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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. We challenge you to conquer this mountain, then sit back, relax and savor the magnificence of the brew.

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of retry4z
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have love almost all of the Green Flash beers that I have tasted. This one poured crystal clear with almost no head. There was little aroma in the nose. I almost wasnt sure I was tasting an IPA. I was hoping for more hops

The initial taste left me somewhat disappointed. What I felt the most was a strong alcohol taste. I would not have objected to that if the hops balanced that off to make are better balanced beer.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Brewing Co. - Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

Look - Pours golden with a copper hue, subtle cloudiness. Full, soapy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Malts, honey, caramel, generally sweet. Citrus hops are present but quiet subtle. In terms of the style, the smell was a bit off-putting but I try to give the benefit of the doubt.

Taste - Nice floral citrus hops and malt blend, very smooth and appealing here. True to the aroma but more hops, which is good seeing as how it is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, hops rest gently, quite smooth. Lighter than expected. I noticed that as it warms it gets a bit boozier, but it was a welcome, warming booziness that was enjoyable.

Overall - Great brew, unique, would strongly recommend. This brew reminds me somewhat of Dogfish Head 90-minute, but again it is unique so it has significant differences.

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Photo of deeznuts420
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a stone nonic pint glass. 2-3 fingers worth of head, poured kinda aggresively. very hazy, probably alot of chill haze i drank it a little too cold at first and let it warm up. golen almost orange color. smells of resinous, earthy, mildy citric hops. all hops almost no malt to speak of. taste is all hops lots of piney notes very bitter, with resinous earthy hops. again hardly any malts. great double ipa and at 9.4 abv it wouldn't take long to get your buzz on and by the end of the third bomber you'd probably be bombed. great highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of McStagger
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Give this bad boy a shot.

A: Pours a beautifully clear straw. One and a half fingers slight off white head. Dissipates fairly rapidly (thanks 9.4 abv!), moderate lacing. Exceptional clarity. Tiny little bubbles rising to the surface to form the ever disappearing head.

S: A vigorous swirl brings out a massive aroma of malt. Milled grain, and a lot of it. Honey, a yeasty breadiness, some spiciness. The hops aroma is very fruity in nature, with ripe mango and stone fruits dominant.

T: Eat some grapefruit rind. Eat only the rind. Chase that with some rose water and you get an idea on the citrus/floral bitterness involved here. Intense, to say the least.

M: Surprisingly light, considering both the style and the abv. If anything, this beer could use a bit more body.

O: Man, this thing bruises. Started off fairly ugly, but as the beer warmed and aerated, things began to smooth out. A bit one dimensional, this is nonetheless a fine DIPA for those that are inclined to enjoy their beers on the extra bitter side. In the land of DIPA's, this is a fairly average. Still a good beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The combustible tan head of this golden orange brew tops out well above the rim but never spills over, unlike the floating oily, herbal hop aroma that gives way to some lime, orange and cotton candy sweetness. Citrusy and malty to the tongue with more smooth, oily hops at the back. Well-blended alcohol with just a bit of heat in the back. One of the most enjoyable and relaxed DIPA's I've ever tried.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Gold really looks awesome, very inviting.

S: Floral and Citrus, slight pine

T: Not as bitter as I was hoping for at 100+ IBUs. Hides the alcohol very nicely.

M: Slight carbonation, no heat and a full round mouthfeel.

O: Good beer that I will enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of estlinska
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a shaker (bottled on 1/14/13). Pours a pale, but rusty reddish color allowing a lot of light through. Topped with puffs of bright white head that falls to small islands in the beer with lots of thick lacing. Nose of sweet and thick hops like an orange or lemon rind. Taste follows suit with lots of citrusy hops that have a lot of strong bittering, very stereotypical of a good west coast IPA. Dry finish with a little alcohol burn, but not really demanding on the palate. Little bit of a spritz to it as well. Overall, this is a very good DIIPA, which I come to expect out of pretty much anything made in San Diego.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tall mug. Pours a light golden yellow with a nice thick head. Smells of pine and a bit of alcohol. Taste is mostly the same. Pine dominates this beer, with citrusy notes and a slightly sweet undertone. The alcohol is masked perfectly as well. This IPA is a 9.4 ABV but drinks like a session ale. Unbelievable flavor and character. Mouth is extremely smooth as well. So crisp and refreshing. Not too heavy and not too light. You can't call yourself a true hophead without trying this. You will fall in love from the very first sip.

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Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/ orange with a thick white head, dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells rather malty with notes of citrusy hops and alcohol comming through .

