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

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 127
Gots: 216 | 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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of vidisad
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has grapefruit citrus and some tropical fruit touch of pineapple as well as some malt biscuit sweetness and some alcohol in the nose. Flavor is raw west coast hop character with leafy, citrus grapefruit hop flavor. Drinkability is a solid west coast DIPA. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try another San Diego style DIPA.

Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopheads rejoice! Greenflash is definitely one of the standout breweries of the Southernest part of SoCal. Mendocino and San Diego Counties are a mecca for hopheads to be sure.

The Imperial IPA pours with a substantial creamy head with true brew lacing and a yeasty golden complexion. The nose is rife with hoppy bitter tingles and blossoming floral notes. Underlying oat textures the nose but it's mostly overwhelmed by the hops.

Greenflash doesn't pull any punches...in that the hop flavor punches your palate into submission. Is there even malt flavor there? I'm sure there is in order to subdue this beers lofty IBU. Tangy citrus notes are teased out of the hop flavor and the finish is long and seemingly everlasting.

Overall this beer is one to shy away from if you're new to aggressively hoppy beers, but for those hopheads I referred to in the beginning - this is definitely worth a go.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a stemmed balloon glass.

A: Hazy copper/orange hue with a fluffy off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is sticky and coats the glass. Carbonation is subtle, as to be expected.

S: very malty on the nose. Caramel and honey, with some fruity notes and cereal grains. Hops are somewhat faint in the background.

T: much better than the nose. Up front, caramel and toast, along with some notes of lemon. Hops round out the finish, with flavors of grapefruit, grass, and a bit of green apple. Very dry and crisp at the end.

Notes: A very well-balanced, full-bodied brew. A bit more body than I expected from this brew. The alcohol is well hidden, which makes the beer very easy to drink. A solid effort, and one that I will seek out again.

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

I am not sure what to expect with this one. Their Hop Head Red gets high remarks, but I pitched the first one I had. Lets see if their showcase IPA is more drinkable.

Appearance: After a pretty careful pour there is a 1/2" head of small white bubbles on top that fades pretty slowly back into the beer. About a minute after the pour, it was about half its original height. The beer itself is pretty cloudy so you can't tell what kind of bubbles are rising. There is a pretty consistent ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: Of course I get tons of hops in here with the oils practically seeping into your nose. This is one of the more blatantly hoppy DIPA that I have smelled. There is strong grapefruit and tangerine noticeable in the hops in particular. It is nice, but it is hard to pick up the malt in the nose.

Taste: The flavor is also insanely hoppy with a little bit of malt noticeable as some sweet light caramel in the middle of the profile, and some balance in the finish, but the balance in run by the hops overall. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish as an evident warming that mixes with the fruitiness of the hops and fermentation quite well to give it an almost mimosa-like feel. The carbonation could be a bit higher and enhance the presentation more.

Opinion: This actually turned out to be a pretty good beer. It is stupidly hoppy, but that is what you can expect from certain examples of this style. It still manages to give a bit of balance and the complexity of the hops help it to keep from seeming one-dimensional. It has about 1 1/2 dimensions, but it still has something. If you are a hop-head, I would definitely recommend this beer. If you are a malt-head like I am, I would still recommend it, but maybe you might want to split a bomber with a friend...or two.

Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

643rd Review on BA
Bottle to Taster glass- 6 oz
22 oz bottle

App- A darker orange color with a pretty liberal one finger head and a little bit of cling to it.

Smell- A fair beer down the middle for an Imperial styled IPA. Not a hop bomb or a citrus bomb either. Nice muted resiny and citrus with a little pine.

Taste- A nice bigger IPA with some good layers of flavor with the hops of course coming forward. A sharp bite of citrus comes in with just a touch of bitterness as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Its a nice fuller DIPA.

Drink- I need to drink more of Green Flashes beers. I always over look them being from So.Cal. This was a nice beer. I would like to have again just in a bigger glass.

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'm a big fan of their IPA and received this bottle with a relatively fresh bottling. bottled in may... drank in june.

hoping for a brisk complexity and the hop note was great. lots of grapefruit and a solid malty sweet back. the bitter end was wood pine with a bit of a resin to it. well balanced. on tap it gave me more grassiness. some green pepper... almost a different beer. a whole lot of Amarillo though. totally solid... but safe. i think the IPA has more accent. still a good beer though.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - A hazy golden body topped by an ample white head. Lacing is minimal. I might even go so far as to say it's murky. Just a bit.

Smell - Not the hop bomb I was hoping/expecting. It's got a healthy dose of citrus, but it's also got a dominating sweetness and booziness right behind it. Oh man this is gonna be a big one.

