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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

2,237 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 106
Gots: 138 | 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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glass_house

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Light amber-orange with two fingers of off-white head that leaves a nice collar and sticky lacing. Aroma is a little bit of bright citrus and a lot of dank, funky grass.

Initial taste is some piney bitterness, but is quickly overshadowed by pungent onion and garlic. I force myself to drink half of this bomber thinking it might get better, but it gets worse. I throw in the towel and dump the rest. I guess the mouthfeel was ok, but it's tough to tell since I'm so distracted by the onion.

Not sure what to think. I enjoyed Palate Wrecker, West Coast IPA, and Green Bullet. I want to be fair but this beer actually disgusted me. It was the first time I have EVER picked up the infamous garlic/onion in any IPA, and I don't know why. Appears to be rather fresh (best by 7/27/14). Maybe too fresh??? Maybe some day I'll give it another shot, but for the price of a bomber I doubt it

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 16:34:10 | More by glass_house
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Green Flash Imperial IPA came in a glass, the color was very bright golden wth some faint traces of orange. Much lighter than most DIPA's I've come across. A nice sturdy white head up top leaving minor stick. Smell is light grapefruit with a small amount of bubblegum and sweet malt scent. There is cabbage and dead veggie smell, sulfur, nasty musk after some warming. Taste wise GF Impy has grapefruit with minor amounts of other tropics, small pine, and a nice pale malt backing. This takes a complete 180 in the middle turning to sulfur, plastic, throwup and just plain nastiness. Hard to put down and harder to describe. Feel, GFIIPA goes down like a single and does not have the extra sweetness I find in alot of doubles. Carb is fine. This was not a good look but Im going to try it again off the tap and out the bottle just to make sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 21:38:18 | More by BARFLYB
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charlzm

California

2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed at LAX Radisson beer dinner, 07/16/08.

Clear dark honey colored brew generates almost no head as it pours into the glass.

It's quite aromatic: cat piss and pine.

The mouthfeel is slightly thick, but I didn't really care much as the flavor was brutally bitter. With 101 IBUs, this one is as close to off the chart as my palate will ever be able to tell. Virtually no malt character (just a fleeting glimpse as it runs in terror from the hop avalanche hot on its heels).

Did I mention it's hoppy?

Don't think I'll ever be putting this thing in my mouth again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:21:24 | More by charlzm
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Therisse

California

2.25/5  rDev -45%

02-26-2013 17:57:11 | More by Therisse
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adamette

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Live review. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio a few weeks ago. No observed "best by" or "freshness date" observed by me. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Basic orange yellow translucent body under a typical generous whipped egg white head. All of that is typical of the style. 3.0

S As advertised, grapefruit hops and a healthy malt background, this beer smells very bitter and sweet (but not bittersweet!). True to style, no surprises. 3.5

T Bitter hops, big malt but a really revolting rubbing alcohol bitterness taste that lingers well into the aftertaste on the back of my tongue. I will wait and sip over time to see what the effect of warming has and get back to this. (later note): Nope, no change. The taste of this beer does not impress me. 2.0

M Well, a big beer with the intense bitterness and sweet malt bigness but also, unfortunately, thanks to the rubbing alcohol bitter aftertaste. 2.0

D Not good. I finished about 14 ounces of the 22 due to the bitter, unwelcome aftertaste. This is nothing that I want to continue to drink. Sorry. 1.5

Notes: I had heard good things about this Green Flash beer prior to buying it (which led me to try it). I am not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 05:07:33 | More by adamette
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a semi-cloudy orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of grassy, garlicky hops, toasted malt, and sour grapefruit. Flavor of odd garlicky hops/ toasted malt. It's a strange flavor I sometimes get in IIPAs. This reminds me of DFH 90 min, and not in a good way. Almost undrinkable and rather nasty. Harsh palate. Ick.
6/4/4/2/10 (2.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 16:31:27 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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sevenarts

New York

2.38/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale golden orange, fluffy white head with moderate lacing.

