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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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2,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,200
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:
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(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of nick76


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very citrusy and piny with caramel malt and bread. The appearance is golden amber with a large head for the style. The flavor is like the aroma, simple but good. The palate is smooth. Overall it's very good and I look forward to another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 10:24:02 | More by nick76
Photo of htomsirveaux


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

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2009.

Poured in Celis pint glass. Moderately sized tight white head. Medium carbonation. Slight haze, orange color. Aroma is like hops gone wild, resin, green, medicinal. Tastes of resin and green bell pepper (A). Also grapefruit pith and rye, slight soapiness. Nice lingering bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Ethanol becomes more noticeable towards the middle of the bottle.

This was nicer at the beginning than the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:27:01 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of mtrentm


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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color with great clarity & a nice two-finger orangish-white head leaving behind sticky lacings.

S: Very pungent hoppy aroma. Nice & spicy with a hint of citrus lingering in the background.

T: The flavors are just as the nose suggested... starts off with a bit of a grain earthyness along with sweet malt, then on to the hops with a spicy citrus flavor. It finishes sweet with a long lasting hoppiness.

M: Full-bodied, big alcohol flavor & nice subtle carbonation.

D: A very nice drinkable DIPA that I will be having again for sure!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 20:36:40 | More by mtrentm
Photo of reiger

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely thick head that that has serious staying power. Coppery amber color. Little carbonation action, but this is a very inviting beer.

S - Caramel, with a hint of an unidentifiable fruit.

T - The caramel hits you immediately, but it is not overpowering. The hops and fruit follow but they are both very subtle.

M - Tingling sensations caress the palette to create a very fulfilling experience. Very clean aftertaste.

D - Smooth. This IPA is very unique but even at nine percent it flows nice and smooth.

Green Flash is an excellent brewer and this is one of their better beers. The hops are well masked for an IPA but the flavor is intense and fulfilling. I would also recommend their barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 00:07:19 | More by reiger
Photo of JBogan


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather standard looking burnt orange with a small head and minimal lacing.

Smells of the usual citric hoppiness.

Tastes also quite like an ordinary hoppy IPA. Grapefruit is a main attraction. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not as offputting as some hop bombs.

Mouthfeel was nice and thick and slick. Very smooth.

Well, what is there to say. If you like rather simple beers which taste mainly of hops, then this is one which should please you.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 21:04:19 | More by JBogan
Photo of hophead247


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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle... A nice medium orange color with a nice head and lacing. The smell of this ale screams West Coast...nice hop aroma with a faint fruit scent. A very balanced DIPA, with the malt to hop combo around 50/50...IMO. A very crisp grassy flavor is followed by a nice caramel malt after taste. A very easy to drink double from West Coast, and definitely worth trying over and over again

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 03:55:23 | More by hophead247
Photo of far333


4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear apricot orange with an inch high dimpled and cratered head of beige froth that hangs around for a while.

Bright aroma of citrusy hops, tangerine and lemon, a bit of pine and honey.

Brilliant hop flavors hit the lips before they even hit the tongue. The full range of citrus -orangey and puckery rinds, sweet tangerine and tingly grapefruit, pithy notes, moving to piney bitters and a warming finish. A subtle but fairly chewy honey malt backbone rides beneath, but make no mistake, bitterness reigns. This is a hophead's delight, one of the most bitter I've tasted.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying. Pretty drinkable, but you'll know you've just had a big fat DIPA. This one will probably creep up on me, but damn it's tasty. Thanks to Sparky27 for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 18:30:35 | More by far333
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $7.

A: Hazy golden sunset color, with a stark white head, about half an inch thick, reduced to a film. Really looks like orange juice. Spot on for the style.

S: A big ol handful of fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and quite notably "herb". Slightly salty smell to it as well. Caramel and other pale malts stand out in this one but way behind all of the hoppy goodness that smacks ya in the face. This is great.

