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

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BA SCORE
91
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993 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
993
Ratings:
2,602
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
he mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this high gravity Imperial will thrill even the most experienced beer explorer. Savory evergreen and pineapple aromas mingle with flavors of bitter, resinous pine and grapefruit pith. A colossal rush of hoppy adventure!

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of MiScusi
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden in color, I've had it both clear and somewhat hazy, so I guess it depends on the batch.

S- What a great potent smell, like the pungent aroma from a handful of hop pellets.

T- Awesome hop attack here. Resiny, very bitter, spicy. Great when looking for a huge hop assault.

M- On the drier side, not close to syrupy, nice medium mouthfeel.

Very good DIPA, and quite a bit different in hop profile than Pure Hoppiness or Pliny the Elder. I think it relates a little closer to Ruination.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Newport Pizza in Ocean Beach. Golden orange in color with a wafty head and webby lacing. Not exactly cloudy but by no means would I call it filtered.

Amazing hop aromas pouring off this one. Juicy grapefruit, evergreen, pineapple, mint, tropical flowers. Mouthwatering.

Crazy hop tastes as well. Oily pine and grapefruit hit the palate. Great bitterness with spearmint and lemon notes. Considering the alcohol content here, I'm surprised its not thicker in body. Caramel notes from the malt are in there but very well hidden in the background.

Incredibly drinkable. Awesome hop bomb that went very well with the pizza I ordered. Be sure and drink this one fresh!

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Photo of mtrentm
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color with great clarity & a nice two-finger orangish-white head leaving behind sticky lacings.

S: Very pungent hoppy aroma. Nice & spicy with a hint of citrus lingering in the background.

T: The flavors are just as the nose suggested... starts off with a bit of a grain earthyness along with sweet malt, then on to the hops with a spicy citrus flavor. It finishes sweet with a long lasting hoppiness.

M: Full-bodied, big alcohol flavor & nice subtle carbonation.

D: A very nice drinkable DIPA that I will be having again for sure!

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Photo of JRhode
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle split with jhamel. New yellow label, very fresh (8/9/09).

Had this beer a couple of times a few years back when I was first diving into craft brew head first. Hated it; old bottles that were overly malty and sweet. Glad to have a fresh one finally.

Golden orange in color with impressive clarity. Head quickly dissipates leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of ripe pineapple and sweet malt-- like a tropical juice blend.

Fruity hoppiness leads to a mildly sweet mid palate which is followed by a bitter, dry finish. Fantastic. For a hop monster, there is an interesting balance.

Full bodied and tongue coating without becoming syrupy. Prickly bitterness on the finish adds another dimension to mouthfeel. I might like a tad more carbonation though.

At 9.4% abv, this is much more drinkable than many similar abv IIPAs (Maharaja, Dorado).

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Photo of InsidiousRex
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I was really impressed with this product. Was expecting a smack in the face no apologies enamel pealing hop acid bath as many west coast double IPA’s are these days. But instead got something with more than one dimension with true subtlies in flavor and body. Just enough malt to give a subtle sweetness to it although not necessary “balanced” in the truest sense. And the hop taste is pleasant and the bitterness isn’t off the scale.

This is kind of a Pliney the Elder meets Hop Wallop. The taste is very earthy, nutty with mild citrus and clover notes. Some pine and just a touch of peppery spiciness but overall incredibly drinkable and pleasant from first taste to contemplative after taste.

I was pleased with the Green Flash IPA so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised I enjoyed this product so much. I guess it’s the first time in a while Ive had an extreme beer that’s surprised me some and that’s a good thing. You can only get knocked off your bar stool so many times before they all start tasting basically the same… Very well done.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPA's for sure. It has a great amount of hoppy flavor citrus (tangerine) and flower flavor. wow what an amazing beer. might actually be my very favorite IPA. However this MUST BE FRESH AS HELL. Im reviewing this beer being under a month old. 2 weeks old and its truly amazing. But it ages very fast and after that period of time I would rate it MUCH lower.

pours with a white foamy head. the head is bubbly and the bubbles are medium sized. its a foggy amber color, you can smell the hops right away.

there is an intense hop flavor (i'm told Nugget and Summit hops) backed with a little bit of malty sweet. I almost smell/taste grapefruit too. I can certainly taste citrus, namely tangerine and grapefruit. Hop heads revel.

At 9% ABV I would call this beer very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is a bit of an after burn.

mouthfeel is good, it coats my tongue and cheeks.

Once again drink super duper fresh.

cheers.

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Photo of smekermann
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really don't get some of the complaints for this beer. "No hints of hops"? Are we even drinking the same beer? Anyway, this beer might be my favorite double IPA, at least out of the ones easily available to us poor British Columbians. It is one of the best examples of the style, with an insanely up-front grapefruit-y hop aroma on the mouthfeel and a really dry aftertaste. At 9.4% abv, it's probably also really dangerous, as I could see myself drinking multiple bombers with nary a thought given to to the side effects. It's so dry and delicious, nothing bad could ever happen if you drank like 5 bombers in a row, right?

I really don't know what else to say about this beer. I keep trying to come up with some downsides to it and I keep coming up short. The smell isn't as delicious as the actual taste of it, I guess? That's a valid complaint, right? Also, the appearance of it misleads you into thinking it is a normal beer as opposed to the alcoholic cornucopia it actually is, so that is definitely another valid complaint against it. It's also kinda pricy in BC, which kinda sucks if you get addicted to it, much like how it sucks when you have to pay for crack cocaine.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green Flash Brewing is another wonderful San Diego brewery. Having visited this fine city during Beer Week 2012, I discovered for myself the embarrassment of beer riches that are available to thirsty visitors. Obviously, any brewer wishing to make it here must make some great beer. Green Flash need not worry. Particularly when producing this high gravity IPA.

