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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

2,198 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,198
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 103
Gots: 125 | 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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benclimbs

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly cloudy pale orange copper classic ipa look

Nose isn't that impressive - too much boring yeast and simple hop - not much citrus, pine or fruit

It's a good tasting double ipa, nice balance of alcohol, sweet, rich malts, hop bitterness and a little pear or ripe fruit.

Finish is really nice with lots of volume in the mouth

Pretty solid all around but not a favorite

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:12:23 | More by benclimbs
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Newmerator

California

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. hop heaven here.

popped the top off and hops screamed out. pours a beautiful pale golden, pearl white head and sticky lace

smell bursts of hops, citurs, pine etc.

taste is just delicious. grapefruit at the end. but the smell is almost identical.

mouthfell is silky, not too heavy. a very drinkable IIPA.

cheers

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 03:12:37 | More by Newmerator
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dismal

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a really light orange color with a white head that leaves some really nice lacing down the glass. The smell is really hoppy, I got lots of pine of first followed by a lot of grapefruit. It smells pretty hoppy, pretty good smell. Taste is really great! A lot of grapefruit and pine in the taste. Really hoppy, has a great taste to it. Pretty bitter but not extreme, I really like it. With a fairly high ABV it's easily drinkable. I'm going to be picking up this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 05:55:12 | More by dismal
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this thanks to Rus - thanks!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of herbal, almost grassy hops with a good deal of citrus hop aromas lurking in the background, all backed up by pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of caramel malt are joined shortly by hop flavors that are equally herbal and citrus. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is a solid DIPA, though it's just a hair away from being great. Still, worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 21:40:53 | More by glid02
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croc

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've given this one more than a couple of chances to impress me but some how it seems to just fall short of some of my other favorites in the IPA class. That being said, this is still a better than average IPA! It has an insane amount of flavor right off the bat. Very heavy on the herbs and spices. This beer pours great and is served best at 45-50 degrees. The smell and feel add to the allure of this ale. I rate the drinkability if this one only a 4.0 as the herbs and spices make this a one or two beer max. per outing.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:23:13 | More by croc
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aubuc1

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a clear orange with a sticky white head.

Big sweet grapefruit and pine smell.

Bold hoppy taste that is not overly bitter taste. Excellent. Finish is clean but dry.

Not as bitter as I expected, but very hoppy. Great beer, and great first beer for me from green flash.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:21:19 | More by aubuc1
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Docer

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber @beaumontmarket.. only other place I've seen it is @wholefoods up here on 15th and NE Fremont. No freshness date.

- Nice so slightly cloudy orange and a bit of yellow... limited to no head as poured.. and a swarm of lacing...

- Strong floral hop scent... bit estery.. little bit of grain and caramel to it.... little bit of alcohol smell.

- A rather unique flavor... and smooth. Citrus and pine with a slight pungent nose as well.. quite hoppy. Bit underbalanced w/ a roasty caramel malt.. hides the strength well.

- Dry, slightly bitter/sour aftertaste.. slightly chewy and oily.

- Quite smooth... just doesn't quite have the flavor profile I like in an IIPA... but over all decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 01:58:32 | More by Docer
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy, neat orange colour, nice white cap, lots of lacing

S - big clean hoppy nose, very classic, with that lovely malt aroma backing it up, more sweet grapefruit and tropical/citrus than piney, really good

T - juicy sweet tropical hop blast greets the tongue, very fine malt backbone gives it a hint of caramel, aftertaste is bitter with tons of grapefruit and pine notes with lots of alcohol (that tastes good actually).

M - medium body, slightly oily, puckering resin, very dry finish from the hop bitterness, warming alcohol

D - it doesn't get much better than this

Wow, what a roller coaster ride. Insane hopping, yet somehow exceptionally balanced. Lots of malt and sweetness, yet it's not at all heavy or cloying. I love tropical hop aroma/flavour, but I also really like biting piney hop bitterness, and this beer has both, which you don't often find. I shared a bottle of this about a year ago at a tasting and absolutely loved it... boy am I happy to finally have a bottle all to myself. Perhaps the best IIPA I've tasted.

