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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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2,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 125
Gots: 204 | FT: 3
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 oxnard111
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass

A - Light copper color. Not cloudy like a hef beer, but not fully clear either. Thick large bubble 2 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thing soapy layer. Little to no carbonation.

S - Hoppy aroma is first to come to my nose, but a musty malty aroma is next. Citrus smells and something else, maybe cantelope.

T - Very well balanced. For being 101 IBU, it really isn't overpowering like you would expect. Citrus and hops are very present but also has great malty after taste. I think I've had regular IPA's that kick your butt more than this.

M - Thin and flowing. Slight burn on the aftertaste that is totally expected with a DIPA.

D - Surprisingly very drinkable. Almost drinks like an IPA. I could do a couple of these, and probably be pretty shitty in the process. Much more drinkable than say a Stone Ruination.

Overall I am enjoying this beer. As stated before I have had stronger IPA and this is a DIPA.

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

On-tap at Fathers Office Culvers City

Appearance - Has a nice copper color to it - the bartender poured it so there was about a finger and a half head that dissipated slowly and left great lacing.

Smell - Has a great herbal, hoppy smell right off the bat. Citrus is quite prevalent after the initial hop whiff. I'm sitting here and can't wait to try this.

Taste - A great big bold hoppy taste that is not as bitter as one would imagine but rather pleasant. A nice clean, dry finish. Exactly what I would expect form this beer. I do not taste the alcohol in this beer at first but as time goes by you can feel its warming.

Mouthfeel - You can taste the hop oils, resin, etc. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I wanted to get another one of these but Pliny the Elder was back on tap (was out when I first got there) so I got that instead. Overall I was pretty impressed with this beer.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice light shade of hazy orange in color with a stellar white head and some crazy head.

S: Cat urine, pine tar, some citrus... in that order.

T: Big bite of the hop in the front and well, in the back too. Laid back but so in your face with the hopness. It boggles my mind! Intenseness enfolds...

M: Some thickness in toe, great carbonation, abv hidden well for the amount given.

D: Top notch all the way. A perfect example of a west coast imperial. Recommended to both friends and foes on this one, its just that good.

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

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City.

Excellent Imperial IPA which seems to embody everything I'm looking for in an imperial IPA. Nice bold hop blast up front, with a deep malt behind it. Nice, not overwhelming bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel great with good carbonation. High ABV was not evident in the mix. I could drink several of these with some barbecue.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. No freshness or bottled on date that I could find. Got about an inch of head and a good amount of carbonation. Could smell this brew from about 2 feet away citrus and pine notes right upfront. The flavor profile is like a real hop bomb in my mouth. Very smooth mouthfeel not syrupy at all which makes this both easy and a real pleasure to drink. The high ABV is hidden pretty well by the IBU's, but still has a warming effect after a few sips.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $5.99 at Whole Foods in Bend, OR.

A-Pours a beautiful golden-amber hue with a 2-3 finger, creamy-white head with good retention and heavy lacing.

S-Intoxicating. The hops are very fragrant, piney, citrus, and sweet. The first beer I have thought about enjoying through the nostrils, if it were possible. Smell is wonderful.

T-A definite hop bomb but nicely balanced with an ever present malt backbone. Only criticism is the alchohol taste and aftertaste. If the brewer could mask this, I would be enjoying a nearly perfect DIPA.

M-Exceedingly smooth, with the exception of the alchohol taste. But at 9% ABV it is difficult not to notice in a DIPA. Carbonation is nearly perfect.

D-A very good, almost great DIPA. Improves as it warms, since the alchol taste becomes less noticeable.

This is my first offering from Green Flash and it is very, very good. A bit pricey, but not as much as Ruination. And better in my opinion. Could easily become a goto DIPA. Well balanced. A very fine brew indeed.

Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a hop bomb this one was! Holy smokes!!

Ppurs a dull copper color with loads of head and lacing... Looks very fresh and tasty... Hazy like its full of hops...

And it is... Super pungent juicy citrusy hops explode out of this bad boy... Wave after wave of citrus bomb my sense of smell with this brew... This smells super bitter and pungent.. Almost like a Hopsickle or HopSlam...

Super sweet hops with a juicy citrusy feel bombard my taste buds... This is a one dimensional hoppy ass citrusy juicy brew.... And I'm digging it... A lot... I can't taste a hint of booze but the hops hide it pretty quickly.. This is dang delicious...

