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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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BA SCORE
91
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2,322 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,322
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 114
Gots: 168 | 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 wardough
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bomber with Bwatson.

A: Looks great as it pours out. Doesn't look like a traditional DIPA, as far as the color, a little lighter than most. Light lacing

S: Grapefruit, pineapple. The hops blot out any chance that the malts had.

T: Hops a little overpowering. Not as sweet as some of the others that I've had.

M: Very light.

D: Goes down smooth, very smooth.

All in all, a good DIPA.

wardough, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle.

I'm a big fan of Green Flash Brewing Company, and seeing this at the store... no need for hesitation.

Big, foamy head that stays up for a while.

Floral aroma... one of GF's standards in IPA's.

Taste... light sustaining hops... subtly sweet and fruity bite.

Mouthfeel... feels medium full... not a bit of wateriness to it.

I love it. I love it. I love it.

eatdrinknbmerry, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce bottle a somewhat hazy golden orange to amber with a majestic creamy white head that lingers long before vanishing, lace forms a solid sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, pushed by the hop floral aroma, lime like in its crispness, delightful sniff. Start has a decent malt presence, hops provide a huge spicy bite, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, sweet, bitter aftertaste welds itself to your palate, excellent beer, and a delight for hop heads.

Gusler, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always like to get my hands on some "San Diego style" Double IPA's this is one and I was pleased with it.Poured into an imperial pint glass a mix of golden and deep reddish orange a tight formed 1/2 finger head that held decent retention atop,mix of hop aromas overripe pineapple and deep pine resin show through along with a big caramel sweetness the alcohol is hidden.Citrusy flavors at the forefront along with some pine resin wich becomes stronger as it warms more in my mind a very hefty caramel sweetness holds firm against the hops till the finish.Its very solid and the alcohol is kept in check very well,obviously there are better DIPA'S out there but it will cure a hop fix.

oberon, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a soft white billowy head that sticks. Really nice foam.

Spicy smells of citrus and alcohol; slight tropical asian fruit (lychee).

Slight sweet maltiness leads into asian melon fruit flavor that gets punctuated by a spicy citrus bittering finish.

The alcohol is shown off in the smell and flavor of this beer more than hidden. I believe its the alcohol which produces the lychee-like impression that I have found in several different big (big alcohol) SoCal IPAs.

Nice and drinkable, but lots of better DIPAs out there for my taste.

BeerZack, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass
Poured a hazy,glowing reddish orange,generous slightly off-white colored head,very creamy,very good retention.leaving chunky islands and collars of lace. Not much carbination noticable with some particles at the bottom of the bottle.

Strong pineapple aroma,followed by sweet carmelly/toffeee-like,as floral with some grassiness. strong and pleasing aroma.

Heavy malt taste up front with lots of carmell with a burnt edge,quickly followed up by a strong hop rush of pine with tons of grapefruit. Very leafy leaving and oil slick of hoppyness. Has a good balance that finishes with heavy citrus rind.The alcohol was well hidden or buried under the hops. Juicy grapefruit with an aciditic mouthfeel.

Rough at first taste,tames out the more you drink. A good double in the middle of the pack. Te bomber was enough for me. Worth a try,would definatly drink again.

jcdiflorio, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of sid6581
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass. First beer I've had from Green Flash.

Beautiful pour, nice head quickly retreating but leaving a fine lace on the glass.

Hops are in your face! Very apparent in the aroma and flavor. Spicy.

A well-balanced beer. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Smooth, slick, mouth feel.

Not available locally here in NY, however I will definitely buy this again should I come across it.

sid6581, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never even heard of this brewery before but my nearby beer pimp started carrying some so I thought I'd try!
Not the most impressive looking double IPA on the block. Pours a quite pale amber with hardly any head and barely any sort of lacing anywhere.
The scent makes more of an impression. There's a strong, deep floral hop scent that also has some nice top notes of hops. Pleasing sweetnesses.
The flavors remind one of the odors. Not too shabby but there's some lack of balance. The bitter hop flavors are a bit too aggressive as it lingers in the finish for a bit too long. Reminds me a little bit of Victory's Hop Wallop but doesn't strike me as being quite as enjoyable.
This brew seems to need more or less of something to make it really sing. It should either go more over the top, to the point where you don't care about imbalance because of the strong perspective... or some more balance.There are many double IPA's out there, and well, this is one of them!

ommegangpbr, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of gwood
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Green Flash upon recomendation for one of my local "pushers" as I call them.

