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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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2,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,466
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 124
Gots: 215 | 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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Photo of markaberrant
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy, neat orange colour, nice white cap, lots of lacing

S - big clean hoppy nose, very classic, with that lovely malt aroma backing it up, more sweet grapefruit and tropical/citrus than piney, really good

T - juicy sweet tropical hop blast greets the tongue, very fine malt backbone gives it a hint of caramel, aftertaste is bitter with tons of grapefruit and pine notes with lots of alcohol (that tastes good actually).

M - medium body, slightly oily, puckering resin, very dry finish from the hop bitterness, warming alcohol

D - it doesn't get much better than this

Wow, what a roller coaster ride. Insane hopping, yet somehow exceptionally balanced. Lots of malt and sweetness, yet it's not at all heavy or cloying. I love tropical hop aroma/flavour, but I also really like biting piney hop bitterness, and this beer has both, which you don't often find. I shared a bottle of this about a year ago at a tasting and absolutely loved it... boy am I happy to finally have a bottle all to myself. Perhaps the best IIPA I've tasted.

Thanks to Canucklehead for the bottle!

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a marvelous head that sticks and laces beautifully

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt is always discernable and acts as a platform for the grapefruit and pineapple hops to address the tastebuds; after the swallow, the hops continue to take top billing, but for 101 IBUs, I was not overwhelmed by bitterness

Mouthfeel: It is rare that mouthfeel becomes the most prominent attribute, but the smoothness here is really impressive; medium to full bodied, but very creamy, with a nice undertone of silky smooth carbonation

Drinkability: This is certainly a fine DIPA, but I think it lacks a little something in the flavor profile - just doesn't have the suck your taste buds dry aspect of many other DIPA

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

A: Nice clear light copper color and a big fat white head that faded quickly and left some lace in my glass
S: Big hoppy smell as soon as I opened the bottle, LOVE IT.
T: Just like it's smell, a big hoppy taste and a well balanced maltiness to cut the bitter back.
M: Good carbonation, very refeshing.
D: I love this beer, I can drink this down just fine! I will be buying this one again.

Photo of TLove
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a glass tumbler. Thanks to Dave at Rodmans for the recommendation.

Appearance is strong, light amber color with a thin, cream head. Strong apricot smell with a touch of spices and a shitload of hops. Wonderfully warming citrus, peach, and pine leaves. A bold 9% ABV, but not overwhelming. Yeasty, sticky and resiny. Dry, but subtle and a bit ashy. Finishes very well with a remarkable balance. Goes really well with grilled meats and vegetables.

Thoroughly satisfying and yet another amazing selection from Green Flash.

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

Poured from a bomber into pint glass

A - Pours a nice rich looking clear golden-orange color with a thick, white two-finger head that recedes fairly quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Pick up mostly on the fresh grassy/citrus/piney hop aromas with a little bit of alcohol coming through. Getting a little bit of maltiness in there as well.

T - Definitely not light on the hop flavors. Heavy floral/pine hop flavors with a little bit of citrus in there. Detect a bit of biscuity malt on the finish that balances pretty well against the hoppiness. Crisp, bitter aftertaste which leaves a little bit of alcohol on the palate.

M - Medium bodied with a very resinous mouthfeel.

D - Pretty drinkable brew at 9%, but one is definitely enough. Not mingblowing, but an interesting beer nonetheless.

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

A- Pours a nice light brown with a half inch of white head that fades moderately rapidly. Laces moderately.

S- Heavy on the grassy, piney hops. Light citrus hop comes through though. Alcohol and hops combine for an almost coffee-like spiciness.

T- A nice sweet, carmel-y malt in the background with some nice floral hops up front. A little alcohol, some citrus, some piney hops. Almost honey-like background.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Nothing special, but good for a high ABV, IIPA.

D- Pretty good for the style and mouthfeel. A good one from GF.

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

Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Lots of lacing. A nice, sweet grassy, pine, citrus hop aroma. The initial taste is sweet and malt, but that is quickly overpowered by the big pine, citrus flavor from the hops. The malt is in the background and there are some flowery notes in the taste due to the hops. The finish is nice and spicy bitter. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thinner than some of the Double IPAs I've had recently, it was about right. Great drinkability, I really enjoyed the flavor.

Photo of bigbelcher
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a nice golden orange color with a solid white head and good belgian lacing. Aroma of grassy hops with a little bit of malt background. Full bodied and chewy, good CO2. Pretty well balanced for sucha big beer, not too sweet and a hop monster flavor with balanced bitterness. Easy to get yourself hurt drinking this one.

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

A: Golden/orange coloration with one finger of frothy head. Thin film continues throughout the glass leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus with a hint of alcohol.

T: Crispy sweetness at first quickly followed by a complex, but mostly piney, bitterness. Some floral flavors mix with the taste of alcohol. Bread and caramel notes ride throughout. Bitter, alcohol aftertaste.

