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 ewright
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy burnished gold color with hints of orange. A small amount of head forms and leaves nice lacing as it disappears.

S: Candied fruits up front, apricot maybe. Hints of grapefruit linger in the background. Lovely hop aroma that isn't overpowering.

T: The bitterness sets in rather late with good aftertaste of pine and grapefruit rind. There's malt up front, but no obvious flavor characteristics spring up.

M: On the thick and cloying side, but the healthy dose of bittering hops helps dry out the finish.

D: Quite drinkable for an IIPA, but slightly more flavor up front would make this even better.

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

L: Small white frothy head. A golden orange straw color. PRetty clear
S:Before even sticking my nose in the glass I can smell those delisciou piney hops from well over a foot away. Obviously those dominate any other smell. I love it!!!
T:HEres where it gets cool. Of course there are some pine needle hops, but they don't dominate the taste. On the back there is a light toastyness. There is also a light breaded wheatyness to go along with that blast of pine.
M:Pretty rich and creamy with a sharp fizz on the front of my tounge.
D:Very good. As hoppy as this beer is, it is fantastically balanced through out. The blast of pine hops smoothes out in to the malty wheatyness. Very good.

Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very hazy golden color. It's slightly amber/orange and is a nice looking color. Head is off white and about two fingers deep. Retention was good, but lacing was on the lighter side of the spectrum.

Smell: The nose is kicked off by an interesting biscuity malt aroma. It's not exactly pervasive, but it's an intersting start. Some citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple make their way into the mix and add a nice sweet element. The hop aroma is nothing short of surprising for a DIPA. It's unique and different from what one would normally expect. It's certainly bitter and has an earthy vibe to it. But, I wouldn't characterize it as piney or floral. Just unique. Malts are notable, but not very strong. Alcohol is faintly noticeable.

Taste: It's sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit, orange, and a little pineapple seem to be present. The hop flavor is every bit as intriguing as the nose would lead one to believe. It is bitter, but it's an unusual mix of minty and earthy qualities. No real pine or citric qualities to the hop flavor. It's okay, but I'm not crazy about it. Malts are sweet, but don't balance it out very much. I prefer that in my DIPAs and I'm not complaining here. It is a little biscuity and alcohol is noted, but is masked pretty well. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, leaning full. Very, very smooth. Carbonation is spot on. Feel is easily this beer's best quality. Drinkability is good, especially given the size. I could handle another bomber, but I'm not pining for another (though perhaps I am pining for more pine).

Green Flash did a pretty good with this DIPA. It's an unusual crafting for the style. The hop flavor easily qualifies it for that status. While I'm not enamored with it, it is a pretty good beer. I'd just prefer a little more citrus and pine in my hops. That's not too much to ask, is it?

Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass goblet. No freshness date.

A: Honey-colored and hazy with nice 1-finger head that is meringue-light in quality with an intricate lace pattern.

S: Musty, herbal hops with low-to-medium floral quality which is odd for an SD-styled DIPA. It still smells great, just leafier and less piney than most West Coast IPAs and DIPAs.

T: Very understated for a DIPA but the malt quotient must be bodacious to make the hops at IBU 101 "understated." It is an interesting and still enjyable take on DIPAs -- more woody and herbal with a leafy tobacco/cannabis quality and only a small citrus contribution and none of the tropical fruitiness I think of with DIPAs generally.

M: Thick and resiny like a DIPA should be. Aftertaste is long and bitter continuing with the woody flavor.

D: A unique DIPA that goes against the grain for most West Coast IPAs -- a minimal floral, fruity quality and more of the woody, herbal side. An open mind and this beer will mix well together.

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

A - Got a 22oz bomber at a local bar. It pours 2 fingers of off-white head. The head has a good retention and leaves generous lacing as it slowly settles down. The beer is golden orange in color and is slightly hazy.

S - Heavy floral hops smell. Also mixed in there is citrus and grapefruit. Great smell.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a nice smooth feeling to it and good carbonation.

T - It starts out with a sweeter malty flavor, but is quickly overtaken by the hops. The hops are present throughout but deliver a knock out punch at the end, leaving plenty of bitterness and a dry mouth. A combination of citrus, and piny hops make up the hop bomb. The alcohol is well hidden.

Another great beer for the hops lovers. Even though the hops tip the flavor balance it still remains very drinkable. Have to be careful with this one because of it's high alcohol content. I would definitely recommend it to others. This is my second Green Flash beer and I must say both have been amazing. I look forward to more from this brewery.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/02/08.

Pours a clear golden orange color with about two fingers of soft beige head. The head receded slowly and left some nice sticky lacing. Aromas of citrusy and grassy hops.

Taste starts with some sweet caramel malt up front. That quickly turns into a massively bitter hop finish. Lots of grassy hops and citrusy hops, and lots of grapefruit flavor. And very bitter. The bottle says 101 IBUs and I can believe it.

