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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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2,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,404
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 188 | 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 sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a particularly fresh bottle received in trade from HoppyIPA. Thanks, David.

A-A crystal clear copper amber with a wisp of a white head.

S-A small forest worth of pine with a bit of malt to balance...but not a lot. One of my favorite beer aromas.

T-Does not disappoint. Piney hop goodness beginning, middle and end and lots of it. A little malt, sure, but mostly at the end to cut the edge off the bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, maybe a bit on the heavy side.

D-Quite tasty and enjoyable, not at all fatiguing.


sholland119, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of JoshuaCain
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden honey color with a sticky one-finger head. dissipates a little quick, but leaves alot of lace.
aroma is, obviously, very big on hops. initial blast of citrusy grapefuit with floral orange blossom in the middle and a heavy resinous/piney type of note in the back. alcohol tingle in present with a big whiff.
taste is also big on the grapefruit-like citrusy notes, but with a very nice caramel malt backbone. there is a bit of pine as well with an unexpected spice character that adds a lot to the overall profile. alcohol is present, but doesn't overpower, even at warmer temperatures.
mouthfeel is quite enjoyable, medium/full with a creamy carbonation.
overall drinkability is pretty high, considering the relatively low price. the bitterness is not too intense considering the 101 IBU's, there is enough malts to lend a little balance. the alcohol is also very well hidden, it drinks almost like a regular IPA.

JoshuaCain, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of tjsprague
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you first open this beer you get a strong smell of hops. Its almost like they are just floating in the bottle.

The beer itself pours clean with a nice light head and a red/amber color. It has a nice medium body with a heafty amount hop bitterness. If you like hops it tastes great. The mouthfeel is very dry and hoppy. The aftertaste comes off very slightly sweet and with a nice hop bitterness and taste.

A very fine Imperial IPA that will please anyone who loves hops.

tjsprague, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Tbn2
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to one of my least favorite pint glasses.

Looks like a beautiful brunette in a sexy red dress. Pours a hazy golden body with a two finger, off white head on the top. That dissipates to a thin layer that laces all the way down.

Smells of wonderful hops and malt. Here is what i get; sweet malt, citrus hops, flowery hops, smell of alcohol, hints of butter, touch of peach or pear aroma.

Tastes great. Sweet malt and hops balanced in the beginning. Hops take over towards the middle. Full citrusy and spicy hop taste balanced with the malt at the end give this beer a juicy finish. The mouthfeel is what I really take away from this; silky smooth. The base of this beer is excellent. Like any good Imperial IPA, a good hop flavor has an excellent malt base behind it.

Pick this one up and enjoy...

Tbn2, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Crafted
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Burnt orange color.. 2 finger light tan head.. Nice lacing..

s: Citrus.. Pine needles.. SoCal double..

t: Very smooth.. Great hop flavor..

m: Surprisingly smooth bitterness..

d: Could drink this one all day.. And night.. Another great offering from Green Flash..

Crafted, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of wolfsleepy
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber hue, and slightly opaque. Sparse, small bubbles form a minimal head.

S: Orchard fruit and raisins on the nose; the hop character is assertive but does not overpower the malty sweetness. In fact, it smelled appealing enough that I had to excercise a bit of self control to stop myself from taking a drink before fully taking consideration of the aroma.

T: The piney/citrusy elements come through and linger on the tongue (this aftertaste reminded me of citrus peel, like Campari). The 9% ABV wasn't so apparent on the first taste, but came through on successive sips.

M: Crisp feel and lively carbonation, yet smooth and somewhat creamy.

D: Certainly delivers what it promises as an Imperial IPA. I've found this more drinkable than similar IPAs with a claimed IBU of ~100, but the overall flavor profile don't seem as nuanced as one might like. This is the first offering I've sampled from Green Flash, and while I'm not planning to come back to this Imperial IPA right away, I'll definitely pick up their West Coast IPA to see how it compares.

wolfsleepy, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of gorby16
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this Imperial IPA from Green Flash. A - deep yellow color with small foamy head; appears unfiltered and is translucent. S -strong hop smell with a hint of sweetness and apricot; the hop smell is heavenly. T - very smooth for 9% ABV; is bitter at first, but this quickly disappears on the finish.

gorby16, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good stuff here!

pours nice into a harpoon ipa pint glass -puts up a tight one finger head with a nice hazy harvest gold hue

smells 'fresh' - like a meadow(!)

tastes real good - piney, grassy, citrus, oh yeah, and hoppy
i like!

feels good and clean

this first glass from the bomber is leaving some of the thickest lacing down the glass i've seen

i could probably drink another bomber after i'm done with this one - but at 9% i know better - and i had a racer 5 before this -
but then again, its a cold saturday night and the fire's burning...

and - the second glass threw up an incredible 3 finger head that settled into a meringue-like consistency - pretty amazing

JoeBloe, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy glow to the amber red to pumpkin orange color, even through the gauziness you can see the bubbles lifting into the cream colored, thick head which stays past closing time. Sweet, fruity nose of apricot, peach, pear fruit as well as tangerine juice, pine needles, brioche and a bundle of meadow grasses and flowers, attractive fullness while retaining clarity of elements, Full-bodied, spicy, citrusy attack with cumin, garlic flavors next to orange, white grapefruit notes. The carbonation shows verve to break through the overall density and oily texture. While certainly hoppy, not bitter, no pucker, more like an exfoliation. Pine, tar resin, fresh milk, coffee grinds, wax, enjoyable for its ability to change sip to sip. Anvil sits on your tongue long after you've swallowed.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No indication of freshness on the bottle and I'm kicking myself for keeping it in the fridge for so long. It was purchased as "extra" trading material and then forgotten about. Caveat to the proceeding review...

