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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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2,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,280
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 110
Gots: 156 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of beachbum1975


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

To my surprise, Jungle Jim's just started carrying this brand. I am excited to try this because I have heard so much about Green Flash on recent forum posts. No freshness date on this big brown bomber.

Appearance: Pours into my traditional pint glass a straw/orange mix. Gorgeous white, creamy head with medium sized bubbles with highly hopped sticky legs.

Smells: Much like taking a big whiff of a freshly opened ziplock bag of weed with mixed with some pine needles. (Sorry, not very professional, but that's what it smells like to me!)

Taste: Insanely bitter, grapefruit and pine hops! (Where's the malts to balance the bite?) Wow, this has a lot of fresh hops all over the place, if you can't taste the hops, there's something wrong with you. Aftertaste is thick and syrupy - hop resin isn't going anywhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a thick, resiny aftertaste. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: I was caught off guard and bodyslammed by hops when I took the first sip! It was really quite exciting, but overall, it was a little too over the top to be considered a nightly sessionable beer. I'll drink one, then need to change gears in a single drinking night. I know, I know this is a IIPA, but wow, I expect some malts to take down the bitter, hop rage. If you want a SOLID hopbomb, this is the one for you!!! Go West Coast, with your BIG IIPA's!

06-12-2008 00:45:27 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of hwwty4


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks Hedonistjive for this one.

Poured this 22oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. It poured a deep amber orange with a 2 finger head that left significant lacing on the glass. The aroma is a hop smack in the face. The aroma is mainly piney hops but hints of grapefruit and lemon come through. Also the malty sweetness comes through at the very finish and its kind of blended with an alcoholy kick. The taste is big on hops, of course. Pine, grapefruit, slight bit of grass and sweet melons come through. It's really the whole hop gamut on this one, and the best thing is all the flavors are melded together, they are all pretty distinct. The sweet malt backbone really helps balance the beer very well. The mouthfeel is full and coats the mouth with a hoppy goodness. While it's over the top hoppy it is balanced and makes for an awesome DIPA.

06-08-2008 23:26:10 | More by hwwty4
Photo of UA8


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Tulip style glass.

Poured about one finger of off white head which quickly fades leaving moderate lacing around edge of glass.

Very hoppy nose with a hint of pine and some malt.

Leans towards the hop heavy side and with a hint of citrus, I would say grapefruit, and a light malt presence.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. However I would warn people looking for a maltier or more complex IIPA that this is definitely more fresh hop oriented.

06-08-2008 01:08:37 | More by UA8
Photo of getalife2k5

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

bottle. Amber colored and very bubbly. has a thick frothy head that maintains itself quite well. smells citrusy, rich, and sweet like candy. very richly hoppy. not as citrusy or floral in taste as in smell, but it tastes like you are chewing on the hops themselves. has a combination of sweet and bitter that may be like grapefruit with sugar on top. well-balanced to rich toasty malts. could be the definition of IIPA.

06-05-2008 00:09:26 | More by getalife2k5
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%

I walked into Sam's Quik Stop a couple of weeks ago, and, to my utter delight, they were conducting a beer tasting! Green Flash has arrived in North Carolina, and the local distribution representative was sampling five offerings. I did sample each, and left that day with one bomber. (Not the DIPA.) On a later visit I obtained a bomber of the DIPA for that perfect summer evening when a nice hopbomb seemed appropriate. Tonight was the night.

My wife and I were preparing a spicy tuna and quinoa dish with sauteed broccoli on the side. (Actually, I ended up cooking the entire meal, as my wife had some work to catch up on.) A DIPA seemed like a nice choice, so I threw it in the fridge while dinner was cooking. Frankly, with the meal it was a little too dry and light-bodied, but the glass I had afterwards was most enjoyable.

It poured a dark gold into my Green Flash pint glass; the head was lean if not at all present, and it mainly stuck to the perimeter to the perimeter of the brew. This beer does have a nice appearance in the glass: the shiny, non-bubbly liquid is a pleasure to observe because it looks so clean and crisp, yet colorful and complex. Aromas of spicy hops and citrus rise to meet the nose. The flavor is mainly of hops and medium-bodied malts, while the aftertaste is a nice balance of the two. Overall, it's a pleasing taste, with bright grapefruit-like citrus, light grainy malts, and piney hops combining in a well-balanced taste experience.

