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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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2,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,467
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 125
Gots: 216 | 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 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.

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

Pours with a nice creamy head , some lacing. Slightly cloudy, golden in color.

Smell ,is of course, intensely hoppy. Grapefruit and citrus .

Taste is more of the same, very bitter. I almost detect something that might be described as weed/MJ , or perhaps skunked, although is doesn't show up in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium good carbonation .

Overall a nice IPA I'll pick up when I see it.

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

Poured a rich copper color with a very nice white foamy, somewhat sudsy head that slowly died down to leave lacing stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma is heavy on some sweet malt, and plenty of pine and grapefruit. Not a great amount of carbonation on this one, and I sipped this as it coated my tastebuds.

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

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed a nice huge snowy white foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was of hops, grapefruit, pepper and a hint of caramel sweetnesss. The body is medium light and slightly creamy with the finish astrigent with some peppery bitterness.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to drunkmonk and ampzilla for hooking me up with these guys!!!! I continuously owe you dudes. (you too Pops!)

The hazy golden amber color is lighter than most that I've experienced of this style. An aggressive pour yields way more than a full finger foamy light orange tinted head that resists fading. It leaves impressive sheets of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive and primarily piny grapefruit over a sweet bubble gum malty character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is compellingly hoppy. A HUGE amount of quality ingredients were sacrificed to bring you this top shelf product. This is clearly a celebration of hops! The tangy hop resin texture of the mouth lingers on and on and on...which I personally find "over-the-top" and 'way above' the "standard" for this style. Full flavored, the grapefruit hop taste is EXTREME. The 9% ABV sneaks in beneath the HOP BOMB. Beware...this beverage will get your attention. I highly recommend this one to anyone...and oh by the way, feel free to stray beyond the box and celebrate the creativity and imagination contained there in. The folks at Green Flash "are bringing it". GO GET SOME!!

Photo of beachbum1975
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To my surprise, Jungle Jim's just started carrying this brand. I am excited to try this because I have heard so much about Green Flash on recent forum posts. No freshness date on this big brown bomber.

Appearance: Pours into my traditional pint glass a straw/orange mix. Gorgeous white, creamy head with medium sized bubbles with highly hopped sticky legs.

Smells: Much like taking a big whiff of a freshly opened ziplock bag of weed with mixed with some pine needles. (Sorry, not very professional, but that's what it smells like to me!)

Taste: Insanely bitter, grapefruit and pine hops! (Where's the malts to balance the bite?) Wow, this has a lot of fresh hops all over the place, if you can't taste the hops, there's something wrong with you. Aftertaste is thick and syrupy - hop resin isn't going anywhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a thick, resiny aftertaste. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: I was caught off guard and bodyslammed by hops when I took the first sip! It was really quite exciting, but overall, it was a little too over the top to be considered a nightly sessionable beer. I'll drink one, then need to change gears in a single drinking night. I know, I know this is a IIPA, but wow, I expect some malts to take down the bitter, hop rage. If you want a SOLID hopbomb, this is the one for you!!! Go West Coast, with your BIG IIPA's!

Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Hedonistjive for this one.

Poured this 22oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. It poured a deep amber orange with a 2 finger head that left significant lacing on the glass. The aroma is a hop smack in the face. The aroma is mainly piney hops but hints of grapefruit and lemon come through. Also the malty sweetness comes through at the very finish and its kind of blended with an alcoholy kick. The taste is big on hops, of course. Pine, grapefruit, slight bit of grass and sweet melons come through. It's really the whole hop gamut on this one, and the best thing is all the flavors are melded together, they are all pretty distinct. The sweet malt backbone really helps balance the beer very well. The mouthfeel is full and coats the mouth with a hoppy goodness. While it's over the top hoppy it is balanced and makes for an awesome DIPA.

Photo of UA8
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Tulip style glass.

Poured about one finger of off white head which quickly fades leaving moderate lacing around edge of glass.

