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

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Reviews: 988
Hads: 2,566
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 17%
Wants: 142
Gots: 291 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pizza Port in Port Carlsbad. Good hop juice, piney. Drinkable though over 100 IBU. Orangey colour with white head. Citrus taste. Satisfying though assaulting as it is. Summit and nugget hops. A change of pace, but their IPA and most IPA are more my speed. Had a bottle 15 months later and it was certainly as good, and mellowed as aged a year.
A year and a half later, in bottle. Good, orange, average DIPA. And on tap 1.5 years later, even better. Lots of lace.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Really nice foamy rings mark the drinking progress all the way down the glass. Smell is of huge citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical aromas. Taste is very much the same with some dank hop flavors and a medium bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA but I think the smell is better than the taste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger head with nice retention on a slightly hazy golden with amber hues body. scattered lacing.

S: lots of aroma with herbal, floral and predominantly orange peel and grapefruit citrus. A bit of a musty resin as well.

T: pine and grassy hops with citrus trying to sneak in towards the finish. The malt base balances this one out really well. Its not too bitter.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: just right degree of bitterness in this well balanced DIPA. The booze arent as well hidden as I would like but still an excellent brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly but never completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of fresh citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; smells of orange seem to be more prominent than those of grapefruit.
T: Like the smell, flavors oranges and pine resin stand out in the overall taste, which also contribute a strong amount of bitterness. There are some notes of malty sweetness in the initial taste; flavors of spices are noticeable in the bitter aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and slightly oily on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a real hop bomb, but despite the high amount of bitterness it isn’t too difficult to drink. Although the alcohol is well masked from the taste, so are the malts, which makes it seem to be a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a high alpha bomb. it pours a funny orange honey color, with a lacey snowy white head on top that leaves some menacing lacing as it drinks. the nose is really fruity hops, almost tropical, with a sweeter malt profile and a lot of booze. it tastes like hop oil, like concentrate or something. very very intense hop flavor, a lot of fruit comes through from the nose too, pineapple and orange at the very least. big bold hops is all i can really taste after a few sips. mouthfeel is okay, feels heavy, even for an imperial. good carbonation though, and pretty drinkable for a beer of this size. its like all green flash beers really, a total hop overload, at the expense of complexity or other character, but it somehow all comes together. i liked this a lot, and at only 5 bucks a bomber, itll find its way into my fridge again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a clear looking copper color with a thick white head on top. The lacing sticks really well to the glass with clumps of retention on top of the beer. The smell if loaded with west coast hop aromas. The taste is also loaded with the citrusy bitter bite of all the hops used in this brew. The Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, good carbonation to it and a little bit oily. Overall the beer is a powerhouse of an IPA, it's enjoyable if you like the style. I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a marvelous head that sticks and laces beautifully

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt is always discernable and acts as a platform for the grapefruit and pineapple hops to address the tastebuds; after the swallow, the hops continue to take top billing, but for 101 IBUs, I was not overwhelmed by bitterness

Mouthfeel: It is rare that mouthfeel becomes the most prominent attribute, but the smoothness here is really impressive; medium to full bodied, but very creamy, with a nice undertone of silky smooth carbonation

Drinkability: This is certainly a fine DIPA, but I think it lacks a little something in the flavor profile - just doesn't have the suck your taste buds dry aspect of many other DIPA

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Championed as a "west coast style" IPA because of its deep resiny bitterness and bone-dry drinkability- the mouthfeel of this beer takes it a long, long way. But do the flavors measure up?

Green Flash's Imperial IPA pours with a bright golden, copper mix. Mild haze denotes the dry-hopped character of these lupulin-infussed ales. A froathy and creamy white head tops the beer, retains very well and laces with intermitten pockets as the beer falls. A classic American IPA appearance.

Earthy and citrusy, the aromatic profile layers notes of grapefruit over a deeply embedded aroma of pine, fresh cut grasses, earthy garlics and onions. The nose promises a biting and resiny bitterness; especially with the supressed caramel maltiness with subtle notes of butterscotch.

