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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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2,498 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 133
Gots: 237 | 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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Ratings: 2,498 | Reviews: 984
Photo of JamnesCameron
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Have been hearing good things about this beer.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off white head. Good lace on the glass.

S - not sure about this one. hops are woody, earthy and an odor that I can't quite place. But it's not very pleasant.

T - worse than the smell. Shockingly bitter, piney. Not a hop profile that I particularly like.

M - astrigent bitterness, mouth puckering.

D - not for me, I won't try again. If you like piney hops, this is for you.

Photo of SourHopHead
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard alot about this beer and finally got my hands on a couple bottles.

A: Orange copper color.

S: Fruity and piney hop aroma.

T: Hop balance is really nice. Mix of fruity, piney, and spicy.

M: Med body, fair head retention.

D: This beer lived up to my expectations. Spicy, fruity, piney hop complexity. Went down smooth and I will drink it whenever I see it.

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this brew and figured I'd save it for my 22nd birthday. Good choice.

This IPA pours a golden hue with a thin lasting head. Just as I would expect out of an Imperial.

This is easily one of the best smelling brews I've encountered in this genere. Bright citrus, beautiful hops, and even a slight tartness as of grapefruit is unleashed when poured.

Certainly reminds me of Dogfish 90, and almost to the points of a Burton Baton--enough complexity that somewhat resembles a great Barleywine. Also, the sweetness never seems to relent. I love it.

Again, the combination of sweetness and bitter and tart hops creates an unusual, lasting aftertaste.

This is a big brew--and you can certainly feel it. It's worth trying if you're stuck on traditional IPA's. Also, I can't picture myself drinking this with any type of food. The beautiful hops would be compramised--and the food itself would be rendered bland. This is perfect as a sipper on a summer's evening.


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

A: A nice, clear orange-copper color with minimal white foam.

S: This smells like a grapefruit orchard in the middle of a pine forest.

T: ...and it tastes like one too. Amazing (nearly overwhelming) pine. The grapefruit helps to cut through some of the amazing bitterness, but this beer is still very bitter (which is a good thing).

M: Great body, not much in the way of carbonation, though.

D: As much as I loved this beer, it is not something you can sit down and drink several bottles of. Still a great IIPA.

Photo of JRhode
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle split with jhamel. New yellow label, very fresh (8/9/09).

Had this beer a couple of times a few years back when I was first diving into craft brew head first. Hated it; old bottles that were overly malty and sweet. Glad to have a fresh one finally.

Golden orange in color with impressive clarity. Head quickly dissipates leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of ripe pineapple and sweet malt-- like a tropical juice blend.

Fruity hoppiness leads to a mildly sweet mid palate which is followed by a bitter, dry finish. Fantastic. For a hop monster, there is an interesting balance.

Full bodied and tongue coating without becoming syrupy. Prickly bitterness on the finish adds another dimension to mouthfeel. I might like a tad more carbonation though.

At 9.4% abv, this is much more drinkable than many similar abv IIPAs (Maharaja, Dorado).

Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours orange copper with a 1 finger head that left lacing all over th glass

smells of juicy grapefruit some pine

taste was juicy grapefruit and some pine with a very sweet malt backbone - not bitter at all

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy not sticky like most dipa's

drinkability is dangerous given the 9% abv

overall a great beer but kinda of a let down when compared to the green flash ipa which i would drink over this everytime but i am glad i tried it

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

From a cask at Stone World Bistro into an 8 ox. glass.

A- Medium to light copper color brought to me with no head at all, but hey it's cask. I watched this beer being hand pumped and there is a certain appreciation that goes along with this.

S- Powerful, but sweetly subdued hop aromas that gave way to a faint, but noteworthy, sweet caramel scent.

T- With this being my first IPA or DIPA from a cask, I can really appreciate the complexity, and depth of balance that this has to offer. The hop oil presence was very pronounced, perhaps because there was little carbonation to counter. Definite warmth to this one, and not the room temperature pour. Clean and biting finish with brief bitter-hop aftertaste,

M- Well, this was a first for me. The absence of carbonation threw me off. That said, it was an oily, mouth coating beer that was relatively drinkable despite the DIPA status.

D- Again, pretty drinkable.l I could have enjoyed another of these had they not tempted me with so many other treats that I had yet to try. Not sessionable, however.

Photo of oxnard111
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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