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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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2,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 2061
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%

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 RJLarse


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, purchased at Total Wine & More (Spokane) poured in to a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange/gold color, with a modest frothy white head.

Smell is sweet and fruity, the expected citrus notes, but also a soft fruit aroma like melons, peaches and pears.

Taste is a soft fruit flavor as well, with a distinct dry bitterness along side, and a hint of "boozey" flavors along with some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as cloying as it might be for the style, but dry, with a lingering dry bitterness, and the aforementioned heat.

Overall a decent IIPA. Probably not as "quaffable" as the label might suggest. But not pretty good all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:48:38 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Mikecap


3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. The beer is a deep copper with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very piney, citrusy and certainly hoppy. Some floral notes as well and it is a nice aroma for a DIPA, about what you'd expect.

Taste: A bit of a let down for me, with good hoppiness but a little too much malt maybe. I definitely get the citrus and this drinks very easily, but more flavor would be helpful.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well-masked with no noticeable burn. This is well carbonated as well but could benefit with a bit more body.

Overall: This is a slightly above average DIPA but not the best by any means. While I did enjoy it, I won't rush out to try this again as I think there are many better alternatives. Green Flash's West Coast IPA is far better than this in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 18:31:10 | More by Mikecap
Photo of pkalix


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright neon tangerine gold with a finger of white fluffy head.
smell is red. that's all that comes to my mind when I smell it. red. then some funky vine fruit along with a bit of citrus.
taste has a bitter citrus to it. kind of indescribable. grapefruit mixed with pink lemon? with a pink grapefruit lingering aftertaste on the roof of the mouth.
overall, it's okay. it looks good in the glass. smell is funky but interesting. taste is just too bitter-funk for me but I enjoy it. I gave it a 4 because I appreciate the originality. i'd buy it again....

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 23:29:43 | More by pkalix
Photo of Drunkenass


4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic! For an Imperial IPA, it drinks much lighter than 9.4%. This beer tastes citrusy, like biting into a fresh Lemon with a silky smooth soft yet bitter aftertaste. I picked this up on a recent trip to LA and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 05:50:27 | More by Drunkenass
Photo of patpbr


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep orange with a thick head and nice lacing
S - Citrus, floral and some pine. not as attention grabbing as i would of thought.
T - Nice balance of floral hops and malts. Hints of grapefruit and citrus and sweetness.
M - Medium body and moderate carbination with a bitter slight dry finish
O - This is a well balanced Imperial sipper. Not the best in class but a good drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:42:15 | More by patpbr
Photo of Shooter1960


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a 22 ounce Bomber in a tulip glass. Color was a deep coppery gold. Minimal smell. The tte was good, but the hop's in the West Coast IPA was more present. While it was a good beer, the West Coast has better flavor and the Pallette Wrecker is by far the best of the bottled Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:26:18 | More by Shooter1960
Photo of draheim


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a slightly hazy orange w/ a thin head attributable to the pour.

Aroma is tropical and juicy, clean and hoppy.

Taste is likewise juicy and tropical with lots of orange and some grapefruit. Sharply bitter finish. ABV hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean, drinkable.

Overall a very solid DIPA from Green Flash. I much prefer this to their regular IPA and Palate Wrecker.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 03:40:12 | More by draheim
Photo of dar482

New York

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has comes in an amber/orange color.

The aroma is peachy, grapefruit, and citrus aroma and very dank.

The flavor is hugely peach, grapefruit with a slight pine dryness. It’s very juicy with its hop character. There is a bready sweet malt to finish it out.

The body is medium/light to make it really drinkable.

The beer is very smooth, easy drinking, yet quite complex. I’m really surprised by how well this beer held up because it was bottled November 2012 when I had this. I’ve had two of the same batch, and despite it being over 6 months, the hops still hold. I didn’t really get any “old” hop flavors.

This one really blew me away and is going up there with my favorite Double IPAs. This is underrated in my mind and I really recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 07:03:13 | More by dar482
Photo of bpasquini


4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Goldish-orange in color, leaves a good head and nice lacing

S: Piney hops, citrus hops, pineapple, and some grapefruit

T: Burst of citrus hops lightly backed with some pine hops, can notice a little pineapple and grapefruit as well, good sharp bitterness as well, bitterness lingers a little but it's light and is a complement

M: Very light for a IIPA, slightly oily, really crisp, really good carbonation level too

O: Really good beer, and really light and crisp for a IIPA, definitely recommend buying if you see it, would make an exceptional beer for summer time

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:43:48 | More by bpasquini
Photo of jjboesen


4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green Flash Brewing is another wonderful San Diego brewery. Having visited this fine city during Beer Week 2012, I discovered for myself the embarrassment of beer riches that are available to thirsty visitors. Obviously, any brewer wishing to make it here must make some great beer. Green Flash need not worry. Particularly when producing this high gravity IPA.