Feel is pretty good. Fairly full body, plenty of carbonation. Somewhat slick, yet leaves a stickiness in the mouth afterward. Drinkability is decent. It's a bit too bitter and hoppy for me. The alcohol is well hidden though.

If you're into really hoppy and bitter IPAs, this might be for you.

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

on tap @ Hamilton's in San Diego, CA

A- 1 finger of fluffy white head sits above a bronzed straw colored brew, great retention as well as filmy lacing

S- cookie malts, citrus, hop oils, strong/hoppy/sweet, floral

T- cookie like malt sweetness provides backbone throughout, toasted malts and lots of citric hops and raw hop oils. grainy at finish

M- smooth medium body with a dry finish

D- very solid and balanced imperial IPA, nothing outstanding but so good. recommended

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

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white one-finger head, with a very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, sweet, very nice blend of malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slightly malty, nice touch of citrus and pines. Also, a nice chewiness to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, recommended for sure.

Photo of beereality
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot pour, with a big white head, that leaves lacing from top to bottom. Big hop smell with citrus hints. Looks like I can't wait to taste it. Hops are up front with a definite grapefruit citrus finish. Little malt back up but somehow I really like it. Has a nice thick mouth feel with little carbonation. Very easy drinker, good thing I only have one, because I would have drunk more, and I'm a little tipsy now. Thanks goes out to longbeachhophead for this extra big treat!

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no date to be found. poured into shaped pint glass.

clear, light amber color. lots of head that stays around. decent lacing.

citrusy aroma upfront. some grapefruit. passion fruit (only the 3rd or 4th time i've ever picked that out in a beer). very fresh. hint of fresh bread.

flavorwise, continues with citrus. fruity with some pine resins. peach juice. faint caramel, but needs more malt character. only moderately bitter for a DIPA. resinous finish.

a bit thin. tannic and resinous note in the texture. moderate carbonation.

it's okay, but i had higher expectations.

Photo of midaszero
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange with little lacing

S - Lots of hops. Also hard to place smell with as my friends all best described as green ... think forest.

T - More bitter hops. It is the dominating flavor and I couldn't really pick anything else out.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation

D - To hoppy for me to enjoy on a regular basis

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Andysr15

It pours a wonderful golden hue with a huge billowing three fingered head on it. This had great head retention until almost my last sip, and left decent spotty lacing on my pint glass. The nose is no surprise for a San Diego style DIPA. It has loads of fresh citrus fruit leaning towards mostly grapefruit with pine and a certain earthiness that comes through, but not with much potency, and I think that works well for this offering. This is a very pleasing nose to this hop-head. The flavor profile almost does a 180 though. The pine and earthiness that was more muted in the nose comes out full force upon first sip with plenty of bitterness and pine needles. The citrus flavor comes in about mid-drink with plenty of grapefruit and tropical fruit into the finish. The malt tried to come in, but just didn't have the power to get over the hops. The mouthfeel is bordering on full bodied with low carbonation, and the warming alcohol is quite well hidden. The drinkability is also very good on this beer for one bomber, and I would most likely split this with someone if I had another bottle of it.

Photo of pwoods
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice amber orange with perfect clarity. 2 fingers of off white head forms tight and holds for awhile. Some decent lacing throughout.

S: Huge grapefruit and citrus hops. Plenty of pine and hop resin but not thick or heavy as it can sometimes be. At least a little bit of Simcoe hops have to be in here... getting high on cat piss :) Malts lend a bit of sweetness. Smells wonderful.

T/M: Nice bitterness level. I would have thought it'd have a bit more but it's still pretty good. More of the massive grapefruit flavor. I really like that alcohol doesn't interfere with the grapefruit or make it astringent. A touch more pine and a lot more oily hops come into play but still don't get thick. A nice sweetness from the malts to add some balance. Body is a bit above medium with a smooth carbonation level. Plenty of lasting bitterness through the dry finish.

D: It's a 9% DIPA... but it tastes so damn good. I have to take off a little bit but not too much. Damn good DIPA.

Photo of Douglas14
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an average golden color but with an extraordinary head, which is what bumps up the appearance score. From the moment I had popped open the bottle, hops hit my nose and the presence of the hosp only got stronger the closer I got to the beer, obviously. It's a pure, fresh hop aroma, like there are hops floating on top of the beer; wonderful! Some malt comes though as well. The taste is also heavily of fresh hops, but the hops are more earthy and woody than citric...a very nice quality. Again, very fresh tasting. The bitterness is rounded out by the big malt bill. This is an incredible IPA...well balanced AND able to quench that intense hop fix.

Photo of charlzm
2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed at LAX Radisson beer dinner, 07/16/08.

Clear dark honey colored brew generates almost no head as it pours into the glass.

It's quite aromatic: cat piss and pine.

The mouthfeel is slightly thick, but I didn't really care much as the flavor was brutally bitter. With 101 IBUs, this one is as close to off the chart as my palate will ever be able to tell. Virtually no malt character (just a fleeting glimpse as it runs in terror from the hop avalanche hot on its heels). Primarily pine flavored with some garlic, onion and minty/menthol notes near the finish.

