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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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2,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 2050
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,050 | Reviews: 955 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of tempest


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a goblet for $5 at Liberty St. Tavern. Appeared a clear amber with a short white head. The beer was rich with more classic American citrus hops, along the lines of Cascades, though I don't think those are used here. But it's the same sort of earthy, not quite catty, herbal grapefruit and pine character. There's a big, sort of thick caramel malt and bread backbone that's a little fuller than I'd like. Still, overall this is a fine example of the style. Big American hops backed by rich pale barley.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 04:28:44 | More by tempest
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into snifter.

A - Nice, hazy golden orange. Good head formation and lacing

S - Some citric fruits (lemon, oranges), grassy, caramel malt

T - I did not pick up very much citric fruits except at the very first sip. As the flavour develops mid-palate I get all grass, pine and grains. There is also a strong onioness to it, a la Gubna.

M - Medium, sticky, slight burn

O - A well put together IIPA but the presence of that onion flavour took this one back a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 16:27:59 | More by OakedCanuck
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash, Imperial IPA

Pours a clear yellow with a chill haze. Relatively small foam, good lacing and retention. Aroma of west coast hops, floral, citrusy, grapefruit. In the taste, nice tropical fruit west coast style IPA, hop forward, decent balance and a good hit of alcohol in the end. Medium bodied, alittle syrupy. Strong and tasty. Overall, I liked it but it is very intense. For a double IPA, its about right.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 13:27:31 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Tucquan


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-12 at The Drafting Room Hopfest

A - Mildly hazy golden orange with a 1-finger head and lots of lacing

S - Pineapple. orange, hop floral, orange citrus, pine and a hint of grain.

T - Bready, pineapple, grapefruit and fresh fruit taste, like a hint of raspberry, which was enjoyable. Plenty of bitterness. Alcohol is evident but well-integrated. Lingering sweetness and bitterness clings to the tongue. Sweeter than the GF West Coast IPA

M - A little less than medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Resinous and a little prickly.

D - Had this with a Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, side-by-side-by-side. It tasted quite good but didn't have the complexity of either of the Russian River brews. Not surprisingly, the Imperial tasted better on-tap than from the bottle, probably because this was fresh. Given the choice, I'd take the West Coast IPA over the Imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 11:58:38 | More by Tucquan
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District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston (Arlington) VA.

Pours amber semi clear with nice lacing and small head.

The smell and taste are very different and not my favorite, but interesting. The nose hits with the citrus and grass hops and sugary malt you'd expect in smaller than hoped for doses but man there is a crazy overriding peppery and kitchen spice like thyme going on that i can't get my mind off. The taste is about the same, that peppercorn is strange, I even get a rosemary type edge, but theres some nice hop presence to throw it off a little. Bitter and dry aftertaste, but an overriding sweetness as well.

Mouth is smooth and good carbonation, the drinkability is ok, sort of weird, I could hardly get through a full pint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 00:19:11 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blue monkey.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of off white creamy head that settles slowly leaving a ton of good lace around the glass and a island on top. A lovely copper orange in color.

S- loads of grapefruit and pine resin. Mild bready malt hit.

T- hop forward that's for sure with an aggressive grapefruit rind bitterness mixed in with a nice citrus bite of lemon zest. Malts bring to mind toasted bread with some caramel and sorgrum sweetness to balance things out.

M- on the fuller side of body with a lighter carb that when given a good swish becomes amazingly creamy in mouth.

D- this is a different beast then most dipas and I really like it. I can't quite rap my head around what makes it stand out but ill work on it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 04:17:59 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Finger of spongey, beige head over cloudy, golden-orange body that shines around the edges. Some map-like lacing.

Resiny, thick floral smell with a pungent character that kind of wraps up inside but stays bright. Grapefruit smell. Very impressive, not too sweet.

Bitter citrus dominates the taste, strong lemon, grapefruit, & orange zest with a very subtle sweetness in back, like pie crust but even more subdued, don't even really notice it til the aftertaste. Hugely bitter, again a kind of pungency like blue cheese -- leaves the same kind of impression. Great taste, I love a big hop taste that's not overly sweet like so many DIPAs seem to be.

