After drinking some lousy beers, I needed to freshen my palate and drink something good, something that set the shite and onions beers in stark relief, something that made me sit up and say “this is why you love beer.” I hit the bullseye with the West Coast India Pale Ale by Green Flash Brewing Co. This pours a deep rich amber with a nice two finger head that is retained to the bottom of the glass. The first thing I noticed in the aroma was the hops, with lots of pine, grapefruit and just a touch of the sticky-icky, with some sweetness from the malts as well. The taste closely tracks the aroma, with a dry and bitter finish. There is a touch of malt sweetness, but this is a hop bomb, as are most west coast IPAs, and the 7.3 % ABV is not even noticeable through all of the hoppy bitterness. My only complaint about this beer is that the texture is a bit thin, but that is a very minor complaint, 7.5/10.