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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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2,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,323
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 114
Gots: 169 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of Natural510
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no dating.

Pours a thick, opaque orange with small amount of head. A residual lacing clings to the glass in satisfactory fashion.
Wonderful perfume of flowers and fruit, notably peach and tangerine.
Dominant flavors of tangerine hit the palate immediately. Sweet, tangy notes cling, with only the smallest hint of pine from the hops. Bitterness creeps in toward the end revealing the hops' heavy presence which was not immediate in the flavor.
Thick, almost syrupy in body. Definitely a sipper.
Quite enjoyable DIPA from the region which spawned it. The sweet tangerine as opposed to the more common tart grapefruit is a welcome take on the style. Alcohol is quite heavy and apparent, but I suppose that is what one seeks when drinking an imperial.

Natural510, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, slightly orange golden color with a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and malt sweetness.

Tastes of a big dose of citrus and pine hops on top of a big sweet malt layer. Hops have that citrus peel, pine resin feel that is oh so delicious. Malt is mostly pale with a small bit of caramel. I would like to see more caramel malt used.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of broodog
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, Amber, 2 Finger head, poured into a vintage oversized wine glass. Wonderful, complex lacing

S: Not a ton of citrus, definitely some grapefruit in the background. Pine dominates unlike any other beer I've drank

T: Good Sweet malts, lots of pine and some subtle citrusy notes

M: Good and thick, nice and smooth going down. A wonderful bitter aftertaste

D: Went down smooth, would definitely drink again!

broodog, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of travduke
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark cloudy orange body with a generous 2 finger head and leaves some of the best lacing I've ever seen.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops right up front. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine all in there. Smells great.

Taste: Nice hop and malt profile. Very nicely balanced. Bitter citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone.

Mouth/Drink: Nice thick mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and when I can get my hands on more, I definitely will.

travduke, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So in spite of this being an advanced choice in my GF tasting night this still seemed like a great one.

Pours a rather orange tone with a solid white head. the body's translucent for the most part altough not so clear as to seem thin.

Smell is hoppy indeed, but this time malts play a role and give off a fruity, kinda apricoty sensation at first. then overwhelmed by the hoppy pine-scent.

Taste is otherwise initially sweet, borderline clementined to some extent but with a definitive and taste-cutting bitter hoppy rush not far behind. no stranger to the IIPA genre although not my favourite back-to-backedness.

No doubt this is a good beer from GF, sessionable (well, for the extreme types) and good bodied but not too bold.

Andreji, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a huge billowing 3 finger head. Color is a deep amber and orange. Lacing develops nicely down the glass.

S: Wonderful complex hop aroma. Definitely pick up the grapefruit Cascades, a little tangerine from the Simcoe, and hints of pine as well. Love smelling this beer.

T: Nice piney and grapefruit hop profile. Plenty of sweet malts as well to balance. Wish the taste would have been as hop forward as the smell. I kind of grew in to this beer as I drank it.

M: Moderate carbonation. Sticky hop taste on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable IPA. Wish the hops weren't so subdued in the taste. Would love to have this readily available in our area.

kirkpjr, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold to orange in color, quickly dissipating head, crystal clear, no lacing - 4.00, S: Absolutely loaded with green and pungent hop aromas, tons of pine and tree sap, edges towards the side of earthy - I would have guessed Simcoe hops though the label indicates Nugget and Summit, stellar aroma for an Imperial IPA - 4.75, T: Strong earthy hop bite, pine and grapefruit pith, alcohol is quite noticeable, some burnt raisin and rum soaked cake, I pick up the slightest bit of green grass - 4.50, Somewhat syrupy mouth feel - 4.50, D: For an Imperial IPA, this is extremely drinkable that pushes the limits of hop usage - 4.50

deereless, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Credit to JesseTheHutt for this great west coast IPA.

The Imperial IPA pours a golden orange color into the SN pint glass. Small but nice frothy white head with good retention and lots of lacing on the glass. Aromas are faint but contain a nice sweetness with some hops in the background. Also citrus and pines are present. Quaff is really bitter and much more dominated with hops in comparison to the nose. A creamy texture is noticeable to me. Also some grapefruit and breads are noticed on the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with lots of hops bouncing on the palate. Drinkability is high but in comparison to other west coast IPA's slightly lower. Still a great beer but not quite what some of the others are.

abrand, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of prg1976
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color, good head, lots of lacing. Some sediment floaties.

