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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

2,399 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 185 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate level head, but it recedes slowly in a lumpy way. Slight haze on the orange-gold liquid.

Strong grapefruit-like hop aroma; there's an interesting aroma that reminds me of beef stew--rather odd.

Extra bitter, too much so--this is extreme. Good body. The beef stew shows up in the background.

If your idea of a good beer is sucking a hop pellet then this is one for you. I'm a hop head, but I prefer a little balance.

smcolw, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

oriolesfan4, May 30, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.2%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, full copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it and even leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. As I pours this a hit of hop aromatics hit my nose; it even has that sort of rank hop character. Ah yes, the aroma is definitely massively hop driven. In addition to the characteristic fruity American hop character there is a touch of the rankness that almost has a sort of garlic-like, maybe onion-type, but certainly herbaceous; a sort of hop reek if you will. A hop reek that seems to be characteristic of a hop like Summit, though this beer is not overly Summit driven, which can get too distracting. Don't get me wrong though, this beer is dominated by the typical fruity hop driven notes; I get notes of grapefruit, concentrate apricot, lychee, peach and even some light tropical fruit notes. If you really dig for it you can notice some biscuit like malt character, but by and large the malt aromatics only play a supporting role for hops that are the focus of this beer.

Served at a cool, 58°F (14°C), this beer has a bracing hop bite to it from the get go. A long lingering bitterness finishes this beer off, though I would not say that the bitterness is over the top. Lightly sweet from the underlying malt, this serves to accentuate the fruity hop notes. The herbaceous, green hop character from the aroma is a touch muted here in the flavor, but is most certainly still noticeable. The hop character actually has a nice balance between fruit & herbal notes; both are over the top (as they should be in a good Double IPA) and in fact this beer actually leaves a touch of hop burn as it flows down to my stomach. The hop character communicates flavors of candied orange peel, peaches, lychee and tropical fruit as well as notes of basil, a touch of onion, and herbaceous pine. What this thing hits perfectly is the mouthfeel / body; it remains light and drinkable and does not take on that sticky sweetness of many examples of this style; certainly this is a west coast version, and that is certainly the stylistic version that I prefer. It is by no means dry though, there is just enough malt to add some sweetness that really helps to carry the hop flavors.

Deliciously hoppy, yet at times aggressively burning; this is certainly an exercise in self flagellation. I had forgotten how enjoyable a raw, aggressive hop bomb could be, but at the same time it makes me remember that this (and most examples of the style) is not something I would want to be drinking every day.

Gueuzedude, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -32%
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.

Low C

kojevergas, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.2%

drewone, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/30/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color upon the pour. Full 3/4 inch tight knit bubbled head...fairly creamy. Small chunks and light lace cobwebs remain.

Smell- Mostly pine resin hops with maybe a touch of toasted malt.

Taste- Possible just a touch of a lightly stale taste? The malt? A bit too buscuit flavored. Pine hops come into play soon and take over the show. Maybe a bit of grapefruit as well. The stale taste fades after a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel and a sugary coating left behind.

Drinkability- Not a bad choice for a DIPA. Not sure what that stale taste at first was, but it didn't take away too much from it. I'd try it again.

GClarkage, May 01, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 101 IBUs, uses Summit and Nugget Hops. Alc. 9%

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with firm white head which leaves good lacing.

S: Smell is exceptional, from vibrant piney hops, to lemon candies, to freshly mown grass, the list goes on and on.

T: Brisk pine bitterness, cuts across the palate with some white grapefruit and cantaloupe backing it up. Small hints of malts in the aftertaste, but the taste is completely hop dominated, and improves quite nicely as it warms up.

M: Smooth and immensely creamy, a delight going down.

D: Pretty good, the 9% makes its presence known, but doesn't overtly knock you out. I agree with the label, highly quaffable for an Imperial IPA, this is a great beer.