This one will really sneak up on you. Halfway through my second glass, I began to feel the effects of the 9.0 ABV. After emptying that glass. I could barely get through this review without constantly hitting the Delete key over and over! Be careful!

06-04-2008 02:02:04 | More by CWiggins
Photo of RixBeer


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours what I would call a bright orange. Nice fluffy 1/4" head that fades and sticks a bit. You can see the very lively carbonation that speeds upward.

Big nose of a spicy hop with a decent smell of various fruits, some citrus and some not. Apricot, Grapefruit a hint of anise or some other very peppery yet sweet aroma. Still mostly hops though, which is good for an Imperial IPA. But not hoppy enough of an odor for me. I want an Imperial to reek of hops.

A nice strong hop front that goes the distance all the way through the beer and long into the after taste. It's a bit sticky in that way. But like I said in the last paragraph; I wish it had much much more hops. The flavor isn't quiet overwhelming enough for me to dub this a true Imperial IPA. Very good though.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with a stickiness on the tongue, roof of your mouth and throat of this beer. I wish they triple the amount of hops in this beer. It would have been erected into the Beer hall of fame with other like Dreanaught. This beer is crying out to be better than it is. It's a valiant effort on the part of the Green Flash brewing co. Thanks for the effort guys! A truly enjoyable beer!

This beer is very drinkable but don't let your guard down, she'll still sneak up on you and leave you on the floor drooling if you're not careful. A really decent pick up.

06-03-2008 01:29:51 | More by RixBeer
Photo of dashirey


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

From a bottle purchased at Canal Street in Reading, PA.

A - Golden colored with some orange hints. Cream colored one-finger head that sticks around for a good long time with lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Floral hops with pine notes as well. Deep inhale through the nose brings some malt but grains more than anything else. I really enjoyed the smell!

T - Completely balance IMO. Plenty of malts and plenty of hops, but the malt is what hold after the swallow. As the beer warms more of a bitter hops aftertaste does become present. There is alos a spicy taste coming from somewhere. I can't put my finger on it but its there.

M - Pretty thick with lots of oils. However finishes surprisingly clean.

D - Pretty good overall. Unique taste with malt, hops, and spices all present at one time or another. The only things that turns me away is the underlying presence of alcohol. Don't get me wrong good beer and I would drink another sometime, but not right now.

05-26-2008 23:49:52 | More by dashirey
Photo of Rainintheface


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Bomber poured into my SA glass

A: dark orange/copper with a two finger off white head. great retention

S: Hops. citrusy, grapefruit, fresh oranges, oily pine, faint caramel

T: nice caramel malt backbone - a strong presence I wasn't expecting. hops come through-citrusy and piney

M: medium body, oily, low carbonation, dry and moderately bitter. faint alcohol

D: great but beware- the 9% is well hidden

05-26-2008 21:16:54 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of Durge


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A pale amber color with giant stiff off-white head and good lace. Lots of tiny suspended particles evident. Very nice grapefruit-floral hops aroma with butterscotch. A creamy brew with the taste of malt and floral hops with a curious herbal/grain base. Very nice feel. Bitter finish that clings. Carbonation is modest and the drinkability is very good. Alcohol is notable but very manageable. Good job from San Diego. IPA fans will be pleased, relatively mild for an IIPA.

05-23-2008 22:40:04 | More by Durge
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Cloudy amber orange pour into a DFH snifter. cream colored head wells up but subsides fairly quickly leaving lace down the glass as I begin to drink the beer.
Citrus hop aroma is very flowery along with something that smells like honey.
Flavors are oriented more towards the hops than the aroma would indicate. Grapefruit like bitterness is the main element of the beginning and in the finish with some sweet malt and bread malt flavors in the middle. Hops become more pronounced as the beer warms, but so do the malts.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a double IPA, would have been spot on for an IPA.
NOt sure how many of these I could drink. 9%ABV would make this a difficult session beer. Still this is a very respectable Double IPA. I will certainly drink another if I get the chance.

05-22-2008 01:31:16 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of tayner


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

22 oz brown bottle with no date

Poured chilled into my rogue pint glass. Bright amber/orange glow color with a thick, white, foamy, sticky head that made a nice mess out of the glass as a drank.

Smells like I stuck my head in a bushel of dry hops while sitting in a hop field. Very floral and resin-y.

