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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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2,482 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 129
Gots: 225 | FT: 2
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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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a golden orange color with a thick and fluffy off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Lots of ripe pineapple and citrusy hops. Pretty sweet smelling. Not unlike candied pineapple.

Much like the nose. Strong pineapple presence, sharp grapefruit hop bite, and some pine resin. Decent alcohol presence. There is a solid malt backbone though that adds some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Bitter grapefruit peel lingers well after.

Velvety and creamy feeling. I would call this medium bodied. The hops suck all of the moisture out of the tongue leaving a very dry finish.

An awesome DIPA and a great representation of a west coast style one at that. I would welcome this one any day.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 22 oz. bomber and poured it into a snifter. Pours a beautiful amber gold, with a 1" white head that quickly reduces. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells of pine and citrus, a real hop bomb. White grapefruit tickles the nose up front with evergreen notes wafting further down.

This beer has a nice strong hop presence. The pine-tar taste dries out the tongue, yet leaves the tastebuds watering for more. Pine and grapefruit again are the predominate flavors.

Aftertaste is bitter and strong. Excellent fade away of flavor.

A strong brew, so I'm only having one tonight, but you can count of me having another in the future.

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

Cloudy orange with a large 2-inch white head which settled quickly. Lacing is light but present and carbonation is excellent for this style. The nose was pine, lemon and grapefruit. Taste was sweet and soft. The Pine is upfront but the citrus and a sweet malt underbelly make this more than a burn-your-mouth hop bomb. There was a pleasing, mildly bitter aftertaste. Although it does not feel thin, it is soft and smooth for an Imperial IPA. Except for the ABV, I wanted more and will go back to this again.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours golden/orange with a large white head, eventually shrinking to nearly nothing.

Smell - citrus, buttered bread, butterscotch, whiff of ethanol.

Taste - A fair amount of citrus peel, LOTS of that buttered bread/butterscotch character. Sweet up front, then huge bittering in the finish. Boozy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, moderate prickly carbonation. Good amount of alcohol bite and mild warming of the throat.

Drinkability - Not bad at all. VERY drinkable for the abv - though it doesn't hide the alcohol very well. Tastes pretty good, but at the end of the day doesn't have the dynamic flavor profile I come to expect from the style - comes off as more of a boozy IPA.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPAs, to me, are always really attractive beers. This beer, in a tulip, was exceptional. Gold color, thick white head, lots of lacing. I'm a sucker for lace. Some malt, but mostly citrus aroma. Big citrus/grapefruit taste, malt presence. The beer was pretty well balanced, still a big hit of hops.

Photo of BreworFerment
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SO much better than their West Coast IPA which was tooo bitter for my taste and I like IPA's. I just like balanced IPA's. The imperial delivers from the hazy coppery head, large off white foam, pine on the nose, grapefruit hidden behind, to the sweet fading to bitter long lasting finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this one although like most IPA's it's definitely not one you want to drink more than a couple of in one sitting.

Photo of chumba526
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer Appears orange/ gold with a small ring of foam. The smell is very earthy, Grassy, pine and citrus like. The smell is dominated by hops. The taste like the smell is hop dominated. Rich citrus, grapefruit, grassy hops coat the roof of your mouth. A tad bit of sweetness is also there. A very sharp bitter aftertaste that lingers is present. Bitterness sticks to the roof of your mouth for a long time. Though it is high on alcohol, the body of the beer is quite light so I could drink a few of these. The carbonation is moderate. It is an excellent citrusy hop bomb. highly recommended to anyone who likes citrusy bitter IIPAs.

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

22 oz bottle

Nice orange tint to the color, with a decent head that left quickly, but left nice traces on the glass. The maltiness was there, but with an Imperial the hops are doubled, so the hops are what certainly stuck out. Bright mouth filling from the hops, and the taste certainly kept that feeling alive. Finished the bottle, but certainly couldn't do another, as overall it was certainly hefty. Nicely done for an Imperial.

Photo of biggred1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for hooking me up with this gem.

Honey orange with a creamy bone colored head that leaves tons of sticky lace on the glass. Huge, resinous hoppy nose bursting with grapefruit rind, pine sap and eucalyptus. Spicy and herbal hop flavors with enough malt backbone to just balance. I really like the herbal flavors the Summit and Nugget hops deliver, tobacco leafy spice and sprucy pine. Finishes bitter and a little bit warm. Creamy and full bodied with a slippery hop oily quality. This beer is incredibly easy to drink even at 9.4% ABV and over 100 IBU's.

Photo of cvaypai
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to womencantsail for this one. Thanks andrew.

Poured from bomber to new belgium globe.

Appearance - Pours a very deep, bright golden orange. Almost translucent but a bit hazy when held up to light. Poured with a 2 finger white almost creamy head that recedes at a medium rate and leaves a wonderful lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - Tons of resinous pine and a bit of fruit. Smells of honey and citrus coming off, maybe a tiny sniff of sweet malts. A bit of grassy hops can be smelled but pine and grapefruit like citrus are the big smells.

Taste - Very sticky and resinous pine comes right out. Extremely astringent bitterness with earthy and grassy tones. The grapefruit is there with a sweet chase on the end. A bit of bready biscuit can be tasted. Very nice earthy bitterness on the end. The bitterness can be a bit harsh later on.

Mouthfeel - This beer is smooth, very much so, despite the bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is very right for the style, very smooth, not too heavy but not light at all, nice carbonation and bites the tongue.

Drinkability - The bomber will be enough for me, this is not a session beer at all. Great beer none the less but this is not one to drink a ton of. Very bitter and sticky, stays in the mouth for a long time.

Another good beer from Green Flash, wish I could get them more often.

Photo of Natural510
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of broodog
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of travduke
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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

Photo of abrand
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of prg1976
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of pnkHoody
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of APetitfils
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.