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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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2,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 2063
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%

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 davet100


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been meaning to try this for some time now but my quest for a relatively fresh bottle had been unsuccessful. Alas, found some about 6 weeks old and for $5.99 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try, a good decision in the end. This was an interesting brew, pours a clean deep golden colour with a small head. The aroma is a little weird, lots going on with distinct pine and citrus notes, coupled with some bready and oniony notes. The summit hop really has a presence in this beer and the taste is initially dominated by this. However, as you work your way through, the flavours become more complex and some tropical fruit (pineapple and peach) come through, couple by plenty of pine and bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer extremely well balanced with a light malt backbone; not heavy/syrupy like some big DIPA's. Initially, I wasn't sure what to make of this, but by the time I finished, I was a convert. I could see why some might not be and from experience I have found summit-heavy beers to be not so appealing. Green Flash got this right though, it is extremely well balanced and the flavours actually work very harmoniously. It is one of these beers that keeps you interested from start to finish so very much worth a go. A love it or hate it kind of beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 18:57:43 | More by davet100
Photo of jdhops


3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Best by 3/1/14.

A: Pours a cloudy deep orange with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Slight citrus, mostly grapefruit.

T: Piney with a bitter drying finish. And I mean that in the best way. The hops are quick, but not abrasive. The bitterness lingers and dries in a way that invites repeated tastings.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: Another winner from Green Flash. Not as hop-forward as Palate Wrecker or Green Bullet, but finishes a bit smoother. The 9.4% ABV is well-hidden behind the piney dryness.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:01:47 | More by jdhops
Photo of Oakengroves


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods pursuant to beer steward label stating, "beat Pliny in blind in-store taste test." A misrepresentation of sorts. A deep amber appearance. The scent is slightly off, as if the hops used were not very fresh. Great taste but a little flat. Acceptable mouth feel but lacking interesting spices or notes. An excellent imperial IPA, but not likely to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:42:57 | More by Oakengroves
Photo of oxnard111


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass

A - Light copper color. Not cloudy like a hef beer, but not fully clear either. Thick large bubble 2 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thing soapy layer. Little to no carbonation.

S - Hoppy aroma is first to come to my nose, but a musty malty aroma is next. Citrus smells and something else, maybe cantelope.

T - Very well balanced. For being 101 IBU, it really isn't overpowering like you would expect. Citrus and hops are very present but also has great malty after taste. I think I've had regular IPA's that kick your butt more than this.

M - Thin and flowing. Slight burn on the aftertaste that is totally expected with a DIPA.

D - Surprisingly very drinkable. Almost drinks like an IPA. I could do a couple of these, and probably be pretty shitty in the process. Much more drinkable than say a Stone Ruination.

Overall I am enjoying this beer. As stated before I have had stronger IPA and this is a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:37:52 | More by oxnard111
Photo of bszern


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours with a gnarly 4 finger head that provides lacing along the entire glass.

Smell is extremely citrusy. Very clean, no traces of the alcohol. This may be one of the best smelling IPAs out there.

The taste is complex but drinkable I was expecting a hop bomb, but it is not overpowering. The hops definately come through, but there is a sweetness that really makes it interesting. Absolutely no alcohol present, which is impressive because abv is pretty high. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

Overall, this is a great beer. I only wish they would put a bottling date on the label, which is why I can't give this a 5/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:20:56 | More by bszern
Photo of Edruil

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into Stone Ruination 10th anniv. pint glass

Appearance: Opaque, light-copper color. Lovely finger and a half head with good retention and some of the best lacing I've seen from an IPA. Really nice

Smell: Big pine and spice, some caramel malt showing through but the pine, spice, and herbal notes absolutely dominate

Taste: Follows the nose. Pine, spice, and some citrus hops dominate, malt sweetness of caramel and bread lingers in the background but do not really punch through. The finish is long, bitter, and spicy. Hops dominate the game in this brew

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick, syrupy. Nice but nothing special

Overall: Certainly a different take on the West Coast IPA / Imperial IPA. Rather than big citrus/grapefruit hops, the hop presence comes through in the form of pine and spice. Would like the malt character to show through more.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 02:09:47 | More by Edruil
Photo of BRLockwood


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I was not expecting this color when I imagined what it would look like. It is an orangey-goldish color with a small head with what appears to be good carbonation. This is not what I might normally expect in an Imperial IPA but I love the appearance. Lots of good lacing on the glass.

S: A nice hoppy smell right up front, resiny and piney - I love it! If there are malty smells associated with it I can't detect them.

T: Wow that packs a punch - I like! The malt still seems to be hidden if there at all which is fine with me. A very decent tasting beer. Definitely a hop heads delight.

M: Has a chewy sticky mouthfeel with a strong bittering taste. The alcohol comes through strong.

