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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

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 106
Gots: 137 | 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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bolgiano

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.2%

12-15-2011 02:29:49 | More by bolgiano
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1950carlen

California

5/5  rDev +22.2%

12-17-2011 02:01:32 | More by 1950carlen
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out of 22oz bomber into tulip glass

a: hazy golden orange with half finger off white head that doesn't stick around too long, white ring around glass

s: goddam, is it December? straight up smells like a Christmas tree. Tons of pine with a nice malty sweetness. Some apricot. No alcohol on the nose. Love it.

t: I feel like I'm chewing on pine needless, in a good way of course. Delicious piney hops well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Some fresh grapefruit as well. No alcohol whatsoever.

m: sticky mouthfeel, medium body with nice carbonation, no alcohol burn.

o: this is absolutely one of my favorite, likely top three, imperial IPAs

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 23:01:17 | More by pisano
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ortango


4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite. Signed up just to add a rating to this awesome ipa.

A: not copper. its golden yellow, almost amber.

S: a bit floral, with a nuggety aroma. F'n great.

T: amazing. totally a stoner's beer, really! tastes like nuggets, just like it smells. Being a 9.5%, it's so covert, you don't even notice alcohol.

M: Thick head then a smooth beer. Not thick, but definitely not watery.

Overall: Top notch stuff. Pop the bottle and chase that smell. I've been hooked on this stuff for along time now (years).... the only substitutes i like are maybe Ithaca flower power, troegs nugget nectar, or a good hoppy barleywine ---- all else has been a let down. Even if it's not your favorite i would challenge you to find a 9.5 abv as discreet as this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 04:36:00 | More by ortango
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SquirrelBoy22

Washington

4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's of all time. Crush fresh hops in your hand and it will smell like this beer. I love this beer so much I went to their garage about an hour or so away from San Diego and told them they need to sell this in Seattle as we LOVE IPA's! They have started sending it to us!!! I bought a case of it from them at the "pub" to bring back and had to pull all sorts of stuff out of my checked bag just so I would be under the 50 lb limit. Oh yes, it is that good!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 09:19:17 | More by SquirrelBoy22
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a glass of Green Flash Imperial IPA at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA last Thursday. This big IPA was pouring very nicely and super fresh hoppiness ensued. Was enjoyed in a tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Green Flash Imperial pours a beautiful golden yellow that has a slight haze to it. It's topped by a bone white head of foam that measures about 1.5 fingers (by the time it gets to our table). The head leaves a nice bit of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Smell (5/5): Big pine and grapefruit hop notes escape from the glass. Some herbal hop notes and earthier tones from the subdued malts and yeast character also show, but this is a super hoppy beer so the hop aromas are naturally–and pleasingly–dominant. I'm convinced that the smell of this beer is what hop heads dream about.

Taste (5/5): In one word: delicious. The taste follows the nose for the most part. Huge pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop flavors steal the show from the get-go. Fruity, tart, and spicy hops are supported by a a subtle caramel malt backbone that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes bitter and quite dry. The aftertaste is–curiously–similar to weed (the flavor comes out of nowhere, really). Hardly any alcohol presence to this beer, which is great, since alcohol flavors do not usually, in my humble opinion, add much to IPAs (unlike some heavy stouts and Belgian ales whose flavor profiles benefit). The flavor of this beer is just bitter bliss and a total hop fix. This is one classy, finely tuned Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Green Flash Imperial is medium-bodied, though not very viscous or hop oily. Medium carbonation helps accentuate the hoppiness and lets the bitterness 'pop'.

Overall (5/5): This is a perfect example of a Double/Imperial IPA. It retains the dryness and medium-low sweetness of a regular IPA while reaching a beautifully in-your-face amount of bitter, fruity hop character only possible in a DIPA, and without becoming syrupy sweet or overly resinous and cloying. Just an amazing beer I wish I could find more often. Highly, highly recommended to lovers of the hop.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:46:08 | More by hagbergl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and very hoppy and the two are quite nicely blended with a good malt background.

T: The taste is very-well balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a heavy citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter. Nothing much more to say except that it’s just a damn flavorful beer.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, great kick, this beer has everything that you look for in a 2IPA. It’s a great beer that I could drink until the 9.00% ABV catches up with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 04:09:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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McGIPA

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is just a GREAT double IPA...pours fantastic with a head that wont quit...it smells great..piney and u can smell every hop and then some...the first taste tells you that ur really gonna love this beer...of all the doubles I've had this is in my top 5 for sure...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 22:06:44 | More by McGIPA
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morgenw

California

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinking from a batch that was bottle the 25th of June and this is exceptional. This is truly the West Coast IPA on steroids. The nose was heavily infected with hops. The taste was extremely bitter, I was really hoping for this in this beer, because past bottles haven't been anything special. This was the first time that I was able to find a batch date on the case that it came from. I can only speculate that the others were not as fresh as this. This was AWESOME!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 06:54:30 | More by morgenw
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SourHopHead

New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard alot about this beer and finally got my hands on a couple bottles.

