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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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2,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 127
Gots: 216 | FT: 2
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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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of grs8313
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from my tasting notes.

Appearance: 1 pint bottle with no freshness or bottling date. Pours a hazy copper color with a white head that settles nicely on the top of the beer. This beer has great lacing as you drink.

Smell: Hops, apples and sweet malts. I thought the hops would dominate more, but the smell is very balanced, and it smells great.

Taste: Hops, roasted malts, and alcohol. Not as an intense hop taste as I expected, but I enjoy it. The palate is not destroyed for the night which is great, but you do get a nice hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with a slight carbonation, this beer has a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable for such a high ABV (9%). I will only need one though. This is a great drinking beer, or a great beer to sip and enjoy. This is my first beer from Green Flash, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look for more.

Photo of sethmeister
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

Poured into my snifter at just below room temperature this beer is a bright clear lustrous polished brass with a fluffy and bubbly two finger head. Spots and streaks of lace. Good head retention. This is a very nice looking beer.

Scent is grapefruit and fresh bread. Sugary pineapple. A whiff of pine oil. Alcohol esters.

Taste is sweet bready malt, pineapple and tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit. There's a slight pine aftertaste but it's mild. Not a particularly hot or hoppy IIPA.

Mouth is perhaps a touch thinner than I would expect for a big Imperial IPA. Does have a nice syrupy quality, however.

Drinkability is good. The 9% ABV is fairly well hidden.

Very enjoyable to drink but the lack of intense hop heat and bitterness (and the lack of a freshness date) make me wonder if perhaps this bottle is a bit old? It actually tastes more like a strong IPA than an Imperial IPA. Not a hophead's holy grail but still a tasty and easy to drink beer.

Photo of TasteTester
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd bottle. I didn't review the first one for some reason, but the 2nd was no different than the first. Great brew.

A - Nice amber color. Lacing top to bottom. The head was a finger or so.

S - Good pine and hop aroma. Some fruits that I can't quite put a finger on.

T - Sweet citrus and bitter hops balance this beer out beautifully. Some pine flavor that is subtle.

M - Sticky start to finish. Smooth flow, almost chuggable. Stayed on the tongue for a while.

D - Good IPA. Was extremely excited to trade for and then receive in a BIF. Only wish I had acquired more.

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

a: glowing, lightly hazy orange-amber with moderate retention

s: big hop aroma of pulpy grapefruit and orange and pine tea, lacks the sharp fruit and pine I like most but it's plenty hoppy regardless, sweet pale grain body, some apple notes, moderately boozy

m: carbonation on the light side and soft, medium body

t: pale caramel malt body with a lingering grainy sweetness, big hop presence of course, not bright and fresh but more steeped and tealike, bitterness seems a bit tempered by the high malt but is certainly of dipa strength

d: not a problem

bomber split with the landlord...probably wouldn't buy this myself, but I'm glad to have tried it

Photo of elniko
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Glowing light amber, nice head and lacing. Good looking Imperial IPA.

S: Strong strong strong, slightly citrus with strong hoppy tones as well.

T & M: Had the Stone Ruination immediately before this brew which put this beer in proper context. This a good Imperial IPA but not in the same league as Ruination. The balance is just a little too much in the hop vs the malt. Doesn't quite the great citrus tones that the Ruination does either.

D: Drinkable, but not the best Imperial IPA that I've had.

Photo of BDTyre
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good DIPA, but not as flavourful as Moylan's.

Murky pale amber/orange with a fairly thick head. Nice balanced smell that leans heavily towards the hops without being a hop bomb. Good flavour, the hops are very distinc and the malt tames them just enough that this doesn't become one dimensional. Carbonation is a little bit light and the high ABV make this one to savour.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago Brewing, the color is a hazy yellow. Smells strongly of citrus, and tastes of bitter bitter citrus. A little too much bitterness and a tad less citrus flavor than I prefer; a little out of balance. A strong bitter aspirin aftertaste. Not the greatest San Diego IIPA, but a strong entry nonetheless.

Photo of Proteus93
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had only had this at a tasting previously (in a tiny little plastic cup) and I never review those. I recall being a little underwhelmed at the time, so it took a while to get a bottle, and now it seems I may have a change of opinion.

A: A hazy honey-golden poured into an English pint. A nice, foamy head forms just above the 'bump' in the glass. Retention is great, and nice stick going on.

