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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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 125
Gots: 201 | FT: 3
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of Nick3
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Paulaner Wesbier glass. A clean white 2 finger head forms and holds nicely for more than a few sips. Beer is a translucent golden yellow color. Smell is pure hops with some citrus. If you like hops, you'll love the smell of this one. Taste is excellent; surprisingly, malts come through up-front and then the primary taste is well balanced off with the hops. The finish is hops as you would expect, but you can still taste the malts. Beer is light on the palate and the ample carbonation helps the beer dance across the toungue. I enjoyed this beer tremendously.

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

Decanted into a standard pint glass at fridge temps.

The pour produces a clover honey colored brew, with a nice sized head .. especially for an IIPA. Big splashes of lacing around the glass make for a great first impression. Beautiful in the glass.

The nose is citrus heaven. The Summit hops are huge citrus producers, and this is no exception. The entire range is there, from grapefruit to orange rind, to tangerine. Tough to pick up on any malts through the hop onslaught.

Taste follows the nose. The hop bill in this IIPA is Summit and Nugget; a very happy marriage I must say. Wonderful citrus (grapefruit is the first thing that you taste) notes, with the Nuggets adding a touch of earthy floral notes. I'm sure they used a ton of malts to balance this big boy, but they are fighting awfully hard to make their presence known, as is the 9% abv. No alcohol burn at all, but I'm sure I'll feel it after I kill this bomber! Definitely a West Coast DIPA kind of beer, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is medium-full, which I like. Ahh, there come the malts (on about the 10th sip), and they are managed easily by the hops and nice carbonation. This isn't cloying, but after the beer warms up a bit, you will notice the malt bill. Nicely balance (towards the hop side, obviously) for a respectably sized IIPA. As for drinkability, its very drinkable all right. But I'm afraid I'd probably pass out by the time I killed two bombers of this stuff, so let's just say it's very drinkable, but not in 'session brew' quantities.

I've been drinking a lot of Hop Wallop lately (I have a case of it) and this is as good or better; which is saying a lot, because I obviously think highly of Victory's Hop Wallop. I love the Summit "smack you upside the head with a grapefruit" nose and flavor.

I'll be buying more of this .. definitely! You should check it out if you're any kind of hophead, or just appreciate a good IIPA!

Na Zdravje!

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

Thanks goes out to alexd3891 for this awesome extra! Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small off-white head that left some surprisingly nice lacing for such a high ABV. Aroma is piney with hints of orange-like citrus. There is also a huge peppery and herbal like spiciness to the nose which is quite different but nice. Taste is nice and bitter, plenty of grapefruit and pine resin, a solid cracker-like malt backbone, and again with peppery spiciness and herbal notes that were in the aroma. Sweet at first, dry and puckering on the finish. Medium body, good carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, different than many DIPAs I've come across.

Photo of iamntbatman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/gold and very hazy. Has a good, thick head and some really phenomenal lacing.

Smell: This one showcases the pine characteristics of the hops moreso than the grassiness or citrus flavors. Has a skunky grassy flavor going on as well (but not like a skunked beer at all) and the 9% ABV is nowhere to be found.

Taste: Very hoppy, again with the pine characteristics dominating. The malt is detectable and manages to hold up to the intense hops flavor. The hops bitterness lingers quite a while in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less thick and sticky than I'd like for a DIPA. It has a good, moderate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV but it was difficult to finish an entire bomber without wanting to switch back and forth with something with less hops intensity as I usually do when drinking 100+ IBU DIPA's.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear honey-red colored body, with a frothy white head, good lacing and lasting. Has a grapefruity, bitter aroma. A hoppy bitter taste, real bitter, and dry. Like sticking your face in horsefeed. Rougher as it warms up.

Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada glass. No date. The body was bright golden amber. The tall head was off-white and irregular. It left sheets of lace in the glass.

Smell was earthy and a little dirty/funky. Fresh hops.

Taste was oranges. Some alcohol is evident. Not super-bitter (that would have been ok). Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a alcohol, zippy carbonation.

Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

This big ol' fat IIPA comes courtesy of jraycee as an extra in a recent trade, thanks Justin! Green Flash's IIPA sports a glowing orange body with enough haze to keep me from seeing through the body. The head peaked out at two fingers but fell fairly quickly to a thin cap. Surprisingly enough that thin cap left behind some nice super glue sticky lacing. A quick swirl brings the head back but it dies down just as quick to that thin cap.

This, right here, is an IIPA that absolutely drips hoppiness. Let me start out by saying there's a sugary sweet candy-like background that's prominent but that's quickly surpassed by the heavy handed hopping. Grapefruit pith, pine sap, and resin are all present and all in big doses. The resin rules the roost but the grapefruit starts things off. There's even some of that aspirin bitterness after this sits in the glass for a few minutes and some nose tingling booze heat pops in on deep pulls.

A few sips into this IIPA and I still don't know what to make of it. I like it but it's a tough one to dissect up to this point. The maltiness adds some candy like sweetness that makes the citric hoppiness taste like candied grapefruit peel. The maltiness is hard to put my finger but reminds me of a sweet fruit juice of sorts. The hops are still huge but the maltiness catches up in the flavor. Pine and resin take center stage but the pine actually steps ahead on the tongue. This is a good IIPA but I'm still having trouble putting my finger on things.

The mouthfeel of this IIPA is how all IIPAs should be. The body is fairly dense but shows a great velvety roll along the tongue. There's no sign of stickiness at all and that's something I can stand behind. The bitterness grows quickly after the first few sips but doesn't rise but a couple notches above moderate.

The lack of stick in the mouthfeel and overall enjoyable flavors make this an easy one to put away, so easy in fact I could see it becoming a problem in the alcohol department.

I'm not really sure why I've never searched out this beer before but I'm glad I got the chance to try it. It's a damn fine IIPA that I'd like to see on the shelves around these parts. Thanks for the bottle and another great trade Justin!

Photo of maskednegator
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, slight greenish tinge. Big, fluffy beige head, great lacing.
Smell: Pine needles, grapefruit
Taste: Marijuana, ruby red grapefruit bitterness. Big malty sweetness rounds it out nicely.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slick. Big carbonation.
Drinkability: Not a trace of alcohol. Would be a little better with a dryer finish.
Verdict: Drink it fresh, drink it often.

Photo of chaz410
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was bought at the awesome Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a very clean amber, orange color in the body and a very thick white head.
Nose is full of hops, mild hops at that. The hop level could be a little higher for "Imperial IPA" but it is much more prominent than your normal hoppy IPA. Not much malt on the nose and a little alcohol. Hop smell is mostly piney and grassy with little grapefruit notes.
Taste is smooth and begins like an overly bitter hop profile but finishes very even, probably due to the higher alcohol content. A little tart grapefruit plus pine finish.
Pretty drinkable for an Imperial beer and an enjoyable one at that. Not much different from any respectable IIPA but good nontheless.

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

this is a typical californian imperial IPA. pours that deep straw/gold with a moderate head and some lcae, but not much. smells strongly of hops. tastes of hops and has an almost airy quality to it. this is a solid example of what this beer should taste like.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Honey colored with an orange tint. Head is thick, supple, and grappels well to the side of the glass. It leaves one of the best rings i've seen in awhile. It's unbelieveable how thick the lacing is, as gobs of it just coat the glass.

Smell - Certainly smells like a San Diego IPA! Huge hop bill with a grapefruit, and lemon orange tang. Nice and bitter, but not as overpowering as i'd like it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Nice smooth easy drinking west coast ipa easily sums this one up. Lots of hops and a little citrus, balanced out by a sweet cararmel malt that ever so faintly works it's way in. Has a crisp taste followed by a smooth finish.

Drinkability - What a good ipa this is. Easily drinkable and exactly what you would expect from a San Diego brewed Double ipa. Solid in so many areas, just not great enough to be considered elite. There is nothing wrong with that, as I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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

Oh boy another west coast IPA!