Flavors indeed follow up with restrained softer hop notes- foregoing the overly floral and perfumy varieties, and showcasing the taste of white grapefruit pulp with focus and purpose. Hop flavor develops toward the resiny bitterness of pine, grass, herbs, and overall earthy pungency. A dry malt base of caramel hardly rises to attention, rather supporting the hops and providing just enough balance to keep the beer from becoming too one-sided.

The body is where it's at- early maltiness is short lived and gives way quickly in order to hand over the reins to the hoppy dryness, alcoholic warmth, and dry-malt finish that dictates the beer. With such low influence from malt sweetness, this beer indeed becomes a showcase for hops!

It's with great appreciation that this Imperial IPA doesn't attempt to balance the hops with an equal rise of malt, rather remaining true to American IPAs where the hops dominate without malt interferrence. This allows the beer to deliver a high level of drinkability despite its alcohol content. But a stronger and more delicate potpouri of hops particularly in the nose could really rocket this beer to the likes of Dreadnaught and Hopslam.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge foamy head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma of red grapefruit is astonishing and up there with the best of the style. Taste is also dominated by some red grapefruit with some medium bitterness and some light caramel malt. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this hop bombs is definitely better then standard IIPA out there.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy amber with 2 inches of white froth upon pouring, which dissipates into a small cap.

Smell - Lots of raw pine initially, and then the malt aroma comes out a bit more, revealing notes of tropical fruit. The more I smell it, the more the hop aroma seems a bit off to me. Not off in an old or stale way, but more in the sense that it kind of reminds me of Pine-Sol and raw onions.

Taste and mouthfeel - Sweet, fruity notes mix harmoniously with flavors of citrus and pine from the hops, eventually leading way to a bitter, drying finish. The taste is thankfully a bit cleaner than the nose, though it still has a certain onion-like roughness to it that leaves me unimpressed.

Notes - The nose put me off quite a bit, but this is otherwise decent stuff. That being said, Green Flash's regular IPA is significantly better than this.



Upon revisiting this from an extremely fresh bottle, I've come around on it. A great beer, but freshness is key. The hop character is very unique, heavy on pine and raw onion.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. I grabbed this bomber during a recent trip to Austin, Texas. 5 bucks. I'll never get over that aspect of shopping for beer in the lower 48 - killer selection, AND very reasonable prices...but I digress.

This beer pours a glassy, pale copper-amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and playfully bubbly off-white head, which takes a while to drop away, leaving some lovely honeycombed lacing scattered around the glass.

It smells quite strong, with fresh pine needles and squeezed grapefruit rind hop essences dominating, and a touch of onion astringency - it's still all very outdoors-y, until the relatively tame bready, sort of meaty caramel malt comes a' calling. The flavour kicks off with a wallop of bitter resinous pine hops, so much so, that I could feel my cheeks constricting. After a few more sips, and my palate duly re-adjusted, I could enjoy a more citrus-oriented hop bite, with more onion and cooked garlic spicy notes, and a perky enough grainy, lightly caramelized malt backbone trying gamely to assert itself. No real sign of the near 19-proof booze at this point.

The carbonation is fairly mellow, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually smooth, if you sort of ignore all those swirling hops mucking about. It finishes off-dry, the malt not ready to cede all just yet, and the hops still resplendent in coniferous tree, citrus fruit, and the start of any good pasta dish's vegetal character. There is only a minor warming from the big ABV, no real heat, which is welcome in any beer, and especially one like this.

At first, this seems to be a highly unbalanced beer, but it morphs (while continuing to batter your tastebuds) into something much more drinkable, provided you're a fan of the hops, of course. An eye-opener, not for the faint of heart, but it does evolve into an agreeable example of the style, or 'sub-style', as the label proclaims. Makes for a very tasty and effective kickstart to my heart before heading off to the Taboo Sex Show - giddee up!

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is making it's first appearance in Illinois finally...

Pours a deep orange tone with high clarity. Three fingers of sticky foam rise up, producing a fluffy head. Lacing rings the glass.

Pungent mary jane hop aroma, very herbal, with some peppery notes and graprefruit rind.

Sticky sweet, medium bodied, low carbonation with an earthy hop bitterness in the middle. Long dry finish with residual grapefruit rind flavors. This one is strong and sneaky...one bottle is enough for a 'session' but sharing might be a good idea.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tangerine juice orange with honey colored edges. The first pour looks filtered and I don't see much (except beer) in the bottom of the bomber. The tremendously sticky alabaster crown is a DIPA masterpiece. In addition, the huge amount of Swiss cheesy lace easily qualifies as eye candy. We're off to a very good start.