Pours a quite brilliant orange to medium honey with a bright creamy white head that is sticky and tight up front. The head did make it to a three finger in my tulip with a normal pour, and while retention wasn't tops, it did lace somewhat. While the beer did pour slightly clouded at first, it seems to have cleared up entirely.

Nose is of citrus, slight pine, and decidedly earthy hops. Malt notes are also present with a delicate note of caramel. There is a hint of something I can't put my finger on, a sign of a great beer to come.

If one could call a DIPA/Imperial IPA balanced, I think that this beer would have to be on the list. The hops aren't overpowering for the style when taking into consideration others within driving distance. Maybe this is because of the fact that not a cascade was harmed in the making of this beer. The hop choices really do make this one unique IMO. The taste follows the nose in many respects, hops come in droves but are quickly matched with sweet malts, together than form a middle tang that is so very enjoyable. As the beer warms, alcohol is a bit more pronouced but still dealt with extremely well relative to the abv.

There is a slight woody/tanin feel to the mouthfeel, rosin maybe. Very silky smooth, really one of the best I've had in the style. As the bottle states it is in fact quaffable.

gwood, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Tolann
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd beer review.

A really nice beer. Served from a bottle. First time I've had a beer from Green Flash.

Appearance - Rich golden color and cloudy. Pours with a nice head. No lacing.

Smell - Sweet, floral, some spice. more hops than malts.

Taste - Quick citrus hit at first sip. Hoppy ending that stays on your pallet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not over carbonated. lighter feel.

Drinkability - This would be a nice bar sipping beer. I could order this all night.

Tolann, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tangerine juice orange with honey colored edges. The first pour looks filtered and I don't see much (except beer) in the bottom of the bomber. The tremendously sticky alabaster crown is a DIPA masterpiece. In addition, the huge amount of Swiss cheesy lace easily qualifies as eye candy. We're off to a very good start.

For such an offbeat hop bill (Summit and Nugget), the nose is right in line and right up there with SoCal's best. I'm not sure which hop variety contributes what to the aroma, but I get a big blast of orange rind, pink grapefruit, pungent cheese and cannabis. Boy Howdy, this should be some good beer.

My first few mouthfuls tell me quite a bit. However, this is one of those DIPAs that I'll need to ponder a while before I can pull the trigger on a flavor score. At the moment, it's a dead heat between 'good' and 'very good'. Not that there's any heat. Although the 9.0% ABV is easily appreciated, it's also easily ignored while the beer is still cool and my tongue is relatively fresh. It should be even less noticeable in about 15 minutes or so.

I think the thing that's holding be back the most is that I'm just not enamored with these two hops. Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo... then we'd be talking. I like more brightness, more pure citrus peel flash than the mid-range, earthy, almost herbal quality that these hops deliver. At least there's precious little caramel malt to muddle things up even more. Some, but not much.

Anyone who doesn't like this mouthfeel doesn't like DIPAs. It's medium-full and has a luscious smoothness that is right up my alley. There has to be a few tons of malt present. Incidently, that may be why the stated 101 IBUs don't taste like it. This is definitely bitter beer, but it isn't BITTER beer.

I haven't liked Green Flash Brewery's non-hoppy beer. Their hoppy beer is a different story entirely, with a much happier ending. Extra Pale Ale is wonderfully drinkable and West Coast IPA has gotten some much deserved respect. Imperial India Pale Ale doesn't match Southern California's finest, but if I had access, I'd buy a bomber every now and then as an interesting change of pace.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy pale orange with a decent frothy head that was slow to diminish. The aroma was dominated by floral citrus and pine hops with just a hint of sweet malt. The taste was possessed wonderful earthy hoppiness that somewhat overpowered the malts, but not too much at all. The beer was somewhat heavy with nice warming alcohol that was present but not aggressive. This is a very enjoyable beer and one I would love to have again.

