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West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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7,925 Ratings
West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#913
Reviews:
1,891
Ratings:
7,925
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
2,009
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 7,925 |  Reviews: 1,891
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of CrazyP
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle, with about a finger-thick head. Deep orange color, slightly hazy with almost no visible carbonation bubbles.

S - Hop aroma practically gushes out of this beer. Really clean citrusy scents of grapefruit, orange, lemon. Very subdued pine aroma.

T - Bitterness right up front with a bit of edge that lingers into the aftertaste. Tastes of grapefruit and some caramel malts.

M - Very dry with an almost creamy feel. Quite smooth with fairly low carbonation. This is definitely a drinkable beer.

O - A very good IPA but not as good as Union Jack, my current favorite. The bitterness is just a touch on the harsh side for my tastes, but everything else about it is excellent.

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Photo of excruciating_pastry
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Pleasant, frothy head tops an amber-clear beer. Great lacing.

S: West coast hops...surprise, surprise. I suspect the C's...Definitely Cascade/Centennial. Pine, a touch of fruit, and a bit of garlic.

T: Disappointing, dull, and not nearly as good as I remember it. Vegetal hops are reminiscent of boiled cabbage. A pine bite on the endtaste can't make up for the muddled and poor maintaste. Dry finish.

M: Lightly carbonated. The sense of flatness comes from the boring flavor, rather than the actual mouthfeel.

O: I can't recommend this particular iteration of what I'm sure is a very fine IPA. Alas.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 13 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky medium orangey amber. It's almost clear, so that I can see through it just enough to make out a whole lot of bubbles rising up. Massive 2+ finger cream-colored head, super-dense, more like a sponge than foam. Tons of sticky lacing, great retention. Half-way through the glass, it still held a thick foam cap. Very impressive appearance.

Smell is nice mellow hops, citrus over pine, though it comes and goes, sometimes piney, sometimes citrusy. Deep, oily, earthy hops.

Tastes like a west coast IPA, for sure. Bitter. Mellow undercurrent of pale malts, with a bitterness that builds up over it and lasts. Pretty one-dimensional, but enough backing that it's pretty good. Persistent and bitter - can still taste it 15-20 seconds later.

Mouthfeel is good - medium-bodied, tingly prickly carbonation that works well with the taste.

Heavy on the hops. I'd like there to be more in the taste than just bitter. Appearance is something for all IPAs to aspire to.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

A-Dark tan colored...frothy head..

S-Good canibabis/tobacco aroma as well as a tight citrus component (unsweetened grapefruit), tangerine peel. Malt is just a backing element but a bit of toffee evident giving an english IPA touch to this west coast hop bomb.

T-White grapefruit...a bit one sided on the hops but not hop juice...malt keeps it from becoming that and adds just a hint of the toffee noted in the aroma.

M-This is one of the more bitter IPA's I've had and definitely finishes dry. Maybe a bit charged up with the carbonation but just slightly.

O-Best part of this beer is its aroma. That is pretty special. Personally I am not a huge fan of how the hops are deployed in this beer and others will certainly enjoy it more than me. Decent enough. Had it on tap in San Diego and now reviewing off a Bomber I brought back.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Momar42
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A - Nice one finger of off-white foam with good retention and lacing. Clear, light amber color.

S - Floral and citrus rise from the foam. Pleasant and not overpowering. Already preferable to the more astringent aroma from Palate Wrecker.

T - A smooth malty sweetness announces itself first, followed closely with a mild bitterness that continues through the mouth. Lingers pleasantly for a short time with a bite.

M - Again, smoothness. The hops get the sides of the tongue while the maltiness coats the rest. Pleasant but not as clean finishing as some of the higher rated IPAs.

O - Definitely a top tier American IPA. I like this offering loads more than the Palate Wrecker. It is easy drinking for the ABV and enjoyable thru the entire bottle. Would love to get this on tap and will seek it out if I can find it. With a better crispness and deeper flavor profile, this could easily challenge the big guns.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Orange tinted honey in color. A thin haze tints the beer. After a slow pour there is 3 fingers of head that slowly dissipates leaving a thick sticky lacing on the side of the glass. a nice thick frothy layer of head remains.

Smell. Huge bursts of grapefruit and blood orange. Some medicinal qualities as well. A bready malt lies underneath this.

Taste. Starts out wiht a dry citrus hop presence, with the grapefruit and orange that was present in the smell. Bitterness cuts this, but is not cloying. It remains for the rest of the time. After the begining of the bitterness the flavor takes on a more distinct herbal hop flavor. A dry bitter and citrus finish leaves the palate refreshed and ready for more.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick body, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Other than the substantial bitterness this one is surprisingly restrained.

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

Thanks to Jwale73 for this!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle dating.

a- hazy orange that's uniform throughout. has a tiny, bubbly head, and the lacing is bubbles.

s- holy crap, this beer smells incredible. i can clearly smell the citrus fruits of strong orange and grapefruit. there's a sweet honey smell to it. really really strong...i can smell this beer from a foot away. awesome stuff.

t- this beer is AWESOME. it's such a bright beer, with a great and crisp bitterness. It's dominated by citrus of orange and grapefruit mostly, but again, it tastes of light honey, and wave of bitterness hits. the malt background is understated, so basically perfect for an IPA. This is delicious!

m- med-body, med carbonation. it's a creamy ipa, with the alcohol well-hidden except for the lingering warmth as it goes down.

o- i haven't had an IPA this good in forever. this is great, great stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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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%

Photo of kencarman
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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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -5.2%

West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 7,925 ratings
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