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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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2,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,358
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 117
Gots: 177 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Crimsontider22, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

PeteRiz, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

CCutch, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

capuchinpilates, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

IanSpindler, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracking this one open and hoping it's fresh. Poured a clear copper color with a big sticky and resiny looking off-white colored head.

Aroma has plenty of citrusy tangerine and grapefruit to go around, but also a strong pine/evergreen scent going to. Agitating the beer a bit allows for some bready malt characters to show through.

Taste was plenty hoppy but not as bitter as expected. Lots of hoppy citrusy and evergreen flavors with a good showing of malt backbone too. Seems heavy on the late addition finishing hops in the boil kettle.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a solid medium body feel but nothing spectacular. Overall, a solid double IPA but I would love to know how fresh I'm having this. It was new to the store I bought it from but that doesn't mean it was new to the distributor. I'll score it for what it is, but certainly knowing the date of bottling would be better.

Kinsman, Apr 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

lilsmizzul1225, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Dank26, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jemarent, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The appearance was an orange-amber look with a thin head that become quick lacing. The aromas were phenomenal: wicked grassy and floral hops that filled the nostrils up. The taste was equally impressive with its earthy, sour-sweet dichotomy. Body wise was a solid medium mouthfeel. The attributes of taste and smell are really impressive with this one. All other aspects are pretty typical.

fitzy84, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a small head and thin lace.Some reddish tints.
The aroma was sweet,candy apples and fruit notes.
The taste started off sweet with some malts and tiny caramel hints. Piney and full of grapefruit and hops.
This was an atomic bomb of hops and it had the apple and orange taste that followed. When it was slightly cold it did not seem as bitter as when it warmed up,but it was not an unbearable bitterness. It was well balanced bitterness.
It felt a bit sticky,medium to high carbonation with a medium body. A bit of a dry finish.

Notes: A no nonsense,complex brew full of awesome hops and grapefruit. What a bitterness that lingered on my tongue and pounced on my palate.

Lexluthor33, Feb 03, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a massive, foamy, 3 finger white head. The tightly packed bubbles slowly receded forming nooks and crannies and leaving large tufts of itself behind on the glass. The body is a hazy golden straw color with orange and yellow hues.

Light hop notes hit the nose first. You can detect a bready background. The backbone is grainy/grassy and malty.

Starts off slow on the tongue...slightly sweet malts give way to a bitter, citrus hop finish. The bitterness lasts throughout the aftertaste. Not as complex as I wanted.

Medium mouth feel, slightly astringent with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable for sure...a nice DIPA. Slightly lacking in flavor though...

mgbickel, Feb 08, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice light brown with a half inch of white head that fades moderately rapidly. Laces moderately.

S- Heavy on the grassy, piney hops. Light citrus hop comes through though. Alcohol and hops combine for an almost coffee-like spiciness.

T- A nice sweet, carmel-y malt in the background with some nice floral hops up front. A little alcohol, some citrus, some piney hops. Almost honey-like background.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Nothing special, but good for a high ABV, IIPA.

D- Pretty good for the style and mouthfeel. A good one from GF.

LordAdmNelson, May 17, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both HopHead Red and West Coast IPA were incredible. Hopefully the good traits carry over to Goliath here....

It pours a tangerine orange, brilliant gold to the light. The head was thick and tall, the retention and lace very good.

The nose is beautiful, and I would have expected nothing less. Strong herbal tones and grassy oils are at the forefront. Pineapple and orange add a touch of sweetness, but are for the most part tart. Light graham cracker flavor draws the short straw, but the malt presence is appreciated.

The taste is a blast. The balance by the malt is noticeable, which is admirable considering the 101 IBUs. Nonetheless, this is a hop showcase, no worries. It's loaded with herbal goodness, and a finish like I just ate an orchard of pink grapefruit and oranges, awesome.

The hop oils contribute to a slick feel. The body is medium and thick. The carbonation is crisp, and the bite lasts through the dry finish. This one is certainly easy to drink, I need to catch myself and slow down because this 9% delight is quickly diminishing. I'm another notch in your bed post Green Flash, and I thank you for that.

climax, Dec 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

davegray, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this brewery. Appearance is great, with an oily look and great head and lacing. Smell and taste are very similar, nice blast of west coast hops right away. THeres is a bit of citrus and sweet malt but its overpowered by the nice hops. Mouthfeel is very oily with some carbonation. Medium in body. Drinkability is very good.

supercolter, Jul 12, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

cowboy83, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 9.4% and 101 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a semi-hazy light colored amber. It has a one finger off white head that dissolves to a filmy layer. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. It has nice lacing that leaves interesting patterns.

S-Not surprisingly, it has a very hop forward nose. Pine, little dank, sweet/ripe pineapple, and tropical hops dominate the nose. As it warms if you get your nose deep enough into the glass you can get some bready notes. It did seem this bottle was a little tamer than other ones I have tried in the dank department. While the aroma was there, previous ones have smelt like a baggy full of fresh herb.

T-Lots of pineapple upfront, although it is not as sweet as it is on the nose. There is a little booze in the middle part of my mouth and on the finish. I get lemon and a nice level of grapefruit bitterness in between sips. There is some sweet malt in the back that brings some balance, but it is not strong enough to stop the hops from dominating. While the bitterness is good, it didn't feel like my tongue was being assaulted by 101 IBUs. I would say their regular WC IPA is more bitter.

S-Thicker bodied and well carbonated. It is oily, creamy, and crisp.

D-A really good DIPA. The hgih abv is well hidden.

As noted above, the aroma was a little off in this one and I am thinking it may have been an older bottle. This is still a great DIPA and at $4.99 a bottle, a very good deal.

mjl21, Oct 29, 2009
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ZethOfTheNorth, Sep 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

tubeyes, Jul 03, 2013
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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