Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -16.9%
Green Flash Imperial IPA, despite the many reviews, is to me a pretty average IIPA. IT has a lot of tropical and dank hoppiness but also a bunch of sweet fruity flavors and biscuity malts. The color was darker than I was expecting and it was (to me) too sweet for what I consider the hallmark of the style--Pliny the Elder. I had no problem finishing the 11 oz from the bomber I split with a friend, but I would find it hard to drink much more than that due to the cloying and lingering bitterness and sweetness.
04-28-2011 05:09:15 | More by Soonami
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
03-04-2014 03:17:01 | More by ahommell
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
The beer Appears orange/ gold with a small ring of foam. The smell is very earthy, Grassy, pine and citrus like. The smell is dominated by hops. The taste like the smell is hop dominated. Rich citrus, grapefruit, grassy hops coat the roof of your mouth. A tad bit of sweetness is also there. A very sharp bitter aftertaste that lingers is present. Bitterness sticks to the roof of your mouth for a long time. Though it is high on alcohol, the body of the beer is quite light so I could drink a few of these. The carbonation is moderate. It is an excellent citrusy hop bomb. highly recommended to anyone who likes citrusy bitter IIPAs.
04-18-2010 23:20:42 | More by chumba526
3.38/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
01-01-2013 06:54:15 | More by SmashPants
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
08-31-2013 18:57:43 | More by davet100
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.
A: Light orange body. The head leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
S: Pine and citrus. Everything you want in an IPA.
T: Heavy grassy and piney bitterness with some grapefruit. Honeyish malt in the background. A bit of prickly alcohol.
M: Rather light, not syrupy at all.
D: Insanely quaffable. Dangerously so, in fact. I'd say this is one of the better DIPAs on the market, especially for the price.
01-15-2010 12:18:08 | More by BarrelO
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
On cask at Once & For All in Patchogue NY. Poured out a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was very sweet and a bit spicy.
Well, it's obvious Green Flash is going for the balls-to-the-wall Imperial approach with this one, and for the most part it works. Huge citrus hops and pine flavors are counteracted with a super sweet malt backbone. This beer can't help but assault the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is slightly thick and pleasantly carbonated. Overall this is a kickin' DIPA with a nice bite to it. You already know if you'll like this one or not.
04-25-2008 14:37:53 | More by BBM
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
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!
02-05-2011 22:38:59 | More by gopens44
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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