West Coast IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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West Coast IPAWest Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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1,849
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7,750
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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Photo of dubinsky
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how this one has missed being reviewed by me, cause its one of my go to IPA's. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruges glass.

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

A - Pours a nice orange amber with a one finger foamy off-white head, sticking to the glass in a lacy pattern.

S - This is one of the piniest IPA's I've smelled, but its extremely well balanced with lots of citrusy hop notes, mostly grapefruit, with some sweet maltiness present.

T - The taste is exactly like the smell. Pine trees, resin, citrus balanced by a great malt flavor. Super delicious, and if i am in the mood for the piney flavor profile, this is the best in its class.

M - Thin to medium bodied with great carbonation. Very typical to the style

D - This is an incredibly drinkable IPA that is a hop heads dream come true.

This is easily one of my favorite IPA's but in the off chance that GF is reading this review, please go back to the old format of the six pack. I hate the thought of paying more money for less beer. Its a great beer, but there are others just as good. I will buy it again, but it will not be as regular as it once was.

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

Great beer. But at $15/6-pack, is it as good a buy as Lagonitus Dogtown, which is very similar in taste? In a word, no.

Very good beer, but as I try to limit my session beer (and this is a great session beer) to under $10/6-pack, this is not a good buy.

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

Hazy amber/orange with a relatively short, bubbly off-white head. An abundance of fresh hops in the nose, along with some light citrus, lemon zest, smooth malt and rich barley. A wonderful aroma. Unexpectedly smooth start; with thick medley of fresh hops, bready malts and citrus. Body evens out and is exceptionally well-balanced with its solid foundation. Hoppy, midly bitter mouthfeel with a medium sized body. Fruity, bouncy, hoppy finish.

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Photo of bound4er
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored with a big, sticky white head that stays with the beer until the end. Lacing is great too.

S - Off the charts grapefruit with some pine and floral notes to boot. I love the smell of this beer.

T - This is a hoppy IPA but I never tired of it. The smell carries over nicely to the palate with hops playing the major roll and bready malt adding balance and flavor interest.

M - Medium bodied with a silky, smooth feel to it. Carbonation seems about right.

D - To date, this has been my favorite West Coast IPA. Maybe part of it was its freshness - the hops really jumped out of this beer. I had three pints and could have had another without getting burned out. I wish this was available in Wisconsin.

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

Having already had this on tap a few times (and having reviewed the tap version review - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2743/22505/?ba=CaptDavyJones), I finally got my hands on a bottle.
Surprisingly, the beer was not much different from the tap. The only place where the bottled version of this beer was better than the tap, was in the aroma. Fresher, tempting floral hop goodness.
This IPA is just a sheer delight, and like I said in the tap review, one of the best IPA's around.
Highly recommended for all hop-heads; a must-try.

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

On Tap @ The T:

A: Hazy golden orange with a nice honeysuckle foam

S: In your face fresh hops, pine, resin, mary jane, and biscuit malt

T: Fresh hops, bread, and biscuits

M: Sharp and inviting

O: A west coast classic. A piney and superbly drinkable IPA.

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

On Tap Blind Tiger NYC

A: Dark orange, nice fresh head, looks inviting..

S: Super funky spicy hop aroma. Some funky vegetable scents and an evident strong malt backing. This beer really smells fantastic, I love the funky vegetable / cat urine scents in this! Sounds disgusting but smells wonderful!

T: This IPA really masters the balance between super hoppiness and strong maltiness! Taste follows smell notes, but tastes more of a salty ocean meets freshly dug onions and a splash of spicy fruit at the end. The melange of flavors in this is truly wonderful and dare I say a touch mystical. This is the sort of beer that touches on so many nuances of flavors from sweet to sour to fruity to funky all in one. I forgot how funky this beer is when fresh on tap!

M: Wonderful slightly chewy but ultimately refreshing and easy drinking. A semi medium thick maltiness to it, with the zesty hops cleaning the mouth all the way home.

O: I was really down on this beer after an old 4 pack, but boy have I been swayed by having this from a super fresh keg. This beer is really an IPA masterpiece. To me this is an IPA that borders between hoppy and malty, single and imperial , and sweet and sour, all in one.

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

12oz bottle in a SN Anniversary Pint Glass.

A: Pretty standard orangey/copper color. Though, it looks slightly darker than most IPA's I've had.

