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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 kwjd
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while. It pours a light orange colour with soapy white head and lots of lacing. Smell is just a blasting of hop aroma, pine and tropical fruits. Lots of bitterness here, but that is what I want in a IIPA. Huge hop bite in the flavour with some caramel malt in there too, somwhere. Nice carbonation level. This is up there with my favourite IIPA's.

kwjd, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of philippehb
4.05/5  rDev -1%

22oz Bomber

A - Gold, not clear. Good head, good lacing. Interesting !

S - POW! Is that concentrated pine tree resin and orange peels? Can't wait to taste it !

T - Mmmm, that is tasty, you can feel the ABV right away. An almost smoky and resinous herbal flavor, hard to describe, there must have been a lot of hops brewed in here. A bit rough, but great for the same reason.

M - good body, good carbonation

D - An Adventure really.

philippehb, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%

Split a 22 two ways, poured into stemless wine glasses. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: lemon, citrus, pine, resin, sweet candy, rough hop, floral, tropical fruit, pineapple, tart citrus, nondescript hop, vegetative, alcohol, slightly oxidized slightly stale abused hop presence

Ap: fine haze straw with light orange, off white head, fair retention

T: Resin, pine, strong persistent bitterness, citrus (lemon, pineapple, grapefruit), candy sweetness, rough resin burn, light alcohol, plain malt, honey/light caramel, vegetative, hints of hop funk, raw hop, tropical fruit, non-descript hop, aggressive citrus/pine hop resin, big flavor, *good sweet/hop balance

M: high fine carbonation, medium body, very resinous, resin burn and alcohol warmth (*good for 9.4%)

O: Aggressive hopping, pleasant flavor profile, a bit too resin balanced, tons of hops but rough and overdone, good flavor but flavor:resin balance is off, a better over the top IPA

*=ideas from fellow taster

DaveJanssen, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Amazingly enough I had this in Denmark as the bartender just wanted to try this so we cracked it open. The west coast ipa is really hoppy so I was expecting a ton more from this one being an imperial. I was right, lots of pine resin hops on the nose and aroma, start to finish. Its really strong but easy to drink a bit, couldn't crush a bomber though.

Decent imperial, nothing crazy special.

jrallen34, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of HopNuggets
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured 22oz into snifter.

A - Pours a bright sunset yellow/orange with a solid 2 finger bright white head that dissipates over a good amount of time but keeps a great coating over the top of the beer that leaves a nice lacing.

S - Sweet grapefruit and orange, followed by some pine a hint of spiciness and some candied sugar toffee malt. Different but nice and complex.

T - Bitter grapefruit with some sweet calming orange, some caramel/toffee malt. Bitter and dry finish. Very clean and fresh, Cali IPA to a T!

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter and dry.

D - Very drinkable for a DIPA over 9% and quite refreshing on a cooling night after a hot humid summer day.

HopNuggets, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
2.58/5  rDev -36.9%

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber orange in color with lower amounts of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp and a foamy ring, leaving some lacing. A film remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure, and surprisingly clear for the style.

SMELL: Pale malts, lots of floral hops and some pine notes too. Hints of melon and some soapy notes in there as well. A little odd.

TASTE: Pale malts and touches of flowery hops, but quite a muted initial taste. Lacking up front, unfortunately. Finishes with some melon, citrus, and bitter pine notes, but not all that overwhelming either. Aftertaste is mild but lingers nicely on the palate. The taste only showed up well after the swallow, and what did show up was not all that bold or impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Decent here.

OVERALL: A little disappointed with this one. Looked great and the aftertaste delivered at least something, but the initial taste was almost non-existent and nose had a little odd soapy quality to it that didn't quite jive with me. Still drinkable enough, just not all that much going on. This was the least appealing of the Green Flash line-up I was able to try. I enjoyed their regular IPA and their Hop Head Red, but I'd pass on this one.

Jeffo, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Reads "101 IBUs" on the label.

Appearance: Clear golden orange in color. First pour had a large three finger beige head with really good retention (the second pour had a much smaller head).

Aroma: Grapefuit, tropical and pine are everywhere in the aroma. Not much malt presence overall. Very aromatic.

Taste: Pine notes dominate. The hops really assert here and pine is definitely the main note. Some grapefruit is also present. Very bitter and astrigent. Definitely a big hopbomb.

Mouthfeel: Very full and creamy. Somee oily tones as well, but the creaminess to this IPA is the real draw in my opinion.

Drinkability: The ABV and the overpoweringly bitter hops make this hard to drink a lot of (even for a hophead). I was finished after only one bomber.

Overall, a nice, big, bitter DIPA that really delivers with strong hop flavors. The hops tend to be a bit bitter and that can get overpowering. My only problem is that the aromatic tropical fruit notes seemed absent or covered up in the flavor.

Gosox8787, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into Duvel glass. No bottling date.