S: Leafy and herbal hops for the most half, with a peppery note. A nice smelling drink... some sappy scents in there, as well.

T: A fairly big hop flavour, though something seems a little 'jumbled' about it. A number of hop-descriptors - a tiny bit of citrus, some pine, floral-like and herbal flavours all at once. I know there aren't a load of different hop varieties going on, so perhaps it is just the choice of hops used together. A little bit of a sweetness is evident - though, strangely, it's like a few granules of artificial sweetener (and I didn't have anything containing that prior to drinking.

M + D: Medium body, assertive carbonation, which continues all the way down, giving it quite a sparkle. A little bit of alcohol warming right at the back of the throat and on the way down. With that bigger alcohol content, it's more suitable for easy going drinking, but that's alright... not one of my favourites, but a solid DIPA.

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

Slightly hazy glowing orange body with a big head that fades pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Very peppery hop aroma with a lot of booziness and cherry notes.

Again, very peppery, bitter hop flavor, overwhelms the malt. Definite alcohol flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, only way it would be better is if it were drawn from a cask.

A hell of a feat, the hops and hot alcohol overwhelm just a bit, but very very good.

Photo of JJDynomite
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a monster of a beer at 9%. There is no fooling around on this one... Poured from a 22oz. bottle
Hazy... this didn't seem to be bottle conditioned (No sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The hazyness made me a bit weary of the beer, yet I was wrong. This is a glorious beer.
There is no doubt from the aroma that this is a hop bomb for sure. Fragrent, reminicient of resiny cousin of the hop flower.
The body of the beer is drinkable, but substantial enough to let you know it's got some testicular fortitude. It's not thin by any means, yet it's not too viscious. Perfect. The bitterness BUs are really high, but this is a showcase for hop flavor/aroma. The finish leaves you wanting more. I wish I'd bought more. It almost makes me want to move to San Diego. Almost. This is a five star Imperial/Double Ipa if ever I've tried one. And I make beer for a living.

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber into Troegs Hopback glass on 9/15/08.

A - Clear amber/orange body with huge two-finger cap of foamy white head that retained well and left thick, sticky lacing around the glass. Beautiful flow of effervescent carbonation bubbles.

S - Pungent grapefruit aroma with some sticky pine and resiny hops. Perhaps some orange rind as well. Beneath all of the hop goodness lies a sturdy backbone of caramel and toasted bready malt and a tinge of alcohol.

T - Huge smack of juicy citrus fruit with predominantly grapefruit and tangerine/orange. Hints of pine and resin also emerge. Finishes with a nice balancing maltiness of toasted grains and crusty bread.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and an oily slickness with medium carbonation. Warm and tingly on the palate with some residual sticky hop oils. Burgeoning bitter finish that lingers on the palate for quite a while.

D - Very nice West Coast IPA that actually exceeded my expectations. I haven't had many Green Flash offerings, but if all of their stuff is this good, then sign me up for more!

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikereaser for the chance to try this one.

A - Cloudy orange with light shades of brown. huge foamy off-white head. Slowly fades leaving chunks of foam on the glass.

S - Incredibly strong tropical and citrus nose. Aromas of pineapple, mango, and hints of grapefruit. A fruity sweetness lingers underneath.

T - Pale malt sweetness initially with hints of bubblegum. Quickly overcome by a grapefruit and spicy hop bitterness. A somewhat earthy finish.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather viscous for a DIPA. Alcohol is well masked. And the bitterness is not totally overwhelming making the beer rather drinkable.

Photo of Biggness
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy amber with a 1 fingered head and lacing. The initial smell was of strong citrus hops but that went away rapidly, when the beer mellowed the smell changed to a piney hop with malty overtones. This beer is strange for DIPA, very malty and not so hoppy. I always like my dipa's overly hopped, this seems overly malted, BUT it is a very nice flavor. it more reminds me of a malty IPA with a high alcohol %. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a slight dry aftertaste. A nice brew I am sure I could drink a couple of these.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. 22 oz. bomber poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy orange-bodied beer, frosty-looking, with an ever-so-slightly off-white two-finger head with average retention, nice sticky lacing, and - though you likely won't be able to see it much in a regular glass - fine bubbled and surprisingly fast carbonation, sliding up the sides of the snifter.

