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The Friday beer: Green Flash Brewing’s West Coast IPA

The West Coast IPA.
Paul Gibson
The West Coast IPA.

From Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, from San Franciso to Boston, from Denver to New York, from Savannah to Anchorage … the United States has many great craft beer scenes.

In recent years San Diego, Calif., has grown to be a fantastic beer city. The “West Coast IPA” is a style of beer that is heavy on the hops, low on the malts and not sweet like you find in other IPAs.

In fact, you can find this style of beer being brewed in various parts of the country. Some call the West Coast IPA style an unbalanced beer because they are hop-centric in their flavor profile.

The Green Flash West Coast IPA is properly named and comes at you with a hop forward aroma filled with grapefruit and pine. It’s a really great representation of the west coast IPA style and if this is what an unbalanced beer tastes like I’m all for leaning in its direction.

How’s the craft beer scene in your area? What’s being brewed at your local breweries?

West Coast IPA

  • Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co. ( )
  • Consumed at: Über Tavern(
  • ABV: 7.3%
  • Description: India Pale Ale

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Guest contributor Paul Gibson originally hails from Carlsbad, New Mexico, but he prefers the Northwest’s cooler temperatures and its vast selection of hoppy delicious beers. As a kid, he first started taking photos with an Instamatic of his friends on their BMX bikes. Now he takes photos of beer, breweries and on occasion street photography, events and concerts—minus the Instamatic. You can find more photos and follow Paul on Twitter at @pdgibson.