A- pours a hazy medium orange color with plenty of carbonation bubbles pushing upwards (help from the glass etching); sticky 1.5 finger white head that stays around for a bit but slowly fades to a thin foam

S-at first it hits you with pine, but there is a nice sweet lemon/orange citrus

T-a nice punch of citrus and pine oils coats your tongue; caramel malt to help support slightly, but it stays out of the way which is kind of nice; i get a lot of orange pith and peel from this beer

M-a little thin; light to medium body with decent carbonation; a creamier mouthfeel would have been nicer; a slight hint of alcohol

D-its a decent beer, but not one of my favorite DIPA's that I've tried; it's good but doesn't really "wow" me. I have no idea what the bottling date is, so maybe it's not as fresh as it should be. I was a little nervous before trying it because of the 101 IBU indication, but it's not as mouth-numbingly bitter as I was expecting.

scottyb88, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
3.68/5  rDev -10%

A- Clear, amber color with nice thick, pillowy egg shell head that leaves some nice, sticky looking lacing on the glass as it settles.

S- citrus and piny hops all the way through, some caramel sweetness from the malt pokes through from the background. there is also a faint hint of alcohol to it as well but not overbaring, just barely there.

T- similar to the nose. nice piny hops characteristic with some citrus hops in the background and the sweet malty background pokes through at points. the finish is a little warm with alcohol.

M/D- Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. easy drinking beer. not as bitter as i was expecting for the IBU rating on this, otherwise nice beer, minus the alcohol notes.

Pabs311, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.5/5  rDev +10%

I picked this up at work the other night.

Appearance- amber color, nice foamy head

Smell- citrus and piney hops, very nice

Taste- piney hops, loved the bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Awesome, loved it, Very nice DIPA!!, Gonna get more of this

jeffjeff1, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Nice copper yellow pour with nice foamy head and great lacing. All floral and hop resin in the nose! Very earthy. The taste is much the same. Really nice earthy, bitter, resiny hops that will make you pucker. Hops are the star here, but there's a nice caramel-toffee malt undertone to it also that adds some balance. Great chewy, resiny, oily mouthfeel. Hugely drinkable for an imperial. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. I killed a bomber in no time and was craving a second. This is a hop heads dream. When I die, I hope I go to San Diego. Great beer!

beerdrifter, Jun 16, 2010
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

drank on feb 2, 2010

clear deep golden with tangerine highlights. creamy light beige head. oily. Big patchy laces that coat the glass.

Bursting with hop goodness. Juicy grapefruit, pine, resinous dank. Mild sweet biscuit malt.

Juicy grapefruit and floral hops at first. fades in the aftertaste to a spicy resinous dank pine with a citrus hops twang at the end. Small biscuity malts lay in the background. A small bit of alcohol peaks out its head. piney dank bitterness.

Big sticky, oily, chewy. med body. moderate low carb, dry

great drinkability for a 9%. big hops flavor and bite and bitterness.

CHILLINDYLAN, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of wknight167
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Apearance - Pours a burnt orange with a 3 finger head with nice staying power and imporessive lacing.

Nose- Big bold and juicy citrus (mostly orange) and pine hops dominate the nose.

Palate- Some sweet toasted malt begins with hints of orange and apricot before the hops ramp up giving more of a grapefruit note than the nose indicated. Pine is still there. While the hop level is nothing to laugh at, I can't help but expect a bit more. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body and medium carbonation

Drinkability- Dangerously drinkable.

Overall- Expected a bit more, but it is still a very solid beer.

wknight167, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of tchenery
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

The beer is a nice glowing orange color. I thought it would be a much deeper orange than it is. It has a nice white head on it that is about 1/8 inch thick and sticking around for a while.

You can smell this beer as soon as you open it. It is very floral. It smells of bubble gum, grapefruit, and other tropical fruits. It's a very inviting smell.

Very upfront hop bitterness that is well balanced by the malt. It does not taste like it's 9.4% and it leaves your mouth very dry with a tingle at the back of the tongue. This is an excellent beer.

tchenery, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

220z bottle poured into a tulip. Consumed on 6/4/10.

Pours a very dark orange/gold with a thin off-white head on top. No retention noted, but there was some minor lace sticking to the glass. Scents of sweet syrup, toffee, mild pine, and a bit of a citrus smack.

The mouth was thick and luscious. Very creamy on the finish. This beer started out with some peppery spiciness. Bittering hops with some pine on the finish. Not a lot of sweetness noted in this beer. Very mild honey balances it out a bit. Tart lemon on the finish.

This was pretty good for what it was. Easily sipped. Easy drinker. Just thought there'd be more to it.

Onenote81, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Hazy gold with a sticky, frothy white head sticks in clumps to the glass.

Big hit of herbs, pine, and pure essence of grass assaults the palate. Undercurrents of juicy, raw orange oil coat the mouth and make it impossible for the malt to get a foothold. This one is an all-around sticky, hoppy, and beautifully bitter beer. Slightly fuller with more malt presence than my absolute favorite in this style, but this one is still quite nice.

Not in the ballpark with Pliny the Elder, but we're definitely still playing the same game. The guys in San Diego definitely know how to pack gobs of hops into a beer. Really well done, Green Flash.

bump8628, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my DFH snifter at the appropriate temperature (06/01/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a creamy one finger off-white head which left thick ringed lacing. Great looking DIPA.

S: Great bitter pine/citrus hops aroma with notes of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit along with a mild semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt.