D: This is a very good beer. I just feel like something is missing - certainly not the malt - I like it the way it is but it just needs a little tweaking. Overall a classic representation of the style. If you are a hop head you should enjoy this one. But I can see why it is not for everyone. I will definitely try this again at the next opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 21:53:57 | More by BRLockwood
Photo of beaglemac


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, nice head, this beer almosts looks like your average Macro lager. Smell is piney with a small amount of grapefruit citrus. Taste is weak in this one. I am disappointed in the taste. Not a good DIPA by any means. Mouthfeel is average. I think if it tasted better I would be able to drink a ton of these since the taste is so weak. Overall, not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:13:48 | More by beaglemac
Photo of bretseeley


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 22oz bottle at BevMo for about $5.

A nice West Coast Imperial IPA, with a clean citrus hops bite and alcohol aftertaste that is just about right. Doesn't quite have the malty sweetness or balance of a 90 Minute or Maharaja, but still a reasonably priced, solid IIPA. I could have easily had a couple bottles in a sitting.

This one is worth checking out, and I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 02:02:40 | More by bretseeley
Photo of enso


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a large snifter from 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Immense dense foamy meringue head with longevity. An apricot golden semi haze. Semi opaque.
Spotty and sticky lacing constellates on the glass.

Aroma: Evergreen. Sticky sweet and warming. Herbaceous dankness.

Flavor: Tastes of fresh bread with toasty caramelized crust. Resiny herbaceous and grassy. Caraway. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body coats the mouth. Cleansing carbonation. Soapy.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced Imperial IPA with unique flavors and aromas. Definitely feel the gravity. A refreshing bracer after a hard day working in the yard.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 02:42:55 | More by enso
Photo of McGIPA

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is just a GREAT double IPA...pours fantastic with a head that wont quit...it smells great..piney and u can smell every hop and then some...the first taste tells you that ur really gonna love this beer...of all the doubles I've had this is in my top 5 for sure...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 22:06:44 | More by McGIPA
Photo of broodog


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, Amber, 2 Finger head, poured into a vintage oversized wine glass. Wonderful, complex lacing

S: Not a ton of citrus, definitely some grapefruit in the background. Pine dominates unlike any other beer I've drank

T: Good Sweet malts, lots of pine and some subtle citrusy notes

M: Good and thick, nice and smooth going down. A wonderful bitter aftertaste

D: Went down smooth, would definitely drink again!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 03:48:44 | More by broodog
Photo of Sneevel


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours copper amber with a thin white head. Nice colour, but a bit thin head.

S: Balsam and herbs - a fresh nice hoppiness. This is what IPA is all about.

T: Some sweetness and an underlying earthy maltiness not quite obscured by those predominant hops. Not painfully bitter at the finish though, which is good for a Wednesday evening.

M: Creamy, with good bubbles, but I would have liked a bit more acidity for that extra zing.

Overall a very nice Imperial IPA. I would buy it again, because its very drinkable with well integrated alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 20:48:47 | More by Sneevel
Photo of s_wit


3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pretty standard ipa orange. Good lacing.

S: earthy, piney, citrus, somewhat different than other ipas. A little light on the aroma.

T: some citrus and pine come through with some bitterness as well. Not my favorite tasting ipa or imperial ipa but still good.

M: very smooth, and thick. Hides alcohol very well.

O: this is an interesting imperial ipa. Very different than anything I've had. Will definitely get it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:12:14 | More by s_wit
Photo of Tsekouratos


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle at The Local Pub.

Apperance: Coppery golden colour, hazy, with a nice tan head. Very clear body!

Smell: Aroma was toffee, caramel and bread from the malts used probably. The hops were deffinitely there but no so intense as hopped. hints of pine and maybe pineapple.

Taste: The taste was a little bitter with tropical fruits (maybe peach?) while the aftertaste was pure caramel, again from the big malts used. I was hopping a not so balanced beer, but one on the hoppy side.

Apperance; The body was medium to full with average to high carbonartion.

Overall: not the best DIPA I ever had, but a nice one nontheless. i was hoping for more hops, but as it seems I tend to like Green Flash's Porter-Stous rather that their IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 20:40:02 | More by Tsekouratos
Photo of Tizzod


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a nice thick white head that thins out nicely, into my Green Flash pint glass (thanks to Cost Plus World Market). Good lacing as well. Smell was very strong pine and resin and some citrus notes. Taste was awesomely piney and bracing. Wonderful lingering bitter hop aftertaste. This is exceptionally drinkable given high abv. One of my first big west coast hop bombs and I can't wait to keep drinking them. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:00:05 | More by Tizzod
Photo of Splunny


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

West Coast IPA's are as amazing as the produce out there. I liked this. Picked this one up at the Foodery in Philadelphia (N. Liberties). This one's made with Simcoe and Nugget hops. Simcoe hops seem to have become a staple of this style, with no complaints from me. I also recently brewed with some Nugget hops...they have an amazing smell.
I've become a big fan of Green Flash, given every one I've had has been pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:20:54 | More by Splunny
Photo of danman83


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Pours a hazey yellow gold with a thick foam head that holds well and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very strong citrus hop with a hint of.

