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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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BA SCORE
91
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2,496 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 133
Gots: 236 | 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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Ratings: 2,496 | Reviews: 983
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This imperial IPA pours a slightly hazy golden honey color from the 22oz bottle. The label says 101i.B.U's and 9.4% abv. This one seems like it will be a hop bomb and the slightly soapy diminishing white head suggests the same.

The nose is a punch in the face with hops. Bold and piney with a kiss of juicy fruit and tropical scents. Very subtle malt, barely peaking through the hop-ness.

Taste is a step down but still very good. The hop is featured prominently with firm piney and juicy fruit flavors. But the problem is that same hop goodness is beaten down by it's bitterness. The I.B.U's might be a little high for this one because they bite and dominate the flavors. Still tasty but kind of harsh.

Mouthfeel is a lot of hop bitterness as stated earlier. Once you get past that the slight carbonation is very nice and yields a sweet soft body. Quite pleasing despite the pinch of hop. This brew is more like a barleywine but still very flavorfull and quite drinkable. A good one to try.

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timtim
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy very light amber with a beautiful white crown that leaves georgeous lace as it slowly fades away. i've had this beer many many times, but had taken a brief hiatus from it. when i cracked this one open, i was instantly reminded of why i really like it. hop bomb. stinky, funky, grapefruity, bubblegummy, yummy. it's hard to get much else from it as far as malt and such goes because the hops are so beautiful and overpowering. taste is just like the nose suggests, with just a little piney thing in the finish. nice and full and creamy with a hint of bitter in the finish. a couple of these bombers ,and it's nap time, for sure. gogogreenflash!!!

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Chimay Chalice

A: Turn signal amber. Turn signal is slightly aged with this hazy oxidized turn signal vibe it puts off. White head that pours a finger and stays around half that throughout. Lacing is considerable.

S: Floral hops. Grass. Citrus. Malt.

T: Floral. No hop bite that is in some IPAs. EXCELLENT. I don't believe I have had a better IPA. I might have bitten into a mellow hop pellet but I don't know it. It is delicious. Citrus. Lemon whites. Light alcohol. Full marks.

M: Medium to full bodied for style. Carbonation is adequate. Smooth, filling. The lack of burn from alcohol is absolutely refreshing.

O: May not have had a better IIPA. Green Flash has impressed me before; they only continue to impress.

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice orange/tangerine color w/ a beautiful two finger head. Not much carbonation, and decent lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but fairly clear to see through. A really nice looking beer.

S- Orange, tangerine, malt, hops, something funky as well... onion??? not sure what that last thing is. Nice smelling except for that one thing. Would've been a 4.5 otherwise. Solid.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. It doesn't taste like 101 IBU's to me. It's bitter, but not what I thought it would be. I can't figure out what that off taste is (onion, garlic?) but it really detracts from this beer. It's still tasty, but I've definitely had to lower the score because of that. Tasty, just not as good as their West Coast IPA.

M- Pretty much right with the style, not a whole lot to add to that. Definitely bitter, w/ a smoothness that shows itself in the aftertaste. This and the appearance are the strong suits of this beer for me.

O- Good solid beer that fails to meet the bar West Coast IPA has set. I'm going to have to read some other reviews to see if someone else figured out that onion/garlic smell/taste I was getting. Worth trying if you like the style. Definitely different, and not a bad effort... Just not world class.

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of retry4z
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cool in a snifter glass.

Looks amazing - a clear copper with red hues. a decent head that calms to a lace quickly.

Smells of hops, sweet flowers, and sweet fruit.

Taste of hops, some sweetness, and a slight bitterness.

Medium consistency that doesn't go down too easily, but it's a good sipping beer.

Overall, it's Green Flash's best beer that's worth a try.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work the other night.

Appearance- amber color, nice foamy head

Smell- citrus and piney hops, very nice

Taste- piney hops, loved the bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Awesome, loved it, Very nice DIPA!!, Gonna get more of this

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very citrusy and piny with caramel malt and bread. The appearance is golden amber with a large head for the style. The flavor is like the aroma, simple but good. The palate is smooth. Overall it's very good and I look forward to another one.

Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of davet100
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Have been hearing good things about this beer.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off white head. Good lace on the glass.

S - not sure about this one. hops are woody, earthy and an odor that I can't quite place. But it's not very pleasant.

T - worse than the smell. Shockingly bitter, piney. Not a hop profile that I particularly like.

M - astrigent bitterness, mouth puckering.

D - not for me, I won't try again. If you like piney hops, this is for you.

Photo of blknikon
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of stomioka
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymeal
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color and clear with a decent sized off white, light tan head that slowly chunks up and lightly laces on the glass. Citrus aroma, grapefruit, some lemon and a soft powdered sugar sweetness. Some fresh grassiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows the aroma closely with a light citrus sweetness up front that is slowly overtaken by a grassy dry and fairly bitter finish. Medium in body, a low to medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is slightly evident in the finish but is fairly well balanced for its size. Nothing that was knocking my socks off flavor wise, but still a good beer with a decent amount of raw bitterness.

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JMad
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured half of a 22 oz bomber into my tulip...

The liquid was a bright, golden, orange, there was a thick bubbly white head.

You could smell the hops as soon as opened the bottle, hints of lemon, grapefruit, pine, tangerine and butter.

I took a sip and experienced a delightful bitter hop explosion, I tasted pine resin, orange and grapefruit, then a wave of sweet malt balances things out leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste.

This beer is thick, it left my mouth watering after every sip, there is low carbonation and a warming, dry finish.

The intense flavor hid the alcohol well, this is an excellent beverage, it filled me with joy after every sip.

Photo of JLapadura
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.