T: Bitter citrus hops of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hit the palate first with an extremely fresh taste of pine and a well balanced caramel malt backbone. The bitterness is spot on and linger beautifully with a nice grassy feel in the finish.

M: Fuller-bodied with fairly low and creamy carbonation.

D: Good drinkability but this is a 9% DIPA with a serious degree of bitterness. Not quite as bitter as the version that I had on-tap.

Overall I was very impressed with this DIPA from Green Flash for its fresh taste and excellent hop profile and balance. This to me is extremely similar to Pliny the Elder and that is always a great thing. Recommended.

Lunch, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Grapefruit, lemon-grass, pine needles, caramel, grain sweetness; juicy and vibrant aroma. The Summit hops give vegetable, mainly onion and garlic, undertones.

Pours an orange, yellowish body with one off white finger of head that has characteristically sticky lace but average retention.

Sweet caramel grain finish, underscored with a bitter yet faint longer lingering taste. Bitterness hits after a full beat, and sweet malt and bitter hops play off each other pretty well. Like alternating solos with no missed notes. Well hidden alcohol also.

Medium bodied and a near high level of carbonation that envelopes the mouth and doesn't scrape the tongue dry. Slightly salty yet very quaff-able. Possibly even a bit refreshing.

The only complaint is it was a tad too sweet (probably due to age). Nevertheless it was definitely one of the most drinkable DIPA's I have had.

TheJollyHop, May 31, 2010
Photo of SenorBeaver
5/5  rDev +22.2%

I love this beer. I didn't realize how much until I searched for double IPA's and Imperial IPA's for the past year. I realized that there are very few that are so hoppy and smooth without a sweet after taste or thickened body.

This is the beer that I have been comparing other to, even Pliny the Elder. There are a few other companies in northern CA that are similar, but not with the same intense hoppy flavor of this San Diego area beer. I wnat to try it on tap.

SenorBeaver, May 28, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Let me start this out by saying...holy hops. Very hoppy beer, bitter as well, scorching the tastebuds as I type this. It's also strong (high abv). Reminds me a bit of Stone Ruination, but has more of a clean taste to it, meaning I am not really getting the piney/stickiness from it. A solid beer, a bit too "green" for me in that it tastes to vegatal. I like the concept of green beer but I don't want the vegetable taste to come through in the beer.

Definitely worth a try if you like strong, bitter, hoppy IPAs, get on board. I am not going to say I'll be a regular on this in that it's a bit too much for me with the hops and vegetable taste but it's still a quality IPA. Just not my cup of tea.

Pittsburgh, May 28, 2010
Photo of ryno09
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

As soon as you open the bottle you're hit with hop aroma. Poors a nice clear orange with a good head which fades due to the high alcohol content. This beer has excellent lacing. The nose is awesome - I get a lot of sweetness, maybe some peach and other dried fruit smells with just a hint of malt.

In the taste I get the bitterness until almost the end when the malt comes in and balances it out. The hops have more of piney/resiny taste then the nose would indicated - I get less of the fruitiness on the palate. Not quite as balanced as some double/imperial IPAs but being a west coast beer that's not too surprising.

ryno09, May 26, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -2.2%

A: poured a golden yellow with orange hues and a finger of white head that had good sticky lacing.

S: piney hoppy caramel aromas with a nice sweet malt presence and hints of citrus fruit.

T: piney hop and grapefruit bitterness up front with caramel notes. Pretty good balance between the hops and the malts

M: meduim body with good carbonation that has a nice bitter finish and lingers on the palate after a sip.

D: decnt high gravity DIPA from green flash. Drinks good down to the bottom, will get some more soon.

Gobzilla, May 24, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

A: light orange color bright white creamy looking head good lace

S: orange grapefruit pine malt in the background and a hint of topical fruits along with pineapple

T: the hops hit you first a burst of flavor grapefruit orange pineapple maybe some mango its got a malt presence but its not sticky like some imperial IPAs I have had thats a good thing in my book

M: med body carbonation is nice

D: really drinkable the only thing holding this back is the ABV

overall: another winner from green flash well crafted damn fine beer. better then most Double IPAs I have had.

JamisonM, May 17, 2010
Photo of hrmhrm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Cloudy amber, but rich color amber, the kind they find fossils in.

Taste starts light and comes on stronger. Dances across the tongue rather than hop-dumping on it. Nice bitter aftertaste, if you like that kind of thing, but not overpowering.

I prefer West Coast IPA and Hop Head Red, two fine brews from Green Flash. But this comes real close.

hrmhrm, May 16, 2010
Photo of klikger
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Golden ale, a bit cloudier than expected with some sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Brown sugar, floral hops, and honey.

T - Oak, a bit of smoke, caramel, and pine needles. Finishes simultaneously crazy bitter and super sweet.

M - Bitterly astringent, yet too syrupy; a bit under-carbonated.

D - The alcohol and the malts limit the drinkability here.

Although I very much enjoyed this beer, I prefer Green Flash's West Coast IPA, as it's unbalanced in just the right way. I will look forward to having this DIPA again.

klikger, May 06, 2010
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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