S: Lots of well-blended hops: sweet citrus, pine, some vegetal, almost grassy aromas.

T/M: This is all over the place. Some sweet, citrusy hops up front, followed by pine bitterness and an at-times overwhelming garlic/onion flavor that comes and goes throughout, and is sometimes especially dominant in the aftertaste. Very weird, bordering on unpleasant.

O: This is very disappointing. I love the Green Flash West Coast IPA and Palate Wrecker, so I had high expectations for this one. But the hops here are kind of unpleasant, and are dominated by a strange, sickly garlic/onion/vegetal character that leaves a nasty aftertaste behind.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 22:07:42 | More by sevenarts
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Sazz9

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

07-07-2012 02:02:13 | More by Sazz9
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jaidenjb

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

05-15-2012 23:51:55 | More by jaidenjb
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JLapadura

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

03-21-2013 00:35:51 | More by JLapadura
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Vigorous pour yields vigorous head - about 3.5 finger white head over clear gold body. Sticky descent is slow paced, head is pock marked and corroded, fluffy and light.

Nose: Sweet hoppy smell. All pine and pineapple. Seriously.

Mouth: Almost no carbonation. Overly sweet. Quite bitter, w/ lingering hop flavors and alcohol heat. The malt character is quite boring, no depth - just unfermented sugar (maybe brown sugar flavor?) and pounding grapefruit hoppiness. Served this one around 55-60 degrees hoping that would open it up a bit, but nothing's going on here. I'm thinking some chilling may have improved the mouthfeel, but it's really pretty undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 07:50:38 | More by clickpush
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nanobrew

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

11-14-2011 16:17:35 | More by nanobrew
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deepchills

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Slightest cloudiness in a golden pour with a 1 inch head.

Extremely grassy and floral nose with a little orange underneath.

Very grassy start with a medium bitterness. The grassy flavor is strong throughout. Some lemon zest, orange or tangerine as well.

Great mouth feel and well carbonated.

I found the grassy flavor to be far to overpowering. Even letting the beer warm didn’t change the strong grassy taste. It’s not a flavor I hate, but I would prefer it to be balanced better. I love Green Flash Brewing, and their West Coast IPA is among my favorites. However I didn’t like the Imperial version and won’t buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:54:16 | More by deepchills
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vtfan77

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Light gold with a big, fluffy white head and good lacing.

S- Big initial burst of piney hops. There are some underlying sweet fruity aromas including orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of a cotton candy smell.

T- A bit of sweet malt, then an intense bitterness. Hop flavors are rather nondescript. Not balanced in the least. The focus seems to be entirely on the bitterness and not on the flavor. Alcohol is unusually noticeable. I'd expect a little alcohol flavor from a 9% brew, but this is uncharacteristically strong. Generous bitterness on the finish.

M- Not bad, but not great either. A little thin, but not too highly carbonated. Pretty average.

D- Not very drinkable. The flavor just isn't very good, and the alcohol is not well-hidden. I'll have trouble finishing the bomber, and may not even do that.

Wow, this just wasn't good. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but I was at least hoping for a decent, drinkable DIPA. What I got was a complete mess. Now I don't mind bitterness, but if there's no hop flavor to go along with it, then it's pointless. I couldn't find a date on this bottle, so I'm almost wondering if it's a little past its prime or otherwise tainted. If all the bottles taste like this, then I would recommend staying away from this beer. I've had this brewery's barleywine and it's much better, so I'd suggest going with that instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 01:40:56 | More by vtfan77
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Have been hearing good things about this beer.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off white head. Good lace on the glass.

S - not sure about this one. hops are woody, earthy and an odor that I can't quite place. But it's not very pleasant.

T - worse than the smell. Shockingly bitter, piney. Not a hop profile that I particularly like.

M - astrigent bitterness, mouth puckering.

D - not for me, I won't try again. If you like piney hops, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:31:06 | More by JamnesCameron
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber orange in color with lower amounts of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp and a foamy ring, leaving some lacing. A film remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure, and surprisingly clear for the style.