atsprings, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A two finger off white head establishes itself on top of a orange amber body that is a nice combination. Leaves a bit of lace. Softly fragrent ripe citrus based hops dance on a very inviting nose. Very grassy fresh green hop feel as it enters the mouth. Pine notes are very strong on the front of the palate. A slight bit of sweetness develops twords the end. high alchol content but it is well hidden. Very woodsy fresh. Thick mouthfeel is kicked up by the hops. Extremely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, pours clear light amber, with that oily, slightly greenish hue that I welcome in a hoppy SD style DIPA, Light tan, creamy, tiny bubble, long lasting head and thick film. Also leaves nice sheeting and sticky reams of lace. Blast o'citric hops for the sniffer. Smooth, heady brew, more grapefruity hop waves, riding on a fluffy bed of bread crusty malts. Yum yum, finely crafted creation. "SD style" DIPA is the fushizzle...love this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

Billolick, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge foamy head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma of red grapefruit is astonishing and up there with the best of the style. Taste is also dominated by some red grapefruit with some medium bitterness and some light caramel malt. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this hop bombs is definitely better then standard IIPA out there.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of big time grapefruits, citrus, and fresh floral hop smells.

Beer has a very citrus hop like character to it. Quite hoppy, bitter, grapefruits, and fresh floral flavors. Underneath there some creamy malt flavors. Finish is mineral like, with an alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel is nice and full.

Drinkability is good. A nice double IPA, but not quite in the top of the style.

flexabull, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like their IPA, so this one should be good.
Pours a hazy, golden amber with a nice, dense, 2-finger head. A bit rocky, a bit sticky. The haziness clears up as the beer warms and as I drink.
Aroma hits from the very first of the pour. Strong citrus, pine and green vine smell. A bit of alcohol, too. A pleasant floral, a bit herbal (from the nugget hops, I'm guessing). Very nice.
Taste follows nose; bitter herbal quallity blend nicely with the floral and citrus. Green vine and a pinch of dates comes through as well. Alcohol is noticeable. Great bite to it, clean finish. A 22oz bottle is a bit much, but I made good of it.

Mebuzzard, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is clear orange with gold accents and a large white foamy head that fades, but leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: There are mainly hops in the nose. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit, aromas were in front of sugary sweet malts and a bit of booze.

Taste: Bitter hops propel grapefruit, all sorts of other citrus fruit, and pine in front of a solid malt base that starts out biscuity and evolves into sweet brown sugar. Warming alcohol pops in, just a bit, at the finish.

Mouthfeel: If you let the medium-bodied elixir slosh around in your mouth before swallowing, the carbonation gets livelier and combines forces with the rough mouthfeel that's so common in big hoppy beers.

Drinkability: Big, hoppy beers are almost always fun to drink and this one is no exception. As such, I won't give it a pass, but there are loads of better 2IPA's regularly available in the Los Angeles area.

goschool, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber color with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit with a background of green apple.

Taste: Hop candy - Grapefruit, piney and earthy. Good hop flavor from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Good solid medium body.

Drinkability: Considering the intense flavors, this goes down decently.

psinderson, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a white head, lots of lacing left on the glass. Less copper color than many other ales of this style. The aroma is filled with citrus and pine flavor, and ends with a nice malty note. Smooth malty bitterness begins on the tongue, then turns into a sharp hop flavor which is balanced on the finish with sweet malt flavor. The bottle claims 101 IBU’s but it shouldn’t deter any true hophead. Summit and Nugget hops give this Imperial IPA a unique flavor. This ale is very drinkable despite its 9 percent strength.

DIPAbrewer, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty clear with a amber color. Nice big frothy head that faded to small skim coat on the top. Smell is grapefruit and pine needles. Big hop flavors, citrus, oily pine needle, floral etc. There is an attempt at balancing with a carmel malt flavor showing up. Alcohol is well hidden, but show late with a slight warming. Medium body with decent carbo. Drikability suffers from the big hoppiness and alcohol.

Overall, pretty good representation of the style. I have had better, but not that many better.