SO glad I picked this one as the final of my 6 brews from Jason at Bruisin Ales..

A hop monster that won't let up...

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

Pours caramel brown, small head that sticks in rings on the glass, evident carbonation.

Smell is really thick and musty with hops, a strong and noteworthy aroma of peach and grapefruit, and some honey sweetness. Very nice.

The taste is more on the bitter side, with hops balanced by floral sweetness and a juicy peach/citrus flavour. A little bit of anise in there as well. Not a super-powerful taste, but a pleasant one.

The mouthfeel was smoother than I had expected given the visually evident carbonation in the glass! It's quite smooth and soft, and doesn't leave too much of an oiliness on the palate.

Drinkability is nice too. It hides the alcohol well and is refreshing despite the heavy hop load.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Carlos poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright clear golden amber with a medium-sized creamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is big and just filled with hops. Tons and tons of grapefruit with lots of leafy floral pine. There's also plenty of caramel malt sweetness but the big juicy hops are the main event here - classic West Coast aroma.

The taste is more of the same with a seriously abrasive hop bitterness up front with some sweetness from the juicy citrus fruits after that. There is a solid caramel malt base and then a nice pine resin bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky and resinous with a soft subtle carbonation and on the heavier side of things in terms of body.

This is an excellent example of a West Coast hop bomb with huge pine and citrus from start to finish and enough malt to keep things from getting out of line. Very, very good stuff.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from nyrangerfan into my SN pint glass...no freshness...

puffy four fingers of foamy off white head...rocky sticky lacing atop a slightly hazed burnt yellow body

spicy and peppery...undertones of juicy grapefruit and sticky pine...sweet and spicy with a good hop profile...

weak on all fronts but very balanced...spicy hops dominate the palate with a touch of citrus...bitter finish

good carbonation

alcohol not there=quaffable

unles it blows me away, this style is still hard for me to rate, this is a good brew, but second tier to the style...

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

Pours a nice, slightly cloudy, amber with a big honking snow white head. Thick, satisfying lacing covers the glass all the way to the bottom.

Pineapple hops with a solid backing of honey in the aroma.

A quick blast of bittering hops gives way to a really solid malt base focusing on strong honey and caramel. Incredibly resinous hops leave citrussy (though not over the top) bitterness.

The body on this is a pleasure. Creamy smooth, with a good thick mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation.

A great, well crafted, beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours light copper with strong yellow. huge puffy white cloudy head with great retention and great lacing.

giant citrus notes, i mean giant with a hint of sweetness. light citrus notes.

very bold and sweet. hops are not as noticeable at first with a light bitterness. mostly citrus flavors like tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. light pine flavors. light alcohol creeps though the middle.

very thick almost with a syrup feel. light carbonation.

good DIPA! would like to see the alcohol hidden a bit but overall a great DIPA.

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

I love this brewery. Appearance is great, with an oily look and great head and lacing. Smell and taste are very similar, nice blast of west coast hops right away. THeres is a bit of citrus and sweet malt but its overpowered by the nice hops. Mouthfeel is very oily with some carbonation. Medium in body. Drinkability is very good.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light bronze color with half a finger of
white head that disipates rapidly.

S: Smells like a glass of grapefruit juice with
a splash of lemon/orange/grassy.

T: I will take this in place of my breakfast
table juice any day. It is like sucking on
a grapefruit!(the ABV would send me back to
bed though).

M/D: Creamy and rich with good body, a great drink

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an ultra fresh 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The DIPA appears a hazed golden amber color with an inch of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves behind a thick sticky lace as I sip my way to the bottom of the glass. Notes of red and white grapefruit juice, earthy resinous pine, tropical pineapple, tangerine, toasted and caramelized sweet malt and apricot dominate the aroma and flavor of this Imperial IPA. The ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied for its style with ample carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden making this a pleasure to drink. Excellent stuff!

Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber poured into a oversized Great Divide snifter.

A: to look at it is nothing impressive. Typical golden color with a small head on it. Lacing was pretty nice down the walls.

S: This was my favorite part. A wonderful West Coast hop smell. Very pungent, crisp, flowery hops. Like fresh hops in your hand. WOW!!

T: Very nice taste. Roasted malts mixed with almost a burnt, toasty hop taste. Bitter, but nothing overpowering.

M: Chewy, sticky and smooth.