T: Almost straight hops initially, big bitterness, nice malt characteristic, nice balance of bitter/sweet. Hops are grassy, and citrusy, a lot more earth than I had expected. Malts are really sweet, and surprisingly not pushed around as I thought. Even a bit biscuity to a certain extent. The hops are the spotlight of this beer though. No doubt about it, and they shine brightly. Not as intense as other DIPAs, but still a great one. I'm impressed. A well covered, but still noticeable alcohol is there too.

M: Dry, and huge, big thick malt profile low carbonation, slight alcohol heat. HUGE lingering bitterness. This isn't quite a pucker beer, but it is definitely a smack to the mouth.

D: Not as high as others in the style. The earthy hop characteristic, is unique, but its a little off, I'd really prefer a bit more citrus/pine. Still good. Alcohol is somewhat hidden, and dangerous. Really just too huge and palate wrecking to consume more than one bomber. Would like to try really fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:17:10 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of brokenleadedcask


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

A- Clear golden amber with an off-white head. Good head retention and lacing

S- Fruity with hints of craft apple juice. Hops, of course and a bit of malt

T- Nice balance of bitter and sweet, not too much of either. Citrus and hops, quite refreshing

M- First mouthful activated my sweet taste buds on the tip of my tongue, latter tastes activated bitter ones. Has quite a bit of carbonation to it.

D- I could drink a couple of these and would like to do a side by side with Weyerbacher's Dbl Simcoe

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 02:23:01 | More by brokenleadedcask
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for sharing this gem.

A: Beautiful semi-hazy golden copper color with a thin film of bubbles and slight lacing. Think of what an Imperial IPA should look like, and this one fits right on that bill.

S: Strong scents of centennial and simcoe hops, complemented only slightly by cascade hops.

T: Dominated by centennial hops up front, and they absolutely kick you in the teeth right off the bat. Finish is grapefruit flavored hops. Overall, less balanced than the west coast IPA, but still a phenomenal beer.

M/D: Medium carbonation...right on for the style. Alcohol hits hard, but the beer has a ton of character, and the crisp clean hop flavor gives the beer a great enjoyment factor.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:46:27 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Breathtaking looks of rusty golden coloring sporting a mountainous creamy head that subsides after a few minutes into a frothy one-finger plateau. Good retention as well. Engaging aroma of wet hop gardens with spotted clementine notes and sweet cream. The taste catches me a little off guard: pine, earth, wet hops, damp bitterness to finish and a medicinal alcohol aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with almost no carbonation. A powerful BIG IPA that surrounds and swallows up the palate like the ocean around a lifeboat.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:47:53 | More by JRed
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gorgeous, pillowy rocky surface head sits tight atop an orangey amber, murky body. Appears thick. Strong aroma of honey dew, green grapes and fruit. Aromas of carmel, custard, and amber syrup jump up as it warms. Taste is complex. Oily wood, resin, and spice lead into booze. A winey apricot emerges between heavy draped lacing. Tad bit piney, and at times reminiscent of sap and saw dust; a slight chew. The 9% is open and boasting. An great addition to the world of DIPA's; marching a bit off beat in the best way possible.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:47:02 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of gibby


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

Bomber. Drank many times but 1st time reviewing. Nice orange color with a 1 finger head. Major pine and grapefruit smell. Taste is very bitter, piney and hoppy. I like the bitterness alot. Smooth beer and warms you up at 9%. The alcohol is well hidden.
I would agree with some other posters. You certainly have to enjoy hops to like this beer. I have to say, I haven't met a green flash beer that I have not liked. They have another winner here if your a hop head. I would recommend it and I look fwd to drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 04:33:14 | More by gibby
Photo of Troyone


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear apple juice color, minimal off beige maybe bone white head, and lots of action and tried to stir up some sediment - there appears to be a hint of such.

Grapefruit and pine needle smell with caramel malt and sourness in the background.

Bitter grapefruit and sharp pine taste with strong English Tea and pale malt flavor and this has an astringent finish.