Full-bodied, turns creamy & smooth. Pretty formidable but doesn't kill my tastebuds. Crisper than most DIPAs, stays light & doesn't weigh me down.

Damn, this is too good -- a big guy, but very enjoyable & light on its feet. Alcohol & hops are pretty serious, but I could probably have a few of these. One of my favorite DIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 16:56:25 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Thorpe429


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Galaxy Hut and served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice yellow color with a bit of darker orange character. White head with quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is really nice with a plethora of hops--nice amounts of strong citrus, pine, and floral notes. The toast doesn't have quite that much actual hop flavor, but is taken over by a bruising bitterness.

The feel is fantastic and is the first time in awhile that I've been totally taken aback by a beer's hop level. Really, really strong bitterness and a body that doesn't support that bitterness, which is something I mean in a very good way. Very intriguing; I like this quite a bit and wish I hadn't waited so long to have my first.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 17:32:31 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Dark amber with fluffy head.

S-Hop bomb. Big citrus and pine scent. Very powerful smell.

T-Like the nose. Hop foward and very delicious. Very bitter. Pine and citrus complement eachother. The type of brew that destroys your taste buds for the night. Slight malt is overpowered.

M-Resinous and sticky.

D-Big flavors. I love the taste. The bitterness makes it a bit difficult to drink more than two glasses. Alcohol is present but well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 18:25:01 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Zippie9999


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on tap @ The Dirty Truth in N. Hampton, Ma
A: pours a hazy, golden orange with a nice white lacing and fluffy cushiony head.
S: Holy citrus Batman! Grapefruit, citrus, hemp.
T: Incredible wallop from the hops. Definitely a force to be reckoned with. Stone brewing needs to take notes from these guys!
M: silky and sublime. Definitely a resinous lingering aftertaste from the hop oils!
D: wow. Incredibly smooth, complex, and enjoyable. great representation of a West Cost Ipa! I'd be hard pressed to find a better imperial ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 03:29:39 | More by Zippie9999
Photo of DNICE555


4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 03:08:06 | More by DNICE555
Photo of AJacob81


4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 03:31:58 | More by AJacob81
Photo of Andreji


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So in spite of this being an advanced choice in my GF tasting night this still seemed like a great one.

Pours a rather orange tone with a solid white head. the body's translucent for the most part altough not so clear as to seem thin.

Smell is hoppy indeed, but this time malts play a role and give off a fruity, kinda apricoty sensation at first. then overwhelmed by the hoppy pine-scent.

Taste is otherwise initially sweet, borderline clementined to some extent but with a definitive and taste-cutting bitter hoppy rush not far behind. no stranger to the IIPA genre although not my favourite back-to-backedness.

No doubt this is a good beer from GF, sessionable (well, for the extreme types) and good bodied but not too bold.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 05:13:39 | More by Andreji
Photo of beertunes


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty semi-gold color, with about a 1/2 inch of head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was like a christmas tree in a glass. Very piney, very slight citrus aroma, some malt in the background. The taste was not as piney as the aroma had me believe, and was still very hoppy and bitter with a very dry finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but still very good. Drinkability was very good for such a bold example of the style. Overall, worth your time and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 20:32:09 | More by beertunes
Photo of illidurit


3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Pours gold with a nice white head that leaves thin filmy lacing. Aroma is garlicky hops, herbs, and pale malts. Flavor is heavy on herbal hops but that garlic is throwing me off. There's also some sweeter citrus influence but it's mild. Not a lot of malt presence but that may be a result of tasting this after an imperial red. Seems dry and bitter enough, but the hop profile could easily be improved.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 06:48:49 | More by illidurit
Photo of cpetrone84


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at the library

A-pours a hazy golden amber color with a pure white head that has decent retention and leave a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is subtle but brings hints of malty caramel sweetness giving way to piney hops and some nice citrus

T-the taste is a bigger version of the nose. the big caramel base hits first with caramel and brown sugar. Next, huge notes of pine come in to play with some citrus hops as well that fades into a bitter hop finish that lingers

M-this is big and full to medium body, it is very smooth and syrupy with an astringent finish

D-extremely tasty and great mouthfeel. tons of bitterness at the finish make it a little less inviting, though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 05:15:04 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of LittleDon


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

8 oz draw at the Stone Brewery. Dirty yellow with a very dense white head. The aroma is predominantly grapefruit with grassy undertones. Noticeable alcohol in the upper palate and a bit on the sweet side. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel. Soft finish with some (but not overwhelming) bitterness.