Aroma: Piney hops, citrus zest notes and light fruity esters, some hollow roasted bready notes, and a dairy note. Not offputting, but not terribly inviting either.

Taste: Not too impressed here. There's bitterness, a few hop notes - dried light fruits, some pineyness, orange zest - and a lightly roasted but largely simplistically sweet malt backbone, but it's by and large "empty space." A few acrid, funky dairy notes or diacetyl (similar to their West Coast IPA, strangely enough) dominate this interstitial taste realm.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and fine-bubbled, even, full-bodied, smooth and milky. Leaves a funky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not my favorite DIPA. Alcohol's up there and all, and though it's largely well-hidden, the flavors and aromas just aren't terribly interesting or unique. Worth trying once - maybe it's your thing - but I likely won't be picking this one up again.

Photo of flannelman808
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPA's for sure. It has a great amount of hoppy flavor citrus (tangerine) and flower flavor. wow what an amazing beer. might actually be my very favorite IPA. However this MUST BE FRESH AS HELL. Im reviewing this beer being under a month old. 2 weeks old and its truly amazing. But it ages very fast and after that period of time I would rate it MUCH lower.

pours with a white foamy head. the head is bubbly and the bubbles are medium sized. its a foggy amber color, you can smell the hops right away.

there is an intense hop flavor (i'm told Nugget and Summit hops) backed with a little bit of malty sweet. I almost smell/taste grapefruit too. I can certainly taste citrus, namely tangerine and grapefruit. Hop heads revel.

At 9% ABV I would call this beer very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is a bit of an after burn.

mouthfeel is good, it coats my tongue and cheeks.

Once again drink super duper fresh.


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

A: Very cloudy orange with an orange-white head. The head is 2-fingers, and dissipates in a mottled pattern. The dissipation is fairly slow, and the lacing is wonderful.

S: A very brisk hoppy grapefruit smell with a nice alcohol kick. This one smells refreshing and not too sugary. The malt in the background is nice and grainy, balancing out the fruit. Splendid.

T: Really tangy and bitter - the hops are a little piney, but very aromatic. The fruit provides a great sweet flavor to be balanced by the grainy malt. This one is really good. There seems to be some interesting spice flavors with the malt in the background, making this just complex enough to be interesting.

M: Smooth and pretty darn oily - really coats the mouth with the hops. A tiny bit astringent. Carbonation is fine. Medium body.

D: Very refreshing, goes down easy, but gets you drunk quickly. I'm going to be pretty loopy after this 1pt. 6oz. bottle.

Photo of opwog
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beechwood for having a keg of this rolling!

I have had this in bottle before and, while I liked it, I was originally going to pass this over in the midst of the incredibly impressive offerings at Beechwood. I had even recomended it to a friend, who I know was a hop freak. Then came the word that the hop element taseted like weed. Of course, i get the natuaral comparison between hops and weed, but I did not realize how literal it was in this tap, until I actually tased some. Inevitably this lead to my own pint to close the night. Over all, another winner from Green Flash. If you had this in bottle, still take the tim eto get this on tap and get the whole Chech and Chong hop effect.

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

Pours fairly clear with a gloden amber hue and a large white head that decays over time to a rocky terrain in my snifter. Aroma is nice, sweet, never really smelled this nice blend of Summit and Nugget before, resiny but not piney. Flavor is sweet and bitter but not overdone. Leaves a slightly bitter taste in your mouth but not overdone. Solid

Photo of brandoneast
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The golden ale kissed with garnet highlights releases a complex and masterful aroma of spruce, pineapple, cannabis, green grapes, and onions. The hop flavor on this beer is magnificent and somewhat unbalanced - in that the flavor lends intensity to the bitterness with a malt background screaming for attention. Pure freshness and with masterful complexity where it counts. Crisp edges and medium carbonation gives a dry yet smooth mouthfeel. At 101 IBUs I was expecting a bit more flavor bitterness throughout the finish but the aroma flags abrupt caution.

Photo of everetends
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber thanks to the sweet generousity of hopsleeroy. Poured into a shaped pint bearing the name of DFH.

A: Poured a little thicker than expected. I am intrigued immediately. Nice deep golden color that is almost orange. Got a good finger of head that has some pretty good lasting power. Lacing really clings at first but slacks off as the beer disappears.

S: This is all about the hops. Big time citrus, bitter and floral aroma coming out this puppy. Also getting a touch of malt going on but the hops showcase in this arena.

