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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2,439 Ratings

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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

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(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of Phenom
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

A: Nice clear golden orange. Not a ton of head, lacing, or carbonation.

S: In your face hops: pine, citrus, grass, hay. Bit of wet paper-like smell.

T: Love the hoppiness. Not much else to say other than lots of hops. The malt backbone is there, but not a prominent feature.

M: Excellent. Tons of hop oils to coat your mouth, but enough carbonation to finish cleanly.

D: Could drink it all day long. One of the most drinkable 9%+ beers I have had.

Another great effort from Green Flash.

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

Out of a 22oz...

Hazy but clear amber yellow color. Big pillowy head. Looks nice. Icy lace. Looks medium bodied and light colored for an Imperial IPA.

Beautiful West Coast hops. Citrusy and not overwhelming. Sweet biscutiy malt balance. Really really nice. The mildness is unexpected.

Excellent citrusy hop taste which is tart and fresh. A bit spicy, more woody as it warms. It's imperial but not off-balance or extreme at all.

Creamy and a little thick. Somewhat bubbly with a pleasant sting on the way down. It's a terrifice, balanced Imperial IPA. It's not too hoppy, not hop-fetishistic.

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip with a moderately aggressive pour. Body is hazy orange with a 1-finger creamy ivory head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Very pleasant and pretty strong -- grassy and "grassy" -- i.e., it smells a bit like cannabis. Also sweeter tropical fruits -- mango and pineapple come to mind -- as well as citrus, especially orange peel.

T: First impression from the first sip is that there's heat at the back end -- not surprising given the 9% ABV. There's some sweetness followed by earthy and spicy hops (I swear I get a bit of garlic), with citrus fruit in the middle. Finishes with a more resinous and raw grassy and piney bitterness that coats the mouth and lingers nicely. It's a mouth-watering bitterness, not taste bud-destroying bitterness. Bottle says there's 101 IBUs, but it doesn't feel like it's that bad.

M: Heavier than medium in heft, creamy but slightly prickly in feel. Nice for the style.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength.

Notes: Have you ever crushed or cut garlic on a cutting board, washed it off and then use it later for cutting something else and find that the garlic lingered? I kinda get a little bit of that in the taste -- it's as if I'd cut some garlic on the cutting board, rinsed it less-than-thoroughly and then used that same board to cut up an orange on. Still, this was a pretty solid DIPA, probably the best new one I've tried in awhile. Worth checking out. . . .

Photo of irishkyle21
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second beer from Green Flash and if its anything like their IPA I will be very happy. Has a bright orange yellow color.

Smells of sweet tropical fruits, caramel malts, pine and alcohol.

Just like the IPA the palate is dominated by piny and citric hops. Also has a good malty taste.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip yields a crystal-clear amber gold body with a trickle of carbonation from the bottom, topped with a fluffy finger of medium-bubbled milk-white head that retains at a fuzzy sheet and leaves foamy rings of lacing. Successive pours really jack up the head and the lacing.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the smell with a nice malty profile. Slight antiseptic quality that becomes more of an alcohol whiff as the beer warms.

Tastes of strong hops and rich malt. Piney and dry, then lots of pale malts; pineapple, honey, punctuated by a blast of bitterness; a shot of herbal hops and a dry, persistent, pleasantly sticky,prickly finish. Slight warming effect is the second indication that this beer might be packing heat in the alcohol department.

Slick and slightly oily in the mouth, muted carbonation is perfect for the brew. Despite the 101 IBU's and the 9% ABV, this is a really nice brew I'd like to sip on all evening.

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

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and Carapils malt scent along with a very bitter hop blast. The hop aroma is awesome. It really refreshes the senses. The taste is good also. It has a rich pale malt flavor that is complimented well with the choice of hops. This is a hop lovers dream. The Nugget hops are great. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable Imperial IPA. It's full of body as well as hops.

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

The beer pours out a beautiful, clear orange/bright copper color with a good sized white head (1/3 inch). Lacing is left all along the glass.

The smell is lemon rind and pine mostly, with a toasty note in the background. The taste is toasty, with lemons and grapefruits. A little bit of alcohol is also noticeable.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, with moderate carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable and drinkable DIPA. A little more complexity in the smell and taste would put it over the top. Still - it is an excellent example.

Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The appearance was an orange-amber look with a thin head that become quick lacing. The aromas were phenomenal: wicked grassy and floral hops that filled the nostrils up. The taste was equally impressive with its earthy, sour-sweet dichotomy. Body wise was a solid medium mouthfeel. The attributes of taste and smell are really impressive with this one. All other aspects are pretty typical.

Photo of BBM
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Once & For All in Patchogue NY. Poured out a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was very sweet and a bit spicy.

Well, it's obvious Green Flash is going for the balls-to-the-wall Imperial approach with this one, and for the most part it works. Huge citrus hops and pine flavors are counteracted with a super sweet malt backbone. This beer can't help but assault the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and pleasantly carbonated. Overall this is a kickin' DIPA with a nice bite to it. You already know if you'll like this one or not.

Photo of cookin420
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifta.

Golden and beautiful. Very pale. Less head than I expected but it leaves a sticky, thick lace. Medium haze with no sediment.

Heavy floral and tart citrus aromas. Sour apple as well as lemon and grapefruit. Sweet smelling maltiness and the unmistakable aroma of cali yeast.

Very bitter and alcoholic. The Nuggets provide a tangy and mildly floral flavor. Caramelized sugar and cherry are well defined and make for very clean and recognizable flavors while remaining in good balance.

Slick and heavy feeling but highly carbonated which creates a pleasant lightness finishes a tad dry.(guess I'll take another sip.)

On the bottle they claim this is a "highly quaffable" brew. Yes. I want to slug these by the dozen but I will get to drunk and hurl on the keyboard eventually. Very clean and refreshing while at the same time it is excessively substantial.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is making it's first appearance in Illinois finally...

Pours a deep orange tone with high clarity. Three fingers of sticky foam rise up, producing a fluffy head. Lacing rings the glass.

Pungent mary jane hop aroma, very herbal, with some peppery notes and graprefruit rind.

Sticky sweet, medium bodied, low carbonation with an earthy hop bitterness in the middle. Long dry finish with residual grapefruit rind flavors. This one is strong and bottle is enough for a 'session' but sharing might be a good idea.

Photo of mbunje
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, poured into a pint glass. I let it sit for about 5 minutes to air out and warm a bit.

Brass/Gold tone bordering on orange. Pretty carbonated as evidenced by the consistent stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Bone white head pours an inch and a half on a rough pour.

Estery-bready smell with lots of pine and a hint of citrus. Very much a double IPA

Taste is just like it smells. Fruity hop taste with apricot in the middle and a bitter finish. Nicely done but could use a bit more malt balance for my tastes

Mouthfeel is very pleasant with a thick, oily, substance to it. Carbonation is a nice touch too. Dry finish, but not astringent.

For a double IPA, drinkability is pretty good. Masks the 9% ABV pretty well.

Overall a good effort. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of TheEremite
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Bistro in Hayward, CA. Served golden/straw yellow, big froyhy white head. Great lacing. Huge pine aroma and some significant catty/garlic/onion. Tons of resinous pine and grapefruit notes. Very dry, but the hops stick in your mouth. Huge hop flavor, more garlic in the flavor. Heavy resinous thick, stick on your tongue hops. It's awsome. Kinda subtracts from the drinkability though. I think I need some water now.

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

What a great IPA. Pours out a mildly hazy golden copper, with a thin bubbly head that fades gradually. Nose is pine forests, resin like a violin bow, and intense cascade hops. Sour citrus and alcohol notes come through.
Taste is intense hops, more pine, and a nice malty middle. Very well balanced, yet strong flavors. Lingering oily hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability great for an imperial IPA.

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

Poured from a bomber as soon as I could after picking it up, on the advice of the beerista. A little cloudy, a little orange, it hit the nose with fruit and hops. The interesting thing about this tasty beer was, and I never thought I would say this about a beer, but it was little like drinking "bud"....if that makes any sense..
Fruity, hoppy, and more hoppy, little carbonation, very drinkable, it was all I needed on a weekend night when I usually chase a bomber with a 12 oz. bottle, I would buy a few more of these and store them away, one for a month or two from now and one for the end of the summer, Id like to see how it ages a bit.

Photo of akahn
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is everything I ask for in DIPA. It's nice and bitter, fruity (grapefruit), balanced, drinkable, and thankfully, not too sweet. Has some nice girth on the palate, yet goes down easily. A surprising treat, since I didn't know this was even available in this part of the world.

Photo of madmanjf
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this from a cask-conditioned woodpin, day #2 of being opened.

