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

984 Reviews
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Reviews: 984
Hads: 2,550
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 138
Gots: 282 | FT: 2
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Reviews: 984 | Hads: 2,550
Photo of ahpark
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Great thick two-finger head lingers for a bit before it pulls back and leaves a wonderful lacing on the glass. Appears a darker orange, with no real opacity whatsoever. In fact, compared to a couple other IPAs I've had, this is very very clear.

Smell is definitely the first thing I notice about this brew. Probably the most fragrant IPA, or IIPA for that matter, I've had; strong hints of pine and hops dominate the bouquet, so much so that after five minutes of sitting on my table, my entire room now smells of wilderness. Excellent.

While it smells of fresh hops, citrus notes are first and foremost on the palate, with the hops only present on the finish. Very balanced for an IIPA; there's a hint of alcohol taste, but it blends well with the citrus. Only other IIPA I've had that is as balanced and yet has such depth is HopSlam.

Mouthfeel is great, with a relatively light carbonation that doesn't stampede over the taste. Overall this feels like a very light beer that shouldn't be hard on the stomach, even if it is 101 IBU's.

Drinkability is definitely there; it really does its best to try to edge out HopSlam in this category. Even after one bomber my tastebuds aren't completely dead; on the contrary, they keep on telling me they want more!

Ultimately, this is quickly becoming my favorite IIPA. Third time I'm having Green Flash IIPA, and it hasn't disappointed me yet. No other IIPA I've had has a bouquet that's so fresh and inviting. The IBU's don't seem noticeable at all, and this is THE beer that I'm thankful comes in bombers and not sixers; I can easily see myself downing three or four of these before I realize I'm out for the count. (1,685 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful bright orange hue; completely unfiltered. Nice white creamy head, lacing the entire session. Reminds me of an orange cream sicile. The aroma is not overpowering, but the floral hops come through. The taste is fruity sweet, then the bitterness hits the back of your tongue. There is a buttery smoothness that make the body just slide down your throat. The body is full, but not too heavy, this is a sipper. The alcohol is well hidden and this is one I will try any chance I get. (513 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle shipped to me on the East Coast from Escondido, CA

A - A golden straw color. 2 fingers of head, and sticky lace all down the glass all the way down

S - Tangerine. Citrusy hops X 10. Goodness!

T - Wow. Like it smells, citrusy hop goodness. Also has some piney hops. A good mix of both. ABV is totally hidden. Well balanced. Hops are way up front, but has a light malt backbone to make this DIPA work

M - Fairly light bodied, well carbonated. Smooth

O - Delicious. That word sums it up! Well balanced. Exactly what I want when I want a west coast DIPA. A hop heads dream! (588 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy pale orange with a decent frothy head that was slow to diminish. The aroma was dominated by floral citrus and pine hops with just a hint of sweet malt. The taste was possessed wonderful earthy hoppiness that somewhat overpowered the malts, but not too much at all. The beer was somewhat heavy with nice warming alcohol that was present but not aggressive. This is a very enjoyable beer and one I would love to have again. (439 characters)

Photo of Newmerator
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. hop heaven here.

popped the top off and hops screamed out. pours a beautiful pale golden, pearl white head and sticky lace

smell bursts of hops, citurs, pine etc.

taste is just delicious. grapefruit at the end. but the smell is almost identical.

mouthfell is silky, not too heavy. a very drinkable IIPA.

cheers (321 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, bottled 3/11/13

Pours a dark gold with orange and brown tints and a single finger of foam. Retention has receded pretty quickly to a thin ring around the sides. Good visibility, lacing, a moderate carbonation. Looks pretty good

Smells of strong fruity hops- pine apple, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon, and lime. Quite a bouquet of floral and fruity hop notes really dominating everything else. Sweet bready and caramel malts mix with the alcohol to create a good backbone. This is quite complex

Taste isn't quite as prolific as the aroma, but has quite a lot going on. Strong fruity hops up front, grapefruit, pine apple, along with some other citrus. The malt makes the beer pretty sweet that contrasts well with all the hops, but is hidden for the most part itself

Feel is medium bodied and dry. Very bitter but nicely balanced in sweetness, finishes pretty well. Nice bite from the carbonation and well concealed alcohol makes this very easy to drink