Taste - Like the aroma, the citrus hops come first, but it's so sweet that they seem to take second fiddle. Caramel malts and booze are the flavors that drown out the hops. In the aftertaste are piney hops and a slightly sustained bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not very syrupy considering the sweetness. Still a bit thick, but not as much as I expected. What's dominating is the booze. It's way too much considering that it's only 9.4%. No need for it to be this hot.

Overall - A slight disappointment. It's strange that I thought Green Flash West Coast IPA didn't have enough malt to it and this one has way too much. I'd bet a 2 part West Coast IPA and 1 part Imperial IPA combination would be spectacular.

Photo of rwmiscik
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My only problem with this beer is it could use a little bit more mouth feel but it is a great beer over all. Definitely a classic west coast ipa. Smell of citrus hops and nice finish of nugget hops. Finishes very dry and leaves you wanting another sip so it is very drinkable.

Photo of spicelab
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor

Stained glass orange, with a finger of fluffy white head. Specks of lacing and a thin film remain. Lace retention upon swirling is better and quite resilient.

Hop-malt duel between huge earthy pine and impressively savoury cheese crackers. Candied lemon peel and a smattering of spicy herbs are about all that make it through the noise. Definitely unsubtle.

Taste is sweeter at first; syrupy grapefruit, passionfruit and mango, with slightly less pungent bready malts. But soon enough, bitter, resiny pine asserts its dominance. The booze aint hiding though, and partners with a breath freshener character in a slightly abrasive fashion.

Full and syrupy, with medium-high bitterness and eucalyptus freshness showcased well by low to moderate carbonation.

It's brash and in-your-face, but seems a little too big for its boots. There's not enough dimension in the hop character to hold your interest and justify the overt booziness. Much prefer the West Coast personally.

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

Glowing orange-yellow body. The lacing is superb; it's leaving concentric rings around my Duvel tulip.

If pine trees bore tropical fruits akin to pineapple, and then bitter white grapefruit and fresh pine needles were mixed with those fruits to brew this beer, this is what it would smell like... Sweet, juicy pine fruits along with bitter floral grapefruit on the tail end.

Aggressively hopped and I'm loving it. Tastes fresh and dank: very citrusy and piney. I drank a lot of hoppy beers in my life and I feel the flavor of this beer is leagues better than Green Flash West Coast IPA. Sweet tropical fruits give character to that backbone of biting dank pine. Sweeter than PtE, but less sweet than the similarly hopped Hop Stoopid. I also taste the Summit hops with their pungent, onion-like aroma... but this is NOT as potent as Devil Dancer.

Body is moderate. Carbonation is on the higher side, which aids drinkability.

Overall, this is a man's Imperial IPA. Big, bold, dank, and it leaves a lasting impression. I like this beer a lot.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - clear yellow (classic beer color) with a fluffy white head that resolved fairly quickly. Moderate amount of visible carbonation in the glass.

S - lots of grassy hops on the nose, but no real citrus to speak of. Moderately intense.

T - I was a little surprised at the taste as I was expecting a powerful and complex hop profile but instead got a lot of the grassy hops mixed in with some booziness. Definitely some malt backbone to hold it up, but the overall flavor just didn't push far enough in any particular direction.

M - moderately light, though a bit oily. Very little carbonation.

D - the drinkability was hampered somewhat by the booziness so it ended up being more of a sipper.

Overall it was solid, but not outstanding. Being that they're among the kings of the west coast style IPA I thought this would be a more intense IPA experience, but it was fundamentally different than I had expected with more maltiness (yes, required for the alcohol, but still) and less complexity of the hops profile.

Photo of dcloeren
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp sunset orange with 3 fingers of foamy cream colored head. Straight sticky lacing all the way down my glass

S: Pine hops dominate this scent. Maybe a slight citrus background with some caramel malt but the pine hops overtake any hint of another scent trying to shine through

T: Pine hops, pine resin, pine sap, subtle citrus and even more subtle caramel malt background

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that stabs your tongue like tiny little demons stabbing it with pitch forks with every sip. Bitter/drying aftertaste. Hop Dragon breath for sure!

Overall I thought this was a very hoppy, crisp and delicious IIPA. I didnt think that it had any depth or complexity to it but it was a major hop bomb and a good one at that. I would definitely seek another out in the future

Photo of chilly460
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper with a thin tan head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Nice aroma with sweet tangerine, crisp grapefruit, and overall strong tropical fruits going on here. Plenty of balance with sweet malts, this is a nice "big" smelling west coast dipa.

T - Solid punch of the big citrus fruits picked up in the aroma with a bit more piney hoppiness. A bit more earthy flavor as well. Malts don't come off as sweet as the smell indicates, more of a dry bread. Very solid.

M - Nice and chewy, very nice smoothness. Right on point for a DIPA.

O - Definitely above average, solid flavors and smell. I'll pick one up anytime I see it.

