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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,397 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,397
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 183 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at the brewery (on Oktoberfest day:)).

Pours a deep clear orange color with a meringue like head that lasts a good while. Massive tracts of lace coat the glass. Bitter, citrusy nose with some light malts and notes of celery and pepper. Huge bitterness in the taste, with some perfumey floral character. Orange and woody, dare I say garlic (or is that just suggestion?) notes mix in there as well. A very beaten down bready malt manages to show itself a bit here and there. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smoothly carbonated. Lots of bitterness in the long finish. Alcohol is very well hidden by the hop barage.

This is a great 'San Diego IPA', very hoppy with a unique hop profile, less piney and grapefruit, more straight up bitterness and other flavors. Give this a try for sure.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Brewed with Summit and Nugget hops to measure up to 101 IBUs, not 100 or 102, but 101. Not that it matters because the taste threshold for most people is about 80 IBUs. Three fingers of off-white head hold strong with a very impressive display of lacing down the glass. Clear brassy color. Smells of tangerines, crushed hemp seeds, fresh mint, black pepper, evergreen, ruby-red grapefruit and wildflowers from the hops; with some ripe passion fruit and pineapple juice from the alcohol. Slight bready tone in the nose but mild compared to the hops. Creamy up front with a slow rolling smoothness in the back. Hop bitterness nearly strangles the life out of our taste buds. After things settle down, flavors of faint white peppercorn, dried grass and pungent citric rind. Maltiness is there but more as the foundation to the full body, what biscuity flavors are present are blanketed by the massive hop presence. Alcohol is deceiving, it is warming but it does not come across as 9.0 percent ABV. The finish is a long, drawn out ramble of hop flavor and bitterness that leans to the dry side.

Excessively hopped with just enough malt to get by. Without a doubt, this beer goes down the righteous path to Imperial IPA and is a trophy beer for any veteran hophead.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper, high carbonation, nice head that has some staying power and sticks to the sides.

S - Where is the hop aroma a IIPA should have? There is some citrus hops and a little sweet malt, which is good, but it just too muted.

T - A little floral hop to start with a light but hearty malt backbone. The citrus comes on late and there is lot of bitter on the finish. Seems a little out of balance, starts off too soft and then comes on too strong at the end.

M - Lots of malt in there with some larger sugars still hanging around in there. Nice alcohol warmth, but too much carbonation though for a IIPA.

D - This is a good beer, a good representation of an IIPA, but lacked some balance.

Overall, this was below average for Green Flash. I don't got a bad one or what, but I had tons of carbonation and this didn't seem to be the case in other reviews. Also just seemed a bit out of balance, not enough aroma, and flavor starts off a bit weak. Will have to sample again and edit review if necessary.

steelerguy, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always like to get my hands on some "San Diego style" Double IPA's this is one and I was pleased with it.Poured into an imperial pint glass a mix of golden and deep reddish orange a tight formed 1/2 finger head that held decent retention atop,mix of hop aromas overripe pineapple and deep pine resin show through along with a big caramel sweetness the alcohol is hidden.Citrusy flavors at the forefront along with some pine resin wich becomes stronger as it warms more in my mind a very hefty caramel sweetness holds firm against the hops till the finish.Its very solid and the alcohol is kept in check very well,obviously there are better DIPA'S out there but it will cure a hop fix.

oberon, Nov 03, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

aszatk01, Apr 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of boston2bburg
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber after being impressed with their West Coast IPA and Barleywine. This beer pours about three fingers of thick, white, foamy, clumpy head and an awfully clear light orange color. Dense clumps of lacing abound.

Smell is great. Dank, resinous, grapefruit and citrus but with a musky earthy, herbal undertone. It's like nothing else I've smelled before - must be the relatively new Summit hop variety. It's most reminiscent of Simcoe, just really nice, thick and clean. Oh yeah, there's a bit of malt sweetness on the nose but not much.

Wow this thing is bitter. Warning: drink as a nightcap, for you will not be able to taste anything else for days after. The resinous character carries over providing something else to focus on besides the sharp bitterness at the back of the mouth and sides of the tongue. The hops are relentless, herbal and earthy with a grapefruit sourness.

What can you say about the mouthfeel and drinkability? It's beautiful if you can't get enough hops. But at a time when a lot of brewers really can't, I'd settle for more malt presence in an IIPA like this. The hops stick mini needles into your tongue with each gulp, sending alcohol straight through your blood stream to your dome, and back out your legs so you can't move off your chair.