SMELL: Pale malts, lots of floral hops and some pine notes too. Hints of melon and some soapy notes in there as well. A little odd.

TASTE: Pale malts and touches of flowery hops, but quite a muted initial taste. Lacking up front, unfortunately. Finishes with some melon, citrus, and bitter pine notes, but not all that overwhelming either. Aftertaste is mild but lingers nicely on the palate. The taste only showed up well after the swallow, and what did show up was not all that bold or impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Decent here.

OVERALL: A little disappointed with this one. Looked great and the aftertaste delivered at least something, but the initial taste was almost non-existent and nose had a little odd soapy quality to it that didn't quite jive with me. Still drinkable enough, just not all that much going on. This was the least appealing of the Green Flash line-up I was able to try. I enjoyed their regular IPA and their Hop Head Red, but I'd pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 13:14:33 | More by Jeffo
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gabedivision

New York

2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22ounce bottle to a tulip glass.

A- pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger head that sticks and settles to the side of the glass.

S- stinks of schwag weed, green peppers? Onion and garlic. A must of wet cardboard and pungent lemon pepper.

T- bready caramel, toasted bread, roasted garlic, huge pepper right In the middle. Weird flavors all over. Not very enjoyable at all, had to go back and check the bottle to see if it was the ipa. Wtf.

M- medium bodied bready, extremely veggie, soft and dry on the finish.

O- overall, well, this isn't my cup of tea. No bottling date may play into it but it's just weird. Earthy, peppery, vegal, not digging this what so ever. High expectations, very low result.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:29:35 | More by gabedivision
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thebeeler

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

07-27-2014 00:33:11 | More by thebeeler
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Jonny41

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

01-27-2013 19:22:18 | More by Jonny41
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

06-23-2014 16:17:15 | More by Hoptoudrop
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Soomars

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

07-04-2014 16:25:06 | More by Soomars
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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Newcastle glass at 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a beige colour two finger head, somewhat thin, with no real cream and of typical retention. Colour is a hazy ruby-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubbl show.

Sm: Citrus and floral hops, some pine, and clean malts. Some light toasted character. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, with off-putting bitterness towards the climax. Clean malts form the foundation. Little citrus; not enough to make it refreshing. A bit stale on the finish. Simple and imbalanced. A poor IPA. Not at all subtle.

Mf: Dreadfully thin; unable to support the flavours. Nicely crisp, though. A bit overcarbonated. Smoothness is off.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A middling, average effort from Green Flash. Enjoyable enough I guess, but priced quite high at $6.75. I wouldn't get this again.

Low C

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 17:47:50 | More by kojevergas
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mactrail

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Seems to have the same hops and flavor of the West Coast IPA, which may be great for you but not for me. More harsh than mellow, considering the big malty profile. Extravagant flare of hop fragrance and bitterness. Not a bad hop flavor, but just totally overdone. Very sharp, on the acidic side.

Appearance is nice, well foamed and plenty of spritz in the mouth. But it cuts right to the tongue. Only thing I can say on the plus side is the hops are extremely floral and not at all bad as aromatics, but they are overwhelmed by the dank grapefruit peel. I tried flavoring a couple of less hoppy beers, but the Green Flash took over like a bad dog.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 05:56:52 | More by mactrail
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Hazy, honey-colored beer with a big off-white head. Very good lacing and head retention.

S: Lots of hop aromas; pine, floral and citrus, plus tropical fruits

T: So now things go downhill; after an initial taste of tropical fruit, I start to notice a weird vegetable flavor, like a wild onion. This grows worse with each sip...I really don't like this

M: Medium body; the finish has more off flavors of onion/vegetable, leaving a bad taste in my mouth

O: The beer has great promise in the looks and smell, but the taste was so bad I did not finish the bottle. I've read that Summit hops may be the cause of the onion-y flavors; if so I need to avoid beers that use Summit for flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 03:59:37 | More by sommersb
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n2185

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 22:56:28 | More by n2185
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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