M: Good consistency. Nicely carbonated, if not a bit overdone.

D: The alcohol is definitely noticeable in this one and the bottle claims 101IBUs. A sipper, and I don't think I'd drink more than one, but this is a nicely complex and satisfying beer.

There is something unique about the hop profile in this IPA. Perhaps this is due to the Nugget hops, which I don't remember any other IPA I've tried having. Anyway, not my favorite but worth trying.

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

A- Cloudy orange and slight amber in color. Small fizzy white head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Huge sweet and sharp fresh floral hops. Excellent.

T- Sharp hop bitterness with a floral blanket overall. Some toasty malt at the very end. Slightly to sharp of a bitterness for my tastes. However I don't think this is a fresh bottle.

M- Thick bodied. Slightly sticky

D- Smooth, smells great and tasts great. Just a tad to bitter though however this is a great DIPA.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, apricot-nectar color with a very small light-orange/off-white head.

S: Big aromas of caramel at first that gradually blend into pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Vaguely spicy aroma of cinnamon or nutmeg...or both?

T: See above. As it warms citrus, spice, and even biscuit flavors become very apparent. Tastes like fresh squeezed hop juice!

M: Oily and very sticky. Spicy juicy hops coat like paint.

D: Fantastic stuff. Straight out of Heather's food fridge, this was far too cold. As it warmed this absolutely came alive. Do not serve too cold!

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mango colored cloudy

Smell: Pine, Grapefruit, Green Apple

Taste: Grapefruit, Wheat, Hint Blueberry and Mint flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied Smooth Tannins

Drinkability: Session or Sipper Whatever you can handle! I was amazed with the flavors in this Double IPA. A friend had it in his fridge and we tried it - I'm excited to taste more beer from Green Flash.

Photo of mjd83goblue
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Many thanks to torchednoodle for this surprise!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2" head. Fresh, raw hops dominate the aroma.

Tons of sweet grapefruit, some pineapple. Balanced with (quite) sweet malt, with just a hint of something darker at the end. Nicely bitter finish. Palate-wrecker, but very enjoyable.

Mouthful is on point. Went down very easy.

Just a fantastic DIPA. True west coast style. Thanks again!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at Bierkraft. I was told that this was dry hopped in the cask.

A: Clear with a mild haze and absolutely no head, the pour is a little disappointing. Copper/amber in color.

S: Absolutely awesome hop aroma up front, with plenty of pine, abrasive and fresh. Really is pine juice, this. Some citrus is present as well, with a bright tangerine aroma. Mild mint character is noticeable as well. Excellent. Malt is not really noticeable, this is a treat

T: Opens up beautifully hoppy, with plenty of hop flavor, piney in character. Excellent bitterness as well, the balance between the flavoring and bittering hops is spot on, the way I like it. Hop flavors are as on the nose - pine with some citrus. Mildly spicy in the back, with a little bit of pepper and some mint. Malt? Practically non-existent, this beer is dry, and finishes so, with a gorgeous hop bitterness

M: A little soft of the carbonation, but that doesn't detract much from the rest of this fantastic experience this beer is. Excellent, light body, exceptional finish.

D: Splitting the remains of this growler with a couple of friends, this is hysterically easy to drink

Note: This beer is better than my score indicates, it really is fabulous!

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

Pours a great clear amber/copper with an abundant frothy head. The head is white and thoroughly impressive, very slow to dissipate. A bountiful amount of lacing was left in the glass.

Very fragrant, clean and citrusy smelling. Almost a grapefruit and pine cone aroma. There are also hints of a sweet and inviting aroma.

Very bitter but pairs well with the big caramel tasting backbone. The bitterness reminds me a lot of lemon zest, very citrusy and drying. The sweetness on the finish leaves your mouth watering for more.

This beer has good carbonation packed in a medium body. It is smooth but hard to distinguish from the bitterness. I enjoyed the way it coated my mouth and left it feeling oily.

This is a beer the average hop head should thoroughly enjoy. However, the high ABV and super bitterness will limit the volume consumed. This is a true San Diego style IIPA. My taste buds were shot after two pints.

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

The Green Flash Imperial IPA poured a hazy orange color with a good 2 finger foam head with some nice and sticky lacing. The smell was fairly subdued to me for a double but still lovely. The taste has a solid malt backbone with wicked hoppiness.

The first sip you see how powerful hoppy this one is. As it warms it becomes a tad bit smoother but is still pretty aggressive and a tad abrasive. Overall I liked it and would buy it again but I still would prefer the pliny.

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

Tried my first bottle this Spring and put one away to taste in a few months.

Great first impression of this brewery. I anticipated another kinda standard high hop IPA, which is what I wanted, but was pleasantly suprised by this one.

A - orangish golden color with plenty of head

S - citrus, hop

T - citrus, pine

M - crisp with smooth finish

D - very nice, I wish I picked up another bomber or two.