Its appearance evokes a pleasant Belgian Pale Ale, the heady is thick and chunky and slow to subside; the body is a cloudy amber, alive with a rushing school of carbonation bubbles. The nose overpowers your senses with an intense explosion of pine needles – imagine a forest in your nostrils. The palate is invaded by an aggressive citrus army consisting of pineapple, mango and peach wielding their weapons, thrusting them into the tongue. There is no quarter today.

And yet, despite this, the body is surprisingly light; not the chewy biscuit one would expect from such a hop bomb. While I could not drink more than one at a single sitting, I would most assuredly try. This is just another superb beer from “America’s finest City.”

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:03:36 | More by jjboesen
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with a very thick head- its a golden, buttery color. the smell is very hoppy, pine citrus. the taste is more bitter, and bold than citrus. this is a good solid ipa. i would like a little more citrus- but i am really reaching out on a limb here to find anything wrong with this beer. this is the third beer from green flash that i have had and theyve all been pretty good... this just makes want to try other beers from them.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:15:11 | More by mattkoon
Photo of Mittsies


4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried the beer several times on both tap and from the bottle.
Reviewing from the tap:

Golden color with a great head. Some of the best lacing I've seen as far as IPAs go.
When I think of a D-IPA, this is exactly how I picture it.
Walling will stay at the top of a pint glass long after finishing the beverage.

Aroma is almost entirely citrus and pine, very strong tangerine and grapefruit notes.
Pretty typical scent overall, but still very exceptional.

Taste is sour, bitter, hoppy, and very pungent. Sharp and musky.
The taste is borderline overbearing in terms of bitterness.
Very strong dank aftertaste, sort of a "stinky" flavor.
The flavor changes dramatically as it warms up, bringing out more than just the intense hops.
Observing the taste more closely, the hops are complimented with a bit of pine and malt.
Goes great with food as well, as the strong, bitter taste lingers well.

For such a bitter IPA, the mouthfeel is surprisingly light.
Very refreshing, smooth and crispy. Carbonated very well.

One of the best D-IPAs I've had in terms of flavor.
Great on tap or from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 11:01:44 | More by Mittsies
Photo of lordofstarside


4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, bottled 3/11/13

Pours a dark gold with orange and brown tints and a single finger of foam. Retention has receded pretty quickly to a thin ring around the sides. Good visibility, lacing, a moderate carbonation. Looks pretty good

Smells of strong fruity hops- pine apple, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon, and lime. Quite a bouquet of floral and fruity hop notes really dominating everything else. Sweet bready and caramel malts mix with the alcohol to create a good backbone. This is quite complex

Taste isn't quite as prolific as the aroma, but has quite a lot going on. Strong fruity hops up front, grapefruit, pine apple, along with some other citrus. The malt makes the beer pretty sweet that contrasts well with all the hops, but is hidden for the most part itself

Feel is medium bodied and dry. Very bitter but nicely balanced in sweetness, finishes pretty well. Nice bite from the carbonation and well concealed alcohol makes this very easy to drink

Overall this stuff is top shelf. It reminds me a lot of Deschutes Hop Henge, only done vastly better. Very well balanced fruity hop bomb, what's not to love? Glad to get this in Nevada finally

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:17:05 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of AmitC


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Color is pale golden. Over two fingers thick head of off white color with excellent retention. Very awesome lacing on the sides. A few bubbles seen rising up. Clear but translucent.

Aroma is strong. Very nice herbal and citrus aroma. Strong pine notes. A good malt presence. Excellent touch overall.

Taste is tremendously bitter. Upfront, in the middle and towards the end. Just awesome. Very strong and powerful. Strong grapefruit and citrus presence. A lot of piney flavor. Alcohol warmth. Strong malt and booze.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Somewhat oily. Low to moderate carbonation. Drinks really easy for a DIPA this bitter.

I am impressed but not surprised.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 22:55:03 | More by AmitC
Photo of JaredM

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited about this beer. Served right out of the fridge in a pint glass.

Clear copper look to the beer with a quickly dissipating half finger of head. Steady stream of carbonation. I would have liked to have seen a bit more haze.

Deep, dank abundant aromas of citrus and grapefruit. I'm getting some hints of a sweet peach too which is very refreshing.

Bitter hops, primarily much of what was on the nose. Not overly bitter however and it's fairly well balanced. I'm feeling the 9.4% from this which has to be expected. This is most definitely a sipper and enjoyed over a period of time.

Smooth beer, considering that it's a double. Can feel the presence of the alcohol but it's not overpowering at all.

I strongly recommend this beer to anyone. It's very solid and it has a fantastic flavor and aroma. I'm totally sold on Green Flash. I was impressed with their West Coast IPA I had last week as well. This is very similar to that in smell & taste but is still distinctly its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:31:39 | More by JaredM
Photo of retry4z


4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cool in a snifter glass.

Looks amazing - a clear copper with red hues. a decent head that calms to a lace quickly.

Smells of hops, sweet flowers, and sweet fruit.

Taste of hops, some sweetness, and a slight bitterness.

Medium consistency that doesn't go down too easily, but it's a good sipping beer.