Smells of orange and pine. Very pungent aromas.

Taste is super bitter. Very hoppy, piney, biting.

You can taste the bitterness right away, not too much carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Easy drinking, maybe too easy with the higher abv.

Overall, a very solid imperial IPA. Definitely one I'd get again or recommend to fellow hop-heads.

prg1976, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of beertunes
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty semi-gold color, with about a 1/2 inch of head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was like a christmas tree in a glass. Very piney, very slight citrus aroma, some malt in the background. The taste was not as piney as the aroma had me believe, and was still very hoppy and bitter with a very dry finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but still very good. Drinkability was very good for such a bold example of the style. Overall, worth your time and worth seeking out.

beertunes, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light to medium caramel brown with a hint of orange and a 1 finger white foamy head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Nice strong hops and pine. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a Christmas tree. Very slight citrus aroma.

Taste: Very strong hoppy bitterness and a definite taste of pine. Finishes with more hops and a bit of grapefruit. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability for a beer with 9.4% ABV. You could enjoy a couple of these but you'd probably start spinning after a few of the bombers.

Overall: Good representation of the style. Not my favorite Imperial IPA but it's still very good. I would recommend it.

adam42381, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of pnkHoody
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a kind of dim light-orange. Not clear but not cloudy. It isn't too inviting to look at, with a thinnish head that dissipates quicker than a fart by an open window. The smell is hoppy yet also sweet and yeasty -- as I find imperials are want to be.

Hmmm. This is an odd one. Everything you expect is there, tis highly hopped and a slamming dose of bready malt plays the bass notes... OK I gave it ten minutes and a few more sips. It's not bitter enough, that's the main issue. Plus, the hops are all sticky grapefruit and tangerine, but could use a little pine. Everything is at the warm-end of the taste spectrum, if you get what I mean. The mineral, medicinal rawness that I crave is absent. I'm in the unfamiliar position of evaluating the dominant maltiness of an IIPA: it's pleasant, but not what I lined up for.

I'm grading this a B halfway through my second glass, and I can say the flavour improves with temperature. It's solid, but I can think of five other IIPAs in thie price bracket that I'd go to before this one.

pnkHoody, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Pours gold with a nice white head that leaves thin filmy lacing. Aroma is garlicky hops, herbs, and pale malts. Flavor is heavy on herbal hops but that garlic is throwing me off. There's also some sweeter citrus influence but it's mild. Not a lot of malt presence but that may be a result of tasting this after an imperial red. Seems dry and bitter enough, but the hop profile could easily be improved.

illidurit, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of APetitfils
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and orange-brown hue. One finger of head

S: Hoppy smell with pine signatures. Slight fruity aromas that blend well with the hops

T: The hops are immediately present, but not overwhelming. Accompanied by a firm, yet pleasant pine taste. Slight apricot-richness after it settles for a moment.

M: Noticeable bitterness from the hops. However, there is a richness that balances off the overt I.B.U. and makes it a clean finish. Ends with a nice bitter grip

D: This beer proves in my mind to be another delicious presentation from Green Flash that produces its own interesting identity within the realm of Imperial IPA's. Personally I love the hoppy qualities of the beer and would have no inhibitions to continue drinking it. However, I would caution to those who are turned off by higher levels of bitterness in beer because this one can pack a punch. Overall I was very pleased and would highly recommend trying it.

APetitfils, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a massive, foamy, 3 finger white head. The tightly packed bubbles slowly receded forming nooks and crannies and leaving large tufts of itself behind on the glass. The body is a hazy golden straw color with orange and yellow hues.

Light hop notes hit the nose first. You can detect a bready background. The backbone is grainy/grassy and malty.

Starts off slow on the tongue...slightly sweet malts give way to a bitter, citrus hop finish. The bitterness lasts throughout the aftertaste. Not as complex as I wanted.

Medium mouth feel, slightly astringent with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable for sure...a nice DIPA. Slightly lacking in flavor though...

mgbickel, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of thedon10
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice orange color, decent size head with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. When held up to the light it looks a tad more murky than most IPAs I've had

S- decent hop smell, though not as powerful as I was expecting based on green flash reputation

T- grapefruit, orange, not a super strong pine test like some other west coast IPAs. Very little malt taste this is a hop bomb for sure. The bitterness gets you on the tongue on the way down

M- I find it to be a little thick, almost like syrup but not that bad.