Photo of JonathanG
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 22, 2011 at the Elite Brands GIBF at Falling Rock Tap House. Jim Kenny walked me through their line-up.

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange with moderate head retention.

S: This sure is a stinky DIPA (from all the nugget hops, I'm sure)! A wild hop nose, with big and bold earthy spice backing it up. (As a sidenote, Jim Kenny told me the hop farmer absolutely hates having to drive through the field of nugget hops!)

T: Earthy, wild and spicy overall. Not for the timid as this DIPA has it's way with your tastebuds.

M: Feels spicy and drier than some DIPAs I've tasted recently. Solid body that is not thin, but not over-the-top thick either.

O: Seems to be a bit of a polarizing DIPA. I liked it for something a bit off the beaten path, but I'm not sure I'd drink this on a regular basis?

Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a very hazy amber color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Nice nose of hops. Mostly citrus with some sweet pine. Somewhat tropical. Taste is dry and hoppy. A lot more pine taste than pine aroma. Not much citrus, in fact it is a bit floral towards the end. Creamy mouthfeel as well as being dry. Nice amount of bitterness. Very little alcohol burn. Nicely drinakble for an Imperial. Overall, its a solid Imperial IPA and a good price at that. Worth getting.

Photo of Zimbo
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orangy colour. Sweet deep pnetrationg nose and there is a juicy deep citric quality here. Firm and full but balanced by some superb supple finesse which manages to just reigns in and nuture that intensity.
Outstanding definition but this is neither wimpy nor brutally harsh.

Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Spaten glass. Yellowish, hazy orange. head is two fingers of a tinge off of bright white. Lace appears to be sticky.

Smell is sweet, sticky malts. A ton of sweet smells that remind me of Double Simcoe.

The taste is sweet and "oh my god" boozy. This is (I believe '08 vintage) so I'm not sure how this was fresh. Other than that I am not sure how to explain what is happening to my pallet. My tasting partner and I believe this is what happens to an Imperial IPA after a few years. It turns into a phenomenal Barleywine. Sweet, sweet booze!! MMMhhh!!! I wonder if i can run the Suburban on this?

The mouth is that of a great Barleywine. Sweet, syrupy. Nicely carbonated and rich to the end.

Overall I don't remember this one when it was fresh, but I really love this as a three year old. Highly recommended at any age.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color. Lovely big slightly off-white head with good lacing and nice retention.

Smell: The aroma isn't too strong. Fairly biscuity, with light citrus hops.

Taste: There's a fair amount of sweetness starting out, and it just gets stronger as you get towards the finish. Sure, there's some hops and biscuit flavors going on too, but they seem overwhelmed by the sweet, alcoholic malts. The aftertaste is generally bitter, but with some underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly viscous. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tough with all that sweetness. Very strong in the ABV department, and after a bit you can really taste it in the aftertaste.

I continue to struggle to find a Green Flash beer that I truly enjoy. They all seem to clash with me a bit or otherwise miss the mark. Now that they're moving in just down the street from me, I'm hoping I'll be able to find one that suits my fancy.

Photo of AJDean
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have heard quite a bit about this brewery and was anxious to try this beer. I had this out of a 22 oz.
This poured a nice golden color with a slight haze. The smell had a wonderful hop forward character that i really enjoyed. This is a really big beer and unfortunately the abv is not masked very will. With 102 ibu's you think it would be but i think a little more malt character would have made this great. Overall i enjoyed it but I expect a little more balanced IPA.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice orange/tangerine color w/ a beautiful two finger head. Not much carbonation, and decent lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but fairly clear to see through. A really nice looking beer.

S- Orange, tangerine, malt, hops, something funky as well... onion??? not sure what that last thing is. Nice smelling except for that one thing. Would've been a 4.5 otherwise. Solid.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. It doesn't taste like 101 IBU's to me. It's bitter, but not what I thought it would be. I can't figure out what that off taste is (onion, garlic?) but it really detracts from this beer. It's still tasty, but I've definitely had to lower the score because of that. Tasty, just not as good as their West Coast IPA.

M- Pretty much right with the style, not a whole lot to add to that. Definitely bitter, w/ a smoothness that shows itself in the aftertaste. This and the appearance are the strong suits of this beer for me.

O- Good solid beer that fails to meet the bar West Coast IPA has set. I'm going to have to read some other reviews to see if someone else figured out that onion/garlic smell/taste I was getting. Worth trying if you like the style. Definitely different, and not a bad effort... Just not world class.

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

Pours a clear orange/brown with two fingers of head that leave a lot of lacing behind.

Smell is the biggest blast of pine/spruce that I can remember. These aromas seem to prevent anything else from coming through except for a small amount of caramel malt.