Medium bodied, resinous feel, crisp and soft carbonation, and an astringent aftertaste.

Great for experienced hopheads and I would not suggest this is a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 03:46:02 | More by Troyone
Photo of TEXTONE


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

I pored this beer from a 22oz bottle no freshness date in to a pint glass. The Head on this beer is white, foamy almost frothy, with good retention. The body is coppery amber in color and crystal clear probably the clearest beer I have drank besides DFH 90. Excellent lacing this beer is great to look at. The smell is hops and sweet malt as soon as you breathe it in. I find some fruity and citrus in there as well. Wow the taste is hoppy 101 IBU's, tart and sweet malt flavor just like it smells. The mouth feel is medium and crisp with Grapefruit flavor in there with a bitter bite. Hops and malts balance this beer out so the high 9% ABV is almost unnoticeable, until it gets to room temp then watch out the alcohol flavors start oozing out. If you like hoppy your going to enjoy this beer Green Flash never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 00:38:39 | More by TEXTONE
Photo of timmay41


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber with no freshness date, poured into an Allagash snifter.

A: Deep orange hue, a few shades away from traffic cone, with cumulus cloud colored head that's two fingers thick. Substantial lacing clings to the glass and the body of the beer doesn't let any light shine through. Really interesting. The head remains throughout, which rocks.

S: Big hop aroma and with syrupy sweetness, as well as pine and orange rine.

T: Wow, expected a slightly more complex Green Flash IPA, but this is totally different. Shame on me. Massive hop bitterness on the front of the palate, with a trace of malt afterwards, which teases with a suggestion of balance. But this is 101 ibu's so forget it. Hops, biting hops.

M: Medium bodied and crisp-feeling. What every double IPA should aspire to.

D: Make a call for delivery for dinner and throw your keys behind the couch... this is way drinkable, especially for any hophead. If you want a potent one-beer nightcap, this is a great candidate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 05:22:33 | More by timmay41
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale is a very clear, quite sparkling, lighter amber ale. The head is frothy, fluffy and yellowish off-white with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is of grass, hay and lemon. It is medium-full bodied, very smooth and frothy with a clean, delicate finish. It is not over-the-top or overwhelming. It is very well balanced. It is bready and grassy with a note of hay. There isn't really any sweetness or juiciness. It's savory. A well done Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 23:54:27 | More by yesyouam
Photo of gunnerman


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

Poured into a glass, pours a golden color with a fluffy head that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Smell is very pine and citrus with a nice honey type smell to this. The taste is I thought was a bit different. I was expecting a nice hop bomb but this was a bit subtle the malt was up front with the piney hop finish. The hops on my palate lasted quite a bit of time. I was expecting this to be up front with the hops but it wasn't, overall a very easy drinker and a decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 13:24:17 | More by gunnerman
Photo of MiScusi


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden in color, I've had it both clear and somewhat hazy, so I guess it depends on the batch.

S- What a great potent smell, like the pungent aroma from a handful of hop pellets.

T- Awesome hop attack here. Resiny, very bitter, spicy. Great when looking for a huge hop assault.

M- On the drier side, not close to syrupy, nice medium mouthfeel.

Very good DIPA, and quite a bit different in hop profile than Pure Hoppiness or Pliny the Elder. I think it relates a little closer to Ruination.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 00:29:12 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

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

Clear copper color with a small head and thin lace.Some reddish tints.
The aroma was sweet,candy apples and fruit notes.
The taste started off sweet with some malts and tiny caramel hints. Piney and full of grapefruit and hops.
This was an atomic bomb of hops and it had the apple and orange taste that followed. When it was slightly cold it did not seem as bitter as when it warmed up,but it was not an unbearable bitterness. It was well balanced bitterness.
It felt a bit sticky,medium to high carbonation with a medium body. A bit of a dry finish.