Thanks to Canucklehead for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:24:28 | More by markaberrant
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a marvelous head that sticks and laces beautifully

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt is always discernable and acts as a platform for the grapefruit and pineapple hops to address the tastebuds; after the swallow, the hops continue to take top billing, but for 101 IBUs, I was not overwhelmed by bitterness

Mouthfeel: It is rare that mouthfeel becomes the most prominent attribute, but the smoothness here is really impressive; medium to full bodied, but very creamy, with a nice undertone of silky smooth carbonation

Drinkability: This is certainly a fine DIPA, but I think it lacks a little something in the flavor profile - just doesn't have the suck your taste buds dry aspect of many other DIPA

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:47:28 | More by brentk56
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miramanmike

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear light copper color and a big fat white head that faded quickly and left some lace in my glass
S: Big hoppy smell as soon as I opened the bottle, LOVE IT.
T: Just like it's smell, a big hoppy taste and a well balanced maltiness to cut the bitter back.
M: Good carbonation, very refeshing.
D: I love this beer, I can drink this down just fine! I will be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:26:31 | More by miramanmike
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a glass tumbler. Thanks to Dave at Rodmans for the recommendation.

Appearance is strong, light amber color with a thin, cream head. Strong apricot smell with a touch of spices and a shitload of hops. Wonderfully warming citrus, peach, and pine leaves. A bold 9% ABV, but not overwhelming. Yeasty, sticky and resiny. Dry, but subtle and a bit ashy. Finishes very well with a remarkable balance. Goes really well with grilled meats and vegetables.

Thoroughly satisfying and yet another amazing selection from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 15:25:47 | More by TLove
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GarrisWH

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into pint glass

A - Pours a nice rich looking clear golden-orange color with a thick, white two-finger head that recedes fairly quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Pick up mostly on the fresh grassy/citrus/piney hop aromas with a little bit of alcohol coming through. Getting a little bit of maltiness in there as well.

T - Definitely not light on the hop flavors. Heavy floral/pine hop flavors with a little bit of citrus in there. Detect a bit of biscuity malt on the finish that balances pretty well against the hoppiness. Crisp, bitter aftertaste which leaves a little bit of alcohol on the palate.

M - Medium bodied with a very resinous mouthfeel.

D - Pretty drinkable brew at 9%, but one is definitely enough. Not mingblowing, but an interesting beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:23:09 | More by GarrisWH
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice light brown with a half inch of white head that fades moderately rapidly. Laces moderately.

S- Heavy on the grassy, piney hops. Light citrus hop comes through though. Alcohol and hops combine for an almost coffee-like spiciness.

T- A nice sweet, carmel-y malt in the background with some nice floral hops up front. A little alcohol, some citrus, some piney hops. Almost honey-like background.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Nothing special, but good for a high ABV, IIPA.

D- Pretty good for the style and mouthfeel. A good one from GF.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:35:52 | More by LordAdmNelson
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Kromes

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Lots of lacing. A nice, sweet grassy, pine, citrus hop aroma. The initial taste is sweet and malt, but that is quickly overpowered by the big pine, citrus flavor from the hops. The malt is in the background and there are some flowery notes in the taste due to the hops. The finish is nice and spicy bitter. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thinner than some of the Double IPAs I've had recently, it was about right. Great drinkability, I really enjoyed the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:28:29 | More by Kromes
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bigbelcher

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a nice golden orange color with a solid white head and good belgian lacing. Aroma of grassy hops with a little bit of malt background. Full bodied and chewy, good CO2. Pretty well balanced for sucha big beer, not too sweet and a hop monster flavor with balanced bitterness. Easy to get yourself hurt drinking this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 17:28:31 | More by bigbelcher
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bluetravlr

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden/orange coloration with one finger of frothy head. Thin film continues throughout the glass leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus with a hint of alcohol.

T: Crispy sweetness at first quickly followed by a complex, but mostly piney, bitterness. Some floral flavors mix with the taste of alcohol. Bread and caramel notes ride throughout. Bitter, alcohol aftertaste.

M: Good consistency. Nicely carbonated, if not a bit overdone.

D: The alcohol is definitely noticeable in this one and the bottle claims 101IBUs. A sipper, and I don't think I'd drink more than one, but this is a nicely complex and satisfying beer.

There is something unique about the hop profile in this IPA. Perhaps this is due to the Nugget hops, which I don't remember any other IPA I've tried having. Anyway, not my favorite but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:16:58 | More by bluetravlr
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Yesac

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange and slight amber in color. Small fizzy white head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Huge sweet and sharp fresh floral hops. Excellent.

T- Sharp hop bitterness with a floral blanket overall. Some toasty malt at the very end. Slightly to sharp of a bitterness for my tastes. However I don't think this is a fresh bottle.

M- Thick bodied. Slightly sticky

D- Smooth, smells great and tasts great. Just a tad to bitter though however this is a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:08:55 | More by Yesac
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, apricot-nectar color with a very small light-orange/off-white head.

S: Big aromas of caramel at first that gradually blend into pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Vaguely spicy aroma of cinnamon or nutmeg...or both?