Poured a nice deep copper color. A nice foamy white head that left heavy lacing on the edges.

The nose is piney and citrusy. It has a slight breadiness but mostly just the pine and citrus hop notes.

The taste is a little sweet and citrusy at first and then bitter and piney. The bready maltness makes a slight appearence before the hop bitterness takes back over. The mouthfeel is slick with medium carbonation.

Overall this is about as solid of an Imperial IPA as you can get. If you have the means i suggest giving it a go. This one will not disappoint you.

Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent amber orange color with lots of carbonation supporting a medium sized rocky white head that leaves lots of sticking. Peaches, apricot, pineapple and subtle citrus fruit in the nose, fresh and grassy almost in character. The aroma is balanced with a strong underlying malty sweetness. Big hop flavor, fruit flesh, this is the juiciest DIPA ive come across. The herbal, cannabis like hop character really stays with you long after the sip. Just enough alcohol presence to keep things interesting, just drying enough to let the beauty of the hop really shine. Wonderful medium body, low/moderate carbonation feel, and IMO, very quaffable. Hop heads, have at it.

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

22oz bottle pours a light burnt orange with 2 fingers of frothy cream head which leaves lots of luxurious sticky lacing down the side. Gorgeous.

Smells is bold grapefruit, pine and citrus hops, everything else is either not there or hiding behind the big hops.

Taste is led proudly by the massive hops: lots of grapefruit, lemons, pine. Hiding in the back is the hint of the caramel malts and as it warms they make their way forward a bit more, but make no mistake - this is a hops dominated beer! Hints of alcohol in there as well. Dry mouthfeel, lots of carbonation and yet a hint of creaminess as it goes down.

Wow. This is a serious IPA that, while dominated by the hops, is tasty and extremely drinkable. This is what DIPA's is all about.

Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very citrusy and piny with caramel malt and bread. The appearance is golden amber with a large head for the style. The flavor is like the aroma, simple but good. The palate is smooth. Overall it's very good and I look forward to another one.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2009.

Poured in Celis pint glass. Moderately sized tight white head. Medium carbonation. Slight haze, orange color. Aroma is like hops gone wild, resin, green, medicinal. Tastes of resin and green bell pepper (A). Also grapefruit pith and rye, slight soapiness. Nice lingering bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Ethanol becomes more noticeable towards the middle of the bottle.

This was nicer at the beginning than the end of the bottle.

Photo of mtrentm
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color with great clarity & a nice two-finger orangish-white head leaving behind sticky lacings.

S: Very pungent hoppy aroma. Nice & spicy with a hint of citrus lingering in the background.

T: The flavors are just as the nose suggested... starts off with a bit of a grain earthyness along with sweet malt, then on to the hops with a spicy citrus flavor. It finishes sweet with a long lasting hoppiness.

M: Full-bodied, big alcohol flavor & nice subtle carbonation.

D: A very nice drinkable DIPA that I will be having again for sure!

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

A - Extremely thick head that that has serious staying power. Coppery amber color. Little carbonation action, but this is a very inviting beer.

S - Caramel, with a hint of an unidentifiable fruit.

T - The caramel hits you immediately, but it is not overpowering. The hops and fruit follow but they are both very subtle.

M - Tingling sensations caress the palette to create a very fulfilling experience. Very clean aftertaste.

D - Smooth. This IPA is very unique but even at nine percent it flows nice and smooth.

Green Flash is an excellent brewer and this is one of their better beers. The hops are well masked for an IPA but the flavor is intense and fulfilling. I would also recommend their barleywine.

Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather standard looking burnt orange with a small head and minimal lacing.

Smells of the usual citric hoppiness.

Tastes also quite like an ordinary hoppy IPA. Grapefruit is a main attraction. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not as offputting as some hop bombs.

Mouthfeel was nice and thick and slick. Very smooth.

Well, what is there to say. If you like rather simple beers which taste mainly of hops, then this is one which should please you.

