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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 CoolGuy42
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

CoolGuy42, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
2/5  rDev -51.1%

Aroma: Grassy green hop aroma up front with an odd corn-like sweetness that seems weird and out of place.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a sticky and sudsy off-white head that retains well.

Flavor: Ick. Corn-like sweetness followed by some earthy bitterness. Onion-like flavors follow and more grassy hop notes. Straw-like hops and fresh cut grass. Balance is to the hops. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long and oniony.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: This is bad. Summit+Nugget hops = epic disaster. I'm not sure what happened but the recipe formulation is terrible. Avoid.

mattcrill, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of zapahoppa
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

zapahoppa, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of henskejk
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Had on tap

A - medium orange color, with a light colored head

S - a lot of sweet malts coupled with a significant hop aroma including citrus notes

T - a lot of hops in the taste, but also a significant amount of malty sweetness to help counter the hop bitterness.

M - medium body, not light, but also not heavy on the tongue

O - very enjoyable brew, I really liked how the maltiness balanced out the bitterness to give a strong but enjoyable beer. would recommend this.

henskejk, Dec 31, 2011
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

I had this on-tap at the Mad Mex in Willow Grove PA. Served in a 12oz goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber color with a finger of fluffy white carbonation and decent retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with some malt and warming alcohol.

Taste: You get hit hard with bitter citrus peel hops right off the bat. There is just enough sweet malt to balance the taste out a bit. The finish is bitter, but the alcohol doesn't make itself known.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an aggressive amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a nice DIPA. There is a good balance of hops and malt. I would have another.

oline73, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Crackerroll
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Crackerroll, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bradleyjay34
4.5/5  rDev +10%

bradleyjay34, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

whartontallboy, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of verdict603
5/5  rDev +22.2%

verdict603, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jules11788, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jordanmiller
3/5  rDev -26.7%

jordanmiller, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

On tap at The Taphouse Grille in Plainfield IL.

Apricot orangey with some little amber hues and a thick nearly white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Smells really floral. Flowery and piney with some citrusy hop action too. Dry malt is leading the way, but this holds a touch of sweetness in here. Nice dry bitterness on the finish.

Body is a bit thin. Good carbonation though.

Overall... Not bad. It is a good beer, but not mind-blowing in any aspect.

AleWatcher, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Aewachiw
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Aewachiw, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +10%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

This brew poured out as a clear looking copper color with a thick white head on top. The lacing sticks really well to the glass with clumps of retention on top of the beer. The smell if loaded with west coast hop aromas. The taste is also loaded with the citrusy bitter bite of all the hops used in this brew. The Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, good carbonation to it and a little bit oily. Overall the beer is a powerhouse of an IPA, it's enjoyable if you like the style. I would drink it again for sure.

Knapp85, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale, honeygold-yellow coloring with a thin film of white, frothy head. Aromas of citrus and berries, both sweet and robust, with a heavy backbone of resiny, wet, rich hops. Flavors are hop forward, and they bring the thunder. Very rich, mouth filling hops profile, peppery and resiny, with a heavy oregano and grass character, as well. The citrus shines through as a very tart and crisp grapefruit highlight, and it helps to cut the richness of the hops. A light caramel malt flavor balances everything out. The aftertaste is more of the hops spicing, with a tart and bitter citrus effect, and the slightest hint of marijuana. The beer clings all over the glass while you drink, and the finish is slick, and slightly lingering. Great representation of the style, and it definitely represents the West Coast. Delicious!

GarthDanielson, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%


Appearance - Clear yellow/amber colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruits, oranges, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an below average amount of carbonation and the beer has a sweet sugary taste. I can taste hops mixed with caramel and grapefruit and oranges. There is also a bit of apricot and it ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste. There isn't as much lingering hop bitterness as I expected.

Overall - I'm a big fan of GF's IPA, and this one tastes very close. It's got a sweeter flavour but it's missing a big hop profile. I wish that GF would use a bottle dating system. Still, this is a fantastic west coast DIPA that I would have no issue buying again.

spinrsx, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

hoppymcgee, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of kchannel9
4/5  rDev -2.2%

kchannel9, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of bszern
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Served in a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours with a gnarly 4 finger head that provides lacing along the entire glass.

Smell is extremely citrusy. Very clean, no traces of the alcohol. This may be one of the best smelling IPAs out there.

The taste is complex but drinkable I was expecting a hop bomb, but it is not overpowering. The hops definately come through, but there is a sweetness that really makes it interesting. Absolutely no alcohol present, which is impressive because abv is pretty high. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

Overall, this is a great beer. I only wish they would put a bottling date on the label, which is why I can't give this a 5/5.

bszern, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev +1%

22oz into nonic pint.

A- Big, huge ivory head, 3 fingers. Settles out into crags and snowdrifts- really a beautiful thing. Beer is a crisp clear orange, very vibrant. Nice pour.

S- Sugary citrus fruit. Actually, reminds me of the candy orange slices my grandmother used to have. The alcohol is here, too.

T- Very, VERY bitter. Pine sap, sticky icky, and some grapefruit/other citrus. Lip-smackin' good. Sweet/bitter combo plays well off eachother. Pale malt base does little for the beer other than round it out a bit- I'm OK with this.

M- This one is nice and juicy, with a pretty intense, bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

O- I am diggin' this, not too bad for a bomber @ under $7. Too bad there's no label date- I won't buy this unless I know it's a new arrival.

ShogoKawada, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev -2.2%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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