Taste - Smooth initial feel then swarmed with some serious hop flavor finishing off warm and dry.

Mouthfeel - Goes down extremely smooth and easy despite packing in a great hop flavor and a high degree of bitterness. This might become my goto IPA

Drinkability - Highly drinkable for all of it's flavor and punch it goes down amazingly smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:24:05 | More by danman83
Photo of APetitfils


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and orange-brown hue. One finger of head

S: Hoppy smell with pine signatures. Slight fruity aromas that blend well with the hops

T: The hops are immediately present, but not overwhelming. Accompanied by a firm, yet pleasant pine taste. Slight apricot-richness after it settles for a moment.

M: Noticeable bitterness from the hops. However, there is a richness that balances off the overt I.B.U. and makes it a clean finish. Ends with a nice bitter grip

D: This beer proves in my mind to be another delicious presentation from Green Flash that produces its own interesting identity within the realm of Imperial IPA's. Personally I love the hoppy qualities of the beer and would have no inhibitions to continue drinking it. However, I would caution to those who are turned off by higher levels of bitterness in beer because this one can pack a punch. Overall I was very pleased and would highly recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 01:26:44 | More by APetitfils
Photo of philippehb

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

A - Gold, not clear. Good head, good lacing. Interesting !

S - POW! Is that concentrated pine tree resin and orange peels? Can't wait to taste it !

T - Mmmm, that is tasty, you can feel the ABV right away. An almost smoky and resinous herbal flavor, hard to describe, there must have been a lot of hops brewed in here. A bit rough, but great for the same reason.

M - good body, good carbonation

D - An Adventure really.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 13:51:47 | More by philippehb
Photo of stylinprofiylin


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy. very nice gold amber color. off white yellow creme head.

S- Starts sweet and creamy and leads into a natural pine hoppy smell.

T- Medium carb. Hops are very Rich and present. Citrusy, maybe lemon. Aftertaste sticks.

M- Creamy and smooth with a BOLD taste. Has a rather harsh aftertaste.

D- bitterness does go well with most meat. i'f i had a steak, i'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:24:06 | More by stylinprofiylin
Photo of MaddMatt639


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on January 13, 2013:

A: Pours a chestnut color. Has a good lacing and has close to an inch of foam. Foam stays for awhile.

S: Strong smell of citrus and pine. Don't smell much else. Hops are smelt in there too.

T: Very hoppy in the beginning, but not overly hoppy. Slightly sweet in the end with very strong pine notes.

M: Medium heaviness on the tongue. Still can taste the pine.

O: Not as hoppy as I was expecting for an Imperial, but still quite enjoyable. I enjoyed the taste of pine.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 08:36:00 | More by MaddMatt639
Photo of Willamette


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22oz snifter.
Excellent, easy pour with a nice one finger head. The head settles quickly leaving a central slick and a clingy edge ring. The color is a typical orange / yellow but the cloudiness was perfectly uniform without visible particulates. I loved it. It does clear up a little by the end of the glass.
The smell was almost as good as the appearance. I think I like Moylans Hopsicle better but this could almost rate a 5. Pineapple and orange creamsicle come to mind.
The taste was a bit surprising. It bursts across the lips and onto the tongue but it ends quickly and leaves minimal aftertaste with only mild bitterness. I am not sure if it is mild or smooth but by the end of the glass I am thinking it is just very smooth, possibly warranting a higher rating than 4.
Mouthfeel is good. It is fairly thick but has minimal slickness and is only mildly dry.
The drinkability rating is somewhat skewed by my inability to determine whether I think it is a 'mild' or a 'smooth' Double IPA. I feel a little let down but at the same time I want to go get another one to see if I can figure out how I really feel about it. However, at 9% ABV (which was unnoticeable) I will have to visit this beer again some other day. I do highly recommend it, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 03:13:47 | More by Willamette
Photo of gorby16

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this Imperial IPA from Green Flash. A - deep yellow color with small foamy head; appears unfiltered and is translucent. S -strong hop smell with a hint of sweetness and apricot; the hop smell is heavenly. T - very smooth for 9% ABV; is bitter at first, but this quickly disappears on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 13:54:33 | More by gorby16
Photo of iamntbatman


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/gold and very hazy. Has a good, thick head and some really phenomenal lacing.

Smell: This one showcases the pine characteristics of the hops moreso than the grassiness or citrus flavors. Has a skunky grassy flavor going on as well (but not like a skunked beer at all) and the 9% ABV is nowhere to be found.

Taste: Very hoppy, again with the pine characteristics dominating. The malt is detectable and manages to hold up to the intense hops flavor. The hops bitterness lingers quite a while in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less thick and sticky than I'd like for a DIPA. It has a good, moderate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV but it was difficult to finish an entire bomber without wanting to switch back and forth with something with less hops intensity as I usually do when drinking 100+ IBU DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 04:42:33 | More by iamntbatman
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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