I started this one out chilled from my DBF and it was a rather balanced IIPA that had plenty of hops and a decent balance of caramel maltiness. As it warmed, however, the balance shifted completely off kilter and went way over to the hop bomb side. The warmer it got the more hop dominated the brew became, and the more bitter the finish was. Cold it feels like 30-40 IBU but warmer it feels all of the 101 IBUs.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and very oily with hop resin. there is plenty of carbonation to help dry the palate in the finish though.

This one is 9% and so not really sessionable, but i found myself more pleased with this one a bit on the colder side when it seemed more balanced and therefore found myself trying to drink it fast. It will getcha if you do that tho!

05-21-2008 21:22:32 | More by tayner
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

poured into a tulip, this was a clear glowing orange-tinged gold on the initial pour and quite cloudy on the last pour. no sediment chunks noticed except what stuck to the bottom of the bomber. creamy, quickly diminshing white head settled to a nice ring of lacing that endured throughout. smells damn good. so good that i tried to keep smelling it as i drank it and almost choked as a result. twice. floral, bread, resiny, citric, and fresh, if that is an apt descriptor. fuck yeah. taste is a bit of bready malt sweetness that is dominated by the hop bitterness. but it's a smooth bitterness, not grainy or astringent as in some ipas or dipas. even for the style, this is on the hoppy side with it's sharp bitterness. mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just the right amount of creamy natural carbonation. looong bitter finish.. prickly on the palate. my overall impression is that this is very close to a dreadnaught, just not quite as well-balanced.

05-16-2008 03:35:22 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Dull glowing orange with an awesome head of stiff off white peaks. Retention is excellent, a thick crusting of lace is left behind.

Aroma is bold citrus, grapefruit, bittersweet florals, and green resinous marijuana. Caramelized, biscuitty malt sweetness emerges as the beer warms a bit.

Flavor erupts with crushed grapefruit and tangerine peels, fresh cut flowers, fruit, and oozing hop resin. The malt is perfect, caramel and honeyed biscuits. Balance is good with an emphasis on the hops.

Body is big, slick, and creamy. The malt presence is big, just enough to carry the massive hop flavors. Great drinkability, i finished a bomber and was looking for more!

05-14-2008 21:21:14 | More by AlexJ
Photo of bashiba


3.68/5  rDev -10%

Poured a light orange with a thick white head.

Smell has a nice citrussy hop odor with a nice touch of caramel malts.

Has a suprisingly mild flavor. Balanced with a nice toasted malt body with a crisp floral and citrusy hop finish.

Has a nice oily tongue coating leaving a long lasting dry finish.

A nice DIPA, nothing great.

05-11-2008 23:05:36 | More by bashiba
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours golden-amber with a thick frothy head that leaves sheets of intricate lacing.

Aroma is dominated by leafy green hops. There is also a descent amount of caramel malt to bring some balance.

Taste is caramel malt sweetness. However, it is the citrus and floral hop that really makes this beer. Finish is crisp, and full of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite slick and resinous with hop oil.

Overall, a decent brew for a hop head. certainly worth a try.

05-11-2008 22:59:31 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of PBBC

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Had this beer a couple days after I tried Green Flash's West Coast Pale...

Pours nice, substantial head, lingers for a bit on top of a nice amber color....

Smells nice, a little grapefruit, you can really smell the bitterness in the aroma, not just the floral character... balanced, not solvent-y at all.

Braced myself... 9% and an IPA? I got ready for a punch in the head, but surprisingly... a very nice hoppy beer, not nearly as much hop presence as I expected... a pleasant surprise. Just enough bitterness to bring out some nice grapefruit tones, and some pine-notes, before rounding off into a very clean but substantial malt taste.

Very, very drinkable, the mouthfeel is deceptive in regards to the abv%. I could easily drink this all night. Or, well... until I fell over.

05-11-2008 04:40:45 | More by PBBC
Photo of Phenom

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz. bottle

A: Nice clear golden orange. Not a ton of head, lacing, or carbonation.

S: In your face hops: pine, citrus, grass, hay. Bit of wet paper-like smell.

T: Love the hoppiness. Not much else to say other than lots of hops. The malt backbone is there, but not a prominent feature.

M: Excellent. Tons of hop oils to coat your mouth, but enough carbonation to finish cleanly.

D: Could drink it all day long. One of the most drinkable 9%+ beers I have had.

Another great effort from Green Flash.

05-10-2008 20:35:40 | More by Phenom
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Out of a 22oz...