Overall this stuff is top shelf. It reminds me a lot of Deschutes Hop Henge, only done vastly better. Very well balanced fruity hop bomb, what's not to love? Glad to get this in Nevada finally (1,189 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a bottle that I got at The Burger Shoppe in the NYC Financial District.
A. It has a gold color that makes it opaque. There are some bubbles that creates something of a limited head but that leaves a descent amount of lacing.
S. There's a soapy-ness to it and clearly some hops aroma.
T. It's very fruity and not as much floral, for an IPA. There's a strong hint of strawberry. The aftertaste is more of a sweet caramel hit. The hoppy spicyness is mixed throughtout.
M. Thick, in a good way.
O. Fantastic offering. More of a sweet, fruity IPA than the floral IPA's I traditionally prefer, but a fantastic offering. (627 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear golden with a light copper tinge. light carbonation. nice frothy white head with good retention and very nice lacing.

super fresh hoppy aroma. nice pine and citrus. cant get over how fresh it smells. really clean.

the taste is a rush of hops. strong in flavor and bitterness just like it should be. never gets overbearing or (too) unbalanced. if its possible to hide 101 ibu's these guys have done it. leaves a lip smacking hoppy, almost pungent, after taste in the mouth.

probably the easiest drinking double ipa i've had. the abv and hops go down so well its scary. these guys know hops and how to use them. (624 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark orange hue with three fingers of creamy white head, excellent lacing throughout

s- nose is of fragrant citrus and piney hops, well balanced malt profile underneath, but this is definitely dominated by the hops (Summit & Nugget)

t- Delicious bitter hops that are not overwhelming, piney resin throughout is balanced by the more subtle malts, aftertaste is slightly bitter with a brief alcohol kick that is short-lasting

m- Medium-bodied and oily mouthfeel, adequate carbonation

d- Wow, this is one delicious and well-balanced DIPA that truly masks the abv, I could have several of these in a sitting without getting bored, all praise the San Diego craftbrew scene!!! (693 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the dirty truth after a scary Dudleytown hike.

Big head. Dark blonde body with very nice lacing.

With the first smell I can tell this is going to be big. Nice and hoppy.

Flavors explode on your taste bud. No adjunct ingredients. Bich and bold hops burst on your plate with a very enjoyable smooth finish. IBU's must be huge on this but the grapefruit hop bitterness isn't overwhelming at all.

9.4 percent? Wow I am feeling pretty good but have no idea how I got there. Alcohol is perfectly hidden and taste is right up front. (543 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Goldish-orange in color, leaves a good head and nice lacing

S: Piney hops, citrus hops, pineapple, and some grapefruit

T: Burst of citrus hops lightly backed with some pine hops, can notice a little pineapple and grapefruit as well, good sharp bitterness as well, bitterness lingers a little but it's light and is a complement

M: Very light for a IIPA, slightly oily, really crisp, really good carbonation level too

O: Really good beer, and really light and crisp for a IIPA, definitely recommend buying if you see it, would make an exceptional beer for summer time (572 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my tulip at cellar temperature.

Its color is an amber-orange of great clarity capped with a small amount of white foam. It looks like something I would like to imbibe. Yes.

Smells even MORE like something I'm inclined to imbibe. A heavy dose of pine, potently spicy hops that make me blush a little just from a whiff, orange zest, pineapple, and honey all combine for a real knock-out of an aroma.

The flavor is sublime, divine, and balanced fine, possessing ample citrus fruits, copious quantities of sprightly pine bitterness and astringency, and a sweet little kiss of honey that complements the whole thing.

I really like the feel going on here. Full, but at the same time seamless in some way...

Just as the big old "imperial" on the label suggests, this is not a subtle beer. It casts a maelstrom of roaring magic hoppiness that few can endure, and even fewer can enjoy. But those of us who are acclimated to such hops hurricanes (you know who you are) will find that there's nowhere they'd rather be than in the middle of a glass. (1,046 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the way a good DIPA looks. It's like a well proportioned, classic, beauty. Well we have a good looker here. The body was clear, and a couple of shades deeper than amber. The head was two fingers thick at first, but settled down a little smaller afterwards, and there was a steady stream of gentle carbonation. The aroma was prototypical DIPA, in the form of grapefruit, and was quite strong, as it hit me even at an arms length. The first sip indicated a hop bomb, as the bitterness was bracing and bold. There was a lot of citric tasting hop acids, and they were supported by a biscuit like malt backing. The finish was bready, and the hops lingered on. This was a well crafted DIPA, and should be taken as a textbook example of the style. Everything here was just as it should be. (789 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened it, and with the bottle a foot-and-a-half from my nose I could smell hops before even pouring. Wowza.