The taste is quite enjoyable, good balance of hops and malts, the abv is hidden quite well. Plenty of citrus in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, still a ton of carbonation. The citrus and hop tastes lingers on the palate.

Pretty good beer over all, I would absolutely by this again, but would opt for the palate wrecker when it is available. Another good brew from Green Flash!

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Photo of drrone
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow, slightly hazy, nice head that is about half a finger width. Nice, prominent lacing.

S - Definite pine and citrus, with subtle hops. Was expecting more hops.

T - Nice taste. A little more bitter/sour than I would have expected. Light on the hops. It has a nice honey taste to it that grows as you drink it. Quite nice.

M - Smooth, not heavy. Decent carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but I was expecting better. I would buy it again though.

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Photo of MaddMatt639
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on January 13, 2013:

A: Pours a chestnut color. Has a good lacing and has close to an inch of foam. Foam stays for awhile.

S: Strong smell of citrus and pine. Don't smell much else. Hops are smelt in there too.

T: Very hoppy in the beginning, but not overly hoppy. Slightly sweet in the end with very strong pine notes.

M: Medium heaviness on the tongue. Still can taste the pine.

O: Not as hoppy as I was expecting for an Imperial, but still quite enjoyable. I enjoyed the taste of pine.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Not too bad. A good little mellow brown. Just a shade lighter than a marine's trousers (honestly only used that comparison so I couls write "trousers") Nice head too...a bout a finger. Could be just a shade or two darker.

S: nice citrus hops flavor. lots of floral aroma. Very pleasant.

T: I'm giving this a solid four with room for improvement. It won't change your religion, but it certain makes the night a lot better.

M: Little watery on the tail end, but that can be expected with this lighter double. Hell, they may have wanted a sessionable double, so I won't knock much off.

O: It really is good. It is thirty degrees on my porch and I'm still digging it pretty hard, so it isn't just a warm weather beer. I'll def. give it a second go.

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Photo of JoeBlow
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish-yellow, turbid like a wheat. Kinda pretty. The turbidity doesn't bother me. Nice thick, soapy head which sticks around for a minute and laces a little bit.

S: Fruity hops. Strong and green smelling. Smells about average for an IPA.

T: The first taste is good. A nice sweetness bursts with the initial hop aroma. The hop taste is less aromatic than it smells. The sweetness is stabbed in the belly by a sharp, resinous bitterness (like earwax). Okay, I can deal with that. As it goes down, the bitter turns to a burn as I taste the 9.4% ABV. Not all high alcohol beers do this. My mouth is still hot well into the second sip. About halfway through the glass, the aroma disappears, which was the main part I was enjoying. Now I am left with the sharp bitterness and an almost syrupy sweetness without a lot of malt flavor. Weird. Is it too bitter or too sweet? It's much like a debt ceiling debate between republicans and democrats. You wan't to root for one, but end up hating both. The flavors just don't work well together.

M: Nice at first while the aroma is there. Then is becomes a resinous syrup at the end that you wish would maybe thin out a little. Like a tar-burn on your skin that you can't wash off.

Low drinkability. I had difficulty choking down an entire pint. I drank it slowly enough that I was slurring before it was gone (yeah, I'm a lightweight).

IPA is not my favorite style to begin with, but some I enjoy much more than others. I would say this is a little better than most I've tried. I enjoy the aroma more than the taste, and I've smelled better. The bitterness is overpowering. I'm sure many hopheads would disagree. Overall, not a bad beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of HomeBrewJake
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Two fingers of fluffy residual white head, hazy light orange in color. Almost looks like a light bodied wheat beer. Stellar lacing.

Aroma - Ripe citrus fruits and resin. Some pine, and some bready malts on the back end.

Taste - Loads of pine and resin. Some acidic fruit as well. Very tasty.

Feel - Pretty smooth. Fairly drinkable for an imperial ipa. Goes down easy.

Overall - Would definitely get this one again. Solid all the way around.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of smekermann
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really don't get some of the complaints for this beer. "No hints of hops"? Are we even drinking the same beer? Anyway, this beer might be my favorite double IPA, at least out of the ones easily available to us poor British Columbians. It is one of the best examples of the style, with an insanely up-front grapefruit-y hop aroma on the mouthfeel and a really dry aftertaste. At 9.4% abv, it's probably also really dangerous, as I could see myself drinking multiple bombers with nary a thought given to to the side effects. It's so dry and delicious, nothing bad could ever happen if you drank like 5 bombers in a row, right?