Did I mention it's hoppy?

Don't think I'll ever be putting this thing in my mouth again.

EDIT - I drank it again today (November 2nd, 2014) and it tastes exactly the same. Kudos to Green Flash for quality control and consistency, anyway.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9% ABV, 101 IBU. Pours a hazy gold color. Thick layer of white foam. Great head retention and lace. Pretty good looking so far.

Aroma has a hint of pine, floral notes, tropical fruit, including mango, and some sweet, sugary malt as well. Great smell for the style. A whiff of alcohol, but not too much.

Good malt character, pretty sweet up front, without a lot of caramel. Sharp hop bite full of pine, tropical, and citrus fruits. Finishes pretty dry, with a long lingering bitterness.

Some warming from the alcohol. Good body and carbonation. Well made.

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

22 oz bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Golden color, small head with OK lacing
S-Lots of hop aroma, grapefruit, orange, but as it warmed a strange aroma came out that was remenescent of meat
T-Sweet with taste profile similiar to smell, lots of hops upfront but decent malt profile with some toffee notes, that strange meat/food flavor was there-can't identify this flavor but took away from my score
M-Creamy but carbonated, good in the mouth
D-Strong alcohol takes away and the off flavor as it warms would not keep me coming back

Photo of phishgator
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful bright orange hue; completely unfiltered. Nice white creamy head, lacing the entire session. Reminds me of an orange cream sicile. The aroma is not overpowering, but the floral hops come through. The taste is fruity sweet, then the bitterness hits the back of your tongue. There is a buttery smoothness that make the body just slide down your throat. The body is full, but not too heavy, this is a sipper. The alcohol is well hidden and this is one I will try any chance I get.

Photo of jamesm7485
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopbomb time!

Pours a rather light hay color with a white thing head

smells of grapefruits heavily

taste is a nice hop bitterness without being overpowering or palate destroying

the mouth feel is nice airy and light

drinkabilitly is awesome considering the abv and ibu's give maharajah a run for its money and then some

Photo of unibrew
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very impressive Imperial IPA for sure, and I'd definitely seek it out again. As most reviewers seem to agree, the west coast hoppiness is good, and not overdone. Seems just right to me. The alcohol isn't all that detectable for it's 9%, and you will feel it. There is balance in the malts too. I think I have to give this an A at least AND, I'd suggest this is the PERFECT beer to go with some spicy buffalo wings! Bring'em!

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

A- Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, it comes out a hazy yellow amberish color. The head is fluffy and slow to dissolve.

S- the smell is flat out glorious! You're hit in the face with a lovely array of citrusy hops.

T&M- The citrusy hops are the most noticeable, but it gets dryer and woodier as you dig deeper. Surprisingly, the hops are not overpowering for a DIPA, but rather mix well with the malt and produce a lovely balance. Goes down fairly smooth, with a slight "bite" as makes its way down.

Not too hoppy, but hoppy enough to be enjoyable, as it proves to be quite understated for such a high ABV.

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

On tap at The Pacific Beach Tap Room. Dark golden color with an average white head. Grapefruit, spice and wood in the nose. Flavor is moderately bitter with biscuity malts. A silky mouthfeel. This beer drinks really easy for 9%. Green Flash impresses me again.

Photo of jordoo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poored into an oversized mug.

Nice light orange with large slightly off white head that left decent lacing. Nose full of citrus, grapefruit/pineapple and orange rind. Some carmallized malts and a wiff of alcohol with some lingering pine. Surprisingly well malted for 101 ibu's. Supremely bitter throughout especially on the finish. The alcohol warmth hits the face but the flavor is well guarded, and although the bitterness rules the day some overripe pineapple and grapefruit flavors do come through. Good mouth feel that coats the tongue nicely. For all the bitterness this is still fairly drinkable, although all of the promise in the nose is not quite fullfilled in ghe taste because of the overriding bitterness.

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright golden orange color with a slight haze. Bubbly white head that had great retention and left a tremendous amount of lacing.

S- Hops everywhere!!! Citrusy, grapefruit, fresh oranges, oily pine, faint caramel. Smells great!!

T- Flavour erupts with crushed grapefruit and tangerine peels, fresh cut flowers, fruit, and oozing hop resin. The malt is perfect, caramel and honeyed biscuits. Balance is good with an emphasis on the hops.

M- Has a nice oily tongue coating leaving a long lasting dry finish. Medium in body.

D- A very solid DIPA. Easy to drink this one could sneak up on you fast.

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

Pours a light orange with pretty good clarity. Two finger head with moderate white lacing. Nose- most spicy hops I've had the pleasure of smelling. Herbal, pine, very pungent. Taste- caramel sweetness quickly offset by citric bitterness that follows through to the finish. Grapefruit and high alpha acide good times here. Carbonation is moderate and no booze is detected. Likely masked by overwhelming bitterness. Mouth drys out quickly with worth every drop.

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