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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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2,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,483
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 131
Gots: 225 | 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 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.

Photo of benclimbs
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of markaberrant
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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