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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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2,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,435
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 124
Gots: 198 | FT: 3
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 beachbum1975
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To my surprise, Jungle Jim's just started carrying this brand. I am excited to try this because I have heard so much about Green Flash on recent forum posts. No freshness date on this big brown bomber.

Appearance: Pours into my traditional pint glass a straw/orange mix. Gorgeous white, creamy head with medium sized bubbles with highly hopped sticky legs.

Smells: Much like taking a big whiff of a freshly opened ziplock bag of weed with mixed with some pine needles. (Sorry, not very professional, but that's what it smells like to me!)

Taste: Insanely bitter, grapefruit and pine hops! (Where's the malts to balance the bite?) Wow, this has a lot of fresh hops all over the place, if you can't taste the hops, there's something wrong with you. Aftertaste is thick and syrupy - hop resin isn't going anywhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a thick, resiny aftertaste. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: I was caught off guard and bodyslammed by hops when I took the first sip! It was really quite exciting, but overall, it was a little too over the top to be considered a nightly sessionable beer. I'll drink one, then need to change gears in a single drinking night. I know, I know this is a IIPA, but wow, I expect some malts to take down the bitter, hop rage. If you want a SOLID hopbomb, this is the one for you!!! Go West Coast, with your BIG IIPA's!

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Theniz
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kegger22
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a generous head that showed good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was a hops grapefruit with a pine needle bitter aftertaste. However, as it warmed the malt sweetness started to assert itself. The feel was light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was also good. A very good Imperial IPA, not as good as Dreadnaught, but better than Founders Double Trouble. Maybe compares well to DFH Burton Baton.

Photo of KFrank729
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Crimsontider22
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bomber picked up at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a Piraat tulip...

A: Bright, hazy orange with a massive sudsy, frothy, bone white head; leaves SHEETS of sticky, snow white lace.

S: Pine; herbiness; dank; some citrus rind; sweet caramel is detectable (barely); some floral notes, too.

T: Resinous piney hops lay in first; some tobacco / tea leaf, mid-palate; citrus hoppiness toward the finish; minimal amount of sweet malt makes a slight attempt at cutting the hoppy dryness on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, but with relatively high carbonation; kinda hurts the mouth to drink this one! Also... dry.

D: One of the more drinkable DIPA's I've had - surprising, considering its 9.4%... although, it does get a little more boozy as it warms. Good stuff, though.

Suggested for any hop head.

Photo of acevenom
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 7/10/12. This is still less than 30 days old.

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours clear golden amber with a big white head and plenty of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing behind on the glass. A small cap of head is left behind atop the beer. I pick up aromas of citrus hops with that typical West Coast smell of orange and grapefruit. There is some sweet malt in the background. I can pick up some of the pine aroma as well. The citrus hops are more forward here, followed by some piney bitterness. The grapefruit and orange flavors are juicy. The sweet malts provide a nice backbone. There is a piney aftertaste, leaving some lingering bitterness in the mouth. Even at 9.4% ABV, the alcohol is not very noticeable. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is an excellent DIPA.

Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of allenson21
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

Photo of Dank26
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of brewskis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of mgbickel
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...

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,435 ratings.