Taste is similar to smell, with pine hops dominating. There is a bit of caramel malt trying to balance things out, but this is clearly a West Coast hop-dominated DIPA. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Medium bodied oily mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Slightly astringent feeling.

Overall, not the most complex DIPA around, bit still a quite enjoyable, pine hop-forward, beer.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Burp Castle, NYC, NY

I love a good Green Flash IPA. They're always full of big hops, and when I'm in the mood for a great IPA, I know to reach for a Green Flash. I prefer the regular to the imperial, as far as drinkability goes, but the imperial is still very good.

Poured into a stemglass, a clear, dark golden color with a finger of white head that receded quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Strong, potent hops fill the nose, and not much else to say about the aroma. Big, big hops on the tongue, with bitterness of citrus zest. Some pine and grass in there, but it's the hops that you notice more than anything. Bitter and very dry finish. You're left feeling like you've just had...an imperial IPA. Medium body and definitely drinkable if you're in the market for hops.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber to dark gold yellow, very minimal carbonation, 1/2 finger head with almost no lacing present

S: bold hop aroma, cedar tree, freshly cut grass aroma

T: drying effect the coats the tongue with bitterness, it attacks the sides of the tongue and wipes out the salivary glands with a bitter orange rind citrus bitterness, the lack of carbonation makes the IBUS (101) even more pronounced, the hops resonate upon swallowing and the aroma expands

M: the mouthfeel is very thing for a beer this big with a big alcoholic kick, a bit disappointing in this area as you would expect more maltiness or coating to balance, maybe it was intentional to boost up the hop profile but i feel that it results in an inbalanced beer, accomplishing its mission but with a tactless bravado that charges in without finesse

D: The aggressive character of this beer makes it difficult to commit to on a regular basis, a 22oz bomber might be the maximum prescribed value, this beer wears out its welcome on the palate quickly, but the first moments are shocking and note worthy.

Narrative: "Alright, try to calm down" the police sketch artist pleaded "I know it is shocking, but try to remember something...anything." What coudl you tell him, it was so offensive and abrupt, you'd almost rather just put it behind you. "Well it was bitter...unexpected..." "yes yes...go on.." God, what do you tell a complete stranger about a man who confronts you and pushes bitter hops in your mouth, "listen, I just dont feel up to this right now," you still feel its grassy stench in your nasal cavity "ANYTHING HELPS" FINE "OK IT SMELLED LIKE PINE...PINE! Are you happy now?" your jaw lightly clicks in the tense silence that ensues "Did...were there any hops cones or flowers left beh-" "HOW DARE YOU ASK ME SOMETHING LIKE THAT."

Photo of TCgoalie
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellow with flashes of red and green tint. A slight film for a head with slight lacing.

There is a large malt presence with some orange, and peach in the nose.

The taste presents more hop presence than the nose indicates. Tastes of apricot, peach, orange and the staple west coast pine hops. Some malts back up the bitterness for balance.

Full feeling in the mouth, which is both full in carbonation and presence.

Overall, this is a solid DIPA which fits the billing of both the style and ABV.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the collaboration beer, the Highway 78 Scotch Ale, between Stone and Green Flash, I decided that I'd try out one of Green Flash's beers. My brother told me that their Double Stout is excellent. Since I'm a hop head I got their Imperial IPA.

I love the head on this thing. It forms slowly but gets very big, frothy, and a bit off-white that keeps its shape very well. Though the head remains resilient throughout drinking it doesn't leave a lot of lacing. The color is of clear, bright amber.

Smell-wise the Imperial IPA is very interesting. I can smell it even when I have it sitting on the table next to me. It's like being next to a bouquet of flowers, it's so floral. The hops are earthy, add a grassy smell, and are very herbal as well, adding a marijuana-like smell, but not one that is unappetizing. There's some sweetness in there too that goes well with the aroma of pine resin. Mango/citrus comes out too. They're all the smells I love in an IPA.

This is certainly a very hoppy beer, as it should be. It has a lot of bitterness to it, as the 101 IBUs would attest to. Even when the beer warms up the bitterness of the hops are strong. I think people who aren't hop heads would find this beer too intimidating with the hop bitterness. That's not a knock on the beer, though. Caramel sweetness, pine resin, and mango/pineapple are underlying that help to balance out the beer a bit. It does taste very fresh, as if the hops were just added. There is a grassy breadiness, if that makes sense, to it that helps make it more well-balanced.

This is a medium-carbonated beer that has a with a lighter body than I thought it'd have but it's still medium-bodied. The feel is slick yet a bit chewy. It's pretty drinkable...if you like an abundance of hops. Your palette is definitely destroyed after drinking this. I wish this was a little more well-balanced but it's definitely tasty and a must-drink for any hop head. I really want to eat a pizza with this.

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,469 ratings.