T: Taste is also of some hops. You get blasted with some serious bitterness from the hops. Citrus comes through in some crazy flavors of orange peel, grapefruit and tangerine. Malt tries to balance this sucker out, but the hops are there and they are staying. There are also notes of pine on the finish.

M: This is a heavy medium brew. There is a light carbonation that still makes this go down fairly easy. Serious bitter aftertaste. Bitterness lingers and lets you understand it. The ABV is overshadowed by the lovely hops.

D: This is decently drinkable. It would be a stretch to go over 1 bomber in an evening for me. Still throughly enjoyed it because there was some hops bitterness but it wasn't stupid. It was balanced to a point. Very nice indeed.

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap and served in a pint glass, pours a rich golden color with perhaps a hint of orange. A decent head dissipates over a few minutes and yields little lacing on a pre-chilled glass. I think the condensation on the glass prevented what would likely have been more stickiness on the lace.

Smell is initially a huge fresh hemp bomb. As the head dissipates and the volatility of things settle down. the hop presence throws out slightly floral but mostly tangerine citrus notes. Malt presence is there but rather simple in its supporting role.

Taste is expected given the nose. Initially the marijuana nose dulls the senses and overwhelms the taste. Then the citrus comes through and the finish offers a lightly complex malt sweetness. Hemp influences diminish through the pint short of aggressive agitation of the brew, letting other flavors take the forefront. Malts are light in body and somewhat effective at keeping the alcohol taste down, yet without distracting from the hops.

This is a big, sipping brew that offers a good mouthfeel and decent drinkability within the confines of the ABV. Brewers site notes the use of 'Summit and Nugget Hops' in the recipe.

Edit: Smell reduced from 4.5 to 3.5. Major hop adjustment that I'm not feelin' the love for. Why change a good thing??

Edit #2 01/12 Taste and feel are thinner. Less body on the feel. This is now a mediocre DIPA. Offers a decent but unexciting nose with a light pine resin hop aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are washed out a bit. Hop change? Or financial decision? I would guess the latter. Taste and feel dropped by a half point, and I thing I might be being generous.

Bottom line: This beer has little if any resemblance to it's former self. And that really pisses me off. If you can't make the same beer with the same ingredients, then at least call it something else.

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

Poured from a 22oz. brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It has a hazy orange color, decent head, poor retention, but good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. It's surprising that it's more sweet and less hoppy but maybe that's due to it siting in the cellar too long. Somewhat fruity too.

Flavor is again more sweet and fruity than pure fresh hops which I've grown to crave in an IPA. Surely the brief aging has mellowed the hoppiness quite a bit. I would like to try a fresh bottle some time soon to see if it's much better. Although this certainly has a lot of hop character, it's starting to head towards barley wine territory.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, very smooth, not too much carbonation. Good drinkability.

I had the standard Green Flash IPA right before and enjoyed it more.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in my recent trade with Mhewes... Big thanks Michael, this will be a nice touch to the coming DIPA tasting... sharing slightly with Brenda, mine into my Smokestack glass.

1" head... with good lacing.. brew is a hop hazed light orange.

Nose is a big blast of tangerine skin and grapefruit.. some serious grassiness to it also.. just enough sweetness to keep the hoppiness from jumping out of the glass and sticking to my nose hairs.

Big bitterness out of the gate melts into a short lived malty/caramel sweetness then batted out of the park by a bunch of hop flavor.. citrus... lime... floral.. and again some grassiness.. The body is pretty middle of the road for DIPA's and the carbonation is a little sparse lending to a creaminess. Overall, this may be a little TOO weighted to the hop flavor for me, but it is by no means bad.. just seems a little out of whack for my palate.

Another nice beer from a cool trader... thanks again Michael.


Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich copper color with a silky tan head. The nose a nice hop profile balanced by some sweet malts. The taste is also quite nice. Citrusy and floral hops up front followed by some bready malt varieties. Mouthfeel is full and perfectly carbonated. A very nice Double IPA.

Photo of Onslow
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange syrup sunset colour ... great foam ... lacing is ample and creamy ... has a very clean hop bite ... with a nice after hop lacquer ... very upfront ...''book of the dead'' ... you can taste and feel the 101 IBU's ... system check : lots of sticky pine needles left in the mouth, big tasty shoulder shuddering (msCoop) ...

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