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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,060 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2060
Reviews: 956
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)
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ChBass

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Flying Saucer in Houston.

Beer pours a clear, light golden yellow, with a mass of translucent bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass.

The smell is understated, extremely so for an DIPA. I expected much more floral or bitter hoppy notes.

The taste is light, due mostly to the mouthfeel, with bitterness from the hops hitting the back of the tongue. Definitely don't taste the ABV on this one.

The mouthfeel is very thin and refreshing, but it lacks the body that you'd expect from the best DIPAs. It's not bad, just different and unexpected.

Overall, this is a fine beer, but it's not about to usurp 90 Min or Pliny...

Serving type: cask

04-06-2012 16:57:26 | More by ChBass
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zdk9

Texas

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

A- Tarnished copper with half a finger of head that looks like soap bubbles.

S- Very floral- lavender, caramel. Not a lot of volatile aromas that I can really get a hold on.

T- Prett harsh- not what I expected. A lot of flowery tastes, just like the smell. Some grapefruit pith. Malts taste like whole wheat soft bread crusts. Sweet orange and tangerine candy.

M- Silky and smooth. Light carbonation but I'm enjoying it. Sort of coats the mouth. But still pretty harshly bitter after that coating.

O- I wish it was a little more powerful, especially in the aroma, and a little smoother in the taste. It's rough around the edges.

Serving type: cask

11-18-2011 04:22:18 | More by zdk9
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SDtastentune

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: cask

08-04-2011 03:19:32 | More by SDtastentune
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LittleDon

Texas

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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bjacobsen

California

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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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at Bierkraft. I was told that this was dry hopped in the cask.

A: Clear with a mild haze and absolutely no head, the pour is a little disappointing. Copper/amber in color.

S: Absolutely awesome hop aroma up front, with plenty of pine, abrasive and fresh. Really is pine juice, this. Some citrus is present as well, with a bright tangerine aroma. Mild mint character is noticeable as well. Excellent. Malt is not really noticeable, this is a treat

T: Opens up beautifully hoppy, with plenty of hop flavor, piney in character. Excellent bitterness as well, the balance between the flavoring and bittering hops is spot on, the way I like it. Hop flavors are as on the nose - pine with some citrus. Mildly spicy in the back, with a little bit of pepper and some mint. Malt? Practically non-existent, this beer is dry, and finishes so, with a gorgeous hop bitterness

M: A little soft of the carbonation, but that doesn't detract much from the rest of this fantastic experience this beer is. Excellent, light body, exceptional finish.

D: Splitting the remains of this growler with a couple of friends, this is hysterically easy to drink

Note: This beer is better than my score indicates, it really is fabulous!

Serving type: cask

04-30-2009 22:55:28 | More by DefenCorps
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BBM

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Once & For All in Patchogue NY. Poured out a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was very sweet and a bit spicy.

Well, it's obvious Green Flash is going for the balls-to-the-wall Imperial approach with this one, and for the most part it works. Huge citrus hops and pine flavors are counteracted with a super sweet malt backbone. This beer can't help but assault the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and pleasantly carbonated. Overall this is a kickin' DIPA with a nice bite to it. You already know if you'll like this one or not.

Serving type: cask

04-25-2008 14:37:53 | More by BBM
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madmanjf

New York

2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this from a cask-conditioned woodpin, day #2 of being opened.

This particular batch was a cloudy apricot color with little to no carbonation. Some slight large bubbles were apparent from the initial pour, but they quickly dissipated to a flat appearance. There was a substantial amount of sediment suspended in the beer which was not dropping to the bottom of the glass. In fairness to the brewery, I will admit the woodpin was disturbed prior to my glass being poured.

The aroma was simply outstanding. It had a sweet hop presence which was citrus in nature; however, I found it to be sweetly unique in that it resembled a pineapple moreso than orange or grapefruit.

The beer had a sweet start with a grapefruit presence in flavor which was quick on the tounge. A Flas (no pun intended) of hops with a bitter finish was also present.

The sensation was initially a watery entrance with a slight effervencent feeling on the toungue. The finish was quite dry.

Overally, I'd have to say this beer is not well balanced. There is no malt presence, and it comes off as being a hop bomb for no specific reason other than to see how hoppy a hop beer can get. I like IPAs, but I did not care for this one or it's non-imperial counterpart (reviewed previously).

I had 1 12oz pour which I could not finish.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2008 23:59:26 | More by madmanjf
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Celtics17

California

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super malt bomb, but excellent strong IPA. Full of flavor. Super sweet, not much hop to this one. Like it overall.

Strong character, lasting flavor of malt. Some pine overall. No grapefruit, or pineapple,but slight tangerine. Overall malty IPA, which isn't my favorite, but good..

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 07:19:55 | More by Celtics17
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half-bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours quite hazy. A deep tangerine hue in the center with sun-kissed honey around the edges. Absolutely gorgeous color. Cream colored head starts off at a perfect two-finger stature. Eventually fades down to about a 1/2" and retains well until the end. Big splotches of lacing left in random locations around the glass.