S: There is an outrageous amount of floral hop smells coming out of this brew, along with tons of grapefruit, pine, and citrus notes. Oh, and an entire forest is tucked away somewhere.

T: Well, at first taste, this was an aggressively hoppy and bitter beer. But as I gradually took sip after sip and got my palate comfortable with the assault I was inflicting upon it, the whole thing opened up. Not only is the beer just hoppy, but there are so many different flavorful nuances from the different types of hops. There is very little malt presence, but I'm not complaining.

M: It's a perfectly carbonated IPA. The feel on the tongue is exceptionally smooth, and syrupy.

D: I probably waited too long to try this beer. Always overlooking it for something else, and I regret it. This is definitely one of the best IPA's I've tasted over the years, and I'm sure it will be a mainstay in my fridge from now on. As far as sessioning goes, I do think it's a little too much after 2 or 3. But those 2 or 3 are still remarkably enjoyable.

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

Pours a nice dark amber color with some orange and ruby hues. A nice half inch of fluffy stable white head adorns this pretty looking pour.

Oh the smell...oh man...talk about sharp piney notes and lots of excellent grapefruity goodness. Wow, this stuff really, really reminds me of the smell of fresh, skunky weed. I am not a big pothead but that is really what comes to mind most. Its a great smell don't get me wrong, I love it!

Taste is nice and tart, fresh hops that numb the tongue and kick you in the back of the throat...love it. Some poweder sugary malt in the background but mainly I am getting fresh sour citrusy flavors and that piney/kind bud-y goodness.

Easy drinking and oh so drinkable. I will be re-visiting this beer in 6-pack form soon.

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

Was lucky enough to find the case this four-pack came in so I could actually know the Bottling date. Turns out this bad boy is just a month old. Off to a good start. Pours a very murky, golden-amber color with a medium white head. Lots of floaties in this one. Scent is packed with tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Some mellow hoppiness as well. Taste is just outstanding. Immediately I get some nice pineapple and melon flavors, then followed by hop resin. Some bitterness comes into play, followed by grapefruit and more melon. Finishes with some piney notes and lovely hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with some nice bite to it. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a monumental West-Coast/Cali IPA.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Deep orange amber with a foamy off-white head, sticking to the glass in a lacy pattern. There's a good deal of sediment suspended in the brew, making it quite hazy.

S - Lots of citrusy hop notes, particularly grapefruit, perhaps some mandarin orange. Sweet maltiness present in the peripherals.

T - Hops, balanced with a great malty palate. Amazingly tasty. The citrus notes from the nose are here in spades.

M - On the thin side of medium-bodied, with just a bit of carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - One of my favorite IPAs, this is incredibly drinkable given its hop content. If you're a hop-head, this makes a great session beer.

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

12oz bottle from Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a sticky off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it drops to a heavy film. I don't need to put my nose too close to this beer to tell that its bringing a huge dose of hops - grapefruit, tangerine, pepper and pine mix in with brown sugar to produce a great bouquet.

Huge pine and grapefruit zest flavours dominate this tasty and top notch west coast style IPA. A fine bitterness is moderated and balanced by a strong caramel body, which also provides depth and structure. Slightly oily mouthfeel seems to be full of hops, and the medium carbonation helps to accentuate the bitterness.

Really nicely done, and I can't find much to fault this beer on. Its the kind of brew that would be a welcome addition to my fridge at any time of the year.

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

Serving type: on tap

A: Pours vibrant amber, somewhat hazy, with a half inch off-white head. Significant lacing on glass.

S: Very strong citrus and floral notes. Noticeable grapefruit aroma. Maybe a hint of pine.

T/M: Sweeter taste than I expected from the hoppy aroma. Very citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon flavors dominate. Crisp, clean hoppy finish that leaves a slight puckering sensation.

O: A very well-balanced IPA with strong notes of grapefruit. Excellent crisp floral finish that does not leave the palate completely dominated by hops. I would definitely get this one again and I am very happy that it is showing up on draft at more and more locations in North Carolina. Paired very well with the spicy Cajun chicken wings I ordered.

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

Green Flash West Coast IPA is a light amber ale with lots of particles in it. It has a soft, foamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. It has a fresh, bright, pine-grapefruit aroma with a slightly sweet, resiny malt note. It has a fluffy medium body that's quite flat. It almost seems like it's off cask. The finish is dry and clean. It's quite bitter with a strong flavor of grapefruit peel. There is a very slight touch of sweetness. This is pure Cascade action here. It's an excellent beer that's appropriately named.

