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

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 125
Gots: 201 | FT: 3
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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 sme4r
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will be drinking this as long as the store carries it.

A: Dark golden coloring with medium lacing.

S: Smells pretty malty, but it still cant hides the hops in this Imperial IPA

M: Medium carbonation, very stringent. Bitter, but "Duh."

D: If you like high IBU's then you are good with this. I want lots, I wish I had more.

Loved it.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of off-white yellowish head creates deep mounds and sticky lacing. Light amber color.

S - A mix of oily citrus, skunky herbal, and earthy hops. A candy sweet malt sits shyly on the back row.

T - A nutty, earthy, tangerine citrus hops blast a whirlwind of flavor. Leafy herbal flavors sweep in and turns the flavor on a dime. The caramel malt hold up good and a white sugar sweetness adds to contend with the hops. Finish is dry and biscuty.

M - Awesome mouthfeel! Starts sudsy creamy then goes thick and silky.

The Summit and Nugget hops definatly add a different twist to the hop profile. Don't know how fresh this was but it didn't seem like 101 ibu's. A fine herbal DIPA.

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

Bomber...tulip glass.

This pours a brilliant yellow-orange color, with a film-like foam.

The aroma is a great feature. Very piney and citrusy. Aroma just pouring out. Just what I like.

Taste - grapefruit chiefly; wood, juniper berries also.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - very manageable; it does have a strong bitter aftertaste which is not unpleasant but could be if you don't like really bitter beers. Slight alcohol burn.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a tulip glass... bright white three finger head that lingers and drips like California Sea Foam down the rim of the glass. Beautiful honey orange hazy color. Cloudy with really nice carbonation.

S- Grapefruit and lemon peel hit the nose at first sniff. Subtle pine hoppiness. Very floral and fresh. Like a breeze at a picnic in a grapefruit grove. Clover, thyme and honey linger...

T- Clean and fresh citrus peel taste. Sticky, hoppy, and piney. Nice bubble action cover the tongue. Really nice balance of hops, malt, and citrus... Barely a hint of alcohol comes thru on this 9.4% Imperial!

M- Between the citrus and piney taste... kinda numbs the tongue a bit. It really sticks around, but not cloyingly sweet like some IIPA's can be. Make your mouth feel really fresh! Like Citra-mint or something.

D- This is fantastic! Really glad I picked this one up! I'm really happy to have a piece of sunny San Diego in my glass! 9.4%, 101 I.B.U.'s, and only $5.99 for a bomber... Here comes the sun!!!

Photo of n2185
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very hazy orange with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes into a thin white cap but leaves nice lacing.

S: A little caramel malt up front followed by a hint of sweet citrus and then lots of sticky, resiny pine.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's a slight sweetness with some citrus up front but then the resin and pine kick in, knocking every other flavor out of the way. Finish is quite bitter and lingers on the tongue well after the sip is taken.

M: Medium body and carbonation that provides a kick for the bitterness. There's an oily texture to it as well.

D: With the lingering bitterness and oily texture, it's not all that drinkable.

Overall, not a bad DIPA, but a bitter bomb without much complexity.

Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper, high carbonation, nice head that has some staying power and sticks to the sides.

S - Where is the hop aroma a IIPA should have? There is some citrus hops and a little sweet malt, which is good, but it just too muted.

T - A little floral hop to start with a light but hearty malt backbone. The citrus comes on late and there is lot of bitter on the finish. Seems a little out of balance, starts off too soft and then comes on too strong at the end.

M - Lots of malt in there with some larger sugars still hanging around in there. Nice alcohol warmth, but too much carbonation though for a IIPA.

D - This is a good beer, a good representation of an IIPA, but lacked some balance.

Overall, this was below average for Green Flash. I don't got a bad one or what, but I had tons of carbonation and this didn't seem to be the case in other reviews. Also just seemed a bit out of balance, not enough aroma, and flavor starts off a bit weak. Will have to sample again and edit review if necessary.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: murky golden , nice thick healthy head upon hearty pour. beautiful! Just like I like it!