Halcyondays, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a thick three finger head that lasts quite a while. The head settles to a thick surface foam that remained. Nice lacing painted the glass.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruits fill the air. No need to stick the nose in the glass to pick up aroma.

Taste: well balanced double IPA. Hearty malt profile, loads of pine, green grapes, and biting grapefruits. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Prickly crisp and dry at the start, smoother and dry at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness and citrus glues to the tongue.

Drinkability: the high alcohol levels drop this down a bit. Overall this was a very fresh and tasty DIPA. One bottle will keep you busy for a while.

Gavage, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, resinous aroma with a good balance of earthy and fruity hop character. Very floral with hints of grass and line followed by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of orange peel, grapefruit and
mango followed by some pale malt and strong booze.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, tongue coating hop bitterness that's countered by some faint tropical fruit, pale malt and strong alcohol flavor. Hits of pine needle, pineapple and grapefruit are quickly countered by bread, biscuit and boozy heat. The high abv isn't very well masked and it takes away too much of the hop flavor for my liking. Still, a really solid interpretation of the style. Just a bit too boozy for me.

corby112, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to doppel07 for breaking this 22 ounce bottle open...
Appears a transparent, light orange with a small white head. Tiny speckles of lacing are left aound the glass.
Smell is of skunky, sticky marijuana, spicey, earthy, citrus, bordering cat piss, and intense spiced grapefruit.
Taste is sweet, spicey, citrus, earthy, bitterly hopped, woody with a grassy rawness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, mildly sweet, and semi-dry.

weeare138, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear to very lightly hazy golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a two finger tall dense light beige head that reduces by about 40% leaving a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: What a super intense hoppy aroma! Aromas of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops dominant the smell. This is so inviting.

T: The flavors start with a light amount of malty sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the intense hop flavors. There are pine/resin flavors as well as orange citrus from the hops, though the orange is more a bitter orange rind. Light notes of spices and quite a bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and lightly oily.

O: Way too intense to be an easy drinking beer or sessionable, this is much more of a sipping beer for the evening. The flavors and aroma of this beer are really quite enjoyable and definitely a beer that I really enjoyed, would get again.

dbrauneis, May 19, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, pours clear light amber, with that oily, slightly greenish hue that I welcome in a hoppy SD style DIPA, Light tan, creamy, tiny bubble, long lasting head and thick film. Also leaves nice sheeting and sticky reams of lace. Blast o'citric hops for the sniffer. Smooth, heady brew, more grapefruity hop waves, riding on a fluffy bed of bread crusty malts. Yum yum, finely crafted creation. "SD style" DIPA is the fushizzle...love this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

Billolick, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed but reasonably light pale golden colour. Head is very fine, a little filmy, but it stays across the top of the beer without breaking up. Lacing is intricate and fine, just like the head. Looks relatively light in body, but is belied by the static carbonation when it's swirled. Looks very nice.

Nose is pungent, cutting and biting. In fact, it's assaulting in quite a range of ways. Huge, potent citrus and grapefruit characters, almost going as far as crushed lemon leaves - the fruit is probably too sweet for this aroma - with a hint of BO and a slight skunkiness. It's not unpleasant, however. The potent notes just accentuate what a powerful beer this is. So many hops, and so fresh, so bold and so extreme. I love it.

Taste is much as I expected after the nose. Minimal sweetness, and a cutting but clean hop bitterness right through the centre of the palate. Citrus is dominant throughout, with a slight astringency coming through and the fruit characters drop away. It's pretty well on-target for an Imperial IPA, but the lightness in the body, and the lack of sweetness almost makes it feel a little unbalanced.

