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

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Ratings: 2,483
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 130
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 CharlatanSin
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber with no freshness date at Fairway on 125th Street. Poured into the legendary Hold Steady pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy light copper. It's got a finger thick bubbly head that dissipates pretty quickly with mild lacing. It's a bit more yellow-hued than I like to see in my dIPAs.

Smell: A big hop smack that I can smell from the table. Tricky to pinpoint specifics, though. More pine than anything else, I guess.

Taste: A good old fashioned hop bomb. Not much malt balance to speak of, but the hop profile is complicated enough that I don't mind. Warm pine and floral dominate, with a hit of citrus crispness as well.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, but the whole thing's a bit thin for my taste, as in the appearance.

Drinkability/Overall: I could put a couple of these bombers away, as the complicated hop experience hides the potent alcohol content. The thinness of the look and feel take away from this brew's power, though. I'd reach for one again if I were in the mood for a straight-up hop bomb, which I am from time to time.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two-finger offwhite head with sticky lace patches all down glass on top of auburn-tinted gold. Great citric and floral hop smell; almost soapy with minor malt (bready). A good hop taste with citric notes but I was expecting a little more hops for a DIPA. Well-balanced, medium-bodied, with a smoother finish with a little sweet malt thrown in (even a little sticky and bready in the finish). Not a powerful DIPA but still a good beer with solid hop presence and a little sweetness that makes it enjoyable.

Photo of BeanBone
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy, pumpkin orange body capped by about two fingers of off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves good lacing. A little paler than most beers in this style, but still handsome enough.

Aroma: Tropical-fruity, leafy, and piney hops over a rich caramel malt body. Again, it seems a little light for the style, but let's not judge it yet.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the nicely bitter, leafy, and piney hops. Then underneath, there's a rather standard caramel malt backbone keeping everything somewhat balanced. Spicy alcohol is present throughout, but it never really gets in the way. Leafy and boozy in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, slightly fuller than medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Shy of sipper territory, but not by much.

Verdict: Based on how much I liked West Coast IPA, I had big hopes for this beer, which ended up not being totally fulfilled. The hop bill may be a little untraditional, but the end result is still a serviceable Double IPA that's worth a try.

Photo of scooter231
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, light rusty color. Grapefruit juice, really. Head is off white and super extremely uber bubbly. Did I get that point across? Millions of bubbles. The lacing is nice and sticky. Preeeetty beer.

Smells sweet and tangy. The hops are crisp, fresh, and grassy. There's some lemon in there, and some... apricot? The sweetness isn't cloying or overdone, it's actually quite pleasant. If you take in a big whiff you even get some vanilla. All that said, it's kind of faint- you reeeeally gotta sniff it out.

Huh. Flavor threw me off. It's... bitter. A little TOO bitter. Lots of roasted, toasted, burnt bread flavors. There's some sweetness in the beginning but it's immediately overpowered by woodsy hop flavors then bitterness that lingers. Now, I like my hops- I LOVE my hops. But this is a little too rushed. It's not harmonious. There's potential, the ingredients are there- but they just don't flow like they should. It's not unpleasant, just not as good as it could be.

Mouthfeel is pretty strong. Very sudsy and chewy, and slick. Doesn't dry you out, doesn't leave you with anything unpleasant. Good bite.

Overall this beer is just... I had hoped for so much more! It's unbalanced. The bitterness is both too much, and not enough. It needs more, or it needs less. But for 7 bucks in Manhattan, for a 9.4% beer... I'll take it.

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

Quintessential West Coast DIPA
Stunning light golden color with inch thick creamy head that sticks and laces all the way down
Piney,grapefruit, sinsemilla smell
Taste is a hop wallop, maybe a little biscuit in there, but hops is boss.
Nice dry aftertaste leaves me wanting the next long draught!
Bravo! I'll buy this again and again.

Photo of TripleTwenty
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't review beers all that much but this one really impressed me.

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Whole Foods.

A: Pours golden yellow with a perfect white one inch head (higher fluffy head if you are aggressive). Looks exactly like what a west cost IPA should look like with no doubt they have an emphasis on the hops.