S: Big wave of citrus hops. Pink grapefruit, orange peel, touches of lemon underneath. Grapefruit dominates, mostly. A bit of earthy pine takes over the aroma as the beer warms in the glass. Peppery booze also peeks through as it approaches room temperature. A little surprised I didn't pick up any malt presence.

T: Admittedly, this brew is approaching its enjoy-by date so I know for a fact that this isn't as much of a hop bomb as it once was, but hops STILL dominate the palate with their floral bitterness. Grapefruit takes the passenger seat for those floral hops, which I find to be quite nice—a bit more rustic rather than citrusy. Malt comes through in the middle adding just a shade of balance, but is overall dominated by the hops. Finishes piney and bitter. Some alcohol warmth lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, but doesn't touch chewiness. Lots of creaminess with an effervescent carbonation. Green Flash describes this as "quaffable" on their label, and I'm going to have to agree with that wholeheartedly. Wonderfully drinkable. Becomes a LITTLE harder to sip often as it warms; the alcohol really starts to show its face and slows you down.

O: My second offering from Green Flash and so far they're 2-for-2 when it comes to delivering excellent beers. I noted before that this one was nearing its enjoy-by date, so I'm going to assume that it's not as fresh as it could have been, but that didn't hinder its enjoyability at all. It was still a hop bomb that provided everything I look for. I wasn't floored by it, but I enjoyed it more than the standard fare. Would really like to try this again, but a bit fresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:54:31 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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glass_house

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -45.3%
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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sderenne

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this in my "beer of the month club". I had only had one other beer from this brewery which was good,not great but good. This one blows the other IPA I had from them out of the water.
It's nice to see more great quality beers available to me. I have been a huge Sierra Nevada drinker for years.Their quality has always been top notch. Recently I have discovered other small breweries that are making very high quality beer. I feel blessed to live in Northern California and have so many quality beers being made in the area. Sacramento has and will have many small/startup craft brewers around the area. Many of these places are open only a few days a week and the beers are not being bottled,just served on tap or growlers to go but the quality is still very good. Its great to see people working and enjoying beers like other people in the past did with wines.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:17:03 | More by sderenne
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed over the course of an evening, poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A light orange amber, just grading into bronze color with a large quantity of whitish foam on top. Nose is resplendent with leafy, floral, piney, and spicy hop aromatics, with some citrus and tropical notes apparent but more of a floral green spice up top. Palate is a yin-yang esque nigh-perfect integration of sweet and intensely bitter (or perhaps juxtaposition is a better word, as the flavors remain separate). Initially I get fresh orange juice and cotton candy, followed by a pulverizing blast of pine needles, quinine, black pepper, light onion/garlic and toasted crusts. There's the sweetness again, this time calling to mind orange creamsickle, tangerine and perhaps a little grapefruit, grape skins, peach. A lot of fruit flavors and there's gotta be hop varietals in here besides just Summit and Nugget, although there's more than enough green flavor and pungent spice to successfully ID these. Heavy duty stuff but has some of the flavor complexity of its little brother, West Coast IPA. The hops are aggressive but fail to overshadow the sweet malts, although I will say that the bitterness gathers steam and near the end I am getting that euphoric spicy numbing that I crave in this style. Pretty thick and syrupy yet smooth and drinkable (perhaps that's the endorphins talking). Fits the West Coast mould but maybe less tropical and more earthy/spicy than others. Haters gotta hate, but Green Flash has at least one diehard fan up here.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 22:08:56 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ahommell

Mississippi

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Chimay Chalice

A: Turn signal amber. Turn signal is slightly aged with this hazy oxidized turn signal vibe it puts off. White head that pours a finger and stays around half that throughout. Lacing is considerable.

S: Floral hops. Grass. Citrus. Malt.

T: Floral. No hop bite that is in some IPAs. EXCELLENT. I don't believe I have had a better IPA. I might have bitten into a mellow hop pellet but I don't know it. It is delicious. Citrus. Lemon whites. Light alcohol. Full marks.

M: Medium to full bodied for style. Carbonation is adequate. Smooth, filling. The lack of burn from alcohol is absolutely refreshing.

O: May not have had a better IIPA. Green Flash has impressed me before; they only continue to impress.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:17:01 | More by ahommell
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Oakengroves

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods pursuant to beer steward label stating, "beat Pliny in blind in-store taste test." A misrepresentation of sorts. A deep amber appearance. The scent is slightly off, as if the hops used were not very fresh. Great taste but a little flat. Acceptable mouth feel but lacking interesting spices or notes. An excellent imperial IPA, but not likely to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:42:57 | More by Oakengroves
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy and with the color of honey. Nice two finger head hung out for a few minutes and left a tight creamy off white cap that left considerable lacing.

S- Spicy hop aromas mingle with a dank earthy smell. What a west coast imperial IPA smells like.

T- First sweet wet fruity citrus hop flavor then very quickly becomes pine needle and the forest floor. Hop forward brew with a biscuit - bready background.

M- Call it an extra medium bodied ale. Sits in the throught a bit. Good carbonation.

O- This a very good example of a west coast imperial IPA with a heavy dose of hops to enjoy. Green Flash did a fine job putting this brew together. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys this type of beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:36:32 | More by Emnmarko
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep honeyed pour, off color white head dissipates quickly. Stratospheric lacing on the sides.