Very hoppy nose with a hint of pine and some malt.

Leans towards the hop heavy side and with a hint of citrus, I would say grapefruit, and a light malt presence.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. However I would warn people looking for a maltier or more complex IIPA that this is definitely more fresh hop oriented.

Photo of getalife2k5
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle. Amber colored and very bubbly. has a thick frothy head that maintains itself quite well. smells citrusy, rich, and sweet like candy. very richly hoppy. not as citrusy or floral in taste as in smell, but it tastes like you are chewing on the hops themselves. has a combination of sweet and bitter that may be like grapefruit with sugar on top. well-balanced to rich toasty malts. could be the definition of IIPA.

Photo of CWiggins
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I walked into Sam's Quik Stop a couple of weeks ago, and, to my utter delight, they were conducting a beer tasting! Green Flash has arrived in North Carolina, and the local distribution representative was sampling five offerings. I did sample each, and left that day with one bomber. (Not the DIPA.) On a later visit I obtained a bomber of the DIPA for that perfect summer evening when a nice hopbomb seemed appropriate. Tonight was the night.

My wife and I were preparing a spicy tuna and quinoa dish with sauteed broccoli on the side. (Actually, I ended up cooking the entire meal, as my wife had some work to catch up on.) A DIPA seemed like a nice choice, so I threw it in the fridge while dinner was cooking. Frankly, with the meal it was a little too dry and light-bodied, but the glass I had afterwards was most enjoyable.

It poured a dark gold into my Green Flash pint glass; the head was lean if not at all present, and it mainly stuck to the perimeter to the perimeter of the brew. This beer does have a nice appearance in the glass: the shiny, non-bubbly liquid is a pleasure to observe because it looks so clean and crisp, yet colorful and complex. Aromas of spicy hops and citrus rise to meet the nose. The flavor is mainly of hops and medium-bodied malts, while the aftertaste is a nice balance of the two. Overall, it's a pleasing taste, with bright grapefruit-like citrus, light grainy malts, and piney hops combining in a well-balanced taste experience.

This one will really sneak up on you. Halfway through my second glass, I began to feel the effects of the 9.0 ABV. After emptying that glass. I could barely get through this review without constantly hitting the Delete key over and over! Be careful!

Photo of RixBeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what I would call a bright orange. Nice fluffy 1/4" head that fades and sticks a bit. You can see the very lively carbonation that speeds upward.

Big nose of a spicy hop with a decent smell of various fruits, some citrus and some not. Apricot, Grapefruit a hint of anise or some other very peppery yet sweet aroma. Still mostly hops though, which is good for an Imperial IPA. But not hoppy enough of an odor for me. I want an Imperial to reek of hops.

A nice strong hop front that goes the distance all the way through the beer and long into the after taste. It's a bit sticky in that way. But like I said in the last paragraph; I wish it had much much more hops. The flavor isn't quiet overwhelming enough for me to dub this a true Imperial IPA. Very good though.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with a stickiness on the tongue, roof of your mouth and throat of this beer. I wish they triple the amount of hops in this beer. It would have been erected into the Beer hall of fame with other like Dreanaught. This beer is crying out to be better than it is. It's a valiant effort on the part of the Green Flash brewing co. Thanks for the effort guys! A truly enjoyable beer!

This beer is very drinkable but don't let your guard down, she'll still sneak up on you and leave you on the floor drooling if you're not careful. A really decent pick up.

Photo of dashirey
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle purchased at Canal Street in Reading, PA.

A - Golden colored with some orange hints. Cream colored one-finger head that sticks around for a good long time with lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Floral hops with pine notes as well. Deep inhale through the nose brings some malt but grains more than anything else. I really enjoyed the smell!

T - Completely balance IMO. Plenty of malts and plenty of hops, but the malt is what hold after the swallow. As the beer warms more of a bitter hops aftertaste does become present. There is alos a spicy taste coming from somewhere. I can't put my finger on it but its there.

M - Pretty thick with lots of oils. However finishes surprisingly clean.

