West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.22 w/ 7,905 ratings

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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Ratings: 7,905 |  Reviews: 1,890
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

This is an excellent quaff. I have read reviews that claim this is not quite a "west coast ipa," but I feel they may have become too blinded by over hopped versions of that style which border on Imperial. This does not. The multi-hop mix polished the tongue and sides of the mouth on the way down with both bitter and grapefruit sense. The nose is pure hop, except a hint of caramel malt in the back ground which is delivered in the taste... could be just a tad more complex. The taste is all the hop necessary for the style, but a medium body w/caramel malt sense that SEEMS heavier due to probably a caramel 60 or more sense. It lingers. It seduces. Delightful.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of hollyisaway
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe in Frederick, MD. Came in a 22oz bomber. Poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

Appearance: Very nice. Solid head, with no real lacing. Nice head retention though. Burnished gold body with no yeast sediment, though I don't believe this is bottle conditioned.

Taste: Very solid. Heavy hopping, though less than expected for the title "West Coast." Pretty big malt backbone, or at least more than expected. Good and a nice sipper, but not entirely what I was expected.

Mouthfeel: No alcohol linger, but the hops stick around. The malt forefront hits and leaves quickly.

Overall: Good, and better than your average IPA, but not quite what I was expecting. Felt a bit more like a British IPA than a west-coast.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with thick off-white head.

Smell is abundant with lemon and orange zest. Lots of floral notes are present too. Very inviting aroma!

Taste follows the smell pretty well. There is lots of hoppy citrus. Not as bitter as others in this style. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this is simply marvelous! Glad I bought a bunch of this...

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Psyched to find this in one of my favorite go-to stores (Cuba Giant)

A-Awesome, head that stays like a cushion of pillowy hoppiness

S-Awesome, pine, citrus, grapefruit etc.

T-Awesomer, this is legit, along with Stone, these guys define the Southern Cali style

M-I expected a little thicker feel, given everything else, I thought more DFH 90 minute, a little thin

O-Guess what Awesome!!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. Big two inch off-cream colored head that sticks around for quite awhile before fading in rocky clumps. Piney, resinous hop aroma, with an citrus underlay. Nice clear deep orange color.
Wow, that's nice. Sharp on the tip, and rolls around to find the corners of your mouth, laying in for the hop bite. Nice full body, and the malt undertone is the perfect counterpart for the hop bitterness. In fact, the malt flavor is almost an afterthought, with piney hops resonating far beyond whatever malt sweetness may lie underneath.
As it warms I get the fleeting biscuit flavor that supports the bite. It's weird, I want to call it "unbalanced", but it's so delicious I can't. Overall a great beer, and definitely one to add to the rotation.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91.7% out of 100 with 7,905 ratings
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