This particular batch was a cloudy apricot color with little to no carbonation. Some slight large bubbles were apparent from the initial pour, but they quickly dissipated to a flat appearance. There was a substantial amount of sediment suspended in the beer which was not dropping to the bottom of the glass. In fairness to the brewery, I will admit the woodpin was disturbed prior to my glass being poured.

The aroma was simply outstanding. It had a sweet hop presence which was citrus in nature; however, I found it to be sweetly unique in that it resembled a pineapple moreso than orange or grapefruit.

The beer had a sweet start with a grapefruit presence in flavor which was quick on the tounge. A Flas (no pun intended) of hops with a bitter finish was also present.

The sensation was initially a watery entrance with a slight effervencent feeling on the toungue. The finish was quite dry.

Overally, I'd have to say this beer is not well balanced. There is no malt presence, and it comes off as being a hop bomb for no specific reason other than to see how hoppy a hop beer can get. I like IPAs, but I did not care for this one or it's non-imperial counterpart (reviewed previously).

I had 1 12oz pour which I could not finish.

Photo of toreysan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good ipa.

Beautiful amber/orange color. moderate off white head and bubbly lacing.

I didn't get too much off the nose. Medium grapefruit, pine, and hops.

On the lips it hits pretty big. Fresh, full, and you guessed it, lots of hopps! Sweet citrus finish. Took my fungiform papillae for a ride.

ipa's are what got me into drinking good beer and i would suggest this to anyone looking for some flavor.

Photo of marksto
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer while in Denver for GABF last year.

Pours an orangish-amber color with slight haze and big, fluffy head. Aroma displays a biscuity malt sweetenss with overlying hop tones of citrus and pine. Not as much hop character in the nose as I would expect.

Flavor displays a nice, chewy malt backbone with lightly toasted sweetness, big body, and a little alcohol. Hop character is accented towards flavor instead of bitterness, with an almost minty essence and resinous finish.

Overall, a solid IIPA and my first sample of a beer from this brewery. Worth a try if you get a chance to sample it.

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

Poured from bottle into my affligem goblet. GVery clean looking beer- orange color with firm off white head. Head leaves tons of sticky lacing around glass. Not so abundant aromas. Somewhat lacking, but I pick up on some citrusy hops. Most Dipa's tend to blow me away with the smell, this one does not. Good hop bitterness from start to finish. Some citrus- grapefruit, orangey flavors with a lighter finish than expected. Makes it very drinkable for a double. Good beer!

Photo of walshclimb
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear honey amberwith thick frothy head that is long lived and leaves a nice bubbly lace. Smells of floral hops, light sweet malt, and is just a little musty. The IF is well balanced between malt and bitter hops. The aftertaste is increasingly bitter and lingers for a long time. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this beer is pleasant if not terribly interesting. Clean flavor but not something I would seek out for a tasting and too strong for a session beer. For the price, buy a stone or an alesmith and you will be happier.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking beer, very clean with no carbonation bubbles. Aromas of light lemon but far from overly citrus. Can't believe this is a imperial ipa, not overly boozy. hoppy almost to the point where I would think this is an English style ipa. Probably not something I'd purchase again and I love every style ipa.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance for style, looks a little gold, a little orange. White head puffs up a bit, gets out of the way, and then recedes. Very nice.

The aroma, to me, is the real highlight of this brew. Knock you on your ass from a foot away citric hops, running the gamut from Northwest pine to grapefruit zest. Absolutely terrific, although to be sure, a bit one sided.

The flavor thins out a bit, those flavor are still there from the nose, but really they just wreck the taste buds. A bit too potent are the hops, leaving a peppery bitter aftertaste. I still really enjoy it, but they've gone a bit lop-sided on the poor caramel-pale malt.

I think this leads to a mouthfeel that is too thin to sustain overall drinkability. A fine ale in small quantities is my analysis; or if you're really just looking for a nice burst of flavorful hops.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.15/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

So I stupidly ordered this today at the Falling Rock after disliking three bottles! I'd drink one, get disgusted, and a couple months later I'd think "nah, must have been a bad bottle" and I buy another which provides the same results. I'm so smart I thought well, I'll try it on tap! It looked great so I can't knock that. The aroma started hoppy and ok but then devolved into black pepper, fuck. The taste was more pepper, garlic, messed up. I cannot understand this beer. It does not make sense to me and I like hoppy beers. It is completely incongruous. Why can't they just make a double West Coast IPA?

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