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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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2,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 106
Gots: 139 | 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 elniko


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

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Glowing light amber, nice head and lacing. Good looking Imperial IPA.

S: Strong strong strong, slightly citrus with strong hoppy tones as well.

T & M: Had the Stone Ruination immediately before this brew which put this beer in proper context. This a good Imperial IPA but not in the same league as Ruination. The balance is just a little too much in the hop vs the malt. Doesn't quite the great citrus tones that the Ruination does either.

D: Drinkable, but not the best Imperial IPA that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 21:41:20 | More by elniko
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Pretty good DIPA, but not as flavourful as Moylan's.

Murky pale amber/orange with a fairly thick head. Nice balanced smell that leans heavily towards the hops without being a hop bomb. Good flavour, the hops are very distinc and the malt tames them just enough that this doesn't become one dimensional. Carbonation is a little bit light and the high ABV make this one to savour.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 04:50:41 | More by BDTyre
Photo of PhxHorn


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

On tap at Papago Brewing, the color is a hazy yellow. Smells strongly of citrus, and tastes of bitter bitter citrus. A little too much bitterness and a tad less citrus flavor than I prefer; a little out of balance. A strong bitter aspirin aftertaste. Not the greatest San Diego IIPA, but a strong entry nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2008 14:55:52 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Proteus93


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had only had this at a tasting previously (in a tiny little plastic cup) and I never review those. I recall being a little underwhelmed at the time, so it took a while to get a bottle, and now it seems I may have a change of opinion.

A: A hazy honey-golden poured into an English pint. A nice, foamy head forms just above the 'bump' in the glass. Retention is great, and nice stick going on.

S: Leafy and herbal hops for the most half, with a peppery note. A nice smelling drink... some sappy scents in there, as well.

T: A fairly big hop flavour, though something seems a little 'jumbled' about it. A number of hop-descriptors - a tiny bit of citrus, some pine, floral-like and herbal flavours all at once. I know there aren't a load of different hop varieties going on, so perhaps it is just the choice of hops used together. A little bit of a sweetness is evident - though, strangely, it's like a few granules of artificial sweetener (and I didn't have anything containing that prior to drinking.

M + D: Medium body, assertive carbonation, which continues all the way down, giving it quite a sparkle. A little bit of alcohol warming right at the back of the throat and on the way down. With that bigger alcohol content, it's more suitable for easy going drinking, but that's alright... not one of my favourites, but a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 03:18:32 | More by Proteus93
Photo of bboven


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy glowing orange body with a big head that fades pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Very peppery hop aroma with a lot of booziness and cherry notes.

Again, very peppery, bitter hop flavor, overwhelms the malt. Definite alcohol flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, only way it would be better is if it were drawn from a cask.

A hell of a feat, the hops and hot alcohol overwhelm just a bit, but very very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 23:53:39 | More by bboven
Photo of JJDynomite


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a monster of a beer at 9%. There is no fooling around on this one... Poured from a 22oz. bottle
Hazy... this didn't seem to be bottle conditioned (No sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The hazyness made me a bit weary of the beer, yet I was wrong. This is a glorious beer.
There is no doubt from the aroma that this is a hop bomb for sure. Fragrent, reminicient of resiny cousin of the hop flower.
The body of the beer is drinkable, but substantial enough to let you know it's got some testicular fortitude. It's not thin by any means, yet it's not too viscious. Perfect. The bitterness BUs are really high, but this is a showcase for hop flavor/aroma. The finish leaves you wanting more. I wish I'd bought more. It almost makes me want to move to San Diego. Almost. This is a five star Imperial/Double Ipa if ever I've tried one. And I make beer for a living.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 05:53:19 | More by JJDynomite
Photo of ffejherb


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber into Troegs Hopback glass on 9/15/08.

A - Clear amber/orange body with huge two-finger cap of foamy white head that retained well and left thick, sticky lacing around the glass. Beautiful flow of effervescent carbonation bubbles.

S - Pungent grapefruit aroma with some sticky pine and resiny hops. Perhaps some orange rind as well. Beneath all of the hop goodness lies a sturdy backbone of caramel and toasted bready malt and a tinge of alcohol.

T - Huge smack of juicy citrus fruit with predominantly grapefruit and tangerine/orange. Hints of pine and resin also emerge. Finishes with a nice balancing maltiness of toasted grains and crusty bread.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and an oily slickness with medium carbonation. Warm and tingly on the palate with some residual sticky hop oils. Burgeoning bitter finish that lingers on the palate for quite a while.

