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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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2,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 111
Gots: 155 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-29-2012 07:13:40 | More by Mister_Joshy
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-01-2012 01:33:52 | More by William123
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-24-2014 21:57:46 | More by Paccamacca
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-19-2013 17:35:02 | More by askham
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2013 05:59:14 | More by In_Control_Mike
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-21-2012 00:03:17 | More by BeerOps
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-15-2014 02:15:27 | More by ericmakara
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-17-2013 01:42:46 | More by cubsfan4life
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2013 18:54:23 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-17-2014 23:53:36 | More by SkinniePost
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-12-2013 19:05:39 | More by jlivings757
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-20-2012 16:59:19 | More by szmnnl99
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-10-2014 22:26:31 | More by KnowYourCraft
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-19-2013 21:57:33 | More by chasmandocharles
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

05-26-2012 00:34:32 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-28-2013 21:00:15 | More by JG-90
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

07-17-2013 04:32:51 | More by superspak
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-03-2012 02:08:53 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from bomber into perfect pint glass

A. Huge fluffy off-white head, cling unexceptional. Light orange/golden color. Translucent.

S. Pine, floral, citrus hops.

T. Some sort of nutty flavor, well blended with piney hops and malt-sweetness. A bit of bitterness on the end.

M. Creamy smooth, refreshing.

O. I enjoy this beer quite a bit. Not as vicious on the palette as Wrecker, but still does one. Glad I tried it.

07-15-2012 20:07:20 | More by rodlavers
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

A: 3 finger head with nice retention on a slightly hazy golden with amber hues body. scattered lacing.

S: lots of aroma with herbal, floral and predominantly orange peel and grapefruit citrus. A bit of a musty resin as well.

T: pine and grassy hops with citrus trying to sneak in towards the finish. The malt base balances this one out really well. Its not too bitter.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: just right degree of bitterness in this well balanced DIPA. The booze arent as well hidden as I would like but still an excellent brew.

09-16-2012 00:56:45 | More by kylehay2004
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Poured from a 22 oz into a set of three mugs for a 3 brother reunion at the shore.
Slightly hazy, mostly clear amber. Big two inch white head on top that slowly faded to rich rings of lace.

S - Aroma was first rate. Citrus hop from start. Deep orange, grapefruit, and tangerine tones dominate amidst a pine outer layer. Very fresh, bitter citrus with pine and some ipa stink.

T - A solid west coast double IPA. Strong, original, peppery hop presence. Bitter citrus hops, sweet and an alcohol kick, no messing around. Pine, herbs, grass, atop a strong base.

M - Sticky and smooth. Thick brew. As others wrote: Chewy, a grapefruit orchard in a pine forest.

Overall - one of the best DIPAs found.

Must try for hop heads.

07-24-2013 03:23:22 | More by Act25
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

bomber into tulip. cant seem to locate any bottled-on date.

A: a very pretty haze on this very bright orange hued brew. head is creamy and bright white. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: the hop resins are strong on the nose. passion fruit. pomegranate. some caramel undertones makes this oh-so warm and inviting. the last sniff just smelled like a fresh bag of weed. that may have bumped it up half a point...

T: bitter without being overbearing is something i definitely notice during my first few sips. similar to the nose, the caramel, lightly toasted grain is just enough to provide backbone and body w/out being a real main player. there is some kind of metallic flavor in there that i cant seem to shake. scratch that, just shook it. finish lingers with some pine resin.

M: carbonation bubbles are tiny and refreshing. certainly full-bodied. well done for the style.

D: another hoppy west coast winner from green flash. absolutely terrifically fresh american hop pine and fruit flavors. the off-and-on metallic notes are the only deterrent for me. otw, this rocks.

04-14-2012 00:30:41 | More by Jimmys
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New York

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
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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