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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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2,048 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 2048
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%


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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Mittsies

California

4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried the beer several times on both tap and from the bottle.
Reviewing from the tap:

Golden color with a great head. Some of the best lacing I've seen as far as IPAs go.
When I think of a D-IPA, this is exactly how I picture it.
Walling will stay at the top of a pint glass long after finishing the beverage.

Aroma is almost entirely citrus and pine, very strong tangerine and grapefruit notes.
Pretty typical scent overall, but still very exceptional.

Taste is sour, bitter, hoppy, and very pungent. Sharp and musky.
The taste is borderline overbearing in terms of bitterness.
Very strong dank aftertaste, sort of a "stinky" flavor.
The flavor changes dramatically as it warms up, bringing out more than just the intense hops.
Observing the taste more closely, the hops are complimented with a bit of pine and malt.
Goes great with food as well, as the strong, bitter taste lingers well.

For such a bitter IPA, the mouthfeel is surprisingly light.
Very refreshing, smooth and crispy. Carbonated very well.

One of the best D-IPAs I've had in terms of flavor.
Great on tap or from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 11:01:44 | More by Mittsies
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Half-bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours quite hazy. A deep tangerine hue in the center with sun-kissed honey around the edges. Absolutely gorgeous color. Cream colored head starts off at a perfect two-finger stature. Eventually fades down to about a 1/2" and retains well until the end. Big splotches of lacing left in random locations around the glass.

S: Big wave of citrus hops. Pink grapefruit, orange peel, touches of lemon underneath. Grapefruit dominates, mostly. A bit of earthy pine takes over the aroma as the beer warms in the glass. Peppery booze also peeks through as it approaches room temperature. A little surprised I didn't pick up any malt presence.

T: Admittedly, this brew is approaching its enjoy-by date so I know for a fact that this isn't as much of a hop bomb as it once was, but hops STILL dominate the palate with their floral bitterness. Grapefruit takes the passenger seat for those floral hops, which I find to be quite nice—a bit more rustic rather than citrusy. Malt comes through in the middle adding just a shade of balance, but is overall dominated by the hops. Finishes piney and bitter. Some alcohol warmth lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, but doesn't touch chewiness. Lots of creaminess with an effervescent carbonation. Green Flash describes this as "quaffable" on their label, and I'm going to have to agree with that wholeheartedly. Wonderfully drinkable. Becomes a LITTLE harder to sip often as it warms; the alcohol really starts to show its face and slows you down.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.