I really don't know what else to say about this beer. I keep trying to come up with some downsides to it and I keep coming up short. The smell isn't as delicious as the actual taste of it, I guess? That's a valid complaint, right? Also, the appearance of it misleads you into thinking it is a normal beer as opposed to the alcoholic cornucopia it actually is, so that is definitely another valid complaint against it. It's also kinda pricy in BC, which kinda sucks if you get addicted to it, much like how it sucks when you have to pay for crack cocaine.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a fresh bomber. A tad disappointed.

A: A beautiful hazy copper-orange with two-finger off-white head and ample lacing. Nice bubble show. Unfortunately, this is the best part of the beer...

S: Panoply of hops. Mint, citrus, and pine, with the citrus being a tad subdued. Unfortunately evokes memories of the trub left at the bottom of a carboy after siphoning off a homebrew.

T: Sour citrus up front gives way to pine, ending with an unpleasant bitterness. No hints of hops, and no attempts made to hide the 9.4% ABV.

M: Thick without being syrupy. Resinous. What I look for in an IIPA.

O: A very disappointing beer from Green Flash. I'm a huge fan of their imperial stout, but this IIPA is a hoppy mess that misses the point entirely.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy, orange, generous white head, nice lacing

S - intense, grapefruit, mint, pine, all hops

T - bracing hops, the taste follows the nose, bitter grapefruit, mint, pine, hot

M - incredibly rich without being syrupy

O - hops, hops, and more hops - bit of a one trick pony

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper with big head. Heavy lacing. Aroma of strong grapefruit, huge juicy bitterness in the nose. very nice. Very floral and aromatic. Heavy hop bite that lingers. Taste is pinier than the smell, and dryer that expected, but still a beautiful combo of the fruit and massive dry pine bit. Big flavor that completely masks the alcohol rather well. Medium mouthfeel and pretty slick on the palate. Nice double.

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Photo of Dbrulet
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into snifter glass.

A - 3.5 - Dark golden yellow with slight haze. Two finger foamy head with Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

S - 3.0 - Mix of pine, floral and citrus aroma. Not as hoppy as I would have expected.

T - 3.5 - Grapefruit and citrus flavor. Decent hops but a little bitter compared to the great dIPAs. Well balanced considering the 9.4% abv.

M - 3.5 - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O - 3.5 - This beer is a slight dissappointment to me from what I was expecting. I wanted it to be great but the aroma and flavor fell short based on the comparisons it received to the other beers I love. Good beer. Just not great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a high alpha bomb. it pours a funny orange honey color, with a lacey snowy white head on top that leaves some menacing lacing as it drinks. the nose is really fruity hops, almost tropical, with a sweeter malt profile and a lot of booze. it tastes like hop oil, like concentrate or something. very very intense hop flavor, a lot of fruit comes through from the nose too, pineapple and orange at the very least. big bold hops is all i can really taste after a few sips. mouthfeel is okay, feels heavy, even for an imperial. good carbonation though, and pretty drinkable for a beer of this size. its like all green flash beers really, a total hop overload, at the expense of complexity or other character, but it somehow all comes together. i liked this a lot, and at only 5 bucks a bomber, itll find its way into my fridge again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Newcastle glass at 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a beige colour two finger head, somewhat thin, with no real cream and of typical retention. Colour is a hazy ruby-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubbl show.

Sm: Citrus and floral hops, some pine, and clean malts. Some light toasted character. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, with off-putting bitterness towards the climax. Clean malts form the foundation. Little citrus; not enough to make it refreshing. A bit stale on the finish. Simple and imbalanced. A poor IPA. Not at all subtle.

Mf: Dreadfully thin; unable to support the flavours. Nicely crisp, though. A bit overcarbonated. Smoothness is off.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A middling, average effort from Green Flash. Enjoyable enough I guess, but priced quite high at $6.75. I wouldn't get this again.

Low C

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light orange in color, good clarity. Oily, clear lacing. Fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is citrusy...tangerine, orange, apricot. Mild sweetness. Taste is nicely bittered, grapefruit now enters the fruit salad. Mild sweetness and alcohol lightly on the back end. Very drinkable, considering the high abv. Very delicious, insane, great beer.

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Photo of jsulko
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Bottle of unknown date (Thanks Green Flash) from Binny's Schaumburg.

Pours an orangish gold color with a robust white head that tends to linger.

Smell is piney with hints of citrus.

Taste is dominated by the pine with a hint of a citrus finish. A odd finish that is almost an earthy taste.

Having tried the original IPA I was a bit underwhelmed. Due to the lack of bottle dating I don't know how great a candidate this beer was but that is how it will always be with them.

Not something I would revisit.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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