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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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2,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,404
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 188 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Josiah2729, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

tripledbrew, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

heelsn02, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber, crystal clear with a billowing head of 3 fingers. Quickly recedes into a rocky parchment foam leaving loose lacing on the glass that falls apart at the slightest agitation.

Caramel malts, rich honey and tangerine citrus aroma. Hops are quite floral accompanied by a heavy alcohol tone. Sweet and boozy, hops blend into the malt and it all gets delivered in a muddled package.

Caramel malt with a touch of honey gives way nearly immediately to rich hop flavor, very resinous and earthy, orange citrus pairs well and comes in juicy and full. The drink never bitters too much but the alcohol is well hidden and integrated into the sweetness of the malt.

Thick solid body, average carbonation, impressed by the lack of sticky residue on the finish and hidden alcohol. Bitterness and drying could be improved some.

A much more full and balanced than I expected. This is not just a blatant explosion of hops but one that takes into account alcohol and balance as well and meshes them well. Solid, fits the mold as a DIPA to be reckoned with.

rawfish, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

electtodefer, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

richkrull, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a translucent copper hue with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Aroma is completely hoppy, mostly earthy with some fragrant and welcome floral tones, but gratuitously hoppy all the same; it makes this beer.

T/M: The flavor is interesting. Again, it's mainly earthy hops but it's so earthy it's almost like chewing on leaves, raw and unfettered. Even my burps taste overly earthy. Medium carbonation is expected.

I imagine eating a raw hop cone would taste similar to this. That may be good or bad depending on what circles you travel in.


TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

boudreaux, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Giovacchini, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

John11486, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

EdTheEdge, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

SquidVicious, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

myzamboni, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this bottle as I noticed it was newly available at the store. No date on the bottle but based on my previous statement I'm assuming it's very fresh. Pours a glorious copper/gold color with a thick foamy head. There's much lacing on the glass as each sip is taken. Well-carbonated. Stunning appearance! Aroma - wow! Very strong and bright grapefruit and citrus - juicy and fresh! A hint of pine in there as well. I can't do the nose justice enough - it's really bursting out of the glass like none other! The taste is magnificent as well - very bitter, just the way an Imperial IPA should be. Has a taste that can be described perfectly as cannabis! Earthy & resiny. The initial smacking of flavor on the palate still is the sweet citrus however, and it warms nicely going down. No malts detected whatsoever. It fully coats the mouth, like velvet, with a nice crisp finish. One cannot tell that this beer is over 9% by any means, so watch out! I finished the bomber myself and of course I have a bit of a dried out feeling afterward but that is to be expected. One of the best beer drinking experiences I've had in a while.

Neorebel, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Travisnin, Feb 05, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a two fingered White head that retains well and laces.

S - Citrus and Grapefruit aromas. Classic US IPA

T - Upo front some decent lemon/orange flavours followed by Mandarin and some grassy pine flavours. The finish is bitter but yet sweet.

M - Low to medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - A real nice DIPA without the wow factor

eric5bellies, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopman1985, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DWolf, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

hopmeister, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ConorThomas, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

BlakeMatt, Feb 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Championed as a "west coast style" IPA because of its deep resiny bitterness and bone-dry drinkability- the mouthfeel of this beer takes it a long, long way. But do the flavors measure up?

Green Flash's Imperial IPA pours with a bright golden, copper mix. Mild haze denotes the dry-hopped character of these lupulin-infussed ales. A froathy and creamy white head tops the beer, retains very well and laces with intermitten pockets as the beer falls. A classic American IPA appearance.

Earthy and citrusy, the aromatic profile layers notes of grapefruit over a deeply embedded aroma of pine, fresh cut grasses, earthy garlics and onions. The nose promises a biting and resiny bitterness; especially with the supressed caramel maltiness with subtle notes of butterscotch.

Flavors indeed follow up with restrained softer hop notes- foregoing the overly floral and perfumy varieties, and showcasing the taste of white grapefruit pulp with focus and purpose. Hop flavor develops toward the resiny bitterness of pine, grass, herbs, and overall earthy pungency. A dry malt base of caramel hardly rises to attention, rather supporting the hops and providing just enough balance to keep the beer from becoming too one-sided.

The body is where it's at- early maltiness is short lived and gives way quickly in order to hand over the reins to the hoppy dryness, alcoholic warmth, and dry-malt finish that dictates the beer. With such low influence from malt sweetness, this beer indeed becomes a showcase for hops!

It's with great appreciation that this Imperial IPA doesn't attempt to balance the hops with an equal rise of malt, rather remaining true to American IPAs where the hops dominate without malt interferrence. This allows the beer to deliver a high level of drinkability despite its alcohol content. But a stronger and more delicate potpouri of hops particularly in the nose could really rocket this beer to the likes of Dreadnaught and Hopslam.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2012
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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