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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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2,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,359
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 117
Gots: 179 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

olafphysics, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Mack, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

6thstreetbrewpub, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with an orange tint. Nice thick white head leaves behind a bunch of lacing.

S: A lot of fruit in the aroma, mostly in the form of orange and grapefruit. Very little of the pine that often dominates west coast IPA's.

T: Slightly sweet malt flavor with loads of grapefruit and other tropical citrus fruits. The hop bitterness is rather subtle, not at all over the top. Hard to believe that it is 101 IBU's.

M: The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full bodied. Lots of oily hops with a little bit of sticky sweetness.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. The 9% is hard to find until it catches up with you at the end. It is very well balanced and it goes down very easy. Another solid west coast DIPA, definitely worth checking out.

willjschmidt, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

JeffreyJDavis, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Beervana, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sailorastro, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

allstar255, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of bconsidine
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

bconsidine, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

YalovaIA, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Asics, Sep 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Theniz, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of bboven
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy glowing orange body with a big head that fades pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Very peppery hop aroma with a lot of booziness and cherry notes.

Again, very peppery, bitter hop flavor, overwhelms the malt. Definite alcohol flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, only way it would be better is if it were drawn from a cask.

A hell of a feat, the hops and hot alcohol overwhelm just a bit, but very very good.

bboven, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no dating.

Pours a thick, opaque orange with small amount of head. A residual lacing clings to the glass in satisfactory fashion.
Wonderful perfume of flowers and fruit, notably peach and tangerine.
Dominant flavors of tangerine hit the palate immediately. Sweet, tangy notes cling, with only the smallest hint of pine from the hops. Bitterness creeps in toward the end revealing the hops' heavy presence which was not immediate in the flavor.
Thick, almost syrupy in body. Definitely a sipper.
Quite enjoyable DIPA from the region which spawned it. The sweet tangerine as opposed to the more common tart grapefruit is a welcome take on the style. Alcohol is quite heavy and apparent, but I suppose that is what one seeks when drinking an imperial.

Natural510, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a 22 oz into a set of three mugs for a 3 brother reunion at the shore.
Slightly hazy, mostly clear amber. Big two inch white head on top that slowly faded to rich rings of lace.

S - Aroma was first rate. Citrus hop from start. Deep orange, grapefruit, and tangerine tones dominate amidst a pine outer layer. Very fresh, bitter citrus with pine and some ipa stink.

T - A solid west coast double IPA. Strong, original, peppery hop presence. Bitter citrus hops, sweet and an alcohol kick, no messing around. Pine, herbs, grass, atop a strong base.

M - Sticky and smooth. Thick brew. As others wrote: Chewy, a grapefruit orchard in a pine forest.

Overall - one of the best DIPAs found.

Must try for hop heads.

Act25, Jul 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

dbc5, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

alexsergio, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is a virbrant yellow orange. Nice color.

S. Smells like a hoppy DIPA. Citrusy tropical hop aroma. Decent bitterness. Smells like what I like a DIPA to smell like.

T. Tastes like some apricot, orange, marmalade. Nice hoppy tropical taste. Pretty sweet taste. Bitterness comes out on the tongue.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nice lingering sweet bitter flavor.

O. Good DIPA. Has most of the qualities that I like in a DIPA. Has a nice marmalade flavor.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

n00blar, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: solid brown longneck, with an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: a solid, impressive looking beer. A slightly hazy copper-orange with a very impressive head. Nigh 3-finger with a thick and creamy consistency that drops to mountainous peaks. Incredibly longevity and lacing. Top notch!

Aroma: the usual American IPA-style of 'singe your nose hairs off' hop overload. Still, citrus, pine and grapefruit are clearly noticeable.

Taste: not as much hop flavour as I was expecting, more simply hop bitterness. Not as well rounded as I (and my wallet) had hoped - just a fair ol' whack of bitterness with no discernible flavour.

Aftertaste: follows from the taste, but with - if possible - even more bitterness.

Mouth feel: mouth feel is pretty much spot-on. Reasonably thick with limited yet fine carbonation.

Overall: certainly not the best AIPA I have had - too much hop bitterness and not enough discernible flavour. But hey - not bad as either a sipper or a few gulps of ABV wipe-out.

SmashPants, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing Company--Imperial India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 9.40% ABV. 101 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Creamy foamy lacy white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Big smooth floral hop front. Crisp mildly cloying dry tangy pine hop resin pale caramel dough body. Hop-Hoppy balanced rich smooth end. Nice sedating hops. Sampled 6/8/2010. $6.49 Each.

philbertk, Aug 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

griffeyb, Oct 11, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -69.4%

Beermazter310, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mweso2000, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BEERschlitz, Oct 27, 2013
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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