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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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2,314 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 113
Gots: 162 | 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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Photo of spicelab
3.68/5  rDev -10%

Bomber thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor

Stained glass orange, with a finger of fluffy white head. Specks of lacing and a thin film remain. Lace retention upon swirling is better and quite resilient.

Hop-malt duel between huge earthy pine and impressively savoury cheese crackers. Candied lemon peel and a smattering of spicy herbs are about all that make it through the noise. Definitely unsubtle.

Taste is sweeter at first; syrupy grapefruit, passionfruit and mango, with slightly less pungent bready malts. But soon enough, bitter, resiny pine asserts its dominance. The booze aint hiding though, and partners with a breath freshener character in a slightly abrasive fashion.

Full and syrupy, with medium-high bitterness and eucalyptus freshness showcased well by low to moderate carbonation.

It's brash and in-your-face, but seems a little too big for its boots. There's not enough dimension in the hop character to hold your interest and justify the overt booziness. Much prefer the West Coast personally.

spicelab, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev -2.2%

allstar255, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

On-tap poured in 8oz glass

A - Poured hazy golden color with lots of head.

S - Citrus and pine with lots of hops coming through.

T - Overwhelming taste of hops that overtakes any hints of citrus.

M - Dry and heavy. Bitter aftertaste that lasts.

D - Good even with 9% abv.

taigor, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mweso2000, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

MichiganderHB, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Theniz
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Theniz, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev -2.2%

sailorastro, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +10%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Stockfan42
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Stockfan42, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of BEERschlitz
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BEERschlitz, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

alexsergio, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
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.

SmashPants, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +10%

JandJMD, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of burnstar
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a bit of a reddish hue. Nice sized head. Lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Aroma is all big citrusy hops. Sweet grapefruit and lemons. Citrus and herbal hops are balanced by tons of sweet malt. Honey. Nice bitter finish- although this again is tempered by the malt. Medium to full bodied. A pretty tasty and drinkable DIPA.

burnstar, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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
Photo of davet100
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.

davet100, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

YalovaIA, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +1%

on tap @ Hamilton's in San Diego, CA

A- 1 finger of fluffy white head sits above a bronzed straw colored brew, great retention as well as filmy lacing

S- cookie malts, citrus, hop oils, strong/hoppy/sweet, floral

T- cookie like malt sweetness provides backbone throughout, toasted malts and lots of citric hops and raw hop oils. grainy at finish

M- smooth medium body with a dry finish

D- very solid and balanced imperial IPA, nothing outstanding but so good. recommended

tonistruth, Aug 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

timoteo833, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of marcobrau
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Clear, golden-hued Imperial IPA with some nice lacework, good mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation. Hop flavors are indeed intense; lots of tropical fruit flavors, but also a good peppery kick. Very dry for the style, with ridiculously assertive "hot" bitterness accented by a bit of alcohol burn.

marcobrau, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of jadler16
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a rather standard looking burnt orange with a small head and minimal lacing.

Smells of the usual citric hoppiness.

Tastes also quite like an ordinary hoppy IPA. Grapefruit is a main attraction. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not as offputting as some hop bombs.

Mouthfeel was nice and thick and slick. Very smooth.

Well, what is there to say. If you like rather simple beers which taste mainly of hops, then this is one which should please you.

JBogan, Feb 26, 2009
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

razorsdescent, Apr 12, 2012
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

drank on feb 2, 2010

clear deep golden with tangerine highlights. creamy light beige head. oily. Big patchy laces that coat the glass.

Bursting with hop goodness. Juicy grapefruit, pine, resinous dank. Mild sweet biscuit malt.

Juicy grapefruit and floral hops at first. fades in the aftertaste to a spicy resinous dank pine with a citrus hops twang at the end. Small biscuity malts lay in the background. A small bit of alcohol peaks out its head. piney dank bitterness.

Big sticky, oily, chewy. med body. moderate low carb, dry

great drinkability for a 9%. big hops flavor and bite and bitterness.

CHILLINDYLAN, Jun 15, 2010
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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