Overall, it's Green Flash's best beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 09:21:37 | More by retry4z
Photo of rdilauro


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have love almost all of the Green Flash beers that I have tasted. This one poured crystal clear with almost no head. There was little aroma in the nose. I almost wasnt sure I was tasting an IPA. I was hoping for more hops

The initial taste left me somewhat disappointed. What I felt the most was a strong alcohol taste. I would not have objected to that if the hops balanced that off to make are better balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:44:12 | More by rdilauro
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Look - Pours golden with a copper hue, subtle cloudiness. Full, soapy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Malts, honey, caramel, generally sweet. Citrus hops are present but quiet subtle. In terms of the style, the smell was a bit off-putting but I try to give the benefit of the doubt.

Taste - Nice floral citrus hops and malt blend, very smooth and appealing here. True to the aroma but more hops, which is good seeing as how it is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, hops rest gently, quite smooth. Lighter than expected. I noticed that as it warms it gets a bit boozier, but it was a welcome, warming booziness that was enjoyable.

Overall - Great brew, unique, would strongly recommend. This brew reminds me somewhat of Dogfish Head 90-minute, but again it is unique so it has significant differences.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 13:22:23 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of deeznuts420


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a stone nonic pint glass. 2-3 fingers worth of head, poured kinda aggresively. very hazy, probably alot of chill haze i drank it a little too cold at first and let it warm up. golen almost orange color. smells of resinous, earthy, mildy citric hops. all hops almost no malt to speak of. taste is all hops lots of piney notes very bitter, with resinous earthy hops. again hardly any malts. great double ipa and at 9.4 abv it wouldn't take long to get your buzz on and by the end of the third bomber you'd probably be bombed. great highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 12:14:37 | More by deeznuts420
Photo of McStagger


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Give this bad boy a shot.

A: Pours a beautifully clear straw. One and a half fingers slight off white head. Dissipates fairly rapidly (thanks 9.4 abv!), moderate lacing. Exceptional clarity. Tiny little bubbles rising to the surface to form the ever disappearing head.

S: A vigorous swirl brings out a massive aroma of malt. Milled grain, and a lot of it. Honey, a yeasty breadiness, some spiciness. The hops aroma is very fruity in nature, with ripe mango and stone fruits dominant.

T: Eat some grapefruit rind. Eat only the rind. Chase that with some rose water and you get an idea on the citrus/floral bitterness involved here. Intense, to say the least.

M: Surprisingly light, considering both the style and the abv. If anything, this beer could use a bit more body.

O: Man, this thing bruises. Started off fairly ugly, but as the beer warmed and aerated, things began to smooth out. A bit one dimensional, this is nonetheless a fine DIPA for those that are inclined to enjoy their beers on the extra bitter side. In the land of DIPA's, this is a fairly average. Still a good beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 08:01:51 | More by McStagger
Photo of stephens101


4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The combustible tan head of this golden orange brew tops out well above the rim but never spills over, unlike the floating oily, herbal hop aroma that gives way to some lime, orange and cotton candy sweetness. Citrusy and malty to the tongue with more smooth, oily hops at the back. Well-blended alcohol with just a bit of heat in the back. One of the most enjoyable and relaxed DIPA's I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 23:48:17 | More by stephens101
Photo of Ultra-Plinian


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Gold really looks awesome, very inviting.

S: Floral and Citrus, slight pine

T: Not as bitter as I was hoping for at 100+ IBUs. Hides the alcohol very nicely.

M: Slight carbonation, no heat and a full round mouthfeel.

O: Good beer that I will enjoy again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 18:40:21 | More by Ultra-Plinian
Photo of estlinska


4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a shaker (bottled on 1/14/13). Pours a pale, but rusty reddish color allowing a lot of light through. Topped with puffs of bright white head that falls to small islands in the beer with lots of thick lacing. Nose of sweet and thick hops like an orange or lemon rind. Taste follows suit with lots of citrusy hops that have a lot of strong bittering, very stereotypical of a good west coast IPA. Dry finish with a little alcohol burn, but not really demanding on the palate. Little bit of a spritz to it as well. Overall, this is a very good DIIPA, which I come to expect out of pretty much anything made in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:10:18 | More by estlinska
Photo of MisSigsFan


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tall mug. Pours a light golden yellow with a nice thick head. Smells of pine and a bit of alcohol. Taste is mostly the same. Pine dominates this beer, with citrusy notes and a slightly sweet undertone. The alcohol is masked perfectly as well. This IPA is a 9.4 ABV but drinks like a session ale. Unbelievable flavor and character. Mouth is extremely smooth as well. So crisp and refreshing. Not too heavy and not too light. You can't call yourself a true hophead without trying this. You will fall in love from the very first sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 07:20:02 | More by MisSigsFan
Photo of Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow/ orange with a thick white head, dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells rather malty with notes of citrusy hops and alcohol comming through .

The taste is quite enjoyable, good balance of hops and malts, the abv is hidden quite well. Plenty of citrus in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, still a ton of carbonation. The citrus and hop tastes lingers on the palate.

Pretty good beer over all, I would absolutely by this again, but would opt for the palate wrecker when it is available. Another good brew from Green Flash!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:26:25 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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