S: Grapefruit/pineapple, fresh, I can't wait to try it at this point. it looks great and the smell is fabulous.

T: Wonderful, the perfect balance for my palate. A great hop kick from the flavor and aroma hops (summit and nugget) but it is not overbitter. Very juicy and makes me want more!

D: I could drink this on a daily basis and the +9% abv I can not find. A very drinkable IIPA and I hope to find some more because this was a fantastic beer. Go pick some up or trade for a fresh bottle because this is a great beer.

Photo of jwinship83
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber that reads 9.4% abv drank out of a sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a clear golden orange colored body with a finger of cream colored head. the head lasts a while and is extremely sticky, leaving a wall of lacing in its wake. lots of carbonation can be seen racing to the top.

S- theres a small amount of caramel malt that can be faintly detected against the massive amount of hops. very pungent. tons of resiny piny hops, grapefruit, and a slight odor of pineapple. the room reeks of hops. perfection.

T- once again, theres a small bit of caramel malt followed up with a massive blast of hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. pleasantly bitter.

M- medium to full bodied. very bitter. leaves the mouth dry.

D- this beer was gone pretty quickly and was very enjoyable. the smell is fantastic. check this one out if you get the chance. green flash knows how to use hops.

Photo of brent281
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color and clarity of this beer for an imperial IPA are amazing.

The way they use these high alpha acid hops is extremely creative. I don't think i have ever seen a lighter IPA, let a lone an imperial IPA than this version. This is one of my new favorite beers.

For 9%+ ABV its very drinkable and could probably consume a few. The hops don't totally destroy your taste buds and its welll balanced.

The aroma is above average but it had an unbelievable POP it could be one of the best overall.

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

everything about the appearance of this beer is perfect. ill be honest just about everything period about this beer is near perfect. the hops are up front and dominant, but the creamy mouthfeel brings it down to earth. if it were not for the abv ad the danger of passing out with the dogs, id drink it all night. yum yum yum

Photo of kaseydad
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour with an apricot colored body and a bubbly foamy white head produced. Nice lacing.

The aroma consists of pineapples and citrus fruits. Lemons and limes come to mind. Tangerines are also in the mix.

BITTER! This gives Hopsickle a run for it's money in the bitterness category. There is a major lack of any sweetness and it makes the consumption a little difficult at first. My tongue salivates for another sip though. There is a mild burn/warmth in the stomach about 30 seconds after each sip. Hopheads and bitter-beer face lovers, this is definitely worth a try. Let it warm some to have the best experience.

As far as drinkability, with the major bitterness I really wouldn't be reaching for two bombers of this in one sitting.

Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured in 8oz glass

A - Poured hazy golden color with lots of head.

S - Citrus and pine with lots of hops coming through.

T - Overwhelming taste of hops that overtakes any hints of citrus.

M - Dry and heavy. Bitter aftertaste that lasts.

D - Good even with 9% abv.

Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 9.4% and 101 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a semi-hazy light colored amber. It has a one finger off white head that dissolves to a filmy layer. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. It has nice lacing that leaves interesting patterns.

S-Not surprisingly, it has a very hop forward nose. Pine, little dank, sweet/ripe pineapple, and tropical hops dominate the nose. As it warms if you get your nose deep enough into the glass you can get some bready notes. It did seem this bottle was a little tamer than other ones I have tried in the dank department. While the aroma was there, previous ones have smelt like a baggy full of fresh herb.

T-Lots of pineapple upfront, although it is not as sweet as it is on the nose. There is a little booze in the middle part of my mouth and on the finish. I get lemon and a nice level of grapefruit bitterness in between sips. There is some sweet malt in the back that brings some balance, but it is not strong enough to stop the hops from dominating. While the bitterness is good, it didn't feel like my tongue was being assaulted by 101 IBUs. I would say their regular WC IPA is more bitter.

S-Thicker bodied and well carbonated. It is oily, creamy, and crisp.

D-A really good DIPA. The hgih abv is well hidden.

As noted above, the aroma was a little off in this one and I am thinking it may have been an older bottle. This is still a great DIPA and at $4.99 a bottle, a very good deal.

Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like the aroma to this one...different in some ways but familiar in others....a lot of bong resin, and pine in an oily perfumey scent... herbal...

Body is about perfect...medium to full bodied...malt holds up nicely to the 101 IPA's....I like the malt backbone on this as it never really jumps into the forefront but provides a nice canvas for the hops to work.

The taste is herbal/piney...bitter but very flavorful which is a key component for me when I drink IPA's....anyone can make them bitter...can you give them a good bite and showcase the flavor of the hops as welll? That is the true litmus test for me and this beer accomplishes that nicely.

Top notch beer..and with a $4.99 price tag for a 22 ounce I would definitely purchase this again in the future.

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

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Has a beautiful turbulent orange honey hue with a frothy 2 finger length head that leaves behind a nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a severely hoppy, abundantly herbaceous and overwhelmingly citrus bouquet of awesome. From grapefruit to pine this thing has hops bursting from the head into your nostrils. There are some grassy undertones that really seal the deal on making this smell like a handful of fresh picked hops.

Taste: The nose is not misleading here, it packs a bunch without dropping a bomb. It starts out with hops, opens up with hops.. and finishes with some of those lovely bitter cones we like to call: hops. It isn't overtly bitter but completely fits the bill as an imperial. The alcohol is masked by the assault of lupilin that steals the show but you would really never detect a 9%.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and effervescent yet still has a luscious creamy mouthfeel. The lupulin leaves oil deposits all over and coates the entire throat 'all the way to the liver'*. *may be dramatized.

Drinkability: Drinks like a light ale yet packs the punch of a bold brew. Had to double check the abv on this one because I could easily session and had a bomber gone in no time flat. But beware just because it is smooth sailing, you'll want to watch it or you'll be out on the seas with more than two.

Overall: The label really brought me to this one with its boasting of 101 IBU I was hooked and had to try it. I'm not completely in favor of the choice of selection with the hops and would have favored some centennial or amarillo but this choice will suffice and does get the job done for an IIPA.

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

A- Slightly hazy, burnt orange color with a big, creamy head. Abundance of lacing

S- Bright, piney and citrus hop smells on top of a solid, bready malt backbone, all carried in a cloud of alcohol

T- Very bitter, but more balanced then Green Flash's regular India Pale Ale due to the heap of malt used in order to achieve 9.4%ABV. Tropical flavors and maybe a bit of vanilla. Smooth malting.

M- The body is quite light for an imperial with a smooth carbonation and a pinch of alcohol and hop bitterness

D- I could drink this like a pale ale but then I'd be an alcoholic.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from Premier Gourmet. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber. Just looks delicious and smells quite piney. Huge hop bomb. The hop bite and grapefruit bitterness just attacks your tongue and palate. This was quite tasty and easy to drink, considering the abv%. Would definately consider getting this again.

Photo of letsgopanthers
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I purchased this from a Total Wine & More in Greensboro.
22oz bottle

A) A slight cloudy. Nice frothy head with an amber color

S) Caramelly aroma with hints of flowers and citrus

T) Very hoppy up front. Molasses-ish finish with more of a pine finish

M) Heavy and dry. Thick finish

D) Great hoppy taste and quite refreshing.

Photo of aristeros
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Total Wine in Tucson. 101 IBU prominently displayed on the label, taunting me into buying and trying.

Poured into my Bodum wide-mouth pint glass. Pours a lighter amber with a half finger of white head. Moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy, with visible carbonation. Looks great.

Smell is hoppy, heavy on citrus--grapefruit--with some faint floral aromas. Some grass, sort of like a fresh hop. That was a pleasant surprise.

Big hop resins up front, mostly-masking sweet lighter citrus. Gets more bitter in the middle--nugget hops in there and one or more other types I can't identify--with a bitter, slightly dry finish. It was the hop bomb I was hoping for, but I'll have to clear my palate before trying to eat or drink anything else. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light-moderate, slightly crisp. Good carbonation level for the style. Strong bittering hop presence helps to mask the 9%+ ABV, and I forgot it was that strong. Excellent drinkability for the style and ABV.