Some relief comes as the beer warms but at that point I'm taking things slow. One of these is more than enough. Recommended for the most adventurous of hopheads. You have been warned.

boston2bburg, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of APetitfils
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and orange-brown hue. One finger of head

S: Hoppy smell with pine signatures. Slight fruity aromas that blend well with the hops

T: The hops are immediately present, but not overwhelming. Accompanied by a firm, yet pleasant pine taste. Slight apricot-richness after it settles for a moment.

M: Noticeable bitterness from the hops. However, there is a richness that balances off the overt I.B.U. and makes it a clean finish. Ends with a nice bitter grip

D: This beer proves in my mind to be another delicious presentation from Green Flash that produces its own interesting identity within the realm of Imperial IPA's. Personally I love the hoppy qualities of the beer and would have no inhibitions to continue drinking it. However, I would caution to those who are turned off by higher levels of bitterness in beer because this one can pack a punch. Overall I was very pleased and would highly recommend trying it.

APetitfils, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Golden color, small head with OK lacing
S-Lots of hop aroma, grapefruit, orange, but as it warmed a strange aroma came out that was remenescent of meat
T-Sweet with taste profile similiar to smell, lots of hops upfront but decent malt profile with some toffee notes, that strange meat/food flavor was there-can't identify this flavor but took away from my score
M-Creamy but carbonated, good in the mouth
D-Strong alcohol takes away and the off flavor as it warms would not keep me coming back

hopsleeroy, Jul 17, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light bronze color with half a finger of
white head that disipates rapidly.

S: Smells like a glass of grapefruit juice with
a splash of lemon/orange/grassy.

T: I will take this in place of my breakfast
table juice any day. It is like sucking on
a grapefruit!(the ABV would send me back to
bed though).

M/D: Creamy and rich with good body, a great drink

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of diesel59
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

green flash imperial ipa... thats were it all started for me.... a local grocer (kobackers) had this in stock a few years back and i had opted for something new that day... well what a suprise... no generic beer ever tasted the same after that day.... this is truly one of the best ipas you will ever encounter...

diesel59, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

supa0525, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Drunkenass
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic! For an Imperial IPA, it drinks much lighter than 9.4%. This beer tastes citrusy, like biting into a fresh Lemon with a silky smooth soft yet bitter aftertaste. I picked this up on a recent trip to LA and will seek it out again.

Drunkenass, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Joebraggot
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Joebraggot, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPAs, to me, are always really attractive beers. This beer, in a tulip, was exceptional. Gold color, thick white head, lots of lacing. I'm a sucker for lace. Some malt, but mostly citrus aroma. Big citrus/grapefruit taste, malt presence. The beer was pretty well balanced, still a big hit of hops.

lordofthewiens, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Green Flash. Plenty of hop flavors without the suck-your-cheeks-out bitterness.
Smooth, citrus, flowery.
Measures up very well with the better IIPA's with a different slant.
Decent ABV and IBU's that are without the edge. Clearly the intent of the brewer and he met it well.
Kudos to Green Flash for a job well done.

NWer, Oct 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

freshflesh, May 12, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/brown with two fingers of head that leave a lot of lacing behind.

Smell is the biggest blast of pine/spruce that I can remember. These aromas seem to prevent anything else from coming through except for a small amount of caramel malt.

Taste is similar to smell, with pine hops dominating. There is a bit of caramel malt trying to balance things out, but this is clearly a West Coast hop-dominated DIPA. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Medium bodied oily mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Slightly astringent feeling.

Overall, not the most complex DIPA around, bit still a quite enjoyable, pine hop-forward, beer.

warnerry, May 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DWolf, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong piney and peppery hops with a little charcoal and doughy malts underneath.

The flavor is kind of a mish-mash. There's some sweet bready malts, a little fruitiness (melon) and a good amount of hops (piney, peppery and floral). It ends with some harsh bitterness and a little sweetness and a weird aftertaste. The flavor profile is just not very smooth and the flavors don't blend well. The mouthfeel is medium with some harsh carbonation.

Overall, this was a bit of a let down. I like their IPA, so I was looking forward to this, but it was not as good.

Beaver13, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Kendog65
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Kendog65, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Fcip78, Aug 24, 2014
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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,397 ratings.