D: Very drinkable for a IIPA. At 9% ABV and 101 IBU's it would be pretty tough to drink more than one. Maybe 2 at the most.

Would for sure buy again and recommend to any hop lover!

Photo of deanhead
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden to Orange almost tawny with a huge, thick rocky head that reduced a thin layer of bubbles with a sticky lace.

Aroma is Piny, and spicy. Pesto, walnuts, and rancid pine nuts. Hints of cooked eggplant.

Piny, grassy taste with hints of raisins. Spicy & Green, almost chlorophyll like. slight notes of wheatgrass.

Mouthfeel is Dank and viscous, full bodied and sticky.

Highly drinkable given it's ABV. Well balanced and well made beer. If you like IIPA, you should try this one.

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

bomber poured into a pint glass. pours a clear golden, deep straw color with a nice 2 finger slightly off white head. a little bit of lacing going on, not much. pretty good head retention. no sediment.

as soon as i opened the bottle it filled the room with aromas of hops. smells just like the hops before you through them in the kettle. spicy, earthy, flowery hops. pineapple, some citrus from the hops as well. nice balance of malts.

again with the flowery, earthy, spicy hops. pineapple, and grapefruit flavors balanced by a nice sweet maltiness. cannot taste the alcohol whatsoever, masked very well. finsihes with a bitter lingering flavor of earthy almost citrus hops.

pretty big mouthfeel, goes down very smooth. good carbonation. very good drinkability for 101 ibu's. doesnt knock your teeth out, but definately isnt lacking anything. great beer, reccomend it to all.

Photo of benclimbs
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly cloudy pale orange copper classic ipa look

Nose isn't that impressive - too much boring yeast and simple hop - not much citrus, pine or fruit

It's a good tasting double ipa, nice balance of alcohol, sweet, rich malts, hop bitterness and a little pear or ripe fruit.

Finish is really nice with lots of volume in the mouth

Pretty solid all around but not a favorite

Photo of Newmerator
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. hop heaven here.

popped the top off and hops screamed out. pours a beautiful pale golden, pearl white head and sticky lace

smell bursts of hops, citurs, pine etc.

taste is just delicious. grapefruit at the end. but the smell is almost identical.

mouthfell is silky, not too heavy. a very drinkable IIPA.


Photo of dismal
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a really light orange color with a white head that leaves some really nice lacing down the glass. The smell is really hoppy, I got lots of pine of first followed by a lot of grapefruit. It smells pretty hoppy, pretty good smell. Taste is really great! A lot of grapefruit and pine in the taste. Really hoppy, has a great taste to it. Pretty bitter but not extreme, I really like it. With a fairly high ABV it's easily drinkable. I'm going to be picking up this one again for sure.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this thanks to Rus - thanks!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of herbal, almost grassy hops with a good deal of citrus hop aromas lurking in the background, all backed up by pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of caramel malt are joined shortly by hop flavors that are equally herbal and citrus. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is a solid DIPA, though it's just a hair away from being great. Still, worth a shot.

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

I've given this one more than a couple of chances to impress me but some how it seems to just fall short of some of my other favorites in the IPA class. That being said, this is still a better than average IPA! It has an insane amount of flavor right off the bat. Very heavy on the herbs and spices. This beer pours great and is served best at 45-50 degrees. The smell and feel add to the allure of this ale. I rate the drinkability if this one only a 4.0 as the herbs and spices make this a one or two beer max. per outing.

Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a clear orange with a sticky white head.

Big sweet grapefruit and pine smell.

Bold hoppy taste that is not overly bitter taste. Excellent. Finish is clean but dry.

Not as bitter as I expected, but very hoppy. Great beer, and great first beer for me from green flash.

Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber @beaumontmarket.. only other place I've seen it is @wholefoods up here on 15th and NE Fremont. No freshness date.

- Nice so slightly cloudy orange and a bit of yellow... limited to no head as poured.. and a swarm of lacing...

- Strong floral hop scent... bit estery.. little bit of grain and caramel to it.... little bit of alcohol smell.

- A rather unique flavor... and smooth. Citrus and pine with a slight pungent nose as well.. quite hoppy. Bit underbalanced w/ a roasty caramel malt.. hides the strength well.

- Dry, slightly bitter/sour aftertaste.. slightly chewy and oily.

- Quite smooth... just doesn't quite have the flavor profile I like in an IIPA... but over all decent.

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,441 ratings.