For such an offbeat hop bill (Summit and Nugget), the nose is right in line and right up there with SoCal's best. I'm not sure which hop variety contributes what to the aroma, but I get a big blast of orange rind, pink grapefruit, pungent cheese and cannabis. Boy Howdy, this should be some good beer.

My first few mouthfuls tell me quite a bit. However, this is one of those DIPAs that I'll need to ponder a while before I can pull the trigger on a flavor score. At the moment, it's a dead heat between 'good' and 'very good'. Not that there's any heat. Although the 9.0% ABV is easily appreciated, it's also easily ignored while the beer is still cool and my tongue is relatively fresh. It should be even less noticeable in about 15 minutes or so.

I think the thing that's holding be back the most is that I'm just not enamored with these two hops. Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo... then we'd be talking. I like more brightness, more pure citrus peel flash than the mid-range, earthy, almost herbal quality that these hops deliver. At least there's precious little caramel malt to muddle things up even more. Some, but not much.

Anyone who doesn't like this mouthfeel doesn't like DIPAs. It's medium-full and has a luscious smoothness that is right up my alley. There has to be a few tons of malt present. Incidently, that may be why the stated 101 IBUs don't taste like it. This is definitely bitter beer, but it isn't BITTER beer.

I haven't liked Green Flash Brewery's non-hoppy beer. Their hoppy beer is a different story entirely, with a much happier ending. Extra Pale Ale is wonderfully drinkable and West Coast IPA has gotten some much deserved respect. Imperial India Pale Ale doesn't match Southern California's finest, but if I had access, I'd buy a bomber every now and then as an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, amber/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of sudsy foam on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and tropical fruit. There was a burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of tart grapefruit, tropical fruits and some caramel sweetness. Big bitter bite with a touch of roastiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This i a very good very good Imperial IPA. Love the tropical fruit flavors and grapefruit.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always like to get my hands on some "San Diego style" Double IPA's this is one and I was pleased with it.Poured into an imperial pint glass a mix of golden and deep reddish orange a tight formed 1/2 finger head that held decent retention atop,mix of hop aromas overripe pineapple and deep pine resin show through along with a big caramel sweetness the alcohol is hidden.Citrusy flavors at the forefront along with some pine resin wich becomes stronger as it warms more in my mind a very hefty caramel sweetness holds firm against the hops till the finish.Its very solid and the alcohol is kept in check very well,obviously there are better DIPA'S out there but it will cure a hop fix.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, been waiting to try this one forever. Seems I could never just get my hands on it no matter how hard I tried. Finally was able to score a couple when it was my BDAY BIF turn and I was totally stoked, not only was I able to try it, but I could try it a couple times! This review is from my first try...

A - Poured a somewhat hazy, mostly clear deep orange amber. Big two inch plus white head formed immediatly on top and slowly faded down to reveal on a slight ring of lace along the top. Decent side glass lace was evident from the start. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was delicous. Full on citrus hop blast from the start. Deep orange and tangerine tones dominated here. Mixed in was a tiny bit of sugar, but alot of grapefruit and some lemon. Very fresh, bitter citrus smell. A slight aroma of alcohol could also be detected.

T - Yummy, a truly west coast double IPA. Such a strong hop presence. Tons of very bitter citrus hops, sweet and a good amount of alcohol. There was no balance here, and none was to be expected. Just a down the hatch, hardcore double IPA. This will hurt your tastebuds for sure. But in that really good way, damn this was fine.

M - Super sticky and smooth. This was a thick, almost syrup like brew. You could really feel it as you sipped. There was no mistaken this one for something light. It was almost chewey, very nice.

D - Good, the only thing I would knock it for is that it is high in alcohol so it would be very difficult to drink more then of these. Other then that, fantastic.

Overall this was everything I thought it would be. I super duper hopped double IPA from a great west coast brewery. Truly a treat to behold. I really enjoyed it and I am glad I have another for later on.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, clear orange-copper color with minimal white foam.

S: This smells like a grapefruit orchard in the middle of a pine forest.