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label has IBUs and ABV, but no date.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange color, nice head that fades slowly, just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sticky hop aroma - smells a bit sweet and some resinous pine aroma.

Taste: Quite a bit of hop flavor, not overly bitter. Quite a bit of malt sweetness in there.

Overall impression: Typical American DIPA, but good flavors and plenty drinkable - this is a nice example of the style (as you would expect from San Diego).

Photo of jonziefle
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy orange/brown amber. Less than one finger white head, which doesn’t stick around very long. Diminishes to a nice mottle bubble coating. Visible bubbles on glass when poured, which some good visible carbonation. Some lacing, but nothing spectactular.

Smell: A strong nose of fresh hops, big but not overpowering. The hops are sweet, fruity, and candy like. Citrus and pine are also present.

Taste: First impression is that it is a little too strong, making it slightly harsh. The alcohol (9%) and bitter hops hit first; definitely a pucker moment. The hops taste a bit darker and not as appealing as the smell, but still alright. Sweet, like an IPA should be, but not overly so. There’s a slight off taste after the hops with some malt to balance the beer, but only slightly. Raisin taste that lingers for awhile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer, with a big alcohol bite. The beer itself is smooth, but the alcohol works its way back and tickles the throat fast and early.

Drinkability: A beer that had incredible promise, but just ended up being way too much. It looks and smells wonderful, but the taste leaves much to be desired. The alcohol isn’t hidden at all, making it tough to do anything but sip. I'll have to try this again sometime, but right now its not for me.

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

poured from a bomber into a 20oz pint glass. pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a thin white head. aroma is hoppy with citrus and pine. taste is crisp and refreshing with hop and grapefruit present. has a slight bitter aftertaste, but this beer is drinkable, and could drink all night long.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- yellow copper hue i always like my beers to be a bit more cloudy white head and white lacing around the glass

S- not so much defiantly hops but not really any pine or citrus to it which i always like IPA and DIPAs to have

T- this is were the beer really shines.... explosion of hops on the palate not to complex but but very tasty in that if u like hops and lots of them this is your beer

M- great not to heavy and not to light gear for this style

D- also great not boozy at all goes down real smooth i could have a few of these

Photo of HopHedz
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was just as i expected it to be, extremely hoppy with a great malt backing to balance the taste and leave with a great aftertaste. The alcohol level was well hidden with the west coast hoppy goodness packed in. I really enjoyed this beer and hope to have it again soon. Once again, a great beer produced by Green Flash brewers!

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

This beer was in my closet for 6 months before I opened it. Might not have been the way it was meant to be drank, but still an impressive beer. Read my review with that in mind.

Nice golden orange appearance, deliciously sweet smell, taste is less hop flavored than expected, but it's still a delicious beer. The smell is malty and the taste has an extremely even balance between malt and hops with a nice sharp hops bite at the end. I taste caramel as well as that citric finish. It is fairly drinkable, but does have a nice alcohol burn to it. I don'tlike this as much as their barley wine, but I hope to drink it again.

In direct comparison to a no more than 2 month old hopslam, this beer has no hops flavor. Tastes more like a Belgian IPA at this point as opposed to an American. I've yet to drink a fresh bottle of this, but after reading some other reviews, I'm confident aging this one has a significant effect.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash is one of those Breweries that will absolutely knock your socks off and it's apparent the first time you have one of their beers. I'm still on the look-out for Le Freak.

Poured into a Duvel glass with a half inch head that remained for about 30 minutes. The look is beautiful. This IPA really have a radiant glow about it. It's not clear (which to me is a great sign) and the head is rough and billowy.

The smell is a little grainy with hop oil but is quite unrefined for my nostils. I can dig the wheat-like aroma (not used to that in an IPA but it's cool). The hops are resiny and full of kick!

The taste is big. I love the passion in the flavor here. The flavors seem to build until your tongue almost puckers like you're drinking a heavy hitting sour (only replace sour with Hopbomb).

The mouthfeel is pefect for the DIPA style. I like the viscous hop oil resins. I love the pefect carbonation and the alcohol roundness is right in line.

Drinkability is off the charts for the strength. I drank half the bottle before I realized the hold it had on me. Suddenly I loved everything around me and couldn't figure out why - then I realized I had 9% of goodness going down the gullet!

Overall this brew is tasty to the last drop and I won't hesitate to buy 2 more the next time I see it.

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

Great golden appearance slightly cloudy but overall looked very nice.

The smell was citrus and hops nice and inviting despite the alcohol content couldnt pick it up in the smell. also picked up a few floral notes on the second pass

The taste was good dry hoppy bitterness. Followed by a few fruit tastes maybe grapefruit. The hops were a bit overwhelming but had a good balance

The mouthfell was smooth and had a bit of carbonation but very nice and drinkable also.

I would definately recommend this to anyone who is a fan of IPA's plan on getting this one again because of the great balance and mouthfeel

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,466 ratings.