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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

986 Reviews
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Reviews: 986
Hads: 2,556
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 141
Gots: 289 | 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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Reviews: 986 | Hads: 2,556
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash, Imperial IPA

Pours a clear yellow with a chill haze. Relatively small foam, good lacing and retention. Aroma of west coast hops, floral, citrusy, grapefruit. In the taste, nice tropical fruit west coast style IPA, hop forward, decent balance and a good hit of alcohol in the end. Medium bodied, alittle syrupy. Strong and tasty. Overall, I liked it but it is very intense. For a double IPA, its about right. (421 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale, honeygold-yellow coloring with a thin film of white, frothy head. Aromas of citrus and berries, both sweet and robust, with a heavy backbone of resiny, wet, rich hops. Flavors are hop forward, and they bring the thunder. Very rich, mouth filling hops profile, peppery and resiny, with a heavy oregano and grass character, as well. The citrus shines through as a very tart and crisp grapefruit highlight, and it helps to cut the richness of the hops. A light caramel malt flavor balances everything out. The aftertaste is more of the hops spicing, with a tart and bitter citrus effect, and the slightest hint of marijuana. The beer clings all over the glass while you drink, and the finish is slick, and slightly lingering. Great representation of the style, and it definitely represents the West Coast. Delicious! (893 characters)

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

This is a clear copper colored ale with not much head formation and it doesn't last long. Still it is a nice looking Double IPA.

Smell is sweet, strong, fruity and spicy. There is an onion like odor to this with a trace of garlic to me it smells like scallion. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma mix with some pineapple scent.

The taste begins sweet and funky with an onion bread flavor and some bitterness. Strong pine sap and turpentine flavor and a numbing effect from the hop dose are the first things that are noticeable. Good and strong this has the basic flavors of a double IPA down; what this lacks is the extra subtleties that you get from the best examples of the style. Still if all you want is a butt kicking from hops this will do in a pinch.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad in the drinkability department so long as you don't mind that faint onion flavor, since I love onion and garlic breads this is not a problem. It isn't a very strong flavor and many would miss the taste. This is no Russian River or Three Floyds product but I could see buying this again if nothing like that were available. (1,114 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Newport Pizza.

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a 1 finger head. Retention is pretty good and the minimal lacing is scattered. It was a pretty bad pour. The aroma is of grapefruit and other citrus, with some pine. There is no malt aroma to speak of. The taste is very citrusy. Mostly delicious bitter grapefruit. There is a high level of hop bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden. Where is the malt? Oh, I nearly forgot, this is a San Diego Pale Ale. I love the flavor. Finish is dry and very bitter. The beer is nicely carbonated. It's medium bodied, dry, and has a sticky mouthfeel. I could drink quite a few of these. (637 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,401 characters)

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

Finally available in Maryland!!! On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light dank earth, light pepper, light dry citrus and some noticeable pine. What I do get is very, very good, and promises a dry, west coast DIPA. On the palate this is flat out yummy. The pine really comes through in this West Coast all the way DIPA, and the bitterness is huge and impressive. There's enough malt to keep the bitterness in check, but otherwise the hops really shine through in this excellent beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this dry, bitter DIPA. Also, while I can tell the alcohol is up there, it's not at all intrusive or obtrusive. The finish is long, piney, and endlessly bitter.

Just an altogether in your face, kick ass West Coast DIPA. Thank you God....

Edit from 11/4/11. This beer seems to now be fairly available on tap here in Baltimore (knock on wood), and so I've been able to have it a few times. Maybe my sense of smell was off when I first had it, because the last few times, I've been hugely impressed by the dank earth, dry citrus and pine I pick up on the nose. Just an all around incredible, unusally outstanding DIPA... this is an incredible addition to the beer scene here in Bawlmore. (1,310 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange coloured body with copper overtone. Large, foamy head that erupted right off the pour, reminding me of those volcano experiments with baking soda used for elementary school science experiments. The head would eventually simmer down and left thick remnants of lacing where it once lay. Each bubble is boldly outlined. Hazy, with only shadows able to be seen on the other side.

An aroma of citrus! All the citrus of the rainbow: mandarin, tangerine, orange, lemon; vibrant and fresh. All the smells are so exuberant! Not so much resiny, or even 'green', this is simply fruity. A wonderful mandarin/tangerine aroma, testament to the excellent hop bill!

A fairly light mouthfeel especially considering the alcohol percentage. The malts make up a sturdy base. A light graininess. Some acidity can be felt as hits the back of the throat on the way down. There's an occasional, additional sting which may again be part result from acidity of the hops, or perhaps (more likely) the high level of alcohol (which, otherwise, couldn't be detected).

Toasted malts, in generous amount, make the base of the flavour. The taste of citrus, especially in the aftertaste, is strong with good, lasting resonance on the palate. An almost orange pop sickle character at times. Strong flavour of mandarin and tangerine.

Well, for something that poured with big head, had a big hop smell, a big hop taste, and a big alcohol percentage this really didn't drink like it was all that "big" - credit to the brewers. It was rather pleasant and very easy to enjoy on a lovely, summer afternoon.

Thanks BeerTruth! (1,607 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and almost enough malt to balance. Light bitter aftertaste. $7.59 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH. (312 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (789 characters)

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

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white one-finger head, with a very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, sweet, very nice blend of malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slightly malty, nice touch of citrus and pines. Also, a nice chewiness to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, recommended for sure. (428 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in my recent trade with Mhewes... Big thanks Michael, this will be a nice touch to the coming DIPA tasting... sharing slightly with Brenda, mine into my Smokestack glass.

1" head... with good lacing.. brew is a hop hazed light orange.

Nose is a big blast of tangerine skin and grapefruit.. some serious grassiness to it also.. just enough sweetness to keep the hoppiness from jumping out of the glass and sticking to my nose hairs.