Notes: A no nonsense,complex brew full of awesome hops and grapefruit. What a bitterness that lingered on my tongue and pounced on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 00:45:07 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a hazy hybrid of golden mixed with burnt orange with a nice creamy colored big fluffy head that falls slow to a cap lots of gooey lace down the glass.

Aroma is nice classic I2PA nice citrus fruity hops with good pine forest ridding under the nice citrus aroma. Hops dominate the nose but malt is sweet and balances it a little. Aroma is big but nice orange sweetness kind of edges out the little harsh citrus notes. Aroma on this one is very good on par with the best one.

Taste is quite good also not quite up to par with the aroma but very close. taste starts with hints of sweetness that is washed right away but citrus hops grapefruit rind dominates taste while orange sweetness is playing second fiddle reversed from the nose but that's fine. Finish is all hops citrus grapefruit rind other hints trying to escape pear, light pine needles but they are overwhelmed by the grapefruit. Hell changing my mind taste getting 4.5 instead of 4.

Mouthfeel is good medium nice smooth soft but peppy at the same time. Mouthfeel may be touch lighter then other big IPA's but man is it easy drinking.

Drinkability is great man wish my local store would get this in the do carry other Green Flash brew time to chat with owner again. Buy this one relatively cheap compared to others and just as damn tasty as all but the very, very best.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:01:39 | More by mntlover
Photo of sholland119


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

This was a particularly fresh bottle received in trade from HoppyIPA. Thanks, David.

A-A crystal clear copper amber with a wisp of a white head.

S-A small forest worth of pine with a bit of malt to balance...but not a lot. One of my favorite beer aromas.

T-Does not disappoint. Piney hop goodness beginning, middle and end and lots of it. A little malt, sure, but mostly at the end to cut the edge off the bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, maybe a bit on the heavy side.

D-Quite tasty and enjoyable, not at all fatiguing.


Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:48:05 | More by sholland119
Photo of JoshuaCain


3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden honey color with a sticky one-finger head. dissipates a little quick, but leaves alot of lace.
aroma is, obviously, very big on hops. initial blast of citrusy grapefuit with floral orange blossom in the middle and a heavy resinous/piney type of note in the back. alcohol tingle in present with a big whiff.
taste is also big on the grapefruit-like citrusy notes, but with a very nice caramel malt backbone. there is a bit of pine as well with an unexpected spice character that adds a lot to the overall profile. alcohol is present, but doesn't overpower, even at warmer temperatures.
mouthfeel is quite enjoyable, medium/full with a creamy carbonation.
overall drinkability is pretty high, considering the relatively low price. the bitterness is not too intense considering the 101 IBU's, there is enough malts to lend a little balance. the alcohol is also very well hidden, it drinks almost like a regular IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 05:19:25 | More by JoshuaCain
Photo of tjsprague


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

When you first open this beer you get a strong smell of hops. Its almost like they are just floating in the bottle.

The beer itself pours clean with a nice light head and a red/amber color. It has a nice medium body with a heafty amount hop bitterness. If you like hops it tastes great. The mouthfeel is very dry and hoppy. The aftertaste comes off very slightly sweet and with a nice hop bitterness and taste.

A very fine Imperial IPA that will please anyone who loves hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:41:04 | More by tjsprague
Photo of Tbn2

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to one of my least favorite pint glasses.

Looks like a beautiful brunette in a sexy red dress. Pours a hazy golden body with a two finger, off white head on the top. That dissipates to a thin layer that laces all the way down.

Smells of wonderful hops and malt. Here is what i get; sweet malt, citrus hops, flowery hops, smell of alcohol, hints of butter, touch of peach or pear aroma.

Tastes great. Sweet malt and hops balanced in the beginning. Hops take over towards the middle. Full citrusy and spicy hop taste balanced with the malt at the end give this beer a juicy finish. The mouthfeel is what I really take away from this; silky smooth. The base of this beer is excellent. Like any good Imperial IPA, a good hop flavor has an excellent malt base behind it.

Pick this one up and enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:34:03 | More by Tbn2
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