D - Pretty good overall. Unique taste with malt, hops, and spices all present at one time or another. The only things that turns me away is the underlying presence of alcohol. Don't get me wrong good beer and I would drink another sometime, but not right now.

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

Bomber poured into my SA glass

A: dark orange/copper with a two finger off white head. great retention

S: Hops. citrusy, grapefruit, fresh oranges, oily pine, faint caramel

T: nice caramel malt backbone - a strong presence I wasn't expecting. hops come through-citrusy and piney

M: medium body, oily, low carbonation, dry and moderately bitter. faint alcohol

D: great but beware- the 9% is well hidden

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

A pale amber color with giant stiff off-white head and good lace. Lots of tiny suspended particles evident. Very nice grapefruit-floral hops aroma with butterscotch. A creamy brew with the taste of malt and floral hops with a curious herbal/grain base. Very nice feel. Bitter finish that clings. Carbonation is modest and the drinkability is very good. Alcohol is notable but very manageable. Good job from San Diego. IPA fans will be pleased, relatively mild for an IIPA.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber orange pour into a DFH snifter. cream colored head wells up but subsides fairly quickly leaving lace down the glass as I begin to drink the beer.
Citrus hop aroma is very flowery along with something that smells like honey.
Flavors are oriented more towards the hops than the aroma would indicate. Grapefruit like bitterness is the main element of the beginning and in the finish with some sweet malt and bread malt flavors in the middle. Hops become more pronounced as the beer warms, but so do the malts.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a double IPA, would have been spot on for an IPA.
NOt sure how many of these I could drink. 9%ABV would make this a difficult session beer. Still this is a very respectable Double IPA. I will certainly drink another if I get the chance.

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

22 oz brown bottle with no date

Poured chilled into my rogue pint glass. Bright amber/orange glow color with a thick, white, foamy, sticky head that made a nice mess out of the glass as a drank.

Smells like I stuck my head in a bushel of dry hops while sitting in a hop field. Very floral and resin-y.

I started this one out chilled from my DBF and it was a rather balanced IIPA that had plenty of hops and a decent balance of caramel maltiness. As it warmed, however, the balance shifted completely off kilter and went way over to the hop bomb side. The warmer it got the more hop dominated the brew became, and the more bitter the finish was. Cold it feels like 30-40 IBU but warmer it feels all of the 101 IBUs.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and very oily with hop resin. there is plenty of carbonation to help dry the palate in the finish though.

This one is 9% and so not really sessionable, but i found myself more pleased with this one a bit on the colder side when it seemed more balanced and therefore found myself trying to drink it fast. It will getcha if you do that tho!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, this was a clear glowing orange-tinged gold on the initial pour and quite cloudy on the last pour. no sediment chunks noticed except what stuck to the bottom of the bomber. creamy, quickly diminshing white head settled to a nice ring of lacing that endured throughout. smells damn good. so good that i tried to keep smelling it as i drank it and almost choked as a result. twice. floral, bread, resiny, citric, and fresh, if that is an apt descriptor. fuck yeah. taste is a bit of bready malt sweetness that is dominated by the hop bitterness. but it's a smooth bitterness, not grainy or astringent as in some ipas or dipas. even for the style, this is on the hoppy side with it's sharp bitterness. mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just the right amount of creamy natural carbonation. looong bitter finish.. prickly on the palate. my overall impression is that this is very close to a dreadnaught, just not quite as well-balanced.

Photo of AlexJ
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull glowing orange with an awesome head of stiff off white peaks. Retention is excellent, a thick crusting of lace is left behind.

Aroma is bold citrus, grapefruit, bittersweet florals, and green resinous marijuana. Caramelized, biscuitty malt sweetness emerges as the beer warms a bit.

Flavor 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.

Body is big, slick, and creamy. The malt presence is big, just enough to carry the massive hop flavors. Great drinkability, i finished a bomber and was looking for more!

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,467 ratings.