Serving type: cask

12-17-2009 16:07:05 | More by LittleDon
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden with some nice pale head that hangs around for a while. Leaves decent lacing. Paler than I anticipated. Nice looking brew.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and grass. Quite pungent, very nice.

T: ABV is hardly noticeable. The hoppy goodness on the other hand stars in this one, very solid but backed up pretty well by malt.

M: Medium body, pretty solid. Very smooth drinking, seems to be a theme with GF.

D: Pretty solid beer. Not my favorite IIPA but quite good and I'll have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 02:47:22 | More by aggiearcher13
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured in 8oz glass

A - Poured hazy golden color with lots of head.

S - Citrus and pine with lots of hops coming through.

T - Overwhelming taste of hops that overtakes any hints of citrus.

M - Dry and heavy. Bitter aftertaste that lasts.

D - Good even with 9% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 15:25:16 | More by taigor
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy & hazy slightly light amber

S-Typical strong hop odor.

T-Very bitter hopped and a bit piney.

M-Frothy and dry

D- It is a good beer to be enjoyed occasionally. I myself had this at Map Room in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood...also Map Room was a must go to bar in Men's Journal magazine.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 19:19:19 | More by RJUGA03
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West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The quintessential west coast IPA. Piney, floral, flavorful, just damned near perfect.

White fluffy head with great lacing over a striaght amber body. Pine and hibiscuis nose. Hard hit you in the moth hops with sweet, sedate malt background. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink. So much so it's dangerous.

Bottom line.
Great. Fucking. Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 19:20:23 | More by rabsten
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a cask at Stone World Bistro into an 8 ox. glass.

A- Medium to light copper color brought to me with no head at all, but hey it's cask. I watched this beer being hand pumped and there is a certain appreciation that goes along with this.

S- Powerful, but sweetly subdued hop aromas that gave way to a faint, but noteworthy, sweet caramel scent.

T- With this being my first IPA or DIPA from a cask, I can really appreciate the complexity, and depth of balance that this has to offer. The hop oil presence was very pronounced, perhaps because there was little carbonation to counter. Definite warmth to this one, and not the room temperature pour. Clean and biting finish with brief bitter-hop aftertaste,

M- Well, this was a first for me. The absence of carbonation threw me off. That said, it was an oily, mouth coating beer that was relatively drinkable despite the DIPA status.

D- Again, pretty drinkable.l I could have enjoyed another of these had they not tempted me with so many other treats that I had yet to try. Not sessionable, however.

Serving type: cask

08-19-2009 04:08:45 | More by bjacobsen
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fathers Office Culvers City

Appearance - Has a nice copper color to it - the bartender poured it so there was about a finger and a half head that dissipated slowly and left great lacing.

Smell - Has a great herbal, hoppy smell right off the bat. Citrus is quite prevalent after the initial hop whiff. I'm sitting here and can't wait to try this.

Taste - A great big bold hoppy taste that is not as bitter as one would imagine but rather pleasant. A nice clean, dry finish. Exactly what I would expect form this beer. I do not taste the alcohol in this beer at first but as time goes by you can feel its warming.

Mouthfeel - You can taste the hop oils, resin, etc. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I wanted to get another one of these but Pliny the Elder was back on tap (was out when I first got there) so I got that instead. Overall I was pretty impressed with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 00:04:42 | More by SpdKilz
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City.

Excellent Imperial IPA which seems to embody everything I'm looking for in an imperial IPA. Nice bold hop blast up front, with a deep malt behind it. Nice, not overwhelming bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel great with good carbonation. High ABV was not evident in the mix. I could drink several of these with some barbecue.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 03:50:59 | More by realmpel
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light bronze color with half a finger of
white head that disipates rapidly.

S: Smells like a glass of grapefruit juice with
a splash of lemon/orange/grassy.

T: I will take this in place of my breakfast
table juice any day. It is like sucking on
a grapefruit!(the ABV would send me back to
bed though).

M/D: Creamy and rich with good body, a great drink

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 00:57:35 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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