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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,466 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,466
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 124
Gots: 215 | 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:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Seems to have the same hops and flavor of the West Coast IPA, which may be great for you but not for me. More harsh than mellow, considering the big malty profile. Extravagant flare of hop fragrance and bitterness. Not a bad hop flavor, but just totally overdone. Very sharp, on the acidic side.

Appearance is nice, well foamed and plenty of spritz in the mouth. But it cuts right to the tongue. Only thing I can say on the plus side is the hops are extremely floral and not at all bad as aromatics, but they are overwhelmed by the dank grapefruit peel. I tried flavoring a couple of less hoppy beers, but the Green Flash took over like a bad dog.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's great to see Green Flash brews starting to come to Chicago. Each that I've tried has been nothing less than awesome. dIPA's are my favorites, I'm excited to try this one!

Poured a light golden amber that was translucent and had some light peppering of floaties throughout. Produced a froathy bone white head that eventually reduced to an inconsistently laced layer atop the brew. The smells are familiar and inviting. As it warms, the smells are of a malty pine. A dark, dry citrusness with liking to grapefruit is very present. The smells change as this one warms. A corn-ish aroma grows throw the temperature cycle. The tastes mirror every inch of these aromas. A great hoppy bitterness sustains throughout. Just the most subtle dryness layers the lips. A light finish for a less-than-robust dIPA. Solid, definitely. Not in my top few, however.
Worth a try.

Enjoy!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a solid, foamy 3 finger cream head that clings to the glass, leaving a lot of lacing.

Pine resin, floral hops, and bready caramel malt dominate the aroma, with grapefruit and citrus pith adding complexity throughout.

Flavor is almost fruity at the finish. Interesting. Citrus pith lingers in the background. The bready, slightly caramel malt flavor supports the hops well, which provide fruity citrus highlights, apricot, grapefruit, and a bit of pine and resin at the slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with moderately low carbonation. There's a touch of astringency present, finishing with an alcohol warmth.

Another great offering by Green Flash. This is a fairly complex ipa with delicious hop flavor. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but still makes itself felt. Would definitely try again!

Update: Tried on draft from a growler, and it was far more bitter and less fruity. Preferred bottled.

Photo of Spikester
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full amber with reddish tone. Clear with a slight haze. Two fingers of cream color head . Good amount of lacing. Aroma is all floral, fruity hops. A bit of slightly too ripe pineapple. Taste is bitter resinous oily hops. Again the grapefruit aspect is slightly over ripe. Might be from the high abv. Good amount of malts but not enough for my liking. Mouthfeel is quite good with just barely enough carbonation. Alcohol is actually well hidden so watch out. Nice bitter medium dry grapefruit finish. No freshness date that I could find. Would like to try it on tap sometime. I down rated the drinkability a touch due to the 9.4% abv. Not a session beer unless you are a very large person. I am more than halfway through this bomber and it still has a cap of head after a good ten minutes. It would be much better with an abv of about 7.5% IMO. A virtual Barleywine except for the mouthfeel.

Photo of rarbring
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear bright amber, and off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

The smell is to me rather off, ammonia, old toilet, some bitter opine resin. Old grape-fruit peel.

Starts heavy in the malt register, sweet bread nuances, then bitter resin and sour oils.

Medium carbonation, oily and sticky, a dry finish.

This was far to intrusive to me.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,466 ratings.