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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
92
outstanding

2,430 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 123
Gots: 196 | FT: 3
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

B-

03/03/2011:

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -3.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a copper apricot cla see through color off white head forms thick leaves even lace behind. Aroma has heavy grapefruit citrus and some tropical fruit flow touch of pineapple as well as some sugary malt biscuit sweetness and evident alcohol in the nose. Flavor is raw west coast hop character with leafy, citrus grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness hits hard big hop burps after one or two sips, light biscuit malt character with some sugary sweetness underlying. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied resinous oily slick texture even abonation flows pretty well grapefruit peel lacquer is left on the palate. Drinkability a solid west coast DIPA I'm glad I finally had the opportunity to meet up with this bad boy.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange gold with almost no white head. Even without the head, I still rate it what I do because of the color. Nose is strong with grass and perfumed tones. Did I say it was strong with grass? Just want to make sure. Flavor is nice, but a bit too vibrant, shall we say. It sings a bit too high in my mouth at first. Of course over time I either get used to it or it calms down. I am sure it's that I get used to it. Thick floral hoppy flavor profile. It is nice, but kind of one-sided. Not massively complex, but who cares. It's nice. Feel has a decent bubble to it and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Nice to drink. Could easy go on this all night.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/bronze with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness & piney hops, with a hint of lemon & booze

T: Piney & citrus hops with some breadyness up front. Herbal/earhy hops & brown sugar follow as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, grapefruit juice & warming booze/malt & more grapefruit hops

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, but very juicy for the abv

Drinks very good for the abv, just a little to heavy handed on the grapefruitty hops for me

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1600 and my 100th Imperial IPA review. To be read in the accent of an early 20th century British officer.

Beer brewed for the occupation, heavily hopped with a high alcohol to survive the steerage of transport to the confederated principalities of the Indian subcontinent. This particular tankard is amber and hazy no doubt from the strapped barrels this particular ale was stored in for it's journey. Head is mild and white with a healthy coating on the walls of the glass. Looks smashing.

Aroma is floral of the variety of the Humulus flower, a curious weed from the hemp family. There is an earthiness that reminds me of the highlands, almost a moss or sulfur. A maltiness accompanies this flower on this olfactory journey.

As I tipple, the palate of the beer unfolds a fan of flavors ranging from sweet to bitter on the end. Smooth, one of the best drinks of the annum. I could imbibe nearly a gallon (in the Queen's measurements) of this fine ale. The finish is dasterdly bitter, but not overly dry. As I approach the finish I realize that that's all there is and there is to be no more. I would fancy another pint or quart.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Burp Castle, NYC, NY

I love a good Green Flash IPA. They're always full of big hops, and when I'm in the mood for a great IPA, I know to reach for a Green Flash. I prefer the regular to the imperial, as far as drinkability goes, but the imperial is still very good.

Poured into a stemglass, a clear, dark golden color with a finger of white head that receded quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Strong, potent hops fill the nose, and not much else to say about the aroma. Big, big hops on the tongue, with bitterness of citrus zest. Some pine and grass in there, but it's the hops that you notice more than anything. Bitter and very dry finish. You're left feeling like you've just had...an imperial IPA. Medium body and definitely drinkable if you're in the market for hops.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -32%
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.

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,430 ratings.