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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

2,198 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,198
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 103
Gots: 125 | 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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petermethot

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-03-2013 20:38:12 | More by petermethot
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 03:58:29 | More by twenteone
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WiggyKGB

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 02:30:55 | More by WiggyKGB
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Newenglandcraftbrew

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-31-2013 03:54:25 | More by Newenglandcraftbrew
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newbrew

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-11-2013 10:37:41 | More by newbrew
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azdback

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Spaten glass. Yellowish, hazy orange. head is two fingers of a tinge off of bright white. Lace appears to be sticky.

Smell is sweet, sticky malts. A ton of sweet smells that remind me of Double Simcoe.

The taste is sweet and "oh my god" boozy. This is (I believe '08 vintage) so I'm not sure how this was fresh. Other than that I am not sure how to explain what is happening to my pallet. My tasting partner and I believe this is what happens to an Imperial IPA after a few years. It turns into a phenomenal Barleywine. Sweet, sweet booze!! MMMhhh!!! I wonder if i can run the Suburban on this?

The mouth is that of a great Barleywine. Sweet, syrupy. Nicely carbonated and rich to the end.

Overall I don't remember this one when it was fresh, but I really love this as a three year old. Highly recommended at any age.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 06:14:48 | More by azdback
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-29-2012 07:13:40 | More by Mister_Joshy
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William123


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-01-2012 01:33:52 | More by William123
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spratmi

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured as a deep hazy burnt orange with a firm 1-2 finger head. Excellent lacing along the sides of the glass throughout the tasting.
S: A strong smell of pine and citrus hops dominated the aroma.
T: A very tasty brew. The taste matched the nose - pine and citrus hops initially dominated. I got a strong sensation of grapefruit and orange zest. The malt was faintly hidden in the background. The pine kicked in at the finish.
M: A medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. One of my favorite IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:11:21 | More by spratmi
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Paccamacca

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-24-2014 21:57:46 | More by Paccamacca
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askham

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-19-2013 17:35:02 | More by askham
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2013 05:59:14 | More by In_Control_Mike
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-21-2012 00:03:17 | More by BeerOps
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gc4hokies

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma = musty, grapefruit, slight pine
Appearance = golden, clear nice thick foamy head
Taste = musty, earthy taste. Bitter hop resins. Gum tingling. Balanced with a nice amount of malt
Mouth feel = thick as expected. Good carbonation
Overall = very nice double. Musty hop resinous. Will eat the enamel off your teeth! Good stuff

Update 2/19/2012: Drinking another bottle of this and this one must be a bit fresher. The hops are really fresh and pungent. Outstanding

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:52:46 | More by gc4hokies
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cubsfan4life

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-17-2013 01:42:46 | More by cubsfan4life
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2013 18:54:23 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-17-2014 23:53:36 | More by SkinniePost
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jlivings757

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2013 19:05:39 | More by jlivings757
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-20-2012 16:59:19 | More by szmnnl99
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2013 21:57:33 | More by chasmandocharles
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aristeros

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Total Wine in Tucson. 101 IBU prominently displayed on the label, taunting me into buying and trying.

Poured into my Bodum wide-mouth pint glass. Pours a lighter amber with a half finger of white head. Moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy, with visible carbonation. Looks great.

Smell is hoppy, heavy on citrus--grapefruit--with some faint floral aromas. Some grass, sort of like a fresh hop. That was a pleasant surprise.

Big hop resins up front, mostly-masking sweet lighter citrus. Gets more bitter in the middle--nugget hops in there and one or more other types I can't identify--with a bitter, slightly dry finish. It was the hop bomb I was hoping for, but I'll have to clear my palate before trying to eat or drink anything else. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light-moderate, slightly crisp. Good carbonation level for the style. Strong bittering hop presence helps to mask the 9%+ ABV, and I forgot it was that strong. Excellent drinkability for the style and ABV.

If you're after a hop bomb, you've come to the right place. It's a good beer if what you're after is the stab-you-in-the-face intense DIPA. However, the malt profile was kind of overshadowed, and I was hoping for a slightly bigger nose.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:09:06 | More by aristeros
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gives the beer a big off white head that falls. but kind of slowly, into a decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored IPA.

Big citrus hops aroma and as it sits a tiny bit of malt creeps into the nose.

Citrus to almost grassy hops, lightly bitter, backing malts taste.

A citrus dry aftertaste with lasting light citrus bitterness on a medium bodied Imperial.

A pretty good beer at 9.40% ABV I really didn't smell or taste the alcohol which is one thing I like about beer. The lack of an outward presence of alcohol in aroma and taste and more complexity with the combinations of hops, malts, and yeasts.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:34:32 | More by LXIXME
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange color with a moderate sized off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, grapefruit, and hop resin.

Taste starts with a creamy breadiness, then grapefruit and a bit of mint, with a resinous finish. Has a clean, dry, bready and resinous aftertaste. Has average body with above average carbonation for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:00:15 | More by JG-90
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, honey, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus notes with light-moderate bread/honey malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bright citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hop flavors; with a moderate honey/bready malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA Style! Great balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral/pine hop flavors with moderate bread/honey malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for being over 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:32:51 | More by superspak
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. No freshness date. Consumed in honor of National IPA day.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden-orange. Thick, creamy white head settles a little, but a firm half inch always remains. Lots of lacing clings to the glass in small wispy patches.

S: Dank, citrusy, and ever-so-slightly catty. Lots of pineapple and clementine, blood orange, and pulpy grapefruit with sugar. Gumdrops. Hemp and some green, oily scents too. Toasted biscuit and dough malt aromas.

T: Pine resin and pine tar envelope the palate right off the bat. Bitter grapefruit rind. Impressive bitterness. Hop tastes turn very green and oily, but never lose their aggressive, bitter bite. Clementine, ruby red grapefruit juice, gummy candy, and a very slight hint of pineapple are barely detectable underneath the blanket of bitterness. Malt base is slightly sweet and doughy until it dries toward the finish. The finish is all hop bitterness. Resin and hop oil grip the tongue in a vice for a long time after the swallow.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Good.

O: Probably one of the top 10 most bitter beers I've ever had. A west coast style IPA all the way, and exactly what I expected from Green Flash. Basically their West Coast IPA amped up.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 02:08:53 | More by ryan1788a5
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,198 ratings.