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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
91
outstanding

2,507 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 137
Gots: 244 | 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:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Ratings: 2,507 | Reviews: 984
Reviews by marksto:
Photo of marksto
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer while in Denver for GABF last year.

Pours an orangish-amber color with slight haze and big, fluffy head. Aroma displays a biscuity malt sweetenss with overlying hop tones of citrus and pine. Not as much hop character in the nose as I would expect.

Flavor displays a nice, chewy malt backbone with lightly toasted sweetness, big body, and a little alcohol. Hop character is accented towards flavor instead of bitterness, with an almost minty essence and resinous finish.

Overall, a solid IIPA and my first sample of a beer from this brewery. Worth a try if you get a chance to sample it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of APetitfils
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
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

Photo of diesel59
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

Photo of Drunkenass
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Dbrulet
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into snifter glass.

A - 3.5 - Dark golden yellow with slight haze. Two finger foamy head with Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

S - 3.0 - Mix of pine, floral and citrus aroma. Not as hoppy as I would have expected.

T - 3.5 - Grapefruit and citrus flavor. Decent hops but a little bitter compared to the great dIPAs. Well balanced considering the 9.4% abv.

M - 3.5 - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O - 3.5 - This beer is a slight dissappointment to me from what I was expecting. I wanted it to be great but the aroma and flavor fell short based on the comparisons it received to the other beers I love. Good beer. Just not great.

Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle thanks to srandycarter. Pours a hazy, but radiant, peach body topped by a creamy, one finger almond head. Retention is excellent and island chain lacing drapes the pint glass.

Aroma is pink grapefruit, lemonrind, and orange with hints of pine in the background.

Mouthhfeel is creamy and medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Taste opens with citrus fruit hoppiness, followed by a restrained malt sweetness that adds a note of clover honey. The malt sweetness struggles to tame the hops bitterness but never fully succeeds. Outstanding balance with prominent Nugget hops. No hint of the 9% abv. Finishes slightly bitter with a prominent pink grapefruit aftertaste.

Outstanding DIPA that is exceedingly drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, pours clear light amber, with that oily, slightly greenish hue that I welcome in a hoppy SD style DIPA, Light tan, creamy, tiny bubble, long lasting head and thick film. Also leaves nice sheeting and sticky reams of lace. Blast o'citric hops for the sniffer. Smooth, heady brew, more grapefruity hop waves, riding on a fluffy bed of bread crusty malts. Yum yum, finely crafted creation. "SD style" DIPA is the fushizzle...love this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

Photo of warriorsoul
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to zrrbrrt for this new beer...
Pours a golden peach color with two fingers of white head...half of which goes nowhere and what recedes leaves behind some thick, web-like lacing.
Tons of citrus hops in the nose...Juicy-fruit gum comes to mind.
Has some sweetness to it...adding a touch of caramel to the hoppiness.
Taste is incredible...less balanced than others, but well appreciated here. Dusty hops that coat the enamel...very fruity with a huge bitter bite to finish it off.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied...not cloying in the least. Dangerously drinkable...bomber went away in no time.
I am now sold on any beer this place puts out...but it is their IPA's that will keep me coming back again and again.

Photo of Hamsteroceros
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pleasant pumpkin-orange in color with huge head. A rested bottle resulted a vigorously carbonated pour. Exactly the look of a great IPA.

S- Much as one would expect from Green Flash- very hoppy and floral with solid citrus presence.

T- This beer tastes quite like it smells- perhaps too much so. Lots of pine and citrus along with an off-note I can't quite place. Very little malt character. There is a definite loss of desired flavors as the beer warms post-pour with a noticeable increase in the alcohol flavor.

M- Lighter drinking than expected. Flavors are resinous, but the mouthfeel isn't. There is almost an astringent character to it.

D- The appearance and smell of this DIPA suggested something that the taste and finish didn't really come through on, for some reason. Certainly a tasty beer but I can't quite help but feel that something is missing. Excellent for the price, though.

Photo of mattster
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 22 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Formed nice bubbly 1.5" head across top of amber hazy brew.

Smell is very much of hops. A hint of pineyness. Nice hint of something citrus/floral.

Taste is very hoppy as well. Nice on palate, flavors sort of pop up all over the place. Bits of pineapple.

Mouth feel is very coating, very full body. Nice finish. Aftertaste is however a bit concerning, but not overwhelming.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crosling for the bomber in a trade. Unusual for me, but I prefer the Green Flash IPA to the double. Lighter in color than a DIPA. Unusual hops nose. Tastes good but the hop profile is not typical. Fairly easy to drink.

Scary to think me and my BA bro blitheringidiot are starting to review beers sequentially but while on opposite coasts. D'BLOH!

Cheers.

Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Barely hazy gold with thick, sticky white head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bitter mix of grapefruit, guava, caramel and bread.

Taste: Somewhat sweet with a malt core of bread and caramel, with sticky hop layers of grapefruit, tangerine and guava. Slightly spicy as well on the finish, with light bitterness. Balanced mix of sweet, dry, bitter and tart.

Feel: Full, creamy body with restrained carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A flavorful, balanced DIPA that is just a trifle too sickly sweet to be a top echelon example of the style.

Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. Good representative of the west coast IIPA. I agree with DA, the hops in this beer taste fresh and clean, giving it a different character than most IIPA's. Powerful taste, but not an overly bitter bite. Has hints of sweetness, like a pink grapefruit. Good balance and smooth taste throughout. Finish is resiny but not sticky. Very nice.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass
Poured a hazy,glowing reddish orange,generous slightly off-white colored head,very creamy,very good retention.leaving chunky islands and collars of lace. Not much carbination noticable with some particles at the bottom of the bottle.

Strong pineapple aroma,followed by sweet carmelly/toffeee-like,as floral with some grassiness. strong and pleasing aroma.

Heavy malt taste up front with lots of carmell with a burnt edge,quickly followed up by a strong hop rush of pine with tons of grapefruit. Very leafy leaving and oil slick of hoppyness. Has a good balance that finishes with heavy citrus rind.The alcohol was well hidden or buried under the hops. Juicy grapefruit with an aciditic mouthfeel.

Rough at first taste,tames out the more you drink. A good double in the middle of the pack. Te bomber was enough for me. Worth a try,would definatly drink again.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a nice light orange hazy color with a nce thin white bubbly head. Nose is a bit caramel, hoppy of course, light pine and sweet fruit.

Taste is very fruity, fresh and hoppy. There is a nice malty backing that's sweet and pretty damn delicious. Overall a solid beer. I wish they had freshnes dates though!

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.