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe/snifter. Slightly hazy, light orange in color. Formed a thin off-white head that didn't stay up long.

S - Pungent grapefruit-like hop aroma followed by a mellower grassy character. Mango fruitiness is also present. Malt character hard to detect and esters aren't present in any significant amount. Alcohol, hard to spot right from the pour, rears its head as the beer warms.

T - Prominent grassy/citrusy hop flavors and intense bitterness hit the palette with a thud. Finishes dry with a long, lingering remnant of that hoppy goodness. Hop flavor could be more complex.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth. Not astringent.

D - A bit intense for a high level of drinkability. I've cracked myself open a bomber for solo consumption and I'm already having second thoughts. Maybe some more malt character and a touch more "crispness" could help this out.

BrewerB, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-peach color with a thin bubbly white head.

Big hoppy aroma of orange, grapefruit, and pine along with some bread, earthiness, and light malts.

The taste is much like the aroma with citrus and pine hops up front and personal along with light malts. Decent amount of hoppy bitterness follows through to the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

Definitely a hop monster IIPA from Green Flash. I think I need to find a few more of these.

Monkeyknife, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a semi-cloudy orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of grassy, garlicky hops, toasted malt, and sour grapefruit. Flavor of odd garlicky hops/ toasted malt. It's a strange flavor I sometimes get in IIPAs. This reminds me of DFH 90 min, and not in a good way. Almost undrinkable and rather nasty. Harsh palate. Ick.
6/4/4/2/10 (2.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, peach orange in color with a slightly peach (off-peach) colored head. I have had APA that were darker than this today.

Aroma is wonderful. Plenty of citrus and west coast hops. The maltiness is present but doesnt distract from the hops, which should be the star of the party. Loads of orange and grapefruit. Beautiful.

Perfectly balanced hop and malt flavors. Immediately citrusy, followed by a slight fruity taste, followed by hops and a kick ass hop bitterness.

Awesome mouthfeel and I cant picture another DIPA with better drinkability. A top notch DIPA that should be enjoyed fresh. Just wonderful.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love it! This is a very hoppy yet very balanced Imperial IPA. Balanced in the way that it's very hoppy across the whole pallete. The bitterness is not over the top, but the full flavor of the hops then comes through, and the hop aroma is one of the best I've ever experienced. Some might say it's not bitter enough, but that's why I like it. Most of the hoppy-ness is the actual flavor and aroma of the hops, instead of the alpha acids. It uses Summit and Nugget hops, according to the bottle. This beer is the closest I've come across to smelling actual fresh hops. That's why I gave the smell a 5. There isn't much else in the smell but hops, but that's why you're buying an imperial IPA.

The appearance is very nice and it has a wonderful thick foamy head that leaves a full glass worth of Belgian lace down the side.

This comes in 22oz bomber bottles, and it's a whopping 9% ABV. I buy these any time I see them and they are a real treat for people like me that love hops. At 22oz and 9%, you're probably going to be set up just fine with one, heh. But it's so flavorful, you can drink it slow and make it last.

HeroJH, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of brunop
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at provisions in brookline, ma. the other day (a great store by the way).

pours light golden and leaves a light to medium lacing. much like stone's ipa's. they even call it a "san diego style" brew on the bottle.

not the most hoppy beer i've had which is kinda surprising for an "imperial". to my palate, plain ipswich ipa is hoppier. it's more hoppy (to me) than stone's ruination. actually by far.

but i will definitely pick up some more and try other green flash offerings!

brunop, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Splunny
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

West Coast IPA's are as amazing as the produce out there. I liked this. Picked this one up at the Foodery in Philadelphia (N. Liberties). This one's made with Simcoe and Nugget hops. Simcoe hops seem to have become a staple of this style, with no complaints from me. I also recently brewed with some Nugget hops...they have an amazing smell.
I've become a big fan of Green Flash, given every one I've had has been pretty decent.

Splunny, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Jungle Jim's in Ohio for me by my friend on a Thanksgiving trip. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. Enjoyed while eating some blue cheese.

A: Pours a bright orange color with a 2 finger thick head that settles down to about a finger of frothy sticky off-white bubbles. It has good retention (maybe that is due to the hop tulip glass, its the first time I have used it) and excellent lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops dominate the nose. There is a bit of a bready malt aroma as well. A very pleasant aroma.

T: The initial flavor is just a bit sweet from the malt. Then the bitterness really comes on strong. The pine and grapefruit tastes really attack the mouth. I would not call this one balanced at all. The taste is good, but there needs to be a little bit more malt taste to balance this one out.