This is unapologetic, and while it really only does one thing - dose you up with clean and fresh hops - it does it well. The lightness in turn aids the drinkability, although at 9.4% ABV you probably want to share a bomber anyway. Tasty brew nonetheless.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a goblet for $5 at Liberty St. Tavern. Appeared a clear amber with a short white head. The beer was rich with more classic American citrus hops, along the lines of Cascades, though I don't think those are used here. But it's the same sort of earthy, not quite catty, herbal grapefruit and pine character. There's a big, sort of thick caramel malt and bread backbone that's a little fuller than I'd like. Still, overall this is a fine example of the style. Big American hops backed by rich pale barley.

tempest, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a decent initial head that fades to a thin cap. Pretty good lacing. Smells of spearmint, coriander, bubblegum. Unusual hop profile in the smell, also quite dry. Taste is somewhat similar, but the coriander note is quite a bit more restrained. Alittle waxy and a little beefy tasting with big but meaty/earthy hops.I don't get much citrus. I like the regular ipa quite a bit better than this. The alcoholseems somewhat restrained.A little slick in the mouth with a fairly big, dry body. Not the most drinkable beer on the planet. Very dry, alcoholic, and with a hop profile that doesn't charm makes it a one time thing for me.

Georgiabeer, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, honey, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus notes with light-moderate bread/honey malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bright citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hop flavors; with a moderate honey/bready malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA Style! Great balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral/pine hop flavors with moderate bread/honey malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for being over 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice copper orange with nice fizzy head. Nose is floral hop aroma, some biscuity malts. Nice bitterness, but its all too much in the end. Malts are very heavy. A very toasted and caramel mats flavor, more than hops it seems. Smooth and dry finish. I thought the bottle was more hopfroward. On tap was pretty harsh! Wont drink again.

barleywinefiend, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

LXIXME, May 26, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bomber from my 2006 Secret Santa, nvsblman.

A: The ale is a copper red color with a small wispy head that laces well.

S: The ale has a very pungent hop aroma. I pick up some grapefruit but it is overpowered by the pungency.

T: The ale has an interesting taste. The intense hops in the nose pop up in the taste too. There is a bit of grapefruit hops but there is a lot of bitterness that doesn't fit in with the grapefruit. It has the effect of making the whole beer taste bad. I think that the hops are a little too overloaded, not paired well together.

M: The mouth is dominated by the strong, intensely bitter hops.

D: The drinkability is limited by the higher abv and a taste that is too bitter and unfocused. Stick with the West Coast IPA for a nice hop flavor.

akorsak, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy and light orange in color. The beer has a thick inch of head that leaves a great deal of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Hops, tart citrus, malt, respectively.

T: This DIPA tastes good, but is not the hop bomb I was expecting from Green Flash. The flavor is a hybrid of a hop driven, high alcohol DIPA and a maltier, more balanced version of the style. This is a big beer, for sure. I do wish it was more hop forward with less malt presence. I purchased this from a good store where the beer was kept cold, but there's really no way to discern the freshness of the beer, other than an educated guess based on the flavor.

M: Hop bitterness with a heavy dose of malt and alcohol in the finish. The feel is medium to full in body, with appropriate carbonation levels.

D: Although in my ideal world this be a bit different, the flavors found here are certainly enjoyable. Green Flash knows how to brew excellent beers, and even those that aren't necessarily my cup of tea (or beer) are still good brews and worth buying

Notes: Put a bottling date on your beers, especially IPAs and DIPAs! It's not that hard, and this small deed would be so helpful and informative to the consumer. Thank you to breweries like Dogfish Head and Russian River who have been doing this for years.

Huhzubendah, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have 22 ounces of fun in my hand. Here's my nightcap, so on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer is a deep chill-hazed blonde color that glows. Major hop aroma, smells of tropical fruits and a surprisngly strong chocolate scent. Not a very hoppy beer at all, nor is it all that bitter for a DIPA. The label expresses "101 I.B.U.", but it sure doesn't taste bitter. There were some piney notes, but I kept thinking about sweet treats as I consumed this. The feel seems a little thinner for the style.

Despite being a San Diego brewed IPA, it doesn't deliever as much hops as one might hope. But it sure does deliever with the booze : )

DoubleJ, Feb 05, 2008
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,399 ratings.