Big bitterness out of the gate melts into a short lived malty/caramel sweetness then batted out of the park by a bunch of hop flavor.. citrus... lime... floral.. and again some grassiness.. The body is pretty middle of the road for DIPA's and the carbonation is a little sparse lending to a creaminess. Overall, this may be a little TOO weighted to the hop flavor for me, but it is by no means bad.. just seems a little out of whack for my palate.

Another nice beer from a cool trader... thanks again Michael.

3.5/4/4/4/4 (970 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer, a little disappointed after enjoying the "single" IPA so much. The hop profile here was just too weird for me to enjoy all that much. It's somewhat unique but simply not that pleasant.

The appearance of the beer is very nice...great big slowly settling head on top of a cloudy golden/apricot colored body.

Very aromatic, smells extremely hoppy, which should be no surprise if you bought this bottle. Pine and grapefruit detectable. Others have suggested marijuana, I didn't really get that too much.

The taste is enormous and not all that good, at least to my palate. A buddy who had a little bit of this bottle with me and who is much less of a hop head than I was fascinated by the flavor; I just found it to be too much to enjoy more than a few ounces. Reminded me strongly of Founder's Devil Dancer; is that the Summit Hops? Brings the onion/garlic vibe strongly. Grapefruit and to a lesser extent pine are in there too. Booze is hidden, as is any sweeter, hop-softening malt characteristics. An aspect I sometimes find to be a little much in DIPA's is really downplayed here.

I thought the mouthfeel was pretty good; med. carbonation, slightly sticky, finish not overly long. This is definitely a hophead only beer and even then, ya gotta love that onions and garlic thing to really enjoy this one. Glad I tried it, unlikely to be going back. (1,391 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty semi-gold color, with about a 1/2 inch of head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was like a christmas tree in a glass. Very piney, very slight citrus aroma, some malt in the background. The taste was not as piney as the aroma had me believe, and was still very hoppy and bitter with a very dry finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but still very good. Drinkability was very good for such a bold example of the style. Overall, worth your time and worth seeking out. (539 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden orange color with a big fluffy white head.

S: Light pine aroma, perfume flowery aroma with some spiciness.

M: Sweet grapefruit upfront is followed by a very smooth and even floral finish. Bittering is soft and eloquent from start to finish and not over the top like other imperial ipas and fades nicely on the tongue. Touts a 101ibu rating. Nicely balanced and incredible soft bittering hop tones from 2 lesser known and used hop varieties Summit and Nugget. Big floral flavor upon warming.

M: nice rounded fullness, carbonation and smooth

D: Incredible drinkability, well balanced and goes down effortlessly. high recommend and very good enjoyability factor. (682 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight. (699 characters)

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

A: poured a golden yellow with orange hues and a finger of white head that had good sticky lacing.

S: piney hoppy caramel aromas with a nice sweet malt presence and hints of citrus fruit.

T: piney hop and grapefruit bitterness up front with caramel notes. Pretty good balance between the hops and the malts

M: meduim body with good carbonation that has a nice bitter finish and lingers on the palate after a sip.

D: decnt high gravity DIPA from green flash. Drinks good down to the bottom, will get some more soon. (518 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear, light orange colour with a fluffy, off-white head. Finer bubbles tended to stick to the glass, leaving the coarser ones to form a cap on the beer. Piney, earthy hop aroma with a bit of powdery aspirin and just a hint of cattiness. Bitterness dominates the flavour with just a little malt sweetness backing it up (you really have to look for it). Hop flavour abounds, lots of pine resin and grapefruit rind, earthy notes and a little spicey. The lingering hop bitterness definitely leaves the palate dry. Medium bodied with average carbonation, a little on the coarse side yet appropriate somehow. Quite a hop bomb, but it still manages to hold together. (667 characters)

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

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking me up with this via BC2. You rock!

Pours a crystal clear amber, huge fluffy white head forms, massive chunky lace, nice retention, looks pretty damn good. Smell is kind of subdued, but grapefruit and pineapple, floral, caramel, some pine hops, pretty nice although not destroying my nasal passage. Taste is nice, grapefruit, some pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, resinous hops, some fruity alcohol notes in the finish, perfect bitterness, but leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, low carbonation, nice alcohol warming, which is hidden pretty well. Nice solid DIPA, won't knock your socks off but drinks pretty good. (688 characters)

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

Hazy light copper. Frothy one finger head. Ivory white. Lace comes in webby rings. Got a great nose of juicy pink grapefruit pulp, bong resin and leather. My kind of nose for an IIPA. The flavor is pretty good too. It's got that grungey, resiny, oily hop feel to it. I get a hint of garlic on the palate as well. The malts are firm. They don't stand out obviously, but they don't fucking back down either. Toffee and caramel come to mind in this malt backbone. Alcohol gives a little bit of a lingering spiciness. But for 9%, I really don't get much on the buds. Very interesting and quite good. I could drink a few of these. For 101 IBUs, the bitterness really doesn't seem over-the-top. (688 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a medium, clear orange with a massive cream-colored head. Good retention and spots of lacing form on the glass.

S - Pine and some slight floral tones.

T - Citrus, lots of lemon, pine, and again a floral finish.

D - Good carbonation, average to lighter body. A slight bitter finish.

O - Sharp and acidic, that lingers for a long time in your mouth. (400 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much darker than the usual ipa from green flash. Approaching brown ale territory. Smell, subdued for Imp ipa, but you know its there in its hop glory.

Taste, a little much malt heft and whatnot for my preference. Their single Ipa is much better for going to the edge of the cliff with the hops, this one seems to jump up the malt bill a little much for San Diego style. All in all a good beer, just not incredible like the single. (438 characters)

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.