Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-19-2007 14:08:52 | More by Gavage
2.78/5 rDev -32%
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.
11-06-2012 17:47:50 | More by kojevergas
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
05-01-2007 21:37:29 | More by GClarkage
3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
07-30-2012 02:42:53 | More by corby112
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-22-2006 19:45:46 | More by weeare138
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
11-02-2010 00:54:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-22-2011 04:28:44 | More by tempest
3.13/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
12-21-2008 03:05:04 | More by barleywinefiend
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
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...
09-13-2007 03:28:13 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
07-20-2007 21:42:59 | More by Georgiabeer
3.05/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
12-21-2006 03:22:24 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-19-2012 00:17:28 | More by dbrauneis
3.6/5 rDev -12%
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.
10-20-2012 22:08:02 | More by jdhilt
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
01-30-2007 06:02:56 | More by Zorro
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
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 : )
02-05-2008 06:11:45 | More by DoubleJ
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-01-2008 22:39:02 | More by Wasatch
2.23/5 rDev -45.5%
On Tap at Blue Dog.
Green Flash Imperial IPA came in a glass, the color was very bright golden wth some faint traces of orange. Much lighter than most DIPA's I've come across. A nice sturdy white head up top leaving minor stick. Smell is light grapefruit with a small amount of bubblegum and sweet malt scent. There is cabbage and dead veggie smell, sulfur, nasty musk after some warming. Taste wise GF Impy has grapefruit with minor amounts of other tropics, small pine, and a nice pale malt backing. This takes a complete 180 in the middle turning to sulfur, plastic, throwup and just plain nastiness. Hard to put down and harder to describe. Feel, GFIIPA goes down like a single and does not have the extra sweetness I find in alot of doubles. Carb is fine. This was not a good look but Im going to try it again off the tap and out the bottle just to make sure.
11-13-2011 21:38:18 | More by BARFLYB
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-24-2011 13:27:31 | More by Stinkypuss
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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