Released the genie from the bottle and got a mildly hazed sunset orange color with a finger-thick head. Webbed waves of lace stick to the sides. Par for the course and right to style.

Both piney and citrus-rind hops come through full force in the aroma. Super well-balanced, and not too sweet/candy-like in the nose, just pure green hop cone all the way (kind of cannabis-ish, dontcha know). A little bit of cookie dough comes in, which keeps things balanced. Almost smells wet-hopped, it's so pure and fresh-smelling. Perfection, or close enough to it.

Flavor is a spicier, more balanced thing than I would've guessed from the smell, and that's just fine. Especially when it's this flavorful. The hops are resiny and not quite as bright as in the aroma. Malt takes on a spiciness that conveys both mint and cinnamon, and with the slick, buttery, creamy, full-bodied texture, everything works toward the greater good without spiking out one way or another. Toasted bread in the finish, with some more citrus. Not crazy-thick, like some in the style, which only increases its drinkability.

Balanced and complex, yet with oodles of hops to please even the most demanding hop-head. This is seriously good. In my book, Green Flash is now up there with Bell's, Hair of the Dog and Stone in terms of delivering big flavor consistently, no matter what style they tackle. Hail. (1,484 characters)

Photo of legalpete19340
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear golden copper color with a respectable more than one finger head. The fluffy white head feel after a few minutes to a ring and lacing was above average.

S: OMG, this is amazing. The first smell is fresh, juicy, oil, dank weed. Perfect nuggets. Then there is amazing herbal, piney hops with notes of tropical fruit. Its simply amazing.

T: Comes on with tropical fruit, think pineapple, and then quickly fades to more mild fruit. Pine forest comes in and just overwhelms then gives way through a leafy, oily profile to a crisp bitter finish. The middle is incredible with huge pine, pepper, a bit of lemon and mint and everything you wan. Very bitter bite in the end.

M: Can I even tell, the taste is so good. Its beyond medium with some light syrup and then a very big fizzy feel.

O: Wow, blows my mind. This is a hop bomb of epic proportions. The smell and taste are killer and complex for their seemingly one dimensional nature. A must try! So hoptastic! (977 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 101 IBUs, uses Summit and Nugget Hops. Alc. 9%

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with firm white head which leaves good lacing.

S: Smell is exceptional, from vibrant piney hops, to lemon candies, to freshly mown grass, the list goes on and on.

T: Brisk pine bitterness, cuts across the palate with some white grapefruit and cantaloupe backing it up. Small hints of malts in the aftertaste, but the taste is completely hop dominated, and improves quite nicely as it warms up.

M: Smooth and immensely creamy, a delight going down.

D: Pretty good, the 9% makes its presence known, but doesn't overtly knock you out. I agree with the label, highly quaffable for an Imperial IPA, this is a great beer. (707 characters)

Photo of Hardtailbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried at local piZza joint before ordering and was very impressed by the hoppiness appearance and overall flavor. Not overwhelmed at all by the alcohol content, which is truly amazing in my book (195 characters)

Photo of beerman73
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- typically of IIPA
S- nice strong hop aroma off the bat, with the inquiry of sweet malts in the background
T- grapefruit bitterness right off the bat, which is always appreciated, but followed with a semi-sweet maltiness (Some may enjoy, I however do no not prefer, but can appreciate).
M- fresh and flavorful in the beginning but then again weighed down by the malts in the back end. ;) hey-oooo
O- a great double IPA which deserves recognition and should be on every "hop-lovers" MDBDL. ( Must Drink Before Die List) (522 characters)

Photo of Tbn2
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to one of my least favorite pint glasses.

Looks like a beautiful brunette in a sexy red dress. Pours a hazy golden body with a two finger, off white head on the top. That dissipates to a thin layer that laces all the way down.

Smells of wonderful hops and malt. Here is what i get; sweet malt, citrus hops, flowery hops, smell of alcohol, hints of butter, touch of peach or pear aroma.

