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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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2,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,484
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 131
Gots: 225 | 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

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Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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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
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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
2.26/5  rDev -44.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
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
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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

22 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with 3 cm of foamy off-white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of bitter and sweet citrus hops. Initial flavor is sweet, but quickly turns overly hoppy and spicy. Medium body, moderate lacing, light carbonation, and some alcohol presence. Overall, decent imperial ipa, had better but worth a try.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger head with insane retention. Orange in color.

Smell is of piney and citrusy hops. Very strong and slightly astringent.

Nice hoppiness with some citrusy and lemony twang. Malt backing is just enough to balance this beer out.

This beer has a nice crisp and smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. Only slightly astringent.

A very nice Ipa that I wish I could keep in my fridge all the time.

Gets a little astringent as it warms. Still very nice. Don't let this beer warm up too much.

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

Pours a brilliant, glowing orange color. Its a great looking beer with a big fluffy stark white head. Once that head fades, it leaves a lot of lacing inside the glass.

Wow, talk about an intense smelling beer. Its ridiculously hoppy. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and some pine. You can just about smell the stickiness from the hops. My guess is if you spilled some of this on you, that hop smell might never go away. I don't think I'd mind too much.

Taste is more of the grapefruit and pineapple sweetness at first followed by a tongue drying (and lashing) by the massive amount of West Coast hops and the high ABV. Its a very bitter IPA that is definitely leaning towards being a one-sided hop monster, but hell if you're a hop head this is your kind of beer! Did I mention it cracks the century mark when it comes to IBUs? I love it for what it is...

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

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a bit of a reddish hue. Nice sized head. Lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Aroma is all big citrusy hops. Sweet grapefruit and lemons. Citrus and herbal hops are balanced by tons of sweet malt. Honey. Nice bitter finish- although this again is tempered by the malt. Medium to full bodied. A pretty tasty and drinkable DIPA.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bomber

O.K., this beer proves the point that TOO much of a good thing becomes NOT that good.

Just so we are clear, Green Flash West Coast IPA is one of my favorite and most highly rated beers ever. I am an admitted Hop Head. Having said that, this beer is just too much and not nearly as good as the West Coast IPA version.

I tried this along with 4 other friends and it was unanimous to return quickly to the West Coast IPA.

Appearance & Aroma were almost identical to the original, but the taste left you longing for the other version.

Bright clear golden/copper in color. Thick foamy head that did settle quickly.

Extreme floral/Cascade Hop aroma that almost seems like you are rolling the hop buds in your hand.

I was turned off by what seemed to me as a high alcohol taste that lingered even beyond the hop finish. It seemed to over power the flavor profile.

Certainly had the big Hop burst of pine and citrus and almost a chewy/resin mouth feel.

There are many better DPA/ Imperial IPA's to this one.

But be sure to try the regular Green Flash West Coast IPA that is truly special.

This on the other hand, it not.

I really wanted to love it... But No.

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,484 ratings.