Definitely drinkable, though rather high in alcohol so you gotta pace yourself. It's a great DIPA, though not as piney tasting as I would have liked

thedon10, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, pours a nice golden yellow color with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly to crown the beer. Great citrus and pine aromas initially, with the alcohol following through. Taste is more piney than the smell, with the citrus and alcohol more present on the finish. Feel is a little more than medium bodied and has a good oily finish for the DIPA. Very good drinkable beer for the style and quite enjoyable.

jacobseyb, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of betterbgood
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the appearance was fresh, the smell had that cali smell to it, wasn't dank with hops, the taste smooth, the hops did not attack or overhaul the beer, i don't know how they do it, but the technique is awesome. mouthfeel allowed me to have a session if the alcohol didn't get tipsy so quick. drinkability is delicious. thank you very much!

betterbgood, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of unHipHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Light orange body. Big puffy head

S: Pine and citrus but mostly pine so that's an A in my book. Smells like camping.

T: A punch in the face of hops... piney, grapefruit that lingers.

M: on the lighter refreshing side.

D: very refreshing and drinkable

unHipHopHead, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of boogyman
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light copper golden color. Thin head but it does look like it will stick around and leave some decent lacing.

S- Starts off with a strong sticky citric smell. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Also a decent malty smell.

T- Strong tartness from the citric flavors. Nose is prevalent in the taste. Bitter hops are definitely there and takes control of your palate and hangs around for a long time awaiting to be refueled by the next sip. So far this is one tasty brew.

M- First thing I notice in this aspect is the stickyness of the brew. It goes down smooth but the bitter hops leave a strong bite. This is a bit different then some other IIPAs I have had in that it is not nearly as crisp and a lot more chewy and viscous. No alcohol burn at all.

D- No problem downing a whole 22oz bomber of this. This is a beer that I could have a couple of but I would definitely be feeling pretty fuzzy inside at nearly 10%ABV.

boogyman, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear orange-yellow, with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, citrus, caramel, and some earth.

taste is smooth, grapefruit, a touch of pine, hops, and malt in the back, ends bitter.

overall a very nicely made IIPA.

froghop, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of marcobrau
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden-hued Imperial IPA with some nice lacework, good mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation. Hop flavors are indeed intense; lots of tropical fruit flavors, but also a good peppery kick. Very dry for the style, with ridiculously assertive "hot" bitterness accented by a bit of alcohol burn.

marcobrau, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of omnigrits
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A pale amber colour with plenty of rising bubbles and a good-looking white head that leaves good lace and subsides to a thin layer that never completely goes away.

Masses of citrus and pine hops in the nose with a hint of sweetness. The flavour is excellent - a touch of malt at the beginning but then the hops wade in with all guns blazing and take your taste buds down. Well, it's not quite that bad. In fact it's not that bad at all. Green Flash have done a superb job of balancing the flavour hops and the bittering hops. Although it says 101 IBUs on their website, and indeed there is an extremely bitter finish to this one, it's nowhere near as unpleasant as some of the high-IBU DIPAs I've tried.

Mouthfeel is good, could maybe be a bit more full given the incredibly intense flavour, but despite that, this beer has just become one of my favourite DIPAs and I'd love to try it on tap.

omnigrits, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at the library

A-pours a hazy golden amber color with a pure white head that has decent retention and leave a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is subtle but brings hints of malty caramel sweetness giving way to piney hops and some nice citrus

T-the taste is a bigger version of the nose. the big caramel base hits first with caramel and brown sugar. Next, huge notes of pine come in to play with some citrus hops as well that fades into a bitter hop finish that lingers

M-this is big and full to medium body, it is very smooth and syrupy with an astringent finish

D-extremely tasty and great mouthfeel. tons of bitterness at the finish make it a little less inviting, though.

cpetrone84, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Light orange body. The head leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Pine and citrus. Everything you want in an IPA.

T: Heavy grassy and piney bitterness with some grapefruit. Honeyish malt in the background. A bit of prickly alcohol.

M: Rather light, not syrupy at all.

D: Insanely quaffable. Dangerously so, in fact. I'd say this is one of the better DIPAs on the market, especially for the price.

BarrelO, Jan 15, 2010
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.