T: See above. As it warms citrus, spice, and even biscuit flavors become very apparent. Tastes like fresh squeezed hop juice!

M: Oily and very sticky. Spicy juicy hops coat like paint.

D: Fantastic stuff. Straight out of Heather's food fridge, this was far too cold. As it warmed this absolutely came alive. Do not serve too cold!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 23:27:01 | More by GbVDave
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mango colored cloudy

Smell: Pine, Grapefruit, Green Apple

Taste: Grapefruit, Wheat, Hint Blueberry and Mint flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied Smooth Tannins

Drinkability: Session or Sipper Whatever you can handle! I was amazed with the flavors in this Double IPA. A friend had it in his fridge and we tried it - I'm excited to taste more beer from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 16:40:01 | More by LauraAlberts
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mjd83goblue

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Many thanks to torchednoodle for this surprise!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2" head. Fresh, raw hops dominate the aroma.

Tons of sweet grapefruit, some pineapple. Balanced with (quite) sweet malt, with just a hint of something darker at the end. Nicely bitter finish. Palate-wrecker, but very enjoyable.

Mouthful is on point. Went down very easy.

Just a fantastic DIPA. True west coast style. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:48:33 | More by mjd83goblue
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at Bierkraft. I was told that this was dry hopped in the cask.

A: Clear with a mild haze and absolutely no head, the pour is a little disappointing. Copper/amber in color.

S: Absolutely awesome hop aroma up front, with plenty of pine, abrasive and fresh. Really is pine juice, this. Some citrus is present as well, with a bright tangerine aroma. Mild mint character is noticeable as well. Excellent. Malt is not really noticeable, this is a treat

T: Opens up beautifully hoppy, with plenty of hop flavor, piney in character. Excellent bitterness as well, the balance between the flavoring and bittering hops is spot on, the way I like it. Hop flavors are as on the nose - pine with some citrus. Mildly spicy in the back, with a little bit of pepper and some mint. Malt? Practically non-existent, this beer is dry, and finishes so, with a gorgeous hop bitterness

M: A little soft of the carbonation, but that doesn't detract much from the rest of this fantastic experience this beer is. Excellent, light body, exceptional finish.

D: Splitting the remains of this growler with a couple of friends, this is hysterically easy to drink

Note: This beer is better than my score indicates, it really is fabulous!

Serving type: cask

04-30-2009 22:55:28 | More by DefenCorps
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great clear amber/copper with an abundant frothy head. The head is white and thoroughly impressive, very slow to dissipate. A bountiful amount of lacing was left in the glass.

Very fragrant, clean and citrusy smelling. Almost a grapefruit and pine cone aroma. There are also hints of a sweet and inviting aroma.

Very bitter but pairs well with the big caramel tasting backbone. The bitterness reminds me a lot of lemon zest, very citrusy and drying. The sweetness on the finish leaves your mouth watering for more.

This beer has good carbonation packed in a medium body. It is smooth but hard to distinguish from the bitterness. I enjoyed the way it coated my mouth and left it feeling oily.

This is a beer the average hop head should thoroughly enjoy. However, the high ABV and super bitterness will limit the volume consumed. This is a true San Diego style IIPA. My taste buds were shot after two pints.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 17:11:32 | More by ncstateplaya
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Green Flash Imperial IPA poured a hazy orange color with a good 2 finger foam head with some nice and sticky lacing. The smell was fairly subdued to me for a double but still lovely. The taste has a solid malt backbone with wicked hoppiness.

The first sip you see how powerful hoppy this one is. As it warms it becomes a tad bit smoother but is still pretty aggressive and a tad abrasive. Overall I liked it and would buy it again but I still would prefer the pliny.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 06:27:33 | More by cswhitehorse
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yoyo

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried my first bottle this Spring and put one away to taste in a few months.

Great first impression of this brewery. I anticipated another kinda standard high hop IPA, which is what I wanted, but was pleasantly suprised by this one.

A - orangish golden color with plenty of head

S - citrus, hop

T - citrus, pine

M - crisp with smooth finish

D - very nice, I wish I picked up another bomber or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 13:08:02 | More by yoyo
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rowew

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label has IBUs and ABV, but no date.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange color, nice head that fades slowly, just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sticky hop aroma - smells a bit sweet and some resinous pine aroma.

Taste: Quite a bit of hop flavor, not overly bitter. Quite a bit of malt sweetness in there.

Overall impression: Typical American DIPA, but good flavors and plenty drinkable - this is a nice example of the style (as you would expect from San Diego).

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:11:06 | More by rowew
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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