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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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2,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,402
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 187 | 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  rDev -2.2%

einman, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

alexsergio, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

cherche, Oct 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Pete27lax, Aug 19, 2014
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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ZethOfTheNorth, Sep 21, 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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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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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Big frothy head, a little hazy in an otherwise pale yellow beverage.

S - Bitter hop goodness strikes out right away with a nice earthy/musky follow up nose dagger.

T -The honey sweet notes of this one can't hide the beautiful bitter mouth fun time that happens almost immediately. Fantastically great tasting

M - Mostly pedestrian as far as this one goes. High carbonation, bitter and dry aftertaste.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. I will have more!

gopens44, Feb 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Theniz, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

griffeyb, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

tubeyes, Jul 03, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

razorsdescent, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of supercolter
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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

n00blar, Aug 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

dbc5, May 31, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a light haze on a peachy,orange body.Aggressive pour resulted in 2 full fingers of dusty,white foam that showed good retention and left full sheets of clingy lacing.

S-Dominated by Nugget aromas upfront.Stonefruit,fresh flowers,orange zest and honey with a little pine and caramel malt on the tail end.

T-Initially the tastes of grapefruit and pine come out with dried flowers,dried papaya(trail mix style)and caramel with a slightly tinny,metallic note that is a little undesirable.Maybe this bottle is a touch oxidized.

M-Medium bodied with a slick and sharp aftertaste
and a touch of hop sweetness.Moderately dry finish.

O-Good but not great,in my opinion.

StlHopHead77, Aug 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 11, 2012
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter: from notes.
A: A deep orange haze, with a white foamy head which retreats to a thin layer. White frothy lacing is left.
S: A bold citrus hop blast, not much else that is not hop related. The nose is a bit dry. Notes of pine and peaches.
T/M: As the nose suggests a hop explosion, brings a dry mouthfeel. Citrus hops are dominating the palate. A very bitter lingering taste with smooth on the way down flavors. With many hops layers you would not think there were any malts used at all. As brew warms the flavors become much more layered and complex. The thickness of cake batter present. A very floral finish.
D: A very solid IIPA, flavors are all there and the ABV is hidden well. Classic example of a west coast IPA. A good price on this one too.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 26, 2010
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,402 ratings.