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

Poured into a pint glass this one is a deep orange color with nice head retention and lacing. Great hop aroma. Lots of hop character your rewarded with citrus, pine, and grapefruit. The malt keeps the brew together. Body is on the full side and finishes bitter. This is a Hop Heads beer. Stands up with the best in the category.

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

Look: The IPA poured from a cask is a hazy golden straw color. A thin off white head resides at the top with a bit of lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: A complex hoppy nose. A strong floral bouquet is followed up with just a hint of sweetness and a nice citrusy back end with pronounced grapefruit notes.

Taste: The flavor is like the nose but intensified. The hops just hit in the same complex interplay of floral and citrusy notes, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue a while after the sip is done. A slight sweet maltiness is just perceptible in the background, balancing this amazingly hoppy IPA just enough.

Notes: Great cask IPA. Green Flash has made a monstrously hoppy IPA but it is far from a single note beer. The hop flavors come in layers and add an interesting complexity in its own right. The cask brings down the carbonation just enough to let the flavors blend and show off with still just enough bubbles to be crisp and cleanse the palette. Overall one of the better IPA's I have had in a long time.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17 for this west coast goodie.
Rust color with two fingers of creamy off-white head..1/2 sticks around and leaves behind some of the stickiest head I have ever witnessed.
Juicy fruit hops fill the nostrils...cotton candy, sweet caramel malt.
The taste is fantastic...incredibly thick with a huge blast of hops...the bitterness grabs the tongue and does not let go. A solid malt backbone tries to balance this out the best it can, but the hops cannot be subdued...actually feel the hops sticking to my enamel.
Sturdy mouthfeel and the carbonation is beautiful...creamy in the finish, thanks to the head that remains until the very last sip.
Ok...maybe not a session beer, but I would have to go this again and again if I had the chance.
This offering is as far as one can go without entering double IPA catergory.
So glad to get to try this one...everything I expected and more.

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Photo of bsp77
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy amber with large, sticky, off-white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Prototypical West Coast IPA aroma - grapefruit, orange, pine and toasted malts.

Taste: Prototypical West Coast IPA taste as well, but they nailed it. The toasted and caramel malts are present but are obliterated by the decadent hops. The hop profile is nothing fancy, with grapefruit, orange and pine, but it is done much better than most IPAs that tread this familiar territory. Needless to say, the finish is bitter.

Feel: Very smooth and almost creamy body. The fact that this is approaching DIPA territory explains this fantastic mouthfeel. However, this has the crisper drier finish of a standard (single) IPA. Near perfect.

Overall: This is how to make a "traditional" West Coast IPA. Fantastic. I can't believe this is not available in Minnesota, as I bought it in Omaha of all places.

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: burnt copper color with unfiltered cloudiness. Decent off-white head that fades. Very good lacing all the way down.

S: Floral and citrusy hop smell but not as strong as the flavor suggests.

T: Very good! Strong upfront citrusy flavor with a good caramel malt taste in the middle. Great balance. Slight hop bitterness in the end, but not overpowering.

M: Dances on the tongue and the hop bitterness finish is probably one of the best of this style. Just enough and it does not overpower the rest of the experience.

D: Certainly will enjoy another one tonight, but with this ABV that will be all. Really the only detractor to this one.

Side note: Totally agree with the previous poster's comments about West Coast IPA's having their own sub-category. I think I may be turning into a West Coast IPA snob, which could be a problem on the banking account. Had this on tap (Moe's tavern) as well, and I was worried that the bottle serving type would be a let down. Fortunately, I was wrong, which in my opinion makes this even a better beer. As of right now, this one is my favorite.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This is one beautiful beer. I don't usually like giving out five's, since that implies that there is no room for improvement, but I can't imagine a better looking IPA. It pours a hazy, dark golden sunburst color with hints of deep orange and reddish hues. Its frothy, one finger, white head has great retention and fades to a foamy film and ring. The lacing is perfection, you can almost see the steps of each drink.

S: Up front, there is a nice hop profile, which gives way to very citrus fruity aromas , including grapefruit and oranges. Big herbal aromas complement the citrus, giving it hints of a subtle earthy aroma.