S: Hoppy classic grapefruit IPA scent. Little bread n' butter in the background.

T: A masterful blend of hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and bready heartiness. This beer dances on the tongue. Fantastic!

M: As this sloshes around your mouth, the 9.4 % APV is not what you are thinking about. The alcohol is amazingly masked, and the carbonation is subtle, yet present.

D: I am shocked how smooth and drinkable this is at 9.4%. Some of my favorite DIPA's are not nearly this drinkable as the alcohol smacks you in the face, not here. Dangerously drinkable...

Fantastic beer!

Photo of jarryd
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great Head (i mean the beer not the woman).

Orangy gold in color, with a slight brown.

An immediate hop flavor followed by a sweet, malty taste which almost reminded of cotton candy believe it or not. Munich and crystal malt maybe? A decent balance between hoppiness/bitterness & maltiness/sweetness. Overall an excellently crafter brew.

This beer definitely defines what San Diego beer is all about. Malty, hoppy, and just as strong, if not, stronger than our former Governader Arnold.

Photo of JMad
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured half of a 22 oz bomber into my tulip...

The liquid was a bright, golden, orange, there was a thick bubbly white head.

You could smell the hops as soon as opened the bottle, hints of lemon, grapefruit, pine, tangerine and butter.

I took a sip and experienced a delightful bitter hop explosion, I tasted pine resin, orange and grapefruit, then a wave of sweet malt balances things out leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste.

This beer is thick, it left my mouth watering after every sip, there is low carbonation and a warming, dry finish.

The intense flavor hid the alcohol well, this is an excellent beverage, it filled me with joy after every sip.

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1600 and my 100th Imperial IPA review. To be read in the accent of an early 20th century British officer.

Beer brewed for the occupation, heavily hopped with a high alcohol to survive the steerage of transport to the confederated principalities of the Indian subcontinent. This particular tankard is amber and hazy no doubt from the strapped barrels this particular ale was stored in for it's journey. Head is mild and white with a healthy coating on the walls of the glass. Looks smashing.

Aroma is floral of the variety of the Humulus flower, a curious weed from the hemp family. There is an earthiness that reminds me of the highlands, almost a moss or sulfur. A maltiness accompanies this flower on this olfactory journey.

As I tipple, the palate of the beer unfolds a fan of flavors ranging from sweet to bitter on the end. Smooth, one of the best drinks of the annum. I could imbibe nearly a gallon (in the Queen's measurements) of this fine ale. The finish is dasterdly bitter, but not overly dry. As I approach the finish I realize that that's all there is and there is to be no more. I would fancy another pint or quart.

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

sampled this at a recent home brew club meeting.

this beer pours a nice golden straw color with a decent white that lasts. The smell is nice, typical west coast style ipa smell, nice citrus floral hop aroma. the taste is fairly similar to the smell citrus floral hop flavors, with fairly controlled bitterness, nothing over the top bitter. the abv is fairly well hidden. the mouthfeel is a little bit heavier than normal for the style, but not as heavy as hoptimum. very drinkable. definitely worth trying

Photo of AbyssJunkie13
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sorry, just going through my review book and posting these, but here it goes.

Split a 22 with my bro-in-law.

A: Great golden, honey color. Pretty clear for a beer like this. Thick head with decent staying power. Moderate lacing.

S: Good smells of general citrus, grapefruit, passionfruit maybe?

T: The flavors are great, but not very intense. What I can taste are sweet grapefruit, and a slight hoppy bitterness. The only problem with this brew is that while the alcohol isn't completely overpowering, it has a big enough presence to overpower the faint flavors.

M: Nothing crazy noteworthy here. Just solid.

D: Not bad. But at 9%, it should probably not make me want to have another different beer right after I drank this one because I want more flavor.

Photo of d4114
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep orange with about 2 fingers of white head.