Photo of hophead247
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle... A nice medium orange color with a nice head and lacing. The smell of this ale screams West Coast...nice hop aroma with a faint fruit scent. A very balanced DIPA, with the malt to hop combo around 50/50...IMO. A very crisp grassy flavor is followed by a nice caramel malt after taste. A very easy to drink double from West Coast, and definitely worth trying over and over again

Photo of far333
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear apricot orange with an inch high dimpled and cratered head of beige froth that hangs around for a while.

Bright aroma of citrusy hops, tangerine and lemon, a bit of pine and honey.

Brilliant hop flavors hit the lips before they even hit the tongue. The full range of citrus -orangey and puckery rinds, sweet tangerine and tingly grapefruit, pithy notes, moving to piney bitters and a warming finish. A subtle but fairly chewy honey malt backbone rides beneath, but make no mistake, bitterness reigns. This is a hophead's delight, one of the most bitter I've tasted.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying. Pretty drinkable, but you'll know you've just had a big fat DIPA. This one will probably creep up on me, but damn it's tasty. Thanks to Sparky27 for sharing.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $7.

A: Hazy golden sunset color, with a stark white head, about half an inch thick, reduced to a film. Really looks like orange juice. Spot on for the style.

S: A big ol handful of fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and quite notably "herb". Slightly salty smell to it as well. Caramel and other pale malts stand out in this one but way behind all of the hoppy goodness that smacks ya in the face. This is great.

T: Almost straight hops initially, big bitterness, nice malt characteristic, nice balance of bitter/sweet. Hops are grassy, and citrusy, a lot more earth than I had expected. Malts are really sweet, and surprisingly not pushed around as I thought. Even a bit biscuity to a certain extent. The hops are the spotlight of this beer though. No doubt about it, and they shine brightly. Not as intense as other DIPAs, but still a great one. I'm impressed. A well covered, but still noticeable alcohol is there too.

M: Dry, and huge, big thick malt profile low carbonation, slight alcohol heat. HUGE lingering bitterness. This isn't quite a pucker beer, but it is definitely a smack to the mouth.

D: Not as high as others in the style. The earthy hop characteristic, is unique, but its a little off, I'd really prefer a bit more citrus/pine. Still good. Alcohol is somewhat hidden, and dangerous. Really just too huge and palate wrecking to consume more than one bomber. Would like to try really fresh.

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

A- Clear golden amber with an off-white head. Good head retention and lacing

S- Fruity with hints of craft apple juice. Hops, of course and a bit of malt

T- Nice balance of bitter and sweet, not too much of either. Citrus and hops, quite refreshing

M- First mouthful activated my sweet taste buds on the tip of my tongue, latter tastes activated bitter ones. Has quite a bit of carbonation to it.

D- I could drink a couple of these and would like to do a side by side with Weyerbacher's Dbl Simcoe

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

Thanks to treyrab for sharing this gem.

A: Beautiful semi-hazy golden copper color with a thin film of bubbles and slight lacing. Think of what an Imperial IPA should look like, and this one fits right on that bill.

S: Strong scents of centennial and simcoe hops, complemented only slightly by cascade hops.

T: Dominated by centennial hops up front, and they absolutely kick you in the teeth right off the bat. Finish is grapefruit flavored hops. Overall, less balanced than the west coast IPA, but still a phenomenal beer.

M/D: Medium carbonation...right on for the style. Alcohol hits hard, but the beer has a ton of character, and the crisp clean hop flavor gives the beer a great enjoyment factor.

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

Breathtaking looks of rusty golden coloring sporting a mountainous creamy head that subsides after a few minutes into a frothy one-finger plateau. Good retention as well. Engaging aroma of wet hop gardens with spotted clementine notes and sweet cream. The taste catches me a little off guard: pine, earth, wet hops, damp bitterness to finish and a medicinal alcohol aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with almost no carbonation. A powerful BIG IPA that surrounds and swallows up the palate like the ocean around a lifeboat.

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