A: Orange copper color.

S: Fruity and piney hop aroma.

T: Hop balance is really nice. Mix of fruity, piney, and spicy.

M: Med body, fair head retention.

D: This beer lived up to my expectations. Spicy, fruity, piney hop complexity. Went down smooth and I will drink it whenever I see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 00:28:38 | More by SourHopHead
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Cobrito

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No date on bomber. None of the new GF beers to arrive in Atlanta seem to have any dating indicated. Very annoying.

Appearance--whatever, nothing to twitter about.

The aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are fantastic. A balanced yet kick-ass DIPA with unwieldy hops in it tamed by the master brewers at GF. Great combination of vegetal Summit with resiny-fruity Nugget.

Why this does not get as much praise as the somewhat similar Sucks is beyond me. This is better, with the disparate elements coming together more harmoniously.

A great DIPA. Gotta try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 22:31:26 | More by Cobrito
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gfthree7

California

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Double IPA was enjoyed on New Years Eve 2010, from a 22 oz bottle into a chilled glass.

The appearance has the classic IPA look; gold and robust with a moderate foam head. The beer maintained a little bit of a frothy top all the way through the end of the bottle.

The smell really surprised me - some significant citrus-sweet apricot/tangerine flavors along with a hoppy scent that tells me this beer isn't for the weak at heart.

The taste is just... Wow! Super hoppy with the aroma and taste of the sweet citrus flavors making this one of the very best beers I've ever had.

The Green Flash Imperial is very drinkable for fans of the Double IPAs. Impressive! Fantastic! I can't say enough...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:27:31 | More by gfthree7
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brent281

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color and clarity of this beer for an imperial IPA are amazing.

The way they use these high alpha acid hops is extremely creative. I don't think i have ever seen a lighter IPA, let a lone an imperial IPA than this version. This is one of my new favorite beers.

For 9%+ ABV its very drinkable and could probably consume a few. The hops don't totally destroy your taste buds and its welll balanced.

The aroma is above average but it had an unbelievable POP it could be one of the best overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:26:21 | More by brent281
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Drunkenass

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 05:50:27 | More by Drunkenass
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TripleTwenty

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't review beers all that much but this one really impressed me.

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Whole Foods.

A: Pours golden yellow with a perfect white one inch head (higher fluffy head if you are aggressive). Looks exactly like what a west cost IPA should look like with no doubt they have an emphasis on the hops.

S: Grapefruit/pineapple, fresh, I can't wait to try it at this point. it looks great and the smell is fabulous.

T: Wonderful, the perfect balance for my palate. A great hop kick from the flavor and aroma hops (summit and nugget) but it is not overbitter. Very juicy and makes me want more!

D: I could drink this on a daily basis and the +9% abv I can not find. A very drinkable IIPA and I hope to find some more because this was a fantastic beer. Go pick some up or trade for a fresh bottle because this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 07:45:37 | More by TripleTwenty
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OdinMcHaggis


4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cooper and clear, nice head good retention and great lacing. Smell is citrus. taste is good, the hops are pleasant not overwhelming. The body is where this beer is great, the malt is sticky and thick. Nice body. Overall, at 9.4% abv this beer hides the alcohol, delivers on taste and satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 23:09:02 | More by OdinMcHaggis
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle does not have a date on it but the case had a 11-7 date on it. Pretty fresh. 22oz bottle poured into my HOTD tulip.

Appearance- Clear golden orange with a big off yellowish head. Lots of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Big pine aroma with sweet malt backing it up. 4.5/5

Taste- Great pine trees, Batman! Lots of pine and less of a sweet malt background than the smell. 5/5

Mouthfeel- Perfectly even. Right down the middle of thin and thick. 5/5

Overall- I love Green Flashes regular IPA and this is just as great only bigger. 5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:54:24 | More by MADhombrewer
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sme4r

California

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will be drinking this as long as the store carries it.

A: Dark golden coloring with medium lacing.

S: Smells pretty malty, but it still cant hides the hops in this Imperial IPA

M: Medium carbonation, very stringent. Bitter, but "Duh."

D: If you like high IBU's then you are good with this. I want lots, I wish I had more.

Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:05:39 | More by sme4r
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farrago

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy glow to the amber red to pumpkin orange color, even through the gauziness you can see the bubbles lifting into the cream colored, thick head which stays past closing time. Sweet, fruity nose of apricot, peach, pear fruit as well as tangerine juice, pine needles, brioche and a bundle of meadow grasses and flowers, attractive fullness while retaining clarity of elements, Full-bodied, spicy, citrusy attack with cumin, garlic flavors next to orange, white grapefruit notes. The carbonation shows verve to break through the overall density and oily texture. While certainly hoppy, not bitter, no pucker, more like an exfoliation. Pine, tar resin, fresh milk, coffee grinds, wax, enjoyable for its ability to change sip to sip. Anvil sits on your tongue long after you've swallowed.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 17:16:48 | More by farrago
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dqderrick

California

4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I could break this down further... but here is the Reader's Digest version.

For $6.99 and sometimes $5.99 here in San Diego, this IIPA/DIPA is one of the best.

Consistent, skunky smell, crazy hop taste with a strong pine and grapefruit.

For those reading this and preparing to taste, be sure to review.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 08:33:34 | More by dqderrick
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours beautiful, massive head and sticky lacing with the usual mind-blowing imperial flaxen-orangey clarity. just looks world class.

the nose reveals the tart sweet citrus herbal camphor that lines the skull of any hophead. great balance here. i get it all in one whiff. something even more pungent and ethereally sweet here...

just simply so full-bodied, luscious, balanced, herbal, tangy-tart not as grapefruity but perfect enough for that. i actually had the first lager glass of this cold with my chile relleno ... now that it warmed up a bit, it's richly exploding with flavors that would be stellar cooled down...

drinkable? is that a koan?

so recommended....

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:32:32 | More by mempath
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unibrew

New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very impressive Imperial IPA for sure, and I'd definitely seek it out again. As most reviewers seem to agree, the west coast hoppiness is good, and not overdone. Seems just right to me. The alcohol isn't all that detectable for it's 9%, and you will feel it. There is balance in the malts too. I think I have to give this an A at least AND, I'd suggest this is the PERFECT beer to go with some spicy buffalo wings! Bring'em!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 23:11:24 | More by unibrew
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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copied from another reviewer (hagbergl)
Loved the smell and taste on this exquisite IIPA
would certainly drink again...

Appearance (4.5/5): Green Flash Imperial pours a beautiful golden yellow that has a slight haze to it. It's topped by a bone white head of foam that measures about 1.5 fingers (by the time it gets to our table). The head leaves a nice bit of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Smell (5/5): Big pine and grapefruit hop notes escape from the glass. Some herbal hop notes and earthier tones from the subdued malts and yeast character also show, but this is a super hoppy beer so the hop aromas are naturally–and pleasingly–dominant. I'm convinced that the smell of this beer is what hop heads dream about.

Taste (5/5): In one word: delicious. The taste follows the nose for the most part. Huge pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop flavors steal the show from the get-go. Fruity, tart, and spicy hops are supported by a a subtle caramel malt backbone that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes bitter and quite dry. The aftertaste is–curiously–similar to weed (the flavor comes out of nowhere, really). Hardly any alcohol presence to this beer, which is great, since alcohol flavors do not usually, in my humble opinion, add much to IPAs (unlike some heavy stouts and Belgian ales whose flavor profiles benefit). The flavor of this beer is just bitter bliss and a total hop fix. This is one classy, finely tuned Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Green Flash Imperial is medium-bodied, though not very viscous or hop oily. Medium carbonation helps accentuate the hoppiness and lets the bitterness 'pop'.

Overall (5/5): This is a perfect example of a Double/Imperial IPA. It retains the dryness and medium-low sweetness of a regular IPA while reaching a beautifully in-your-face amount of bitter, fruity hop character only possible in a DIPA, and without becoming syrupy sweet or overly resinous and cloying. Just an amazing beer I wish I could find more often. Highly, highly recommended to lovers of the hop.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 13:18:02 | More by GeckoPunk
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Avantyawn

New York

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: murky golden , nice thick healthy head upon hearty pour. beautiful! Just like I like it!

S: Hoppy classic grapefruit IPA scent. Little bread n' butter in the background.

T: A masterful blend of hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and bready heartiness. This beer dances on the tongue. Fantastic!

M: As this sloshes around your mouth, the 9.4 % APV is not what you are thinking about. The alcohol is amazingly masked, and the carbonation is subtle, yet present.

D: I am shocked how smooth and drinkable this is at 9.4%. Some of my favorite DIPA's are not nearly this drinkable as the alcohol smacks you in the face, not here. Dangerously drinkable...

Fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:23:45 | More by Avantyawn
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QualityOverQty

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - thick golden yellow

Smell - Amazing, smelled like piny nuggets. It's the craziest thing.

Taste - It is perfectly balanced in hops, the bitterness is right on point. Great aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth, not too much bite, but some.

Overall - My favorite IIPA. I prefer it over Double Trouble - which is a great beer. Green Flash has great beers

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 20:57:55 | More by QualityOverQty
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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