D - Very nice West Coast IPA that actually exceeded my expectations. I haven't had many Green Flash offerings, but if all of their stuff is this good, then sign me up for more!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:42:48 | More by ffejherb
Photo of ckeegan04


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

Thanks to mikereaser for the chance to try this one.

A - Cloudy orange with light shades of brown. huge foamy off-white head. Slowly fades leaving chunks of foam on the glass.

S - Incredibly strong tropical and citrus nose. Aromas of pineapple, mango, and hints of grapefruit. A fruity sweetness lingers underneath.

T - Pale malt sweetness initially with hints of bubblegum. Quickly overcome by a grapefruit and spicy hop bitterness. A somewhat earthy finish.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather viscous for a DIPA. Alcohol is well masked. And the bitterness is not totally overwhelming making the beer rather drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:35:50 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Biggness

New York

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

This beer pours a cloudy amber with a 1 fingered head and lacing. The initial smell was of strong citrus hops but that went away rapidly, when the beer mellowed the smell changed to a piney hop with malty overtones. This beer is strange for DIPA, very malty and not so hoppy. I always like my dipa's overly hopped, this seems overly malted, BUT it is a very nice flavor. it more reminds me of a malty IPA with a high alcohol %. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a slight dry aftertaste. A nice brew I am sure I could drink a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 00:39:35 | More by Biggness
Photo of CrellMoset


3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. 22 oz. bomber poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy orange-bodied beer, frosty-looking, with an ever-so-slightly off-white two-finger head with average retention, nice sticky lacing, and - though you likely won't be able to see it much in a regular glass - fine bubbled and surprisingly fast carbonation, sliding up the sides of the snifter.

Aroma: Piney hops, citrus zest notes and light fruity esters, some hollow roasted bready notes, and a dairy note. Not offputting, but not terribly inviting either.

Taste: Not too impressed here. There's bitterness, a few hop notes - dried light fruits, some pineyness, orange zest - and a lightly roasted but largely simplistically sweet malt backbone, but it's by and large "empty space." A few acrid, funky dairy notes or diacetyl (similar to their West Coast IPA, strangely enough) dominate this interstitial taste realm.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and fine-bubbled, even, full-bodied, smooth and milky. Leaves a funky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not my favorite DIPA. Alcohol's up there and all, and though it's largely well-hidden, the flavors and aromas just aren't terribly interesting or unique. Worth trying once - maybe it's your thing - but I likely won't be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 05:17:30 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of flannelman808


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPA's for sure. It has a great amount of hoppy flavor citrus (tangerine) and flower flavor. wow what an amazing beer. might actually be my very favorite IPA. However this MUST BE FRESH AS HELL. Im reviewing this beer being under a month old. 2 weeks old and its truly amazing. But it ages very fast and after that period of time I would rate it MUCH lower.

pours with a white foamy head. the head is bubbly and the bubbles are medium sized. its a foggy amber color, you can smell the hops right away.

there is an intense hop flavor (i'm told Nugget and Summit hops) backed with a little bit of malty sweet. I almost smell/taste grapefruit too. I can certainly taste citrus, namely tangerine and grapefruit. Hop heads revel.

At 9% ABV I would call this beer very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is a bit of an after burn.

mouthfeel is good, it coats my tongue and cheeks.

Once again drink super duper fresh.


Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 01:25:22 | More by flannelman808
Photo of ralree


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy orange with an orange-white head. The head is 2-fingers, and dissipates in a mottled pattern. The dissipation is fairly slow, and the lacing is wonderful.

S: A very brisk hoppy grapefruit smell with a nice alcohol kick. This one smells refreshing and not too sugary. The malt in the background is nice and grainy, balancing out the fruit. Splendid.

T: Really tangy and bitter - the hops are a little piney, but very aromatic. The fruit provides a great sweet flavor to be balanced by the grainy malt. This one is really good. There seems to be some interesting spice flavors with the malt in the background, making this just complex enough to be interesting.

M: Smooth and pretty darn oily - really coats the mouth with the hops. A tiny bit astringent. Carbonation is fine. Medium body.

D: Very refreshing, goes down easy, but gets you drunk quickly. I'm going to be pretty loopy after this 1pt. 6oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 22:53:53 | More by ralree
Photo of opwog


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beechwood for having a keg of this rolling!