S- When I first opened the bottle i could smell the big hop aroma but after the pour I really get a lot of malt with a little grapefruit and pine trying to come through. I thought this was a fresh bottle because the store I got it from just got it in but it may be older.

T- At the front it is a little sweet followed by mild grapefruit, not really getting any pine, then bitterness at the end that hangs around for a while but its still a dry finish. The alcohol isn't really present in the taste.

M- A medium body, carbonation is nice and cleans palate except the bitterness of the hops at the end which isn't a bad thing for me.

D- This beer is super easy to drink especially at 9.4 a.b.v. and 101 i.b.u.'s, I really didn't get that much bitterness out of it though. The smoothness of this beer really is what I feel is it's best attribute.

I was expecting more or maybe just something different out of this beer, I would like to get another bottle I know is fresh to compare to. I thought the Imperial would fall more in line with there west coast IPA which is like smelling and tasting fresh a Christmas tree(it blew me away) so I am little disappointed on how is one was but all in all this is a great beer and I would suggest people try it out.

Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Big frothy head, a little hazy in an otherwise pale yellow beverage.

S - Bitter hop goodness strikes out right away with a nice earthy/musky follow up nose dagger.

T -The honey sweet notes of this one can't hide the beautiful bitter mouth fun time that happens almost immediately. Fantastically great tasting

M - Mostly pedestrian as far as this one goes. High carbonation, bitter and dry aftertaste.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. I will have more!

Photo of modernartblues
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes (no freshness info)

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: fairly aggressive pour, 2" white head, golden amber body, no haze, messy lacing

N: grapefruit & pine, BIG, this is an your face nose, some tangerine

T: mainly grapefruit & pine, big bitterness (I believe the 101 IBUs), nice and dry, very little sweetness pokes through, a little one dimensional, the choice of Summit and Nugget was interesting and gives this DIPA a unique flavor

M: chewy and viscous like I like my big ass DIPAs

D: 9.4% ABV just barely makes it presence known, this is superbly drinkable for the ABV

thanks to cduckett for the extra!

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

Pours a clear burnt orange with solid off-white foamy head on top that laces and retains incredibly well, resulting in a fluid half finger cap after a couple minutes.

Smell is immediately of citrus rind, probably grapefruit, and of sticky sweet malt.

Taste starts with sweetness then moves to a pleasant mild bitterness that fades to a finish that is not quite dry, but not sticky either. This brew is warming initially, and the hops and citrus serve to cool it back down, which is a very nice effect.

That sticky/dry finish is excellent, but the stickiness tends to become dominant later in the drink, hurting the drinkability. Overall this is one solid IIPA, and for the price of 6$ I'd buy this again for sure.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This imperial IPA pours a slightly hazy golden honey color from the 22oz bottle. The label says 101i.B.U's and 9.4% abv. This one seems like it will be a hop bomb and the slightly soapy diminishing white head suggests the same.

The nose is a punch in the face with hops. Bold and piney with a kiss of juicy fruit and tropical scents. Very subtle malt, barely peaking through the hop-ness.

Taste is a step down but still very good. The hop is featured prominently with firm piney and juicy fruit flavors. But the problem is that same hop goodness is beaten down by it's bitterness. The I.B.U's might be a little high for this one because they bite and dominate the flavors. Still tasty but kind of harsh.

Mouthfeel is a lot of hop bitterness as stated earlier. Once you get past that the slight carbonation is very nice and yields a sweet soft body. Quite pleasing despite the pinch of hop. This brew is more like a barleywine but still very flavorfull and quite drinkable. A good one to try.

Photo of HipHop5
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright tangerine color with fare lacing one the glass. Smaller head, with a big pine, grapefruit, citrus aromas. Strong but inviting hop bite that live a resin after taste. Super pleasant. One of my top 5 IIPA hands down. I love the West coast IPA very much as well, but this Imperial IPA stands out for some reason. I think I enjoy a great deal the bolder and stronger flavor profile even though I can taste the high ABV, this one is mysteriously well balanced. Green flash has got my attention for sure. I haven't tried some other style of Green Flash's brew, I do know I look forward to.
Enjoy!

Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA on West Coast - hands down. Packaging isn't so hot. Almost didn't want to buy but I had heard about them and anything Green Flash has gotta be groovy.

Fantastic , balance IPA really great. Wish it was sold in more State that I could purchase because I would definitely buy this a lot.

Photo of goatgoat
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Clear golden amber. Moderate head with good retention and decent lace. Aroma is big citrus, sweet fruit, tropical and juicy. Massive hop punch. Taste is big and bitter. Resinous, almost sticky, with good body. However, there was a bit of harshness in the back of the finish.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug. Pours surprisingly light golden with a small white head. Aroma is a blend of citric fruits, though not overpowering, along with a spicy kick and a sweet caramel malt backbone. A bit grassy and herbal. Flavor starts very sweet and a bit honeyish. Quickly gains a citric and sharp piney character. Bitterness in the finish but not overpowering. Slightly oxidized hops but not too bad. Medium body and a fizzy carbonation. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy orange in color. Forms a good 1/2 inch of off-whitish head. Okay retention, good lacing.

S: Strong scent of orange and citrus, honey, and some alcoholic heat.

T: Slightly sweet biscuit malt doesn't stand a chance against the strong, prominent bitterness. Lots of citrus: orange and grapefruit with a little pine resin in the mix as well. Finishes with a strong citrus bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Drying on the finish.

D: A very good SanDiego IPA. Very hop forward - to be enjoyed by those who like this particular take on the style.

Photo of alkemy
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a 24 oz. "pint style" glass.

A - Hazy golden orange with a couple fingers of near pure white head. Head left pretty quickly and there really wasn't a lot of lacing on this one.

S - With no bottle dating to be found, I've got to assume I got an older one. Pretty malty here. Reminded me more of a barleywine than a left coast IIPA. Grapefruit was trying to come through, but sweet caramel malts really tried to mask the hoppiness.

T - Much of the same here. The grapefruit was there, but it kept getting overpowered by the sweet malt. Pine was nearly undetectable. Bitterness was still present in the finish, but just not the flavor profile I'd hoped for.

M - Creamy and smooth.

D - Despite the flavor profile, drinkability was pretty high. The hops had certainly faded, but alcohol was non-existent and the creamy mouthfeel led to a very easy drinker.

I'd like to find a bottle I knew was fresh because what I'm tasting just doesn't jive with what I expected here.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston (Arlington) VA.

Pours amber semi clear with nice lacing and small head.

The smell and taste are very different and not my favorite, but interesting. The nose hits with the citrus and grass hops and sugary malt you'd expect in smaller than hoped for doses but man there is a crazy overriding peppery and kitchen spice like thyme going on that i can't get my mind off. The taste is about the same, that peppercorn is strange, I even get a rosemary type edge, but theres some nice hop presence to throw it off a little. Bitter and dry aftertaste, but an overriding sweetness as well.

Mouth is smooth and good carbonation, the drinkability is ok, sort of weird, I could hardly get through a full pint.

Photo of robbrandes
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased locally from Ray's Market (props again).

Pours a nice deep orange, with a moderate head. Smell is some pine, faint citrus and that unmistakable peppery bite of the summits. Taste is an explosion of hops and piney tang. The nuggets doing their job, but the summits are forefront. Pretty dry finish, with a nice lingering mix of alcohol, pepper and pine.

At 9.4%, you can get into serious trouble here. Incredibly drinkable, and a 22oz went quickly for me! Anecdote alert! - A group of friends pre-gamed w/homebrew for a couple hours, then proceeded to the Beer Stein in Eugene (Oregon). 2 quick glasses - one of this, one of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker. Both went down waaaay too easy! Not everyone made it to the Umphrey's show afterwards...

Another reviewer mentioned a case date of 1/5/11. I didn't see the case, but judging from the fresh supply in the cooler, I was likely drinking the same batch. I only mention because this beer does change a fair amount w/age.

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