M: It has a medium body and is very creamy from the carbonation. The hops are so strong that is almost feels astringent in the mouth which is why I dropped it a bit.

D: The complete lack of balance hurts the drinkability score for me. Even though it is pretty high in alcohol, it is well hidden. If only the bitterness was balanced just a little.

If you are an intense hophead that doesn't want to taste malt at all, then this is a good one for you. I liked it for what it was, but since I prefer a bit more balance, I might pass on my next opportunity to buy this one.

GatorBeerNerd, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Newport Pizza.

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a 1 finger head. Retention is pretty good and the minimal lacing is scattered. It was a pretty bad pour. The aroma is of grapefruit and other citrus, with some pine. There is no malt aroma to speak of. The taste is very citrusy. Mostly delicious bitter grapefruit. There is a high level of hop bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden. Where is the malt? Oh, I nearly forgot, this is a San Diego Pale Ale. I love the flavor. Finish is dry and very bitter. The beer is nicely carbonated. It's medium bodied, dry, and has a sticky mouthfeel. I could drink quite a few of these.

HopHead84, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of klewis
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky orange with minimal head. A bubbly halo clings to the glass.

S: Floral hops with contributing aromas of bubblegum and citrus.

T: Lots of hops start to finish. Citric and piney hop flavors give way to a slightly fusel hop bitterness. Unabashedly unbalanced.

M: Full-bodied and thick with moderate carbonation. The bitterness is surprisingly fleet on the palate considering the style and IBU level.

D: Not the best DIPA, but without a doubt, it's a good one if you're a hop head or if your palate has been misbehaving and punishment is due.

klewis, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely hopped beer, prominently featuring the Nugget which might just be my favorite hop. Smells great with the typical pine and citrus aromas, but unlike many IPAs the base fruit taste is orange instead of grapefruit. A very unique and delicious brew.

Wackyfoot, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of BeerStine
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml (22 oz) poured into a pint glass (several times).

A - Pours a (lightly cloudy when cold) orange with medium carbonation and an off-white foamy head. Leaves a LONG sticky lace as the beer goes down.

S -Citrusy/fruity hops smell right off the bat. The hops are followed by an interesting malt smell. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a nutty and or biscuity malt smell? Not well defined.

T - Taste is much like the smell. Citrus and grapefruit tastes that cause a tingling sensation on both the sides and the front of the tongue. In addition to the hops is a prominent secondary malts taste. Once again I'm not sure what it is. Carmely, nutty, sugary? The flavors are kind of mottled together. Very little bitter lingering (especially for a DIPA).

M - Medium-heavy body almost a little creamy. Heavier than most DIPA that I've had. Medium carbonation.

D - I could drink many of these beers - but wouldn't savor them. Nothing really significantly stands out on this beer. That is, picking out individual flavors is difficult. In my opinion, a fairly simplistic beer, but defiantly drinkable.

BeerStine, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Oggi's Mission Valley location. This beer pours a mostly clear yellow-gold color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes slowly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus and hops aroma with a hint of spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of piney hops and spice, plus some grapefruit. Very little malt is present for balance. The finish is slightly astringent hops and citrus with a lingering hops aftertaste. Above average, and would be much better if it were more balanced.

Dogbrick, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite in our home.

A: Cloudy light golden color. Poured with a finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S: Very much a musty hop smell every time I get a bottle. Faded citrus. Just not that great.

T: Basically this if a great west coast DIPA subject to traveling across the US. It basically leaves it musty. Everything is faded. I have had some great bottles of this and then I have had some bad ones. This is a bad bottle.

M: Little bit thick and a touch creamy.

D: Not too bad a great DIPA.I don't know whether to blame the batch to batch variation on the distributor (which is more likely) or the brewer. When you get a good bottle it is great.

aerozeppl, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a foamy head, good lacing. Smells piney and citrusy, mainly grapefruit, with plenty of hops. Flavor was thick and hoppy, sweet of grapefruit, malty and slightly boozy. Certainly not a bad beer, especially for the price, I just prefer their west coast IPA more.

onecrazybreeze, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Globetrotter
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-delivered to Vienna from the U.S. (thanks, Chris and Jeff!), the bomber looks just like the picture here. It pours a vaguely cloudy copper-gold under a one figure off-white head that settles slowly but steadily to film and collar, leaving a bit of lace on the side. The nose is strong of pine and carnation - very enticing, if perhaps a touch one-sided. The mouth is mildly carbonated and quite heavy, almost but not quite sticky. The flavor is strong, with coniferal hops everywhere. Some sweet malt, almost caramel, is ever present, but never above the surface, only cutting a bit of the edge off the hops. The bitter is achingly dry, like eating a pine cone - delicious, really. The alcohol is barely discernible, as the hops dominate everything all the way through to the dry, pine sap aftertaste. I have only one bottle, but wish I had more, as I'd be happy to keep drinking this. This brew is a perfect example of what I miss most about being in the States.

Globetrotter, Dec 23, 2008
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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