Monsone, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of macster
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy amber-orange hue producing a tight, thick huge head. Nice foam retention and sheets of lacing noted throughout the glass.

Beautiful aromas of grapefruit and orange rinds, pineapple, sun-drenched pine needles, lemon zest and a touch of caramel swirled in malted milk.

Palate is quite full, velvety and slightly oily; has a nice chewiness in the mouthfeel.

Flavors are those of a classic and well done west coast IPA. Tons of citrus hops swarm over the tastebuds on the initial sip. A moderately welcomed and balanced caramel-toffee sweetness intervenes to render a nice balance. A faint spiciness and alcohol warmth appears in the background.

Very drinkable and solid rendition of the style.

macster, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Willamette
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22oz snifter.
Excellent, easy pour with a nice one finger head. The head settles quickly leaving a central slick and a clingy edge ring. The color is a typical orange / yellow but the cloudiness was perfectly uniform without visible particulates. I loved it. It does clear up a little by the end of the glass.
The smell was almost as good as the appearance. I think I like Moylans Hopsicle better but this could almost rate a 5. Pineapple and orange creamsicle come to mind.
The taste was a bit surprising. It bursts across the lips and onto the tongue but it ends quickly and leaves minimal aftertaste with only mild bitterness. I am not sure if it is mild or smooth but by the end of the glass I am thinking it is just very smooth, possibly warranting a higher rating than 4.
Mouthfeel is good. It is fairly thick but has minimal slickness and is only mildly dry.
The drinkability rating is somewhat skewed by my inability to determine whether I think it is a 'mild' or a 'smooth' Double IPA. I feel a little let down but at the same time I want to go get another one to see if I can figure out how I really feel about it. However, at 9% ABV (which was unnoticeable) I will have to visit this beer again some other day. I do highly recommend it, though.

Willamette, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, been waiting to try this one forever. Seems I could never just get my hands on it no matter how hard I tried. Finally was able to score a couple when it was my BDAY BIF turn and I was totally stoked, not only was I able to try it, but I could try it a couple times! This review is from my first try...

A - Poured a somewhat hazy, mostly clear deep orange amber. Big two inch plus white head formed immediatly on top and slowly faded down to reveal on a slight ring of lace along the top. Decent side glass lace was evident from the start. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was delicous. Full on citrus hop blast from the start. Deep orange and tangerine tones dominated here. Mixed in was a tiny bit of sugar, but alot of grapefruit and some lemon. Very fresh, bitter citrus smell. A slight aroma of alcohol could also be detected.

T - Yummy, a truly west coast double IPA. Such a strong hop presence. Tons of very bitter citrus hops, sweet and a good amount of alcohol. There was no balance here, and none was to be expected. Just a down the hatch, hardcore double IPA. This will hurt your tastebuds for sure. But in that really good way, damn this was fine.

M - Super sticky and smooth. This was a thick, almost syrup like brew. You could really feel it as you sipped. There was no mistaken this one for something light. It was almost chewey, very nice.

D - Good, the only thing I would knock it for is that it is high in alcohol so it would be very difficult to drink more then of these. Other then that, fantastic.

Overall this was everything I thought it would be. I super duper hopped double IPA from a great west coast brewery. Truly a treat to behold. I really enjoyed it and I am glad I have another for later on.

mikesgroove, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from jasonm in the jbif. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Bottle opened with an extremely loud bang. Poured a very clear pale golden color. About two good fingers of bubbly, thick, off-white head formed. Head settled slowly, and left a thick layer of lace about half way down the glass. Huge citrus aromas were present. Tons of lemon, grapefruit, and some somewhat grassy, bitter hops. Maybe some pineapple notes as well. All the citrus and hops were smoothed out nicely with a very present maltiness. Tons of resiny hops assault your tastebuds as soon as you take a sip. More strong citrus, Some bitter hops and a smooth pine presence. A little hint of bread in the background as well. No really noticeable alcohol in the mouth, moderately carbonated. Nice smooth full bodied mouthfeel that pleases the palate. Very drinkable, smooth, well balanced and enjoyable.

jaxon53, Aug 05, 2007
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.