I have had this in bottle before and, while I liked it, I was originally going to pass this over in the midst of the incredibly impressive offerings at Beechwood. I had even recomended it to a friend, who I know was a hop freak. Then came the word that the hop element taseted like weed. Of course, i get the natuaral comparison between hops and weed, but I did not realize how literal it was in this tap, until I actually tased some. Inevitably this lead to my own pint to close the night. Over all, another winner from Green Flash. If you had this in bottle, still take the tim eto get this on tap and get the whole Chech and Chong hop effect.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 08:22:04 | More by opwog
Photo of mbrasi


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

Pours fairly clear with a gloden amber hue and a large white head that decays over time to a rocky terrain in my snifter. Aroma is nice, sweet, never really smelled this nice blend of Summit and Nugget before, resiny but not piney. Flavor is sweet and bitter but not overdone. Leaves a slightly bitter taste in your mouth but not overdone. Solid

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 03:02:17 | More by mbrasi
Photo of brandoneast


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The golden ale kissed with garnet highlights releases a complex and masterful aroma of spruce, pineapple, cannabis, green grapes, and onions. The hop flavor on this beer is magnificent and somewhat unbalanced - in that the flavor lends intensity to the bitterness with a malt background screaming for attention. Pure freshness and with masterful complexity where it counts. Crisp edges and medium carbonation gives a dry yet smooth mouthfeel. At 101 IBUs I was expecting a bit more flavor bitterness throughout the finish but the aroma flags abrupt caution.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:58:20 | More by brandoneast
Photo of everetends


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

22 oz bomber thanks to the sweet generousity of hopsleeroy. Poured into a shaped pint bearing the name of DFH.

A: Poured a little thicker than expected. I am intrigued immediately. Nice deep golden color that is almost orange. Got a good finger of head that has some pretty good lasting power. Lacing really clings at first but slacks off as the beer disappears.

S: This is all about the hops. Big time citrus, bitter and floral aroma coming out this puppy. Also getting a touch of malt going on but the hops showcase in this arena.

T: Taste is also of some hops. You get blasted with some serious bitterness from the hops. Citrus comes through in some crazy flavors of orange peel, grapefruit and tangerine. Malt tries to balance this sucker out, but the hops are there and they are staying. There are also notes of pine on the finish.

M: This is a heavy medium brew. There is a light carbonation that still makes this go down fairly easy. Serious bitter aftertaste. Bitterness lingers and lets you understand it. The ABV is overshadowed by the lovely hops.

D: This is decently drinkable. It would be a stretch to go over 1 bomber in an evening for me. Still throughly enjoyed it because there was some hops bitterness but it wasn't stupid. It was balanced to a point. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 05:42:03 | More by everetends
Photo of HalfFull


3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap and served in a pint glass, pours a rich golden color with perhaps a hint of orange. A decent head dissipates over a few minutes and yields little lacing on a pre-chilled glass. I think the condensation on the glass prevented what would likely have been more stickiness on the lace.

Smell is initially a huge fresh hemp bomb. As the head dissipates and the volatility of things settle down. the hop presence throws out slightly floral but mostly tangerine citrus notes. Malt presence is there but rather simple in its supporting role.

Taste is expected given the nose. Initially the marijuana nose dulls the senses and overwhelms the taste. Then the citrus comes through and the finish offers a lightly complex malt sweetness. Hemp influences diminish through the pint short of aggressive agitation of the brew, letting other flavors take the forefront. Malts are light in body and somewhat effective at keeping the alcohol taste down, yet without distracting from the hops.

This is a big, sipping brew that offers a good mouthfeel and decent drinkability within the confines of the ABV. Brewers site notes the use of 'Summit and Nugget Hops' in the recipe.

Edit: Smell reduced from 4.5 to 3.5. Major hop adjustment that I'm not feelin' the love for. Why change a good thing??

Edit #2 01/12 Taste and feel are thinner. Less body on the feel. This is now a mediocre DIPA. Offers a decent but unexciting nose with a light pine resin hop aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are washed out a bit. Hop change? Or financial decision? I would guess the latter. Taste and feel dropped by a half point, and I thing I might be being generous.

Bottom line: This beer has little if any resemblance to it's former self. And that really pisses me off. If you can't make the same beer with the same ingredients, then at least call it something else.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 05:42:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of GilGarp


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It has a hazy orange color, decent head, poor retention, but good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. It's surprising that it's more sweet and less hoppy but maybe that's due to it siting in the cellar too long. Somewhat fruity too.

