is cloudy and reddish copper in appearance.

Fresh hops dominate the nose, specifically pine and grapefruit. A touch of earthy aromas too.

The taste is incredibly balanced for my money. Intense, flavorful hops with the perfect combination of malt and a touch of alcoholic kick. Orange peel, lemon zest, and tea leaves. "Taste it once, remember it forever."

Medium bodied with a slightly oily finish. Bitter, bitter, and more bitter. A symphony of pungent hop flavors coat the tongue.

San Diego has done it again. This is a freakin' awesome IPA. If you didn't know, it finished 1st overall in this year's National IPA Championships. Need I say more?

Grab one now.

Notes: Had this on draft recently at the Blind Tiger in NYC. It might have been even better, but I wasn't taking notes that day.

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Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange. Thin white head,excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of piney hops,and grapefruit. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste is of piney,fruity hops,and more hops!Oh,did I mention hops? On par with the best of the IPA's in my opinion. Excellent.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Hazy, light orange, with sticky lacing, and a really good, 1.5-finger head with great retention. Small, fine carbonation permeates the entire beer, although it's only noticeable if you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Sweetness, piney hops (Cascade!), pineapple and grapefruit hops (Simcoe!), a nice grassy, earthy hop note (eh!?!), and a strange, buttery diacetyl note, somewhat akin to dairy. Pleasant, and definitely unique - I like the way this all comes together.

Taste: Hmmm, not as varied or balanced as the nose. Piney, bitter hops dominate, a few citrus notes as present - lemon and orange rind, perhaps. A slight malty sweetness attempts to balance the acidic bitterness, but fails pretty spectacularly - not that that's always a bad thing, but it's pretty extreme here. Spicy alcohol rounds out everything, a little stronger than I might have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but far more carbonated than I'd like. A little too carbonated, perhaps - the bubbles are too large for my liking.

Drinkability: Leaves a bit of an aftertaste and a cloying stickiness, and the prominent alcoholic spiciness kinda detracts from the overall drinkability. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but doesn't make me want to go back for another as much as the HopDevil I just finished.

A really great assortment of west coast hops that come through strongly in the nose ... and then lets me down in the mouth. Unfortunately, we don't brew beer to smell. This beer has the potential to be truly great if the recipe schedule were adjusted only slightly and the carbonation profiled was altered somewhat.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark amber with tons of sediment and a light tan head. It smelled of strong citrus hops with a bit of malt. It tasted like copper and grapefruit hops, which was more tangy than bitter. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation and a decently bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good IPA, but it didn't have a clean enough hops bitterness for me.

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Photo of Beercub
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice light gold color and a viscous lacy head that stuck nicely to the glass. The smell is extraordinary bursting with fresh northwest hops. It is as if you took a handful of hops and brought them to your nose. The taste is all about the hops with just enough of a simple malt backbone to hold it all together. At the finish there's a distinct but brief resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. The drinkability is ok, but suffers a little bit from the overpowering hops and the sticky resin that hits you throughout. Overall the best beer I've ever had from a bottle in terms of fresh hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of BBM
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking for something to cut into the intense sweetness of an over-exuberant porter and found this beer to hit the spot. There's an intense hop bite from the first sip, but it's not something that's overwhelming. Pine, floral, fruits, they all blend nicely together to create and exceedingly easy drinking IPA. I could have kicked back a few of these without noticing the ABV, too. Overall, a very tasty west coast IPA.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Julio's. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Another West Coast goodie I've been waiting to try.

Appearance: This one poured out a deep, murky, copper orange, almost brown color. Tons of fine floaties hung around in the glass. A somewhat hard pour yielded just about a finger of fluffy white head. Head quickly settled into a thick ring around the glass, and left a little bit of streaky lace.

Smell: The nose was just what I was expecting. Tons of big floral hop aromas out front, loads of grapefruit and orange peel with some freshly zested lemon. Freshly mowed grass. Plenty of sweet malt that almost stands up to the incredible hoppiness. A nice yeastiness in the background with a little pine, and no really noticeable alcohol. An almost perfect nose.

Taste: Nice flavor in this beer as well. A nice juicy hoppiness hits the palate first. Strong floral and herbal hop flavors. A bold pine flavor is paired up with grapefruit and orange. Plenty of thick malt flavors sweeten this beer a little bit and almost balance it. Beer finishes smooth with some yeast, a touch of alcohol, and a mean rush of bitter hops. Definitely a very West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Smooth and somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Another great offering from Green Flash.

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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