Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by n2185:
2.85/5 rDev -30.3%
A: Pours a very hazy orange with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes into a thin white cap but leaves nice lacing.
S: A little caramel malt up front followed by a hint of sweet citrus and then lots of sticky, resiny pine.
T: Similar to the aroma, there's a slight sweetness with some citrus up front but then the resin and pine kick in, knocking every other flavor out of the way. Finish is quite bitter and lingers on the tongue well after the sip is taken.
M: Medium body and carbonation that provides a kick for the bitterness. There's an oily texture to it as well.
D: With the lingering bitterness and oily texture, it's not all that drinkable.
Overall, not a bad DIPA, but a bitter bomb without much complexity.
02-13-2011 22:56:28 | More by n2185
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4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-03-2007 23:42:42 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
03-24-2008 00:41:00 | More by boston2bburg
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
02-10-2010 01:26:44 | More by APetitfils
3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
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
07-17-2008 02:34:22 | More by hopsleeroy
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
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
M/D: Creamy and rich with good body, a great drink
07-06-2009 00:57:35 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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...
01-27-2012 03:51:53 | More by diesel59
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-10-2010 13:13:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-12-2011 23:43:38 | More by steelerguy
4.89/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
07-03-2013 05:50:27 | More by Drunkenass
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-21-2010 20:31:42 | More by lordofthewiens
4.5/5 rDev +10%
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.
10-24-2011 20:01:55 | More by NWer
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-11-2011 02:38:01 | More by warnerry
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
12-12-2006 07:37:27 | More by Beaver13
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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