T: There is a similar hop profile, but instead of the strong citrus fruits, piney and grassy tastes dominate. A touch more malt is noticeable in the taste that wasn't as apparent in the aroma. The hops provide the bitter finish that is characteristic from an American IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a good IPA. It is medium bodied. A moderate amount of carbonation moves the flavors around. The crisp and slightly bitter finish refreshes the palate, preparing you to enjoy some more.

O: This is a very good American IPA. I can't believe it took me this long to try this, but I'm glad I did now. This has quickly become one of my favorite IPA's.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Orange/copper/amber mix with an off white head.

Tropical fruit nose, bit of citrus as well.
Taste is slight bitterness, perfect resinous quality to it. Then a sweet character follows with faint tropical fruit, citrus. Less thick mouthfeel than most DIPAs, it goes down easy, this stuff is delicious and dangerous.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chilled bottle, received in trade from smakawhat, is poured into a pint glass. Pouring into the center of the glass produces a huge head, such that I can only fit two-thirds of the bottle into my glass. It is a slightly off-white foam made up of big bubbles. I can already smell some lovely citrus hops! The liquid is orange and clear. Plenty of minuscule bubbles are cascading up from the bottom of the glass. As the head begins to settle, plenty of spiderweb lacing is left behind. But after a few minutes only a little bit of settling has occurred, there is still a good sized head on this beer.

Now, more about that aroma. Lots and lots of hops. Sharp and citrusy--these hops smell fresh and bitter. The label isn't lying when it claims that the beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." There is a little bit of sweetness to the nose as well; it reminds me of honey.

The flavor is full of hops. Bitter citrus and pine are at the forefront. Really, the pine isn't all that strong; this is mostly about the grapefruit. The bitterness lingers on after I swallow. It isn't very oily, but does coat a lot. It's slightly sticky on my lips, inside my mouth its more of a film. The body is full and the carbonation is on the lower end.

For something so strong and bitter, this is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is well-hidden. The hops are in your face but not offensive (to me anyway). I can see myself having a few bottles of this in an evening.

This is a top notch west coast IPA and worth seeking out, even if you aren't a hop head.

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Photo of circus_cat
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, albeit typical IPA. But I love the look of a good IPA. Dark orange, amber body with some haze. Big, two finger head leaving some gorgeous lacing. The head was frothy, kind of looked like the top of an ice cream cone there for a while.

S: Lemon zest, grapefruity sour citrus, orange peel, caramel malt backbone.

T: Wow, I actually get a little pine on the taste. Definitely overpowered by the west coast characters though--bigtime grapefruit, big time dry orange, floral notes. A little candy sweetness coming through. Definitely a dry, hoppy bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, definitely not refreshing because of the dry finish. What you expect out of a big west coast IPA.

Update: WOWZER. I'm getting through this thing and it is really, really bitter on the finish. Good for a hophead but if you see a noob or a malthead coming near this, turn them away!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Green Flash's West Coast IPA is a strongly citrus fruit and bitter-hop beer. By focusing on the bitterness, fruit, and slight malt sweetness, the brew team has a winning recipe that touches on each component that can be enjoyable in an IPA. I can't remember the last time I've drank an IPA so quickly, a definite winner in my book.

Pours a 1.5cm of very dense (tiny bubbles), off-white foam. Takes several minutes to fade to a ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few islands of bubbles. Leaves some very decent lacing, and sheets of lacing are generated with each swirl and subsequent sip. Body is a very dark copper brown when out of the light, an orange-copper when held to the light. Body is hazy, obviously unfiltered,

Aroma opens with some pine-related scents, quickly overwhelmed by citrus and citrus-like ones. Strongly hop-related fruit aroma, with full tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon notes acting as majors, mango as a minor player. Delicious, really makes you anticipate tasting the beer.

Opens on tip of tongue with bright slightly sweet malt and citrus flavors, notably some fresh wort with mango, orange, and tangerine. This quickly erupts into a wave of strong citrus, mostly grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Waves of grapefruit et al. continue with increasing bitterness and some noticeable caramel maltiness. Closes out with a long, lingering bitterness alongside mild caramel malt sweetness, a combination that's very pleasing to me.

Medium to medium-light bodied with a slight bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is moderate, creating a gently flowing beer across the palate.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- look darker with light head micro bubbles
- smell is piney hops
- taste is the same forest pine tasting hops some dryness some sweetness
- feel leaves the mouth watering for more
-cali so far has owned the ipa category for me great beer by green flash

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West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.
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