Hazy but clear amber yellow color. Big pillowy head. Looks nice. Icy lace. Looks medium bodied and light colored for an Imperial IPA.

Beautiful West Coast hops. Citrusy and not overwhelming. Sweet biscutiy malt balance. Really really nice. The mildness is unexpected.

Excellent citrusy hop taste which is tart and fresh. A bit spicy, more woody as it warms. It's imperial but not off-balance or extreme at all.

Creamy and a little thick. Somewhat bubbly with a pleasant sting on the way down. It's a terrifice, balanced Imperial IPA. It's not too hoppy, not hop-fetishistic.

05-10-2008 04:24:43 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip with a moderately aggressive pour. Body is hazy orange with a 1-finger creamy ivory head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Very pleasant and pretty strong -- grassy and "grassy" -- i.e., it smells a bit like cannabis. Also sweeter tropical fruits -- mango and pineapple come to mind -- as well as citrus, especially orange peel.

T: First impression from the first sip is that there's heat at the back end -- not surprising given the 9% ABV. There's some sweetness followed by earthy and spicy hops (I swear I get a bit of garlic), with citrus fruit in the middle. Finishes with a more resinous and raw grassy and piney bitterness that coats the mouth and lingers nicely. It's a mouth-watering bitterness, not taste bud-destroying bitterness. Bottle says there's 101 IBUs, but it doesn't feel like it's that bad.

M: Heavier than medium in heft, creamy but slightly prickly in feel. Nice for the style.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength.

Notes: Have you ever crushed or cut garlic on a cutting board, washed it off and then use it later for cutting something else and find that the garlic lingered? I kinda get a little bit of that in the taste -- it's as if I'd cut some garlic on the cutting board, rinsed it less-than-thoroughly and then used that same board to cut up an orange on. Still, this was a pretty solid DIPA, probably the best new one I've tried in awhile. Worth checking out. . . .

05-09-2008 19:11:32 | More by Kendo
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Second beer from Green Flash and if its anything like their IPA I will be very happy. Has a bright orange yellow color.

Smells of sweet tropical fruits, caramel malts, pine and alcohol.

Just like the IPA the palate is dominated by piny and citric hops. Also has a good malty taste.

05-09-2008 06:24:41 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Bomber poured into a tulip yields a crystal-clear amber gold body with a trickle of carbonation from the bottom, topped with a fluffy finger of medium-bubbled milk-white head that retains at a fuzzy sheet and leaves foamy rings of lacing. Successive pours really jack up the head and the lacing.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the smell with a nice malty profile. Slight antiseptic quality that becomes more of an alcohol whiff as the beer warms.

Tastes of strong hops and rich malt. Piney and dry, then lots of pale malts; pineapple, honey, punctuated by a blast of bitterness; a shot of herbal hops and a dry, persistent, pleasantly sticky,prickly finish. Slight warming effect is the second indication that this beer might be packing heat in the alcohol department.

Slick and slightly oily in the mouth, muted carbonation is perfect for the brew. Despite the 101 IBU's and the 9% ABV, this is a really nice brew I'd like to sip on all evening.

05-07-2008 23:36:36 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1%

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and Carapils malt scent along with a very bitter hop blast. The hop aroma is awesome. It really refreshes the senses. The taste is good also. It has a rich pale malt flavor that is complimented well with the choice of hops. This is a hop lovers dream. The Nugget hops are great. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable Imperial IPA. It's full of body as well as hops.

05-07-2008 00:37:22 | More by WesWes
Photo of westweasel


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

The beer pours out a beautiful, clear orange/bright copper color with a good sized white head (1/3 inch). Lacing is left all along the glass.

The smell is lemon rind and pine mostly, with a toasty note in the background. The taste is toasty, with lemons and grapefruits. A little bit of alcohol is also noticeable.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, with moderate carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable and drinkable DIPA. A little more complexity in the smell and taste would put it over the top. Still - it is an excellent example.

05-05-2008 02:07:11 | More by westweasel
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

05-04-2008 20:40:22 | More by Derek
Photo of fitzy84


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The appearance was an orange-amber look with a thin head that become quick lacing. The aromas were phenomenal: wicked grassy and floral hops that filled the nostrils up. The taste was equally impressive with its earthy, sour-sweet dichotomy. Body wise was a solid medium mouthfeel. The attributes of taste and smell are really impressive with this one. All other aspects are pretty typical.

04-30-2008 16:34:03 | More by fitzy84
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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