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

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

984 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 984
Hads: 2,550
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 138
Gots: 282 | 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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of tomschepker
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour out of 22 oz bottle. 9.0 by volume not 9.4 and different label than depicted at time of review. Light golden colored IPA, minimal white head. Very piney on the tongue, almost to a fault. (193 characters)

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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is marked best by 5/3/15

A: poured into a tulip to a clear golden orange with a three finger dense and rocky off white head that is slow to fade and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of juicy citrus and tropical fruits with a little sweetness. so oily and resinous it's amazing
T: taste is oily and resinous hop goodness with notes of tropical fruits, peppery spice, earthyness, citrus, mango and a little alcohol. swallow is more oily hops and citrus. slightly biscuity at times but the hops really shine on this beer
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and an oily refreshing finish
O: A fantastic Imperial IPA. Hops are in your face from the nose all through the taste with a slight reprieve at times from the malt. Great flavors and good complexity although not exactly 'balanced'. If hops are your thing buy this beer. (876 characters)

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 (195 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Found a bomber of this for just $5.99 at a local Giant Eagle. Good deal!

A - Slightly oily in appearance it has a nice 1/2 inch plush sticky white head atop of a light amber brown colored beer. Fed by carbonation bubbles this beer looks great!
S - Not intensely hoppy in the nose mostly citrus and mango like hops really digging it. Not sure the hate I got no ethanol smells and a good biscuit like malt body.
T - Classic West Coast like hops but dialed back a notch more balanced with a citrus like bitter zest. Body is balanced with cracker like malts and some sugars.
M - Best part of this beer drinks like a regular IPA but DAYMN clocks in at 9% plus!

Overall I was scared to try this since I HATE their west coast IPA but enjoy their Palate Wrecker. To me its somewhere in between but very balanced and drinkable. LOVE the not so lingering hop bitterness. Well worth the price! (885 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid gold hued body with a very rich, sticky, creamy, white head. Fine hop aroma; citrus and pine. Excellent flavor combination of warm, bread-like malt grains with a bold yet tempered hop bitterness; caramel and biscuit. Medium bodied; smooth mouthfeel; faintly juicy.

A well-done, above-board IIPA with an overall zesty hop character and mildly sweet malt grain profile. Balanced and complex throughout and does justice to the American hop-bomb styling of an India pale ale. It may not be the biggest, most brutish example of huge hop presence in a beer, but it certainly stands head and shoulders above most of the competition. (632 characters)

Photo of blinky1717
4/5  rDev -1.5%

First few sips (gulps?) were amazing. A strong 4.75 out of 5. Nice and hop forward the way I prefer it. Half way through the bomber and while eating some heavily spiced chicken, I started pulling the garlic/onion that others were discussing. Didn't get it at all when I drank it fresh from the office. But with the meal, it came through.

Will give it another try based on the initial impression. Could go up in rank but we'll see. (439 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a deep, hazy gold/amber color. Good sized head that lingers. Good lacing.

Smells slightly of pine resin and citrus. Not a whole lot of other smells.

Taste is fairly hop forward. Very resinous hops like I've come to expect with Imperial IPAs. Some citrus, but not as noticeable. Defiite piney, resin flavor.

Fairly sticky on the palate. I attribute that to the resiny hops. Other than that, still fairly smooth and very drinkable.

Very good beer. (495 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No date on bomber. None of the new GF beers to arrive in Atlanta seem to have any dating indicated. Very annoying.

Appearance--whatever, nothing to twitter about.

The aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are fantastic. A balanced yet kick-ass DIPA with unwieldy hops in it tamed by the master brewers at GF. Great combination of vegetal Summit with resiny-fruity Nugget.

Why this does not get as much praise as the somewhat similar Sucks is beyond me. This is better, with the disparate elements coming together more harmoniously.

A great DIPA. Gotta try it. (554 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is two fingers high, with a shade barely off-white.

S: This definitely fits on the piny end of the IPA spectrum. However, there's also a kiss of fruity notes - fruit candies, mainly, and even some tropical hops. I do get a bit of malt, also. Nice aroma, but not quite as enrapturing as the one from their regular West Coast IPA.

T: As expected, the focus is on pine-forward hops. It opens the beer up fairly bitterly. The finish has a faint kiss of something resembling pineapple, along with some booze and sugar cookie-esque malts. The onion-y-ness of the Summit is pretty restrained, only appearing once it warms up (but at least it's not as oniony as it would have been if was made with Mosaic...hiyo!) The best part of this brew are the twinge of tropical fruits that appear on occasion.

M: It has a coarse, astringent feel. This actually dries the beer out nicely, at the cost of feeling somewhat harsh. After a few sips, it smooths out somewhat. But still, it remains pretty bitey throughout. It isn't really easy to drink, due to the fact that it's kind of heavy-feeling, as well.

O: It's okay. Certainly, I've had far better IPAs/DIPAs (from this very brewery, actually). There's just nothing here that excites me - and I expect to be excited by a DIPA. (1,344 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear medium gold body, a few fingers of off-white head; smattering of lace behind

S: citrus and herbs, notes of spice and flowers

T: lots of citrus suggesting orange and grapefruit, herbs and hints of spice pepper the ale; malt grain caramel sweetness and body balance out the hops nicely

M: medium-weight, slight carbonation, slightly slick, bittering up front and on the finish, slight chew

O: really great stuff - features Nugget and Summit hops - a real tight, crisp and delicious DIPA. Git sum. (507 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold orange body, with a small white head that laces expansively.

S - Quiet malt and mild fruit esters. A line of pith.

T - Strong bitter brew, with opening of grapefruit, underpinning of sweet honey malt notes. Mid-point cuts bitter, and the close continues that direction, until a mild spike of fruit in the fade.

M - Moderate carbonation, significant drying, some building of hop oils.

O - Decent IIPA, and certainly one that hides the significant alcohol within. Satisfying. (491 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pretty clear; deep yellow; 1 finger egg shell head that receded slowly; moderate lacing;

S: a lot going on; pineapple, orange, hints of floral and pine;

T: pine is much more noticeable, especially from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness that lingers; hides the alcohol well;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: hops are predominant, but not overpowering; dangerously easy to drink; (411 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a one-finger creamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of light citrus and earthy pines.

T - Starts with a nice amount of sweet citrus. The sweetness fades into a heavy amount of floral hops. The finish has an oniony vegetal flavor with some lingering bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - A very nice West Coast DIPA. Another winner from Green Flash. (474 characters)

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) (522 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- clear gold. Slight head.

Aroma- fresh strong bitter stink weed hoppiness.

Taste- reminds us of the Stone Go to IPA ramped up 5 times! Starts with a terrific strong clean hop profile and sustains the hops throughout. Finishes clean and clear. For 101 IBUs this is a smooth work of art! And the high ABV if 9% is not apparent.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/2014 (462 characters)

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. (789 characters)

Photo of sommersb
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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

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

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

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

O: The beer has great promise in the looks and smell, but the taste was so bad I did not finish the bottle. I've read that Summit hops may be the cause of the onion-y flavors; if so I need to avoid beers that use Summit for flavoring. (847 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.. (281 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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. (2,015 characters)

Photo of glass_house
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
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 (925 characters)

Photo of sderenne
4.14/5  rDev +2%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,533 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Oakengroves
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (385 characters)

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.