T: ...and it tastes like one too. Amazing (nearly overwhelming) pine. The grapefruit helps to cut through some of the amazing bitterness, but this beer is still very bitter (which is a good thing).

M: Great body, not much in the way of carbonation, though.

D: As much as I loved this beer, it is not something you can sit down and drink several bottles of. Still a great IIPA.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Mad Mex in Willow Grove PA. Served in a 12oz goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber color with a finger of fluffy white carbonation and decent retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with some malt and warming alcohol.

Taste: You get hit hard with bitter citrus peel hops right off the bat. There is just enough sweet malt to balance the taste out a bit. The finish is bitter, but the alcohol doesn't make itself known.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an aggressive amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a nice DIPA. There is a good balance of hops and malt. I would have another.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of just slightly off-white head on top of a very hazy, golden-orange body. The foam settles somewhat quickly but leaves appropriately thick lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, candy like orange and pine hops with a hint of grapefruit. Lots of toasted malt backing up the hops with just a bit of caramel.

T - Sugary malt up front with notes of toast, biscuit and rock candy. Lots of citrus hop flavors with a distinctive emphasis on orange. Finishes with an increasing presence of pine hops and only moderate bitterness. Light lingering flavors of tobacco and fruity hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish with just a hint of alcoholic warmth.

D - This is a very bright and drinkable DIPA with an out of the ordinary hop profile. The hops are very strong, but much like DFH 90, there is more than an average amount of malt balancing. The hops are exceptionally fruity with a character that, more than anything else, resembles candied oranges. The malt is big and sweet, enough so that it makes the bitterness seem much more mild than it must be, but it finishes reasonably dry and makes for a balanced beer. This is quite drinkable for a beer of this size and depth and I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

Cracked open a decidedly fresh bottle to see what the fuss was about (trust me, I've encountered some mild fuss out here...). It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of very lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, light cilantro, lemon zest, light orange rind, light grapefruit peel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine resin and cilantro really taking control of the situation, ensuring my tongue understands that hops are now in charge. Indeed. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice, very hoppy DIPA. Straight up.

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Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Seems to have the same hops and flavor of the West Coast IPA, which may be great for you but not for me. More harsh than mellow, considering the big malty profile. Extravagant flare of hop fragrance and bitterness. Not a bad hop flavor, but just totally overdone. Very sharp, on the acidic side.

Appearance is nice, well foamed and plenty of spritz in the mouth. But it cuts right to the tongue. Only thing I can say on the plus side is the hops are extremely floral and not at all bad as aromatics, but they are overwhelmed by the dank grapefruit peel. I tried flavoring a couple of less hoppy beers, but the Green Flash took over like a bad dog.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and very hoppy and the two are quite nicely blended with a good malt background.

T: The taste is very-well balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a heavy citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter. Nothing much more to say except that it’s just a damn flavorful beer.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, great kick, this beer has everything that you look for in a 2IPA. It’s a great beer that I could drink until the 9.00% ABV catches up with me.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gives the beer a big off white head that falls. but kind of slowly, into a decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored IPA.

Big citrus hops aroma and as it sits a tiny bit of malt creeps into the nose.

Citrus to almost grassy hops, lightly bitter, backing malts taste.

A citrus dry aftertaste with lasting light citrus bitterness on a medium bodied Imperial.

A pretty good beer at 9.40% ABV I really didn't smell or taste the alcohol which is one thing I like about beer. The lack of an outward presence of alcohol in aroma and taste and more complexity with the combinations of hops, malts, and yeasts.

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2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Newcastle glass at 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a beige colour two finger head, somewhat thin, with no real cream and of typical retention. Colour is a hazy ruby-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubbl show.

Sm: Citrus and floral hops, some pine, and clean malts. Some light toasted character. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, with off-putting bitterness towards the climax. Clean malts form the foundation. Little citrus; not enough to make it refreshing. A bit stale on the finish. Simple and imbalanced. A poor IPA. Not at all subtle.

Mf: Dreadfully thin; unable to support the flavours. Nicely crisp, though. A bit overcarbonated. Smoothness is off.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A middling, average effort from Green Flash. Enjoyable enough I guess, but priced quite high at $6.75. I wouldn't get this again.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.