Aroma a floral blend of tropical fruits. Hop leaf sharpness tingles the nose and sweet rich malt.

As an imperial this holds true to character. Stark hop bitterness and malt supporting in harmony. The malt brings much depth to help coat the hop in the mouth. Grapefruit rind numbing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel has an oily slickness to it. Medium bodied and a welcomed lingering bitterness throughout.

A lot of fantastic IPAs available here (I know, first world problems) and part of me wants to grade this higher. An outstanding IPA that I've been waiting to try. Love what Green Flash is doing!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:01:44 | More by joeseppy
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delta490

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a medium amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves big lacing

S- big citrus hops and a pleasant malt sweetness

T- the taste is a nice level up from the aroma. Big hops are superbly balanced against the malt backbone

M- nice full feeling and a nice crisp finish

O- a nice big flavored IIPA

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:13:47 | More by delta490
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TheBigE5

Georgia

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Golden amber, not quite perfectly clear, finger of head when poured

S - Very hoppy, floral and grassy

T - sweet at first, biscuity in the middle and the hops come back from the nose and emerge in the finish

M - very very smooth and lightly carbonated, which I prefer

The taste of a great IPA with a lot of hop character and nearly double the bang.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:23:22 | More by TheBigE5
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a clear brilliant orange with a big creamy beige head that settles from three inches to two or so. Excellent retention; beautiful, thick, even lacing.

S:
Mild alcohol sourness, caramel malts, astringent, piney and citrus-tinged hop aromas.

T:
Mellow and vaguely nutty with a rising bitterness that quickly falls back down before lingering and humming on your tongue for a while afterwards. Biscuit, earth, wet grass, citrus rind, hot dirt.

M:
Almost-coating, bubbly, and with a lingering tingle. Medium body. Almost creamy. Great for this kind of beer.

O:
Very good Double IPA.
This beer is just the right amounts of aggressiveness and restraint for a fiercely bitter IPA, in my book. A very pretty beer, the nose teases with some thick malt smells and some sweeter hop odors but the flavors are a hoppier and more tingly offshoot of this.
All-in-all, this is just about a perfect match of intense West Coast IPA characteristics with the most drinkability as possible.
Will have again; worth searching for if you are an IPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:35:23 | More by TheDoctor
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold, good head.

Smell: Piney, grapefruit rind, underlying sweetness.

Taste: Bitter first, then a little caramel, then back to bitter. Solid citrus bitter throughout with a lasting bitter finish.

Overall: This fits my personal definition of a west coast double IPA. Tongue-bruising bitterness throughout with not as strong of a malt/sweet backbone. Hits the spot for a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:11:13 | More by Mdog
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jdhops

Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Best by 3/1/14.

A: Pours a cloudy deep orange with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Slight citrus, mostly grapefruit.

T: Piney with a bitter drying finish. And I mean that in the best way. The hops are quick, but not abrasive. The bitterness lingers and dries in a way that invites repeated tastings.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: Another winner from Green Flash. Not as hop-forward as Palate Wrecker or Green Bullet, but finishes a bit smoother. The 9.4% ABV is well-hidden behind the piney dryness.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:01:47 | More by jdhops
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a willi becher.
Pours a nice medium amber, two fingers of head. Nice lacing.
Smell is hoppy and balanced with sweet breadiness.
Taste is very balanced, right in line with aromas. Clean.
Crisp finish.
Right in line with the classic west coast IPA style. Not overly hoppy, citrusy or floral.


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:19:12 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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smanders

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've liked a number of Green Flash offerings, so when I saw this 22 oz. for $7 at TW I had to give it a try.

A - light copper color with a fairly creamy head.

S - more citrus (grapefruit and lemon) than pine. This one really whets the appetite.

T - a hint of orange juice followed by piney, bitter notes. Unfortunately it falls off into a medicinal/"rubbery" flavor. I expected more warm alcohol, but was quickly thrown by the "off" flavors I hadn't experienced to date.

M - nice consistency for such a high alcohol DIPA/IIPA.

Drinkability - I couldn't do it. Rarely do I pour out a beer, but considering the odd flavors imparted after such a promising start, even the benefit of the doubt couldn't save this Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:48:46 | More by smanders
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BB1313

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/17/14 labeled on the neck of bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a glowing haze; fluffy white head that fades and leaves great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are very similar to Green Bullet, in my opinion. Lots of rubber. Some onion and garlic. Some grapefruit. The flavors have a solid bitterness to it. Lots of pine needles. More onion and garlic. This isn't a super fruity example of the style, although there are some citrus notes along with some underlying tropical notes. More grapefruit. Some lime. Even some pineapple in the mix. Malts seem to really take a backseat. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth. Barely any hints of alcohol. This makes a nice sipper.

This is a unique take on the style. I personally like Palate Wrecker and Green Bullet more than this. It has alot of similarities with Green Bullet. The craftsmanship is definitely there, just like with all Green Flash beers. This is good stuff, but nothing overly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:01:22 | More by BB1313
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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.