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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2,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 125
Gots: 202 | FT: 3
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:
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(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.03/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap and was served in a 10 oz glass.
Hazy amber color with a one finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.
There was a slight whiff of hops upfront, but within a few seconds the aroma turned extremely pungent.
Taste was downright unpalatable. It felt like a mouthful of roasted Brussels sprouts squashed in a mixer. I have never experienced such a foul taste profile in any IPA or DIPA till date.
It was quite the experience, one which I hope never repeats itself. I could only go halfway through the 10 oz and returned the beer.
I hope this was a one-off case and that the beer had gone bad in the keg.
Hopefully my opinion will change when I get the chance to taste this ale from a bottle.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous hazy yellow orange with a big frothy white head and outstanding retention and lacing.

Smells like dank wet hops, oily acidic hop resins, caramelized citrus, tropical fruitiness.

Taste is dominated by hops. Layers of citrus, spruce, pine, and mango lead into some malty sweetness and a huge wave of bitterness assaults the palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. Oily.

Damn good DIPA. Hop Heads Rejoice

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Tpsauer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle does not have a date on it but the case had a 11-7 date on it. Pretty fresh. 22oz bottle poured into my HOTD tulip.

Appearance- Clear golden orange with a big off yellowish head. Lots of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Big pine aroma with sweet malt backing it up. 4.5/5

Taste- Great pine trees, Batman! Lots of pine and less of a sweet malt background than the smell. 5/5

Mouthfeel- Perfectly even. Right down the middle of thin and thick. 5/5

Overall- I love Green Flashes regular IPA and this is just as great only bigger. 5/5

Photo of gc4hokies
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma = musty, grapefruit, slight pine
Appearance = golden, clear nice thick foamy head
Taste = musty, earthy taste. Bitter hop resins. Gum tingling. Balanced with a nice amount of malt
Mouth feel = thick as expected. Good carbonation
Overall = very nice double. Musty hop resinous. Will eat the enamel off your teeth! Good stuff

Update 2/19/2012: Drinking another bottle of this and this one must be a bit fresher. The hops are really fresh and pungent. Outstanding

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pettis
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Imperial IPA pours a nice golden amber with a bubbly, silky, medium-sized head. Wonderful aroma of citrus and resinous hops. The first sip is excellent--a solid, but not too rich or sweet, malt backbone over which flows a delicious wave of citrus notes and delightful tongue-bruising bitterness. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and a smooth, creamy, mouthfeel with nicely balanced carbonation contributes to an extremely drinkable, yet very big, beer.

First American-brewed double IPA I've had in long while after several months in Japan, and man does it taste good. Perhaps the freshest Green Flash I've had. Buying Green Flash in the Midwest was a crap shoot, since the lack of bottle dating sometimes resulted in the purchase of beer with spectacularly faded hops. My impression is that shipments to Tokyo are probably smaller and sell more quickly, perhaps ensuring better freshness. Cheers to the folks at Nagano Trading for importing this and an ever-increasing variety of US craft beers to Japan.

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a bottle that I got at The Burger Shoppe in the NYC Financial District.
A. It has a gold color that makes it opaque. There are some bubbles that creates something of a limited head but that leaves a descent amount of lacing.
S. There's a soapy-ness to it and clearly some hops aroma.
T. It's very fruity and not as much floral, for an IPA. There's a strong hint of strawberry. The aftertaste is more of a sweet caramel hit. The hoppy spicyness is mixed throughtout.
M. Thick, in a good way.
O. Fantastic offering. More of a sweet, fruity IPA than the floral IPA's I traditionally prefer, but a fantastic offering.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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