Tastes great. Sweet malt and hops balanced in the beginning. Hops take over towards the middle. Full citrusy and spicy hop taste balanced with the malt at the end give this beer a juicy finish. The mouthfeel is what I really take away from this; silky smooth. The base of this beer is excellent. Like any good Imperial IPA, a good hop flavor has an excellent malt base behind it.

Pick this one up and enjoy... (827 characters)

Photo of far333
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear apricot orange with an inch high dimpled and cratered head of beige froth that hangs around for a while.

Bright aroma of citrusy hops, tangerine and lemon, a bit of pine and honey.

Brilliant hop flavors hit the lips before they even hit the tongue. The full range of citrus -orangey and puckery rinds, sweet tangerine and tingly grapefruit, pithy notes, moving to piney bitters and a warming finish. A subtle but fairly chewy honey malt backbone rides beneath, but make no mistake, bitterness reigns. This is a hophead's delight, one of the most bitter I've tasted.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying. Pretty drinkable, but you'll know you've just had a big fat DIPA. This one will probably creep up on me, but damn it's tasty. Thanks to Sparky27 for sharing. (776 characters)

Photo of JJDynomite
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a monster of a beer at 9%. There is no fooling around on this one... Poured from a 22oz. bottle
Hazy... this didn't seem to be bottle conditioned (No sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The hazyness made me a bit weary of the beer, yet I was wrong. This is a glorious beer.
There is no doubt from the aroma that this is a hop bomb for sure. Fragrent, reminicient of resiny cousin of the hop flower.
The body of the beer is drinkable, but substantial enough to let you know it's got some testicular fortitude. It's not thin by any means, yet it's not too viscious. Perfect. The bitterness BUs are really high, but this is a showcase for hop flavor/aroma. The finish leaves you wanting more. I wish I'd bought more. It almost makes me want to move to San Diego. Almost. This is a five star Imperial/Double Ipa if ever I've tried one. And I make beer for a living. (873 characters)

Photo of jarryd
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great Head (i mean the beer not the woman).

Orangy gold in color, with a slight brown.

An immediate hop flavor followed by a sweet, malty taste which almost reminded of cotton candy believe it or not. Munich and crystal malt maybe? A decent balance between hoppiness/bitterness & maltiness/sweetness. Overall an excellently crafter brew.

This beer definitely defines what San Diego beer is all about. Malty, hoppy, and just as strong, if not, stronger than our former Governader Arnold. (489 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

(Note: The bottle I have says 9.0% ABV versus 9.4%, perhaps indicative of a recipe tweak)

A - A hazy golden/amber with a one-finger snow white head of mixed size bubbles. Decent lacing.

S - Strong aroma of dank hops, pine, and tropical fruit. Some malt odor comes through as well, hopefully setting the stage for something good in the first sip. Smells like a good west coast imperial IPA should.

T - Core is definitely West coast IPA flavor: mango, and grapefruit. A good bit of resinous pine. Fantastic sweet maui onion and garlic in the mid-palate. Biscuity malt provides a nice base and a hint of sweetness. The malt/hop balance is there and the complex hop bill is there. Flavors aren't "blended" or "balanced" yet, still work together. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied with subdued carbonation and a dry finish. Somewhat slick and oily. That description doesn't encompass the drinkability here...it all comes together nearly perfectly so much so that I had to force myself to sip instead of gulp.

O - Outstanding and just well put together on all levels. The vegetal onion/garlic notes really set this one apart from some of it's competition and border on divine to this taster. Why am I not drinking more Green Flash brews? A "quick rebuy", meaning I'll probably run out and get another bottle as soon as possible. (1,364 characters)

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into my trusty sam adams beer glass

there is a decent amount of head, the beer is anything but see through, somewhat cloudy.

the beer is a cloudy amber, somewhat pale with hints of orange.

the smell is very pleasant, the summit hops come through right off the bat, there are hints of citrus.

the taste is outstanding, I am now a fan of this west coast brewery. Somewhat spicy, and finishes with a citrus flavor. The alcohol is by no means over powering, and the pine is a pleasant taste to leave your lips curled in a smile!

The mouthfeel is good crisp and clean, I love it

this is a very drinkable imperial IPA, so much so that I forgot is is an imperial IPA! I love this beer, it is an outstanding choice!

Count the NCBEERMONGER as a huge fan of this imperial IPA (779 characters)

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.