Its appearance evokes a pleasant Belgian Pale Ale, the heady is thick and chunky and slow to subside; the body is a cloudy amber, alive with a rushing school of carbonation bubbles. The nose overpowers your senses with an intense explosion of pine needles – imagine a forest in your nostrils. The palate is invaded by an aggressive citrus army consisting of pineapple, mango and peach wielding their weapons, thrusting them into the tongue. There is no quarter today.

And yet, despite this, the body is surprisingly light; not the chewy biscuit one would expect from such a hop bomb. While I could not drink more than one at a single sitting, I would most assuredly try. This is just another superb beer from “America’s finest City.”

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - it has a pleasant sunny orange/yellow cast, a fluffy two fingers of foam that melts to a clumpy cover, leaving trees of lace around the glass.

Aroma - a rush of grapefruit juice. Evolves to a fresh pine as it sets up. Very nice.

Taste - chewy, malty, biscuity at the front. Copious amounts of hop bitterness on the swallow, starting with a vacant bitterness, then showing grapefruit rind and bits of orange before the sharp bitterness ensues. It gets a little medicinal just before showing off a surprising background roastiness on the finish. Ends with much bitterness of course, but also with a hint of roasted coffee as well.

Mouthfeel - thick, smooth, well-carbonated. Right on.

Drinkability - the medicinal taste I could do without, but this beer has lots to enjoy, especially during these hop-challenged times. Thanks to BGThang for sending me a bomber of this. He da' man...

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Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The combustible tan head of this golden orange brew tops out well above the rim but never spills over, unlike the floating oily, herbal hop aroma that gives way to some lime, orange and cotton candy sweetness. Citrusy and malty to the tongue with more smooth, oily hops at the back. Well-blended alcohol with just a bit of heat in the back. One of the most enjoyable and relaxed DIPA's I've ever tried.

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Photo of Braudog
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz’er ... pour a nice light, bright orange, with a massive airy, rocky head. of white foam. Pure hop nuggets assault the olfactory glands on the first whiff ... wow ... quite the tease for the hophead like me. As I begin to drink it, the utter oily, resiny hoppiness starts pouring down my gullet before the first bit of liquid touches the lips. Surprisingly the beer itslef is less brutally hoppy than all that aroma suggests. Instead, it’s nice and even-keeled with a decent citrus hop flourish, but without being overwhelming. Still a lot of resiny, oily hop here, but blended into a light-to-the-lips beer. Wow. (#2758, 3/18/2007)

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Photo of Franchise
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this offering up when I was on the west coast for business. The proprietor of the shop I was in told me this was a great brewery in the san diego area. Lets get to the review this offering pours a dark orange with a moutainous frothy white head that fades but doesn't disappear. The body has minimal yeast flowing throughout, and the aroma is strong ripened fruit, pineapple, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, doughy malty charachter.

The taste is very boozey upfront, syrupy mouthfeel, followed by sugary tropical fruit, that is quickly washed away by that resiny bitterness. This is a solid IIPA and stands up to any of the best out there solid offering from Green Flash now I want to try more!

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Photo of jhtipton
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Maybe it's because it was imported to Korea for me and I only had one. Maybe it's because it's damn good and I gotta have another one. Outstanding bitterness and hops! Gotta have some more...

Poured it into a tulip glass and the smell rocked my world.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip glass

Pours a cloudy bright orange with yellow tinge. Bubbly 1 finger head of white sea foam. Intense lacing with bubbles around the rim.

Smells of grapefruit and tropical fruits with sweet sticky malt and pine. touch of lime peel. complex aroma with a touch of dry biscuit.

Nice mouth feel and balance between sweet caramel malts and piney tropical fruit hops. Grapefruit juice with creamy malts and pineapple. Finishes on grapefruit and pine resign hop bitter with a touch of lime peel.

Very nicely balanced and not overdone without even a hint of alcohol, impressive for 9.4% ABV. Finishes nicely sharp and dry.

Seek this out!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, peach orange in color with a slightly peach (off-peach) colored head. I have had APA that were darker than this today.

Aroma is wonderful. Plenty of citrus and west coast hops. The maltiness is present but doesnt distract from the hops, which should be the star of the party. Loads of orange and grapefruit. Beautiful.

Perfectly balanced hop and malt flavors. Immediately citrusy, followed by a slight fruity taste, followed by hops and a kick ass hop bitterness.

Awesome mouthfeel and I cant picture another DIPA with better drinkability. A top notch DIPA that should be enjoyed fresh. Just wonderful.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super clear, kind of burnished gold in color. Two to three fingers worth of fluffy off-white looking head. Some serious lacing that won't go away without a serious glass washing.

S: Big smell to it. It really encompasses everything with fruit, citrus, floral, herbal, and malty notes.

T: Very much in line with the smell. It starts off with a mild pine flavor as well. It's pretty hoppy, which Green Flash is known for. I would've never known this was 9.4% abv without looking at the bottle because it blends in so well.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It takes a few swallows to fully get down one gulp.

O: This beer has got so much substance to it. It puts so many flavors together and hits a home run. This puts almost every flavor an IPA can have together in one bottle. I've tried most of the Green Flash year round brews and have not been disappointed yet. They really have their beers dialed in. They put a big emphasis on West Coast style hoppiness and definitely deliver. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

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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

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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)

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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...

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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.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.