If you're after a hop bomb, you've come to the right place. It's a good beer if what you're after is the stab-you-in-the-face intense DIPA. However, the malt profile was kind of overshadowed, and I was hoping for a slightly bigger nose.

Photo of RJUGA03
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy & hazy slightly light amber

S-Typical strong hop odor.

T-Very bitter hopped and a bit piney.

M-Frothy and dry

D- It is a good beer to be enjoyed occasionally. I myself had this at Map Room in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood...also Map Room was a must go to bar in Men's Journal magazine.

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Consumed 10/6/09
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Big bubbles mix with thin lacing. Sticky to the sides of the glass. Hazy. Bronze in color.
S) Grapefruit. Did I say grapefruit? wow. Some earthy / dirt tones to the aroma. Notes of cannabis.
T) Hop bite from the start. Mixed well with a malty sweetness. This is west coast for SURE! In the aftertaste a light hop bitterness, no too overwhelming, but present.
M) Medium bodied. A bit syrupy / thick. Fizzy. Light tannin feel.
D) Yum. I'd have another and tell a friend to drink one too. Well done Green Flash!

Photo of pinotboy007
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice golden color with decent, dense white head that faded to a soapy layer.

S - Hops: Grapefruit, fresh cut wet grass; pine, and barnyard wet straw. Maybe a touch of Earthiness.

T - Hoptacular. Assaults the tongue; hops, followed by more hops, and then to finish it off, some more bittering hops accented by some other sort of hop. Some malt on the back end and finishes with dry hops. There's a hop fight going on in my mouth and I'm calling the cops. The Hop Cops -- beaten to a hop pulp -- are sprinkled with fresh, wet hops. Other than all that, it's quite balanced.

M - Too numb to detect anything.

D - Have you lost your mind? 100+ IBU. 9% ABV. This ale is out of control. Recommended.

Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass. No noticeable date. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - Golden and hazy with a big white head. Good lacing.

S - Floral and fruity hops with pineapple, peach and mango. Some alcohol too.

T - A fruity start with a firm bitterness kicking in midway through and lasting well past you've swallowed. Lots of citrus throughout. This beer is a real hop bomb. The alcohol provides a warming effect as you go on.

M - Smooth with a very low carbonation.

D - Strong and flavorful but also very refreshing.

Photo of bminor7
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

Decent carbonation. Cloudy golden orange brown.

Lots of great hop aroma. Reminds me of Hop Stoopid, which has an amazing smell. Nothing else quite like it, but this is close.

Very piney hop presence which dominates. Taste is bitter, a bit unpleasant. Alcohol present in the aftertaste. Definitely trademark for IIPA. Not as good as Avery Maharaja on a complexity level, but not many others are. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style.

Recommended, but not a best-of-style in my opinion. Drinkability is low, typical. That said, worth a try.

Photo of stagger
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks great - slightly cloudy, orangeish tint, decent lacing; pretty much textbook. A nice odor of grassy & floral hops. Unfortunately, the taste is dominated by aspirin bitterness from front to back. usually with a DIPA you get an aromatic hop hit before bitterness takes over - not here. The bitterness so dominates that other flavours are flattened. I prefer more flavourful and aromatic hops. YMMV. Mouthfeel: medium body, appealing carbonation. Reasonably quaffable overall, but nothing I'm dying to return to anytime soon.

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

Looks like a beauty right from the start: Pours solid gold with two inches of downy head tempting you to jump right in.

A first whiff provides the comfortably familiar DIPA greeting: peach, pineapple and some balanced pine notes. Nothing overpowering here, which is good because I'm not in the mood for an enamel melter.

The taste is a bit less balanced than the smell. The pine and bitter flavors actually pack quite a punch right from the beginning. The citrus peel and peach sweetness is there, but not in the amount I was expecting. The finish has a biscuit and grass duo along with a very faint but unusual anise / mint quality from the hops. I generally prefer a bit more of the citrus sweetness to come through in a DIPA, but there is definitely more than enough material here to entertain the most devout hophead.

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.