Flavor is again more sweet and fruity than pure fresh hops which I've grown to crave in an IPA. Surely the brief aging has mellowed the hoppiness quite a bit. I would like to try a fresh bottle some time soon to see if it's much better. Although this certainly has a lot of hop character, it's starting to head towards barley wine territory.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, very smooth, not too much carbonation. Good drinkability.

I had the standard Green Flash IPA right before and enjoyed it more.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 03:01:28 | More by GilGarp
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in my recent trade with Mhewes... Big thanks Michael, this will be a nice touch to the coming DIPA tasting... sharing slightly with Brenda, mine into my Smokestack glass.

1" head... with good lacing.. brew is a hop hazed light orange.

Nose is a big blast of tangerine skin and grapefruit.. some serious grassiness to it also.. just enough sweetness to keep the hoppiness from jumping out of the glass and sticking to my nose hairs.

Big bitterness out of the gate melts into a short lived malty/caramel sweetness then batted out of the park by a bunch of hop flavor.. citrus... lime... floral.. and again some grassiness.. The body is pretty middle of the road for DIPA's and the carbonation is a little sparse lending to a creaminess. Overall, this may be a little TOO weighted to the hop flavor for me, but it is by no means bad.. just seems a little out of whack for my palate.

Another nice beer from a cool trader... thanks again Michael.


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 07:06:12 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of rye726


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

Rich copper color with a silky tan head. The nose a nice hop profile balanced by some sweet malts. The taste is also quite nice. Citrusy and floral hops up front followed by some bready malt varieties. Mouthfeel is full and perfectly carbonated. A very nice Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:46:40 | More by rye726
Photo of Onslow


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange syrup sunset colour ... great foam ... lacing is ample and creamy ... has a very clean hop bite ... with a nice after hop lacquer ... very upfront ...''book of the dead'' ... you can taste and feel the 101 IBU's ... system check : lots of sticky pine needles left in the mouth, big tasty shoulder shuddering (msCoop) ...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 15:48:03 | More by Onslow
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange. Two fingers of off white head don't last as long as I'd expect leaving a thick cap. Good lacing.

S - Very herbal with a substantial earthy backing. Rosemary and pine come to mind, with something salty smelling...fresh dirt maybe?

T - Pine hits immediately, with an indistinct herbal character. A little bit of bitter citrus peel pulls through. Caramel sweetness really helps balance this brew out, but even so it's fairly bitter in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, maybe approaching full bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - A decent brew, fairly easy to drink. Not anything too impressive or mind blowing, but worth getting at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 06:16:31 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of thekevlarkid


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

Poured out of my bomber a hazy, sunset orange with a tan head of medium sized bubbles about two fingers deep. Thin bands of off-white lace clung to the glass. Strong hop aroma dominates the nose, floral, citrus and pine leaving not much of anything else to be detected! The first flavors are a shock of bitter and tart hops, fresh hops, grapefruit and lemon. A cookie-like malt provides balance and really helps the brew become more drinkable as it warms. The sharp hoppy character hides the high ALC% and also serves to clear the palate at the end leaving a long, green finish. Medium carbonation. A very big beer and a quaffable one but I would still recommend it primarily for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 12:44:42 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of jessecarr

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While I'm still feeling the wonderful after-effects of this beer, it's prime review time.

The deep orange, murky, small-bubbled color is a perfect example of the west coast ipa. The pint glass held a two inch head after an aggressive pour.

The smell is incredible. This is piny, citrus, and alcohol in a beautiful execution of this ever-duplicated but often-misinterpreted genre of brews. The best of the imperial/double IPAs demonstrate a sharp scent and fulll mouth.

The taste is tart, grapefruit, malt, and fierce hops. The other flavors appear early, but the hops fight through and take the crown.

The mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and sudsy. I love the tongue action of surprise and satisfaction.

The drinkability is a bit low for me because this brew will slap you. One bomber has me checking my spelling, and I'm an English teacher!

This is a primo example of a west-coast, sharp IPA. Don't even go near this one unless you're fiending for some hoppy time.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 04:39:38 | More by jessecarr
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Mid gold with that orange tinge and a huge head. The nose is huge and grapefruity with a big citrus backnote. The hops clear out the motuh but there is a smoothness that coats the palate. This is a big beer but one that pulls it together in the finish. A real nice DIPA that tastes big and hoppy but drinks smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:52:29 | More by canucklehead
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.