Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
02-12-2007 05:30:54 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-25-2012 02:21:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-13-2010 17:32:31 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-08-2011 23:05:01 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-01-2007 15:44:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +1%
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
05-27-2009 00:47:28 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
09-05-2007 20:14:19 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
02-01-2012 18:30:28 | More by BEERchitect
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
08-11-2007 00:24:48 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-27-2009 00:26:51 | More by womencantsail
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-16-2012 00:56:45 | More by kylehay2004
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
12-25-2011 05:39:00 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-03-2007 23:42:42 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-10-2011 05:29:31 | More by TMoney2591
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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