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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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Reviews: 989
Hads: 2,574
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 301 | 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:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. We challenge you to conquer this mountain, then sit back, relax and savor the magnificence of the brew.
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Reviews: 989 | Hads: 2,574
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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into New Belgium glass. nice creamy thick, persistant head, bright amber/copper color very pretty...

nose is very tropical mango, pineapple, spice, so far so good

taste big flavor. the tropical fruits are there. there is a creamy orange note, a little bit of green spice.

this is perfectly balanced. the alcohol is disguised, the aromas and flavors are very bright without being over the top. I like it a lot. I will definately buy again.

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Photo of bum732
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful cloudy burnt orange. Big fluffy head that leaves amazing lacing behind. Smells are intense hop aroma consisting of grapefruit, cannabis, tropical fruit sweetness. Tastes up front with the fantastic hop aroma followed by the nicely balanced malt sweetness. Finishes not too dry, not too sweet, just right. Alcohol is very nicely masked, dangerous brew. Tastes similar to how it smells, just a shitload of hops.

I love this beer, one of the best imperial IPAs i've ever had. Balance is near perfect, the aroma is just plain unreal. I must've gotten a very fresh bottle. Alcohol is very well hidden so i must be careful when i drink this. Highly recommend for those hop heads and i can't wait to try this again.

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Just what I have been looking for, this beer is like hop-overload! Can it get any better for a hop-head? I think not. Pours a murky golden color, with a lasting head that laces the entire glass. This beer is fantastic, it's just a shame it can't be had in 6 packs! Still a fantastic beer for a bomber especially considering the price!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this bottle as I noticed it was newly available at the store. No date on the bottle but based on my previous statement I'm assuming it's very fresh. Pours a glorious copper/gold color with a thick foamy head. There's much lacing on the glass as each sip is taken. Well-carbonated. Stunning appearance! Aroma - wow! Very strong and bright grapefruit and citrus - juicy and fresh! A hint of pine in there as well. I can't do the nose justice enough - it's really bursting out of the glass like none other! The taste is magnificent as well - very bitter, just the way an Imperial IPA should be. Has a taste that can be described perfectly as cannabis! Earthy & resiny. The initial smacking of flavor on the palate still is the sweet citrus however, and it warms nicely going down. No malts detected whatsoever. It fully coats the mouth, like velvet, with a nice crisp finish. One cannot tell that this beer is over 9% by any means, so watch out! I finished the bomber myself and of course I have a bit of a dried out feeling afterward but that is to be expected. One of the best beer drinking experiences I've had in a while.

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Photo of dfillius
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego.
A: Crystal clear and over-flowing with head. 1 finger of head remained inthe glass when I got the glass from the bartender. This subsided into a perfect coat of foam on top. Color was golden-amber, like the mineral amber
S: Marijuana - fully. Spicy aroma actually tingled my nostril!. Wow - strong hops.
T: Marijuana then garlic then a nice malt backbone. The second sip leaves a biting bitterness.
M: Tingly, a little numbing...Do hops do that?
D: Strong but very tasty.

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A frothy cask pour, dirty yellow bronze, larger head but expected for a cask. Big lacing.

S - Smells of sweet citrus hops, mixed with that bitter kinda grapefruit smell.

T - Taste was big citrus and bitter grapefruit, kinda creamy and frothy for a GF imperial but great bousy aftertaste! Very good multi-level taste that starts with citrus and mid way is the bitter grapefruit, after is that bousy finish but creamy and not dry.

M - Creamy, balanced aftertaste but mostly bousy and bitter, lower carbonation, perfect for a cask though.

O - Overall I enjoyed this cask, Poured at the taproom SD 8/3/11

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Photo of omnigrits
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A pale amber colour with plenty of rising bubbles and a good-looking white head that leaves good lace and subsides to a thin layer that never completely goes away.

Masses of citrus and pine hops in the nose with a hint of sweetness. The flavour is excellent - a touch of malt at the beginning but then the hops wade in with all guns blazing and take your taste buds down. Well, it's not quite that bad. In fact it's not that bad at all. Green Flash have done a superb job of balancing the flavour hops and the bittering hops. Although it says 101 IBUs on their website, and indeed there is an extremely bitter finish to this one, it's nowhere near as unpleasant as some of the high-IBU DIPAs I've tried.

Mouthfeel is good, could maybe be a bit more full given the incredibly intense flavour, but despite that, this beer has just become one of my favourite DIPAs and I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely hopped beer, prominently featuring the Nugget which might just be my favorite hop. Smells great with the typical pine and citrus aromas, but unlike many IPAs the base fruit taste is orange instead of grapefruit. A very unique and delicious brew.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a pretty clear copper color with some finger head, minimal retention and a little nice lacing.

Smells pretty open and hoppy- a mix of pine and citrus.

Taste is nice, sweet and malty at the beginning, followed by moderate pine/floral hops with a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium light body with moderate carbonation. Great DIPA- great hop flavors; get it if available.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tumbler, no BB date.

Appearance is a clear red/amber color, also has some orange coloration. A strong pour creates a powerful frothy head that takes at least 5 minutes to subside to a manageable level. My god is this frothy! Leaves an intense lacing over the course of the drink as the head goes down to a skum. Smell is of pine, resin, and sweetness. Wow! this beer smells like weed: a sweet, skunky, grassy, earthiness that tickles to sinuses. Awesome smell. Taste is sweet and resiny. Like a punch of hops to the tastebuds. Finishes quite bitter. Even as it warms it hides the alcohol quite well. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with hop oils that cling to the teeth and palate.

One of the most interesting smelling beers I have ever encountered, a lot going on in this one. One of my favorite DIPAs even if it isn't exactly the most representative of the style. If it was a tad less bitter in the finish then it would be about perfect. Known as "weed beer" amongst my friends.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz from Total Wine

A - Pours an orange-golden color, lots of orangish head, alpha clumps, which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing too. Kids, this is a 5. Has all of the coloring characteristics you want out of a true iPa (P = Pale, which some brewers forget).

S - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a citrus finish. Lots of pineapple ester. Little to no maltiness as expected with an imperial IPA.

T - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a small citrus finish. Again, great, as the nose matches the buds. If you appreciate the taste of yellow grapefruit as much as I do, you'll love it. If not, you'll probably dislike this beer.

M - Light bitterness, syrupy, with a strong citrus finish, which compensates for the light bitterness. A vast improvement from Green Flash's West Coast IPA, which is a bit bitter and too much pink grapefruit.

D - So good. Not a session, but not expected. This is probably the fastest I've downed a bomber. Excellent beer. Maybe, maybe only Hopsickle and Lagunitas' Maximus compare to this imperial...

Somebody should send the Alstroms this bad boy. Hmm, maybe if I label it as a yeast extraction.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap in a snifter at Churchkey in DC. Blindsided by this incredible brew.

A - Beautiful, golden hue with near-perfect head retention and lacing. The only better-looking DIPA is PtE.

S - A bouquet of freshly-cut flowers and grassy hops, but sweet pineapple nectar provides a strong balance in the nose.

T - Unexpectedly sweet and tart, with the expected floral and citrus as welll. A prominent caramel malt backbone provides an overall balance in taste that is exceptional.

M - Liquid silk. Medium body, persistent carbonation, and a sublime hoppy finish make this the best-feeling DIPA this side of Ruination.

D - I couldn't put this down. The alcohol is completely concealed by the overwhelming balance of the flavor and mouthfeel. Goes down ridiculously easy.

Wow. I really hope to have this again someday, and I wonder how the bottled version holds up to this, one of the best tap-drinking experiences of my life.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.